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The GAT General Test is offered as a paper-based test in major cities of Pakistan. You can have the list of all cities where GAT is available at

Before registering for GAT, you must know which type of GAT you are going to attempt. You may refer to GAT Divisions and Distributionfor the selection of GAT type.

Register early. Take the test as soon as possible so that you receive GAT score before the dead line of your target institution. You will be able to apply more colleges or universities of your choice in time.

When registering, be sure that the spelling of your name matches the name printed on the identification document(s) you will present at the test center.

It is specially, advisable that you must get photocopies of paid slip and filled application form before sending to NTS.

  • NTS do not accept by hand submission of registration form. You must send it to NTS via mail.
  • The candidate will be required to apply for admission in the universities or for HEC scholarships as per their respective announcements along with a copy of the NTS result card.

The most recent information regarding test centers, dates, and other registration information is available in the NTS official website ( Although you will be asked to select a desired test date and test center during the registration process, your testing information will not be confirmed until your registration has been processed. You should receive your admission ticket about two weeks after you send application for registration. If you do not receive your admission ticket at least 10 days before the test date, contact NTS immediately to confirm your test center assignment.

It is especially, advisable that you must get photocopies of paid slip and filled application form before sending to NTS.

The candidate is required to register for appearing in the GAT Test as scheduled by NTS. The registration process is given at

Retake for the GAT

It may be to your advantage to take the GAT General Test more than once if you think that the scores you obtained do not reflect your true abilities. If your scores seem unusually low in comparison with other indicators of your preparedness for graduate studies, you may want to consider taking the test again. The test with larger score will be considered valid for evaluation of merit by your target institution.

How GAT is used by the Institutions

The GAT is an assessment test. Most of the Pakistani Public sector universities use its score as a part of their overall evaluation criterion for the admission or scholarship award to a prospective student of M. Phil or PhD. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has designated National Testing Service (NTS) the responsibility to conduct Graduate Assessment Test GAT-GENERAL for admissions in M. Phil and HEC Scholarship Schemes. The candidates will have to qualify other specified criteria of the Universities / HEC Schemes. Candidates with a minimum of sixteen years of education are eligible to appear in the test.

In almost all cases for evaluation of an applicant for admission in M. Phil or Scholarship award for PhD, the qualifying score of GAT is 50%. It becomes crucial as how strong academics an applicant has, he must achieve a score of 50% in the GAT so that he may be evaluated further for his desired goal. If an applicant fails to qualify the GAT, his application for admission or scholarships is rejected. A score of 50% does not ensure your admission or scholarship award. Final selection base on your, comparatively high score in the GAT along with many other evaluation factors.

HEC Approved Supervisors

An updated list of HEC approved supervisors is available at

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