GPAT Preparation Tips 2020
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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.


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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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sir, I have completed my B.pharm in 2019 and also have cleared GPAT in 2019. Unfortunately, due to my financial conditions I could not take admission last year. I missed this year GPAT exam. can i appear in NIPER exam 2020?

Sharon Rose Student Expert 24th Feb, 2020


To be eligible to appear in NIPER 2020 a candidate must have passed with atleast 60% aggregate or 6.75 CGPA on a 10 point scale in the qualifying exam.And NET or GATE and GPAT score is required for getting admission through NIPER.

GPAT score is valid for 3 years.Your GPAT score is valid till academic year 2021-22.If you have fulfilled the minimum percentage requirement then you are eligible to appear.


hlw My name is pallavi Bawiskar And i got 179marks in gpat exam .could i eligible to get admission in this phaacuitic department rtm university.

Shudhanshu Gupta Student Expert 24th Feb, 2020
Following your chances you can follow some of the steps:
Best of luck.

how can I get admission in m.pharm course in jadapur University my GPAT 2020 score is (98.15%) AIR rank 900

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 28th Feb, 2020


see cutoff score depends on various factors like number of participants, questions difficulty level, seat matrix etc. at this rank you have moderate chances for jadavpur university since in west bengal there is less colleges for master of pharmacy course.

I would suggest you to also apply for some other institute as well.


what is the fees for gpat holders in studying m-pharm???

Md Azmer 23rd Feb, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

The fees ranging between the 64,00 to 3 lacs for per year which depends on colleges and university. This fee is for GPAT holder.

Good luck


How counciling proceed for GPAT

anima chaudhary 18th Feb, 2020


GPAT stands for Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test will be conducted by the National Testing Agency for admission to M. Pharma or equivalent courses.The students  who qualify for the gpat entrance exam will be shortlisted for the GPAT .the students will have to check rank wise and the  counselling dates.students need to carry all important documents for verification.the seats will be allocated to the candidates on the basis of goat score.

These are the few list of the documents that are required in GPAT consulleing.

GPAT Rank Card 2020

GPAT Counselling Admit Card

12th class mark sheet 10th class mark

Character certificate

Graduation or Provisional Certificate all the documents that are required in the counselling it should be original.

For more details this link will help you.

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