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GPAT – Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test



GPAT is Post Graduate level National computer based Online competitive exam conducts by AICTE to get admision in AICTE approved Pharma Colleges.

GPAT Notification (Tentative):

Online Registration at :
Online Registration starts on :
Date for Registration: Second week of March to Second week of April
GPAT Exam Date : Mid of May
Test Timings: 9.30 am – 12.30 pm; 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm
Result Date : End of May to 1 week of June

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GPAT Eligibility:

Candidates who are in final year of B Pharmacy or have already passed B Pharmacy final year exams are eligible for GPAT.

GPAT Exam Pattern :

Total Questions: 125 questions
Maximum Marks: 500 marks
Exam Duration: 3 hours (180 minutes)
Negative Marking: For each correct answer candidate will get 4 marks and for each incorrect answer 1 mark will deduct.

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GPAT Books:

  • The Pearson Guide to GPAT and other entrance examinations in Pharmacy by Umang H Shah
  • Key To Success Gpat-2012
  • GPAT Cracker by Sanjar Alam
  • GPAT by Mohammed Ali
  • GPAT & GATE Pharmacy – Solved Papers 1988-2011
  • BET and GPAT by Hardik G Jani
  • Pharmacy Quiz GPAT Pharmacy Competitive Exams by Samba Reddy
  • GPAT And Gate Pharmacy by G. Vidhya Sagar
  • GPAT: A Companion For Pharmacy by N.N. Inamdar

GPAT Syllabus :


Introduction to Physical pharmacy:

  • Matter, Properties of Matter
  • Micromeretics and Powder Rheology
  • Surface and Interfacial Phenomenon
  • Viscosity and Rheology
  • Dispersion Systems
  • Complexation
  • Kinetics and Drug Stability

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Importance of microbiology in pharmacy:

  • Structure of bacterial cell
  • Identification of Microbes
  • Control of microbes by physical and chemical methods
  • Sterilization
  • Immunology and Immunological Preparations
  • Genetic Recombination
  • Antibiotics

Introduction to Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence & Ethics:

  • Pharmaceutical Legislations
  • An elaborate study of the followings

Introduction to dispensing and community pharmacy:

  • Prescription
  • Principles involved and procedures adopted in dispensing of
  • Incompatibilities
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Organization and Structure of hospital pharmacy
  • Hospital Formulary
  • Drug Store Management and Inventory Control
  • Drug distribution Systems in Hospitals
  • Central Sterile Supply Unit and their Management
  • Manufacture of Sterile and Non-sterile Products
  • Drug Information Services
  • Records and Reports
  • Nuclear Pharmacy

Importance of unit operations in manufacturing, Stoichiometry:

  • Unit processes
  • Fluid Flow
  • Heat transfer
  • Evaporation
  • Distillation
  • Drying
  • Size Reduction
  • Mixing
  • Filtration and Centrifugation
  • Crystallization
  • Dehumidification and Humidity Control
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • Material of Construction
  • Material Handling Systems
  • Corrosion
  • Plant location
  • Industrial Hazards and Safety Precautions
  • Automated Process Control Systems

Dosages Forms, designing & evaluation:

  • Liquid Dosages Forms
  • Semisolid Dosage Forms
  • Suppositories
  • Extraction and Galenical Products
  • Blood Products and Plasma Substitutes
  • Pharmaceutical Aerosols
  • Ophthalmic Preparations
  • Cosmeticology and Cosmetic Preparations
  • Capsules
  • Micro-encapsulation
  • Tablets
  • Parenteral Products
  • Surgical products
  • Packaging of Pharmaceutical Products
  • Designing of dosage forms
  • Performance evaluation methods

Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics:

  • Introduction to biopharmaceutics
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Bioavailability and bioequivalence

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Inorganic pharmaceutical & medicinal chemistry:

  • Gastrointestinal Agents
  • Essential and Trace Elements
  • Topical Agents
  • Gases and Vapors
  • Dental Products
  • Miscellaneous Agents
  • Pharmaceutical Aids Used in Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Acids, Bases and Buffers
  • Inorganic Radiopharmaceuticals

Physical Chemistry and its importance in pharmacy:

  • Importance of basic fundamentals of physical chemistry in pharmacy
  • The Liquid State
  • Solutions
  • Thermodynamics
  • Thermochemical equations; Phase rule; Adsorption
  • Photochemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Quantum Mechanics

Organic Chemistry and its importance in pharmacy:

  • Importance of fundamentals of organic chemistry in pharmaceutical sciences; Structure and Properties
  • Stereochemistry
  • Stereoselective and stereospecific reactions; Structure, Nomenclature
  • Nucleophilic and Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution Reactions
  • Electrophilic and Nucleophilic Addition Reactions; Rearrangements
  • Elimination reactions; Conservation of Orbital Symmetry and Rules
  • Neighboring group effects; Catalysis by transition metal complexes; Heterocyclic Compounds


