NTS GAT General Test Guide

NTS GAT General Test Guide

NTS (National Testing Service) is an officially body which conduct various aptitude test in Pakistan. NTS is an internationally recognized testing and assessment organization facilitating in producing educated and market competitive human resource. Among various tests GAT Test is one of them. GAT stands for General Aptitude Test. In this article we are letting people know about the GAT Test and providing them guide to prepare for their GAT Test. GAT Test is mainly subdivided into two types namely:

  • GAT General Test
  • GAT Subject Test

Here we discuss only GAT General Test

GAT General Test is mainly required for the admissions in Masters and M.Phil programs of different universities. The requirement of GAT General Test score vary as per Universities rule. Most universities requires GAT Test score while some universities take their own Entry tests for the admissions. Moreover GAT General Test is also required for various HEC Scholarship schemes. So it is important to know about the GAT General Test.

Eligibility for GAT General Test

A candidate appearing for GAT General Test must have minimum of 16 years of Education.

The score GAT Test is only valid for two years for admissions and HEC Scholarship Schemes

GAT Test Roll Number Slip

GAT Roll number slips are issued to the candidates before the test date. If the candidate have not received the roll number slip until two days left for the test, then they can take a print of the roll number slip. Find the details of Roll number slip follow the link below.

Click GAT Roll Number Slip 2012 to print Roll number slip

 GAT General Test Composition

GAT General Test is a MCQs based test. Basically GAT General Test composed of three types of questions namely

  • English
  • Quantitative
  • Analytical
Now we discuss these three types of questions


In this section the questions is all about the English Language. This section contains following types of questions:

  • Vocabulary (Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies, Sentence Completion)
  • Word Choice (with respect to grammar)
  • Word Choice (with respect to vocabulary)
  • Grammar
  • Summary Completion
  • Reading Comprehension


This section contains following types of questions

  • Basic Algebra
  • Word Problems
  • Arithmetic and Logic
  • Geometry

Analytical Reasoning

Analytical Reasoning Section contains following types of questions

  • Collecting given information
  • Conclusion; after gathering given information
  • Inference from the given information and conclusion


To know more about the types of questions that appear in the GAT General Test see the GAT General Test Sample Papers so you can prepare well for the test.

Click Here for GAT General Test Sample Papers

GAT General Test Paper Distribution

GAT General Test is divided into three categories (GAT A, GAT B, GAT C). Students who had studied Business Education or Engineering and Technology Falls in category GAT-A. Students who had studied Arts & Humanities and Social Science subjects falls in category GAT-B. Students who had studied the Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences, Biological & Medical Sciences and Physical Sciences subjects falls in category GAT-C.

GAT General Test of all categories contains 100 questions and 120 minutes time is given to complete the test. The difference between papers of these three categories is the difference in percentage composition of English, Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning questions.


Test Type





GAT A Business Education
Engineering & Technology
30% 40% 30% 100%
GAT B Arts & Humanities
Social Science
50% 25% 25% 100%
GAT C Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences
Biological & Medical Sciences
Physical Sciences
40% 30% 30% 100%

Following given the disciplines according to the GAT Test categories:


Graduate Assessment Test (GAT-A)

Business Education

Finance All Subjects Including

  • Public Finance
  • Banking
  • Finance Management
  • Commerce
  • Business Administration & Management

Engineering & Technology

Technology Including

  • Management Engineering
  • Management Information Systems
  • Ergonomics
  • Technical & Vocational Education
  • Industrial Research

Engineering Including

  • Textile Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Bio Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Economy
  • Engineering Meteorology
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Acoustical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Engineering Geology
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Applied Optics
  • Photonics
  • Plasma Engineering
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Aeronautics
  • Astronautics
  • Mining Engineering
  • Metallurgy


Graduate Assessment Test (GAT-B)

Arts & Humanities

  • Fine Arts
  • Photography
  • Recreational & Pergorming Arts, Music
  • Technical & Vocational Education
  • Languages and Literature
  • Museology (Museum science)
  • Journalism, Advertisement, Mass Communication

Social Sciences

Anthropology Including

  • Physical Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Economics
  • Statistics
  • Political Science
  • International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Criminology

