OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE As many as 33,694 candidates (10,859 male and 22,835 female) appeared for medical and dental colleges entrance test conducted simultaneously in 12 cities of the Punjab on Tuesday amid elaborate security arrangements. No untoward incident was reported during the course of the test. The test, which started at 9:00 am, conducted peacefully at 21 centres set up in Lahore, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Gujrat, Gujranwala Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Multan, D G Khan, Rahim Yar Khan, Rawalpindi and Hassan Abdal. All the centres were locked at 8:15 am and no one was allowed to enter after that. Heavy Police contingent was deployed at all the centres to prevent any disruption of the examination. Bomb disposal squads were also made available at the centres to avoid any untoward incident. Besides, Close Circuit TV cameras, mobile phone jammers and walk-through gates were installed at all the centres. There were separate arrangements for the disabled students, parking and waiting area facilities for the parents of the candidates. Back-up power generators were also provided at all the centres. The arrangements are surprisingly better than what I had heard from my friends who appeared in the test last year, said Qurait-ul-Ain, who took the test at the Lawrence Road centre. In Lahore, there were three centres; one at Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education examination halls at Lawrence Road where 5,440 female candidates appeared, the second centre was established at University of Engineering and Technology where 577 male candidates turned up. Punjab University Examination Halls at Wahdat Road was the third centre where 2,564 male and 1,492 female candidates appeared. In Rawalpindi, the number of candidates who appeared in the test were 5,252, Multan 4,779, Faisalabad 2,430, Gujranwala 2,594, Bahawalpur 1,712, Sargodha 1,170, Sahiwal 1,313, Gujrat 1,115, D G Khan 1,024, Rahim Yar Khan 853 and in Hassan Abdal 369 candidates appeared in the test. Talking to the news persons, UHS Vice Chancellor Prof Malik Hussain Mubbashar said that highly scientific and sophisticated method had been adopted to maintain the secrecy, transparency of the examination papers and whole process of the test. He made cleared that admission in medical colleges would be purely on merit. He further said that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had expressed his satisfaction over the procedures adopted by UHS to maintain the secrecy, impartiality in the preparation of examination papers and facilities extended to the candidates. The 33,694 candidates who appeared for the test would compete for 3,205 MBBS and 216 BDS seats in 15 public sector medical and 3 dental colleges respectively.