The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has issued an order prohibiting the release of the Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT) 2023 results until September 21. The decision came in response to multiple petitions filed by candidates alleging widespread cheating during the examination.
The petitioners claimed that several applicants had used Bluetooth devices and other illicit methods to gain an unfair advantage in the test. They have called for a retake of the exam to uphold the integrity of the admission process.
The high court bench, while hearing these petitions, issued notices to the PMDC Registrar, Chief Secretary, and Executive Director of the Educational Testing Agency (ETA). They have been asked to submit their responses by September 21, following which the case has been adjourned.
This controversy follows the arrest of numerous candidates last week on charges of cheating during the MDCAT 2023, held on September 10. Local police and administration reportedly recovered Bluetooth devices from students during the examination.
Despite the ongoing legal proceedings, the Educational Testing and Evaluation Agency, responsible for conducting medical entrance exams in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, released a summary of the MDCAT 2023 results earlier this week. According to the summary, out of the 46,439 registered candidates, 45,640 appeared for the exam. Over 110 candidates scored 190 or above marks in the MCQ-based test, while 1,089 candidates secured marks between 180 and 189. The minimum qualifying marks are set at 43 percent.
Uzra Riaz topped the list with 198 marks, followed by Haseeb Khan and Mansoor Khan, who secured second and third positions with 197 and 195 marks, respectively. However, the final results remain on hold until the court’s decision on September 21.