Frequently Asked Questions

There are no quota seats.

Admissions in NSHS will be purely on merit, based upon the MDCAT-2023 conducted by NUMS.

Yes, on the basis of NET / MDCAT Score and ACT Composite Score.

Yes, as per PEC regulation No PEC/EAD/46-VCCM/Regulations/2023 dated 30 March 2023, candidates having combination of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Studies / Computer Science (ICS) or equivalent are eligible to apply for all the Engineering programs offered by NUST, but they have to clear Chemistry as a remedial subject / course in the 1st Semester after admission.

Candidates, who already appeared in any NET series during current admission cycle, will also be able to update their choice preferences while applying for Series-4 or after the announcement of merit, before start of the selection process.

Candidate can apply on the basis of Pre-Medical result, however he / she has to provide the additional math result with passing marks and overall 60% marks in HSSC at the time of joining NUST.

Yes, but they have to clear deficient Mathematics courses of 6 credit hours, within one year of enrollment in the programme.

Foreign students are eligible to apply on the basis of NET-2023 (Biotechnology) / NUMS-MDCAT / National MDCAT / ACT Test.

Foreign students can apply in NSHS on the basis of NUMS MDCAT-2023, SAT-II or foreign MCAT / UCAT exam.

Yes, any candidate who has Mathematics as one of the mandatory subjects in HSSC / A level / Equivalent, is eligible to apply for computing programmes.

Yes, if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Re-checking of Paper Based Entry Test may be requested within 5 days of the declaration of result along with a fee of Rs.500/- in the form of a bank draft/pay order in favour of NUST. The original bank draft / pay order should be dispatched to Admissions Directorate, NUST, Sector H-12, Islamabad, along with written application. Re-checking involves the verification of paper for any unmarked answers and error free totaling of marks.

Desirous candidates may obtain the result details of their Test from the link available on NUST website.

Mock Test for Computer Based / Paper Based Test are available on NUST website www.ugadmissions.nust.edu.pk under the link Sample Test, for candidates to practice.

If you are temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than Pakistan, and hold either a Pakistani passport, or dual nationality (one of them being Pakistani), you fall under the Expatriate Student category.

For details, please click here.

Pick and drop service is provided to students of Rawalpindi and Islamabad only with specified routes, for which the student has to pay separate charges. You will be guided to avail the facility during the orientation session.

Facility is available for the residents of Rawalpindi and Islamabad with specified routes, for which they have to pay separate charges. Details will be shared during the orientation session.

  • Information regarding scholarships offered by NUST can be accessed by clicking here.
  • Students showing good academic performance by maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 in each semester, are eligible to get financial assistance, as per policy.

The options available to candidates for admission in various UG programmes according to their academic background are accessible by visiting following link:-


An expatriate having dual nationality can opt for both NET and SAT on national and international seats.

To apply online for admission in BS-HND, please click on the following link: http://nshsadmission.nust.edu.pk/hnd/

To apply online for MBBS admission in NSHS, please click the following link: http://nshsadmission.nust.edu.pk/ Hardcopies will not be accepted.

Candidates can submit the fee through any of the following available options :-
  • 1Link (1Bill Invoice number)
  • Fee Invoice - To be deposited in any branch of Habib Bank Limited (HBL)
  • Credit Card

Currently, NSHS is offering admission to BS Human Nutrition and Dietetics (BSHND).

Currently, NSHS is offering admission in MBBS programme only.

Admissions will be announced in electronic and print media as per the PM&DC Policy.

If you don't have Pakistani nationality like having CNIC / NICOP, you can apply as an international student (foreign student). You can apply on the basis of NET or ACT/SAT or both as per eligibility criteria but have to pay tuition fee and allied charges as admissible for foreign nationals. If you are a POC holder and applying on the basis of NET and ACT / SAT national seat, you will be paying tuition fee and allied charges as admissible for national student.

If you fulfill the eligibility criteria, you can apply for admission on the basis of NET or ACT / SAT (International seat) or both as per policy in vogue.

No, there isn’t any such compulsory requirement of passing the above-mentioned subjects, as per IBCC equivalence rules. For further details, please visit IBCC website: https://ibcc.edu.pk/rules-for-equivalence/

Yes, you can apply, as in such case you will be evaluated on the basis of ‘O’ levels equivalence marks but you have to provide equivalence certificate of ‘A’ level within 15 days of announcement of result or at the time of admission.

