The Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) is conducted on a pan-India level in January every year. The National Testing Agency has been conducting GPAT from the year 2017 onwards. Previously, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) was in charge of administering the exam, as per the directives of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) of the Union Government of India.
The GPAT is conducted to determine the eligibility of candidates for admissions to the M.Pharma and other equivalent courses in to the participating colleges. Pharmacy graduates who want to pursue the M.Pharma programs and secure fellowships/scholarships can apply for GPAT.
GPAT scores are valid for one year from the declaration of results.
GPAT scores are acceptable by 800 participating institutes and the AICTE-approved universities.
On the basis of GPAT scores, pharmacy graduates can also get scholarships and other financial aid in the Pharmacy sector.
GPAT: Eligibility Criteria
He/she should have a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy (4 hours after Class XII, with the inclusion of lateral entry candidates), or equivalent exam, from recognized educational boards.
Even if the applicant is in the final year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy courses, they are eligible to apply. They have to produce their pass certificates during the screening process for admissions.
The aspirant has to be a citizen of India.
Candidates of all age groups are eligible to apply.
GPAT: Exam Pattern
The GPAT is held online and runs for 3 hours. The question paper totals to 450 marks, with 150 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) questions and each question carrying 3 marks. For each incorrect answer, 1 mark is cut from the candidate’s total score. No marks are deducted for questions that are not attempted.
GPAT: How to apply?
To apply for GPAT, the aspiring pharmacy graduates have to submit their applications online via the official website, ntagpat.nic.in.
First, they have to register by furnishing some basic personal details. Following the registration process, they must sign in to their respective accounts for downloading the GPAT online application form. Here, they have to provide the requisite information and upload the compulsory documents. Additionally, paying the Application Fee is mandatory.
After scrutinizing the applications, the NTA authorities issue Admit Cards to the eligible candidates. Admit Cards are downloadable from the official website. The examiners check the Admit cards to confirm the applicant’s identity so the candidate has to carry his/her Admit Card to take the exam.
Following the exam, the Scorecard of the candidates are uploaded on the official website. To access their respective results, the candidates have to log in to their account.
The shortlisted candidates are invited to the counseling rounds.
If any candidate wants to participate in the GPAT counseling rounds, they must apply separately to the desired college. The participating institutes release the cut-off scores, based on which they grant admissions. Candidates whose scores fall within the given cut-off range get admissions in the institute.
GPAT: Cut-off Scores
In addition to the GPAT results, the NTA examiners also release the Cut-off marks and the Merit List. The GPAT Merit List comprises all the GPAT toppers. The Merit List contains details including applicant’s name, application number, all-India rank, sectional scores, sectional percentiles, overall scores, and overall percentiles.
GPAT has questions from the following subjects.
- Physical Chemistry
- Physical Pharmacy
- Organic Chemistry
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry
- Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry
- Medicinal Chemistry
- Pharmaceutical Analysis
- Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
- Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Pharmaceutical Engineering
- Pharmaceutical Management
- Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence
- Dispensing and Hospital Pharmacy