NUST Entrance Test – Eligibility Criteria and Test Structure

NUST has its own entry test called (NUST Entrance Test) NET, which is considered as the well-organized, yet an extremely competitive testing system. The National University of Science and Technology is one of the most renowned institutes in Pakistan. Originally composed primarily of institutes of the Armed Forces, the university also has now built a massive campus, right in the Capital.

In addition to the variety of degrees and campuses that NUST has to offer, the University is one of the finest in the region. Being the only Pakistani University to be ranked in the Top 500 QS Global Universities rankings and also the Times Higher Education’s Top 100 Universities from 22 emerging economies, NUST stands at the forefront of Pakistan’s engineering and social sciences infrastructure.

Numerous students are confused and mind boggled at the time of applying to universities and colleges especially when it concerns college admission test or entry test as it is the deciding factor. They simply cannot decide the best place for them and the right guidance is needed. Career Finder brings together information about NUST Entrance Test, its Eligibility Criteria, its Syllabus, its Paper Pattern and subject weight-age.

Here I’ve covered the most important things you need to know for applying.


Salient Features of NUST Entrance Test for Undergraduate Students:

  • Candidate can appear in entry test more than 1 times. The best score will be considered for the admissions. It should be noted that in one series only 1 attempt is allowed for a particular discipline.
  • The Test is Conducted at 3 locations:
    • Islamabad
    • Karachi
    • Quetta
  • Islamabad: Test is conducted in computer-based format
  • Karachi and Quetta: Paper-based format conducted in April and July.
  • Consulting the textbooks is crucial
  • When applying for admissions, NIC, NICOP or Form B is mandatory.
  • Online registration does not require attachment of documents. It will be required for verification during selection and admission process for selected candidates.


Important Dates to Remember:

Initially, NET used to be held only once a year. However, now the test is held 3 times in an academic year. The main purpose of doing so was to make sure that people who weren’t able to perform well in the first test are able to improve their performance in the next one. You can give one test or all of them – the best score will be considered. The dates you need to remember for the test are:

Schedule of NUST Entry Test – 2017:

Once the registrations open for a particular test series, you can pick a date and time which suits you best.

Commencement of Programs (Tentative):

  1. All programs except Aerospace, Avionics Engineering and BS Applied Biosciences: September 2017
  2. Engineering/Computer Science: (MCE, MCS, C of E&ME, SCEE, SMME, SCME, SEECS, PNEC, CAE): September 2017
  3. Business Studies, Social & Natural Sciences and Art and Design: (NBS, S3H, SADA, SNS): September 2017
  4. Aerospace and Avionics Engineering: October 2017
  5. BS Applied Biosciences (ASAB): November 2017


Eligibility Criteria for NUST Entrance Test:

Eligibility Criteria for NET (NUST Entrance TEST) is given below.

General Eligibility Criteria for NET

  • All admissions are governed by open merit.
  • A minimum of 60% aggregate marks each in Matric and HSSC/equivalent exams is required.
  • O and A level and other none-FSc stream candidates need to obtain equivalence certificates from Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC), Pakistan.



  • HSSC (pre-engineering group) from any board of intermediate and secondary education or an equivalent qualification like Overseas High school certificate.
  • Candidates with HSSC/equivalent qualification with the combination of physics, Mathematics and computer studies or computer science can apply for software engineering, computer engineering and telecommunication engineering.
  • DAE candidates can apply for admission in selected engineering programs on open merit.
  • HSSC from any Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education or an equivalent qualification like Overseas High School Certificate etc.


Business Studies and Social Sciences

  • For BBA, BS Economics, BS Mass Communication and BS Public Administration, HSSC or an equivalent qualification.
  • For BS Accounting and Finance


BS Mathematics

  • HSSC or equivalent qualification, such as an Overseas High School Certificate/ British General Certificate of Education.


BS Physics

  • HSSC or equivalent qualification, such as an Overseas High School Certificate/ British General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level)/ International Baccalaureate/ Advance Placement (with Physics and Mathematics) is required.


Architecture and Industrial Design

  • HSSC (Pre-Engineering OR Computer Science group/ Equivalent OR any combination with Physics and Mathematics) is required.
  • FA/FSc background can apply for NUST Entry test on the basis of HSSC part-1.
  • O/A level background can apply.
  • MBBS/BDS/Bioscience programs can apply


Medical Fitness

  • The medical certificate is needed at the time of joining the program.


Rejection of application

  • University has the rights to reject the application without assigning any reason.
  • Passing the test is criteria for getting in.


How to Apply for NUST Entrance Test:

Application Form for the second series of NUST Entry test (Series – 2) will be available at and which can be submitted after providing valid email address. On submission of the completed form, the candidate will print fee invoice and deposit application processing fee as prescribed in the invoice in any online branch of Habib Bank Limited (HBL).


Test Structure:

The paper pattern depends on which course you’re applying for. All tests, however, have 200 MCQ’s with an allotted time of 3 hours. Here’s a breakdown along with the weight-ages of the subjects.


Computer Science:

Medical & Applied Bio-Sciences:

Business & Social Sciences:

Bachelor of Architecture (B Arch)/ Bachelor of Industrial Design (BID)

Applicants who possess strong cognitive and conceptual skills with the aptitude towards architecture are encouraged to apply. They will be required to work long hours under faculty guidance. The student should also realise that it is a ten-semester course with one seventy-nine credit hours. Architecture is a rewarding profession for applicants who are not shy of putting in long hours to accomplish the required standards demanded by the school. The design studio is at the core of the curriculum with passing grades being higher than those of other courses, and proficiency in the studio will be the main objective of the school.

BS Mathematics

Mathematics graduates in Pakistan traditionally pursue careers in education and research centres or go on for higher studies. Our programs not only keep the requirement of these fields in mind but also equip students with skills that are needed in the modern industrial and financial markets. All over the developed world, mathematicians are employed by the bank, stock exchanges, lending agencies and most other industries.

BS Physics

The main objective is to supply much-needed human resources in the field of physics. The students are required to complete 48 credit hours of course work out of which 21 (PCO-801 to PCO-807) are core courses, whereas 27 credit hours are for elective courses (anything from 810 to 989).

There are three NET’s held throughout the year.  Upon announcement of the results, students are given merit positions that show them where they stand. NUST has a very low acceptance rate as compared and a merit position in the top 700 ensures admission in any faculty you like. Usually, the top 3500 merit positions are selected for admission, the rest are placed in waiting or rejected.



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