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Getting Admission Into NUST | Everything You Need To Know

Overview:

The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) was established in 1991 with the purpose of providing a stable and disciplined academic environment. Currently, the university is the #1 engineering institute in Pakistan and brushes shoulders with some of the most prestigious universities in the world. For many aspiring engineers, getting admission into the esteemed institution is a dream come true.

For Undergraduates:

Schools & Colleges At NUST:

Engineering, IT, and Computer Sciences:

  • School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • School of Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
  • US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy
  • School of Interdisciplinary Engineering & Sciences
  • College of Aeronautical Engineering
  • College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
  • Military College of Engineering
  • Military College of Signals
  • Pakistan Navy Engineering College
  • National Institute of Transportation
  • Institute of Environmental Sciences & Engineering
  • NUST Institute of Civil Engineering
  • Institute of Geographical Information Systems

Business Studies, Social Sciences, and Architecture:

  • NUST Business School
  • Centre for International Peace & Stability
  • NUST Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies
  • School of Social Sciences & Humanities

Natural & Applied Biosciences:

  • Atta-Ur-Rehman School of Applied Biosciences
  • School of Natural Sciences

For more details related to all the undergraduate programs offered at NUST, visit here

Eligibility Criteria:

  • A Minimum of 60% aggregate marks each in SSC and HSSC OR equivalent exams (as per IBCC equivalence).
  • Candidates of the FA/FSc stream can apply for NET on the basis of FA/FSc Part-I but confirmation of admission is subject to the provision of an FA/FSc certificate or Detailed Marks Certificate.
  • All non-FSc stream candidates having qualifications like Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate, British General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level), American High School Graduation Diploma (9-12th Grade), International Baccalaureate Diploma (DP) or any other equivalent qualification must have equivalence certificate of their qualification, duly obtained from IBCC, Pakistan in relevant groups/subjects and with a minimum of 60% marks.
  • Candidates of O/A Level or any other foreign equivalent qualification can apply on the basis of an O Level (SSC) equivalence certificate obtained from Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) office but confirmation of their admission is subject to the provision of A Level (HSSC) equivalence certificate duly obtained from IBCC, Pakistan.
  • Candidates of O/A level or any other foreign qualification are advised to contact IBCC, Pakistan for issuance of equivalence certificates as per university requirements with more than 60% marks in required subjects/groups, well in time. Any deficiency of subjects or non-provision of the IBCC equivalence certificate before the start of classes will lead to cancellation of admission at any stage.
  • Merit for the BS Biotechnology programme will be based on complete FSc/A Level or equivalent qualification (as per IBCC Equivalence Certificate) result.

Academic qualification needed for different programmes is as follows:

 

​Programmes

​Pakistani System of Studies

​Foreign Systems of Studies

​Engineering

​FSc Pre-Engineering Group

FSc Pre-Medical with additional Maths

​O level (SSC) equivalence of “Science group” and A level (HSSC) equivalence of “Pre-Engineering group” including Maths, Physics and Chemistry as mandatory subjects.

Software Engineering

Computer Engineering

BE Information Security

​FSc Pre-Engineering Group

FSc Computer Science Group*

​O level (SSC) equivalence of “Science group” and A level (HSSC) equivalence of “Pre-Engineering group” OR “Computer Science group” including Maths, Physics, Chemistry/Computer Science/Computer Studies as mandatory subjects.

BS Computer Science

FSc Pre-Engineering Group

FSc Computer Science Group

FSc Pre-Medical Group**

 

O level (SSC) equivalence of “Science group” and A level (HSSC) equivalence of “Pre-Engineering group” OR “Computer Science group” including Maths, Physics, Chemistry/Computer Science/Computer Studies as mandatory subjects OR “Pre-Medical group”

BS Biotechnology

​FSc Pre-Medical Group

​O level (SSC) equivalence of “Science group” and A level (HSSC) equivalence of “Pre-Medical group” or any other group with three subjects including Biology and Chemistry as mandatory subjects.

​BBA, BS-Eco, BS Mass Communication, BS Public Administration, BS Psychology, BS Tourism & Hospitality Management

​HSSC with any combination

​‘O / A’ Level (SSC and HSSC) or equivalent with any combination

LLB

  • HSSC with any combination
  • Valid HEC Law Admission Test (LAT) scores with minimum 50% marks​
  • ​​‘O / A’ Level (SSC and HSSC) or equivalent with any combination​.
  • Valid HEC Law Admission Test (LAT) scores with minimum 50% marks

​BS Accounting & Finance

​HSSC with Maths or Accounting and Finance or Accountancy as one of the major subject.

