Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) exam is a national-level entrance exam, conducted for admission to M. Pharm. or similar programmes.
This optimal guide is designed to spark you up and help you focus on the right things while maintaining the ideal mentality.
GPAT is conducted by National Testing Agency. Till 2018, GPAT was conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) but since 2019 NTA is conducting this GPAT exam.
What is GPAT?
GPAT Exam is conducted by NTA as per the directions of MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development). More than 800 institutes participate, which includes those that are AICTE approved and accept GPAT scores.
Candidates are also offered scholarships and other financial aid based on their performance in the GPAT Exam. It is conducted in an online mode across 121 cities in the country.
- Conducting Body: National Testing Agency
- Frequency: Once in a year
- Eligibility: B. Pharm or equivalent from a recognized university
- Age Limit: No Age Limit
- Application Mode: Online
- Examination Mode: Computer Based Test (CBT)
- Total Number of Questions: 125
- Maximum Marks: 500
- Type of Questions: MCQ
- Exam Duration: 3 hours
- Exam Fees:
- General (UR) – Male Rs. 2,000 and Female Rs. 1,000
- Gen-EWS/ SC/ST/PwD /OBC-(NCL) – Male Rs. 1,000 and Female Rs. 1,000
- Transgender – Rs. 1,000
*Applicable service/processing charges & GST over and above the Examination fee is to be paid by you to the concerned Bank/ Payment Gateway Integrator.
Now let’s move on to an overview about the GPAT Exam Syllabus.
The syllabus for the GPAT exam will be as prescribed by AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education). GPAT Syllabus covers all the major subjects and topics that would help you to prepare for the exam.
Take a look at the following topics to prepare for GPAT Exam. However, for detailed sub-topics, you may refer to this PDF for more clarity.
- Physical Chemistry
- Physical Pharmacy
- Organic Chemistry
- Dispensing and Hospital Pharmacy
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry
- Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence
- Pharmaceutical Management
- Pharmaceutical Engineering
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Pharmaceutical Analysis
- Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
- Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
You should keep track of all the GPAT examination-related dates. Missing any important date might lead to missing important deadlines such as the last date to apply, examination date, date of result, etc. Hence, you must keep on visiting the official website or this link to know about important dates or any date-related changes.
The GPAT exam is a computer-based exam. According to the current GPAT exam pattern, the exam will consist of 125 multiple choice questions for a total of 500 points and you will have 3 hours to complete the examination. The medium of Question Paper shall be in English only.
GPAT Exam Subject-wise Weightage
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry – 38 Questions of 152 Marks (4 Marks Each)
- Pharmaceutics – 38 Questions of 152 Marks (4 Marks Each)
- Pharmacognosy – 10 Questions of 40 Marks (4 Marks Each)
- Pharmacology – 28 Questions of 112 Marks (4 Marks Each)
- Other subjects – 11 Questions of 44 Marks (4 Marks Each)
GPAT Exam Marking Scheme
- Each Question will carry 4 marks
- For each correct response, you will get 04 (four) marks.
- For each incorrect response, 01 (one) mark will be deducted from the total score.
- Un-answered/un-attempted will be given no marks.
The NTA sets out some criteria for selecting candidates for the GPAT Exam. According to the GPAT Eligibility Criteria, you should have an undergraduate degree in pharmacy or equivalent. However, if you are in your final year or if your results are yet to be announced, you are also eligible to apply.
GPAT Exam Eligibility Criteria Highlights
- Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy or equivalent (10+2+4)
- Minimum Age: No Age limit
- Attempt Limit: No
- Nationality: Indian
- Not eligible – B. Tech (Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Technology)/equivalent is not eligible.
- Eligible – Disabilities such as blindness and weak vision, hearing impairment, disabilities under the locomotor category, autism spectrum disorders and other intellectual disabilities, etc. are allowed for GPAT Exam.
The results of the GPAT exam are issued in the form of a scorecard and will contain your personal details, the results obtained (out of 500), percentile, cut-off, and other details.
Steps to check the GPAT exam result;
- Visit the official website
- Click on the ‘GPAT score card’.
- Enter your GPAT application number, date of birth and security pin.
- Click on ‘Sign in’ and then on ‘view result’.
- Verify the details mentioned in GPAT exam result.
So, here you have the tricky essentials of GPAT exam including eligibility, syllabus, exam pattern, etc. We hope you have some clarity about the matter now. Although if you are preparing for the GPAT exam, it is enough evidence that you have decided where you want to see yourself in the future, but career decision is one of the most important things in your life and you may want to talk to industry experts. Know yourself in and out!
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