GPAT Preparation Tips 2020
Ridhi.Khurana, 02 Dec 2019, #GPAT
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GPAT Preparation Tips 2020 - The National Testing Agency (NTA) has been conducting the Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) from 2019 onwards. As NTA has started the registration for GPAT 2020, and the entrance exam is to be held on January 28, candidates have buckled up for the exam. To start, first of all one should refer to the GPAT preparation tips that they should follow in order to assure that they ace the exam. Deciding what to study and how to make notes, and the overflowing choice in the market makes choosing the right GPAT 2020 preparation books a herculean task. Thus, it becomes important that candidates follow reliable GPAT preparation tips and reference books to crack the exam. According to their GPAT ranks, candidates will get admission into some of the nation’s top institutes and will be able to avail scholarships by NTA. For further information regarding GPAT 2020 preparation tips and GPAT preparation books 2020, read the article below.

Latest: NTA extended last date of GPAT 2020 Registration to December 10, 2019.

GPAT 2020 Preparation Tips

Even though success only comes with sheer hard work, sincerity and practice, one can always look up for expert advice and pearls of wisdom from previous years’ toppers for that extra boost of motivation. Having a goal and a role model to keep one fired up is always a good idea.

Given below are some GPAT 2020 preparation tips which will help candidates crack the exam with ease:

  • Candidates must focus on getting their basic concepts clear. If the foundation is not strong enough, all that gets piled-up is bound to break down. Only after the basics are clearly understood, students can grasp more difficult topics.

  • Candidates should ensure that they spare some time to practice numerical questions every day. Topics like alligation method, depression in freezing point, dose on the basis of body weight and age, and biopharmaceutics are commonly assessed in the form of numericals. The formulae should also be remembered by heart.

  • Topics like NMR spectroscopy, Mass spectrometry, IR and UV have been frequently covered in the previous years’ question papers. Candidates should put greater emphasis on these while preparing for GPAT 2020.

  • Making short notes and flashcards will prove helpful in the last few days before the exam. Shortage of time will make them unable to go through lengthy written matters about each topic so, in such a situation, flashcards will come in handy. Pharmacognosy can be understood in detail with short notes and flashcards on uses, mechanisms and unique side effects of various drugs.

  • If a candidate starts his/ her GPAT 2020 preparation late, he/ she should concentrate on Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, Pharm Analysis, Pharmacognosy, and Pharmaceutical chemistry (especially Organic chemistry) first and then move on to other subjects.

GPAT Preparation Books 2020

With a gazillion options in the market, choosing the right reference books for GPAT becomes more and more challenging. Hence, a few tried and tested books have been listed below which the students can use to enhance their GPAT 2020 preparation.

Book Name



Price (INR)

The Pearson Guide to GPAT and Other Entrance Examination in Pharmacy

Pearson Education

Akaberi Shah Baser


Compete Pharma (A Guide For Preparation Of GPAT/NIPER/BITS/CEEB/CET And Other Pharma Competitive Exams)

AITBS Publishers

Tarun Kumar Das


Synopsis for GPAT

Dhawan Book Publication

Dr. Surendra H. Bodakhe, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Prof. Vijay Juyal, Dr. Munish Ahuja


GPAT: A Companion

Career Publications

Nazma N. Inamdar


GPAT Cracker (2017)

Piyush Book Publications

Dr. Sanjar Alam and others


GPAT Exam Pattern 2020

NTA, the exam conducting body, has formulated the GPAT 2020 exam pattern. Knowing the exam pattern of GPAT 2020 helps candidates furnish a timetable that they can follow to achieve a good GPAT score.

GPAT Exam Pattern

Exam mode

Online mode


Once a year

Exam Duration

3 hours (9:30 am to 12:30 pm)

Type of questions

Multiple choice questions

Total number of questions


Maximum marks


Marking scheme

4 marks for every correct response

-1 mark for every wrong response

No marks for no response

GPAT Syllabus 2020

Candidates can check the GPAT 2020 syllabus below to know the topics which will be tested in the exam.

