What are the most common mistakes done in the GPAT that lowers your score?

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Aniket Atul Mahulikar Jan 16, 2021

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:



Administering Body

National Testing Agency


Masters in Pharmacy 

Mode of Examination

Computer-Based Exam



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.