Admission Schedule
Tentative Admission Schedule for 2016
BBA & BS MBA, MS & PhD
  Application Submission July 11 (Mon) July 11 (Mon)
  Admission Tests From Jul 12 (Tue) From Jul 12 (Tue)
  Declaration of selected Candidates Jul 25 (Mon) Jul 25 (Mon)
  Interviews Jul 26 - 28 (Tue - Thu)
  Admission Formalities Jul 29 - Aug 2 (Fri-Tue) Jul 29 - Aug 2 (Fri-Tue)
Eligibility Criteria

Those who have taken the HSSC or an equivalent examination and are awaiting result are also eligible to apply. The four-year undergraduate programs of full time study are divided into eight semesters.
  1. BS(Civil Engineering/Electrical Engineering)
  2. Eligibility:
    • At least 60% marks in SSC(Matric) or an equivalent examination AND
    • At least 60% marks in HSSC (Pre-Engineering) or an equivalent examination.
    Selection Criteria:
    Admission on the basis of NTS-NAT Marks
    • Selection is based on marks obtained in NTS NAT-IE.
    • Cut-off marks to be determined by the University.
    Admission on the basis of NU Admission Test
    • Merit List is prepared by assigning 50% weight to marks obtained in Intermediate (part-I) (or an equivalent exam) AND
    • 50% weight is assigned to score obtained in NU Admission Test.
    • In case, Intermediate result is not available, Matriculation marks are used and multiplied by a factor of 0.9 (to equate it to average Intermediate marks).
    Admission on the basis of SAT score
    • Combined score of 1,500 or more in the SAT-I examination AND
    • At least 550 in the SAT-II (Math Level IIC) examination.
  3. BS (Computer Science)
  4. Eligibility:
    • At least 60% marks in SSC (Matric) or an equivalent examination AND
    • At least 50% marks in the HSSC or an equivalent examination.
    • Must have studied Mathematics at the HSSC level.
    Selection Criteria:
    Admission on the basis of NTS-NAT Marks
    • Selection is based on marks obtained in NTS NAT 1E, or NAT-ICS.
    • Cut-off marks to be determined by the University.
    Admission on the basis of NU Admission Test
    • Merit List is prepared by assigning 50% weight to marks obtained in Intermediate (part-I) (or an equivalent exam) AND
    • 50% weight is assigned to score obtained in NU Admission Test.
    • In case, Intermediate result is not available, Matriculation marks are used and multiplied by a factor of 0.9 (to equate it to average Intermediate marks).
    Admission on the basis of SAT score
    • Combined score of 1,500 or more in the SAT-I examination AND
    • At least 550 in the SAT-II (Math Level IIC) examination.
  5. BBA/BS (Accounting & Finance)
  6. Eligibility:
    • At least 60% marks in SSC (Matric) or an equivalent examination AND
    • At least 50% marks in HSSC or an equivalent examination.
    Selection Criteria:
    Admission on the basis of NTS-NAT Marks
    • Selection is based on marks obtained in NTS NAT 1E, NAT-ICS, NAT-ICOM, or NAT-IGS.
    • Cut-off marks to be determined by the University.
    Admission on the basis of NU Admission Test
    • Merit List is prepared by assigning 50% weight to marks obtained in Intermediate (part-I) (or an equivalent exam) AND
    • 50% weight is assigned to score obtained in NU Admission Test.
    • In case, Intermediate result is not available, Matriculation marks are used and multiplied by a factor of 0.9 (to equate it to average Intermediate marks).
    Admission on the basis of SAT score
    • Combined score of 1,500 or more in the SAT-I examination.
  1. MBA (1½-year)
  2. Eligibility:
    • BBA or an equivalent degree from a recognized university received after 16 years of education AND
    • At least 60% marks or CGPA of at least 2.0 (on a scale of 4.0).
    • Graduates of BS (Accounting and Finance) are eligible for admission in MBA programs; provided they have studied at least two courses in each of the following two streams (Marketing and Management).
    Selection Criteria:
    • Past Academic Record (Bachelor): 40%
    • Performance in NU Subject Admission Test: 60%
  3. MBA (2½-year)
  4. Eligibility:
    • A degree earned from a recognized university after 16 years of non-business education AND
    • At least 60% marks or CGPA of at least 2.0(on a scale of 4.0).
    Selection Criteria:
    • Past Academic Record (Bachelor): 40%
    • Performance in NU Subject Admission Test: 60%
  5. MS (Software Project Management)
  6. Eligibility:
    • A degree in Science / Engineering earned from a recognized university after 16 years of education.
    • At least 60% marks or CGPA of at least 2.0 (on a scale of 4.0).
