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Subject Tests

Type & Design of Questions:

The test consists of 120 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) that range in difficulty level (easy,_moderate and hard). The Questions have been selected from a standardized curriculum that has been designed by experts and professionals and is updated from time to time.

General Test (NAT):

The National Aptitude Test program (NAT) aims to assess the verbal, quantitative and analytical_abilities that have been attained over a period of time and that are not necessarily related to any specific field of study.

The Verbal Section measures the ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it; to analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relation ships between words and concepts. There is a balance of different subject matters, i.e., humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

The Quantitative Section measures your basic mathematical skills, understanding of elementary mathematical concepts, and the ability to reason quantitatively and solve problems in a quantitative setting. There is a balance of questions requiring basic knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. These are essential content areas usually studied at the high school level.

The Analytical Reasoning tests your critical thinking and analytical writing skills. ll assesses your ability to articulate and support complex ideas, analyze an argument, and sustain a focused and coherent discussion. It does not assess any specific content knowledge.

Present NAT programs have an IT & CS-focused thrust and have different levels that includes:



NAT-IS & NAT-IIS programs are meant for candidates who hold a degree in Science discipline and wish to pursue further education in graduate or post graduate courses, respectively.


NAT-IG and NAT-IIG programs are designed for candidates who hold a degree in Humanities discipline and wish to pursue further education in graduate or post graduate courses, respectively.

Note: It may be noted that in case of the 2nd Masters in Development Studies Program (MDS-2) being offered in Fall-20.05, candidates may indicate their preference to take the test in NAT-IIG or NAT-IIS, irrespective of their previous academic background being in Science or Humanities. The MDS Program is presently being offered by CIIT Abbottabad only by the Department of Development Studies. A specific Test Format, Test Scores and Test Fee are designed for the General Tests.