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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hello im in second year of bpharmacy can i fulfill for give the gpat exam

Akram Khan 12th Jan, 2020


GPAT- graduate pharmacy aptitude test is conducted by nta to admission for M.pharm course in various college.

The educational eligibility according to nta is those candidate can apply who have bachelors degree in pharmacy or Those who are in the final year of B. Pharmacy course are also eligible for appearing in GPAT exam.

Unfortunately as you are not in final years of your pharmacy graduation you can not apply to this exam for this year.

Hope you find this helpful.


I have cleared GPAT 2019 and it has the validity of THREE YEAR and I want to take NIPER JEE 2020 EXAM ANY HOW do I need to give GPAT 2020 test or GPAT 2019 will be VALID? and suppose that UNFORTUNATELY I am not able to clear GPAT 2020 THEN GPAT 2019 scorecard will be valid or not? plz do reply.....

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 11th Jan, 2020


see gpat score is valid for 3 years, if you will not able to clear gpat 2020 this time, based on your gpat 2019 score you may take admission in m.pharma courses. niprjee is conducts by National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, and its mandatory to have either of the score card of gpat/gate/ net.

you may follow the below link to know details,



Arya 11th Jan, 2020

Hi Nirali,

The Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test is held by AICTE for admissions to the various M.Pharm courses in country which is a Postgraduate course in the field of Pharmacy. Once issued, the GPAT examination score card holds valid for a maximum of three years.


WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA TO APPEAR IN NIPER JEE 2020? i have CLEARED GPAT 2019 and also going to appear in GPAT 2020 but if unfortunately i wont be able to qualify...then can it be an issue for NIPER JEE 2020 EXAM REGISTRATION? PLEASE REPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

shivangi mehta 11th Jan, 2020


Eligibilty criteria to appear in NIPER JEE 2020 is mentioned below:

NIPER JEE 2020 Eligibility

For Master’s Courses:

  • Qualifying Exam: For M.S. (Pharm.)/M.Pharm./M.Tech. (Pharm.), the qualifying degree should be B.Pharm. or M.Sc. (Biological Sciences) or M.Sc (Organic/Analytical Chemistry/Life Sciences/Botany) or B.Tech. (Chemical Engineering) or equivalent or B.V.Sc. or M.B.B.S. or BAMS.
  • Minimum Marks: The candidates have to score minimum 60% marks in aggregate in the qualifying exam.
  • Relaxation: For SC/ST candidates, the minimum marks required in qualifying exam should be 55%. For Physically Handicapped candidates, the minimum marks are 50%.
  • Appearing candidates: Final year candidates can also apply.

For Ph.D Pharmacy Courses:

  • Qualifying Exam: The prerequisite qualification is M.S.(Pharm.)/M.Pharm/M.Tech.(Pharm.) in relevant discipline.
  • Minimum Marks: Candidates are required to pass the qualifying exam with at least 60% marks (55% for SC/ST and 50% marks for PH candidates)

GPAT score card will be valid for 3 years. So, If you have cleared the exam of GPAT 2019, it is still valid and you can appear in NIPER JEE 2020 based on that. But, now if you appear in GPAT 2020 then your latest score of GPAT i.e GPAT 2020 score will be considered amd in case you fail then you are not eligible.

Hope, it helps.


only gpat study material is enough to crack the xam?

Manisha Gupta Expert 9th Jan, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

To prepare the exam, You should be aware with the complete syllabus & also need to prefer quality books or material. Here are some important points given below. You can follow for GPAT Exam Preparation.

Plan your studies - The first step which you need to do is plan your studies appropriately and this is only possible when you make proper schedule to complete your syllabus.

Sort out the important topics - Go through the syllabus and check all the lengthy topics and devote your maximum time in important topics only.

Comparison of your university and GPAT syllabus - Mark the common topics as the topics that are common need an increased attention as you prepare for your GPAT exam. Once you have finished creating a list of the common topics, start with your favorite topic. Choose a topic that is simpler than the others and immediately start studying it.

To know the complete syllabus & recommended books you can go through with the given below link.

Good Luck!

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