NTS GAT General Test

Get every detail about NTS GAT General Test for admissions in MS, MBA, or MPhil program in Pakistani universities and know the answers to the related FAQs.

What is the NTS GAT General?

National Testing Services of Pakistan, briefly known as NTS, is a private body that conducts the GAT General test in various cities of Pakistan. The GAT General is a paper-based exam that includes multiple-choice questions (MCQs) from three components: Quantitative, Verbal and Analytical. The GAT General is a pre-requisite for admission in MS or MPhil programs from Pakistani universities.

Types of GAT General Test

Based on various fields of study, NTS has categorized the GAT General test into four main types: GAT A, GAT B, GAT C, and GAT D. Each type covers the same syllabus but has the difference in weightage of the three components:

  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Analytical reasoning

GAT A (For Business & Engineering)

All graduates who aim to apply for MS or MPhil in Business programs such as MS in Finance, Management, MIS, Banking, or Commerce must take GAT A. Furthermore, graduates who plan for MS in Engineering should also take GAT A. However, those students who plan to do MS in Software Engineering should NOT take GAT A because this field comes under IT instead of Engineering.

Attempt our GAT A Mini Sample, which has 25 questions with answer explanations!

GAT B (For Arts & Social Sciences)

Will you plan to apply for MS in Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences? Consider taking GAT B. These fields mainly cover Media & Journalism, Literature, Political Science, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Religious Studies, Public Administration, Education, History, etc.

Never miss out on our GAT B Mini Sample, which has 25 questions with answer explanations!

GAT C (For Agricultural, IT, Medical & Physical Sciences)

Are you aiming to apply for MS in Software Engineering, Agriculture, Veterinary, Horticulture, Biology, Clinical Medicine, Public Health, or Physical Sciences such as Astronomy, Computer Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Statistics? If yes, then GAT C is for you.

Would you like to attempt our GAT C Mini Sample, having 25 questions with explanations?

GAT D (For Madrassa Education)

Students from Madrassa backgrounds may also apply for Master’s programs in various specializations such as Fiqh, Tafsir, Logic, Arabic Language & Literature, Aqedah, and Hadith. Thus, GAT D is for students having HEC recognized Master’s Degree or equivalence from HEC.

Just take our GAT D Mini Sample, which has 25 questions with answer explanations!

GAT General Test Syllabus

As discussed earlier, GAT General has four categories, and each has a different weightage of the three sections. So, the syllabus also slightly varies for each type according to the weightage. However, overall course work remains the same. In other words, you can prepare from a single GAT General book, irrespective of the category you choose to take NTS GAT General. Thus, every graduate from any field of study has a unique GAT General curriculum to follow.

You might be looking for a comprehensive GAT Test Syllabus.

GAT Quantitative Reasoning

The NTS GAT Quantitative Reasoning does not cover just Math. This curriculum tests how well the graduate can reasonably solve the math puzzle. For this purpose, students should know Math tips and tricks to solve problems in a limited time. In general, the GAT quantitative reasoning syllabus covers Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Word problems, Probability, Business Math and Statistics.

You might be interested in Sample Questions for GAT Quantitative Reasoning.

GAT Verbal Reasoning

NTS GAT Verbal Reasoning tests various aspects of your knowledge regarding basic grammar, fast reading, vocabulary, and correct use of words. The GAT verbal reasoning syllabus covers Synonyms, Antonyms, Vocabulary, Grammar, Reading Comprehension, and Analogies.

You might be interested in Sample Questions for NTS GAT Verbal Reasoning.

GAT Analytical Reasoning

The GAT Analytical Reasoning section tests Critical analysis, Common-sense, and Logical thinking through various question types. These mental skills are much handy in other exams in addition to GAT. For instance, Managerial-level jobs require problem-solving and analytical skills to make the right decision in this new challenging world. This section is the hardest part for many people because students need a proper strategy and common sense to answer correctly. GAT analytical section includes two types of questions: Logical reasoning and Group reasoning.

You might be interested in Sample Questions of NTS GAT Analytical Reasoning.


Why is GAT General Test so Important?

