NTS stand for the National Testing Service, As the name implies, there is a trial system introduced by the Musharraf regime primarily for the grant of scholarships to students who intend to pursue higher education abroad. With the passage of time it has become the hiring organization to conduct entrance exams for various institutes/colleges in the country. Almost every month it does one or two tests. The fee for appearing in the exam ranges from Rs 500 to Rs 700 in addition to bank and remittance charges. Around 40,000 to 50,000 candidates appear in these exams. Its existence is justified only because it conducts tests for scholarships after graduation (GAT) or tests for admission to a professional institution after the higher secondary school level.
Making tests mandatory for those who wish to pursue higher education (MS or PhD) in Pakistan - and that too at their own expense - is no ground for arranging such tests through the NTS. NTS should be authorized to conduct the final examination instead of the concerned university or college. Isn't it a strange move that a student first appears for the graduation level exams and after the successful completion of graduate studies, he/she has to appear in the NTS exam again? This shows that HEC does not trust university or college level examinations. If this is true, then HEC should drop these exams. In this way, the valuable time of the teachers and the expenditure of the students on these examinations will also be saved. Students will not be required to pass the same test twice. In addition, the paper prepared through NTS contains questions that do not usually form the content of the syllabus taught in most universities.