Universities Cannot Employ NTS Admission Tests Anymore

The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan has announced that universities are no longer under any obligation to hold their Graduation Assessment Test (GAT) by employing the National Testing Service (NTS).

Lahore High Court had passed a judgment in March 2014 after a student Syeda Anam Ilyas launched a petition which alleged NTS as an illegal entity and asked the HEC to ensure that admissions test would not be carried out under any private firm until proper legislation was passed to allow for such a measure.

Now, an official has informed the media that the HEC has already directed all universities to conduct their own admission and GAT tests instead of relying on NTS for higher education admissions.

Testing via the NTS has always been a very gray area and after billions in revenue, it has finally been declared non-mandatory

HEC has also completely denied students’ claims regarding different private universities where students were asked by HEC to pass NTS GAT tests. According to the students, universities were asked to do this under instructions from HEC.

Students from Riphah International University and other such private universities have reported that they had already passed the intra-university test which is necessary for the qualification of M.Phil degree but the universities were later directed by HEC to go through the process all over again.

Different students had informed the HEC regarding their dissatisfaction with the decision and warned of launching protests against it. Students had even warned of going to court against the decision as it just wastes time and resources.

Source: Daily Pakistan

He is the Editor at ProPakistani.


  • MUNIB

    Salute to Syeda Anam Ilyas.

    Over the years HEC and Gov have find different excuses to shift the burden of their incompetency on such admission Test mechanism.

    If one has to be judged by these tests (technically not wrong , otherwise) then a student should throw his matric/inter/university degrees and mark sheets to arabian sea.

    Why should a student re-verify his competency when he already has done it 2/3 times in 3-6 years (matric/inter/university) ?

    Why the gov does not do what needs to be done at these levels ?

    • Waqas

      To collect money. This is a country where having birth certificate and id is not enough you still require domicile to prove your existence :D

    • Syed Aqib Shah

      many people obtain marks by un fair means in their metric and inter exams…. and in NTS you only get marks according to your competence and capability…. and if a person is good in his previous studies….he will definitely perform well his NTS.

      • UncleBully

        DisAgree Sometimes Postion Holders In Matric And Inter Cannot Pass NTS !

        • Basit ZIa

          Then they are “Raattay Baaz” :p

        • Waqas

          Blame schools and courses, not students. because they are never taught like this.

          • UncleBully

            Bhai Mere Kuch Students Board Ma Paisy Dy K No Lagwaty Hai To Entry Test Ma Reh Jty Hai Kue K Kuch Ata Nhi Hota So Entry Test Is Good :)

  • ads

    great news these nts are frauds and corrupt they should ban on all jobs

    • Raja Maja

      now if a student applies in four Universities they will pay Rs. 800 each university. they will tell you how how competent you are.

  • tayyab

    where is the money go any way……. any idea

  • Waqas

    Also govt should band draft payment on government vacancies. Yesterday my cousin who works in university of gujrat told me that they have two vacancies in office for which they are running ads and getting thousands applications. People pay 1000rs along with application. But vacancies are already booked for highly referenced people. But still they are open for applicants. My cousin told me that yesterday an old father, don’t know from which part of country came for his daughters job and gave me application. Cousin told he seemed so poor and exhausted. My cousin told me that he was thinking that baba je is submitting application but he don’t know there is no job for his daughter.

    Furthermore he explain that our university will collect over a million rupees from these applicants and will pay a salary of a whole year to those 2 people who will get job through references obviously. And next year they will again stage this drama to collect money.

    Sadly all government departments are doing this. And innocent people are losing their hard earned money and precious time and energy.

  • Ahmad

    And now the student will have to pay for and sit in exams of each university so that he may get admission in one.

    NTS k 800 bhari thay aur ab har university 800,800 le gi.

    • Raja Maja

      very true, now if a student applies in four Universities they will pay Rs. 800 each university. they will tell you how how competent you are.

  • Syed Aqib Shah

    I think NTS is a good way to filter students….. but it should be sponsored by universities and must be completely free of cost ….. also their should be a ban on organizations using NTS to collect money from job seekers…..but not on NTS.

  • Raja Maja

    Now if a student applies in four Universities they will pay Rs. 800 each university. they will tell you how competent you are.

    • Waqas

      Hmm, aalid point. Another headache

    • Muhammad Yasir

      great … now all the uni’s will be filled on ratta experts and GENUINELY incompetent students on ‘merit’ …

      just what this failing country needed !

  • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

    two years ago HEC directed universities about GAT test. I don’t know that some universities still ask for GAT.
    NTS body was solely a business.
    Started in mush times and it was owned by the brother of HEC chairman. Each year they earn billions.
    Their testing facility is not recognized by any education body internationally, only our HEC forcing universities to use this facility so they earn money.
    1000 fee for test and the paper quality they use in exam is 3rd class cheap.

  • Muhammad Yasir

    Nail in the coffin for pakistan … already filled with ratta experts and cash rich jerks …

    this is the death of Pakistan’s Educational sector..

    • Syed Aqib Shah

      and is a gateway to sifarish culture :(

      • Muhammad Yasir

        exactly … death of the fair education … if we had any…

        all i see in NED is ratta experts who got 80% and above by learning papers by heart rather than actually acquiring knowledge … so much for the so called ‘merit’

        screw all this :/

  • Abdullah Riaz

    NTS was great , universities will now trample the merit system and unfair admissions will take place.

    • Muhammad Yasir

      damn right , sir !

      nothing good can stay on long enough or forever in this hel hole !

      so long … fair education system…

      the amount of ratta experts i see in NED on ‘merit’ :/
      oh and guess what , they got 85% and above marks … by Learning the MATHS , Physics and Chemistry paper by heart -_-

    • Muhammad Yasir

      damn right , sir !

      nothing good can stay on long enough or forever in this hell hole !

      so long … fair education system…

      the amount of ratta experts i see in NED on ‘merit’ :/
      oh and guess what , they got 85% and above marks … by Learning the MATHS , Physics and Chemistry paper by heart -_-

    • Atta

      The universities mut take their own test NTS is privte initity chances of courption is more if they will help to any body they can

  • Atta

    Its good dicision passed by honourable Lahore high court we the students of sindh do inform that there are various answers of same questions available in the books,sindh text book board pujab text book board and the federal books very the answers now which answer is correct we can’t distinguished resultantly majority of bright students did not qualify.the questions are out of course and above standered the NTS falow the standard of TOEFL,GRE and GMTE.there is 70% rural area of sindh is facing difficulties in the teaching we don’t have good teachers also if available the poor youth can’t offered their highering charges.besides that we challenge the professors to sit with us in the NTS and secure the marks of average student.the engineering universities of sindh conduct their own test according to their requirements so does sindh university but the medical colleges of sindh are highering NTS reasons best known by them.recently lumhs,saheed muhtarma banair Bhutto university announced the addmision policy by conducting the NTS test it means these universties are not capable to select candidates for under graduate programes fortheir institution than how they award the degrees to graguates of their own institutions where as they are utlise millions of rupess on the salaries of their staff HEC may also take notice and stop the NTS test from medical colleges of sindh

  • Atta

    What is NTS its nothing they are getting questions from toefl, GRE and GMTE and the poor one can’t afford to buy the books