NUST An Overview

NUST An Overview : With campuses in 4 cities of Pakistan, NUST is one of the best and the most popular engineering universities in Pakistan, with thousands of students applying every year.

Formed in 1991, it not only takes the top spot for engineering in the HEC ranking, but is also featured amongst the world’s elite institutions in this year’s Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. NUST has also been ranked at 119 in Asia. In the subject of Engineering & Technology, however, NUST has been positioned at No 1 in Pakistan and 73rd in Asia.

NUST An Overview

Campuses & Programs Offered

NUST has been split into several Schools, Colleges and Centers. All these institutions are spread over 4 cities and offer a variety of courses. Here we cover the courses offered at the Bachelor’s level, including Business Administration, Accounting & Finance, Mass Communication, Public Administration, Architecture, MBBS and Applied Biosciences as well. Currently, talks are underway for NUST to have its own teaching hospital.

Islamabad Campus:

The Islamabad Campus is the largest of all the campuses and also houses more courses than the all the other campuses. It consists of the following Schools:

  • School of Chemical and Materials Engineering (SCME)
  • School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (SCEE)
  • School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS)
  • School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (SMME)
  • School of Natural Sciences (SNS)
  • Atta-Ur-Rehman School of Applied Bio-Sciences (ASAB)
  • NUST Business School (NBS)
  • School of Art, Design & Architecture (SADA)

Rawalpindi Campuses:

The Rawalpindi campuses are the oldest and even accept engineering cadets along with civilian students.

  • College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (CEME)
  • Military College of Signals (MCS)
  • Army Medical College (AMC)

Risalpur Campuses:

Based in the beautiful location of Risalpur, these two campuses focus on Aeronautical, Avionics and Civil Engineering.

  • College of Aeronautical Engineering (CAE)
  • Military College of Engineering (MCE)

Karachi Campus:

Karachi houses only one NUST campus and offers courses of Electrical, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

  • Pakistan Naval Engineering College (PNEC)

All the aforementioned Schools and Colleges offer courses in the field of Engineering, Business Studies, Humanities and Bio Sciences.

Engineering Programs:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geo Informatics
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Avionics Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Computer Engineering

Business Studies & Social Sciences:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA)
  • Mass Communication
  • Economics

Medecine & Bio Sciences:

  • BS Applied Bio Sciences

Natural Sciences:

  • BS Mathematics
  • BS Physics

Art, Design & Architecture:

  • Architecture
  • Industrial Design


NUST has its own entry test called NET, which is considered as the well-organized, yet an extremely competitive testing system. There are three NET’s held throughout the year in December, March and June. You can appear in all three of them if you wish to improve your score because the best is considered. The computer-based exam is held in Islamabad only, and if you live in Karachi or Quetta, where the other tests are conducted, you’ll have to give the paper-based NET-3 in June. Upon announcement of the results students are given merit positions that show them where they stand. NUST has a very low acceptance rate as compared and a merit position in the top 700 ensures admission in any faculty you like. Usually, the top 3500 merit positions are selected for admission, the rest are placed in waiting or rejected.

Fee Structure

The fee structure varies for different programs. Here’s a breakdown of the fee structure for all the programs.


Semester Fee: Rs. 78,000

Security Deposit: Rs. 10,000

Admission Processing Fee: Rs. 35,000


Per Annum Fee: Rs. 181,000

Security Deposit: Rs. 10,000

Admission Processing Fee: Rs. 35,000

Architecture, Social Sciences, Business Studies:

Semester Fee: Rs. 90,000

Security Deposit: Rs. 10,000

Admission Processing Fee: Rs. 35,000

Students who secure a merit position in the top 100 get a fee waiver for the first semester. NUST even offers several need-based scholarships to bright students with financial issues. Students who maintain a GPA above 3.5 get a scholarship for that semester.

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