After the successful conduct of 4 NEB examination cycles during 2017, 2018 and 2019, the step I of the second cycle for 2019 was held on 1st December 2019 (Sunday), simultaneously at Army Medical College Rawalpindi and Pak China Friendship Centre Islamabad. The preceding day, i.e. 30th November 2019 (Saturday) was utilized to make necessary administrative arrangements at the venues. Through concrete coordination with Federal support services, immaculate administrative arrangements like 1122, fire tender, traffic and area police services and extensive security elements including dog sniffing were deployed for the smooth conduct of the event.

The exam was conducted in 2 sessions i.e. paper 1 and2 of 3-hour duration each with 150 and 100 MCQs for medical and dental graduates, respectively in each segment. An intervening break of 90 minutes was observed for prayer and lunch to the candidates and staff. A total of 2,447candidates; 2,420 medical and 27 dental graduates, appeared in the exam out of which 562were examined at Army Medical College while 1,885 were accommodated at Pak China Friendship Centre. A feedback preform was served to each candidate to have their candid opinion for the improvement of the system.

Pro-Vice Chancellor and Controller of Examinations NUMS monitored various professional and administrative arrangements through a number of committees overseeing specific tasks. In all, 380 administrative personnel and 162superintendent /deputy superintendent and invigilation staff participated towards the conduct of the event. Diverse faculty and HPE experts participated in the moderation process in accordance with stipulated Table of Specifications. Stringent security measures were undertaken by developing four color coded question booklets under round the clock direct supervision of the senior officials of the Examination Directorate NUMS. The result was prepared through immaculate cross validation mechanism over the sophisticated equipment.

Vice-Chancellor NUMS Lt Gen Professor Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed, HI(M) (Retd), Pro-Vice Chancellor NUMS Maj Gen Professor Muhammad Aslam, HI (M)(Retd)and officials of Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) visited the examination venues who were briefed by Controller of Examinations NUMS Brig Muhammad Saifullah Butt (Retd) on the examination arrangements.