Preparation of JCAT Examination

Preparation of Joint Centralized Admission Test is tricky. Because many of the candidates take it easy and don’t prepare for it properly resulting in the massive decrease in passing percentage.


  • 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 Examination authority. Click Here
  • Paper is getting tougher day by day. so you need to be well prepared.
  • 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 | A must | (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: You must do past papers. “Gateway to MD.MS.MDS” by Dr. M. Ahmad contains all the past papers. It will help you understand the pattern of the paper and enable you to grip on major topics.

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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