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NAT - National Aptitude Test


The National Aptitude Test is a systematic assessment test designed to figure out an individual's aptitude or ability in various areas such as intellectual skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, and subject-specific knowledge. The specific content and format of the test may vary from field to field, but their objective remains consistent: to provide a fair and unbiased measure of an individual's abilities, enabling educational institutions to make informed decisions.

NAT is a competence test conducted by NTS. NAT scores are used by many Pakistani institutions as an assessment criteria factor for admission in Bachelor and Master level programs.

The National Aptitude Test (NAT) is for admissions to NTS Associated Universities. The candidates will appear in a single test only and will stand eligible for admission to all NTS-associated universities in the respective subject group.


Why NAT is important for students seeking admission to Universities?


Many universities and higher education institutions in Pakistan require potential students to submit NAT scores as part of their admissions process. These scores serve as an objective measure of a student's aptitude and preparedness for higher education. Students who perform well on the NAT can increase their chances of achieving admission to renowned institutions and programs.


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


NAT test is for about 100 marks and the minimum score to qualify for NAT is 50%.

Every institution has its evaluation criteria for admission and scholarship awards. So passing the NAT only does not guarantee admission to any university. Generally, the score in NAT is used on a qualified basis, that is, a test taker with a higher score in NAT is preferred for admission if other criteria of evaluation are also met. You must prepare for the test for a higher score.


What is the validity period of NAT?


Once the NAT test has been passed, the test result will remain valid for 1 year from the test date. The students may use the result for 1 year to apply for admission to any university. In this period of one year, the student may appear in the test again. 


Can an applicant take NAT more than once?


Yes, the candidates who are aiming to improve their previous NAT score can also apply for the test again. This ensures an increase in their criteria. In this way, they get more chance to apply for the trending field. 


What is the format of NAT?


The test format of NAT is based on 100 marks. There are a total of 90 multiple-choice questions. The test format of NAT consists of four parts which are as follows.

·         Quantitative Ability: This part consists of basic mathematical questions. It consists of 20 MCQs.

·         Analytical Ability:  This part consists of questions related to analytics. These questions are quite tricky but once the student gets hold of their logic then these are a piece of cake for them. It also consists of 20 MCQs.

·         Verbal Ability:  These questions are based on English grammar and vocabulary. This part is based on 20 multiple-choice questions.

·         Subject Ability: These questions are further divided into the subjects referred to which the students have applied for the test. This part has 30 mcqs in total 10 mcqs for each subject.


Is there any minimum qualification criterion for taking NAT?


Candidates with a minimum of 12 years of education are eligible to apply for and appear in NAT-I. Candidates with a minimum of 14 years of education are eligible to apply for and appear in NAT-II. 


Which universities accept the NAT test?


Many universities accept NATs other than their internal tests. Here is the list of some universities that accept NAT.

  •  COMSATS University Islamabad
  •  Dr. A.Q Khan Institute of Computer Sciences & Information Technology
  •  Fatima Jinnah Women's University, Rawalpindi
  •  GIFT University, Gujranwala
  •  Gomal University, D.I.Khan
  •  NAMAL College
  •  National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences (FAST)


How can I register for NAT?


The registration process for NAT is very easy. The applicants first have to make an account on the official website of NTS( The applicants are required to fill in the information about their educational background and their personal information such as phone no., CNIC, and some other information as well. After providing the basic information the applicants can simply apply for the NAT by selecting their specified subjects. Deposit the fee in the designated bank mentioned in the form. The applicants don’t need to post the application form physically. The online application form is enough to secure their test seat. They are informed about their test center and roll no.  through text messages.


When should I take NAT?


If you are willing to have higher qualifications after 12/14 years of education then you should take NAT just after you take the final exams for intermediate/bachelor degree. The test result will remain valid for 1 year for admissions. Early taking of NAT enables you to apply to more institutions and choose the best one. You can take the test any time after passing inter or graduation according to the NTS schedule. You can visit NTS's official website ( to find the data available to you.


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