NTA GPAT 2020: The National Testing Agency (NTA) has announced the Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) 2020 exam schedule. As per the dates released, the NTA GPAT 2020 application form will be available between November 1 and November 30, 2019 in online mode. The NTA GPAT admit card will be released on December 24 on the official website of NTA and candidates will be able to download the same by entering their respective login credentials. January 24, 2020 has been declared as the online examination day for NTA GPAT. There is a specific eligibility criteria for GPAT exam which has to be complied with by aspirants of NTA GPAT 2020 as ineligible candidates can not claim any right to admission at any stage. The result of this computer-based examination will be declared on February 3, 2020. After this, the qualified candidates will have to apply in NTA GPAT participating institutes according to their cutoff scores respectively.
NTA GPAT 2020 is the entrance examination for admission to various M. Pharm courses. With more than 800 participating institutes, NTA GPAT qualifiers can get admission to some of the most sought-after Pharmacy institutes in India. NTA GPAT 2020 will also provide financial aid to deserving candidates based on their GPAT ranks. NTA GPAT 2020 will be held in a single session for a duration of three hours.
Graduate Pharmacy Admission Test
Commonly known as
National Testing Agency (NTA)
What is NTA?
National Testing Agency (NTA) is a premier, self-governing and self-sustained testing organization. One of its main functions is to develop a state of the art culture of testing in the country by using national and international expertise. From 2019 onwards, NTA is the exam conducting body of major entrance exams including GPAT, JEE Main, UGC NET, NEET, etc.
NTA GPAT 2020: Important Dates
NTA GPAT 2020 Notification
August 21, 2019
Last date to submit NTA GPAT 2020 application form
November 30, 2019
Availability of Admit Card
December 24, 2019
NTA GPAT Online Exam 2020
January 24, 2020
Declaration of Result
February 3, 2020
Mode of Exam: According to NTA, GPAT 2020 will be a computer-based entrance exam consisting of 125 MCQs. Candidates will be required to attempt all the questions within a duration of three hours.
Frequency of the Exam: Unlike JEE Main, NTA GPAT 2020 is conducted once a year in a single session.
Age Limit: There is no age bar announced by authorities related to candidates applying for NTA GPAT 2020.
Application Fees: Those wanting to apply for NTA GPAT 2020 will have to pay a sum of Rs. 1400. However, for female and PwD candidates, there is a 50% reduction in the NTA GPAT application fee.
Test Practice Centres (TPCs): NTA has established TPCs in rural areas to help familiarize the students with the online mode of exam. Candidates will be required to register to avail such services of NTA.
Syllabus and Difficulty level: NTA has not yet introduced any major changes in the syllabus of GPAT 2020. Hence, it is speculated that there would not be any rise in the difficulty level as well.
Exam Centres: NTA GPAT 2020 will be conducted across 58 cities. Candidates will be required to carry their NTA GPAT admit card, an original photo identity proof, caste and/ or disability certificate (if applicable). Any type of watches and electronic devices, such as cellular phone, mobile, pager, calculator, etc. are prohibited inside the NTA GPAT exam centres.
NTA has brought together various schools, institutes and other government bodies to register as TPCs. These TPCs are set up for the convenience of NTA GPAT 2020 candidates, especially those belonging to rural backgrounds. TPCs function in weekends to help familiarize each and every candidate with the examination process of computer-based tests. The NTA TPCs have a downloaded Computer Based Test (CBT) exactly like the actual GPAT 2020. Candidates can understand the process of logging in, viewing the exam instructions, using the mouse and keyboard, navigating between questions, editing, reviewing and submitting their answers. The facility of TPCs has been provided free of cost by NTA.
The team of education administrators, researchers, experts, and assessment developers under NTA have been familiarized with the previous years’ exam pattern. Hence, the syllabus and difficulty level did not undergo any major changes. Candidates can check the table below to know the syllabus of NTA GPAT 2020:
GPAT 2020 Syllabus
Candidates will be asked to choose the four most preferred exam cities while filling the GPAT application form 2020. The final exam centre allotted by NTA will be mentioned on the candidate's GPAT admit card 2020.
NTA GPAT Exam Cities 2020
GPAT Exam city
How to prepare for NTA GPAT 2020?
Candidates preparing for NTA GPAT 2020 should first understand the GPAT exam pattern 2020 before kick-starting with the preparation. It is sheer hard work, diligence and sincerity that will help candidates ace NTA GPAT 2020. Some of the GPAT experts and previous years’ toppers have sworn by a few studying tips and tricks that will definitely help future aspirants as well. To know the same, candidates can check the list below:
Numerical questions must be practised thoroughly every day. Topics like depression in freezing point, biopharmaceutics, dose on the basis of body weight and age, and alligation method are commonly assessed in the form of numericals.
Learn and remember all the formulae by heart.
Try to make short notes and flash-cards for vital topics like Pharmacognosy, Organic Chemistry, Mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy, etc. Doing so will prove beneficial in the last few days before NTA GPAT 2020 is conducted when candidates are left with little time for revision.
Candidates must focus on uses, mechanisms and unique side effects of various drugs. One can make use of abbreviations in order to remember the names.
It must be ensured that candidates strengthen their hold on basic concepts. This will help them understand tougher sections and eventually complete the syllabus on time. While making a time-table for studying, candidates must allot some time for revision so that they can retain all that they have learnt throughout the day.
No, the candidate can only attempt NTA GPAT 2020 from a pre-assigned computer at one of the exam centres.
Yes, candidates will be awarded 4 marks for every correct answer whereas every incorrect answer will deduct one mark. Total number of questions in the exam are 125 and maximum marks to be scored are 500.
No, NTA has not specified any maximum limit of attempts for GPAT 2020.
No. GPAT is an entrance examination for PG course in Pharmacy. According to the GPAT eligibility criteria 2020, candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy.
While filling the GPAT application form 2020, you will be able to choose three cities in order of preference. Accordingly, NTA will allocate a suitable exam centre to you.
NTA will conduct GPAT 2020 on January 24 in one session.
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