A national level exam, GPAT or Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test is conducted by NTA for admissions to Master’s (M. Pharm) programmes in the country. Students who clear the exam will be eligible for admissions to NTA approved colleges accepting GPAT scores in India.
The exam is conducted for admissions to 24000 seats of M. Pharm programmes offered by as many as 841 participating pharmacy institutes. An online exam, GPAT is held in a single session.
Till now the exam was being conducted by AICTE, however, from 2019 GPAT will be held by the NTA (National Testing Agency).
GPAT 2019 Registration Details:
The first step is to register yourself and enter the correct details on the self-registration form. Once submitted, no corrections can be made in the data entered. After submitting the page, a unique 6-digit password will be created. You will receive this password via email and SMS too. Aspirants are required to use this password and their respective email id to login to as an existing user.
Students can pay the fee in cash or make an online payment through your credit/debit card or Net banking. The application fee for different categories are given below: –
|Category||Application fee (in INR)|
|General/OBC||1400 + Bank transaction charges|
|SC||700 + Bank transaction charges|
|ST||700 + Bank transaction charges|
|PwD||700 + Bank transaction charges|
|Female||700 + Bank transaction charges|
Once you pay the fee successfully, you will be required to fill the remaining part of the form. Once filled entirely, you can view or modify your form by hitting the VIEW/MODIFY button. After you are sure of the filled in entries, you would require to accept a declaration and click on I AGREE on the button. The system will re-confirm the submission of the form. Once you confirm, your form will be submitted and no change in the data can be made.
GPAT Eligibility Criteria:
- Applicant must be an Indian citizen.
- Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy (4 years after 10+2, including lateral entry candidates).
- Pharm. programme final year candidates can also apply to appear in GPAT 2019.
Note: B. Tech (Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Technology) or equivalent students are not eligible to appear for GPAT 2019.
GPAT 2019 Important Dates:
|Start date of GPAT 2019 application form||November 1, 2018|
|Last date of GPAT application form 2019||November 30, 2018|
|Download of Admit Card of GPAT||January 7, 2019|
|GPAT Online Test||January 28, 2019|
|Declaration of GPAT 2019 result||February 10, 2019|
GPAT Exam Pattern:
GPAT 2019 will be a three-hour computer based online test that is conducted in a single session.
|Exam mode||Computer Based Online Test|
|Exam duration||3 hours|
|Number of questions||125|
|Type of questions||Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)|
|Mark for correct Answer||+4|
|Mark for incorrect Answer||-1|
The following topics are to be prepared for the exam: –
- Anatomy, Physiology and Health Education
- Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
- Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
- Dispensing & Hospital Pharmacy
- Organic Chemistry
- Pharmaceutical Analysis
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry
- Pharmaceutical Engineering
- Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence
- Pharmaceutical Management
- Physical Chemistry
- Physical Pharmacy
GPAT Admit Card:
GPAT 2019 admit card will be made available online on the official website after successful completion of the application submission process. Here’s how you can download GPAT admit card:
- Visit the official website – www.aicte-gpat.in
- Navigate to the admit card link
- Enter your username & password and select “Admit Card” to print your Admit Card
- Download and take a print out.
In case the candidates are unable to take the printout, they can get in touch with the Call Centre / Helpdesk at the following contact: +91-8429996897
GPAT 2019 admit card will comprise the photo, name, and signature of the candidate, GPAT Roll number, test date, time, reporting time at the venue, venue name, venue address and brief instructions for the aspirants.
The GPAT admit card will only be available online. It will also be sent to the candidate’s registered email id. Thus, it’s important for aspirants to have a valid email account throughout the selection process. No hard copies of the admit card will be sent to candidates.
GPAT Exam Centres:
GPAT Result and Scorecard:
NTA, the exam conducting agency, will declare the result of GPAT 2019 on February 10. Merit list and score card will also be released on the same day. GPAT 2019 result can be checked by entering roll number. The aspirants can check the rank, status of qualification and score from the scorecard.
Candidates can view the scorecard of GPAT 2019 after February 10. They will have to enter e-mail ID and password at ‘view scorecard’ panel to check GPAT 2019 scores. GPAT 2019 score card will be valid for only three years to obtain a scholarship in Masters in Pharmacy programme. If a candidate is interested in pursuing Ph.D. programme in Pharmacy, the scorecard will be valid for another one year for availing National Doctoral Scholarship. In 2016, a total of 2,711 candidates were qualified, and as many as 26,323 did not qualify for the PG scholarships.
Cut-off of GPAT 2019 is the criteria for shortlisting candidates for offering admissions to Master of Pharmacy (M. Pharmacy). NTA determines the GPAT 2019 cut-off, which is the minimum qualifying score required for admissions. Aspirants can check below the minimum qualifying criteria for each category (admissions 2018):
|Category||Minimum qualifying marks|
|General Category and OBC||113 marks|
GPAT 2019 Counselling Process will start tentatively in the third week of February 2019. Those who successfully pass GPAT 2019 with qualifying scores will be eligible for counseling.
- Candidates can participate in the GPAT counseling organized by the institutions individually.
- The allotment of seats is based on candidates’ scores in the entrance exam.
- On the basis of GPAT scores 2019, candidates are required to participate in the admission process of respective institutions.
- A candidate has to take a certain set of important documents to the counseling center such as:
- GPAT 2019 scorecard
- Any government approved identity card (Voter ID card, Aadhar card, etc.)
- Academic documents i.e. Class 10 and Class 12 mark sheets, migration certificates, graduation mark sheets and provisional certificate from a recognized university.
- If a candidate does not have all the mentioned documents above or fails to provide any of it, his/her candidature will be canceled and he/she may be asked to leave the GPAT 2019 counseling center. Consequently, he/she will lose his/her seat.
- GPAT 2019 Seat Allotment is purely done on the basis of the announced merit list as well as marks secured in the corresponding examination.
GPAT Participating Institutes:
Over 841 institutes accept the GPAT result. Some popularly sought after institutes are mentioned below: –
- National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali
- Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara
- National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Hyderabad
- Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, New Delhi
- Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam
- Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi
- University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chandigarh
- Jadavpur University, Kolkata
- Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
- Department of Pharmaceutics, IIT BHU, Varanasi
GPAT Rules and Regulations:
- Students have to take their admit cards positively to the examination hall
- Students should reach the examination center at least an hour before the examination starts.
- Students should not carry any electronic materials such as mobile phones, programmable watches, and smartwatches, PDA, calculators, earphones etc.
- Students should not carry any material that is related to the exam, including no writing anything on hands.
- Students can carry only their stationery, including a blue or black ballpoint pen for filling the OMR sheet.
- Students are also required to carry any of their photo identity cards issued by the government of India.
GPAT Preparation Tips:
- While going through each chapter, make notes of all the important points so that they come handy at the time of quick revision in the last phase of GPAT preparation.
- A lot of questions in the examination are based on medicines and drugs, so try to gain maximum knowledge related to the medicines.
- Candidates can easily remember the topics if they deal with the preparation part in a smart way. They can create charts, graphs, tables and put them in front of the study table. Studies have shown that it easier to retain information, which is visually appealing instead of information that is available in the form of text.
- Take some idea of the exam pattern from GPAT Question papers of previous years. Analyze them and you can come up with your own set of questions that you feel have been asked frequently in the paper over the years.
- The main key to ace any entrance exam is practice. Practicing questions on a daily basis not only help you in becoming familiar with the exam pattern but it also boosts your confidence to take the exam. The more you practice, the more questions you can solve within the stipulated time.