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How to Prepare for the Nust Entry Test?
In the coming months, you are about to face the much revered NUST entry test, so just relax for a while, tension na lo because this Nustian is going to debunk the whole myth about the test and guide you about how you should tackle it and prepare for it.
Primary focus of this article is Engineering & IT test but some of the discussion will also benefit medical students.
- Basic Guidelines
- Selection Procedure
- Why NUST Entry Test is Difficult?
- Should I Join Coaching Center or Academy for Nust Entry Test Preparation?
- How Much Time you Need to Prepare
- What to Study and How to Study?
- What if you don't Succeed in the Test?
- Which Books Can I Use to Prepare for Nust Entry Test
- Some Hindsight about GIKI Entry Test
Starting with the basic guidelines and test pattern just in case you still didn't know about it.
- MCQ based paper having 200 of them in total.
- 80 are from Mathematics / Biology.
- 60 are from Physics.
- 30 are from Chemistry / Computer Science.
- 20 English.
- 10 IQ.
How Much You Need to Score?
Before starting with the preparations you must know how much marks you should score in order to succeed in securing your admission.
The tables below will give you a rough idea of the marks you need to score in order to get into a specific NUST College.
How much should I score in Nust Medical entry test?
Apllied BioSciences at Atta-ur-Rehman School of Applied Bio-sciences.
How much should I score in Nust Engineering entry test?
Chances are that you will get a Merit Scholarship.
Mechanical or Electrical at SMME or SEECS (H-12 Campus).
EME (Mech. or Elect.) or Possibly at H-12.
Chemical at H-12 or Aeronautics at CAE Risalpur or Mechanical at PNEC (Karachi Campus).
Electrical at PNEC or some IT field at H-12 or Civil Engg. at Risalpur or Telecommunications at MCS.
Electrical or I&M at PNEC.
Environmental Engg. at H-12 or I&M at PNEC.
You get Nothing.
Final Merit numbers are determined on the basis of an aggregate score based on the following criteria.
NUST Enterence Test
FSc/A Level/equivalent or FSc Part-I
Its Not difficult due to the MCQs, about half of the mcqs are very easy, the remaining being logical and asked from the more unconventional topics. Very few, not more then 20 involve lengthy workings.
Why NUST Entry Test is Difficult?
Let's shed some light on why people consider NUST entry test to be difficult and uncover this myth for you.
- The test encompasses the whole of what you have studied up till now. There is no choice like you had in Fsc.
- It is of Three hours duration which means you have to keep your full concentration for three whole hours. (Fsc paper is also of three hours and most of it involves recalling what you learned earlier but here, it involves real thinking.)
- The test requires you to recall matter from all three subjects whereas previously you had been taking exam of one subject at a time in Fsc. In simple words it asks you to think over a much larger area.
- After two hours or so your brain gets exhausted and it creates a very bad temptation of recklessly shading the choices i.e tukka laga do since it is much easier then thinking.
Should I Join Coaching Center or Academy for Nust Entry Test Preparation?
Let's first discuss a major dilemma ringing in your minds, should I join any academy or center for preparation? jaon k na jaon?
Let me give you the answer straight away: you are much better off on your own even and better if you have a loyal friend by your side. Let's see Why?
Their is a myth that these centers will teach you certain 'shrewd techniques' that will give you a great edge above others in the test. Okay fine, you could use them in 10 or so mcqs at max, baki 190 kon karega? (they are mostly related to maths).
Should you spend that much amount of money and time just to learn a few techniques when their is no guarantee that you will be using them in test?
Past Papers and Other Notes
Another thing which intrigues the students about centers is that they provide past papers and other stuff to practice mcqs. As far as the past papers are concerned, what they have is merely a reconstruction of questions which they heard from ex-students. There are books in the market which provide good mcq practice or dil ko tassali dene k lie kisi dost se center k notes ly k dekh lena. One mcq book + your textbooks + some brain and determination are enough for you to prepare.
DO THEY REALLY HAVE GOOD TEACHERS?
Okay, they may have good and experienced teachers at their centers but precisely what they "teach" is the same that you have studied earlier in Fsc. Now I don't think you need a teacher to help you go through the same stuff again.
How are you doing your ECAT preparation ?
How Much Time you Need to Prepare?
It is recommended that you start your preparations after giving your 2nd year exams, because concentrating on two things in one time will merely divert your efforts. It is usually conducted in the first week of July so you will easily get more then a month to prepare which is enough, considering that you have already put some effort in F.Sc.
