Top Ten Universities in Pakistan According to the HEC Ranking

Written by Muhammad Arslan

Higher Education Commission HEC is responsible for providing official rankings of Higher Education Institutions in Pakistan, based on horde of criteria. The HEC ranking is calculated based on a number of factors. These factors are number of students, student’s satisfaction, research, innovation, infrastructure, and financial conditions of the institutions. Before embarking on the journey of higher education, students do excessive amounts of research on the HEC rankings regarding the universities. These HEC rankings help students choose the perfect university for them.

We have compiled the list of these top ranked universities by HEC. Using this list, you can get an introduction to the universities that have the best infrastructures, teaching faculties, research opportunities and state-of-the-art labs. We recommend that you visit these universities’ official websites and do a detailed research before picking your favorites.

Whether it’s you planning on pursuing your education to the next step, or a friend or loved one, this article will come in handy for anyone reading and spreading the information.

Do you want to see which universities managed to make it to the top ten of the HEC ranking list? Continue reading and trust us when we say you’d be amazed.



  1. Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad
  2. University of Punjab, Lahore
  3. National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad
  4. University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
  5. Aga Khan University, Karachi
  6. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
  7. Pakistan Institute of Engineering & Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad
  8. University of Karachi
  9. University of Health Sciences, Lahore
  10. University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Lahore

To get into one of the universities above is like achieving all your dreams in one go. It is a symbol of pride and honor for not just the students but also their families who start praying for their children to get into one of these universities probably since the day they start kindergarten. Parents in Pakistan are keen on not making any compromises when it comes to their children going to some of these renowned top HEC ranked universities, they start saving for years so their children don’t have to go through any hurdles.

While employers are deciding on who to hire, mostly people from the universities mentioned above are given preference. However, these universities do have consequences that are attached to them. They have some of the most difficult entry requirements in Pakistan due to the excessive amount of competition that exists among all the students that are applying. The universities have a tough time deciding on who to select or not because most of the students who apply have remarkable academic record. But fear not, because that isn’t the only thing that would determine the entry into these universities, the entrance test results would also make a huge difference along with the interviews that that universities undertake to get an idea of whether or not the student is going to be compatible with the university culture or not.

The fierce competition, rapidly growing awareness among students and a drive for reaching higher standards has led these Pakistani universities to the top. And since they are on the top, they attract the best minds from all over the country. This has made the entrance into these universities comparable or even more prestigious than getting into foreign universities.

Does your dream university fall into this list? Let us know in the comments!

And don’t forget to share what university you have chosen to apply to!

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