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GAT - Graduate Admission Test By NTS

GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is a test for determining the capability and suitability of a student for postgraduate studies. A lot of universities in advanced countries require it as an important factor in admission criteria. HEC - Higher Education Commission (Pakistan) has mendated NTS to conduct an examination, similar to the one conducted by ETS, here in Pakistan. This is GAT - Graduate Admission Test.
Candidates with a minimum of sixteen years of education are eligible to appear in the test.


HEC requires that every candiadte seeking admission in MS, M. Phil., or PhD programs in any public or private institute must have qualified GAT with at least 50/100 score.

GAT Subject

Many of Pakistani universities require that any candidate seeking admission in their MS, M. Phil., or PhD program besides GAT - General must also qualify GAT - Subject in the relevant subject. GAT - Subject is also conducted by NTS. For more information about GAT - Subject
s per HEC policy decision, the GAT test validity (GAT - General / Subject) for TWO YEARS will be effective from 1st January 2007 onwards.

GAT Retake

Candidate intending to improve their previous GAT Score can also apply. The GAT with greater score will be consider for admission.

GAT - Scheduled Tests

GAT - General Secheduled tests are conducted every three month basis by NTS. It remains valid for 2 years. Its means a GAT qualified candiadte can use the result of its result for any admission occuring in 2 years after its test date. Find the Test Date

GAT - Customized

Some institutes require that NTS conduct GAT - customized test meeting their admission calendar. The result of customized GAT is only applicable to the particular admission of the institute. The result of GAT customized is not applicable to any other admission.

GAT Pattern (Structure)

GAT - General consisted of three sections:
  • Quantitative Ability
  • Verbal Ability
  • Analytical Ability
GAT Structure

GAT Types

GAT has been categorized in three categories:
GAT Type Field of Study Quantitative Verbal Analytical
GAT A 1. Engineering & Technology    2. Business Education 30% 30% 40%
GAT B 1. Social Science    2. Arts & Humanities 25% 50% 25%
GAT C 1. Biological & Medical Sciences    2. Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences    3. Physical Sciences 40% 30% 30%

GAT Structure
GAT Registration
The candidate is required to register for appearing in the GAT Test as scheduled by NTS. The registration process is given below:
  • Download GAT registration form (typeable) and bank deposit slip from NTS website (Registration form is available on website only)
  • Deposit Rs. 700/- (Rupees Seven Hundred only) through online bank deposit slip in the online branches of MCB, UBL or ABL. (See bank service charges on deposit slip)
  • Attach 2 photographs (1 x 1.5 inch) at the front of this Registration Form.
    * All candidates are required to provide their photographs with full face exposure.
  • Do not send any documents other than two photos and original bank deposit slip along with your GAT Registration Form.
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Myths about GAT


Many applicants think that GAT is not required for admission in some institute for MS, M. Phil., PhD.
Fact is
HEC requires that a candidate for post graduate studies must qualify GAT - General (50/100 score) for admission in any of Pakistani institute (public or private). However, some institutes require that the applicant must qualify their own test also.

Preparation of the test

Many applicant test takers think that GAT is a very easy task so they can qualify it by only a few hour preparation.
Fact is
Statics show more than 94% of the test takers get failed in every GAT conduction. A percentile of 95% at the score of 50 clearly shows that almost 95% test taker could not reach at the score of 50. GAT is not an easy test.

A score of 40 to 49

A test taker gets a score of 40 to 49, he/she thinks and claims that he is smart enough to have score of 50 to 60 merely by a slightly more hours spending on GAT self study.
Fact Is
Give only answer sheets (without question papers) to 100 boys of 10th class and ask them to tick the answer choices by blind hits. More than 50% of them will show a score between 40 to 50. If any test taker gets a score of 40 to 49, he is actually at zero. This much score can be obtained by just picking the answers at random without question paper.

A friend of mine qualified the test without preparation

many of qualified test takers claim that they have not prepared the test through any college of test preparation.
Fact is
Abilities of persons vary, it is true some persons can pass the test without taking professional coaching. The number of such persons is very very low. Most of the qualified test takers get coaching through some perofessional college for preparation of the test but they claim that they are intelligent enough that they need no coaching. Almost 99% of qualified test takers take coaching of some form.