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GPAT 2021 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus and Books

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GPAT Exam Pattern has not seen any changes after the introduction of NTA as the regulating body from 2019 onwards. The aspirants can expect that the syllabus will also remain the same. GPAT 2021 will be held on February 22 and 27, 2021 in Online (Computer Based) mode.

The exam duration of GPAT 2021 is 3 hours and the question paper comprises 125 objective type questions with total marks of 500. Syllabus for GPAT included topics from the undergraduate curriculum prescribed by PCI (Pharmacy Council of India). The overall difficulty level in GPAT 2021 is expected to be an easy to moderate level.

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Exam Pattern 2021

GPAT 2021 Exam Pattern Details

 At the test center, each candidate is 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 2021:-

  • Medium of Exam: English only
  • Duration of Exam: 3 hours
  • Total Questions: 125 questions, related to different subjects like Chemistry and Pharmaceutics.
  • Total Marks: 500 Marks.
  • Type of Questions: Questions will be Multiple Choice Type (MCQ) questions. The candidate will have to mark his/her answer from 4 options available.
  • GPAT Mock Tests: The official mock tests will be released shortly at Stay Tuned!

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Marking Scheme 2021

GPAT 2021 Marking Scheme

GPAT Marking Scheme 2021 is fairly simple as equal marks are assigned to all the questions. However, there is a provision of negative marking thus candidates need to be careful about their choice.

Let’s take a look at the details about the marking scheme of GPAT 2021:

  • Each question carries a weightage of 4 marks, thus, the total maximum possible score in GPAT 2021 is 500.
  • For every incorrect response, 1 mark will be deducted. Thus, the provision of negative marking up to 1/4th of the value of the question is applicable.
  • Leaving a question does not attract any negative marking in the examination.

The following table may sum up the marking scheme in GPAT  in brief:

Correct Answer +4 marks
Incorrect Answer -1 mark
Unanswered 0 marks deducted

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.

Syllabus 2021

GPAT Syllabus 2021

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:

Subject Topics to be covered
Physical Chemistry Composition and physical states of matter, Colligative properties, Thermodynamics, Chemical equilibria, Phase rule, Refractive index, Solutions, Electrochemistry, Ionic equilibrium, Kinetics
Physical Pharmacy Matter, properties of matter, Micromeritics and powder rheology, Surface and interfacial phenomenon, Viscosity and rheology, Dispersion systems, Complexation, Buffer, Solubility
Organic Chemistry General 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, Stereochemistry, Carbohydrates, Amino acids and proteins, Organometallic chemistry, Pericyclic reactions
Pharmaceutical Chemistry Pharmaceutical impurities, Monographs, Isotopes, Therapeutic classes of drugs, Drug metabolism, Various classes of therapeutic agents, Different classes of therapeutic drugs
Pharmaceutics Pharmacy 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 , Radiopharmaceuticals 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
Pharmacology General 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, Immunopharmacology, Chemotherapy of malignant diseases, Peptides and proteins as mediators, Nitric oxide, Vitamins and minerals, Principles of toxicology
Pharmacognosy Introductory 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 Analysis Importance 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
Biochemistry Cell, Carbohydrates, Proteins, Lipids, Vitamins, Biological oxidations and reductions, Enzymes, Nucleic Acids, Hereditary diseases
Biotechnology Plant 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
Microbiology Introduction 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
Pathophysiology Basic principles of cell injury and adaptation, Basic mechanism of inflammation and repair, Hypersensitivity, Autoimmunity 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 Pharmacokinetics Bio-pharmaceutics, Bio-availability and bio-equivalence, Bio-pharmaceutical statistics
Pharmaceutical Management Introduction 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 Engineering Fluid 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 Pharmacy Introduction to laboratory equipment, weighting 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 the calculation of dosage for infants. Enlarging and reducing formula, displacement value. Preparations of formulations involving allegation, alcohol dilution, isotonic solution.
Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence Historical 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 thereunder, 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 therapeutics General 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 the 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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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. Is there any possibility to give GPAT 2021 in another language rather than the language English?

Ans. No, you will not be allowed to give the examination in other languages rather than English.

Ques. What type of questions shall I get to see in the question paper of test as per GPAT Exam Pattern?

Ans. There is an objective type of questions from the section such as Logical Reasoning, General Awareness, Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation that you will get in the question paper of the examination.

Ques. Do any unattempted questions cause negative marking in the entrance examination as stated by GPAT Exam Pattern?

Ans. No, there will not be any negative marking for any unattempted questions in the question paper.

Ques. Can I skip over any question from any section of the question paper in the examination?

Ans. Yes, you will get the flexibility to leave out any questions from any section of the question paper in the entrance test.

Ques. What if I mark two options as an answer seems to be similar to a single question from any section of the question paper in the exam?

Ans. If you mark two options as an answer from a particular question of the question paper in the examination, you will not get any marks against that particular question despite one of them are the correct answer. It is mandatory to mark only one answer for a single question despite having more than one similar answer.

Ques. Shall I get any extra points for attempting any difficult questions in GPAT 2021 Exam?

Ans. No, no candidate will get any extra point or marks under any conditions for attempting any difficult question from any section of the question paper in the test.

Ques. What is the duration of the timing, per section GPAT 2021 exam?

Ans. There is not any separate timing set for per section of the question paper in the test.

Ques. Is attempting all the question from all the section imperative in GPAT 2021 entrance test to qualify for the exam?

Ans. No, it is not necessary to attempt all the question from all the section of the question paper in the test. It will be good to score high in the exam by attempting all the question and mark the correct answer form all the section in the exam. But the candidate must know that attempting the maximum number of questions with the incorrect answer can increase negative marks or score in the examination.

Ques. What is the possibility to get extra question out of 125 in total from any section of the question paper in the entrance examination?

Ans. it is definite that no extra question will be added to the total number of questions from any section of the question paper in the exam.

Ques. What is the maximum number of questions I need to mark from the section Data Interpretation of the question paper in the exam to secure a high score?

Ans. As per the rules and regulations set by the exam authority, it is not mandatory to attempt all the question in the exam but it will give you a high chance if you mark answer for all or 25 questions from the section Data Interpretation of the question paper in the examination. 

*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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