GPAT Syllabus

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GPAT Syllabus

The Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) is a national level entrance examination for those who wish to pursue MPharm programs from leading pharmacy colleges in the country. Conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) through CBT mode, it consists of 125 multiple choice questions that have to be solved within 3 hours. The minimum criteria for the exam is a bachelors in pharmacy. When it comes to the GPAT syllabus, the content varies based on the course you choose. So, in this blog, we have collated the topics of pharmaceutics subjects which form an essential component of the GPAT syllabus, exam pattern, GPAT books and more!  

Name of the Exam Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test
Conducting Body National Testing Agency
Purpose M. Pharma programmes
Application Form Online
Exam Mode Online 
Exam Duration 3 hours
Exam Date 22nd to 27th February 2021
Exam Timings 9 am to 12 pm or 3pm to 6pm 
Last Date to Challenge GPAT Answer Key  9th to 11th March 2021
Exam Result  19th March 2021
Score Card Validity 3 years
Number of Questions 125 
Type Of Questions MCQs

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GPAT Exam Pattern

Exam Mode Online
Purpose Admissions to M.Pharma programmes
Frequency Once
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions
Total Questions 125
Total Marks 500
Correct Answer 4 marks
Negative Marking -1

GPAT is an online- computer-based exam conducted every year for admissions to various pharmacy courses across India. The GPAT syllabus and exam contains objective questions from a wide range of topics. Let’s look at the GPAT exam pattern in detail for the year 2021-

Section-Wise GPAT Exam Pattern 

Sections Questions Marks
Pharmaceutical Chemistry 38 152
Pharmaceutics 38 152
Pharmacognosy 10 40
Pharmacology 28 112
Other Subjects 11 44
Total 125 500

GPAT Pharmacology Syllabus

  • Neurohumoral transmission in autonomic and central nervous system
  • Vitamins & Minerals
  • Chemotherapy
  • Autacoids and their Antagonists
  • Pharmacology of a drug acting on the gastrointestinal tract
  • Chronopharmacology
  • Neurohumoral transmission in the autonomic and central nervous system
  • General Pharmacology
  • Principles of toxicology
  • Drugs acting on urinary system
  • Pharmacology of peripheral, central nervous system, and cardiovascular system
  • Immunopharmacology
  • Drugs acting on Respiratory system
  • Pharmacology of Endocrine system

GPAT Physical Chemistry Syllabus

  • Composition & physical states of matter
  • Refractive index
  • Colligative Properties
  • Thermodynamics
  • Ionic equilibrium
  • Kinetics
  • Solutions
  • Electrochemistry

Physical Pharmacy Syllabus for GPAT

  • Buffer
  • Solubility
  • Matter and its Properties
  • Viscosity and Rheology
  • Surface and Interfacial Phenomenon
  • Dispersion Systems
  • Complexation
  • Micromeritics and Powder Rheology

GPAT Syllabus for Organic Chemistry

  • General principles
  • Pericyclic reactions
  • Aromaticity & chemistry of aromatic compounds
  • Different classes of compounds
  • Amino acids & proteins
  • Different aromatic classes of compounds
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
  • Stereochemistry
  • Carbohydrates
  • Carbonyl Chemistry
  • Heterocyclic Chemistry
  • Protection & deprotection of groups
  • Bridged rings
  • Kinetic & thermodynamic control

GPAT Syllabus for Dispensing and Hospital Pharmacy

  • Introduction to laboratory equipment, weighing methodology, handling of prescriptions, labelling instructions for dispensed products.
  • Posological calculations involved in the calculation of dosage for infants.
  • Study of current patent and proprietary products, generic products, and selected brand products, indications, contraindications, adverse drug reactions, available dosage forms, and packaging.
  • Compounding and dispensing of following prescriptions
  • Reading and counselling of prescriptions from the clinical practice
  • Enlarging and reducing formula, displacement value
  • Preparations of formulations involving allegation, alcohol dilution, isotonic solution

GPAT Syllabus for Pharmaceutical Chemistry

  • Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry
  • Dentifrices, desensitizing agents, & anticaries agents
  • Pharmaceutical Impurities
  • Isotopes
  • Monographs
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Various classes of therapeutic agents
  • Different classes of therapeutic drugs

GPAT Syllabus for Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence 

  • Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, and Rules thereunder
  • Factory Act
  • Shops and Establishment Act
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights and Indian Patent Act 1970
  • Industrial Development and Regulation act 1951
  • Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act 1954
  • Medicinal and Toilet Preparations (Excise Duties) Act 1955, Rules 1976
  • Drug legislation in India, Code of Ethics for Pharmacists
  • The Pharmacy Act 1948
  • Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940, Rules 1945, including New Drug applications
  • Consumer Protection Act
  • Indian Pharmaceutical Industry- An Overview
  • Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1970 and Rules 1975
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960
  • Drug (Price Control) Order
  • An Introduction to Standard Institutions and Regulatory Authorities such as BIS, ASTM, ISO, TGA, USFDA, MHRA, ICH, WHO
  • Minimum Wages Act of 1948
  • Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954 

