Equivalence Criteria

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:

Inter Board Committee of Chairman

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. 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].


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.

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