The GPAT exam is made to check the knowledge and understanding of undergraduate students in various subjects of Pharmacy. It’s conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency ) and is essentially a gateway for post-graduate admissions in India.
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The GPAT exam is held once per annum , usually in January last week and therefore the results are declared approximately a month later.
1.Understand the GPAT syllabus and pattern
The first step in GPAT preparation is understanding the GPAT syllabus and pattern. This is necessary as the syllabus may differ a little each year and there might be minute changes in the pattern as well. Moreover, a thorough study plan cannot be created until the exam syllabus and pattern are known.
2.Find the books required according to the syllabus
There are many recommended books available for all subjects of the GPAT exam. Generally, one or two books are enough for a particular subject where one book can be used in the start and other books can be referred if any doubts arise.
3.Create a study plan for GPAT preparation
It is necessary to have a study plan for GPAT preparation as it inculcates discipline and time management skills. It is best to create a unique study plan tailored to the strengths and weaknesses of the individual with the appropriate revision and evaluation slots.
4.Focus on Major Subjects and Practice Previous Year Papers
It is very important to focus on Major Subjects (Pharmaceutics , Pharmacology , Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacognosy) Previous Year Papers .These subjects can be studied from the standard recommended books and practiced with the help of the previous year papers.
5.Prepare notes on the relevant topics
Preparing notes with the important information and cheat sheet is vital as these notes can be referred later during revision. This cuts down on the revision time as the notes contain important information from all subjects in a single place. Notes and Test Series are available at
6.Strengthen your conceptual knowledge
It is important to have conceptual clarity as GPAT is an exam that tests the candidates’ concepts and has very little questions that have direct application. Also, understanding of the subject concepts can lead to the correct response in GPAT if there are any doubts as to the answer.
7.Familiarize yourself with the virtual calculator (Test Series must be your Virtual Calculator)
The virtual calculator can be a little complicated and so it is important to familiarize yourself with it before the GPAT exam. This can result in an increase in calculation speed which is very advantageous in a competitive exam like GPAT.
8.Evaluate your understanding of a topic after studying it
It is very important to evaluate your understanding of a topic after studying it. This will reveal the weak points in your preparation that can then be eliminated. Moreover, self-evaluation also helps in retaining the knowledge that you have learnt.
9.Revise the topics at suitable intervals
After understanding a topic thoroughly, it is important to revise it at suitable intervals otherwise there is a chance of forgetting it. Revision can be done using the short notes or flash cards made during studying.
10.Analyze previous GPAT papers and attempt multiple mock tests
Analyzing and attempting previous GPAT papers and GPAT mock tests is an excellent way of understanding the GPAT structure in a controlled environment. This also helps in improving time management skills and reduces silly mistakes in the actual GPAT exam.