    • Two years of post qualification experience in software development or related area.
    Selection Criteria:
    • Past Academic Record (Bachelor): 40%
    • Performance in NU subject Admission Test: 60%
  7. MS (Software Engineering)
  8. Eligibility:
    • Degree in relevant subject earned after 16 years of education from an HEC recognised university.
    • At least 60% marks or CGPA of at least 2.0 (on a scale of 4.0).
    Selection Criteria:
    • Past Academic Record (Bachelor): 40%
    • Admission Test Score: 60%
  9. MS (Computer Science/ Computer Networks & Security)
  10. Eligibility:
    • Degree in relevant subject of Science or Engineering, earned from a recognized university after 16 years of education AND
    • At least 60% marks or CGPA of at least 2.0(on a scale of 4.0).
    Selection Criteria:
    • Past Academic Record (Bachelor): 40%
    • Performance in NU MS Admission Test: 60%
  11. MS (Electrical Engineering)
  12. Eligibility:
    • Bachelor Degree in a relevant engineering discipline (Electrical, Telecommunications, or Computer engineering, etc.), recognized by Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC).
    • Minimum CGPA of 2.0 (on a scale of 4.0) or at least 60% marks.
    • At least 60% marks or CGPA of at least 2.0(on a scale of 4.0).
    Selection Criteria:
    • Past Academic Record (Bachelor): 40%
    • Performance in NU MS Admission Test: 60%
  13. MS (Civil Engineering)
  14. Eligibility:
    • Degree in relevant subject, earned from a recognized university after 16 years of education AND
    • At least 60% marks or CGPA of at least 2.0(on a scale of 4.0).
    Selection Criteria:
    • Past Academic Record (Bachelor): 40%
    • Performance in NU MS Admission Test: 60%
  15. MS (Civil Engineering)
  16. Eligibility:
    • Degree in relevant subject, earned from a recognized university after 16 years of education AND
    • At least 60% marks or CGPA of at least 2.0(on a scale of 4.0).
    Selection Criteria:
    • Past Academic Record (Bachelor): 40%
    • Performance in NU MS(Civil) Admission Test: 60%
  17. MS (Mathematics)
  18. Eligibility:
    • Degree in relevant subject, earned from a recognized university after 16 years of education AND
    • At least 55% marks (under annual system or CGPA of at least 2.0(on a scale of 4.0) in the most recent degree program.
    Selection Criteria:
    • Past Academic Record (Bachelor) (4 year Bachelor OR 2 year masters): 40%
    • Performance in NU MS Subject Admission Test: 60%
  19. MS (Applied Linguistics)
  20. Eligibility:
    • Masters degree in ELT, TESL, English Literature or a related discipline AND
    • At least 55% marks or CGPA of at least 2.0(on a scale of 4.0).
    Selection Criteria:
    • Past Academic Record (Bachelor): 40%
    • Performance in NU Admission Test: 60%
  21. MS (Management Sciences)
  22. Eligibility:
    • A Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject, earned from a recognized university after a minimum of 16 years of education with at least 70 percent marks or a CGPA of at least 2.5/4.0 or equivalent. The students must have taken two courses in each of the main streams of Accounting, Finance, Marketing and Management. AND
    • A minimum of 50% marks and at least 50 percentile rank in NTS in the NTS GAT-General OR at least 1,800 score (out of 2,400) in International GRE and at least 4 out of 6 in analytical writing. The scores should be valid at the time of admission.
    Selection Criteria:
    • Past Academic Record (Bachelor): 40%
    • Performance in NU subject Admission Test: 60%
  23. PhD (Computer Science/ Mathematics/ Electrical Engineering/Management Sciences)
  24. Eligibility:
    • A degree in a relevant subject, earned from a recognized university after 17½ years of relevant education AND
    • At least 70% marks (in the Annual system) or CGPA of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) AND
    • Applicant must have earned Master degree with coursework and Thesis.
    Selection Criteria:
    • Admission is based on candidate’s performance in the following:
    • Minimum 60% marks and at least 50 percentile rank in NTS-Subject GAT or International GRE Subject Test AND
    • Interview (to assess research potential)
Equivalence of O/A-level Grades
Equivalence of O-level Grades

The below information is only for the guidance purpose. University will accept the certificate from Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) for foreign qualification including O/A Level.

