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Furtive secret to success exposed by the toppers of MCAT and ECAT!


The more you drench in practice, the less you have to suffer. Let’s unearth some secrets to success uttered by the toppers of MCAT and ECAT and other such exams.

Question that was put forward to them was:

What is the key to success which you think can help students, in future to pass such tests to get into medical and engineering universities? What are the key points which you adopted while your journey to success?

Here are the answers given by different students who burn their souls to achieve their goals, resisted all challenges put forth by people and future and are victorious at the end. They turned the fate in their favor by their tireless efforts and struggle to attain their aim.

Answer By Taimoor Iftikhar

"Students do what you do best, read learn, practice solve. Try to devise the practical aspect of whatever you learn. And books are not everything be good at other stuff too. That helps in university life."
(By Muhammad Taimoor Iftikhar. Scored 1058 in MCAT 2012)

Answer By Talha Haq Nawaz

"Go through the biology syllabus thoroughly. As bio MCQs are 90% book lines exactly. The word list of UHS should be on your finger tips. Have total grip on them and do prepare portion of grammar. You should be knowing all the rules of grammar. English portion makes a big difference in marks, so prepare this well. Physics and chemistry require ratta (cramming) but also a complete understanding of concepts. Physics, chemistry include conceptual questions as well which distinguish the average students from the bright!"
(By Talha Haq Nawaz. Scored 1035 in MCAT 2012)

Answer By Syed Hashim Shah

“These tests are far easier than one thinks. In tests like these, you are checked for your knowledge, concept, your proficiency in applying your knowledge to intricate problems, your sensibility to minute details (details of + or - etc), Pressure management (Of course there is huge burden of a test) and most importantly the Time Management.
I would like that you should study at least FSc Math thoroughly, give a glance to Physics and chemistry.
Do all the mistakes before test. Recognize your mistakes and figure out how and why you made that particular mistake and be sure to avoid them.
Also try to do reverse reasoning. Obtain question from the answer or in other words verify answers.
Try to figure out techniques for doing things fast and do it step wise. Keep a look at your watch and stay calm during test. I got two questions wrong in GIKI test just due to a minute sign error.
Also sometimes shapes of answers are distorted. Try to see the actual answer. For Example you obtain answer to some question as 1/2, but in the Choices there is no such option but one like log(sq. root(e)).
When I was in Matric and Fsc, I used to study the O level and A-level books to gain concepts. I think you guys have good concepts but poor practice of applying those concepts in knotty circumstances.
For practice you can take ECAT book and do brain buster exercises (Some of them are really hard to untie. Look at them, solve them, and Learn how to solve such question) Don't Go to any one, If you can't solve a problem, don’t ask from a teacher. Use internet, Use Yahoo answers, forums.
A forum that can be helpful for math is:

  • The Math Forum - Ask Dr. Math
    The Internet's premier ask-an-expert math help service. Ask Dr. Math a question using the Dr. Math Web form, or browse the extensive archive of previous questions and answers.

You will find a lot of mathematical stuff on this site and you can post your questions here too! and get answers usually within 24 hrs)
some problems in ECAT math sections are very long related to matrices , you may skip them, but do try them.
And one thing more, Try to take as many as tests you can! This will give you experience of time management.
Always try to search for the trick behind the question. Try to find out how some problem can be done in a shortest way. Draw diagrams, figures. And get a good sleep on the test night (That’s the most important thing.")
See what you need to remember and what you can quickly infer from the things you can remember, what facts you can quickly obtain from the facts you remember, go for reasoning. And plus dedication and hard work are most important..
Mnemonics for remembering formulas are also good. E.g. memorizing derivatives of inverse trigonometric functions. Let arc sec u be considered. Derivative of secx is secx*tanx=secx*sqrt(secx^2 -1) and take its reciprocal and replace secx by 'u' and you get the same form as arc sec u. Therefore I don’t memorize inverse function derivatives”.
(BySyed Hashim Shah Hashmi. Merit Positions: 1st in Nust, 2nd in GIKI and 13th in PIEAS)

These are some books of SAT which can be helpful for the practice .
If you are going to appear in NET , do use SAT English for the preparation. Other books will help you in building the concepts.

