GPAT Syllabus 2020
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GPAT Syllabus 2020 - National Testing Agency (NTA) is the conducting body that releases Graduate Pharmacy Admission Test- GPAT 2020 syllabus. Major topics and sub-topics to be covered thereunder are specifically mentioned in the syllabus of GPAT. Candidates planning to appear for the upcoming entrance exam for admission to various courses of M.Pharm should know the GPAT 2020 syllabus. The candidates who prepare with all focus on syllabus of GPAT 2020 score well and stand better chances to crack the examination securing seat in top institutes offering M. Pharm. The exam pattern of entrance exam should also be well known to candidates so that no doubt remains. Books should be chosen wisely and question papers should be practised after understanding and studying initially, this paces up the level of preparation. Read the complete article below to know more about GPAT syllabus 2020.

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GPAT 2020 Syllabus

The syllabus of GPAT 2020 vastly focuses on various dimensions of pharmaceutics. Candidates can refer the table below to prepare for GPAT 2020 and understand the GPAT syllabus in detail:

GPAT 2019 Syllabus




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

Physical Chemistry

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

Physical Pharmacy

  • Buffer
  • Solubility
  • Matter, properties of matter
  • Viscosity and rheology
  • Surface and interfacial phenomenon
  • Dispersion systems
  • Complexation
  • Micromeritics and powder rheology

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
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 packing
  • 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

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
  • Therapeutic classes of drugs
  • Different classes of therapeutic drugs
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
  • An Introduction to Standard Institutions and Regulatory Authorities such as BIS, ASTM, ISO, TGA, USFDA, MHRA, ICH, WHO
  • Minimum Wages Act 1948
  • Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954 and Rules
  • Industrial Development and Regulation act 1951
  • Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act 1954
  • Medicinal and Toilet Preparations (Excise Duties) Act 1955, Rules 1976
  • Historical background 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 1960
  • Drug (Price Control) Order
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


  • Pharmacy Profession & Introduction to Pharmaceuticals
  • Introduction to dosage form
  • Biological products
  • Pharmaceutical Plant, location, layout
  • Ophthalmic preparations
  • Preformulations
  • Packaging Materials
  • Cosmetics
  • Pilot plant scale-up techniques
  • Dosage Form Necessities and Additives
  • Powders
  • Sources of drug information
  • Tablets
  • Parenteral - product requiring sterile packaging
  • Suspensions
  • Emulsions
  • Suppositories
  • Stability of formulated products
  • Prolonged Action Pharmaceuticals
  • Novel Drug delivery system
  • GMP and Validation
  • Semisolids
  • Allopathic dosage form
  • Crude extract
  • Allergenic extract
  • Capsules
  • Liquids(solutions, syrups, elixirs, spirits, aromatic water, liquid for external uses)
  • Pharmaceutical Aerosols
Pharmaceutical Engineering
  • Material of constructions
  • Drying
  • Size reduction and size separation
  • Extraction
  • Mixing
  • Crystallization
  • Automated process control systems
  • Industrial hazards & safety precautions
  • Evaporation
  • Distillation
  • Fluid flow
  • Heat transfer
  • Filtration and Centrifugation
  • Dehumidification and humidity control
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning


  • Introductory Pharmacognosy
  • Classification of crude drugs
  • Plant products
  • Principles of plant classification
  • Pharmaceutical aids
  • Animal products
  • Traditional herbal drugs
  • Plants based industries and research institutes in India
  • Patents
  • Ayurvedic system of medicine
  • Homeopathic system of medicine
  • Toxic drugs
  • Enzymes
  • Natural pesticides and insecticides
  • Adulteration and evaluation of crude drugs
  • Quantitative microscopy
  • Factors influencing quality of crude drugs
  • Techniques in microscopy
  • Introduction to phytoconstituents
  • Biogenetic pathways
  • Carbohydrates & lipids
  • Tannins
  • Volatile oils
  • Resinous drugs
  • Glycosides
  • Alkaloids
  • Extraction and Isolation Techniques
  • Phytopharmaceuticals
  • Quality control and Standardization of herbal drugs
  • Herbal formulations
  • Worldwide trade of crude drugs and volatile oils
  • Herbal cosmetics
Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Cell physiology
  • Endocrine Glands
  • Reproductive System
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Respiratory System
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Lymphatic system
  • The Blood
  • Sense organs
  • Skeletal System
  • Central Nervous system
  • Urinary System

Pharmaceutical Analysis

  • Importance of quality control in pharmacy
  • Acid-base titrations
  • Gravimetry
  • Extraction techniques
  • Potentiometry
  • Calibration
  • General principles of spectroscopy
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Polarography
  • Nephelometry & Turbidimetry
  • Ultraviolet-visible Spectrometry
  • Spectrofluorimetry
  • Flame photometry & atomic absorption spectrometry
  • Infrared spectrometry
  • Miscellaneous methods of analysis
  • Non-aqueous titrations
  • Oxidation-reduction titrations
  • Precipitation titrations
  • Complexometric titrations
  • Proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry
  • Chromatography
  • Miscellaneous
Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • Drug information services, Drug interactions
  • Drug interaction in pediatric and geriatric patients, drug treatment during pregnancy, lactation and menstruation
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring, adverse drug reaction (ADR), types of ADR, Mechanism of ADR. Drug interaction, Monitoring and reporting of ADR and its significance
  • Age-related drug therapy: concept of posology, drug therapy for neonates, paediatrics and geriatrics. Drugs used in pregnancy and lactation
  • Drug therapy in gastrointestinal, hepatic, renal, cardiovascular and Respiratory Disorders
  • Pharmacovigilance, Therapeutic drug monitoring, Neutraceuticals, essential drugs and rational drug usage
  • General Principles, preparation, maintenance, analysis of observational records in Clinical Pharmacy
  • Drug therapy in infections of respiratory system, urinary system, infective meningitis, TB, HIV, malaria and filaria
  • Drug therapy for thyroid and parathyroid disorders, diabetes mellitus, menstrual cycle disorders, menopause and male sexual dysfunction
  • Drug therapy for malignant disorders like leukaemia, lymphoma and solid tumours
  • Drug therapy for rheumatic, eye and skin disorders
  • Clinical trials, type and phases of clinical trials, placebo, ethical and regulatory issues including Good clinical practice in clinical trials
  • Drug therapy for neurological and psychological disorders


