​​​Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Admissions, ​Pakistan

Frequently Asked Questions and their answers

​​Will AKU conduct its AKU Test this year?

At this time, it is expected that the AKU test will be conducted. All necessary precautions will be taken; we will take advice by our Infectious Control department at AKU on Standard Operating Practices (SOPs). Our test will not be conducted online.

There is news that the HSC exams have been cancelled; earlier there was a discussion that they would be rescheduled. What will be the criteria, if in worst case scenario these exams are cancelled?​

At AKU, the high school grades/marks are considered a qualifier only. 

We will accept qualifications as approved by the Government of Pakistan for students in Pakistan and as provided by Boards but they should meet our minimum eligibility requirements. (For eligibility requirements, please see relevant programme pages) 


There is a development that HSC improvement exams may take place in October or November this year. So, can we apply if we are giving improvement exams to meet the eligibility?

Yes you can. However, for candidates writing HSC exams in Oct/Nov session must submit their result by January 29, 2021. These results must meet the eligibility criteria as published in programme brochure.

Can candidates writing A-Level exam in Oct/Nov session apply this year for the programmes?

Yes they can. Our deadline to submit A-Level results for candidates writing Oct/Nov session is January 29, 2021. However, these results must meet the eligibility criteria as published in programme brochure.

Students applying for MBBS from Pakistan are also concerned about provincial admission test. In addition to writing AKU Test, will they be required to submit provincial test results?

The conductance of the provincial admission test is a provincial government subject. If it is conducted, we will need a result to meet PMDC requirements. 

The validity of this test is only in the year it is written. For 2020, the 2020 test will need to be written. 


Do candidates in Pakistan applying for MBBS need to write the SAT I & SAT II?

Candidates from Pakistan are required to write the AKU Test. They do not need to write the SAT I.

SAT II is only required by candidates in Pakistan with American/Canadian curriculum. This requirement is in addition to writing AKU Test. Please review the programme brochure.


​SAT I, SAT II and international MCAT dates keep getting delayed. What overseas applicants can do if they are required to submit these scores? 

Our schedules have been devised keeping in mind the possible delays. We will be offering our AKU Test to all candidates across the globe. Candidates with American/Canadian and IB system can write AKU Test in lieu of SAT I.

If applicable, SAT II and international MCAT can be submitted by September 30. Hopefully it will become available by then. However in case there are difficulties, candidates should contact to mbbs.query@aku.edu.

Applicants are facing difficulty in submitting mark sheets, experience letters, reference letters, and are not able to get their documents attested.  What can they do?

AKU understands that. At this time, candidates should submit scanned copies of their original documents; attestation is not required. 

To consider eligibility of the application, the final transcript will be accepted before finalizing admissions. 

About reference and experience letters for graduate programmes: Please send the format online and request the faculty to send the letter to the relevant admission office via email. If this is not possible, please consult with the relevant admission office at AKU.


Applicants are facing problem in obtaining HEC attested documents & equivalence. What should they do?

HEC is entertaining attestation and equivalence requests through courier. 


Please initiate attestation process and provide the evidence with the application. At the moment you may upload original scanned degrees and transcripts. 

If this is not possible, please consult with the relevant admission office at AKU.


Currently updated timeline on AKU website says classes will begin in March 2021. What if other universities offer admissions before March? When will candidates be informed about AKU's decision?​​

AKU will announce its results, if all goes as planned, by end of November. Hopefully, it will be in line with other universities in Pakistan.​

Where can I find admission information about AKU programmes? 

Admission and programme details are available on programme pages, click here​. 

Are there deadlines to apply? / Are admissions open? 

Please click here​.​ 

Is part-time study option available at AKU​? 

Part-time study option is available for all AKU graduate programmes and Post-RN BScN programme

Does any of the AKU programmes have an age limit? 

Only BscN programme has age limit between 14 to 35 years. For more information click here

Can I apply to multiple programmes?  

Yes, you may if you meet the eligibility requirements.

Where can I find fee structure for the AKU programmes? 

Please click here.

Are there any quota, reserved or self-finance seats? 

No. Admissions are on open merit basis only. 

Does AKU accept student transfers, if I am studying in a similar programme? 

No, AKU does not accept transfers.

Does AKU provide financial assistance such as student loans, scholarships or sponsorships?  

Yes, the University offers financial assistance to students who are selected to AKU programmes. For details click here or email at student.fa@aku.edu​. 

​Does AKU accept sponsorships from outside agencies? 

Yes. Candidates can share their sponsorship details to AKU after getting admission on merit. 

Are AKU programmes accredited?                          

AKU programmes are accredited and recognized by the relevant regulatory bodies such as Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC), Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) and Higher Education Commission (HEC). 

I don’t live in Karachi. Is there any hostel available

Yes, on-campus and off-campus hostels are available for students. 

​Is there a contact number where I could talk to an Admission Officer​? 

Please call + 92 21 3486-4410 / 4412 or email at admissions.query@aku.edu​.