GPAT Exam Pattern 2021 (Released), Marking Scheme & Exam Syllabus

GPAT Exam Pattern and GPAT Marking Scheme have been released by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on their official website i.e., All those applicants who want to apply for the GPAT 2021 must check the Exam Pattern so that they can prepare for the examination in a better manner. The GPAT Exam Pattern will include the number of questions that will be asked in the examination, Questions Type, marks distribution for each section, and much more. Also, the GPAT Marking Scheme will depict the marks allotted for correct answers and the negative marking process.

The GPAT 2021 will be held in online mode and the applicants will be given time duration of three hours to complete the examination paper. The medium of the GPAT 2021 will be English. Check GPAT 2021 Exam Registration

 GPAT Exam Highlights

Examination NameGraduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT)
Conducting AuthorityNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Examination LevelPostgraduate
Examination FrequencyAnnual
Offered CoursesM. Pharma and equivalent courses
Examination ModeComputer-based
Time Duration3 hours

GPAT Exam Date

The important key dates related to the GPAT 2021 Entrance exam are given in the below table. Applicants must check the dates to keep themselves updated about the GPAT Exam.

GPAT Application Form Starting Date23-Dec-2020
Online Application Form Last Date for submission30-Jan-2021
Last date of uploading documents and payment of application fee31-Jan-2021
Enabling correction window01-Feb-2021 to 02-Feb-2021
GPAT Admit Card Releasing DateTo be notified
GPAT Exam Date22-Feb-2021 & 27-Feb-2021
Releasing of Answer keyTo be notified
GPAT Result Announcement DateTo be notified

Note: The GPAT Exam Date mentioned above are tentative and are subject to change. Please refer to the official website of GPAT once the official website is released. Download GPAT Admit Card 2021

GPAT Exam Pattern                                  

Applicants who want to prepare for the GPAT Exam must check the GPAT Exam Pattern for better preparation. The below-given table depicts the GPAT Exam Pattern                                                      

  • GPAT entrance exam will be conducted through the computer-based online test.
  • The GPAT question paper will consist of multiple-choice questions i.e., MCQs.
  • There will be a total of 125 questions with 500 marks.
  • Applicants will be given 3 hours to complete the paper
  • The medium of GPAT question will be English.
  • For each correct answer, applicants will be rewarded with 4 marks.
  • For each wrong answer, 1 mark will be subtracted.

The table below depicts the GPAT Exam Pattern:

Examination ModeComputer-based
Examination MediumEnglish
Time Duration3 hours
Questions TypeObjective types
Number of Questions125
Total marks500
Negative markingYes

Subject wise GPAT Exam Pattern                                 

The below-given table depicts the subject wise GPAT Exam Pattern:

Questions TypeNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Logical Reasoning25100
Language Comprehension25100
General Awareness25100
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation25100

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GPAT Marking Scheme

In GPAT Marking Scheme equal marks are assigned to all the questions. However, applicants must keep in mind that there is negative marking also so they need to be very careful while selecting their option in the question paper.

  • Each question is of 4 marks.
  • The total question paper will be of 500 marks
  • For each correct answer, one mark will be awarded to the applicants
  • For each wrong answer, 1 mark will be subtracted.
  • The negative marking is 1/4th of the total value of the question i.e., out of 4 marks 1/4th of the value will be deducted which is 1 mark.
  • For each unattempted or unanswered questions, no marks will be given nor deducted.

The below-given table depicts the GPAT Marking Scheme

Correct Answer+4 marks will be awarded
Incorrect Answer-1 mark will be subtracted
Unanswered0 marks will be deducted

GPAT Syllabus

The syllabus for the GPAT Exam for different subjects is given below:

