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GPAT 2019 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus

Updated On - November 13th 2018 by ARINDAM MOITRA

GPAT Exam Pattern will see no changes after the introduction of NTA as the regulating body from 2019 onwards. The aspirants are also notified, that the syllabus will also remain the same.

This year, GPAT 2019 is scheduled for January 28 in online (computer-based) mode. The questions will be displayed in a random sequence on the computer screen. The exam of 3 hours duration will have 125 objective type questions. 

Syllabus of GPAT will include topics from the undergraduate curriculum prescribed by PCI (Pharmacy Council of India). The overall difficulty level in GPAT is expected to be easy to moderate level.

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GPAT 2019 Exam Pattern Details

As said earlier, GPAT 2019 is going to be an online test. At the test centre, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and will be provided with rough papers for calculations and a PEN/PENCIL. 

Here are some details about the exam pattern of GPAT 2019:-

  • Medium of Exam: English only
  • Duration of Exam: 3 hours
  • Total Questions: 125 questions, related to different subjects like Chemistry and Pharmaceutics.
  • Type of Questions: Questions will be Multiple Choice Type (MCQ) questions. Candidate will have to mark his/her answer from 4 options available.
  • GPAT Mock Tests: The official mock tests will be released shortly at www.nta.ac.in. Stay Tuned!

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GPAT 2019 Marking Scheme

Marking scheme of GPAT 2019 is fairly simple. There is a provision of negative marking thus candidates need to be careful about their choice.

Let’s take a look at some of the details about marking scheme of GPAT 2019:

  • Each question carries a weightage of 4 marks, thus, the total maximum possible score in GPAT 2019 is 500.
  • For every incorrect response, 1 mark will be deducted. Thus, provision of negative marking up to 1/4th of the value of question is applicable.
  • Leaving a question does not attract any negative marking in the examination.

Following table may sum up the marking scheme in GPAT  in brief:

RESULT OF QUESTIONIMPACT
Correct Answer+4 marks
Incorrect Answer-1 mark
Unanswered0 marks deducated

GPAT Exam Center: Prohibited Items
Candidates are NOT allowed to carry any of the following:
- Instrument/ Geometry/ Pencil box,
- Handbag, Purse, any kind of Paper/ Stationery/ Textual material (printed or written material),
- Eatables and Water (loose or packed),
- Mobile Phone/ Ear Phone/ Microphone/ Pager, Calculator, Camera, Tape Recorder, any metallic item or electronic gadgets etc. in the examination Room/ Hall.
- Diabetic students will be allowed to carry eatables like sugar tablets/fruits and transparent water bottle to the examination hall. However, they will not be allowed to carry packed foods like chocolate/candy/sandwich etc.

GPAT 2019 Syllabus

Syllabus of GPAT will cover vast aspects related to pharmaceuticals, such as Chemistry, Engineering, Management, Technology and even legal and regulatory knowledge about pharmaceutical business. Here is a complete list of topics and subjects to be covered in the exam:

