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GPAT 2019 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus

Updated On - October 12th 2018 by ARINDAM MOITRA

GPAT 2019, designated as Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test is an online National Level Entrance Test being conducted by All India Council of Technical Education, AICTE. Through this test, candidates can get admission in the post graduate course in Pharmacy, the M.Pharma course.

  • GPAT 2019 is an online exam which is conducted once a year.
  • It consists of 125 questions and candidate are given 180 minutes to complete the test.
  • There is negative marking in the examination.
  • Syllabus of GPAT 2019 includes topics from the undergrduate curriculum prescribed by PCI (Pharmacy Council of India).
  • The overall difficuty level in GPAT is easy to moderate level of difficulty. Check GPAT Previous Year Papers

Highlights of GPAT 2019 Exam Pattern

GPAT Exam Pattern, GPAT Paper Pattern

GPAT 2019 Exam Pattern Details

As said earlier, GPAT 2019 is going to be an online test in which candidates will be allotted computers to perform the test. GPAT 2019 will be held once in a year and tentatively it is expected to be conducted in last week of January 2019.

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

  • GPAT 2019 will comprise 125 which will relate to different subjects like Chemistry and Pharmaceutics.
  • Candidates will be allotted a total time of 180 minutes to complete the whole test.
  • Questions in GPAT 2019 will be Multiple Choice Type (MCQ) questions. Candidate will have to mark his/her answer from 4 options available.
  • Candidates can visit the official website (, where they can take the online trial test for GPAT 2019, so that they can have more knowledge of Exam Pattern of GPAT 2019.

Also Read Top GPAT Coaching Centers in India

GPAT 2019 Marking Scheme

Marking scheme of GPAT 2019 is fairly simple. GPAT 2019 does have the 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 in GPAT, 1 mark will be deducted. Thus, provision of negative marking up to 1/4th of value of question is applicable.
  • Leaving a question or not attempting a question does not attract any negative marking in GPAT 2019.

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

If candidate marks the right answer+4 marks in the total
If candidate marks the wrong answer-1 marks from the total
If candidate does not mark any choice or simply does not attempt any question0 marks awarded

GPAT 2019 Syllabus

GPAT 2019 Syllabus is to be decided by AICTE and can be changed by the authority from year to year. GPAT 2019 Syllabus will cover vast aspects related to pharmaceuticals, such as Chemistry, Engineering, Management, Technology and even legal and regulatory knowledge about pharmaceutical business.

GPAT 2019 demands a big horizon of knowledge from candidate. Here is a complete list of topics and subjects to be covered in the exam:

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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