General Policies


  • The University shall invite applications for admissions in various academic programs through publication of advertisement.
  • There shall be an admission test for each program and the applicants with 50% NTS/SAT/GAT may be exempted from the admission test. NTS/SAT/GAT percentage of an applicant shall be equated to admission test percentage conducted by the university.
  • O/A levels percentages shall be equated to Matric and Intermediate level percentages respectively.
  • The admission requirements and roadmap of each degree program shall be made available on the university website or in prospectus published from time to time.
  • A result awaiting candidate can apply for admission by furnishing a certificate that he/she has already appeared in the exam and hoping to meet minimum percentage required for the program.
  • If a candidate fails to provide the result within prescribed time, or fails to attain the required percentage, his/her admission shall stand cancelled. No admission fee shall, however, be charged if such candidate applies for fresh admission.
  • In case of incorrect or forged information the admission shall be cancelled and no transcript shall be issued.
  • A candidate seeking admission in the university shall abide by all its rules, regulations and policies published by the university from time to time.
  • Admission in the university shall remain provisional until provision of academic documents by the candidate duly attested by IBCC/HEC/Educational Ministry whichever is applicable.

Fee Refund Policy

If a 1st semester student decides to withdraw from the University after having registered he/she shall be entitled for full tuition fee refund provided that:

  • the withdrawal is requested, in writing, at least one week before the start of the semester; and
  • the applicant was a result awaiting candidate and failed to achieve minimum percentage required for the program.

Semester Credit Hour

  • A course semester credit hour (SCH) is defined as one hour of class work per week for sixteen weeks.
  • A laboratory semester credit hour shall be three hours of practical lab work per week for sixteen weeks.

Academic Year

  • There shall be two regular semesters i.e., Fall and Spring in an academic year. Each Semester shall have 16 teaching weeks.
  • A Summer semester is of 08 weeks duration and is usually used for internship, business projects and makeup courses.
  • A limited number of courses, on the discretion of a department, may be offered in a Summer semester.

Assessment Of Tuition Fee

  • Fee shall be charged per credit hour as determined by the university from time to time.
  • Tuition fee for the registered courses shall be paid within due time period to validate the registration.
  • A student with fee default status shall not appear in the attendance roll and there shall be no attendance correction afterwards.
  • If the fee is not paid, within the prescribed time, the registration of the course(s) shall stand cancelled.
  • For all practical purposes cancelled course(s) shall be deemed as if they were never registered.

Credit Transfer Policy

  • Transfer credits may be accepted for work completed at a recognized Pakistani or foreign university and an original transcript issued by the university which administered the examination shall be submitted.
  • Only those courses/credits shall be transferred in which the candidate has got grade B or higher and they can be part of applicants- degree program at CUST.
  • Each transfer credit case shall be examined on its merit by the Admission Department in consultation with the respective HoD.
  • Accepted credit hours, without grades, shall appear on the transcript.
  • Maximum credits transferred shall not exceed 60% of the total credit hours required for the degree program.
  • The department has the exclusive right to accept or reject any request of transfer of course /courses.
  • A student with transfer credit hours shall not be eligible for a university medal.


  • A student may add or drop a course within a specified period announced by the Registration Department. A course dropped will be deemed as if it was never registered.


  • If a student decides not to continue in a course, and add/drop time has expired, he/she may withdraw from the course within twelve weeks from the start of the semester.
  • A course withdrawn will be reported on the transcript with a W status.
  • A withdrawn course shall not be counted towards the calculation of GPA.
  • A withdrawn course shall be treated as a registered course for the evaluation of tuition fee.

Repeat & Substitute A Course

  • An undergraduate course with grade C- or below and a graduate course with grade B- or below may be repeated and only the better grade shall be counted towards CGPA.
  • A student may substitute an elective course with another elective course. Such a substitution shall be treated as a repeat course.
  • A student can repeat any number of credit hours within permitted time duration but prior to the degree completion.
  • Substitution shall be allowed, with the approval of HoD, at the end of a degree program.

Semester Break

  • A student, under special circumstance, may apply for a semester break to the concerned HoD. However, to maintain his/her registration the student has to pay the semester break fee as determined by the university from time to time.
  • A student who is not registered in a semester shall lose his registration if he/she is not on semester break.
  • A consecutive two-semester non registered status shall lead to the cancellation of admission.
  • A student with cancelled admission is required to apply for readmission on the prescribed form.
  • A re-admission case shall only be considered if it is within the maximum time duration allowed for a degree program.

