GPAT 2020 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus

    Sujata Gaur Sujata Gaur
    Content Curator

    GPAT Exam Pattern has 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. GPAT 2020 is scheduled to be held on January 28, 2020 in online (computer-based) mode.

    The exam duration of GPAT 2020 is 3 hours duration. The question paper comprises of 125 objective type questions. Syllabus of GPAT included topics from the undergraduate curriculum prescribed by PCI (Pharmacy Council of India). The overall difficulty level in GPAT is expected to be an easy to moderate level.

    Highlights of GPAT Exam Pattern

    GPAT Exam Pattern, GPAT Paper Pattern

    Download GPAT Previous Year Papers

    GPAT 2020 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 2020:-

    • 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. 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!

    Read Top GPAT Coaching Centers in India

    GPAT 2020 Marking Scheme

    Marking scheme of GPAT 2020 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 2020:

    • Each question carries a weightage of 4 marks, thus, the total maximum possible score in GPAT 2020 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
    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 2020 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, Stereochemistry, Carbohydrates, Amino acids and proteins, Organometallic 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 , 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
    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, Immunopharmacology, 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

    Download GPAT Syllabus PDF

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


    November 08, 2019GPAT 2020

    GPAT 2020 Image Correction (O ..

    Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) is an annua ...

    October 06, 2017GPAT 2020

    Financial Assistance/Scholars ..

    GPAT qualified candidates are eligible to apply fo ...

    June 17, 2017GPAT 2020

    GPAT 2018 Result

    GPAT 2018 is a national level examination which is ...

    June 16, 2017GPAT 2020

    GPAT 2018 Exam Pattern and Sy ..

    GPAT 2018, designated as Graduate Pharmacy Aptitud ...




    No Comments To Show