GPAT 2014 Preparation- The Expert Speak
Updated on Aug 11, 2014 - 10 a.m. IST by Ishita Parekh
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In this special interview with Careers360 on GPAT Preparation Tips, Sanjar Alam, Assistant Professor, KIET School of Pharmacy, shares preparation strategy, lists important topics and recommends books for GPAT preparation.  

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Q. What should be the preparation strategy and focus area of the GPAT aspirants now that only three months are left for the exam?

A. GPAT is an entrance exam conducted by AICTE for Pharmacy students seeking admission in M. Pharm courses in various top notch institutes like NIPER, DIPSAR, BHU, JAMIA HAMDARD, PUNJAB UNIVERSITY, SAGAR UNIVERSITY, UICT MUMBAI, JADAVPUR , M.S.U BARODA, PUNJABI UNIVERSITY, MDU ROHTAK, GJU HISAR, DIBRUGARH UNIVERSITY and many more.

This year GPAT exam will be conducted in the month of February (25-27). Most students thought that the exam would be conducted in the month of May and so they have not focussed much on their preparation. For these students, very little time is left as GPAT is now only 3 months away.

AT this point of time, GPAT aspirants should focus on the five main papers namely Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, Pharm Analysis and Pharmaceutical chemistry with special emphasis on organic chemistry. Few questions are being asked from Jurisprudence, Microbiology and Biochemistry.


Q. List subject wise important topics in GPAT 2014


Important Topics


Tablet, Capsules, Microencapsulation, Aerosol, Ophthalmic, Parenteral, Cosmetology, NDDS, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics, Micromeritics, Surface and Interfacial Phenomena, Dispersions, Rheology, Kinetics and Drug Stability


Drugs for Chemotherapy, Anti cancer, CVS, CNS, ANS and Blood Products


UV-Visible, NMR, IR, Mass Spectroscopy, Chromatography, Polarography, Flame Photometer, Conductometry, Polarimetry, Amperometry, Potentiometry


Drugs from glycosides, alkaloids, volatile oils, resins, tannins, carbohydrates and tissue culture

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Go through the nomenclature and chemical moiety of the medicinal drugs with special emphasis on organic and physical chemistry

Each year five numerical question are being asked in GPAT. So student should practice the numerical questions from Pharmacokinetics, Alligation Method, Posology, Proof Spirit, Kinetics, Micromeritics, Rheology, Surface Tension and Analysis (NMR, UV-Visible and IR).


Q. Books that you would recommend for preparation of GPAT 2014.

A. Following are the books that I will suggest now that very little time is left.

Pharmaceutics: The Theory and Practice of Industrial Pharmacy by Liebermann and Lachman.

Physical Pharmacy: Martin

Unit Operation: Pharmaceutical engineering by Subramanyam

Pharmacology: K.D Tripathi, Rang and Dale, Katzung and Trevor multiple choice.

Pharm-Analysis: Spectroscopy and Titration from Chatwal, Chromatography from Remington

Pharmacognosy: Kokate, Trease and Evans

Medicinal Chemistry: Harkishan Singh & V K Kapoor

Organic chemistry: Morrison and Boyd.

Biochemistry: Satyanarayan

For quick revision and model papers the students can consult GPAT Cracker.


Q. With GPAT going online from last two years, what difference has it made in the overall GPAT 2014 preparation strategy or in any other way?

A. Generally students are comfortable with the pen & pencil mode of exam as they are more adapted with this format. But online exam does not make marked differences. The preparation strategy should be the same.


GPAT offline exams had lengthy questions. But in the case of online exams, which are being conducted for the past couple of years, the questions are not as lengthy as in the GPAT offline exam. So students have a benefit here. In order to acclimatize with the online test pattern, aspirants shall enroll for online mock tests.


Q. So far how has been the difficulty level of GPAT in the last three years? What level of difficulty is expected in GPAT 2014?