To compute equivalent marks for O-level students, add marks of eight subjects (Chemistry, English, Islamiat, Mathematics, Pakistan Studies, Physics, Urdu, and Biology or Computer Studies). The percentage marks corresponding to grade letters is shown in the adjacent table. The marks obtained by the student in these eight subjects are then used to calculate the equivalent matriculation percentage marks.

The equivalent marks are calculated using the following criteria used by the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC):

Grade Points
A* 90%
A 85%
B 75%
C 65%
D 55%
E 45%
U 0%

Example: Computing marks equivalent to matriculation.

Subject Grade Total Marks Marks Obtained
1. Chemistry A 100 85
2. English B 100 75
3. Islamiyat D 100 55
4. Mathematics B 100 75
5. Pak. Studies C 100 65
6. Physics B 100 75
7. Urdu B 100 75
8. Biology Or Comp. Studies D 100 55
Total 800 560

The equivalent marks in matriculation (out of 850) are (560 ÷800) × 850 = 595

Equivalence of A-level Grades

The marks equivalent to A-level are computed using the above stated total marks (out of 800). Add to this, the marks for the three subjects of A-level using the above table. The total thus obtained is out of 1100. This total can then be used to work out the percentage marks for HSSC.

Example: Marks of the above mentioned student in A-level are given below:

Subject Grade
Chemistry C
Physics B
Mathematics A

Calculating equivalent marks:

Subject Grade Total Marks Marks Obtained
O-level Marks 800 560
Chemistry C 100 65
Physics B 100 75
Mathematics A 100 85
Total 1100 785

The equivalent marks in HSSC (out of 1100) are (785 ÷1100) × 1100 = 785

Fee Structure for 2015-16
Fees

Admission Fee of Rs 15,000 is payable once at the time of admission. If a graduate of this University is admitted to a higher degree program, then admission fee is not payable again.

Fee is payable in full before the start of semester. It is subject to revision every year. For the academic year 2014-15, following tuition fee shall be charged.

For the academic year 2016-17 the tuition fee is as follows:

BBA / BS MBA MS / PhD
Admission Fee Rs. 15,000 Rs. 15,000 Rs. 15,000
Tuition Fee Rs. 6,300 per credit hour Rs. 7,000 per credit hour Rs. 7,000 per credit hour

Students admitted before fall 2014

BBA / BS MBA MS / PhD
Tuition Fee Rs. 93,000 per semester Rs. 7,000 per credit hour Rs. 7,000 per credit hour

As per tax rules, the University shall collect Advance Tax (on behalf of the government) at the rate of 5% on the entire amount of fee (if payable exceeds Rs 200,000 per annum). The Parent/Guardian is required to provide NTN or CNIC number so that it can be adjusted at the time of filing their Income Tax return. The University will issue Tax Deducted Certificate after the end of financial year.

Migration/Transfer Fee

A student who is allowed by the University to migrate/transfer from another campus shall pay Rs. 5000 as Transfer Fee prior to joining the new campus

Semester Freeze Fee

A student who is allowed by the University to freeze a regular semester shall pay Semester Freeze Fee(for each semester) as stated below:

Current semester Rs. 5000
Previous semester Rs. 6000
Fee Refund Policy

Admission Fee is non-refundable

Tuition Fee is refunded in accordance with the instructions of Higher Education Commission.

Up to 7th day of convene of classes Full (100 %) Refund
From 8th-15th day of convene of classes Half (50 %) Refund
From 16th day of convene of classes No (0 %) Refund

After declaration of result, admission of a student stands cancelled if he or she fails to meet the required eligibility requirement for admission. Their fee refund is calculated from the date of their result announcement.

Late Fee Fine

Late Fee Fine is levied on the entire outstanding fee (current as well as arrears). Late fee fine is charged at the rate of Rs 1 per day for every thousand rupees (rounded up to the next thousand).

