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HEC announces HAT 2023

HEC has announced the latest dates for HAT. The Higher Aptitude Test, or HAT, is a test you must take to get scholarships offered by HEC or to gain admission to post-graduate programs. The last date to apply for HAT this time is 28 January 2024. Hence, you might want to hurry up and apply before that. So, apply now and prepare for HAT to get admission or secure a scholarship.

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Eligibility criteria for HAT

Before you apply for HAT, you must read this section. This will tell you whether you are eligible to take HAT or not. So don’t waste your time and money by applying if you do not fulfill the criteria set by HEC.

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Here are the criteria you must fulfill.

  • The applicant must have applied to the university. Or, in the case of a scholarship, the candidate must have applied for it on the HEC portal.
  • If you wish to apply for scholarships via HEC in the future, you can take this test.
  • Those students who fulfill the criteria and wish to apply for postgraduate education in Pakistani universities can apply for this test.

Now that you have read this, it is time to proceed.

How to apply for HAT?

Let’s talk about how you can apply for HAT.

  1. The candidate has to log into the ETC portal
  2. Now, you have to create a profile if you didn’t have any from the start
  3. After this, the applicant has to click on HAT on the dashboard
  4. Once you click there, submit all the required information.
  5. This information will be about your educational background and your personal information.
  6. Submit this application and get your unique reference number for e-payment
  7. You can pay the 2000 PKR fee via your bank by making a 1link payment.
  8. Once you have made this payment, return it to the ETC portal and verify it.
  9. After HEC has verified your payment, you will get an email notification about the roll number slip and test center.

HAT versions and paper pattern

Depending on the courses or disciplines you studied, there are different versions of HAT. You will get the paper pattern here.


Disciplines: Engineering and Technology, Computer Sciences, Maths, Statistics, Physics.

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Disciplines: Management Sciences, Business Education.

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Disciplines: Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology, Law.

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Disciplines: Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Biological and Medical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Education, Media and Mass Communication.

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General HAT

Disciplines: Religious Studies

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These are all the details related to HAT. Do not forget that the last date to apply is 28 January 2024. The HEC will inform you about the test date and the roll number. Keep a check on your email and get all the notifications on there. The competition is always high. All the applicants are preparing for the test. But you can plan ahead and get more marks. So start your preparation now.

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