List of topics for GPAT 2020

  • Pharmacology
  • Physical Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence
  • Pharmaceutical Management
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering
  • Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
  • Biotechnology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Dispensing and Hospital Pharmacy
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry

GPAT Question Papers 2020

Since 2013, GPAT has been conducted in online mode. Therefore, due to unavailability of the question papers from 2013 onwards, the table below lists the GPAT question papers till 2012. Check the question papers below to test your level of preparation for GPAT 2020:

Previous Years’ GPAT Question papers

GPAT Question Papers

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GPAT Question Paper 2012

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GPAT Question Paper 2011

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GPAT Question Paper 2010

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GPAT Question Paper 2009

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GPAT Question Paper 2008

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - GPAT Preparation Tips 2020

Question: When should I start preparing for GPAT exam?


There is no fixed time of preparation that can ensure success in the exam. Even dedicated study for 2-3 months can result in great score. 

Question: Who can give the GPAT 2020 exam?


NTA has provided a basic GPAT eligibility criteria that candidates have to meet for appearing in GPAT 2020. 

Question: Can a B. Pharm 3rd year student apply for GPAT 2020?


No, a student in the last year of 4 year B. Pharm course can apply for GPAT 2020 exam. provided that the results are declared before admission to the session.

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dear teacher ,Iam interested in doing B pharmacy but unfortunately I cant submit the form of GPAT .What should i do now ?Please help me


Utkarsha you need not worry if you could not fill for GPAT as there are many other exams too through which you can apply for a B.Pharma course and they are still accepting applications/ would start accepting applications in a few days.

  • BITSAT- Application starts tentatively in January 2020
  • GUJCET (Gujarat)- Application will be accepted from 25 January to 16 February 2020 tentatively.
  • GCET (Goa)- 1 March to 10 March 2020 tentatively
  • KCET (Karnataka)- 1 February to 20 March 2020 tentatively
  • MAHACET (Maharashtra)- 1 January to 23 March 2020 tentatively
  • GITAM GAT- 20 November 2019 to 30 March 2020
  • MET (Manipal)- 5 October 2019 to 15 March 2020
  • UPSEE (Uttar Pradesh)- 23 January to 25 March 2020 tentatively.

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Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 13th Dec, 2019


see gpat exam is the gateway entrance test for admission in m.pharma course, once you clear the exam and enrolled for it , you can get the scholarship and to get scholarship you candidature, college id is also needed, and scholarship scheme will started from at the beginning of first year. if you are in second year and have qualified gpat, you are not eligible to get scholarship in that particular institute. but if you take admission in any other colleges in first year m.pharma course,,based on current year score you may get scholarship.


is gpat useful for cosmetic science courses/

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 13th Dec, 2019


see gpat is the entrance test for admission in master of pharmaceutical courses. cosmetics science dont fall in m.pharma course. you may do post graduate or msc in cosmetics science after bachelors degree in relevant discipline. there is two years in cosmetic science course offers by sandip university, maharastra, students who have completed their undergraduate in pharmacy, cosmetology, medicine and related fields can opt for this course.

follow the below link to know in details,


i have opted general oc category in gpat application by mistake but i do belong to EWC CATEGORY. so in order to change it can i re apply using another registration with new ID? Please reply fast as one more day has left for application.

Sanjanaleekha 8th Dec, 2019

Hi there,

It has been clearly stated in the guidelines of filling GPAT application form that multiple applications by one candidate is bound to be rejected and also that no corrections are allowed in the information furnished by the candidate once application form is submitted. For your reference, i have attached the link to the instructions for your reference


Good evening sir/mam I m now giving the exam of 3rd year semVI... Till the gpat exam I will qualify 3rd year... so can I appear for gpat 2020..??? 7th Dec, 2019

Hello there! Hope you are doing good!

Yes you can give the Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) exam as the results also take time to be out and the scores remain valid for 3 years since the attempt.

Hope you found this answer helpful. Good luck for your future!

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