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Engineering Colleges Admission Test

ECAT (Engineering Colleges Admission Test) is an MCQ exam that has become compulsory to be taken by candidates who want to be admitted to Engineering Institutes in Punjab. This entrance test is now mandatory for admission to the undergraduate engineering/technology programs of public/private engineering institutions of the Punjab. 

This test has become compulsory this year, for all the public and private sector engineering institutes of Punjab. ECAT is managed and conducted by the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore (UET).

The Engineering Colleges Admission Test (ECAT) is for admissions to ECAT Associated Universities. The candidates will appear in a single test only and will stand eligible for admission to all ECAT-associated universities in the respective subject group.


Why ECAT is important for students seeking admission to Universities?


The ECAT is important for F.Sc (Pre-Engineering) students in Pakistan because it is a mandatory requirement to get admission to engineering universities and colleges. The test evaluates students' knowledge in subjects such as Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, and English, which are important for engineering studies. Achieving a good score on the ECAT can greatly impact a student's chances of getting admission to a prestigious engineering institute in Pakistan.


What is the minimum score for qualifying ECAT and does that guarantee admission in any university?


The marks required for admission to a specific program at UET Lahore can vary from year to year based on factors such as the number of applicants and the overall performance of the applicants. However, it's generally advisable to aim for high marks in the ECAT exam to increase your chances of admission at UET and other engineering universities. Typically, a strong performance in the ECAT exam, along with meeting other admission criteria, can improve your chances of securing admission to any engineering program.

In ECAT the total marks are 400. The passing marks for the ECAT are 33%, which is 132 out of 400.


What is the validity period of ECAT?


The validity period of the ECAT is only for the year the candidate appears for it. The result of the ECAT stands void after the admission session of that year ends.


What is the format of ECAT?


The test format of the ECAT is based on 400 marks. There are a total of 100 multiple-choice questions. The test format of ECAT consists of four parts which are as follows.


  • Maths: This part consists of a total of 30 multiple-choice questions containing 120 marks. These questions are based on the previous knowledge of the subject.
  • Physics: This part consists of 30 multiple-choice questions containing 120 marks. The difficulty level of these questions is based on the knowledge of physics that has already been taught to the candidates.
  • Chemistry/Computer: This part also consists of 30 multiple-choice questions containing 120 marks. Those who have done ICS will get the mcqs related to Computer Science and those who have done FSC pre-engineering will get mcqs related to Chemistry.
  • English: This part has 10 English-based questions containing 40 marks. This consists of English Vocabulary, grammar, and composition-related questions.

Is there any minimum qualification criterion for taking the ECAT?


Candidates with a minimum of 12 years of education are eligible to apply for and appear in the ECAT.


Which universities accept the ECAT?


Here is the list of some universities in Pakistan that accept the ECAT. 


  • NED Univerisity of Engineering and Technology, Karachi
  • Air University, Islamabad
  • Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro
  • FAST- The National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences,
    Campus: Lahore, Faisalabad, Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar
  • UET - University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore and Taxila
  • NUST - National University of Sciences & Technology, Islamabad
  • GIKI - Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi
  • CUI - COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore 
  • PIEAS - Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Islamabad

How can I register for ECAT?


Registrations for the ECAT are accepted online by the UET. To register, simply visit the UET website and create an account.  You will have to provide your name and other information. Make sure it’s the same name and information shown on your IDs. Fill out all required fields and complete any optional ones you’d like to. Determine the most suitable test center and testing dates for you and select accordingly. Upload a photo that meets the requirements. Submit the fee, upload the fee challan, and print your admission challan.


When should I take the ECAT?


If you are willing to have higher qualifications after 12 years of education then you should take the ECAT just after you take the final exams for intermediate. The test result will remain valid for almost a year for admissions. Early taking of the ECAT enables you to apply to more institutions and choose the best one. You can take the test just before the college applications are opened. 








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