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What is GPAT ?

  • The Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test is an annual all‑India examination conducted by National Testing Agency on computer based test mode only, to evaluate candidates for admission of Pharmacy graduates into the Masters (M. Pharm) programmes.
  • Till 2018 it was conducted by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi. The results are also used to determine eligibility of students for scholarships and other financial assistance. The syllabus and the pattern of question paper remains the same under NTA.


Why GPAT ?

  • Financial Assistance/Scholarship through GPAT. GPAT is the national level entrance test for admission to M. Pharma in various institutes and colleges across in postgraduate courses. However, the scope of GPAT is not only limited to securing admissions in postgraduate pharmacy courses.
  • GPATscores gives added impression to applicants’ portfolio if they are applying for job in a research laboratory, teaching institution or a pharmaceutical firm right after completing graduation. Candidates need a valid GPAT score to apply for apply for NISER JEE which is India’s premier pharmacy institute.
  • GPAT qualification is the first criteria for NIPER JEE. GPAT qualification is the first criteria for NIPER JEE.


  • GPAT cutoff is taken as the screening process for admission to various Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharmacy) programmes. NTA, i.e. the conducting body determines the cutoff of GPAT which is the minimum qualifying score required for admissions. Various factors like availability of seats, the difficulty level of exam, number of candidates applied for etc are considered while determining the GPAT cutoff.
  • GPAT 2020 Cuttoff marks
Category Qualifying Marks
General Category (Gen) 163
Other Backward Class (OBC) 131
Scheduled Caste (SC) 103
Scheduled Tribes (ST) 76
Economically Weaker Section 104
  • GPAT 2019 Cuttoff marks
Category Qualifying Marks
General Category (Gen) 141
Other Backward Class (OBC) 117
Scheduled Caste (SC) 95
Scheduled Tribes (ST) 74


  • GPAT 2018 Cuttoff marks
Category Qualifying Marks
General Category (Gen) 137
Other Backward Class (OBC) 137
Scheduled Caste (SC) 98
Scheduled Tribes (ST) 67
Physically Handicapped (PwD) 119


  • GPAT 2017 Cuttoff marks
Category Qualifying Marks
General Category (Gen) 113
Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) 82
Physically Handicapped (PwD) 82


  • GPAT 2016 Cuttoff mark
Category Qualifying Marks
General Category (Gen) 115
Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) 90
Physically Handicapped (PwD) 90


  • GPAT 2015 Cuttoff marks
Category Qualifying Marks
General Category (Gen) 125
Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) 100
Physically Handicapped (PwD) 100


  • GPAT 2014 Cuttoff marks
Category Qualifying Marks
General Category (Gen) 125
Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) 100
Physically Handicapped (PwD) 100


  • GPAT 2013 Cuttoff marks
Category Qualifying Marks
General Category (Gen) 145
Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) 100
Physically Handicapped (PwD) 100



The examination will comprise of 125 questions, and candidates will get 180 minutes to complete the exam. GPAT will have

  • MCQs (Multiple Choice Type questions) related to various subjects such as Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Physical Pharmacy, and Pharmaceutical Chemistry among others.
  • The time duration to complete the examination is of 3 hours.
  • The question paper will be asked in English
  • For every correct response 4 marks will be allotted.
  • For every incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted.
For correct response +4
For incorrect response -1
No attempt of question  0



For those of you preparing for the exam, we’ve listed down some levels of preparation that can help you tackle in the examination.


1.Firstly refer the syllabus of GPAT, atleast aspirants should know the syllabus those who are preparing for GPAT.

2.Solve previous year question paper so that you have the idea which type of questions raised.

3.Get in touch with GPAT qualified candidates so that you should know about what to do and how to start.

4.Always try to start with your favourite and basic subject and so your confidence will boost up and after that you are going to start with typical one.

5.Make your notes with colour full pens so when you read them you find them intresting .


LEVEL 2 discuss about the subjects and their standards books to be followed.Subject divided into two parts and try to start the preparation with combination of one major with one minor subject.So it is easy to cover all the subjects with same confidence.

Study important subjects first

Major: Standards Books
Pharmaceutics Lachman, Remington
Pharmacology K. D. Tripathi, Rang Dale,
Medicinal Chemistry Wilson and Gisvold’s
Pharmaceutical Analysis Pavia, Y. R. Sharma,Chatwal
Pharmacognosy Trease and Evans, Kokate, Rangari


Minor: Standards Books
Biochemistry U.C. Satyanarayan
Microbiology N.K.Jain, M.J Pelczar
Biotechnology U.C. Satyanarayan
Clinical Pharmacy Remington
Organic Chemistry(Important for NIPER) Bahal & Bahal


Many students usually get nervous when it comes to approaching an entrance exam like GPAT. But they can over their anxiety if they skillfully deal with the preparation part.

  1. While going through each chapter, make notes of all the important points so that they come handy at the time of quick revision in the last phase of GPAT preparation.
  2. A lot of questions in the examination are based on medicines and drugs, so try to reise time to time .So there is less chance to forget the names of medicines.
  3. Candidates can easily remember the topics if they deal with the preparation part in a smart way. They can create charts, graphs, tables and put them in front of the study table.
  4. Take some idea of the exam pattern from GPAT Question papers of previous years. Analyse them and you can come up with your own set of questions that you feel have been asked frequently in the paper over the years.
  5. The main key to ace any entrance exam is practice. Practicing questions on a daily basis not only help you in becoming familiar with the exam pattern but it also boosts your confidence to take the exam. The more you practice, the more questions you can solve within the stipulated time.



Events Dates
GPAT notification release date Fourth week of October 2020
Online GPAT application form 2021 starts First week of November 2020
Last date of GPAT 2021 registration Second week of December 2020
Availability of GPAT admit card Fourth week of December 2020
Exam date of GPAT 2021 Fourth week of January 2021
GPAT 2021 question paper & response sheet Fourth week of January 2021
Declaration of GPAT result, merit list and final answer key First week of February 2021