The Road to MCAT 2012

A very well Article written by Ahsan. Find out who he managed to make through in MCAT 2012.

Let Them Choose Their Path

Allow the students to select the fields of their choice..

How To Prepare for Math

An Article written to describe how one should be preparing for maths during Fsc and Entrance Tests.

Thursday, November 27

Road to MCAT 2014

She Believed She Can, So She Did!

Are you scared of bombing the ENTRY TEST? Do you get nervous just at the thought of MCAT? Is this the only specter that haunts your way? Let’s be honest, right off the bat and admit that studying for the MCAT is not fun, especially when the stakes are so high. Obviously, if you want to get in, you’ll have to put in the time and effort to excel on the MCAT! But still UHS offers no assurance!

Okay let me share My Journey to Medicine, My Road to MCAT! A short story… From Failure to Success! From Rejection to Selection! From a Pre-Medical Student to a Medical student! A walk worth remembering! I experienced rejection; I experienced failure; but I didn’t let it go. And today when I look back, a year (being a Repeater) looks so lame in comparison with what I’ve been blessed with. Yes! Alhamdulillah I’m a Medical student, a RAWALIAN.

“Road to Medical life…  A walk to remember”
 “Doctors are not made, they are chosen”

Okay!! I, like many of you, since I was 4 or 5, started dreaming of becoming a DOCTOR.   May be it was due to the environment of our home which was so educational or my Ideal Doctors, “Aappi” and “Bhae”; the graduates of KEMU and RMC. Whenever I encountered the question, “Beta baray ho k kya ban’na hy appny?” there was always an impulsive reply, “Doctor”… It was a kind of reflex action to me. So that idea got deeply rooted in my mind since I was very young… When I didn’t even know the meaning of the word “Doctor” and it sowed the seeds in my mind.  Then as I grew some older, these seeds started ripening and burgeoning rapidly, with its roots adamantly adhering to my every single thought, dreams, ideas and plans regarding my future.. !!

Being a PRE-MEDICAL Student!!
Life went really smoothly and school era came to an end… Everyone used to say that, “College life is fun time of one’s life” but being a PRE-MEDICAL student, you ought to have another thought coming. Life showed me that it’s not a bed of roses at all… The result of 1st year board left me in a dark valley of despair. In- spite of whole year’s night awakenings, securing highest grades in each college assessment and my best performance in each Exam; I made it up to 447 only! Yes, 447… the score that is enough to make you stand no-where!

It was for the very first time I experienced, “Expectations hurt more than anything” This time I started getting tensed.  I never have been that much depressed as in this span of time. This was the time I started doubting my future. I started making many different dreadful scenarios and assumptions regarding my future.  And it was probably my First Mistake. Well, when you start doubting your own future then you are inviting many evils of fears, despair, and hopelessness to build a castle in your nerves, mind and soul. And they mess up all the things together; your diligence, zeal, passion everything and keep you entangled in your own web of doubts.

Then even after 2nd year exams, I wasn’t finding myself in any race among the other Pre-Medical students, who scored brilliantly in their 1st year (my 2nd mistake), but still getting best prepared for the Entry Test for it can change all the game. Okay, 3 months passed; June, July, August and at the very end of August came out our result. I scored 936 and I thought it to be a respectable total … I don’t memorize any single day during these months, in which I slept without calculating the required aggregate. One thing I had learnt from the past, “Dream a little low so it won’t screw you up afterwards”… So this time, I just thought that I should score 950+ to be in a safe zone!!

 MCAT 2013
The thing about MCAT is that you study until you get Mental Hemorrhoids. There are about 220 MCQ’s in the test but literally hundreds and hundreds of concepts you have read in your Pre-medical classes. Nothing quite strikes fear in the heart of Pre-medical student as the prospect of taking the MCAT. This fear is not completely unwarranted... The MCAT is the monster of a test … And in most cases it is the last hurdle along the long path to the medical college… For this reason, there is a common fear that all the hard work put during last two years can be all or none if you crash and burn on the test day!!  A lifetime of work can come down to how well you perform on one day! This is an irrational fear. There is no reason to assume that if you have worked and studied hard and performed well in FSC that all; that‘ll leave you on test day. If u did reasonably well in FSC and prepared for the Test you should do well but what “If?” ‘What if ‘If’s’ will drive you crazy?? Well there is no remedy available!

Ok, then came the DOOMS DAY… Yes, the Entry Test Day 22nd of September, 2013… I was in the best of my spirits. Started with Biology! When I reached half of the MCQ’s, I felt like I’m attempting all of the questions and not leaving a single which is probably not a good thing. Negative Marking is there so I need to be a little more cautious... So, I started skipping the questions in which I was doubtful even a percent or less… And that pattern proceeded in Physics and Chemistry as well… So, it resulted in skipping of 20 questions altogether… I was left with a total of 1000 marks only...

