LAHORE - There shall be a single entrance test next year, for both FSc and Non-FSc candidates, for admission to medical and dental institutions of the Punjab, which shall be held soon after FSc examination in July. This was stated by Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences (UHS) Prof Malik Hussain Mubbashar while addressing a Press conference on Thursday. He said decision was taken keeping in view the best international practices as no where in the world there were more than one test or competitive exam, conducted by the same authority, for different schemes of education. The VC claimed that new syllabus had been prepared by a task force of faculty teachers of FSc and Non-FSc schemes of education and finalised by the Admission Board for public sector medical and dental institutions, after consulting syllabi and books of different schemes of education including FSc, A-Level, American 12th Grade, etc. However, there was nothing in the new syllabus which was out of approved course for any scheme of education, he maintained. The emphasis is on bio-medical sciences. Those topics and chapters which are not relevant to medical sciences have been excluded. The number of questions of biology has been doubled as compared to those of chemistry and physics, he explained. Prof Mubbashar further said aptitude testing was being introduced from next year. He said it was imperative because success in a programme or career was usually determined by a collection of aptitudes. He said aptitude test would consist of three subtests: (i) ethical, moral, professional and personality attributes, (ii) quantitative and abstract reasoning, and (iii) analytical reasoning and problem solving. The test is designed to be a test of aptitude rather than academic achievement, therefore, the test does not draw on any particular body of knowledge nor curriculum, which a candidate can learn in advance, he emphasised. He informed the test would consist of 220 multiple choice questions (MCQs), each carrying five marks. There would be five sections of the question paper: first Physics consisting of 44 MCQs, second Chemistry, 44 MCQs, third English, 22 MCQs, fourth Biology, 88 MCQs and fifth section would be of Aptitude consisting of 22 MCQs. Negative marking would continue as to restrain students from unintelligent guesswork in the test. One mark would be deducted from the total score on each wrong answer. Total time allowed for the test would be 150 minutes, he added.