The Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT), which was administered on Sunday at several locations around the country and abroad, allegedly witnessed the arrest of dozens of students for using Bluetooth devices to cheat.
The MDCAT exam was held in 2023 in various cities by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) to fill 350 dental college seats and 1,050 medical college seats. In Peshawar, 43 candidates were detained on suspicion of cheating during the test for medical and dentistry colleges, and at least 10 would-be physicians were detained in Dera Ismail Khan (DI Khan) on the same suspicion. Surprisingly, Bluetooth devices were allegedly used by every detainee to cheat on the tests. According to police sources in DI Khan, VIP permits were allegedly given to the candidates.
They continued by stating that each student had paid a sizable sum to have their papers answered. The sources further claimed that the police had been informed that Bluetooth devices would be used to leak the MDCAT paper. Meanwhile, Peshawar police detained 43 applicants for cheating on the MDCAT, including 20 female students. Police officials reportedly found the candidates’ Bluetooth gadgets during the test. FIRs were filed against the candidates at the police stations in Sharqi, Faqirabad, and Pahari Pura. Subsequently, all 43 candidates were released by the police under personal surety.
On September 11, according to the police, the students will be brought before the court. The issue was brought to the attention of the Chief Secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), who ordered the cancellation of the papers of any candidates found using Bluetooth to cheat. The Chief Secretary was instructed to identify the government employee who used illegal methods in the exam and uncover the responsible network. He also requested that the IT Board and the Department of Higher Education continue to refine their test design.