​O level (SSC) equivalence and A level (HSSC) equivalence with Maths or Accounting and Finance or Accountancy as one of the mandatory subject.

​BS Mathematics

​HSSC with Maths

​O level (SSC) equivalence and A level (HSSC) equivalence with Maths as one of the mandatory subject.

​BS Physics

​FSc Pre-Engineering Group or Computer Science Group

​O level (SSC) equivalence and A Level (HSSC) equivalence with three subjects including Maths and Physics as mandatory subjects.

BS Chemistry

​FSc Pre-Engineering Group or Pre-Medical Group

​O level (SSC) equivalence and A Level (HSSC) equivalence with Chemistry as major subject along with Physics OR Mathematics

​Architecture and Industrial Design

​FSc Pre-Engineering Group

FSc Computer Science Group

FSc Pre-Medical with additional Maths

​O level (SSC) equivalence with Maths & Physics as mandatory subjects and A level (HSSC) equivalence of “Pre-Engineering group” or any other group  with three subjects including Maths and Physics as mandatory subjects.

FSc Computer Science Group with the combination of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Studies/Computer Science. **Candidates with FSc Pre-Medical / equivalent qualification enrolled in BS Computer Science programme without taking additional math exams have to clear deficient Mathematics courses of 6 credit hours, within one year. DAE candidates can apply for admission in selected Engineering programmes on open merit. Details are covered under the DAE Eligibility Criteria

Medical Fitness:

Selected candidates will be required to provide a Medical Certificate issued by any government hospital or a registered medical practitioner at the time of joining a programme of study. The medical Certificate Form will be emailed/sent to the selected candidates along with the Provisional Selection Letter by NUST

Exemption Of NET On The Basis Of SAT/ACT:

NUST has a few reserved seats in UG programs for national and international students on ACT/SAT basis. Desirous candidates can avail the facility provided they meet the specified eligibility criteria and are willing to pay tuition fee and allied charges of the category.

  • ACT is conducted by ACT, USA. For more information, visit their website at www.act.org .
  • NUST institutional code to receive ACT scores is 2915. ACT scores are valid for 2 years.
  • SAT is a computer-based test held under the management of College Board, USA. For more information, visit www.collegeboard.com
  • NUST institutional code to receive SAT scores is 2790. SAT scores are valid for 2 years.
  • Candidates with SSC and HSSC or equivalent qualification are eligible to appear on the basis of ACT/SAT.
  • The last date for ACT/SAT scores to reach NUST is 30 July 2022. Scores received after the deadline will not be entertained.
  • Separate application form for applying on ACT/SAT basis will be available on NUST website tentatively in May 2022. Those who do not enter their ACT/SAT scores by 30 July 2022 will be assigned zero weighting.
  • Female candidates cannot apply for CAE and MCE campuses at Risalpur.
  • Foreign nationals (Non Pakistani)/international candidates cannot apply for Aerospace and Avionics Engineering programmes offered at CAE campus Risalpur.
  • The merit list for candidates applying on the basis of ACT/SAT for national seats is prepared separately.

ACT/SAT Seats for National Students:


  • Pakistani candidates of both O/A Level and FA/ FSc streams can exercise this option and compete for the SAT seats by taking the ACT / SAT.
  • In case of foreign qualification, equivalence certificate from IBCC, Pakistan is mandatory.


ACT / SAT Seats for International Students:

Following categories are eligible to apply for international seats on ACT / SAT basis:


  • Pakistani national students having passed an examination equivalent to intermediate level from a foreign education system.
  • Foreigners and Pakistanis having dual nationality, irrespective of the place of their HSSC study, Pakistan or abroad.
  • Pakistani students studied abroad for HSSC but appearing in a Pakistani board from abroad.

In case of foreign qualification, equivalence certificate from IBCC, Pakistan is mandatory.

ACT / SAT Requirements for various disciplines:

Programmes

ACT / SAT Scores Required

Engineering

ACT Composite Score: Minimum score to apply is 25

Computer Science

BS Biotechnology

Architecture & Industrial Design

Natural Sciences (Math / Physics / Chem) 

ACT STEM Score: Minimum score to apply is 25.

Business Studies and Social Sciences / LLB

-SAT-1: Minimum score to apply in each subject is 550.

-ACT Score of Maths, English, and Reading:

Minimum score to apply in each subject is 25.