  • Biochemistry in pharmaceutical sciences
  • Enzymes
  • Co-enzymes
  • The Citric Acid Cycle
  • Lipids Metabolism
  • Biological Oxidation
  • Metabolism of ammonia and nitrogen containing monomers
  • Purine biosynthesis
  • Biosynthesis of Nucleic Acids
  • Mutation
  • Genetic Code and Protein Synthesis

Medicinal Chemistry:

  • Basic Principles
  • Drug metabolism and Concept of Prodrugs; Principles of Drug Design (Theoretical Aspects)
  • Properties of the Classes of Drugs
  • Autacoids
  • Steroidal Drugs
  • Drugs acting on the central nervous system
  • Diuretics; Cardiovascular drugs
  • Thyroid and Anti thyroid drugs; Insulin and oral hypoglycemic agents
  • Microbial Transformations
  • Enzyme Immobilization

Pharmaceutical Analysis:

  • Fundamentals of volumetric analysis
  • Acid Base Titrations
  • Oxidation Reduction Titrations
  • Precipitation Titrations
  • Gravimetric Analysis
  • Non-aqueous titrations
  • Complexometric titrations
  • Miscellaneous Methods of Analysis
  • Extraction procedures including separation of drugs from excipients; Potentiometry
  • Conductometry
  • Coulometry
  • Polarography
  • Amperometry
  • Chromatography
  • Quality assurance


  • Pathophysiology of common diseases; Basic Principles of Cell Injury and Adaptations
  • Immunopathophysiology
  • Pathophysiology of Common Diseases
  • Fundamentals of general pharmacology
  • Pharmacology of Peripheral Nervous System
  • Pharmacology of Central Nervous System
  • Pharmacology of Cardiovascular System
  • Drugs Acting on the Hemopoietic System
  • Drugs acting on urinary system
  • Autacoids
  • Drugs Acting on the Respiratory System
  • Drugs acting on the Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Pharmacology of Endocrine System
  • Chemotherapy
  • Principles of Toxicology
  • Basic Concepts of Pharmacotherapy
  • Important Disorders of Organs, Systems and their Management
  • CNS Disorders

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  • Sources of Drugs
  • Classification of Drugs
  • Study of medicinally important plants belonging to the families
  • Cultivation, Collection, Processing and Storage of Crude Drugs
  • Quality Control of Crude Drugs
  • Introduction to Active Constituents of Drugs

Systematic pharmacognostic study of the followings:

  • Carbohydrates and derived products
  • Lipids
  • Phytochemical Screening

Study of following groups of drugs


  • Saponins
  • Cardioactive glycosides
  • Anthraquinone cathartics


  • Pyridine-piperidine
  • Tropane
  • Quinoline and Isoquinoline
  • Indole
  • Imidazole
  • Steroidal
  • Alkaloidal Amine
  • Glycoalkaloid
  • Purines

General Techniques of Biosynthetic Studies and Basic Metabolic Pathways/Biogenesis:

  • Terpenes
  • Carotenoids
  • Glycosides
  • Alkaloids
  • Lignans, quassanoids and flavonoids. Role of plant-based drugs on National economy
  • Plant Tissue Culture
  • Marine pharmacognosy

GPAT Colleges:

  • NIPER, Ahmedabad
  • NIPER, Hyderabad
  • NIPER, Kolkata
  • NIPER, Mohali
  • BITS, Pillani
  • University college of Pharmaceticular science, wargangal
  • Dept. of pharmacy college, Andhra university
  • CMR College of pharmacy, Hyderabad
  • MNR college of pharmacy
  • LM College of pharmacy, Ahmedabad
  • Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi
  • Punjab University, Chandigarh
  • Sarajini naidu maha vidyalaya,Hyderabad
  • PES college of pharmacy, Bangalore
  • Bharati vidyapeeth, Pune
  • KLR Pharmacy college
  • SRM University

GPAT Exam Centres:

Ahmadabad Lucknow
Allahabad Madurai
Amravati Mangalore
Amritsar Meerut
Aurangabad Mumbai
Bangalore Mysore
Bareilly Nagpur
Bhavnagar Nanded
Bhopal Nasik
Bhubaneswar Nellore
Chandigarh Noida
Chennai Panaji
Dehradun Patna
Delhi Pune
Gulbarga Raipur
Gurgaon Rajahmundry
Guwahati Rajkot
Gwalior Ranchi
Hyderabad Shimla
Indore Surat
Jabalpur Thiruvananthpuram
Jaipur Tirupati
Jammu Udaipur
Kanpur Vadodara
Kochi Varanasi
Kolhapur Vijayawada
Kolkata Visakhapatnam
Kozhikode Warangal

GPAT Admission Process:

Candidates needs to apply for admission on the basis of GPAT scores or GPAT central counselling.

GPAT Contact Details:

GPAT Helpline: 022-66258304
Fax Number: 022-25814283
E-mail Id: [email protected]
Helpline will be available from the date of GPAT notification till the date of GPAT result.

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