15 Frequently Asked Questions About ECAT (For Beginners)


Want to appear for ECAT but are a bit confused about when and how to apply for it?

Don’t worry we have made a list of all the most common ECAT Test FAQs.

This list will definitely help you overcome any query or inquiry you have regardingECAT Test.

Q1. What exactly is ECAT?

ECAT stands for Engineering College Admission Test. This is a compulsory entrance test for the students who want to obtain an admission to any top engineering college or university.

Q2. Is there an eligibility criterion for appearing in ECAT?

Yes, there is! The candidate should have passed the Intermediate Examination in the Science Group (HSSC/FSc), of Pre-engineering. The minimum passing marks should not be less than 60% i.e., 660 marks out of 1100 from the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education of Pakistan.

However, the pass out students of any foreign examination board (A’ Level, I.B., 12th Grade) can also appear in ECAT. The students should have studied the subjects of Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics or Mathematics in their Intermediate level.

Other than this, the passed out students of DAE (Diploma of Associate Engineering) and B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology), too can apply for the ECAT test.

Q3. How to get the equivalent certificate by A’ Level students?

An equivalence certificate is required from the Inter-Board Committee of Chairman of Pakistan (IBCC), for the students who have passed A’ Level or 12th Grade. This acquired certificate should be equivalent to 60% passing marks of the Intermediate Science (HSSC/FSc) of Pakistan.

Q4. When does the admission begin for the ECAT test?

The admission for the ECAT test begins right after the end of the Intermediate exams in July 2020.

Q5. What is the procedure for applying in ECAT?

The candidates can apply online for ECAT on the official website of the UET or visit the University’s offices.

Q6. When is the ECAT conducted?

The ECAT is conducted by the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) and the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) during the months of August or September.

Q7. What are the important documents needed to apply in ECAT?

When applying for admission in ECAT, the candidates need to submit the following essential documents along with the application form:

  1. Candidate’s one attested domicile with a recent picture
  2. Copy of the computerized B-form or the copy of computerized original CNIC from NADRA
  3. Copy of detailed mark sheet
  4. Copies of all the passed certified degrees or diplomas including HSSC/FSc, A’ Level, 12th Grade, DAE, BSc, B.Tech or any other equivalent qualification
  5. Six passport-size picture that is recent
  6. Copy of an equivalence certificate obtained from the IBCC in case of students holding equivalent foreign qualification (A’ Level or 12th Grade)
  7. An Employment Certificate (on Form-VIII) and a copy of Resident Visa in case of candidates being Children of Overseas Pakistanis

Q8. What exactly is the syllabus of the ECAT?

The syllabus of the ECAT will be from the basic textbooks of HSSC, FSc or equivalent examination textbooks. All the questions will be from the subjects of English, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics. No question will be out of the above-mentioned syllabus.

However, the syllabus for the subject of English varies from university to university, as the English syllabus of UET Lahore is different from the NUST ECAT pattern.

Q9. What is the test pattern or format of the ECAT?

All the ECAT questions will be in the Multiple Choice test pattern. There are 100 questions in this test. These questions will be in the following format:

  • 30 MCQs of Mathematics
  • 30 MCQs of Physics
  • 30 MCQs of Chemistry
  • 10 MCQs of English

Q10. How much time is allocated for ECAT?

A total of 100 minutes will be allowed for the ECAT test. Each correct question carries 4 marks.

Q11. Is there any negative marking in ECAT?

Yes, there is negative marking (-01) for each incorrect answer in the ECAT test.

Q12. What are the ECAT test centers?

There are several test centers for the ECAT entrance exam. It is advisable for the candidates to reach the test centers at least one hour before the commencement of the exam. Some of the test centers are:

  • UET, Lahore
  • UET, Taxila
  • UET, Karachi
  • UET, Peshawar
  • University of Gujrat

Q13. What is the validity duration of the ECAT test?

The validity duration of the ECAT is only for the session (year), the candidate appears for it. The result of the ECAT stands null after the admission session of that year ends.

Q14. From where to get the admission form of ECAT and prospectus?

The candidates can get the admission form of ECAT and prospectus from the official website of the University of Engineering, Lahore (www.uet.edu.pk). The candidates can also visit and contact the University at Ph. # 042-99250274 or 042-99029358.

Q15. What documents are needed to apply for admission against the seats that are reserved for foreign students?

The Children of the Overseas Pakistanis need to attach the following documents when applying for admission against seats that are reserved for foreign students:

  • An attested copy of the Resident Visa of the parent or guardian, of the candidate, by the Pakistani Embassy of that country
  • Employment Certificate (on Form-VIII) issued by the Pakistani Embassy, of the parent or guardian residing in a foreign country. The Form-VIII is downloadable from the official website or office of the University of Engineering.



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