NTS holds NAT for Bachelor Admissions and GAT for Post-Graduate Admissions in Pakistani Universities

NTS has been denounced as the test conducting body for admissions to Pakistani Universities graduate and postgraduate programs. The denouncement came as a directive from the Higher Education Commission, Islamabad to the Pakistani Universities. For details click here.

The National Testing Service (NTS) conducts National Aptitude Test (NAT) of the students willing to take admission in any Bachelor program of the NAT associated universities of Pakistan. This responsibility has been given to NTS by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Islamabad. The NAT associated universities are those which have opted to accept NAT scores in lieu of admission test scores, and thus they do not conduct their admission tests separately. NAT is therefore meant to exempt the process of conducting Entry Test by each university every time the admissions are announced (since each university following semester system offers admissions twice a year). Moreover, in this way the students are at ease of not having to appear in the admissions test of each and every university they wish to apply in. This certainly saves the cost and time of applying for admission tests in various universities separately. The test (NAT) is conducted for particular degree programs offered by the NAT associated universities. Passing NAT does not guarantee that one would be eligible to take admission in any program of these universities. Rather it is only an alternative of admission test scores, and the universities evaluate the potential students keeping in view other criteria too as per their preferences such as previous academic records etc.

The NTS announces a yearly NAT schedule according to which the test is advertised and held every month. Click here to read the NAT 2014 schedule and be informed when to register yourself for the test. The NTS registration form is available at the NTS website at this link. It is to be noted that no documents except 2 photographs and the paid online bank receipt are required to be sent to NTS for the purpose of registration. After one has registered and appeared in NAT, its result will be valid till the expiry of full 1 year from the date of announcement of NAT result.

Allama Iqbal Open University

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) was established in May 1974 with its main campus at Islamabad while the regional offices are spread all over the country. It is one of the oldest distance learning universities providing lowest cost education open for everybody residing in Pakistan (whether they are Pakistani citizens or foreigners residing in Pakistan). It aims to provide continuing education to job holders and those who cannot leave their homes via its distance learning programs, thus targeting the remote areas of the country in spreading education.

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