If you have carefully studied your F.sc. syllabus, it wont take much time to revise it once again and work out on MCQ practice.
If you feel that you have good grasp over whole syllabus, 80% of your preparation is already done.
What to Study
Now we come to the tricky bit – what to study? and exactly how to study?
This is the point of concern for many intermediate students but it is just because MCQs are something new for them, other then that, its no big deal. Few days of practice on MCQs will make you quite comfortable with them. Find some good ECAT book or uspe haat saaf kerna shuru krdo (see the resources section below for recommended textbooks).
- You should study in a continues session of three hours without break so that by the time you face the test your mind must have enough stamina to think it through till the end. This is very important like I mentioned earlier that when our mind gets exhausted we resort to reckless shading, this is the only way to avoid it. Otherwise you will be making silly mistakes in later part of the test.
Do Not hesitate to take some eatables to the examination hall. (A can of Red Bull can make a huge difference.)
This is a major part of the test and also the most difficult part so maths is the subject on which you should spend most of your time.
Mostly MCQs are set from the more unconventional topics namely:
- Permutations and Combinations
- Sigma and Summation notation
- Arithmetic and Geometric Progression
- Limits, Line Graphs
- Conic Sections
Usually 2-3 MCQs are likely to come from each of these topics which when combined, can form a major part of maths portion. So make sure you have prepared them well.
You wont find any lengthy integration or differentiation so A-Level guys need not to worry about 'rattifying' all those formulas in intermediate, you can however learn formulas and equations of Conic Sections chapter if you have time.
How are you doing your MCAT preparations?
This is a major part of the medical test just like maths in engineering test, the only difference being that you can't take any chance here as the merit is quite high.
I have already mentioned that most of the MCQs in NET are easy, so is the case with Biology where around 70 out of 80 mcqs are usually straight forward, that way its merely a test of your determination, not the muscle of your brain.
All topics are equally important so their is no option left other then to absorb whole of the Fsc book.
Revise your 1st year syllabus, read the textbook thoroughly at least once and you are absolutely fine. Their are no lengthy numericals, only simple ones but you have to be quick in solving them.
A Level guys should also cover those topics which are not in their course:
- Physics of Solids
- Fluid Dynamics
Though, they have a low probability of coming in test.
It is considered the most easiest part of the engineering test, only a flashback of intermediate course will suffice for it whether Fsc or A Levels.
For medical test, organic chemistry is more important.
You can expect one critical reading passage, a few difficult synonyms and antonyms and 2-3 analogies. If you are not confident about your English, this is not the the time to worry about it, invest your time on other subjects rather then improving English.
What if you don't Succeed in the Test?
God has a better plan for you.
Which Books can I use to Prepare for Nust Entry test?
The best resource at hand is obviously your textbook, make sure you read it carefully at least once, particularly physics textbook.
Among the many ECAT books that are available in the market, one published by Doger Brothers is the best. It covers the entire material you need to revise in concise form as well as offers some tough MCQ practice.
- Try to attempt at least 100 MCQs from this book in one sitting, this will greatly enhance your concentrating power which will be tested to the fullest when you will be required to attempt 200 of them in one sitting.
Next if you live in Karachi you can purchase sample papers from IBA Grads coaching centers. Else, as a last resort measure find a friend who is enrolled in some test preparation center and loan the stuff from him.
Some Hindsight about GIKI Entry Test
Okay this is albeit unrelated to the Nust Entry Test but I believe, a few of you might also be interested in GIKI Entry Test.
Each year around 5,500 students appear in the GIKI Entry Test, actually way less then that of NUST so competition is considerably less then Nust. You stand a much better chance of being selectd in GIKI rather then at Nust because GIKI gives offer letters to first 1100 students on merit list that means roughly one in every five students who gives the test is selected. Around one third the students usually the top 250 are awarded financial assistance in the form of interest free loans.
MCQs in GIKI entry test are more difficult and conceptual as compared to Nust. You can expect some tricky numericals and fairly difficult theory as well as some lengthy calculation in maths.
Now moving towards the test, 80 MCQs in total:
- 30 Maths
- 30 Physics
- 20 English
Here the english portion is fairly tough but masla ni he kiunke even if you strike 45 out of 80 mcqs correct you will be easily selected. Watch out for the negative marking though!
It will be highly appreciated if some of you return back and share your experiences about NET with us.
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