One has to complete MS or MPhil degree to apply for good jobs, specifically in public sector organizations. Better education means better salaries and lower unemployment rates. Furthermore, government jobs require the MPhil degree as a minimum qualification to apply for at least a 16-scale job. Moreover many organizations may also take the GAT test as part of their job application criteria. These scores are then supplemented with other relevant information to make decisions.

Over the years, the GAT General has gradually become one of the most widely accepted tests for postgraduate admissions in Pakistan. It has become so prevalent that many companies have started taking tests similar to the GAT General for shortlisting candidates. Not just that, international scholarship applications such as Commonwealth Scholarship also require the HEC HAT test, which has a similar paper pattern as that of the NTS GAT test.

You might be interested to know NTS GAT Paper Pattern for each type of GAT General.

What does the GAT Test Measure?

It assesses a student’s ability to think & reason logically to analyze complex situations and make the right decision quickly. NTS tests various skills through the following GAT question types: Business Math, Percentage, Ratios & Proportions, Long passage, Logical reasoning, Analogies, Grammar, Group reasoning, and Geometry. These questions require brainstorming and sketch-making to analyze and solve the problems quickly. Above all, time management is the most challenging part of the GAT General test.

You might be interested to know NTS GAT Test Schedule.

Important Note: Please make sure that you have completed at least 16 years of formal education (either a straight 4-years bachelor’s degree or a combination of 2 years bachelor’s plus 2-years master’s degree) to apply for MS or MPhil program in a Pakistani university.

Getting Ready to take GAT?

If you are planning to take NTS GAT General test, you should have at least 20 days

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Taking NTS GAT General

Why Should I Take GAT?

If you are planning to apply for a postgraduate program in Pakistan or aspiring to get HEC Scholarships such as Commonwealth Scholarship, you have to take the GAT General exam or HEC HAT exam respectively. Students from various educational backgrounds in Pakistan take the GAT exam which provides a relative and standardized measure for comparing graduate level qualifications. Read more…

When Should I Take GAT?

The best time to take GAT is whenever you prepare it well. This is because GAT exam is conducted once every two month, so you can always plan for the test based on university application deadline. However, if the university deadline is too near but the next GAT date is nowhere within the next month, you should better ask the university if they can give conditional offer for admission. Read more…

How do I take the GAT General?

Taking GAT General test requires complete info about available test dates, eligibility criteria, copies of educational documents, GAT test fee, NTS GAT preparation materials, CNIC, and the roll number slip, which includes your GAT test timings and venue details. Once you know the next date and university application deadline, you should plan to take GAT General right away.Read more…

NTS Onine Application

How can I create an NTS GAT account?


How do I apply for GAT test?

A complete GAT application ensures your roll number slip delivery on time. If you are missing out anything or have submitted your incorrect application, you may not timely receive GAT roll number slip. Also, it is quite possible that NTS may reject your application due to incorrect details. A successful GAT application procedure includes some steps that you need to follow. Read more…

How can I submit my NTS GAT registration?


Which documents are required to apply for GAT?

Following are the list of documents required in NTS GAT exam to submit online application form:

  • Photocopy of a valid CNIC or Passport
  • 2 most recent passport size photographs with white background
  • Original bank deposit slip as a payment proof of the GAT test fee
Important Note: Please take a photocopy of the bank deposit slip, and keep it at safe place for your record. In rare cases, students find no record when they check their roll number slip online. So, you should have proof of the bank challan payment against your application. You can email this copy to ask the NTS director for the appropriate inquiry on time.

Can I change my Field of Study after Submitting online GAT Application?

Yes, you can change your field of study prior to receiving your roll number slip. Just make a call at 051-8444441 between 10AM to 1PM from Monday to Friday, and put your request to change your field of study in your NTS online application.

Can I change my NTS test city?

Once you submit your online NTS application form, you cannot change your desired test city.

GAT Registration Fee

What is GAT General Test Registration Fee?


How do I submit my GAT fee?