I was extremely tensed during test hours that I marked the easiest of the questions incorrectly! Yes, I marked ‘C’ instead of ‘B’ and ‘B’ instead of ‘C’ on my response form in almost 10 of the questions (the biggest blunder one can ever make!)  And when I came to know about this all, it was quite late! So, the questions that I deemed to be correct were incorrect in actual!

I also felt badly the need for word to word RATTA (I would have made) for Biology as even the simple things were mixing that time. There were hardly 3-4 questions incorrect in Physics and Chemistry’s Section. I performed well in English as well but Biology; most of the questions I skipped from this section and most of the incorrect ones also in the same section! Result came as No Shocking News! 879/1100 with an aggregate % of 83.3052%... And I was left with no other option than to repeat and waste a year because it was not possible for me to let go of my Dream I dwelled in, for the lifetime! So, it was a requisite of time to give Myself another chance!!
Year 2014!!! (Being a Repeater)
Medical + Stethoscope + White Overall = A Shattered Dream!
Well, I will never ever forgive you 2013! For many of my tears :’( … This was the time when I found myself in the middle of no-where… Friends getting prepared for the New Era of Life; Medical life! Thrill, fun, excitement … And *Le me with FSC books again in hand revising for the 47th time! Well, it’s really heartrending when you find yourself lagging behind the people that were there with you yesterday. They all took a leap and you still creeping like a snail :@. When you are a REPEATER, you are not sure about your new energy, but you know that you are in a risky situation. There is a chance that you may even succeed in a venture where others before you failed. Situations have an unfortunate tendency to be difficult for you. I told myself daily that your OPTIMISM ought not to be changed no matter what!! Just make sure that the battle you fight today is yours. There may be a great deal of tension in the air that might behoove you to stay detached from the war that’s apt to ensue. One explanation could be rattled ‘Confidence’. Why you doubt yourself right now?? You need to give yourself a long look in the MIRROR! Remind yourself that you can’t stop moving forward just because you haven’t made it last time!!

Well, I haven’t found books hateful, as during this span of time. Yes, I hated them… I used to look at them as if someone’s old love for which one has surrendered everything and that love has ruined it completely!!  During the start of this year, for many a days, I didn’t find courage to face these books again… I never have hated STUDYING but I was just sick of these FSC BOOKS! What I wanted is some new start! Some new books! Some new ME! But everything was OLD; monatomic, but NO I was change!!… I had more the riches of tensions, worries, depressions, and fears ahead!

But wait!! I had two options from there onward… 1st was, I let that DEFEAT define ME; or the 2nd one, I let it STRENGHTHEN me… and I chose the 2nd one … Well, I won’t say that I was a kind of OPTIMISTIC being. There were many sleepless nights during this whole year… The persistent condition of my eyes these day; swelled up, burning red and pearls sparkling all the time (yes, the tears).  I was of the view these days that I‘m the most UNLUCKY being ever born on this planet. Honestly to tell you, I lost the hope of a percent or even less that I, Yes I can get in to a Medical college and Government!!  Uff, no wake up DEAR!!

But someone said to me, “Okay! If we suppose that you are UNLUCKY, as you say; so why you are still relying on your luck… Stop leaning on the luck for even a percent. Just raise your HARD WORK to 100%  ... No space for the LUCK to matter. Some people write down their FUTURE with their own hands… So, let yourself be added among that queue of people, The DETERMINED ones though unlucky!!

Okay, now the 1st question was! Should I need to improve my FSC score! This thing as we all know that improvement of 10-15 marks can’t make a huge difference to your Aggregate. What matters most is how well you perform in your ENTRY TEST… Okay one thing to tell you, I was a Pre-MEDICAL student and I used to dislike BIOLOGY more than any other subject (even Pak. Studies). So, what I needed to do is to improve my Biology. (And today Bio is LOVE)  So, I decided to appear in BIO-2 again!!

