Candidates can appear in entry test more than once with the best score considered for the admission. However, in any one series only one attempt is allowed for a particular discipline.

NET is compiled from text books prescribed for HSSC courses. Candidates preparing for NET are advised to consult all relevant text books of various boards of education.

NET is conducted at three locations, that is Islamabad (NUST Campus), Karachi and Quetta. At Islamabad the Test is conducted in computer-based format. In Karachi and Quetta, it is in paper-based format conducted in April & July.


Engineering Computer Science
Subjects % of MCQs Subjects % of MCQs
Mathematics ​40% ​Mathematics ​40%
Physics ​30% ​Physics ​30%
​Chemistry ​15% Computer Science ​15%
​English ​10% ​English ​10%
​Intelligence ​5% ​Intelligence ​5%


Bachelor of Architecture (B Arch) / Bachelor of Industrial Design (BID) BS Physics
Subjects % of MCQs Subjects % of MCQs
Mathematics ​30% Physics ​45%
Physics ​30% Mathematics ​40%
English ​25% English ​10%
​Intelligence ​15% Intelligence ​5%
Business Studies / Social Sciences BS Mathematics
Subjects % of MCQs Subjects % of MCQs
English ​40% Mathematics ​85%
Quantitative (Basic Mathematics) ​40% English ​10%
Intelligence ​20% Intelligence ​5%
BS Applied Biosciences
Subjects % of MCQs
Biology ​40%
Chemistry ​30%
Physics ​15%
​English ​10%
​Intelligence ​5%

For all programs less B Architecture and Industrial Design, there are 200 MCQs to be attempted in three hours.
For B Architecture and Industrial Design there are two portions of the test to be attempted in four hours:-

  • MCQ based test of 120 questions to be attempted in two hours.
  • Cognitive and aptitude test having 40% weightage designed to test the drawing, creativity and imaginative skills of the candidate to be attempted in remaining two hours.

Selection Criteria

NUST Entry Test ​ ​75%
HSSC / A level / Equivalent / DAE or HSSC Part – I 15%
Matriculation / O Level 10%

Eligibility Criteria

  • Minimum 60% aggregate marks each in SSC and HSSC OR equivalent exams (as per IBCC equivalence).
  • Candidates of FA/ F.Sc. stream can apply for NET on the basis of FA/F.Sc. Part-I but confirmation of admission is subject to provision of FA/ F.Sc. certificate or Detailed Marks Certificate.
  • All non F.Sc. stream candidates must have equivalence certificate of their qualification, duly obtained from IBCC, Pakistan in relevant groups/subjects and with minimum 60% marks.
  • Candidates of O/A Level or any other foreign equivalent qualification can apply on the basis of O Level (SSC) equivalence certificate obtained from Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) office but confirmation of their admission is subject to provision of A Level (HSSC) equivalence certificate duly obtained from IBCC, Pakistan.
  • Merit for BS Applied Biosciences programme will be based on complete F.Sc. / A Level or equivalent qualification (as per IBCC Equivalence Certificate) result.


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