Answer by Hammad Dar

"The most important thing in my view for the preparation of entrance test is your determination, no matter how good or worse you are in studies, if you are determined enough, no one can stop you from getting your aim. Prepare hard for the tests (at least 5 hours daily), practice a lot of mcq's, practice is the key to success in entrance tests, do not miss even a single topic from any book, give tests of different universities to see where you stand and how well is your preparation, if you follow this, no matter where you stand now, you will get to your desired destination. May Allah help you in getting you aim "
(By Hammad Dar. Merit Position 1 in FAST)


Answer by Abdullah Rafique

The most important thing for the students when they encounter entry tests is their concept. Concept of all the major chapters of physics, chemistry and mathematics whereas some extra knowledge to evaluate the problems. Furthermore, only knowledge doesn't help a student to get a respectable merit position in entry test but also different tactics that one does not think or practice for in the preparation of entry tests i.e. the management of time (the most important), focusing on the easy questions first and not wasting time on difficult ones in the beginning etc.
And your preparation should be solely based on F.Sc books. If you are good at all the concepts, I bet you'll surely get a high merit number, plus you can consider reference books or practice MCQs from books like ECAT or KIPS etc. If you'll follow these things, you'd get admission wherever you want.
(By Abdullah Rafique. Merit Positions. 2nd in Nust , 3rd in PIEAS)

Hope that the answers may satisfy you to the fullest. Four leading keys to success in every preparation of such exams are

  • A full-fledged timetable and schedule for you preparation.

  • Don’t cram your head with loads of stuff at a moment. Make stories, mnemonics, tricky sentences and ways like that for easier learning. Revise and revise.

  • Try to maximize your abilities by giving the tests and practicing more and more. Focus on every single mistake which you make. Drench yourself in concepts. Don’t take tension. Be calm; ask for help from Allah Mighty. Offer your prayers because that give you internal strength. Practice, practice and practice makes you perfect.

  • As far as subjects are concerned give more time to bio/math according to your field. And focus on English. Usually the portion of English makes a huge difference in marks.Never consider numericals of secondary importance.

Good luck!

Books of SAT Math 1 & 2 .



saira on June 22, 2016:

kindly let me know that all the mcqs are exactly from the uhs syllabus or we have to learn all the topics.

Nida on September 02, 2015:

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Read each line from biology course book....mcqs from biology are 95% exactly as similar as on text book.

ahmad nadeem on August 31, 2015:

Sir I got 1013 marks in matrix and 958 marks in fsc .how much I have to score in MCAT for admission...kindly reply me

janni on August 19, 2015:

There should be proper classes for learning vocab

sana on July 30, 2015:

who to learn chemixtry :/ .. n which books whould be uxed

Abid on June 10, 2015:

Great stuff sir! thanks for sharing it keep update. Did anyone of you used I found some handy stuff for students.

Usama Ayub on June 01, 2015:

you guys tell what makes u different because i think everyone prepares for test have knowledge, have concepts, where should we focuss to be great topper and legend just like you :)

fajr ali on May 23, 2015:


fati on March 26, 2015:

you all are failure.

hareem ali on January 29, 2015:

sir me ne 2013 me 878 liye fsc me thn me ne rpeat kia 2014 me nd got 942 but not get adm wht should i do? can i repeat fsc papers 3rd time nd how much marks i should gain fr entrytest

arij sheikh on January 17, 2015:


pakprep on January 08, 2015:

Free online entry test preparation for visit

mahnoor on January 02, 2015:

sir i want to prepare my all books of fsc 1 in one month

Muhammad usman on December 31, 2014:

Sir the problem is i am from sindh text board and i am very desireful to get admission in Pieas or Nust

but the thing is the mcq's coming in these uni's are little different from our text books many topics in maths,physics,chemistry are in punjac board text books but not in our books so what shakk i do i am in 1st year i still had time????? Plz tell me

Muhammad usman on December 31, 2014:

Sir i have a question

Hammad Nasar on August 17, 2014:

sir plz i need past papers of ecat can u give me or tell me link!!

kanza on August 13, 2014:

#mathmaster i need ur help badly... there are some topics of UHS that are not in fsc b0okx e.g. inertness of nitrogen etc.. how can nd from where we can get extra inf0 related to topicx.. plx help me..

aqsa on August 06, 2014:


nelavi g on July 25, 2014:

i m repeater i m also doing improvement for 1st nd 2nd yr so the result will be late i think and what marks i write in the form.....plz help

abeeha ali on July 22, 2014:

where can i get past papers of ecat.......?

sultan on July 22, 2014:

i secured 501 in fsc part 1 (pre engg) i have a good hold on my txt books but sometimes my concepts ditch me there any source?? so that i can clear my concepts

Munib on July 21, 2014:

I'm worried, I am a former A level student but with just one month to go till my Mcat test I still haven't started studying FSc, and I need at least 1040 for admission in KE, is it possible?