Some days, I got up and realized that I’m in the middle of NOWHERE… I have nothing to do but STUDYING and go to bed with the same thing planned for next many of the months. The only thing surrounding me these days was the prevalent Darkness!! I just looked for the light at the end of the tunnel, it’s there. And what I need to do is to surpass this tunnel successfully. I deactivated Whatsapp, Viber, Facebook everything…

I started with BIOLOGY first. I didn’t follow the UHS syllabus as I wasn’t in a position to take the risk for even a single MCQ in this section (Although I skipped some of the Topics from 1st year Bio that included the Botany stuff (plants related portion)i.e. I skipped most of the PLANTAE and also Ch-14’s  starting part and the Kingdom Protoctista. From Bio-2 one can skip Ch-19 and 26 as well!) ... I used to read each line word to word again and again till these words got engraved to the bottom of my mind (with special emphasis on the blue blocks and diagram’s descriptions). For Biology, one needs to lick up the whole book word to word and bits by bits! I revised the Biology for 3 months and by the end of these months, Bio was on finger tips... I wasn’t oblivious of other subjects as well.

I started ENGLISH side by side. I estimated. Okay! If I revise 10 words of English vocab daily then I will revise the whole vocabulary in almost 872/ 10 = 87.2 days, Ok let it be 90 days, means time span of 3 months. So, at the very end of these 3 months I chewed up whole vocab thoroughly and also done with Bio completely… (For Vocabulary I consulted KIPS English book edition 2013, I think it’s best for vocabulary. No need to search for the meanings yourself; there are many good books for this purpose, consult them!)

Then I began with PHYSICS. I followed the UHS prescribed syllabus for Physics (that included all the topics both before and after the UHS Topics. And all the stuff I found in relation with UHS topics including books of 9th and 10th as well)… What you need to do for ‘Physics’ is, make a register and compile each and every thing you found in correspondence with a topic (Unit Vise) with special emphasis on Formulas, Units, Graphs and Definitions (you may take help from the books of 9th and 10th as well for the topics like Centre of Gravity, Ultra-Sonics and its uses, Audible frequency range, Defects of Vision i.e. Long/Short sightedness etc). For once this register has been made; you can revise whole Physics in just a couple of days (no restriction, you can take even more). No need to overwork yourself with Exercise’s lengthy Numerical,  just keep revising the Chapter’s Examples and revise them too often that just by seeing the statement you remind both the Formula and the Answer (but not to rely on that answer as values may be changed this time). Okay, it almost took two weeks in compiling all the physics stuff in a register and revising it.

Last but not the least!! Yes, CHEMISTRY .Well you can’t think of skipping even a single topic from 1st year Chemistry because UHS is really shrewd in the sense that they picked up the TOPICS for which you need to go through the whole chapter thoroughly (May be u won’t find all the topics related as everyone has a different perspective and I’m just telling mine! But I think it’s good to be safe). Many of the topics from UHS syllabus may seem to be not in our FSC books but actually they are except a few! So it’s better to Google them instead of panicking yourself. Then CHEM -2, I did only the UHS topics for INORGANIC Chemistry (feel free to prepare only the specified topics and act as if no other topic other than them, is there in your book) But for ORGANIC Chemistry, you need to go through all the related topics as well (And that depends on you what you find in relation with a topic e.g. for Electrophiles and Nucleophiles one needs to go through all the reactions of the book related to Electrophiles/ Nucleophiles substitution and elimination whether they are individually included or not.      
P.S that’s only what I think!). So I was done with all the subjects thoroughly in almost 5 months…

I also made it my routine to revise English vocab side by side with every subject as there was a chance of mixing up the MASSIVE VOCABULARY. I used to revise 50 words daily, after I had revised the vocab for the 1st time (10 words per day). Then when the whole vocab was revised for the 2nd time, I used to revise 100 words per day. (And these words to be revised 3-4 times per day as well, it was like a routine diet for me that’s intake is somewhat compulsory!)  So when I was done with whole vocab for 3 times thoroughly then I used to revise whole vocab daily and marked the words that still needed to be revised. And then revised these mixing words for many a times And YES!! I was sure about these 872 words!!

For English Grammar, I have gone through all the Parts of Speech thoroughly and the whole grammar stuff (that I think every good grammar contain) from all the Grammar books I had a collection of! (Long list=D) (I think a single comprehensive reading (or twice) is just enough, if you are already good in English; which I suppose I was not)  But the major contribution in this regard was of WREN & MARTIN. There is nothing like you need to memorize anything, just make sure you are good in Tenses, the usage of prepositions, relative pronoun; correct form of verb; sentence completion and most importantly you are good in locating the faulty part of a sentence (Mostly, when I read a sentence, my eyes sees only the faulty portion of it just on one glance, even though I didn’t make out the flaw sometimes but I was able to locate it and that’s what needed for the Test)

Let me tell you one other thing that might prove helpful for you… Each time, when I was going to revise any chapter, I used to mention the respective DATE on the very 1st page of that chapter, so it was a way of knowing; how many times the chapter have got revised! … And I gained so much confidence while during last revision of the books; I wasn’t finding any little space to mention the corresponding date!!

