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  • GRADUATE PHARMACY APTITUDE TEST (GPAT) is a national level entrance examination for entry into M.Pharm programmes. 
  • Till 2018, it was conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) every year as per the directions of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. 
  • The Test will now be conducted by the NTA.
  • This test facilitates institutions to select suitable Pharmacy graduates for admission into the Masters (M.Pharm) program. 
  • The GPAT is a three hour computer based online test which is conducted in a single session. 
  • The GPAT score is accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges. 
  • A few scholarships and other financial assistance in the field of Pharmacy are also given on the basis of the GPAT score.

Exam pattern of GPAT

Mode of Exam : Online – Computer Based Test (CBT)
Exam Duration : 3 Hours (180 minutes)
Total number of Questions : 125
Maximum Marks : 500 Marks
Types of Questions : Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s)
Marks per question : 4 Marks for each question
Negative marking : -1 for every incorrect responseExam level : National level examFrequency of conduct : Once a yearConducting body : National Testing AgencyAge limit : No age limit

Preparation Strategy

  • First of all, go through the official syllabus of GPAT
  • Start preparation from minor subjects just to clear your concepts (No need to study deep)
  • Minor subjects are : 

              – Human anatomy & physiology              – Pathophysiology              – Biochemistry              – Inorganic Chemistry              – Microbiology              – Biotechnology etc…

  • When all the concepts are clear move forward on Major subjects such as :

             – Pharmaceutics             – Pharmacology             – Pharmaceutical chemistry             – Pharmaceutical Analysis             – Pharmacognosy etc…

  • Around 100-110 questions are from major subjects and around 15-25 questions are from minor subjects. So give more concentration to major subjects.
  • While preparing for exam go through previous year question papers, so that you will understand the pattern of questions asked and from which topic questions are more asked.
  • If you want to qualify GPAT with a good rank you should not skip minor subjects. Because if you see the GPAT 2020 question paper more questions were from minor subjects.
  • Give at least 2 hours a daily for study
  • Don’t give more than 1 month for minor subjects
  • Keep 1 month before the exam, only for revision purposes.
  • Practice as many as possible MCQ’s
  • By following the schedule only 5-6 months are sufficient for study to qualify.
  • Be calm and keep your mind neutral.