Verification of Equivalance of Certificate
Ph: (92 221) 62 0181 ~ 4, Fax (92 221) 62 0180
ADMISSOIN OF FOREIGN STUDENTS IN PRIVATE MEDICAL COLLEGES is controlled by GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN OFFICE MEMORANDUM NO.F.9-4/94-MER (HEALTH DIVISION)
It is responsibility of an overseas applicant to obtain official clearance for entry into Pakistan. The universities in private sector, like Isra University, are not authorized to directly entertain application for admission from a foreign candidate prior to such a clearance. The process for obtaining of the clearance is as under:
A foreign national should apply to Isra University on prescribed form for provisional admission to MBBS program. He should furnish all the photographs, relevant documents and certificates listed on page-4 of the application form. Clause (H) explains how a candidate may obtain the prescribed application form and lists the processing fee that is to be deposited along with application.
Isra University shall issue a certificate of provisional admission to qualifying candidates.
The candidate, on the basis of provisional admission, should approach the Pakistan Mission in his country of residence to obtain official clearance to enter into Pakistan. A sample application format in this regard is furnished below.
Health Division, Government of Pakistan is responsible for processing no objection certificates for applications received through Pakistan Missions abroad. The final clearance for granting of formal admission to the candidates is communicated to the concerned university in Pakistan by missions abroad.
A detailed procedure for admission of foreign nationals is described below:
A) VERIFICATION OF EQUIVALENCE OF CERTIFICATE
Government of Pakistan through the Memorandum No. IBCC/2-1/2000 (16)/ 3300/6018 has set up an independent authority by the name of Inter Board Committee of Chairmen [IBCC] that establishes the equivalence of a certificate granted by an overseas institute. A university in Pakistan is supposed to base admission on this equivalent status.
IBCC evaluates a certificate on two counts; 1) subjects studied and 2) marks/grade scored at the examination.
For admission to medical program a candidate beside the other subjects, must have studied chemistry, physics, biology or mathematics and English to a level acceptable to IBCC and that the overall marks/grade after assessment of equivalence should be 60% or more.
A university must receive this equivalence-verified certificate before it can process the application for admission.
It is responsibility of a candidate to directly apply to IBCC. Their address and the requirements for processing of the application are as follows:
Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Education # 342
Street 97, G-9/4, Islamabad
Fax: (92 51) 228 0665
Ph: (92 51) 285 2041, Fax: (92 51) 228 0665
Submittal: Original Certificate [that needs to be verified]
Attested photocopy your passport
One copy of your recent color photograph
Fees: US$ 30 by way of bank draft in the name of
Inter Board Committee of Chairmen
Return: The IBCC shall return verified certificate by DHL.
Time: Usually the process takes one week.
You may go to link below to download Application Form for Equivalence of your qualifications. http://www.ibcc.edu.pk/attestation.asp
PM&DC has also permitted a student who scores 550/800 in SAT II in biology, chemistry, physics or mathematics, and 5.5 score in TOEFL in English language to sit in entry test of any college or university in Pakistan. However, in case of college or university that includes intermediate examination score in its criteria for determination of merit, a student will also need the IBCC-equivalent certificate for the intermediate examination. [see PM&DC website for more details].
B) PAKISTAN MEDICAL & DENTAL COUNCIL REGULATIONS
Medical education in Pakistan is regulated by the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council. You may visit their websites,
However, at this stage of your career in medical education in Pakistan, we would like to brief you that the Council has certain pre-admission and post admission requirements that you need to keep in mind.
The pre-admission Regulations for the purpose of entrance into any medical degree program require:
Grade XII or its equivalent certificate, evaluated by Inter Board Committee of Chairman [IBCC] for its equivalence in Pakistani system of education with a minimum score of 60%. See clause (A) for more details.
The post-admission requirements govern the passing of First Professional Part-I and Part-II Examinations failing which a student is disqualified from continuing medical education anywhere in Pakistan. The details of this requirement are as follows:
Every academic year there are two examinations - the annual and supplementary. A student has to clear First Professional MBBS Part-I in four examination sittings that are,
The first sitting at the annual examination, failing this in
The second sitting at the following supplementary examination, if not then in
The third sitting at the following annual examination and failing this in
The fourth sitting at the following supplementary examination.
If the student does not pass the Part-I examination in these four opportunities available to him/her, it being immaterial if he/she did not avail any or all of he sittings at the examinations for any reason, he/she becomes disqualified for medical education anywhere in Pakistan.
Exactly the same requirements apply to First Professional MBBA Part-II examination.
You may note that these requirements are NOT active during Second, Third and Fourth Professional MBBS Examinations.