When you apply to universities in Pakistan, knowing about merit lists and programs is very important. Merit lists rank students based on their grades and other factors. This guide explains how merit list work and lists important universities in Pakistan and their programs.

What is a Merit List?

A merit list ranks students based on their grades and other things like test scores and interviews. These lists decide who gets into different programs at a university.

Why Are Merit Lists Important?

  1. Transparency: They make sure the admission process is fair.
  2. Competition: They encourage students to do their best.
  3. Quality Intake: Universities can choose the best students, keeping high academic standards.

How Are Merit Lists Made?

Merit lists are usually made using:

  1. Academic Scores: Marks from previous exams.
  2. Entrance Tests: Scores from university entrance tests.
  3. Interviews: How well students do in interviews.
  4. Additional Criteria: Some universities also consider extracurricular activities or work experience.

Top Universities in Pakistan and Their Programs

University of the Punjab (PU), Lahore

One of the oldest and most respected universities in Pakistan.

Popular Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Merit List Process: PU releases several merit lists based on available seats and applicant scores.

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad

Famous for engineering, technology, and business programs.

Popular Programs:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (BE)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Merit List Process: NUST uses its test, the NUST Entry Test (NET), and academic scores to make its merit lists.

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore

Top choice for business, law, and social sciences.

Popular Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Merit List Process: LUMS considers SAT scores or its test, plus academic records and interviews.

Merit List

Aga Khan University (AKU), Karachi

Leading school for medical and health sciences.

Popular Programs:

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Master of Education (MEd)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Merit List Process: AKU uses its tests and interviews, along with academic scores.

University of Karachi (UoK) Karachi

Offers a variety of programs in sciences, arts, and humanities.

Popular Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Merit List Process: UoK uses academic scores and entrance tests to make its merit lists.

Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad

Known for research-focused programs and high standards.

Popular Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Merit List Process: QAU uses academic records and test scores to create its merit lists.

National University of Modern Languages NUML

The NUML university offered the following programs

  • Faculty of languages
  • Faculty of Administrative Sciences
  • Faculty of Business Studies
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of arts and humanities
  • Faculty of Confucius studies
  • Islamabad King Sujong Institute

NUML Campuses

  • Hyderabad campus
  • Lahore campus
  • Karachi campus
  • Mirpur campus
  • Multan campus
  • Quetta campus
  • Azad Kashmir campus
  • Islamabad Campus
  • Rawalpindi campus

University of Larkana

The list of programs offered by the University of Larkana are listed below.

  • Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration.
  • Faculty of Information Technology.
  • Faculty of Engineering and Technology.
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences.
  • Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • Faculty of Arts.
  • Faculty of Education.
  • Faculty of Islamic Studies.
  • Faculty of Pharmacy.
  • Faculty of Law.
  • Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Sciences
  • Faculty of History, Arts and Cultural Heritage.