What is HAT? | All about Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT)

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The Higher Education Commission (HEC) via Education Testing Council (ETC) will conduct Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT) for award of all HEC Scholarship & for admission in MS/M.Phil programs through a uniform, accessible and transparent selection process.

HAT Eligibility Criteria

The HAT test is being organised by HEC-ETC for those applicants:

  • Who have already applied for MS/M.Phil admission OR HEC Scholarship via e-portal for further final selection process
  • Who want to apply for scholarship schemes offered by HEC in future including universities scholarship schemes in Pakistan
  • Who are interested in securing admission in MS/M.Phil programs in public or private sector universities in Pakistan

HAT Version Categories

There are total 5 versions of HAT based on subject stream of past 16 year education. Students are required to select one of these while applying in order to take relevant test & stand eligible in relevant discipline.

  1. HAT-1
  2. HAT-2
  3. HAT-3
  4. HAT-4
  5. HAT- General


HAT-1 category is for Engineering & Technology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics & Physics background candidates. HAT-1 test will contain 30% English/Verbal reasoning, 30% Analytical reasoning & 40% qualitative reasoning questions in the paper. Candidates are required to get prepared accordingly. Total marks will be one hundred (100).


HAT-2 category is for Management Sciences & Business education background. Paper of HAT-2 will have 30% English/Verbal reasoning, 40% Analytical reasoning & 30% qualitative reasoning based questions.


HAT-3 will be held to evaluate criteria for Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology (Clinical & Applied) & Law graduates. Paper will contain 40% English/Verbal reasoning, 35% Analytical reasoning & 25% qualitative reasoning questions.


Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences, Biological & Medical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Education, Media & Mass Communication field candidates are required to appear for HAT-4. In this category of HAT test total paper will consist of 40% English/Verbal, 30% Analytical & 30% Qualitative reasoning.

HAT – General

Religious Studies (Madrasa) graduates will appear in HAT-General version. They will be given 40% English/Verbal, 30% Analytical reasoning & 30% Qualitative reasoning questions.

Test Centres for HAT

Test centres in the following cities will be functional for HAT examination:

  • Islamabad
  • Lahore
  • Bahawalpur
  • Karachi
  • Peshawar
  • Quetta
  • Gilgit
  • Muzaffarabad

How to apply for HAT?

In order to apply for HAT, Candidates are required to fill online application form at Education Testing Council’s website. Link is given in details section. Further details will be provided at website while getting registered. Students will have to deposit Rs.1500 registration processing fee into HEC’s account.

Please note that you can visit the official website of the respective institute or view the official advertisement for more detailed information.

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