SubjectTopics to be covered
Physical ChemistryComposition and physical states of matter, Colligative properties, Thermodynamics, Chemical equilibria, Phase rule, Refractive index, Solutions, Electrochemistry, Ionic equilibrium, Kinetics
Physical PharmacyMatter, properties of matter, Micromeritics and powder rheology, Surface and interfacial phenomenon, Viscosity and rheology, Dispersion systems, Complexation, Buffer, Solubility
Organic ChemistryGeneral principles, Different classes of compounds, Protection and deprotection of groups, Aromaticity and aromatic chemistry, Different aromatic classes of compounds, Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, Carbonyl chemistry, Heterocyclic chemistry, Bridged rings, Kinetic and thermodynamic control, Stereo chemistry, Carbohydrates, Amino acids and proteins, Organometalic chemistry, Pericyclic reactions
Pharmaceutical ChemistryPharmaceutical impurities, Monographs, Isotopes, Therapeutic classes of drugs, Drug metabolism, Various classes of therapeutic agents, Different classes of therapeutic drugs
PharmaceuticsPharmacy profession, Introduction to pharmaceuticals, Introduction to dosage form, Route of administration, ADME, Sources of drug information, Allopathic dosage form, Crude extract, Allergenic extract Ayurvedic system of medicine, Homeopathic system of medicine, Biological products, GMP, Pharmaceutical plant, location, layout Dosage form necessities and additives, Powders, Capsules, Tablets Parenterals – products requiring sterile packaging, Suspensions Emulsions, Suppositories, Semisolids, Liquids, Pharmaceutical aerosols Ophthalmic preparations, Preformulations , Radio pharmaceuticals Stability of formulated products, Kinetic principles and stability testing Prolonged action pharmaceuticals, Novel drug delivery system, Cosmetics, Packaging material, GMP and validation, Pilot plant scale up techniques
PharmacologyGeneral pharmacology, Pharmacology for peripheral nervous system, Pharmacology of cardiovascular system, Drugs acting on urinary system, Drugs acting on respiratory system, Pharmacology of central nervous system, Pharmacology of endocrine system, Chemotherapy, Autacoids and their antagonists, Pharmacology of drugs acting on gastrointestinal tract, Chronopharmacology, Immnopharmacology, Chemotherapy of malignant diseases, Peptides and proteins as mediators, Nitric oxide, Vitamins and minerals, Principles of toxicology
PharmacognosyIntroductory Pharmacognosy, Classification of crude drugs, Sources of crude drugs, Factors influencing quality of crude drugs, Techniques in microscopy, Introduction to phytoconstituents, Principles of plant classification, Pharmaceutical aids, Animal products, Plant products, Toxic drugs, Enzymes, Natural pesticides and insecticides, Adulteration and evaluation of crude drugs, Quantitative microscopy, Biogenetic pathways, Carbohydrates and lipids, Tannins, Volatile oils, Resinous drugs, Glycocides, Alkaloids, Herbarium, Extraction and isolation techniques, Phytopharmaceuticals, Quality control and standardization of herbal drugs, Herbal formulations, Worldwide trade of crude drugs and volatile drug, Plant biotechnology, Herbal cosmetics, Traditional herbal drugs, Plant based industries and research institutes in India Patents
Pharmaceutical AnalysisImportance of quality control in pharmacy, Acid-base titrations, Non-aqueous titrations, Oxidation-reduction titrations, Precipitation titrations, Complexometric titrations, Gravimetry, Extraction techniques , Potentiometry, Miscellaneous methods of analysis, Calibration General principles of spectroscopy, Ultraviolet-visible spectrometry Spectrofluorimetric, Flame photometry and atomic absorption spectrometry, Infrared spectrometry, Proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry, Mass spectrometry, Polarography, Nephelometry and turbidimetry, Chromatography
BiochemistryCell, Carbohydrates, Proteins, Lipids, Vitamins, Biological oxidations and reductions, Enzymes, Nucleic Acids, Hereditary diseases
BiotechnologyPlant cell and tissue culture, Animal cell structure, Fermentation technology and industrial microbiology, Recombinant DNA Technology, Process and applications, Biotechnology derived products, Proteomics, Formulation of proteins and peptides
MicrobiologyIntroduction to microbiology, Microscopy and staining technique, Biology of microorganisms, Fungi and viruses, Asceptic technique, Sterilization and disinfection, Microbial spoilage, Immunology and health, Vaccines and sera, Microbial assay
PathophysiologyBasic principles of cell injury and adaptation, Basic mechanism of inflammation and repair, Hypersensitivity, Auto immunity and diseases of immunity, Neoplastic diseases, Shock, Biological effects of radiation, Protein calorie malnutrition, vitamins, Obesity and starvation, Pathophysiology of common diseases, Infectious diseases
Biopharmaceutics and PharmacokineticsBio-pharmaceutics, Bio-availability and bio-equivalence, Bio-pharmaceutical statistics
Pharmaceutical ManagementIntroduction to management, Planning and forecasting, Organization, Research management, Inventory management, Communication, Marketing research, Leadership and motivation, Human resource development, GATT, WTO and TRIPS, Standard institutions and regulatory authorities
Pharmaceutical EngineeringFluid flow, Heat transfer, Evaporation, Distillation , Drying, Size reduction and size separation, Extraction, Mixing, Crystallization, Filtration and centrifugation, Dehumidification and humidity control, Refrigeration and air conditioning, Material of constructions, Automated process control systems, Industrial hazards and safety precautions
Dispensing and Hospital PharmacyIntroduction to laboratory equipments, weighing methodology, handling of prescriptions, labeling instructions for dispensed products. Preparations based on percolation process. Preparations based on maceration process. Study of difference between marketed and dispensed products of different dosage forms. Posological calculations involved in calculation of dosage for infants. Enlarging and reducing formula, displacement value. Preparations of formulations involving allegation, alcohol dilution, isotonic solution.
Pharmaceutical JurisprudenceHistorical background Drug legislation in India, Code of Ethics for Pharmacists, The Pharmacy Act 1948 (inclusive of recent amendments), Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940, Rules 1945, including New Drug applications, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, and Rules there under, Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act 1954, Medicinal and Toilet Preparations (Excise Duties) Act 1955, Rules 1976, Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1970 and Rules 1975, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, Drug (Price Control) Order, Shops and Establishment Act, Factory Act, Consumer Protection Act, Indian Pharmaceutical Industry- An Overview, Industrial Development and Regulation act 1951, Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights and Indian Patent Act 1970,An Introduction to Standard Institutions and Regulatory Authorities such as BIS, ASTM, ISO, TGA, USFDA, MHRA, ICH, WHO, Minimum Wages Act 1948, Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954 and Rules 1955.
Clinical pharmacy and therapeuticsGeneral Principles, preparation, maintenance, analysis of observational records in clinical Pharmacy, Clinical trials, type and phases of clinical trials, placebo, ethical and regulatory issues including Good clinical practice in clinical trials, Therapeutic drug monitoring, adverse drug reaction (ADR), types of ADR, Mechanism of ADR. Drug interaction, Monitoring and reporting of ADR and its significance, Drug information services, Drug interactions, Drug interaction in pediatric and geriatric patients, drug treatment during pregnancy, lactation and menstruation, Pharmacovigilance, Therapeutic drug monitoring, Nutraceuticals, essential drugs and rational drug usage, Age related drug therapy: concept of posology, drug therapy for neonates, pediatrics and geriatrics. Drugs used in pregnancy and lactation, Drug therapy in gastrointestinal, hepatic, renal, cardiovascular and respiratory Disorders, Drug therapy for neurological and psychological disorders, Drug therapy in infections of respiratory system, urinary system, infective meningitis, TB, HIV, malaria and filaria. Drug therapy for thyroid and parathyroid disorders, diabetes mellitus, menstrual cycle disorders, menopause and male sexual dysfunction, Drug therapy for malignant disorders like leukemia, lymphoma and solid tumors, Drug therapy for rheumatic, eye and skin disorders.

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