Admission Procedure On The Basis Of NET:

  • Visit https://ugadmissions.nust.edu.pk and get registered by providing valid e-mail address.
  • Candidate will be allotted a login ID and password to access the online application form.
  • Fill the online form, upload recent passport size photograph not more than one month old (with plain background), and submit the form. Successful submission of form will be confirmed through an e-mail by NUST.
  • Re-Login to your account and print Fee Invoice for depositing processing fee from My Account page.
  • Candidates can deposit fee with any branch of HBL. Fee deposit will be verified through e-mail within 5 days of payment.
  • Candidates of computer based test will have to choose Test Date and Session out of the available options.
  • Candidates of computer based test will be allocated Roll Number, Test Centre, Test Session, Log-in ID and Password.
  • For paper based test, allocation of Test Date and Session will be made on ‘First Come First Served’ basis.
  • For Paper Based Test at Karachi and Quetta in April and July, candidates will be informed through email regarding printing of Admit Card containing exact time and centre for Entry Test.
  • Candidates are required to print their Admit Cards and bring the same to the Test Centre along with Original CNIC / Family Registration Certificate / Passport / Original Matric / FSc certificate bearing photograph as proof for identification.
  • Candidates can appear more than once to improve their score. Best score will be picked by the system for merit generation.
  • Candidates can review their preference of choices after announcement of merit list. However, candidates can give application for change of preference, ONCE during selection process by applying through prescribed performa. After this, request of change of preference will not be entertained.
  • After depositing dues, if a candidate desire to be retained in the allocated programme irrespective of the preferences given in the application form, he/she has to inform the University in writing or Email at admissions@nust.edu.pk, so that his/her upgradation is blocked in subsequent selections.
  • Candidates failing to deposit admission dues within the given time will not be considered for admission any further.
  • Closing merit of session 2022 for different programmes will be available on the website for guidance
  • Admit Cards will be retained at the Test Centres for further verification.

NOTE: Misrepresentation of facts or false information will lead to cancellation of candidatur e/admission at any stage.


Schedule Of NUST Entry Test (NET) 2023: [As of 30th Dec 2022]

Series​

Online Registration​

​Conduct

Series – 1​

23 October–18 December 2022

10-22 December 2022

Series – 2

January–February 2023

February 2023

Series – 3

March–April 2023

April 2023

Series – 4

April–June 2023

June–July 2023

For Graduates:

Schools & Colleges At NUST:

Engineering, IT, and Computer Sciences:

  • School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • School of Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
  • US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy
  • School of Interdisciplinary Engineering & Sciences
  • College of Aeronautical Engineering
  • College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
  • Military College of Engineering
  • Military College of Signals
  • Pakistan Navy Engineering College
  • National Institute of Transportation
  • Institute of Environmental Sciences & Engineering
  • NUST Institute of Civil Engineering
  • Institute of Geographical Information Systems

Business Studies, Social Sciences, & Architecture:

  • NUST Business School
  • Centre for International Peace & Stability
  • NUST Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies
  • School of Social Sciences & Humanities

Natural & Applied Biosciences:
  • Atta-Ur-Rehman School of Applied Biosciences
  • School of Natural Sciences

For more details related to all the graduate programs offered at NUST, visit here.

General Eligibility Criteria:

Engineering & IT:
  • Sixteen years of schooling or 4 years of education after HSSC/A’ Level in relevant discipline with minimum CGPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 OR 55% marks (percentage will only be considered if CGPA is not mentioned on the transcript).
  • GAT (General) conducted on or after 01 August 2020 till May 2022 by NTS with at least 50 accumulative test scores or Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT) conducted by HEC in or after March 2021 till May 2022 with at least 50 accumulative test scores or GRE (General) conducted by ETS, USA, with following minimum score separately in each section:- Quantitative: 151/170 Verbal: 146/170 Analytical Writing: 3.5/6.0

  • Quantitative: 151/170

  • Verbal: 146/170

  • Analytical Writing: 3.5/6.0

Natural Sciences:
  • Sixteen years of schooling or 4 years education after HSSC/A’ Level in relevant discipline with minimum CGPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 OR 55% marks (percentage will only be considered if CGPA is not mentioned on the transcript).
  • GAT (General) conducted on or after 01 August 2020 till May 2022 by NTS with at least 50 accumulative test score.
  • Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT) conducted by HEC in or after March 2021 till May 2022 with atleast 50 accumulative test score.

Applied Biosciences:
  • Sixteen years of schooling or 4 years education after HSSC/A’ Level in relevant discipline with minimum CGPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 OR 55% marks (percentage will only be considered if CGPA is not mentioned on the transcript).
  • GAT (General) conducted on or after 01 August 2020 till May 2022 by NTS with at least 50 accumulative test score.
  • Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT) conducted by HEC in or after March 2021 till May 2022 with atleast 50 accumulative test score.