One other thing, try to memorize the things that mix up with the help of MNEMONICS. It’ll be really helpful. I used to make my own key words, little mnemonics (though silly =D) and by this I was able to memorize the gigantic tables as well. I used to search for Mnemonics on Wikipedia as well especially for Chemistry (like Electrochemical Series, Electronegativity values, and M.P/B.P trends etc)… For electrochemical series our Sir at KIPS told us a funny mnemonic and because of it whole series is just on my finger tips even today. “Lt. (Lithium) Pervaiz (Potassium) could (Calcium) still (Sodium) marry (Magnesium) a (Aluminum) zoya (Zinc) in (Iron) the (Tin) lovely (Lead) house (Hydrogen) causing (Copper) strangers (Silver) many (Mercury) gazes (Gold) =D”

Okay!! By the end of these 5 months, the HSSC-2 board exams were also about to finish… So, next question arise! ‘Should I need to prepare at home’ OR ‘join any academy??’  Last year, I joined ‘KIPS Academy’. The way KIPS taught us to tackle the dreadful monster, Yes! TIME MANAGEMENT during test hours is commendable. And most importantly, the way they revise the UHS Syllabus as if there was nothing really difficult in it!! Were there anything? So, the major reason to join any Academy this year was that I needed to evaluate myself. So, I joined ‘THE SCHOLARS ACADEMY’. It’s the Scholars Academy that is responsible for again building CONFIDENCE in me. They made me believe again that Yes You Can Do It! You deserve it! You’ll get it! They made me Dream again, think again, fly again, be passionate again! Our Sir once said to me, ‘’beta you are born to be a DOCTOR and we can see it while you doubt! Ups and Downs are the part of one’s life but it’s no reason to stop moving ahead’’
New Soul, New Spirits and New Determination!  

When you are a Repeater, you are the most pessimists these days. What you need the most, is someone that stand by your side, just assuring you each day that ‘You Have To Do it because you CAN do it!!  The one that believes in you so much that you start to believe in yourself too!
New confidence, New Chapters of Hopes and Prayers!

When there remained time span of 2 months for the Entry Test day, I revised the Books by the following pattern…  Okay I have 6 books to revise and 2 months!
A schedule to revise 6 books for 5 times, in 63 days with ease! (Two months aprox)

  • 1st revision:- One-fourth book daily (1/4) = 24 days
  • 2nd revision:- One-third book daily (1/3) = 18 days
  • 3rd revision:- Half book daily = 12 days
  • 4th revision:- One book daily = 6 days
  • 5th revision:- One subject daily = 3 days

Okay then came the ENTRY TEST DAY, 31st August 2014. I have never found myself so much calm and relaxed as during this test. It was probably the 1st exam of my life (except during childhood) in which I finally left my books at 9pm (for many a times it may take till 4am to summon the courage). This was the 1st time, I finally realized that it’s not the revision of the same books over and over again that can give you satisfaction; as the Prayers, the Dua’s, and the time spent with ALLAH  Honestly to tell you, I have always prayed in haste so that I may find a little time more to revise the books once again but still unease, still anxiety, still nervousness, still un-satisfaction apart of the revision of books for many a times.

I had a strong Belief on Allah and Myself! that YES, this is the Test that is in between ME and MEDICAL Insha’Allah  As I started with the test, it seemed me like there is some Devine help with me that helped me in not getting tensed or to panic myself. First I attempted the ENGLISH synonyms, I knew them all and I felt really boastful because these were the solid 50 marks I was sure about from the 872 vocabulary words I kept revising days and nights. Then began with BIOLOGY, this was the portion in which I couldn’t afford a single mistake as I have revised the Biology more than any other subject! (Still I lost some of the marks here) I was done with BIO till 9:40am. Then began with CHEMISTRY, completed it till 10:20am. I was done with the two major portions of the test and left with 44 questions of PHYSICS and 20 remaining from ENGLISH and 70 minutes. I completed PHYSICS till 11:00am and ENGLISH in next 10 minutes and I was left with 20 minutes even then! So, I just looked at my response form as if how many left un-attempted, there were 3 of them. As I was strongly advised by my Teachers and siblings, not to skip even a single MCQ this time, so I just made educated guesses (if u can’t make a choice then just make an educated guess). Then I spent the remaining time praying to ALLAH!

