Advice for selecting engineering and physical science courses at National Universities

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Many students get confused in marking their preferences in filling the UGC form to enter into a national university in Sri Lanka. This provides some advice based on a document issued to students by popular A/L Combined Mathematics Teacher Mr. Praja Renuka.

In the UGC form, you have to select the course preference order and preferred universities for each course. If you have a good Z-score then you can enter Engineering Faculty, else you have to select other physical science courses.

Engineering Courses –
Engineering courses are offered by following Universities:

• University ofPeradeniya
• University of Jaffna
• University ofRuhuna
• UniversityofMoratuwa
• South Eastern University of Sri Lanka
University of Sri Jayewardenepura

For example if a student wishes to apply for Engineering he should mark preferences as follows.

Course Code – University Code

08 (Engineering) – G (Moratuwa) B (Peradeniya) F (Ruhuna)

The same course may be available in different universities. You need a higher Z-score to enter most demanding university, and other universities require comparatively low Z-score. Therefore you should first mark reputed or well established universities. Moratuwa is considered to be the best university for Engineering studies in Sri Lanka.

If a student does not poses a adequate Z-Score for Engineering and wants to follow Quantity Surveying still he should mark Engineering as his first preference. The logic is if by chance a vacancy created he will be enrolled for the first preferred courses. Eg:
Course Code – University Code

08 (Engineering) – G(Moratuwa) B(Peradeniya) F(Ruhuna)

11 (Qty Surveying)* – G(Moratuwa)**

* This course requires at least Credit passes for English, Mathematics and Science in O/L

** This course only available at Moratuwa University in Sri Lanka.

If you obtained a lower Z-Score, still you should mark better courses first and then the other course. This will open chances to enter a good course if vacancies open for these courses. Here we have provided a suggested preference list for students.  However you can make your own preferences by omitting some of these courses.

Engineering and Physical Science courses

Course Code                –   University Code

08 (Engineering)  – G(Moratuwa) B(Peradeniya) F(Ruhuna)

10 (Textile Engineering) –  G(Moratuwa)

09 (Earth Resource Engineering) – G(Moratuwa)

11 (Qty Surveying)*  –      G(Moratuwa)**

26 (Info technology)   –     G(Moratuwa)

57(Transport Mgt)    –  G(Moratuwa)

30(Town & Country planning)*   –  G(Moratuwa)

56(facilities Mgt)* –  G(Moratuwa)

12(Computer Science)   –   T(School of Computing, Colombo University)

14(Surveying Science) –   L(Sabaragamuwa University)

13(Physical Science) – A(Colombo) D(Kelaniya) C(J’Pura) B(Peradeniya) F(Ruhuna)

23(Architecture)*  – G(Moratuwa)

24(Design)*   – G(Moratuwa)

34(Fashion design)*  –   G(Moratuwa)

91(Information technology &Mgt)*   –  G(Moratuwa)

27(Mgt & Info Technology)*   – D(Kelaniya)

15(Applied Science-Physical)  –   L(Sabaragamuwa) K(Rajarata) M(Wayamba)

31(Pease & Conflict Resolution)  –  D(Kelaniya)

38(Info & Communication tech)*  – T(School of Computing, Colombo) K(Rajarata)

54(Physiotherapy)   –    A(Colombo) B(Peradeniya)

59(Industrial Statistics)  –    A(Colombo)

60(Statistics &Operation research)  – B(Peradeniya)

61(Computation & Management)*   –   B(Peradeniya)

66(Entrepreneurship & Management)*  –   U(Uwa Wellassa)

65(Computer Science &Tech)*   –   U(Uwa Wellassa)

75(Industrial Informatio0n technology)*   –   U(Uwa Wellassa)

64(Science &Tech)*  –   U(Uwa Wellassa)

76(Mineral Resource & tech)*  –    U(Uwa Wellassa)

25(Law)*     –   A(Colombo) B(Peradeniya)
* These courses require Credit passes for subjects such as Maths and English at O/L examination. Some courses select students after holding an aptitude test. For further details please refer Admission to undergraduate courses of the universities in Sri Lanka – Academic Year 2009 – 2010 – Based on GCE A/L Examination 2009

Although the newly established offer attractive courses there is less demand compared to other courses. This may be due to lack of experienced and professionally qualified staff. Within few years they will also turned out to be well demanded university courses in Sri Lanka. However if you are good at particular area such as IT you can directly mark your preferences without marking all other courses. The risk in this approach is if you are not selected for the particular course you will lose other chances as you have not marked these in the preference list. UGC will consider your preferences according to priority list and will give you the highest eligible course.

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  1. prasanth May 1, 2016 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

    Sir ,my z scor is 1.9117 n my results is A B B .d-rank:-255,i-rank:-1020 then which cource i will selected in universty

  2. nisansala April 15, 2016 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    My z score is 0.8474 In bio science stream which course is suitable for me? Could I select to the textile degree?z

  3. asela February 2, 2015 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    sir i wat to know
    what is best
    moratu it or kelan software engineering

  4. wihanga September 7, 2014 at 8:02 am -  Reply

    my z score is 0.8106 in monaragala.i didn’t pass the aptitude test in ndt.can i enter the ndt??

  5. Sharanya January 29, 2014 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    My z-score is 0.6991. So what degree is very suitable for me?

  6. Maneesha December 26, 2013 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    sir i did A/L in 2013 in Maths my Z-score 0.07 witch course can i do plz………………. help me sir

  7. chaamila November 8, 2013 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    from exam 2012 old syllabus maths stream how many student will get the chance to enter the university from kurunegala distric?

  8. Naveen Devinda October 16, 2013 at 7:21 am -  Reply

    I want to know whether Chemical Engineering will be available in Srilanka at least by 2016.

  9. CHARLES August 30, 2013 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    Sir i sat to A/L exam in nuwaralia district. I hope to applied for physical science. My z-c is 0.5565. I want to know about physical science stream.. And it uses. Please reply me..

  10. Reshani July 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    Dear sir,
    This year i face for A/L for the first time.I like to study a Software engineering course from a national university.So,what is the minimum result & the Z score to apply this course.
    Please reply me soon.

  11. නම December 27, 2011 at 7:28 am -  Reply

    my Z score is 0.6214 and my reasalt is C C S then which cource i will selected.i am 2011 A/L (Mathes)

  12. Nasick Mohamed September 30, 2011 at 3:11 pm -  Reply

    how long it will take to get BSc Engineering degree in electronic after HNDE(electronic)?

  13. saranga July 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    Now, i’m undergraduate student in B.Sc. Facilities Management (moratuwa uni.) ,
    if i do CIMA, will it useful? if not what kind of courses will help me?

  14. kafeel July 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm -  Reply

    where will continue NDT after complete NCT

  15. Sehan June 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    Now ruhna eng fac famous for practical engineers .most studnt in galle,mathara select it as their first choice

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