S. No.SubjectTopics
 Organic ChemistryGeneral principles, Aromaticity and aromatic chemistryDifferent classes of compoundsProtection and deprotection of groupsPolycyclic aromatic hydrocarbonsHeterocyclic chemistryDifferent aromatic classes of compoundsCarbonyl chemistryStereochemistryBridged ringsKinetic and thermodynamic controlAmino acids and proteinsCarbohydratesPericyclic reactionsOrganometallic chemistry  
 Physical ChemistryComposition and physical states of matterSolutionsElectrochemistryRefractive indexThermodynamicsChemical equilibriaPhase ruleColligative propertiesIonic equilibriumKinetics  
 BiochemistryCellCarbohydratesProteinsVitaminsEnzymesLipidsBiological oxidations and reductionsNucleic AcidsHereditary diseases  
 Pharmaceutical ChemistryPharmaceutical impuritiesMonographsTherapeutic classes of drugsIsotopesVarious classes of therapeutic agentsDrug metabolismDifferent classes of therapeutic drugs  
 Physical PharmacyMatterproperties of matterMicromeritics and powder rheologyDispersion systemsBufferSurface and interfacial phenomenonViscosity and rheologyComplexationSolubility  
 PharmaceuticsPharmacy professionIntroduction to pharmaceuticalsIntroduction to the dosage formRoute of administrationADMESources of drug informationAllopathic dosage formCrude extractAllergenic extract Ayurvedic system of medicineHomeopathic system of medicineBiological productsGMPPharmaceutical plantLocationlayout Dosage form necessities and additivesPowdersCapsulesTablets Parenterals – products requiring sterile packagingSuspensions EmulsionsSuppositoriesSemisolidsLiquidsPharmaceutical aerosols Ophthalmic preparationsPreformulations Radiopharmaceuticals Stability of formulated products0Kinetic principles and stability testing Prolonged action pharmaceuticalsNovel drug delivery systemCosmeticsPackaging materialGMP and validationPilot plant scale-up techniques  
 PharmacologyGeneral pharmacologyPharmacology for the peripheral nervous systemPharmacology of cardiovascular systemDrugs acting on the urinary systemDrugs acting on the respiratory systemPharmacology of central nervous systemPharmacology of endocrine system, Chemotherapy, Autacoids, and their antagonistsPharmacology of drugs acting on the gastrointestinal tractChrono pharmacologyImmunopharmacologyChemotherapy of malignant diseasesPeptides and proteins as mediatorsNitric oxideVitamins and mineralsPrinciples of toxicology
 PharmacognosyIntroductory PharmacognosyClassification of crude drugsSources of crude drugsFactors influencing the quality of crude drugsTechniques in microscopyIntroduction to phytoconstituentsPrinciples of plant classificationPharmaceutical aidsAnimal productsPlant productsToxic drugsEnzymesNatural pesticides and insecticidesAdulteration and evaluation of crude drugsQuantitative microscopyBiogenetic pathwaysCarbohydrates and lipidsTanninsVolatile oilsResinous drugsGlycosidesAlkaloidsHerbariumExtraction and isolation techniquesPhytopharmaceuticalsQuality control and standardization of herbal drugs Herbal formulationsWorldwide trade of crude drugs and volatile drugPlant biotechnologyHerbal cosmeticsTraditional herbal drugsPlant-based industries and research institutes in India Patents
 Pharmaceutical AnalysisImportance of quality control in pharmacyAcid-base titrationsNon-aqueous titrationsOxidation-reduction titrationsPrecipitation titrationsComplexometric titrationsGravimetryExtraction techniques PotentiometryMiscellaneous methods of analysisCalibration General principles of spectroscopy Ultraviolet-visible spectrometry Spectrofluorimetric Flame photometry and atomic absorption spectrometry Infrared spectrometryProton nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometryMass spectrometryPolarographyNephelometry and turbidimetryChromatography
 BiotechnologyPlant cell and tissue cultureAnimal cell structureFermentation technology and industrial microbiologyRecombinant DNA TechnologyProcess and applicationsBiotechnology-derived productsProteomicsFormulation of proteins and peptides
 MicrobiologyIntroduction to microbiologyMicroscopy and staining techniqueBiology of microorganismsFungi and virusesAseptic techniqueSterilization and disinfectionMicrobial spoilageImmunology and healthVaccines and seraMicrobial assay
 PathophysiologyBasic principles of cell injury and adaptationThe basic mechanism of inflammation and repairAutoimmunity and diseases of immunityBiological effects of radiationHypersensitivityNeoplastic diseasesShockProtein-calorie malnutritionVitaminsObesity and starvationPathophysiology of common diseasesInfectious diseases
 Biopharmaceutics and PharmacokineticsBio-pharmaceuticsBio-availability and bio-equivalenceBio-pharmaceutical statistics  
 Dispensing and Hospital PharmacyIntroduction to laboratory equipmentweighting methodologyhandling of prescriptionslabeling instructions for dispensed productsPreparations based on percolation process Preparations based on maceration processStudy of difference between marketed and dispensed products of different dosage formsPosological calculations involved in the calculation of dosage for infantsEnlarging and reducing formula, displacement valuePreparations of formulations involving an allegationalcohol dilutionisotonic solution.  
 Pharmaceutical ManagementIntroduction to managementPlanning and forecastingOrganizationResearch managementInventory managementCommunicationMarketing researchLeadership and motivationHuman resource developmentGATTWTO and TRIPSStandard institutions and regulatory authorities
 Pharmaceutical EngineeringFluid flowHeat transferEvaporationDistillationDryingSize reduction and size separationExtractionMixingCrystallizationFiltration and centrifugationDehumidification and humidity controlRefrigeration and air conditioningMaterial of constructionsAutomated process control systemsIndustrial hazardsand safety precautions  
 Pharmaceutical JurisprudenceHistorical background Drug legislation in IndiaCode of Ethics for PharmacistsThe Pharmacy Act 1948 (inclusive of recent amendments)Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940Rules 1945including New Drug applicationsNarcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and Rules thereunderDrugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act 1954Medicinal and Toilet Preparations (Excise Duties) Act 1955, Rules 1976, Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1970 and Rules 1975, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960Drug (Price Control) OrderShops and Establishment ActFactory ActConsumer Protection ActIndian Pharmaceutical Industry- An Overview, Industrial Development and Regulation act 1951Introduction 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, WHOMinimum Wages Act 1948, Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954, and Rules 1955.


Who is the conducting body of the GPAT 2021?

The conducting body of the GPAT 2021 is the National Testing Agency (NTA).

Does GPAT Marking Scheme consist of negative marking?

Yes, there will negative marking for GPAT Exam. The negative marking is 1/4th of the total value of the question i.e., out of 4 marks 1/4th of the value will be deducted which is 1 mark.

What will be the medium of the GPAT exam?

The medium of the GPAT exam will be English

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