‘‘Allah Almighty, the most merciful! I don’t know what’s best for me but YOU know the best! I just find it difficult at my side to even imagine myself not as a DOCTOR. I find it really hard to smash the Castle I dwelled in with my own hands. But Insha’Allah I’ll be contended with Your Decision for Me because it’ll be the best IA ’’ And yes, I was finally satisfied with my performance!                                                

Okay, one thing I didn’t tell about yet!! Yes, My TARGET this year. Actually, I happened to go through a document quite often this year, ‘ROAD TO MCAT 2012’. It was a Ray of Hope for me! So I used to assume myself in every single line, each word, and every single thought of it. So I also used to estimate…  My EXPECTATION last year; emm 950... REALITY; 879… Means difference of 71 marks… So if this year let my Target be 1100 and if difference would remain the same i.e. 71 then I need to score 1100-71= 1029. What? ‘1-0-2-9’ Oh My…. So consciously or unconsciously I started praying for a score of 1029 in Entry Test. Neither a single less; nor more… just 1029! So my target was to score 1100 and Expectation; 1029! (71 less…=D)

Well! Result came within a week and I scored 986 ALHAMDULILAH with an aggregate percentage of 88.5325%. So the difference between my expected score and the Reality was 43 in fact .

What you need to do!!
There is no need to feel regret or shame about the things that have happened in the past. Turn negative experiences into lessons!! You have plenty of free energy. Now is a good time to make plans and to get involved in your commitments. Your vitality doesn’t have any boundaries. You’ll be amazed at how much you can handle when there’s an end in sight. Your whole attitude lightens, so take the bull by the horns and create your own incentives. If you never go after what you want, you’ll never have it!!

Just remind yourself that He is watching! Your efforts, your deeds, your patience!! Remind yourself of how good it would feel to have it all one day. Don’t let go. Don’t give up!!

 “Some childhood dreams are so intense that they penetrate deep down; in your nerves, mind and soul! And build a Castle with solid concrete there… Dreams are the wishes that heart makes! No matter how hard you try, you can’t get rid of them! So you decide either to gain courage to demolish it with your own hands or proving yourself capable of dwelling in that castle” (My daily diary)  

I began to realize, how important it was to be Enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it with full speed ahead! Embrace it with both arms, love it and above all; become PASSIONATE about it!
Turn to the sun, and the shadow will fall behind you!!

Your engine is oiled up and ready to go. Put yourself in high gear and don’t let anything stand in your way. Never again are you going to walk out of an exam saying, ‘’I studied forever and really felt that I knew the material but this bad grade is not a reflection of my Efforts and my Knowledge”

Today you may satisfy yourself with options like D-pharmacy, DPT, DVM or BS in any related field but one thing to tell you, there can be literally no SUBSTITUTE for MBBS/ BDS and if you have got another chance as a Repeater, Don’t Waste It! Very few people are lucky to have a second chance. So, consider yourself LUCKY and if you are really passionate, the STETHOSCOPE will be yours as a DOCTOR in near future Insha’Allah. Allow your PASSION to become your PURPOSE and it’ll one day become your PROFESSION!! IA 

Few lines from my Diary, 2013!
“Dear STETHOSCOPE! Don’t know whether you are made for me or not… But I’ll make you MINE one day with the will of ALLAH IA, for you have been in every single line and every thought of my Existence and I won’t give up on you whether the sky gets rough!”
‘This road is thorny still I smell roses’
One Poem I have composed last year and I would like to share it with you fellows!!
May be it can become a source for Someone, Somewhere; to keep going, keep struggling, and reaching to his/her PASSION and DESTINY one day!! May be yours, Yes you reading! 

When Darkness seems the only Way,
Find your way in that way,
With flame of Diligence lightning your way!!
When Despondency seems the only refuge,
Don’t let yourself engulf in that deluge!!
Reside instead in the Castle of your Dreams,
Be a bird of HOPE, instead of DESPAIR!!
Life is GOOD if it’s still UNFAIR,
Believe you can, and you are halfway there!!



Wednesday, November 26

Trigonometric Functions

Values of common trigonometric functions and their inverses must be on your finger tips if you want to score fine marks in the Entrance Tests. These values are used in physics and maths, so students of Engineering and business studies must remember all the values. 
Given below is the table which is an easy way to remember the values of common trigonometric functions and their inverse. For example you want to find cos inverse of (1/2) , check 1/2 in row of cos theta and now check 1/2 lies under which angle, in this case its 60 degrees. So cos inverse (1/2) = 60 degrees. 

Wednesday, November 19

Guide To NET Preparation

Hey Everyone!
I’m Maham Fazal _ the third Merit Position Holder in NUST MBBS 2014. I also stood Third in HSSC Federal Board 2014. Plus I got First Merit Position in RMC.