NUST is conducting NET in paper based format on one day and in computer based format in two sessions daily, on different days, as per the schedule. As per policy, if a candidate misses the Test session he / she is not given another chance. But in case of extreme emergency, requests may be entertained on case to case basis, depending on availability of space.

  1. DAE candidate should have completed DAE with minimum 60% marks in Matric as well as DAE
  2. The detail of Engineering programmes offered to DAE candidates as approved by Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) can be accessed by visiting https://nust.edu.pk/admissions/undergraduates/dae-eligibility-criteria/.

If selected on the basis of NET and ACT / SAT on national as well as international seat, you have the option to retain any one seat of your own choice.

Separate admission form will be available on NUST website for applying on the basis of ACT / SAT and NET. Those applying on ACT / SAT basis does not require to appear in NET, however they can opt for NET in addition to ACT /SAT specified seats. In this way, they will be considered for both the streams.

Yes, the marks entered for FSc part-1 will be utilized for merit generation. However on joining NUST, the candidate must have secure 60% or more marks in FSc complete result.

Equivalence certificates duly issued by IBCC Pakistan are necessary for those candidates who do not possess Matric & FSc / FA qualifications. Submission of only O&A level grade / mark sheets will not serve the purpose. All non FSc stream candidates must have equivalence certificate of their qualification, duly obtained from IBCC, Pakistan in relevant groups/subjects and with minimum 60% marks.

Yes, as per migration policy, students can apply for migration after completion of first year and before the beginning of final year. However, applicants with exceptionally good academic record are considered for migration to NUST. For detailed migration policy click here.

As per PM&DC Policy, NUMS MDCAT - 2022 (or previous) is no longer acceptable for MBBS admissions for the session 2023 - 2024.

There is no age limit for Undergraduate Admission.

As per PM&DC Regulations, a student can pay the tuition fee in installments on a quarterly, six monthly or annual basis, with a discount of 0% on quarterly, 2% on six monthly and 4% on annual basis. Necessary details will be incorporated in the fee invoice.

No, there is no negative marking.

​For this, you have to get your name changed on your CNIC and Passport, because University will use the name as per your Matric or O level equivalence certificate (SSC), duly issued by IBCC.

NSHS is a constituent school of NUST. The MBBS degree will be awarded by NUST after the successful completion of all the professional exams.

University fees are usually announced once each year, for the following academic year. However, fees are subject to change without notice.

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Any candidate can apply for admission on the basis of ACT / SAT provided he / she has score for the prescribed disciplines of study. Separate admission form will be available on NUST website for this purpose. Admission on ACT / SAT basis has two categories, i.e National and International. Candidates admitted on National seats pay tuition fee and allied charges in Pak currency whereas candidates admitted against International seats pay the required dues at rates defined for international students. For admission against international seats, the following categories will be eligible:-
  • Pakistani national students having passed an examination equivalent to intermediate level of Pakistan from a foreign education system.
  • Foreigners and Pakistanis having dual nationality, irrespective of the place of their HSSC study, i.e Pakistan or abroad.
  • Pakistani students who studied abroad but have passed the requisite examination from a Pakistani board.

While applying for admission, possession of Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) / Form 'B' or NICOP is mandatory. Online registration system does not require attachment of documents / credentials. However, the same will be required for verification during selection and admission process of selected candidates.

Gap year / repeater candidates are being considered as normal candidates and there is no penalization while generating the merit.

The detailed admission criteria is given on the following link: https://nust.edu.pk/admissions/alliedprogram/admission-criteria/

From 26 February 2024 (tentatively).

Last date for ACT / SAT score to reach NUST directly from College Board, USA, is 25 July, 2024.
NUST institutional code to receive ACT scores is 2915 and of SAT scores is 2790. ACT / SAT scores are valid for two years only.
It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure the provision of ACT / SAT scores to Undergraduate Section, NUST, Sector H-12, Islamabad by the given deadline.