Registration is suspended TWO months after the due date for payment of fee.

Degree/ Transcript Change Fee

Fee for any change (such as spellings, name) in degree/transcript is Rs 1,500.

Additional Transcripts can be obtained upon payment of Rs 200 per Transcript.

Financial Assistance/Scholarships Information
Merit Scholarships for Bachelor Students

Merit scholarship is awarded to the Top THREE position holders in each Group of each Examination Board.

Scholarship is also offered to top three position holders in the merit list of NU admission merit list.

This scholarship is for four years of un-interrupted studies with full course load and is equal to the full tuition fee. Continuation of merit scholarship is subject to maintaining semester GPA of 3.0 or higher.

HEC Scholarships for MS and PhD students

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) provides liberal scholarships to students desirous of studying for the MS and PhD degrees at this university. The scholarship covers tuition fee, monthly stipend and book allowance.

Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF) Scholarships

The Government of Punjab gives 42 scholarships to indigent students having domicile of Punjab. Newly admitted students in any of the four campuses of the university can apply for this scholarship. The scholarship is for 4-year undergraduate studies, and covers 50% of the tuition fee. The remaining 50% is given by the University as Qarz-e-Hasna.

Sindh Government Endowment Board Scholarships

The Sindh Government offers scholarships to students of Karachi campus on need-cum-merit for both under-graduate and graduate studies. The scholarship covers full tuition fee for entire duration of the program, renewable every year. The quota for students from rural sector is 60%, and the remaining 40% is for the students from urban sector. About 25 new scholarships are offered every year under this scheme.

Baluchistan Government Endowment Board Scholarship

Baluchistan Government offers scholarships to students of Karachi campus on need-cum-merit for both under-graduate and graduate studies. The scholarship covers full tuition fee for entire duration of the program, renewable every year.

OSAF Scholarships

OSAF (Old Students Association of FAST graduates) arranges financial assistance for those students who cannot afford to pay their full fee.

Other Scholarships

In addition to the above scholarships there are various community based scholarships offered by various committees and foundations such as, Memon Community Scholarships, Bohra Community Scholarships, INFAQ Foundation scholarships, Agha Khan Foundation Scholarships, etc.

For Karachi campus, Alumni Association, Hindu Community, and Agha Khan Foundation also provides scholarships in limited numbers.

Assistantships

The University may utilize the services of its students in its different activities. These students are compensated for rendering their services.

Bank Loans

PICIC Commercial Bank, NIB Bank, Bank Alfalah, Bank Islami and MCB offer loans to students.

Study Loan

Realizing that the fees may not be affordable for some of its students, FAST arranges financial assistance in the form of interest-free study loans for bright indigent students. This assistance is subject to renewal every semester in light of the student’s academic performance. Financial assistance is limited to tuition fee only and is discontinued if the student’s CGPA falls below the minimum specified to avoid warning. Loan recipients MUST take full load of courses offered.

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Applying for Study Loan

Applicants desirous of seeking study loan should apply for this purpose on the prescribed form available from all campuses or downloadable from the University web site.

Repayment of Study Loan

The repayment of loan starts three months after graduation or soon after getting employment, whichever is earlier. The total amount has to be repaid within a period of four years after graduation. Students are required to sign a contract allowing future employers to deduct loan repayments at source and remit it to the University.

Admission Procedure
The procedure for admission is as follows:
  1. Admission Application Form must be filled online by following the instructions. Click Here for Online Admission Application
  2. Applications received through post or by hand will not be accepted/entertained.
  3. The online system assigns a unique Application Reference Number (ARN) to each applicant, which must be noted for later use.
  4. Applicant will deposit the Application Fee in the designated Bank. Fee is non-refundable/adjustable.
    • Application processing fee of Rs 1,500 is payable by all applicants including those who are seeking admission on the basis of NTS (NAT or GAT) test only. If NTS is added with NU test application then Rs. 500 will be charged.
    • If an applicant wants to take more than one Admission Test, then an Additional Fee of Rs 500 is payable for each additional Admission Test. [For example, for taking both the BBA and the BS tests, or for taking both the MS (CS) and MS (SPM) tests.]
  5. Applicant will confirm that information entered in the Admission Application Form is correct. In case of incorrect information, the University has all the rights to cancel the application/admission without any fee refund.
  6. Upon payment of the Application Processing Fee (and additional Admission Test Fee), the applicant will print his/her ADMIT CARD bearing the applicant’s TEST ROLL NUMBER.
  7. The applicant should then visit the test campus on the specified date and time as mentioned on the Admit card.
  8. Admission of a student automatically stands cancelled if he or she fails in the required exam whose result was not available at the time of admission.
NU Online Admission Test