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on July 18, 2014:

You can learn MCAT vocabulary by sorting the similar words, i,e by grouping.

Here is a grouping that will help you out :)

ashi ch on July 18, 2014:

How to prepare eng vocab bst? Please suggest a practice book fr many hours must be study daily???

ayla on July 11, 2014:

good job mathmaster

taaha idrees on July 06, 2014:

i got 820 marks in metric and 385 marks in fsc part 1 so how many marks are required to get admission in uhs entry test plzzzzzz plzzz reply must

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on June 29, 2014:

asking for NET ?

yes learn as much as u can for it .

ramsha malik on June 29, 2014:

only one week is left for my exam what should i do it all just cramming that i should do or not?????

saooD on June 22, 2014:

i got 941 marks in metric and 416 in FSc ; how many marks are required to get admision in MECH. ENGINEERING or CIVIL in nust?

saooD on June 22, 2014:

i got 941 marks in metric and 416 in FSc ; how many marks are required to get admision in MECH. ENGINEERING or CIVIL in nust?

ahmedwaqas387 on June 12, 2014:

what are the highest score ever scored by any student in ecat(uet Lahore)?

mian muhammad saood on June 10, 2014:

how can i prepare best for piease entry test? plzzzzzzzzz tell me for english preparation.

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on June 06, 2014:

here you will find them:

fiya on June 05, 2014:

where can i get past years of the FAST university??

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on June 04, 2014:

enter marks of part 1

nish on June 03, 2014:

I m a repeater which marks am I supposed to enter in nust form my fsc(total) marks or 1 yr marks

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on June 01, 2014:

you should score near 1000 in MCAT amir

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on June 01, 2014:

if you'll appear in the exam , it will be all fine @vishal on June 01, 2014:

sir i got 93 marks in matric and 419 in fsc hw much i should in mcat test.....reply must.aamir

vishal on May 29, 2014:

How much this absence cause me a dante in future?

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on May 28, 2014:

a fellow asked from Nust they said him to show them the result whenever it will be announced. You can also contact before submitting the form

vishal on May 28, 2014:

So, what if they reject my cal after seeing my absent when the marksheet'll be brought into their focus.

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on May 28, 2014:

ok then u can appear in the tests

vishal on May 28, 2014:

I have given the paper in this year's inter board exams.

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on May 27, 2014:


here is the link:

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on May 27, 2014:

@vishal when will you reappear in the paper?

vishal on May 27, 2014:

If one can be eligible for entrance test of NUST OR GIKI or NED after being absent in urdu paper of hsc-1

ahmedwaqas387 on May 14, 2014:

please share your Facebook page link of entry test prepAration

nida on May 10, 2014:

please tell me the best books for practice for ECAT, other than Fsc books.

sharoon on May 03, 2014:

i ve got 914 marks in fsc. how many chances i ve for admission in govt uni?

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on April 13, 2014:

@maria no such deduction in any exam/test

maria on April 11, 2014:

Being a FSC(Pre-Medical) repeater how many marks will cut in exam.And in which subjects sciences OR compulsory OR in all.

umer on March 27, 2014:

well i could not get admm in any engg uni,,,i gave a lot of uni test but could not get//((( i am repeating fsc almost complete and decided to give only ecat and my family also want me to bea uetian.....well i am in much tension ,,,,always and everywhere one thing always remain in mind that if i will get admm..then how much i"ll be happy but if i dn"t then.........................please ALLAH give me success this time,,,plx

umer on March 27, 2014:



shezokalemenai on March 24, 2014:

can somebody pplease made a timetable for me i am a student of fsc part 1

laku on March 23, 2014:

I got 959 in Mcat 2013 but only 920 in fsc. I am repeating this year sadly, something which i never wanted to do but my family insisted. So, I have decided to take 1st position in Mcat this year at least. Working hard but not that hard. If you have any questions regarding Mcat, please don't ask just work hard and get your concepts cleared right now.

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on March 12, 2014:

No no, just stick to your text books and prepare them

areej khan on March 12, 2014:

I have heard dt nust test x mostly from m from atd board..should i study federal bookx????

areej khan on March 11, 2014:


Mubashara Eman on March 03, 2014:

Thank you mathsmaster

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on March 02, 2014:

it does not depend on the number of hours u give.

if u study for even 4 or 5 hours but with full concentration that will be fine.

