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GPAT 2021 Recommended Books for Preparation

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GPAT 2021 is an online exam open for candidates from all over India. It is held annually by NTA. It is conducted for aspirants who wish to pursue the M.Pharm program in top-notch pharmacy institutes of India like NIPER, BHU, and DIPSAR. Since this exam is the gateway to the best pharmacy colleges, the level of competition is quite high.

In order to know more about the exam, let us first get acquainted with GPAT Exam Pattern. Here are some quick points to be noted-

  • It is an online exam (computer based) which has 125 objective questions.
  • Students must solve these questions within a time limit of 3 hours (180 minutes).
  • Each correct answer is awarded +4 marks and a penalty of 1 mark is charged for incorrect responses.
  • Applicants can take the online mock test for GPAT 2021 by visiting the official website i.e. to get a good idea about the kind of questions that can be expected in the test.

The syllabus for the exam is as laid down by the NTA and can be changed by the authority from year to year. Aspirants have to study topics were studied by them in the entire term of the B Pharm course to cover GPAT Syllabus.

Students are advised to start preparing for the exam well within time as it is a highly competitive test. The best way to understand the concepts is by using good reference books. Now you may think how a reference book can be beneficial for your preparation. A reference book provides a comprehensive analysis of topics and makes the content easier to understand. These books also have several MCQs which will help you test your level of preparation.

Important Books 2021

GPAT 2021 Important Books for Preparation

GPAT Books for Pharmaceutics

This is an essential subject for the exam and students must not skip topics from covered in it. Many questions are based on topics covered in this subject like Capsules and Tablets, Pharmacokinetics, Biopharmaceutics and Rheology. Applicants can refer to the following books for this subject

Name of the book Author’s Name
GPAT: A Companion N N Inamdar
Pharmaceutics: The Science of Dosage Form Design  Aulto

Note: GPAT: A Companion- This is the most widely used reference book which gives a full-fledged view of GPAT. The sub-topics are well explained by using tables, charts, specifications, and notes. It provides candidates with the explanation for the correct answers and also why the other options are incorrect

Download the detailed official Pharmaceutics GPAT Syllabus

GPAT Books for Pharmacology

This subject is deemed as the most interesting subject by the majority of the test takers. It covers topics related to human physiology (drugs used for Cancer, CVS & blood products and Neuropharmacology & rare diseases). Students must be thorough with interactions and mechanisms of drugs along with side effects that are unique to these drugs alone. For this subject, reference books that can be used are

Name of the book Author’s Name
Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics Goodman and Gillman
Essential of Medical Pharmacology K D Tripathi
Pharmacology Rang & Dale
Basic and Clinical Pharmacology Katzung

Note: Essential of Medical Pharmacology by K D Tripathi and Pharmacology by Rang & Dale are the best books for covering the fundamentals of the subject. They offer descriptive theory via flow charts, tables and box point wise summaries of important aspects

Download the detailed official Pharmacology GPAT Syllabus

GPAT Books for Pharmacognosy

This subject is entirely based on theory. Chapters on various drugs are very essential for preparing for the exam. Students should read the concepts regularly so that they do not forget the details and differences between these drugs. Some good reference books for this subject are

Name of the book Author’s Name
Trease and Evan’s Pharmacognosy William Charles Evans
The Pearson Guide to GPAT Umang Shah
Pharmacognosy C K Kokat
Note: The books authored by CK Kokate and Evans are highly recommended by top rankers

Download the detailed official Pharmacognosy GPAT Syllabus

GPAT Books for Pharmaceutical Analysis

This subject requires a basic understanding of concepts. These concepts are utilized for solving numerical problems which have been asked repeatedly from topics of Mass Spectroscopy, UV, NMR and IR spectroscopy. Candidates can use the following books for reference

Name of the book Author’s Name
Chromatography Remington
Spectroscopy and Titration Chatwal
Modern Technology of Pharmaceutical Analysis Nirav Son
Note: The book by Nirav Soni- Modern Technology of Pharm Analysis has numerous solved questions that can help students analyze the pattern of questions

GPAT Books for Pharmaceutical Chemistry

This subject again requires aspirants to have conceptual clarity of the topics to be able to answer the questions. The must-dos from this subject is a chemical moiety of Medicinal drugs along with the basics of organic and physical chemistry. Applicants can refer to the following books for this subject

Name of the book Author’s Name
Organic Chemistry Morrison & Boyd
Medicinal Chemistry SN Pande
Note: Organic Chemistry by Morrison & Boyd is an extremely popular book which is very essential for learning the basic of organic chemistry

Download the detailed official Pharmaceutical Chemistry GPAT Syllabus

GPAT Books for Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics

This is a vast subject that covers many important topics like Therapeutic drug monitoring, drug therapy for various systems and disorder as well as drug interactions. Candidates need to study this subject selectively as it has a lot of details to remember. Individuals can use the following books for reference

Name of the book Author’s Name
Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics Roger Walker & Cate Whittlesea
Davis’s Pocket Clinical Drug Reference Cynthia Sanoski & Shamim Tejan

Books for All Subjects

GPAT 2021 Books for All Subjects

Some standard books cover topics from all subjects while providing content to clear all basics. They are also equipped with previously asked questions, mock tests, and question banks. The following books can be used for GPAT:

Name of the book Author/ Publisher’s Name
GPAT Cracker Piyush Publications
Compete Pharma Dr. Tarun Dasgupta
Pharmacy Quiz GPAT Samba Redd

