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GPAT is a national level examination conducted by NTA every year for admission of students into M. Pharm. Courses. GPAT 2021 Exam date has been announced along with the complete schedule. Moreover, GPAT 2021 Registration has been started from December 22, 2020. Candidates planning to take the exam must be well aware of the GPAT syllabus. 

Candidates can access the detailed GPAT 2021 Syllabus in this article below.


Syllabus 2021

GPAT 2021 Syllabus: Subject-wise Weightage

A wide range of questions is asked from various subjects in GPAT 2021. Subject wise weightage has been mentioned below in the table.

Subject Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Pharmaceutical Chemistry. 38 152
Pharmaceutics. 38 152
Pharmacology. 28 112
Pharmacognosy. 10 40
Other Subjects 11 44

GPAT 2021 Syllabus

GPAT Syllabus for the session 2021 is composed of four major sections namely. The candidates can find the official GPAT Syllabus below.

  1. Pharmaceutics.
  2. Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
  3. Pharmacology.
  4. Pharmacognosy.

GPAT Exam Pharmaceutics Syllabus

  • Physical Pharmacy.
  • Microbiology In Pharmacy.
  • Pharmaceutical jurisprudence & Ethics.
  • Introduction to Dispensing and Community Pharmacy.
  • The Importance of unit operations in manufacturing.
  • Stoichiometry.
  • Dosages Forms, designing & evaluation.

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GPAT Pharmaceutical Chemistry Syllabus

  • Inorganic Pharmaceutical & medicinal chemistry.
  • Physical Chemistry and its importance in pharmacy.
  • Organic Chemistry and its importance in pharmacy.
  • Biochemistry.
  • Medicinal Chemistry.
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis.

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GPAT Pharmacology Syllabus

  • Immunopathophysiology.
  • Pathophysiology of Common Diseases.
  • Fundamentals of general pharmacology.
  • Basic Concepts of Pharmacotherapy.

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GPAT Pharmacognosy Syllabus

  • Sources of Drugs.
  • Carbohydrates.
  • Tannins.
  • Volatile Oils.
  • Fibers.
  • Glycoside Containing Drugs.
  • Alkaloid Containing Drugs.
  • Studies of Traditional Drugs.

Download the detailed official Pharmacognosy GPAT Syllabus

GPAT Syllabus for General Techniques

  • General Techniques of Biosynthetic Studies.
  • Basic Metabolic Pathways/Biogenesis.
  • Terpenes.
  • Glycosides.
  • Alkaloids.
  • The role of plant-based drugs in the National economy.
  • Applications of plant tissue culture in pharmacognosy.
  • Marine pharmacognosy.

Exam Pattern 2021

GPAT Exam Pattern

  • GPAT is a computer-based online examination.
  • It is a 3-hour long examination.
  • The candidates taking the GPAT 2021 have to attempt 125 questions within the stipulated time period.
  • Each question carries 4 marks. Hence the total marks of the GPAT Question paper will be 500.
  • The marking scheme of GPAT Exam includes negative marking assessment. 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer attempted.

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Preparation Tips 2021

GPAT 2021 Preparation Tips

The candidates aspiring to clear the GPAT Exam can find a synopsis of preparation strategy that they can adopt while preparing for the examination. An integral part of the preparation for any entrance examination is going through the previous years’ question papers and going through the detailed Paper analysis. Persistently practicing the GPAT question papers will aid the candidates in self-analysis in context with the examination. This, on the other hand, will help them in deducing a proper timeline-based preparation strategy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

GPAT 2021 Syllabus FAQ

Ques. Is GPAT Syllabus sufficient to get a high score or crack the entrance examination?

Ans. Yes, there is a high chance to get a maximum score in the entrance examination if you go through all the topics in detail from GPAT Syllabus. However, for better understanding, you can get help from the other context related to the subject matter of the syllabus. 

Ques. What are the most important topics under the section of Pathophysiology in GPAT 2021 Syllabus?

Ans. Some of the most important topics from the section of Pathophysiology in the syllabus are mentioned below.

  • Immunopathophysiology
  • Pathophysiology of Common Diseases
  • Fundamentals of general pharmacology
  • Pharmacology of Peripheral Nervous System
  • Disorders of various cells

Ques. Which topic do I need to focus on between Pharmaceutical Engineering and Pharmaceutical Management from the exam syllabus?

Ans. You need to focus on both the topics mentioned above those are equally important for the entrance test. You cannot miss out any subtopics from these sections.

Ques. Form which section of GPAT 2021 Syllabus shall I get the maximum question in the examination?

Ans. The section Pharmaceutical Chemistry of the syllabus carries maximum questions in the entrance test.

Ques. Is it correct that the topic of Chemotherapy is excluded from the syllabus of GPAT 2021?

Ans. No, this is a very important one. And, this topic is there in the syllabus under section Pharmacology.

Ques. Which section is the most scoring one from the entire syllabus of GPAT 2021?

Ans. All the section are scoring and not so difficult from the syllabus but among them, you can get maximum score from the section Pharmaceutical Chemistry as this section carries the maximum weightage.

Ques. Which section is the most difficult one in GPAT Syllabus?

Ans. If you read and understand all the subject matter of the whole syllabus, no section will be difficult for you to answer any question expected to come in the examination.

Ques. Are there any changes in the current syllabus of GPAT 2021 comparing to the syllabus of last year?

Ans. No, there are no major changes in the syllabus of the recent year as compared to the last year’s GPAT syllabus.

Ques. Is there any chance to face any hardship to mark the answer in the question paper if I skip the sub-section Nervous System from the section Pharmacology in the syllabus?

Ans. It is better not to skip the topic nervous system from the section of Pharmacology in the syllabus. As per the previous year’s question, some of the questions have arrived from this section in the examination. So, it will be definitely good for you if you take preparation from this section as well.

Ques. Is it possible to cover all the topics of GPAT syllabus in the last month only to clear the exam?

Ans. Though the topics are not so difficult to understand it is not good to start all the topics from scratch. As all the sections are from the UG level, so you can face fewer difficulties to cover all the topics. But it is necessary to start the preparation at least a few months before appearing in the examination or from the final year of your degree level. 

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

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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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