Business & Social Sciences:
  • Sixteen years of schooling or 4 years education after HSSC/A’ Level in relevant discipline with minimum CGPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 OR 55% marks except for MBA, MS Logistic & Supply Chain Management, MS Innovation and Entrepreneurship and MS Career Counselling & Education for which minimum CGPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 OR 60% marks are required. Percentage will only be considered if CGPA is not mentioned on the transcript
  • GAT (General) conducted on or after 01 August 2020 till May 2022 by NTS with at least 50 accumulative test score or Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT) conducted by HEC in or after March 2021 till May 2022 with atleast 50 accumulative test score or GMAT conducted by GMAC, USA with minimum 50 percentile score

NOTE:
  • Candidates who are awaiting final results can also apply. In the online form these candidates will give CGPA / percentage till their second last semester. However, these candidates have to submit their final result, before commencement of classes.
  • Percentage will only be valid if CGPA is not mentioned on transcript.
  • Candidates with degree from foreign university have to submit equivalence certificate issued from HEC. This equivalence certificate should explicitly mention that their terminal degree is equivalent to 16 years (or more) of education in Pakistan
  • Candidates to ensure that the date of completion of terminal degree must be before the enrollment in MS admission / degree.
  • Merit generation for MS admission will be held on the basis of academics (CGPA) and test score of GAT (Gen) / GRE (International) / GMAT / HAT only. Generally, there will be no interviews, however, if requirement of interview is felt, candidates will be informed well in time.

Admission Process and Selection Procedure:

The admission of students in the various disciplines of the Masters programs will be based upon GRE (General)/GMAT (as applicable) or GAT (General) conducted by NTS or Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT) conducted by HEC with atleast 50 accumulative test score, previous academic record of the applicant.

Accepted International Scores:

  • GRE (General) Scores: The minimum score required for each subject of GRE (General), conducted by ETS, USA, is:

  • Quantitative: 151/170

  • Verbal: 146/170

  • Analytical Writing: 3.5/6.0

NUST will accept the scores of GRE tests held on or after 01 August 2019.

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  • GMAT Scores:

  • he minimum score required for GMAT is 50 percentile. 

  • NUST will accept  the scores of GMAT tests held on or after 01 August 2019.

Merit Generation:

Merit generation for MS admission will be held on the basis of academics (CGPA) and test score of GAT (Gen) / GRE (International) / GMAT / HAT only. Generally, there will be no interviews, however, if requirement of interview is felt, candidates will be informed well in time.

Merit List:

A list of names (discipline-wise) shall be prepared in strict order of merit, called the Merit list, which will be uploaded on the NUST website. Subject to the availability of any vacant seats, the next candidates on the Merit List will be offered admissions until the commencement of the academic session.

Selection Letters:

Candidates will have to keep visiting NUST web portal for selection list / letters in June/July. They will download their computer generated selection letters and forward required documents to Postgraduate Programs Directorate for confirmation of their admission.

Rejection Of Application:

The University may reject the application of any student without assigning any reason.



Refusal Of Admission:

The University can refuse admission to any candidate without assigning any reason.


Cancellation Of Admission:

Admissions at NUST can be cancelled at any stage of the academic career if any document / information provided by the student is found to be false / incorrect or not meeting the eligibility criteria, with no liability on NUST.

Medical Fitness:


At NUST colleges/ institutes, a student is required to be medically fit to undertake the studies and practical/ physical work in the desired discipline. The selected students will be required to provide medical fitness certificates to NUST along with the willingness certificates for joining the institution.

What Does NUST’s IQ Section Consist Of?

The section can be broken down into 5 parts:

  1. Number Series

  2. Numbers & Pictures

  3. Coding & Decoding

  4. Directions

  5. Odd-One-Out.

As seen in the past, the questions that will most likely come in the IQ test are from the 5 sections listed above. Prepare well for them!


Can Pre-Medical Students Apply At NUST?

“Can pre-medical students apply for BS-Computer Science or not?” is one of the most common questions asked about NUST. Well, the answer is simple, yes. However, to do so, the aspirant must complete some extra Maths courses in their first year at NUST and if they fail to do so, then unfortunately, they will not be able to continue the degree

Are There Any Scholarships Offered At NUST?

Well, first of all, the fees at NUST is already quite low as compared to other universities. Secondly, a scholarship is offered at NUST on the basis of merit, but in order to be eligible, the applicant must be in the Top-50 students who cleared the NET.