Preparation Tips to Crack

General Preparation Tips to Crack GPAT 2021

  • The first thing every individual must do is to have conceptual clarity for all subjects. They can start by studying the common topics between their university curriculum and GPAT syllabus.
  • As per trends observed over the past 2-3 years, the frequency of numerical problems has increased in the exam.
  • Numerical is asked mostly from the topics of Pharmacokinetics, Proof Spirit, Kinetics, Micromeritics, Posology, Alligation Method, Rheology, Surface Tension, and Analysis. Candidates must practice solving these questions to have an edge over their competitors.
  • Make separate notes for the classification of drugs, their nomenclature, structure, and schedules. Be thorough with the chapters of herbal and indigenous drugs.
  • Solve previous years’ papers to analyze the pattern of GPAT questions. It can also help you in identifying focus areas of other chapters

Read More About GPAT Preparation Tips

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

GPAT 2021 : 3 answered questions


Ques. How should I get a good rank in the GPAT?

● Top Answer By Supriya Sarkar on 16 Jan 21

Ans. Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test is a computer-based online national level entrance exam held for Masters in Pharmacy by National Testing Agency. GPAT is a competitive exam and in order to get into a good college, you need a good rank. Exam Tips for GPAT: The only way to crack any entrance exam is to practice question papers and sample papers. You must look up last year’s question papers and try to solve as many as possible before the final exam. Understanding the concepts thoroughly is better than rote learning. You should try to read all the concepts diligently so that you can understand them properly and apply them. Refer to the books listed on the GPAT website and use the books by foreign authors for your preparation. Try to remain confident and patient. Entrance exams can be tough and you need to prepare nicely in order to get a great rank, thus, believing in yourself and your ability is extremely important.  Focus on some important subjects like Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy. These are tough subjects but you can score well in them. Keep in touch with your professors while preparing for the exam. Your teachers can guide you and help solve all your doubts and queries. Another important tip is to practice test series. Test series are available online, you can practice them and improve your chances. Having a healthy mindset is important so prepare carefully and diligently.  Important details about GPAT 2021: Category GPAT Exam 2021 Courses offered Masters in Pharmacy Exam Date 22/27 February 2021 Duration of the Exam 3 hours Timing of the Exam 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM Mode of Exam Computer- Based Test Medium of Exam English Clearing GPAT allows you to seek admission in over 800 institutes for post-graduation in pharmacy. Thus, a good rank can be beneficial in the long run.Read more
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Ques. What should be my GPAT score to get into NIPER Mohali or any top 40 colleges in India?

● Top Answer By Mohit Sarohi on 16 Jan 21

Ans. For admissions in post-graduate programs at NIPER, candidates have to qualify for the GPAT exam to appear for NIPER- JEE exam. A good GPAT rank is not an important requirement for NIPER- Mohali. Admissions are based upon NIPER- JEE rank.  Following are a few important details for NIPER- JEE: This exam is conducted every year for admissions to postgraduate courses like M. S, M. Pharma, M.Tech Pharma, and M.B.A Pharma. It is a computer-based online exam The exam consists of 125 multiple choice objective questions. The total weightage of the exam is 500 marks. For every correct answer, you are rewarded one mark. For every incorrect answer, 0.25 mark is deducted. The duration of the exam is 2 hours. In case of other top colleges for pharmacy, a good GPAT score is important. The GPAT cutoff depends on various parameters such as the level of difficulty of the exam, competition, and the total number of candidates. GPAT cutoff for 2020: Category Cutoff 2020 General 163 OBC 131 SC 103 ST 76 EWS 104 If you wish to seek admission in NIPER or any of the top colleges for Pharmaceuticals, try to score well in both entrance exams because the competition is tough.Read more
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Ques. What are the most common mistakes done in the GPAT that lowers your score?

● Top Answer By Aniket Atul Mahulikar on 16 Jan 21

Ans. Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test or GPAT exam is conducted every year for admissions to Masters in Pharmacy programs, by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Important details regarding GPAT Exam: Category GPAT Exam Administering Body National Testing Agency Purpose Masters in Pharmacy  Mode of Examination Computer-Based Exam Frequency Annual Common Mistakes and Preparation Tips: The most common mistake made by GPAT aspirants is to skip topics like Medicinal Chemistry. This is a scoring subject so try to cover it properly to get a good rank. The best way to prepare for the GPAT exam is to have a proper timetable. Try to make a timetable you will adhere to so that you can prepare consistently. Preparing in order to clear the cutoff is another common mistake. Many aspirants try to score just enough to clear the cutoff which is not a great idea as cutoffs tend to differ every year. Try to prepare in a holistic manner and cover all the aspects.  Not covering the numerical aspect of the exam syllabus can significantly impact your rank. Being overconfident in your ability is a huge mistake. If you have covered the entire syllabus, then try to solve last year’s question papers and sample papers to check your progress.  Blindly reading reference books like Lachman, Goodman, etc without understanding them is the most common mistake. Also, avoid making certain books like Pearson or Inamdar, your main reference material. Not making notes is another common mistake. Try to make notes for all the topics so that your revision is completed on time for the exam. The best way to prepare for the GPAT exam is to avoid these common mistakes and to study all the given topics. Keep practicing and solving question papers frequently to overcome the time limitations during the examination.Read more
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