So, with that little intro let’s move on to certain tips that I would like to share with you all regarding the upcoming NET Series particularly for MBBS/BDS that will Insha Allah  help you put up enough score on the board.

1. Organize Yourself:
Be sure to keep all your handy books neatly stacked and within your reach. This will help save time.

2. Schedule It All:
As clich├ęd as it may sound, but a well thought out study plan works wonders. Sketch out a convenient schedule for yourself. This is a must to do if you want to boost your studying hours capacity. I personally practise this habit.

3. Highlight:
 Once you begin to study, just go through all the text in your books and highlight what you think seems important. Cut down on long paragraphs and derivations etc by highlighting just the critical points. This is going to be especially time saving for you in the NET-2 and 3. 

4. Study Routine:
 Tackle only one subject at a time and stick to till it completes, no matter how long. Don’t go about fiddling with every subject. This will just create a mess in your mind.

5. Practice, Practice and Practice:
When they say “Practice makes a man perfect” there’s no doubt about it. Practise MCQs as much as you can and whenever and wherever you can. This will help you perceive the question real fast. Also you will improve the speed and accuracy of your calculations.

6. The Subjects:

What to study?

Well, the answer’s simple. Those six towering hefty textbooks that sucked out your soul for nearly two years are here to stay. Yes, that’s right. No need of any extra book. No keys. No guidebooks. Nothing.  Just you and your books.  And any side notes from some tuition centre you attended.

How to study?

Follow these steps if you’re confused:

  •  Read a topic very carefully. Split it if it’s long.
  •  Revise that particular topic in your mind.
  • Check your notes for any side information/concept.
  • Repeat the above steps for the next topic.

Note: Since most of you are also going to appear in HSSC Exam next year so it is advisable for you to go through the Part 1 books thoroughly whereas revise the Part 2 books fully like you do in your exams. This is crucial for the April test where the days between the Test and Annuals are very few.

This portion is mostly numerical based. Sometimes the questions can boggle your mind but sometimes they can be a piece of cake. So you need strong concepts along with knowledge of all the formulae to be prepared for any sort of question. A few questions are information based also so make sure you don’t miss that out.

Part 1: Again you’ll find numericals from this book as well as conceptual questions.  Information based questions will be very rare.
Part 2: It is ideal if you can memorize all the equations. But if you don’t want to, then you should at least know what products are formed from certain reactants along with any noticeable colour or property. In case of Organic Chemistry, you should know the mechanisms because you can get questions regarding the product formed at the end of the whole process.
The last three chapters of the book are utterly important (no matter how much we all hate them) particularly Chapter 16.

This portion only tests your memory and cramming ability. The more you print all information in your brain, the more you score. No need of concepts as such. Just remember, the tables are EXTREMELY important. Especially the Part 1 tables in initial chapters. I can bet you there are going to be at least 3-4 questions from them (or more if you’re unlucky). Also, be aware of the important dates of discoveries in your book.

You need a good dash of common sense more than Grammar know-how for this portion. Sense works most of the times. Try to learn the SAT High Frequency Wordlist.

This part is my personal favourite. Really quizzical on the outside but so simple when you get to the depth of it. You must have ample time left for this and you need to be sharp for this. Practise the IQ questions at home from the ISSB preparatory books. They are of the following kinds:
i. Number Sequences (in which you have to tell what number comes next in the sequence. Requires the four basic mathematical operations)
ii. Decoding (in which you decode a total nonsense group of letters into a meaningful word by following an example pattern. Requires the English Alphabets)
iii. Direction Based MCQs (in which you have to tell in which direction the particular subject is. Requires the four basic directions and their mid directions)
iv. Odd one out (the name tells you the meaning. Requires common sense)

So there you have it guys. All the information I had. I hope it proves helpful for you and may you all score great (Ameen). Best of luck! 

Monday, November 17

Academic qualification for Nust UG programs

Many students are confused for which field/fields they can apply in Nust. The chart below summarizes all this data.