Administrative Sciences Including

  • Public Administration
  • Library and Archival Sciences
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Studies
  • Education
  • Law and Legislature


Graduate Assessment Test (GAT-C)

Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences

  • Agriculture
  • Plant Culture
  • Forestry, Horticulture
  • Animal Culture
  • Aquaculture, Fiesheries

Biological & Medical Sciences

Biology Including

  • Evolution & Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Botanical Sciences
  • Botany
  • Paleo-Botany
  • Zoological Sciences
  • Zoology
  • Paleo-Zoology
  • Marine Sciences (Biological Aspects)
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Biotechnology

Medicine All Subjects Including

  • Medicine
  • Human Anatomy, Cytology, Histology
  •  Human Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pharmacy, Pharmacology & Theraputics

Medicine (Clinical) Including

  • Surgery & Related Medical Specialities
  • Gynecology Related Medical Specialities
  • Experimental Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Dermatology
  • Pediatrics

Public Health Including

  • Promotion of Health
  • Incidence & Prevention of Disease
  • Epidemiology
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Nursing
  • Physical Sciences

Physics All Specialties Including

  • Mechanics
  • Electricity & Electronics
  • Modern Physics
  • Nuclear Physics

Chemistry All Specialities Including

  • Biochemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Crystallography
  • Astronomy
  • Astronomy & Allied Sciences
  • Earth (Astronomical Geography)
  • Mathematical Geography
  • Astro-Geology
  • Astro-Physics
  • Earth, Atmosphere & Marine Sciences
  • Earth Sciences & Allied Sciences
  • Geology, Hydrology, Meteorology
  • Petrology, Mineralogy
  • Economic Geology
  • Palentology-Paleozoology, Paleobotany
  • Oceanography


  • Applied Mathematics

Statistics / Computer Sciences & Related Disciplines

  • Information Technology, Software Engineering

 GAT General Test Day Tips

  1. Be on time.
  2. While filling the circles on the answer sheet properly fill the circles otherwise it may not be marked. Don’t fill more than one answers.
  3. Only use Black or Blue Ball Pen to fill/shade the circles.
  4. Every candidate is required to sign the attendance sheet, brought to her/him by the invigilators. The Roll No. Slips will also be collected by the same staff after the attendance is completed.
  5. The questions booklet will be taken back after the test is over so do not attempt to tear or remove any page from question booklet. No one is allowed to keep any part of it.
  6. Do not bring any other stationary item including rough/extra sheets as two blank sheets for rough work are placed inside the Question booklet.
  7. Do not bring calculators, mobile phones and wrist watches with calculator in the test center.
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10 years ago

please tell me from where i can prepare GAT GENERAL OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY section….as english and quantitative part be easy and helpful in test

Amar Hussain
Amar Hussain
10 years ago

Respected Sir,

Can you please guide me how can i get scholarship for Ph.D in Law as I have done my L.L.M. from S.M.Law College, Karachi University, Karachi.
Sir now I want to continue my studies and want to do Ph.D from London or U.S.A in Law.

please guide me
thanks Amar Hussain from Karachi, Pakistan.

10 years ago

i have done MBA Finance and want to apply for M.Phill.
kindly tell me should i apply for GAT subjective or GAT general ?


10 years ago

i have done my masters in english…should i apply for GAT General or GAT Subject for M.Phill admission?

10 years ago

I want to appear in the exam of 8th July from Karachi..what are the requirments ..where can I find the registrtaion form..I have done masters in CS

roheen zafar
roheen zafar
10 years ago

sir i want to pass my GRE and i also want a member of NTS so plz guideme in both regards

Hamad Ahmad Khan
Hamad Ahmad Khan
10 years ago

PVTC(Punjab Vocational Training Council ka test Pattern kia hy????

Hamad Ahmad Khan
Hamad Ahmad Khan
10 years ago

Main ny Gat-Subjective Electrical Clear karna hy……
iss k liye kia koi achi book jo net sy download ho saky……
Plz help me………….

10 years ago

sir i did BS-Computer Science (4 year) and i want to appear in GAT-Genral.Plz sir tell me that i comes under Category-A|(Engineering and Technology) or not.

10 years ago