  • Cell
  • Lipids
  • Enzymes
  • Nucleic acids
  • Vitamins
  • Biological oxidations & reductions
  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Hereditary diseases
Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
  • Bio-pharmaceutics
  • Bio-pharmaceutical statistics
  • Bio-availability & Bio-equivalence
  • Plant Cell and Tissue Culture
  • Fermentation Technology and Industrial Microbiology
  • Recombinant DNA Technology
  • Process and Applications
  • Animal Cell Culture
  • Biotechnology-Derived Products
  • Basic principles of cell injury and adaptation
  • Neoplastic diseases
  • Pathophysiology of common diseases
  • Laboratory tests for Liver function tests and kidney function tests
  • Immunopathology including amyloidosis
  • Infectious diseases
  • Basic mechanisms of inflammation and repair
  • Disorders of fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance
  • Disorders of homeostasis: white blood cells, lymphoid tissues, and red blood cells related diseases
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Microscopy and staining technique
  • Biology of Microorganisms
  • Microbial spoilage
  • Vaccines & Sera
  • Fungi and Viruses
  • Aseptic Technique
  • Sterilization & Disinfection
  • Microbial Assay

The Syllabus of GPAT 2019 gave a detailed mention of topics to be expected for the examination and thus, this provides more clarity to aspiring candidates of entrance examination. One can go through the GPAT syllabus 2019 as attached below to have a better understanding of what to expect:

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GPAT Exam Pattern 2020

The next important thing that follows for preparation after GPAT syllabus 2020 is the pattern of exam. GPAT 2020 exam pattern provides for what the question paper holds for the future aspirants. The important details of GPAT exam pattern are thus given below:



Exam mode


Exam duration

3 hours

Total questions


Maximum marks


Types of questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Marks per question

4 marks for each question

Negative marking

+4 for correct response

-1 for incorrect response

GPAT Question Papers 2020

Aspiring candidates for GPAT 2020 who are seriously planning to crack the entrance examination should practice numerous question papers so that there is no scope left in preparing better. Previous year GPAT question papers make one understand the questions better and thus, add positively towards preparation. Candidates can also refer to sample papers made available by Careers360 that help boost confidence in students. Practising question papers also makes understand their weak points so that work is done in that subject area to score better.

Best Books for GPAT 2020

Books play a vital role in preparing for any examination as they are the roots to wisdom. Candidates preparing for GPAT 2020 should choose books wisely because this is where knowledge is to be grabbed from. Practising on questions comes later because concepts have to be understood and learnt from books only. Some of the recommended books for GPAT preparation are:

  • The Pearson Guide to GPAT and Other Entrance Examination in Pharmacy
  • GPAT: A Companion
  • Synopsis for GPAT

There are subject-wise books also available that specifically deal with particular sections. Better preparation leads to best results and this can be ensured with good books.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - GPAT Syllabus 2020

Question: What is the syllabus of GPAT?


The GPAT syllabus includes various topics including physical chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacognosy, etc. 

Question: How do I prepare for GPAT 2020?


Candidates aspiring for GPAT 2020 can refer to best books for GPAT preparation.

Question: How many questions are asked in GPAT?


There are a total of 125 objective questions as per the GPAT exam pattern. 

Question: Is there any negative marking in GPAT exam?


Yes, a wrong response results in deduction of 1 mark in the GPAT exam.

Question: Is Calculator allowed in GPAT exam?


No, candidates are not allowed to carry anything in the exam hall except the GPAT admit card.

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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!


Can I get gpat solved question papers of previous years please.....

Halry Bhalodia 7th Dec, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

The National Testing Agency (NTA) is expected to release the GPAT 2020 question paper a few days after the GPAT exam is conducted in the form of answer key. The question paper of GPAT consists of questions distributed in all the sections provided in the GPAT 2020 syllabus. Candidates aspiring for GPAT 2020 should refer to the previous year GPAT 2020 question papers.

here is link you can refer to get the pervious years solved question paper:

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those who cleared last year gpat 2019, if they give gpat 2020 and if they do not qualify which scorecard will be accepted - qualified one or the recent one?

Ronak Gala Student Expert 7th Dec, 2019

The recent scorescheet will only be considered. That is 2020 gpat score sheet will only be relevant for your admission to colleges.

As of now what I can tell you is that if you are preparing and aiming to crack GPat 2020, then stay positive as of now and don't think such negative things as it will bring your morale down and also waste your studies time.

So best wishes. Thank you.

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where can I get previous year question papers of gpat?

Ruchika Chauhan Expert 5th Dec, 2019


You can go through the link below and check the previous year GPAT question papers for reference.

Good Luck!

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