Students of FSC Pre engineering can apply for:

  • Engineering, BS Computer Sciences
  • BS Physics
  • BS Math
  • Business Studies
  • Arts
Students of FSC Pre Medical can apply for:

  • MBBS, BDS, Bio-Sciences
  • Business Studies
Students of FSC Pre Medical with additional Math can apply for:

  • Engineering, BS Computer Sciences
  • MBBS, BDS, Bio-Sciences
  • BS Physics
  • BS Math
  • Business Studies
  • Arts
Students with CS, Math and Chm as major subjects can apply for:

  • BS Computer Sciences, Telecom Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering
  • BS Physics
  • BS Math
  • Business Studies
  • Arts
Students of A level with Maths, Phy and Chm as major subjects can apply for:

  • Engineering, BS Computer Sciences
  • BS Physics
  • BS Math
  • Business Studies
  • Arts
Students of A level with Bio, Phy and Chm as major subjects can apply for:

  • MBBS, BDS, Bio-Sciences
  • Business Studies
Students of A level with Bio, Math and Chm as major subjects can apply for:

  • MBBS, BDS, Bio-Sciences
  • Business Studies
  • BS Math
Students of A level with CS, Math and Chm as major subjects can apply for:

  • BS Computer Sciences, Telecom Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering
  • BS Physics
  • BS Math
  • Business Studies
  • Arts
Students of A level with Bio, Math, Phy and Chm as major subjects can apply for:

  • Engineering, BS Computer Sciences
  • MBBS, BDS, Bio-Sciences
  • BS Physics
  • BS Math
  • Business Studies
  • Arts
Arts include B Architecture and B Industrial design.
Business Studies include BBA Hons, BS Public Administration, BS Mass Communication, BS Economics, BS Accounting & Finance.

In order to apply for more than one fields, select all the fields you want to apply in your registration form.For example if a student of pre engineering wants to apply for engineering and business studies he has to select both the fields in the same form. No need to create a different account. Same applies to more than 2 fields as well. For each field a different test will be conducted and merit of each field will be made separately.

In case of any confusion feel free to ask. 

Registration process for NUST Entrance Test

The registration process for Nust Entrance test is online. An online form is to be filled in order to get registered for the test. Below are the steps of registration. 

Step 1: 
Open the admission homepage of Nust: Nust undergraduate admissions 
Click on New registration button,as shown in the picture below:
Registration process for NUST Entrance Test

A new page will open stating some instructions and a form to create login. 

Step 2: 
Fill that form and submit. After submission following page will appear. 

Registration process for NUST Entrance Test
Step 3: 
Open up your mail box , and check the new emails. There will be an email from Nust UG admissions 2015. If it is not present in inbox, check the spam folder. The email contains a login and a password. Use that to login on admission homepage of NUST.

Step 4: 
Following page will appear once you'll login to your account:
Registration process for NUST Entrance Test
Click on Application form, and enter the required data. Enter the correct data as in correct data may lead to cancellation of admission. Once you have filled the complete form you have to print out the challan form, submit it in the bank and enter the name of the bank and date of submission in your account. After a day or two you'll be asked to select the date of your test. After selecting the date you'll be issued the admit card which you have to print out and carry with you to the test center on the day of test. 

In case of any confusion feel free to ask. 

Saturday, November 15

Add more Years to your Life

These calculations have been made considering average human life span  to be 50 years. 

Adults sleep for about 8 or more hours per day usually. This means we spend about 1/3rd of a day in sleep.
Time spent in sleeping per day = 1/3 day
Time spent in sleeping per month = 1/3 x 30 = 10 days
Time spent in sleeping per year = 12 x 10 days = 120 days = 4 months

This means in one year we spend 4 out of 12 months in sleep. And in 50 years we spend 4 x 50 months in sleep which make about 16.7 years. 

Now if we reduce this amount to 6 hours per day.
Time spent in sleep per day = 6/24 day = 1/4 day
This way time spent in sleep for 50 years will be 12.5 years. So you are adding more than 4 years in your life. 

Some people might complain that this much sleep is not sufficient for them. There is a solution for it as well. Taking a short nap at noon between 12:00 to 16:00(4 pm) will make you fresh even if you sleep for like 5 to 6 hours at night. The ideal time for afternoon nap can be between 20-50 minutes. After this nap you'll feel completely fresh. 

Moreover the night sleep should be managed according to the sleep cycle which lasts for 90-120 minutes . Details about sleep cycle and its management would be posted soon on the same blog. 

Thursday, November 6

CMH Entrance Test Pattern

CMH Entrance Test Pattern

CMH Lahore will conduct its Entrance test for year 2014 on November 9, 2014. The test pattern is given below:

Test Pattern of CMH:

  • Bio: 20 MCQs
  • Chm: 20 MCQs
  • Phy: 20 MCQs
  • Eng: 20 MCQs
  • IQ: 20 MCQs
Total MCQs : 100
Time allotted for the test: 2 hours

Past Papers of CMH Lahore:
Paper of CMH 2013
Paper of CMH 2012

Past Paper of CMH Lahore

Past Paper of CMH
Given below are the MCQs from CMH paper 2013. 

Complete the sequence: 7, 10, 8, 11, 9,12,____ 

Q.2) What does CPR stand for?
Ans: Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation

Amount of nitrogenous bases in human beings?