By full concentration I mean that u do not waste even a second.

You know in which area/subject you lack so give more time to it.

you can contact us on our facebook page for any help any time

Mubashara on March 01, 2014:

Actually i got 932 marks in matric but because of some difficulties i cannot get in fsc. Now i have only 2 months for my preparation please guide me a timetable and how much hours should i study. Thanks

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on March 01, 2014:

With these marks its difficult to get admission.

you can get admission if you score near 500 marks in Part 2 and about 1000 marks in MCAT

Mubashara on March 01, 2014:

can you please ask me that is there any possibility of my admission in any medical college.I got 378 marks in fsc part many marks should i obtain in fsc and mcat.Please reply me as soon as possible.

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on January 25, 2014:

yes.till now there is not other news

namra chughtai on January 25, 2014:

is it confrm????????/

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on January 21, 2014:

#namra it is 50 40 10, same as that of last year

namra chughtai on January 21, 2014:

plzz plzz plzz m requesting u all tell me about the new formula that from next year uhs lounching new formula of 70% mcat n 30% fsc weight is it true or not???

ajwa marrium on January 05, 2014:

tell me highest scores that can be obtained in mcat. some tips 4 vocabulary and some tips 4 urdu marks

abbeha on December 29, 2013:

i really want to get good grades .. plz pray for me :(

s.khalid shah on December 02, 2013:

I have problum in maths

plz tell me about lmportant chaptrs of maths and physcs

also past papers of nust....

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on October 27, 2013:

main focus should be on your text books

IQRA Naveed. on October 26, 2013:

Which books I study most for entrance test?

Hadia on October 22, 2013:

Very helpful.........may Allah bless u...of this great job

Adeeba Tariq on October 21, 2013:

ok:) thanks mathmaster

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on October 13, 2013:

yeah it is different from UHS, but its not hard . Numericals are easy if you have done practice. Practice the numericals on daily basis you'll master them soon :)

Adeeba Tariq on October 12, 2013:

i am very scared due to numerical.i have seen the past paper its different from mcat:(

Adeeba Tariq on October 12, 2013:

i am very scared due to numerical.i have seen the past paper its different from mcat:(

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on October 12, 2013:

for FMDC you must be good in the numerical type questions.

you must know what's inside your books. Test isn't hard if you have gone through your books and have some concepts. I hope you have seen the paper of last year .

Adeeba Tariq on October 11, 2013:

Guys please tell me how to prepare best for fmdc test??specially physics and chemistry?

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on October 08, 2013:

yeah .

you have to appear in the paper of maths and you can apply for ECAT next year.

maham on October 08, 2013:

can a person who has appeared in MCAT can change the field and appear in ECAT next year?

m.ali raza on August 12, 2013:

can i get uhs past pprz plz?

fatima ch on July 06, 2013:

i hve a problem that after thorough reading still em weak in answering some tough questnz ...maximum 8 or 10 questnz are incorrect in tests...

em worried abou8 dat what should i do..

aqsa amjad on June 29, 2013:

thank u very much 4 all ths info

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on June 27, 2013:

thanks :-)

Sana on June 27, 2013:

Thumbx up... :)

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on June 22, 2013:

We will upload them on our facebook page "Entry Test Preparation" Join the page ...

mukaram on June 22, 2013:

From where we can get past papers for uet test ..


Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on June 19, 2013:

Chemistry is more about learning . The more you learn in chemistry the more successful you are.

Elia Sameen on June 19, 2013:

I am weak in chemistry, what should I do to prepare more in less time?

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on June 18, 2013:

First of all learn all the formulas given in the text books. Next step is to solve the problems. The more you practice the more understanding you develop. Solve all the examples and numericals of the text books plus seek some additional book for this purpose.

Raeha Nadeem on June 18, 2013:

why questions asked in physics portion are often too to cope with them

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on June 18, 2013:

thank u :)

hareem tariq on June 18, 2013:

This is more than AWESOME !

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on June 17, 2013:

If you are asking for NET then prepare vocab from two sources:

1) Mr. chips

2) SAT book

Almost all the words are from these books.

kindly guide rgrdng eng vocabulry i heard dat synonymz r usually out ov stdnt's scope??? on June 17, 2013:

kashmala jamil

Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on April 28, 2013:

Thank u :)

kirni shah on April 27, 2013:


Hassan Shahbaz (author) from Islamabad, Pakistan on April 13, 2013:

u want past papers for which test ?

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