Approach of Undergraduate Medical Students Towards the Contemporary Examination System in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Contemporary Examination System in KPK


  • Sobia Haris Department of Medical Education, Nowshera Medical College, Nowshera
  • Muhammad Haris Department of Anatomy, Nowshera Medical College, Nowshera
  • Farah Deeba Department of Medical Education, Nowshera Medical College, Nowshera
  • Imran Zaman Khan Department of Medical Education, Nowshera Medical College, Nowshera
  • Muhammad Fayyaz Department of Pediatric Surgery, Nowshera Medical College, Nowshera
  • Saeeda Safi Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Nowshera Medical College, Nowshera
  • Muhammad Jehangir Khan Department of Pediatric Surgery, Makka Medical Center, Nowshera



undergraduate medical students, semester system, self-directed learning, problem based learning, lecture based learning, examination system


To know the approach of undergraduate medical students towards the contemporary examination system in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Materials and Methods: It was a cross sectional descriptive type of research which was conducted by the Department of Medical Education at Nowshera Medical College (NMC), Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Students of NMC from 1st year to 4th year MBBS were inquired through a semi structured and pre-validated questionnaire. Results: Out of total 400 students inquired, 21.75% (87) students gave “A” grade, 31.5% (126) gave “B” grade, 30.75% (123) gave “C” grade and 16% (64) gave “D” grade to the present annual examination system. About 32.5% favored semester system, 26% favored Problem Based Learning (PBL) and 22.5% of total wished to be examined via interactive sessions. Conclusions: We found very low levels of satisfaction of students regarding current system and they want modifications to internationally recognized systems such as semester or PBL system of instruction and examination. They need a system that makes their concepts clear, more focused on main concepts, short and easy to go through annual examinations.


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DOI: 10.54393/pbmj.v5i1.192
Published: 2022-01-31

How to Cite

Haris, S. ., Haris, M. ., Deeba, F. ., Khan, I. Z. ., Fayyaz, M., Safi, S. ., & Khan, M. J. . (2022). Approach of Undergraduate Medical Students Towards the Contemporary Examination System in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan: Contemporary Examination System in KPK. Pakistan BioMedical Journal, 5(1), 118–122.



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