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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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 nta.ac.in. Stay Tuned!
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:
|RESULT OF QUESTION||IMPACT|
|Correct Answer||+4 marks|
|Incorrect Answer||-1 mark|
|Unanswered||0 marks deducted|
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
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.
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