GPAT Syllabus for Pharmaceutical Management

  • Introduction to management
  • Inventory Management
  • Communication
  • Research Management
  • Human resource and development (HRD)
  • Planning and Forecasting
  • Organization
  • World trade organization (WTO) and trade-related intellectual property rights (TRIPS)
  • Standard institutions and regulatory authorities
  • GATT
  • Marketing Research
  • Leadership and motivation

GPAT Syllabus for Pathophysiology

  • Basic principles of cell injury and adaptation
  • Neoplastic diseases
  • Pathophysiology of common diseases
  • Laboratory tests for Liver function tests and kidney function tests
  • Disorders of homeostasis: white blood cells, lymphoid tissues, and red blood cells related diseases
  • Immunopathology including amyloidosis
  • Infectious diseases
  • Basic mechanisms of inflammation and repair
  • Disorders of fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance

GPAT Syllabus for Pharmaceutical Engineering

  • Evaporation and Drying
  • Heat Transfer
  • Fluid Flow
  • Size Reduction and Size Separation
  • Distillation
  • Mining
  • Extraction
  • Crystallization
  • Filtration and Centrifugation
  • Dehumidification and Humidity Control

GPAT Syllabus for Biochemistry

  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins and Lipids
  • Cells
  • Biological oxidations and reductions
  • Enzymes
  • Vitamins
  • Nucleic Acids
  • Hereditary Diseases

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Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics Syllabus

  • General Principles, preparation, maintenance, analysis of observational records in Clinical Pharmacy
  • Clinical trials, type and phases of clinical trials, placebo, ethical and regulatory issues including Good clinical practice in clinical trials
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring, adverse drug reaction (ADR), types of ADR, Mechanism of ADR
  • Drug interaction, Monitoring and reporting of ADR and its significance 
  • Drug information services
  • Drug interaction in pediatric and geriatric patients, drug treatment during pregnancy, lactation and menstruation
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Nutraceuticals essential drugs and rational drug usage
  • Age-related drug therapy: concept of posology
  • Drugs used in pregnancy and lactation
  • Drug therapy in gastrointestinal
  • Drug therapy for neurological and psychological disorders
  • Drug therapy in infections of the respiratory system
  • Drug therapy for malignant disorders like leukaemia, lymphoma and solid tumours
  • Drug therapy for rheumatic, eye and skin disorders

Note: The GPAT syllabus of some of the major course have been added here. You can download the entire curriculum PDF from here:

GPAT Books

GPAT syllabus is huge; it covers various topics from Pharmaceutical Sciences to Medicinal Chemistry to Physical Chemistry. That is why, we have listed below a huge list of books that cover the entire GPAT syllabus for those who wish to crack the exam.

Essential GPAT books

  1. The Pearson Guide to GPAT and Other Entrance Examination in Pharmacy by Akaberi Shah Baser
  2. GPAT: A Companion by Nazma N. Inamdar
  3. Chemicol: Concepts in Pharmacy – Most Relevant book for GPAT and NIPER by Deepanmol Singh
  4. Comprehensive Solution for GPAT/ NIPER by Mr. Krishan Bhardwaj, Dr. Avijit Mazumder, Dr. Sameer Rastogi, Dr. Praveen Gaur, Mrs. Nidhi Srivastava
  5. Compete Pharma (A Guide For Preparation Of GPAT/NIPER/BITS/CEEB/CET And Other Pharma Competitive Exams) by Tarun Kumar Das
  6. GPAT Cracker by Dr Sanjar Alam and others
  7. Introduction to the Pharmaceutical Sciences, By Nita K. Pandit. 
  8. Aulton’s Pharmaceutics: The Design and Manufacture of Medicines
  9. Essentials of Physical Chemistry, B.S.Bahl, G.D.Tuli, S. Chand
  10. The Pearson Guide to GPAT by Umang Shah

Medicinal Chemistry


Pharmaceutical Analysis


GPAT Question Papers

NTA is responsible for conducting the GPAT exam every year in India. In order to help candidates with the GPAT syllabus, the conducting body releases a set of question papers along with an answer key on their official website for candidates to familiarise themselves with the exam pattern and allow students to focus on the main sections of the GPAT syllabus. Click here to get to the GPAT 2021 official website!

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Is there negative marking in GPAT?

Yes, there is negative marking in GPAT. For every incorrect answer, one mark is deducted.

Can 3rd year student apply for GPAT?

Yes, 3rd year Pharmacy students can apply for GPAT exam 2022.

Is GPAT difficult?

GPAT is considered one of the most essential exams for Masters in Pharmacy. It is highly competitive and the GPAT question paper difficulty level for 2021 was moderate.

How can I prepare for GPAT at home?

Aspirants can refer to the list of books given above and use them as references for the GPAT 2022 exam. Aspirants can access previous question papers along with the answer key to prepare well.

What subjects are covered in GPAT syllabus?

GPAT syllabus includes various topics such as Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physical Chemistry, Pharmacognosy, Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Management.

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Hopefully, you are now familiar with the GPAT syllabus in detail! Exploring opportunities for pursuing Masters in Pharmacy abroad? Not sure which university to enrol in? Don’t worry! Reach out to our experts at Leverage Edu who will provide assistance in choosing a university offering a course that aligns with your goals and will also guide you throughout the admission process!

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