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PERSONAL FEEDBACK OF FRESH GRADUATES FROM TOP PAKISTANI UNIVERSITIES IS FINALLY AT ONE PLACE!
All of this is from my personal experience. If you think I misguided somewhere, kindly let me know in the comments.
A little background: I am currently a 5th semester student of Computer Science at Information Technology University with O and A Level certifications. I too have been through the exhaustive and extensive process of applying to Pakistani universities and giving those illogical and weird tests. Since every year people seek guidance for universities so I decided to make a complete guide to answer all questions at one place.
=> I have decided to study from Pakistan. Now what?
Universities admission open after your A level exams except likes of LUMS and PIEAS etc.
Since funding is the most important issue for most students, I am going to classify universities according to the funding available and other aspects.
If you decide to study at a public sector university, then do not forget to check out for PEEF. If you get a PEEF, you technically study free for 4 years only if you maintain a CGPA of 2.5.
Remember, O Level + A level = No PEEF. O Level + FSC = PEEF. Because apparently our government thinks that those who do A level are extremely wealthy and no way they deserve a PEEF.
*Universities are in no specific order
Everyone's dream university irrespective of studying engineering or business.
We all know that LUMS is a place only where rich kids study but that's not necessarily true because LUMS offers generous scholarships and financial aid. Even if you think you cant afford LUMS, still do apply if your grades are good and aim for financial aid streams.
- You can apply for 100% financial aid when you are submitting an online application. Their application is quite lengthy and requires almost everything from your house bills to number of smartphones in your house. Please read posts from toxicdevil in this thread:
- You can apply for NOP and if you get accepted, all types of costs would be waived but there are conditions and there's a complete process before you get accepted.
- Student loans are also available from different banks e.g. MCB which have to be paid back with interest in a specific time span.
Everything is available on their website plus I am only condensing information in this thread. The procedure is standard. You apply and now give SATs (previously used to be LCAT and SSE test). There is a lot of information available on internet of how to prepare for SATs.
- NUST also provides financial aid and here are the details: Link
- NUST supports Deferred Payment and here are the details: Link
- Other scholarships at NUST: Link
If you are an A level student, you need to study physics, chemistry and maths from the FSC books otherwise you are not likely to score well. You may need to cram stupid things like the name of scientist who discovered the atom etc. I have given the test and it was baseless. Literally, tidbits and sentences turned into questions from the book. You would need to score around 140+ with almost an 80% equivalence (O/A Level) to have fair chances of ending up the engineering school of NUST. NET can only be aced if you study FSC well and it's better you take atleast two NETs (NET1 and NET2). If you don't score 140+, take NET3 too. The 140 mark line is subject to merit. Please google to get sample papers and past Merit lists etc.
*If you score a 2350+ in SAT2 then you can apply on the basis of SAT seats and thus bypass the stupid entry test.
- PIEAS offers USAID need based scholarships and some others: Link
Admission at PIEAS is more in favor of A level students since their test is more logical than simply pasting answers through rote learning. Here is a sample paper of their test, you'll have better idea once you see it. Link.
PIEAS is also a competitive university so like NUST and LUMS, you would need a good test score and atleast 75%+ in your equivalence to improve your chances.
- FAST is quite generous in scholarships too and you can see them here: Link
- The merit scholarship holds only if you get a CGPA of 3.0 or higher which is hard to get in FAST.
- FAST offers PEEF so if you can not afford FAST and have good academic record, you definitely should apply for PEEF.
FAST's test is hard generally and you lose more marks because of the negative marking. It is somewhat a mixture of NUST and PIEAS's test. It has different sections like basic maths, advanced maths etc. No calculators are allowed so things get a bit tricky here. Again, it's difficult to get into FAST but if you score around 55+ in their test which are scaled to 100 (correct me if I am wrong) then your chances are fair because they have higher weightage for test marks. You can apply to FAST on the basis of NTS and it's recommended you give NTS twice, once to get to know the pattern and to score higher the next time. 85+ score would be enough.
~My verdict on FAST: Please read my posts in this thread to have deeper knowledge about FAST
*About NTS: NTS is not a really hard test. It tests your knowledge on science subjects, English and analytical skills. It's recommended that you buy the NTS Sample Papers of Dogar Publishers. That's the best and the only way to prepare for NTS.
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