Information on various Admission Tests is available on the University’s admission web-site admissions.nu.edu.pk

The online admission test is taken on a computer. The candidate should be familiar with the use of mouse and the keyboard. Each candidate is given a different examination. The sections of a test (English, Analytical skills, Math etc) appear in a random sequence. Moreover, questions related to different topics also appear before the candidate in a random sequence. In each section, a candidate can move forward and backwards to review the responses selected. The candidate can change his or her response to any question within the current section.

Each section of the admission test has a fixed duration. Each section is timed independently and time saved in one section is not carried forward to the next sections. At the end of the test, a summary of the results is displayed on screen. The duration of the Online Admission Test is between two and three hours.

Applicants should reach the test centre on the date and time specified on the admit card. Latecomers will not be allowed to take the test. Applicants should not bring anything to the test centre except their Admit Cards. No applicant will be allowed to take the test without an endorsed Admit Card. The Admission Test is held at all campuses of the University (Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and Peshawar).

Selection Criteria
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Announcements of Selected Candidates

The selected candidates are informed through SMS on their cell phones and also via email. The candidates should check the status of their admission from the University web site admissions.nu.edu.pk or www.nu.edu.pk .

Foreign Nationals

At the time of admission, foreign nationals must submit a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan.

The procedure for admission is as follows:
  1. Admission Application Form must be filled online by following the instructions. Click Here for Online Admission Application
  2. Applications received through post or by hand will not be accepted/entertained.
  3. The online system assigns a unique Application Reference Number (ARN) to each applicant, which must be noted for later use.
  4. Applicant will deposit the Application Fee in the designated Bank. Fee is non-refundable/adjustable.
    • Application processing fee of Rs 1,500 is payable by all applicants including those who are seeking admission on the basis of NTS (NAT or GAT) test.
    • If an applicant wants to take more than one Admission Test, then an Additional Fee of Rs 500 is payable for each additional Admission Test. [For example, for taking both the BBA and the BS tests, or for taking both the MS (CS) and MS (SPM) tests.]
  5. Applicant will confirm that information entered in the Admission Application Form is correct. In case of incorrect information, the University has all the rights to cancel the application/admission without any fee refund.
  6. Admission of a student automatically stands cancelled if he or she fails in the required exam whose result was not available at the time of admission.
Announcements of Selected Candidates

The selected candidates are informed through SMS on their cell phones and also via email. The candidates should check the status of their admission from the University web site admissions.nu.edu.pk or www.nu.edu.pk .

Foreign Nationals

At the time of admission, foreign nationals must submit a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan.

GRE and SAT Examinations

Those who have taken SAT examination can apply for admission to the undergraduate programs, i.e. BBA or BS.

Those who have taken the GRE (subject test) can apply for admission to graduate programs, i.e. MS, MBA or PhD.

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The Institution code for receiving SAT scores is 4575

The Institution code for receiving GRE scores is 7386

Test Pattern

The percentage of marks assigned to different sections of the admission test will be as follows:

Section/Topic BBA & BS (A&F) BS(CS/Engg.) MBA 1 ½ year MS(SPM) MS(CS/Math) MS(EE,CV,SE,CNS,MS) MS(Applied Ling.)
English 15% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 15%
Essay Writing 15% - 5% 5% 5% 5% 25%
Analytical Skills & IQ 30% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 15%
Basic Math 40% 20% - - - - -
Adv. Math - 40% 10% 10% 10% 10% -
Physics - 10% - - - - -
Specialization Area - - 40% 40% 40% 40% 45%
Quantitative Methods - - 15% 15% 15% 15% -
General Knowledge - - - - - - -

Note: There will be Negative Marking and use of calculators is not allowed in the Admission Test.

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Foreign Students

At the time of admission, foreign nationals must submit a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan.