British System and Equivalent
GCE O Level, GCSE, IGCSE and Equivalent:-
GCE O Level and 10 years schooling in any education system is considered equivalent to Secondary School Certificate ( SSC ) subject to meeting the requirements as under:
Pakistan Based Examination (local exam): Eight subjects including English, Urdu, Islamiyal, Pakistan Studies, Mathematic and three electives.
Overseas Based Examinations (overseas exam): Five subjects including English, Mathematics and three electives ( other than Islamiyat, Pakistan Studies, and Urdu ).
To qualify for Science Group it is necessary to pass Physics, Chemistry, Biology or (* Computer studies / * Information Communication Technology / * Information Technology / * Additional Mathematic / * Pure Mathematics). Rest will be placed in General / Humanities Group.
* The relaxation will not be allowed to the students who will pass 'O' level examination in the academic year 2009 and onward with the condition that such an equivalence of SSC (Science Group) will not be valid for HSSC (Pre-Medical Group) even if Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects are passed at 'A' level or in any other system.
GCE A Level and Equivalent
GCE O & A Level and 12/13 years of schooling is considered equivalent to Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC/Intermediate) subject to meeting the specified requirements for various streams / groups as under:
Pre-Medical Group: Eight (local exam)/Five (overseas exam)
O Level subjects (including English, Urdu, Islamiyat, Pakistan Studies, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology/Computer Studies/ICT/IT/Add Mathematics/Pure Mathematics) and Three A Level (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) with minimum 'E' Grade.
Pre-Engineering Group; Eight (local exam)/Five (overseas exam)
O Level subjects ( including English, Urdu, Islamiyat, Pakistan Studies, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology/Computer Studies/ICT/IT/Add Mathematics/Pure Mathematics and three A Level subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) with minimum 'E' Grade.
General Science Group: Eight (local exam)/Five (overseas exam)
O Level subjects (not eligible for admission into Engineering and Medical Colleges) and three A Level subjects as per list at SUBJECTS REQUIRED FOR EQUIVALENCE
Humanities Group: Eight (local exam)/Five (overseas exam) O Level subjects including English with three A Level subjects ( not eligible for admission into Engineering and Medical Colleges).
Conversion of Marks
A. Equivalence of O-level Grades
The equivalence of O-level and A-level qualifications is determined through criteria as marks for each subject are taken to be 100.
For conversion of marks (before academic year 2006), five subjects are taken at O level, Where in English as compulsory subject, three elective subjects and one subject with best grade are taken. These 5 subjects carry 500 marks, which are equated to the marks of 8 subjects at Matric level, carrying 850 marks. The total which is out of 500, is then used to calculate the percentage (marks) as per given below example.
Suppose, a student has earned following grades in O-level.
Subject Grade Subject Grade Subject Grade Subject Grade
English A Physics B Chemistry C Mathematics C
Pak.Studies B Islamiat B Urdu D Biology C
4. Computing marks equivalent to Matriculation.
S.# Subject Grade Total Marks Remarks Marks obtained
1. English A 100 85 -
2. Physics B 100 75 -
3. Chemistry C 100 65 -
4. Mathematics C 100 65 Better than Biology grade.
5. Pak Studies B 100 75 Better of all excluding above 4 subjects. Total: 500 365
5. The equivalent marks in Matriculation (out of 850) are then calculated as,365÷500 x 850= 620.5 say 621/850 marks.
b. Equivalence of A-level Grades
The marks equivalent to A-level are computed using the above stated total marks (out of 500) 'O' level. Add to these, the marks for the three subjects of A-level (science group) using the above table. Thus the total obtained against 800 is then used to work out percentage marks for Intermediate as per given below example.
(i) Suppose grades of the above mentioned student in A-level are:
Subject Grade Subject Grade Subject Grade Chemistry C Physics B Mathematics A
(ii) Computing marks of A level equivalent to Intermediate:
S.# Subject Grade Total-Marks Marks-obtained O-level Marks -- 500 365
1. Chemistry C 100 65
2. Physics B 100 75 3. Mathematics A 100 85
Total: 800 590
(iii) The equivalent marks in Intermediate (out of 1100) are then calculated as, 590÷800x1100=811/1100. Where as in case of Arts/Humanities group 2 subject at 'A' level are taken for calculating against marks of 5 subjects of 'O' plus 2 subjects of 'A' levels into 1100 and divided by 700 OR 365+160= 525x1100 = 825/1100.