How To Clear NTS GAT General Test In 1st Attempt

GAT General Test

Graduate Assessment Test GAT-GENERAL is for admissions in MS / M.Phil programs.  The test result will remain valid for “TWO YEARS” for admissions.

Graduate Assessment Test (GAT Test) NTS Pakistan

The GAT test is, in fact, an abbreviation for the graduate assessment test. This test is mainly related to University Admissions. However, the responsibility for conducting an examination assessment lies with the National Testing Service (NTS) Pakistan. Admission to academic certification for M.Phil., Ph.D., and HEC Scholarship Schemes programs. GAT test is only applicable to GAT associated universities, not all universities require GAT for further admissions. Appearing in a GAT test is not compulsory but a plus point and is accepted in all Pakistani universities.


GAT test is of Three types

  1. GAT General: Graduate Assessment Test GAT GENERAL is for admissions in MS / M.Phil. programs.
  2. LAW-GAT: Under the Pakistan Legal Practitioners & Bar Councils Rules, a law graduates keen on seeking employment as an Advocate to professionally practice law, is mandatory to pass an Assessment Test by NTS, for being qualified to apply to Bar Council.
  3. GAT Subject: The Graduate Assessment Test Subject is for Ph.D. programs. The same test may be used for the recruitment of graduates. The subject test helps to evaluate, analyze, solve problems, understand relationships, and interpret material in a specific area of study.

GAT General

We here only discuss GAT general for elaborating and enlighten the different aspects to successfully clear the GAT General test in 1st attempt. The rest of the GAT test will follow the same procedure for its respective category.

GAT General exam is mainly taken by the candidates who want to enroll for MS and M.Phil. There are many general GAT courses that can be selected by candidates wishing to apply for MS and M.Phil. programs. The candidates select these courses and subjects according to their needs and requirements.

When to Take

Candidates who wish to enroll in MS and M.Phil. programs must get their self-prepared for the test in their BS’s 7th Semester. They must attempt the GAT exam before the start of the 8th Semester of their BS program to avail the best opportunities and secure admission in top-rated universities of Pakistan.

The reason behind attempting the GAT test in the 7th semester of the BS program is that there are a lot of top-rate universities that announce their admission at the Start of April and for admission, in those universities GAT test is compulsory element. As we all know that in Pakistan there is a trend of delaying the final exams due to which students with improper guidance fail to avail the opportunity to get the chance to study in top-rated universities.

How to Prepare

A lot of students think GAT is a difficult exam to clear without proper preparation from a reputed academy. These thoughts and some circulating bad experiences demoralize the students due to which they lose their confidence and fail to clear the GAT test.


GAT test is just a game of nerves, self-control, time management and a bit of sense of intelligence (which must be used during the test). There is no need to join any academy or to buy any expensive books for the GAT test.

Before attempting any competitive exam one should do some research and gather a piece of comprehensive knowledge about the test and its course content.

There are seven possible elements based on curriculum that can be selected by the applicant at his or her request. A list of these elements is listed below:

GAT General Subjects:

All the above topics are further divided into three different categories, based on their design and distribution of marks.

The Four categories of the general GAT test are listed below:


Business and Engineering students


Arts, Humanities and Social science students


Agricultural, Veterinary, Biological & Related Sciences Students


This category is designed for students coming from Madrassa background or equivalent having equivalence from Higher Education Commission (HEC) for M.Phil. Admissions.

Category/ Paper Distribution Test Type Verbal Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning Analytical Reasoning Total
GAT-A Business and Engineering Students 35% 35% 30% 100%
GAT-B Art, Humanities and Social Sciences Students 50% 30% 20% 100%
GAT-C Agricultural, Veterinary, Biological & Related Sciences Students 45% 35% 20% 100%
GAT-D Religious Studies Students 50% 30% 20% 100%


The only recommended book for the GAT test is NTS Book for GAT General. This book contains all the essential material which is needed to clear the GAT test in 1st attempt with high grades.

How to Attempt

GAT test is a bit lengthy exam with a time limit of 2 hours (120 minutes), which is not enough to complete the exam in a comfortable way. To attempt the complete test, you must manage your time by not utilizing more than 1 minute per question. Always consider a simple question, a simple one, do not make it difficult to buy thinking that there must be a trick behind that simple question.

Result Validation

The GAT test result will remain valid for the period of “TWO YEARS” for admissions and scholarships. Therefore, it must be taken sometime earlier to avail of all the best opportunities to build a beautiful future.

Admission criteria for a GAT General

Candidates who wish to enroll in MS and M.Phil. programs can take the general GAT test if they meet the following eligibility criteria.

  • Must have completed sixteen (16) years of study.
  • Applicants looking to improve on their overall GAT test results.

How to register?

All applicants wishing to participate in the GAT general test must register for a test organized by the national testing service. For a general GAT test, complete the registration form (online) and payment receipt from the NTS official website. (The registration form is available only on the official website of the NTS).

  • A candidate must upload an almost (1 x 1.5 inch) photo into this online registration form.
  • All candidates must upload their photos with full face coverage.

As already mentioned, an exam is mainly taken for candidates who want to enroll for MS and M.Phil. There are many general GAT courses that can be selected by candidates wishing to apply for MS and M.Phil. programs. The candidates select these courses and subjects according to their needs and requirements. There are three categories of categories in which all selectable elements are sub-divided.

Test Cities

  • Faisalabad
  • Islamabad
  • Karachi
  • Lahore
  • Multan
  • Peshawar
  • Quetta
  • Rawalpindi

General Instruction for Test

Same as of all the examinations.

  • Not to bring the cell phones, any helping material.
  • Must reach the examination center 30 minutes earlier.
  • Must bring original ID Card and Roll no slip with you.

Best of Luck

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