NUST requires ACT / SAT scores for admission in undergraduate programmes as per following details:-
Programmes ACT Score
Engineering ACT Composite Score (Minimum score to apply – 25)
Computing Programmes 
BS Biotechnology / BS Food Science and Technology 
BS Environmental Science
Architecture & Industrial Design
Natural Sciences ACT STEM Score (Minimum score to apply – 25)
Business Studies / Social Sciences / LLB

SAT (Minimum score to apply in each subject – 550)


ACT Score of Maths, English and Reading

(Minimum score to apply in each subject – 25)

NUST institutional code to receive ACT score is 2915.

NUST institutional code to receive SAT score is 2790.

          ACT / SAT scores are valid for two years.  

There are total 200 MCQs to be attempted in three hours (180 minutes).

Detailed fee structure for MBBS programme can be viewed by visiting https://nust.edu.pk/admissions/NSHS/fee-structure/.  

  • SSC / O level / Equivalent           - 10%
  • HSSC / A level / Equivalent       - 40%
  • NUMS - MDCAT                           - 50%

Merit details are as under:
  • NET / MDCAT / ACT Test*                               -    75%
  • HSSC (Pre-Medical) / A level / Equivalent       -   15%
  • SSC / O level / Equivalent                                -   10%
* For ACT Based International Seats, 100% weightage will be given to ACT Composite Score.

Application processing fee will be charged according to the following structure:
  • NUST Entry Test (per exam)  
    • Pakistani / Dual Nationality Holder   -   Rs. 5,000/- or USD 40/-
    • Foreign National (Non Pakistani)       -   Rs. 10,000/- or USD 80/-
  • For ACT / SAT Candidates
    • ACT / SAT based National seat            -   Rs. 5,000/- or USD 40/-
    • ACT / SAT based International seat    -   Rs. 10,000/- or USD 80/-
The fee in Pakistani rupees can be deposited in any branch of Habib Bank Limited (HBL) on the fee invoice to be printed after successful completion / submission of online application. Application processing fee is neither refundable nor transferable. It will remain valid only for the series for which it has been paid.

Intelligence questions will pertain to Arithmetical Reasoning, Critical Thinking, Analytical Approach and Problem Solving.

NUST Entry Test is primarily based on FA / FSc level studies (Part-1 & Part-II) and questions are in the form of MCQs with four answer options each. The paper of English is on the pattern of SAT exam. The test also includes Intelligence part. Sample Test.

Textbooks are consulted while developing the question bank. Grasping the concepts available in different textbooks will be beneficial.

In Islamabad, NET is conducted in NUST Exam Hall (Entry through Gate - 4) located inside the NUST Main Campus, Sector H-12, Islamabad. ­­­­­Pin location: https://rb.gy/j0b5ds

In Quetta, NET is conducted at NUST Balochistan Campus (NBC). Pin Location: https://rb.gy/9ntumc

In Karachi, and Gilgit, the test venue is mentioned on respective admit cards.

Result of computer-based NET is uploaded within 24 hours and for paper-based NET, within 5 to 7 working days. Result can be viewed by entering the Roll No. in the following link: https://ugadmissions.nust.edu.pk/result/default.aspx

Classes for MBBS programme will commence from 06 February 2024.

NSHS is located inside the NUST Main Campus, Sector H-12, Islamabad. The link to its pin location (on Google Maps) is: https://rb.gy/f6a26

For Open Merit Seats
  • NET 2023 (Biotechnology)
  • NUMS MDCAT 2023
  • National MDCAT 2023
For ACT Based Seats
  • ACT Test 2022 / 2023

You can apply for admission on the basis of score achieved in NUMS - MDCAT 2023 only.

First, second and third position holders in HSSC exams of different BISEs are exempted from payment of NET Application Processing Fee. Such candidates should contact NUST through email at [email protected] along with valid proof obtained from the concerned education board.

You can contact through Phone: +92 51-90856878 e-mail: [email protected].

The student will be admitted to the MBBS programme on payment of tuition fee in quarterly or six-monthly installments.

The facility will be available both for boys and girls as per the NUST SoP. The students are requested to apply for the same on confirmation of selection. For the details regarding hostel charges and to apply online, visit the following links: https://nust.edu.pk/admissions/fee-structure/hostel-accommodation https://campuslife.nust.edu.pk/facility-and-amenity/housing-and-dining/

The university will refund only the security deposit to the candidates who do not join the university.  Admission Processing Fee is non-refundable.