Q.4) What is correct?
a) Cholera: viral and air borne
b) Cholera: bacterial and waterborne
c) Cholera: viral and waterborne

Q.5) What is true about process of transcription?
A. Its is semi conservative
B. Form messenger RNA

Q.6) Most abundant cartilage is? It is present in movable joints.
A. Fibro cartilage
B. Hyaline cartilage

Q.7) Vitamins can be used as
a) Enzymes
b) Transport molecule
c) Energy storage
d) Catalysts

Q.8) Which of the following does not pass from parent to child?
a) Cholera
b) Sickel cell anemia
d) Malaria

Q.9) Light microscope is preferred over electron microscope because
A. More resolution
B. Can observe living matter
C. Can view into depth of object
D. 1 nm precision

Q.10) I will come ____ two days
a) In
b) After
c) By

Q.11) Pakistani ____ met his British counterpart
a) Counsil
b) Consul
c) Counsel

Q.12)  Antonym of parallel 
a) Curved
b) Circular
c) Divergent

Meaning of 

Q.14) Percentage error in voltage is 3% and in resistance is 2%. If power= V^2/R. The percentage error in power is
a) 4
b) 7
c) 11

Q.15) Which of the following contains both scalar and vector?
a) Force and kinetic energy

Q.16) Gravitational acceleration of an object of mass m, falling towards a planet of mass M and radius R is
A. GmM/R^2
B. GM/R^2

What is equation of continuity?

Q.18) A sample of radioactive substance has half life of 4 years. It is used for a 10-minute treatment. After 2 years, how much time will be required for the same treatment from the same source.
a) 10 mins
b) 14 mins
c) 20 mins

Q.19) 1 ohm x 1 farad=?
A. 1 second
B. 1 

20% Ni is present in 10g coin. Number of atoms of Ni present in are?

Q.21) What increases yield of ammonia? (Formula and deltaH were given)
A. Increase in pressure to 400atm
B. Increase in temperature to 1000 degrees

What is decay constant?

Alcohols on reaction with zinc/HCl forms?

If 5g bullet is fired from rifle with a velocity of 5m/s The mass of the rifle is 3 kg. What will be the velocity thrust on rifle.

How many chromosomes are there in Down's Syndrome?

Q.26) The bending if light around an obstacle is called?
a) diffraction 
b) interference
c) polarization 
d) all of the above

Q.27) Kleinfelter's syndrome is
a) XO
b) XXY
d) None of above. 

Q.28) Down syndrome have chromosomes
a) 47
b) 42
c) 45
d) 48 

Q.29) 10^8 Hz lies in which region
a) infrared
b) radio
c) ultraviolet

What is force on a moving charge?

night blindness is due deficiency of which vitamin?  

What is causative agent of cholera?

Q.33) Which reagent reacts with aldehydes?
a) Tollens
b) grignard
c) fehling
d) bennedict

Q.34) Which one is more acidic?
a) Chloroethanoic acid
b) ethanoic
c) alocohol
d) phenol 

There were three questions from the chapters Cell Cycle, about anaphase, klinefelters syndrome, G1 phase.

Wednesday, October 29

UHS Merit List 2014

UHS conducted its Entrance Test (MCAT) on August 31, 2014.
The First merit list of the selected students was posted on October 30, 2014. Open merit was followed according to the order of Lahore High Court. The merit fell because this year MCAT was tough as compared to the past years. 
The closing aggregates of first list are as under:

Closing Aggregates of UHS
College Name
Closing Aggregate
King Edward Medical University 
Allama Iqbal Medical College 
Services Institute of Medical Sciences 
Sheikh Zayed Medical College Lahore 
Fatima Jinnah Medical College 
Nishtar Medical College
Ameer ud Din Medical College 
Rawalpindi Medical College
Punjab Medical College
Gujranwala Medical College
Quaid e Azam Medical College 
Sargodha Medical College
Nawaz Sharif Medical College
Sahiwal Medical College
Sialkot Medical College
Rahim Yaar Khan Medical College 
D.G.Khan Medical College

Merit List of Shifa 2014

Entrance Test for Shifa College of Medicine was conducted on September 21, 2014. Based on the test result some of the students were shortlisted for the interview. The interview were conducted on October 29, 2014. The first merit list of selected candidates was uploaded on October 31, 2014. List is available on the following link: Merit List of Shifa

The final merit will be based on following criteria:

  • Matric/O Level 10 %
  • Fsc/A level 40 %
  • Entry Test 37.5 %
  • Interview 12.5 %
In case of any question fee free to ask.