Change Of Program

  • A CUST student may apply for the change of program with the approval of concerned HoDs before the start of a semester. Such a student shall be issued a new registration number.
  • Only related courses shall be transferred with grades to the opted program.
  • Courses transferred shall appear in the transcript without mentioning the semester details in which they were studied.
  • Program transfer facility shall only be given to MAJU students.
  • Student shall submit transfer fee as determined by the university from time to time.
  • Program transferred student shall not be considered for the award of a medal.


  • To be eligible for final examination 80% attendance shall be required in a course or in a lab work.
  • There shall be no relaxation in attendance requirement under any circumstances.
  • Class attendance shall only be marked if a student has no outstanding dues.
  • A student may request for withdrawal of a course in which his/her attendance is short by paying a fine as determined by the university from time to time.

Examination And Grading

  • A student shall be eligible for final examination if his/her name is included in the exam seating plan.
  • If a student misses final examination for what so ever reason, he/she shall be graded on the basis of sessional performance and there shall be no re-examination.
  • If a student misses final examination, he/she may apply for course(s) withdrawal provided he/she was hospitalized on the day of examination.
  • Letter grades shall be awarded at the end of each semester as per the following distribution:
Assessment Undergraduate Graduate
Midterm Examination 20% 20%
Assignments, Quizzes, Projects etc. 30% – 40% 30% – 50%
Final Examination 40% – 50% 30% – 50%
  • Midterm and final examinations shall be administered by the CoE office.
  • Letter grades shall be awarded at the end of each semester as per the following distribution:
Grades Definition
A Excellent
B Good
C Satisfactory
D Poor but passing
F Failure
I Work in Progress
W Withdrawal
P Pass
NC No Credit
( ) Grade Replaced
  • Letter grades shall be awarded on following scheme:
Marks Grades Undergraduate Graduates
86-100 A 4.00 4.00
82-85 A- 3.67 3.67
78-81 B+ 3.33 3.33
74-77 B 3.00 3.00
70-73 B- 2.67 2.67
66-69 C+ 2.33 2.33
62-65 C 2.00 2.00
58-61 C- 1.67 1.67
54-57 D+ 1.33 0.00
50-53 D 1.00 0.00
Below 50 F 0.00 0.00
  • GPA

Grade Point Average (GPA) shall be computed by multiplying the number of credit hours of each course by the grade points assigned to grade earned, then dividing the sum of these products by the total number of credit hours in which the student was registered in a semester.

  • CGPA

    Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) shall be calculated by summing all the earned grade points divided by the total number of registered credit hours during the program.

  • Incomplete (I) Grade
    • A teacher may award I (incomplete) grade to a student who fails to meet all requirements for reasons beyond his/her control.
    • I grade shall not be allowed in a regular course/lab work.
    • I grade must be changed into an earned grade within the following semester otherwise it will automatically be converted to F grade.

Change Of Grade

  • A student may file a petition with the CoE-s office for review of a final grade within two weeks after the declaration of the results.
  • The review of a grade shall be limited to omission and calculation errors.
  • The review process shall be initiated after the receipt of requisite fee as prescribed by the university from time to time.

Probation & Expulsion

  • A student shall be on probation if he/she fails to attain CGPA required to qualify the degree.
  • If a student stays on probation for two consecutive semesters he/she shall cease to be the student of the university.

Medal Award Policy

  • Student desirous to compete for the award of a medal shall apply on the prescribed form to the CoE Office.
  • A medal shall be awarded only in the respective convocation.
  • Only those graduates shall be considered for the award of a medal who fulfill the following:
    • Completion of all degree requirements within normal duration.
    • CGPA 3.50 or higher on the scale of 4.00.
    • No F grade in the transcript.
    • No transfer of credits from other Universities / Institutions.
    • No disciplinary punishment throughout the tenure of the degree.
  • If number of students in a degree program is less than 10:
    • Only one medal will be awarded
    • CGPA of winner will be compared with the CGPA of the winner of a medal in a program having more than 10 students, to assess the type of medal to be awarded.
  • Gold, Silver and Bronze medals shall be awarded to the top three students of each batch of undergrad degree program, wheras only Gold medal shall be awarded to the toppers of each bactch of MS/MBA graduate degree programs.
  • If there is a tie in the award of a medal both will be awarded the same medal.

Quaid-I-Azam Gold Medal

A Quaid-i-Azam Gold Medal shall be awarded, in a convocation, to an overall best achiever of the university and shall be based on:

  • Academics
  • co-curricular and
  • Extra-curricular activities.