A Guide for Paying Cadet (NUST/NUMS)

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Paying cadets are the cadets who pay their full fee, but the half fee is refunded.  Only army brat can apply for the seat, not civilians. They are also known as PCs or PC. They are selected in NUST, NUMS, and UET based on merit. 

Do Paying Cadets Serve Pakistan Army? 

It’s clearly mentioned in the attached document you have to serve the Pakistan Army for at least 3 years. If you don’t want to serve Pakistan Army after graduation, you have to pay Rs. 500,000. 

What Are the Types of Paying Cadets? 

  • Medical Paying Cadet

For Medical PC, both girls and boys can apply. They get admission in AMC and NUMS

  • Engineering Paying Cadets

For Engineering PC, both girls and boys can apply. They get admission in NUST and UET

Who Can Apply for Paying Cadets (PCs)? 

Only those students whom father/mother is serving, shaheed or retired in the army, PAD, and in defense services like MES. 

How to Apply for Paying Cadets? 

Now comes the real question, how to apply for a PC seat. 

Step 1 – Take the Test: 

You have to apply and take the NUST and NUMS entrance test. Without the test, you can’t apply. If you want to apply for Medical PC, you take NUMS. Similarly, if you want to apply the engineering PC, you have to take the NET (Nust Engineering Test)

Step 2 – Get the Form: 

Fill the paying cadet form. How to get the form? Don’t worry, keep reading. 

Step 3 – Attach the Attested Documents with the Application Form: 

Attach the following attested copies of documents: 

  • Matric marks sheet SSC. 
  • F.Sc marks sheet Part-1 and Part-2 or equivalent if you have done A level. 
  • Discharge Certificate/Release Order of parents. 
  • NOC from Military Colleges (military college students) 
  • CNIC/Form ‘B’ 

Step 4 – Sending to GHQ: 

Send it to GHQ by post, or you can submit it at GHQ Gate Number 3. 

But, Wait! Where to Get the PC Form? 

There are two ways to get Paying Cadet Form: 

  • You can get the PC form from GHQ Gate No 3. 
  • All the station headquarters of your city through OAS system in your father’s unit. If your father doesn’t know about it, tell him to ask from the clerk of his office, he must know about it. 

Do You Want to Download PC Form? 

Here is the direct link you can download or preview online below. 

Note: It’s written in the form you can’t use an old form to submit. Always get the latest from the above methods. 

Where Do Paying Cadets Get Selected? 

Paying cadets are selected in the following departments: 

  • EME (Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) 
  • MCE (Military College of Engineering) 
  • MCS (Military College of Signals) 
  • PNEC (Pakistan Navy Engineering College) 
  • CAE (College of Aeronautical Engineering) 
  • AMC (Army Medical College) 
  • NUMS (National University of Medical Sciences) 

What is the Distribution of Seats for PCs? 

Seats will be distributed at the ratio of 60% and 40% between and retired army personnel respectively. 

You might be thinking no seats for Shaheed army personnel. So almost all the students are selected for the paying cadets for this purpose. 

How Many Marks Do I Need in NET to Get an Engineering Paying Cadet? 

The aggregate is not the only indicator, the important number is the merit number in NET to get a paying cadet. 

  • Serving

If your father is serving in the army, you have to get at least a 110+ scores in NET. And you must fall below 9000 merit number. This assumption is based on past results. The current year result may differ. 

  • Retired: 

If your father has retired from the army, you need a little bit more effort by getting above 120+ in NET, and you must be below 7000 in merit number. 

In the following departments, your merit number must fall between: 

  • Mechanical Engineering: Merit number below 500 
  • Electrical Engineering: 1500-3500 
  • Mechatronics: 2500-5000 
  • Civil Engineering 2500-5000 
  • MCS ( Telecom and Software): 4000-6500 
  • Computer Science: 5000-8000. 

This merit list sometime change its preference depending upon the Engineering demand from the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

How Can I Calculate Aggregate? 

The formula is simple. 

  • NET %75 
  • F.Sc %15 
  • Matric %10 

You can further use PrepareHow Aggregate calculator for this purpose. 

How Many Marks Do I Need in NET to Get A Medical Paying Cadet Seat? 

 In NUMS, you have to get an aggregate of 83 or greater will sure your seat as paying cadets 

Ineligibility Conditions for Paying Cadets 

These conditions are taken from the paying cadets form. 

