Preparation of JCAT Examination

Preparation of Joint Centralized Admission Test is tricky. Since many of the candidates take it easy and do not adequately prepare for it, resulting in a significant passing percentage reduction.


  • Passing JCAT is not enough now; you will have to score good marks in order to get the residency.
  • Preparation time is usually one to 1.5 months (with 3-4 hours daily study).
  • Follow the specific pattern issued by the Examination authority. Click Here
  • No negative marking

Paper Pattern:

  • The paper contains 125 MCQs having 2 marks each. (Total marks 250)
  • Following is the paper distribution:

MD/MS (Common Paper)

Anatomy17 MCQs
Physiology & Biochemistry18 MCQs
Pharmacology05 MCQs
Pathology15 MCQs
Eye5 MCQs
Medicine20 MCQs
Surgery20 MCQs
Pediatrics10 MCQs
Gynae & Obs. 10 MCQs

MDS Paper

Anatomy17 MCQs
Physiology & Biochemistry18 MCQs
Pharmacology05 MCQs
Pathology15 MCQs
Dental and allied subjects70 MCQs

Books For MD/MS:

  • Anatomy: Go through Mini snell’s anatomy and for neuroanatomy USMLE First aid is enough.
  • Physiology: BRS Physio must be read one time.
  • USMLE First Aid Step I (It will cover almost every basic subject).
  • Revision books for clinical subjects: You can use USMLE First Aid Step II CK OR Master the Board Step II. These books will give you a comprehensive look over the clinical aspects.
  • Do past papers: “Gateway to MD.MS.MDS” by Dr. M. Ahmad 5th edition contains all the past papers. It will help you understand the pattern of the paper and enable you to grip on major topics.
  • If you are fond of one-liners (compiled notes), you will find ‘The StudyMate Series Road to MD / MS (JCAT) by Dr. Ahmad Hassan’ 1st edition, a useful book.

Books For MDS:

  • Bhattia’s Basic and Clinical Dentogist.
  • First Aid NBDE I and II.

What after Test: After the test, you will apply in Central Induction Policy for admissions in Govt. Institutes of Punjab. Read about Central Induction Policy here

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