Government planning to prepare a mechanism to admit students to universities within 6 months period after A/L exam results release, said Minister Bandula Gunawardene. Currently it takes about one year to admit students to local universities.  

Sri Lanka University New Academic Year 2019 2020


The Department of Examinations noted that applications for the Advanced level examination re-correction will have to be handed over before the 17th of January 2020. Applications for remarking of papers can also be made now and the relevant information will be available in the Dinamina, Thinakaran, and Daily News newspapers.

University Entrance process will be as follows. 

  1. A/L Results release
  2. University Hand Book release
  3. Buy University handbook & read it carefully
  4. Online Registration & Send print out via post to UGC
  5. Based on students’ desired course students have to apply for Aptitude tests after publishing on national newspapers. 
  6. Sit for Aptitude Tests depend on their selected courses. Then aptitude test results will released by relevant universities.
  7. Re-scrutinized / Re- correction A/Level results release. 
  8. Z score cut off marks will be release (June-July)
  9. University Registration via online
  10. Students will receive selected Course & University

University Admission

Higher education Ministry sources says that the students who qualified for the 2019/2020 University Academic year based on 2019 A/L results will be admitted before the end of 2020.

About 30,000 students will be enrolled for this academic year. Several new subject streams to be introduce this year.

Z score cut off marks of Past years can be obtained from web Site or

If you want to get a slight idea whether you have selected to University or not, just follow last years’ Z Score chart below or you can get an idea by comparing your Island Rank & District Rank with a friend or student who selected campus for earlier Academic year. Please note that above options will not indicate exactly you have selected or not. To know whether you selected university or not, students have to wait till Z Score officially release.

2018 Z Score Chart English – Here

Zscore Cut off marks will be release (October First Week)


  1. We kept the public informed of the serious disregard to the ruling of the Supreme Court decision in 2011/12 to select candidates when there was two populations in the form of New and Old syllabus. A peak (maximum) percentage over a past 5 year period was the agreed/recommended criteria, UGC has unilaterally decided to go on a “Composite” average which is now conformed with the publication of the UGC Handbook for admission of undergraduates to universities in 2020.

    Besides, UGC has been delaying the release of the most required information of the said “percentages” of New and Old syllabus over the 5 year period 2013-17 for students to decide on their future; apply for overseas placements (April intake is about to close), consider options such as KDU and more importantly to prepare for second shy (2020 AL examination). These options have almost run out of time despite many requests to UGC in the form of “Right for Information Act” appeals. Please experience this, drop in at the UGC you could experience for yourself.

    This is most unreasonable from the candidates point of view since the information relating to 2013-17 was available with UGC by mid 2018 and is available in their databases for district wise calculation. Can the authorities say that this information was not there with them even after one and half years time by December 2019. Besides, when UGC made their announcement on 8th April 2019 about the basis as regards selection of New and Old syllabus candidates, didn’t they know the most crucial information was this and they were not ready with that information even after 8 months since then by December 2019. This needs to be investigated, the innocent candidates should not be made to suffer for some unknown reason.

    Information indicate that if the UGC had to go by the Supreme Court ruling of 2011/12, a 16% increase is required (peak/maximum ratios would make the intake above 100% of the standard 2019 intake which is approx. 1,500 for medicine), this works out to 240 additional placements in all medical colleges in the country. Now the Handbook shows a 110 places increase, short by 130 required.

    Judging by the past records, this is practical albeit with some adjustments; in 1990 Colombo has accommodated 250 (approx. 50 Nos over current), Kandy 241 in 2012 (approx. 35 Nos over current), Ragama 193 in 2012 (approx. 30 Nos over current) and J’pura 192 in 2012 (approx. 30 over current). If these additional possible Nos are considered, all faculties should not have a difficulty of accommodating a further 160 (much above the required as per the basis suggested via Supreme Court ruling in 2011/12).

    One could be wondering as to why only the Biology students and their parents are making a cry about this issue. That is a sensitive topic, one has to be in the predicament to understand the reality. Private university education for any other field (practically all including engineering and IT) are available for values affordable to many (ranges between Rs 800,000 to Rs 4 Mn on the high side for technical filed of study with a 4 year study duration). On the other hand, a Biology student don’t have any option other than to apply for a regional Medical college, the lowest cost over a 5 year duration in todays terms would be minimum of Rs 25 – 30 Mn. The cheapest would cost over Rs 20 Mn, these have no guarantee of the quality of study and employability when you are back in the country, hence many wouldn’t peruse. If this is to be undertaken in an Australian or UK university, the cost is approx. Rs 60 Mn and most of these reputed universities would require IELTS academic scores of minimum 7 and London GCE AL equivalent to 3 “A”s. This would give an indication of how difficult it would be for a candidate if you miss a probable opportunity in the country.

    Trust the above would open the eyes of the responsible. Some decision makers would think that all need not become “Doctors” but that is a wrong attitude by responsible people and a wrong signal for future AL Biology stream students. Surely the responsible no lessor than the head of the state should be made aware of the sensitivity of the issue. A solution is possible and is urgently required as explained above. Else it can be a complete disappointment to Biology students in 2019 and that effect can be there for many AL batches to come in the near future.


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