  • A candidate who is nominated for admission on open merit (based on NUST entry test or SAT) in any Engineering Discipline in NUST shall remain ineligible for the PC scheme and UET during the year of applying. 
  • A candidate nominated as PC/ASC in any discipline in NUST/UET (for Army reserved seat in UETs) is ineligible for the subsequent years’ admission. However, cancellation by GHQ due to selection on open merit will not affect eligibility for admission in PC Scheme as well as UETs.  
  • The candidate selected as Technical Cadet. 
  • Candidate applying against Army Reserved Seats in UETs of the country and failing to qualify the entry test of concerned Engineering University of their province of domicile. 
  • Candidate released/withdrawn on disciplinary/academic/medical ground/own request from any Defence Forces Training Institution/UETs
  • Candidate, who has applied only for one discipline in Engineering on open merit in NUST/ UETs as well as against PC Scheme. Computer Science will not be considered as a second discipline being non-Engineering Subject (ref Para 29b).  
  • A candidate declared medically unfit (as per NUST laid down requirement – for detail ref to NUST prospectus). 
  • Children of that Army personnel who have been weeded out from service on disciplinary grounds (due to fault). 
  • Children of those ex-servicemen who have not rendered pensionable service/not drawing pension.  
  • Children of that Army personnel whose retirement period exceeds 25 years on the closing date of applications by GHQ. 
  • Adopted/dependent children and other relatives of serving/retired Army personnel. 
  • The candidate selected for any defense forces institution as a regular cadet.  
  • Candidate not fulfilling the basic eligibility criteria of NUST
  • Diploma Holders are not eligible for any of the undergraduate programs NUST as well as UET

Mistakes Students Make to Apply for PC? 

Students make the following mistakes: 

  • Engineering cadets don’t submit the form before a specified time (it can change any current year) and medical cadets don’t submit the PC form before 31st August to GHQ. 
  • They don’t apply for NC seats. They think we have applied for a PC seat, so we don’t need to apply for this. But you have to apply for a local seat otherwise you will not get admission to any of the seats. 
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Sheraz Arian
3 years ago

Hello Sir AOA I am FSc Med student I want to apply For PC as well as MC . Please tell me th procedure . That I have to apply for PC now or after I get nums results . I am waiting for your Reply. Aslam u Alikum

2 years ago
Reply to  Sheraz Arian

When will candidates receive admission letters?

2 years ago
Reply to  Sheraz Arian

When will we have to submit PC foam after entry test or before??

How many marks are required in uet test for PC seat?

3 years ago


2 years ago

pc form send krda new 2021 k plz

2 years ago

sir pc form submitt kervan k last date kiya hai

sir faisalabad ma rhtA hun mera pass pc form nei hai plz send krda

Shah Zaib
2 years ago

There is no seat in Computer Science for Paying Cadets

Taj mihammad paf
2 years ago
Reply to  Shah Zaib

Normally old servants, pensioners r respected and rewarded it is the first occation that children of retired army personnel retired 25 years back ie ghazis of 65 71 wars r excluded

Muhammad Amir Ibrahim
2 years ago

Dear Sir, i want to take paying cadet form for mbbs for my daughter rida amir

Rizwana Abid
2 years ago

Sir what is candidate I’d in Nums paying cadet form???? Kindly tell me immediately I have to send my form with 2,3 hours

2 years ago
Reply to  Rizwana Abid

its your nums roll no

Mobeen Mustafa
1 year ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Hi I just want to know that what’s the last date for submitting the documents in GHQ for engineering students

2 years ago

Sir what is the last date for submission of result card for frrshers and improver for paying cadet seats

Emaan javed
2 years ago

sir please tell me that how we fill the form and wen we submit it?

2 years ago


2 years ago

Agar retirement period 30 years hai aur baqi conditions fulfil hoon tab bhi AMC main as a medical PC admission nahin ho sakta kindly is point ko clear karain

2 years ago

Assalamualaikum sir, when will the admission letter for pc seats will be received by the candidates?

2 years ago

Is the merit formula same for nums candidates (2021)? Also when will candidates who applied for PC seatsceive admission letters?

1 year ago
Reply to  ImaanAshfaq

Very nice information and very helpful

RAo waqas
2 years ago

Sir thanks a lot….Now i have complete knowledge about PC seat😍

2 years ago

Please update the info, there is no VMS bond right now. after VMS 9 (2019) cand. do not sign bond and no army service after VMS 7 (2017) batch.

2 years ago

Sir my aggregate for AMC is 79.2
it’s my first attempt
My father is retired
I got 1055 marks in fsc
And 1010 marks in matric
120 in net
150 in MCAT
I’m hopeful can I be called by ghq for PC seat this year I think merit will be low for ret PCs

1 year ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Where to see the final merit list of paying cadets

2 years ago

Can you please tell what will be Paying Cadet merit in CMH

2 years ago

Sir is there a pc seat for bs mass comm students in nust

2 years ago

Sir please tell me whether a PC gets commission direct or he has to take the test again?

2 years ago

When will we have to submit PC foam after entry test or before?

How many marks in uet test for PC seat?

2 years ago

اَلسَلامُ عَلَيْكُم وَرَحْمَةُ اَللهِ وَبَرَكاتُهُ‎
Plz sir will u tell me i have scored 107 in NET 3..am i elligible???

1 year ago

Sir I want nums paying cadets form for mdcat….how can I download it .?

1 year ago

Respected Sir! can you please guide me about this:
■Children of those ex-servicemen who have not rendered pensionable service/not drawing pension.
■Children of that Army personnel whose retirement period exceeds 25 years on the closing date of applications by GHQ.

Hoor ul ain
1 year ago

Respected Sir can you please guide me about this
Children of that Army personnel whose retirement period exceeds 25 years on the closing date of applications by GHQ.
Children of those ex-servicemen who have not rendered pensionable service/not drawing pension.

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