A. For the past three years, there is not much difference in the questions asked in GPAT exam from the main papers as per GPAT Syllabus.

The only new thing they have added is that they are asking more than 20 questions from organic and physical chemistry. I mention this because the students do not pay much attention to these subjects as they have studied them in their 12th standard.

Therefore, I advice students to concentrate more on organic chemistry from Morrison and Boyd as per GPAT syllabus, apart from preparing thoroughly for the five main papers as stated earlier.


Q. Which are the major pharmacy exams that you would advise students to take?

A. Based on the rank in GPAT, the students will get the admission in different branches of M. Pharm via through counselling in BHU, UICT MUMBAI, DIPSAR, PUNJAB UNIVERSITY. For seeking admissions in other top universities students have to appear for the entrance exams of the following universities:


2. Sagar University

3. Jamia Hamdard

4. Manipal (GPAT qualification not needed)

5. Narsee Monjee (GPAT qualification not needed)

6. BITS Pilani (GPAT qualification not needed)


Q. Inspiring thoughts for our GPAT aspirants.

A. Work hard and most importantly complete your syllabus on time and build your concept. Concentrate more on the main papers and keep time for revision. Always try to practice questions after you’ve studied a particular topic. There is no shortcut to success.


For any doubts and queries related to the exam pattern, preparation and other related queries, students can call the GPAT 2014 Exam Helpline at 011-40360360.

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Sir Gpat me selection ke liye sc walo ko kitna no. Lana hota hi or kitna question solve karna hota hi

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 16th Feb, 2020


see cutoff score varies from institute to institute and it changes every year depends on soma facts like number of participants, questions difficulty level , seat matrix etc.

now gpat is total marks of 500 , and the number of questions is 125, so if you get 300+ out of 500, you have decent chances for tier 1 colleges.

hope you may understand.


what are the eligibilities for EWS category students for GPAT?

Sanjay Khandelwal 15th Feb, 2020
If there is reservation then EWS quota will be given for any exam for job as well as education admission. So if you have EWS certificate then you will be eligibile for that in the exam. You will be provided by tehsildar office. Your parents must have income of less than 8 lakhs, less than 1000 sq ft house, not more than 5 acre agriculture land and some other points are there.

sir ,I am qualified GPAT under general ews catagery .If I qualify NIPER under general not with ews ,i need to submit ews certificate during NIPER councilling??

Sharon Rose Student Expert 15th Feb, 2020


If you have filled your category as general EWS while filling the application form you need to provide valid EWS category certificate at the time of counselling.And GPAT score is necessary to get admission through NIPER.So your category should match in both the application form.Because qualifying marks for each category will be different.When you qualified GPAT under EWS cut off that score is considered during NIPER counselling.Whether or not you have qualified under general category cut off you need to provide EWS certificate as per the details you have filled in online application form.


Some tips to crack gpat and niper.

hrithik jain 13th Feb, 2020


Below mentioned are some of the the tips for GPAT and NIPER:

1. Focus on your basics first and be thorough with them to make the further concepts clear.

2. Make sure that you are doing practical questions each and every day. Learn the formula by heart and make sure that you practice them everyday.

3. Also, focus on the topics that come frequently in the previous years exams.

4. Make notes and sticky notes together which will help you in the last days.

5. Take a look at the syllabus and prepare your time table.

6. Always keep the deadlines and time management in mind which will help you to achieve your target on time.


I am a B.Pharm final year student... I didnt qualified in GPAT 2020...Am I eligible to write NIPER 2020 exam....????? please reply me sir/madam

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 18th Feb, 2020


The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) conducts NIPER JEE exam every year, based on niper jee score, the admission in various post graduate course related with pharmacy is done.

now there is certain criteria is involved to appear in niper jee,

you need to have valid gpat score

for general candidate need to have 6.5 cgpa in graduation, for reserved category candidates it is 5.5.

since you did not qualify gpat , you are not eligible.

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