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Higher education has expanded rapidly in Pakistan, with the country’s Higher Education Commission now overseeing 218 private and public institutions which welcome both local and international students. All teaching is delivered in English.
To meet the challenge of the Covid-19 crisis, Cambridge International awarded grades to students using a different assessment methodology for the June 2020 exam series. Universities across Pakistan and the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) treated results in the same manner as those from other series. Check the IBCC website for updates on equivalence.
Universities in Pakistan recognise and welcome Cambridge international qualifications. The Government of Pakistan also recognises Cambridge qualifications and provides equivalence with the local education system in order to ensure a smooth transition for students who choose to continue their education in Pakistan.
Qualification equivalence, issued by the Government’s IBCC, is as follows:
To qualify for equivalence at HSSC level, IBCC provides a list of the compulsory and elective subjects that must be studied at Cambridge O Level, Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International A Level as follows:
Find out more about applying to study at university in Pakistan in our helpful guide to recognition.
Guide to recognition of Cambridge qualifications in Pakistan (English) (PDF, 611KB)
Guide to recognition of Cambridge qualifications in Pakistan (Urdu) (PDF, 1MB)
Making informed subject choices factsheet (PDF, 146KB)
We advise students to check with institutions directly for the most up-to-date information regarding admissions requirements and policies for local and international students.
Find out which universities in Pakistan recognise Cambridge qualifications by searching our recognitions database.
Vice Chancellors and senior leaders from leading universities in Pakistan highlight the benefits of Cambridge qualifications and attributes of Cambridge International A Level students.
VIDEO: Perceptions of Cambridge students – Vice Chancellors & senior leaders from Pakistan universities