You can submit NTS fee through any of the following three ways:

  1. Visit a nearest branch of HBL, ABL, UBL, or MCB bank along with the challan form attached to your online GAT application and pay the GAT fee.
  2. Visit a nearby ATM and pay the fee to NTS against your application ID
  3. Use EasyPaisa App or JazzCash payment portal to pay the fee to NTS against your application ID
Important Note: After the payment, enter the bank deposit slip number or transaction ID to your NTS online application payment ID option to make the payment status DONE.

NTS Roll Numer Slip

When will I receive my GAT Roll Number Slip?

Most of the applicants receive their GAT roll number slip 3 to 4 days prior to their GAT test date. However, you will receive an SMS regarding the online availability of your roll number slip. You should download that roll number slip immediately and save it for your record. In case, you don’t receive the slip in hard copy, you should take the print of the downloaded slip to appear in your GAT test.

Important Note: Without NTS roll number slip and original CNIC, you will not be allowed to enter into the GAT exam center.

What is included in GAT roll no slip?


How can I get my Roll no slip?


What if I don't receive my roll no slip?


GAT Test Structure

How many questions are on the GAT test?

NTS GAT General test has 100 MCQs.

What is the duration of GAT test?

NTS has allocated 2 hours for GAT General test.

GAT General Preparation

How much time should I give to GAT preparation?

Well, it varies from person to person and your target score. If you are a beginner, and the target score is 75+, you might need at least 30 days to prepare for GAT. However, if you are an average student, 20 days are enough. Also, if you are already good at

GAT General Result

How can I check my GAT result?


What are the Passing marks in GAT?


For how long does my GAT result is valid?

Your NTS GAT result is valid for 2 years. This means that you can apply with the same score for postgraduate admissions within 2 years after passing GAT test.

What is the Passing Criteria in GAT Test?

Anybody can clear GAT General test by getting at least 50 marks. However, the GAT test result card shows two different aspects of your test score: Percentile score, and Accumulated score.

You might be interested to know How to Understand You GAT Test Result?

How do I pass the GAT General test?

Students with less than 50 score in GAT cannot get admissions unless they retake the test to get at least 50. Since low performance implies that a student does not have the aptitude to perform well at the graduate level, so universities never allow those who fail to clear the test.
Usually when one talks about the GAT, one is usually referring to the GAT General exam. This consists of three sections mentioned above. This website has many GAT practice tests and real exam questions for the GAT General test.

What is a good score in GAT general?


Which Universities require GAT score for admission?

The list of universities that require GAT score keeps on changing with passage of time. Few weeks ago, there were 29 universities that require GAT test. But now the list has increased in number. In order to see the complete list of universities at present that require GAT score, click on list of universities require GAT.

General Queries

How many times GAT exam is conducted in a year?

NTS conducts GAT General test six times every year. The NTS announces GAT test schedule for the whole year and conducts after every two months so any graduate who has a nearby application deadline can take the test.

What is the next date of GAT test 2022?

The next GAT General test will be held in January 16, 2022. GAT test is conducted in every odd numbered month of 2022: January, March, May, July, and so on till November. The complete GAT test Schedule 2022 shows every details about GAT test dates and deadlines for its application.

Is GAT required for MPhil?

Yes! Irrespective the field of study you are applying to, GAT General test is always required to apply for MS or MPhil admissions.

How many times can we apply for GAT test?

This is amongst the most common questions: “How many times can I retake GAT?” Basically, you can retake GAT test as many times as you can. There’s no limit to appear in GAT General.

When and Where Do Pakistanis Take NTS GAT General?

NTS conducts paper based test in various major cities in Pakistan. The student who apply for GAT test has the test center within his/her nearby city and area.

Can I attempt only single section of GAT?

One cannot take a particular section of the GAT. As a student, you must take the complete test in order to pass GAT test. You are allowed to attempt complete GAT in one sitting.

Which test is easier: GAT General vs University own test?

Based on the previous tests records, the tests which universities take for admissions in MS or MPhil admissions is relatively easier than NTS test of GAT General. However, it doesn’t mean this trend will keep repeating in the future. You should still take GAT General to be at safe side.