GPAT 2020 – Exam Date, Registration, Application Form, Pattern, Syllabus, Eligibility

GPAT 2020 – National Testing Agency has announced the exam date of Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT). Students who wish to get postgraduate admission into M.Pharm or its equivalent medical courses can apply at The online registration will start from on 01st November 2019. GPAT 2020 examination will be held on January 24, 2020. GPAT 2020 Score is accepted by all AICTE approved institutions, universities and colleges. Here, candidates can get more details regarding the GPAT 2020 Application form, exam pattern, syllabus, Admit card for GPAT 2020 examination, the announcement of the result, etc.,


Summary of GPAT 2020 Exam

Examination Name Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) – 2020
Exam Conducting Body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Examination Level National Level
Frequency of Examination Once a year
No. of Participating Institutes More than 800
Validity of GPAT Score Three Years
GPAT official website
Helpline Numbers 7042399521, 7042399525,7042399526

GPAT 2020

Important Dates of GPAT 2020

Starting Date of Online Application Form 01 November 2019
Closing Date for Submission of Application Form 30 November 2019
Date of Successful Final Transaction of Fees 01 November 2019 to 01 December 2019
Printing of Admit Card 24 December 2019
Date of Examination 24 January 2020
Display of Answer Key Last Week of January 2020
Announcement of Result 03 February 2020

Latest Announcement

  • Till 2018, Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) has conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
  • In 2019 onwards, National Testing Agency has the control of conducting the GPAT examination for getting admission into medical courses across the country.

GPAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should first check and ensure the eligibility criteria for applying the GPAT 2020 examination before starting to fill the application form of GPAT 2020.


Candidates must be a citizen of India

Educational Qualification

Candidates must secured a bachelor’s degree in the field of pharmacy (4 years after 10+2 and including lateral entry students) from a recognized university.

The Candidates who appear for the final year of bachelor’s degree whose result will be announced before the commencement of the admission in the academic year of 2020-2021 can also apply.

  1. B. Tech (Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Technology)/equivalent candidates are not eligible to apply the GPAT 2020 examination.

Age Limit

There is no upper or lower age restriction for participating in the Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT).

GPAT 2020 Reservation

For getting admission from a particular institute based on the GPAT score candidates should check the reservation applicable that institute.

Category Reservation
General 50.5%
Other Backward Classes (NCL) 27%
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribes (ST) 7.5%
Person with Disability (PwD) 5% from each category

Note: No change in the category will be entertained after the due date of GPAT – 2020 application form and no subsequent changes will be effective for the score of GPAT 2020.

GPAT 2020 Application Form

Aspirants who have fulfill the eligibility criteria for GPAT can apply the application form for GPAT 2020. The online application form filling process has the five steps to complete the entire process. It can be listed as follows.

  • Registration
  • Fill the application form
  • Upload the necessary documents
  • Pay the application fees
  • Print confirmation page
Necessary Documents for filling Application Form

Students should keep the original documents in their hands during filling the online application form. Only one application is to be submitted by a candidate. More than one application forms submitted by a candidate will be rejected.

  • A Computer with Internet Connectivity
  • Education Qualification details
  • Candidate’s clear photograph and signature in the format of JPG/JPEG
  • A valid Email id, Mobile Number
  • If you want to pay online mode must have the valid credit card/debit card/Net Banking account
Step 1: Registration

Registration is the mandatory one before starting to apply the application form of GPAT. Candidates should visit the official page of NTA GPAT 2020. In Registration stage, applicants should provide the basic details such as the full name, email id, mobile number for registering purpose. After submitting the valid details, the application number and password will send to the registered email address and mobile number. This log in credential will useful for complete the remaining part of the application process.

Step 2: Fill the Application Form

Candidates should log in with valid application number has generated at the time of registration. In this stage, applicants should fill their personal details such as their name, mother and father name, gender, DOB, Category, and also have to fill the educational details like qualifying degree. All the details are should be verified by the candidate before submitting the entered details. If once submitted, it cannot be changed in the application forms. So, candidates are advised to fill carefully with valid details during filling the application form of GPAT 2020.

Step 3: Upload the Necessary Documents

After filling the personal and education details in the application form, candidates should have to upload their images of photograph and signature. The candidate’s photograph and signature should be scanned in the format of JPG/JPEG. The photograph should be colored or black/white (clear contrast).

  • The size of the scanned candidate’s photograph should be between 10kb to 200kb.
  • The size of the scanned candidate’s signature should be between 4kb to 30kb.

Note: Candidates are advised to upload the correct images of photograph and signature as the facility for correction in images will not be given.

Step 4: Pay the Application Fees

Mode of Fees Payment:

There are two ways to pay the application fees for Graduate Aptitude Pharmacy Test (GPAT) – 2020.

  • Online Mode – Credit/Debit/Net Banking
  • Offline Mode – SBI Challan

Candidates are confirmed only after the successfully paid the application fees in the online or offline mode. Students can choose any one of the listed payment gateways as listed on the screen and pay the application fees as per their category wise.

GPAT 2020 Application Fees

Category Application Fees
General/OBC Non-Creamy Layer Male – Rs. 1400/- Female – Rs. 700/-
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes/PwD Male – Rs. 700/- Female – Rs. 700/-
Transgender Rs. 700/-

Note: Service and Processing charges & GST should be paid by the candidates during the transaction of payment of fees.

Step 5: Print Confirmation Page

Students should print the confirmation page once the payment has successfully paid. Applicants is considered for participate in the GPAT examination that only candidates who has received the confirmation page after payment of fees. Students can check their confirmation of payment transaction at NTA GPAT official website. In case the confirmation page is not generated after payment of application fees then the transaction is canceled, and the amount will be refunded to the concerned candidate’s account.

GPAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Examination Mode Computer Based Test (CBT)
Question Paper Language English only
Time Duration 3 Hours
Number of Questions 125
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

Marking Scheme of GPAT

Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test have totally 125 questions in the test pattern. All the questions will be asked in the type of Multiple Choice Questions.

Question Types No. of Questions Marks Maximum Marks
Multiple Choice Questions 125 Correct Answer: +4 Marks

Incorrect Answer: -1 Mark


For each correct answer, candidates will get 4 marks and also for the incorrect answer have the weightage of 1 mark that will be deducted from the total marks. There are no marks will be provided for unattempted questions.

GPAT 2020 Syllabus

GPAT 2020 examination syllabus is under the topics from the below-mentioned categories. Students are advised to start their preparation in all the mentioned topics here.

Subjects Important Topics
Physical Chemistry
Composition & Physical states of matter

Colligative Properties


Refractive Index



Logic Equilibrium


Physical Pharmacy
Matter, Properties of Matter

Micromeritics and Power Rheology

Surface and Interfacial Phenomenon

Viscosity and Rheology

Dispersion Systems


Buffer (Equation and Capacity)


Organic Chemistry
General Principles

Different Classes of Compounds

Protection & Deprotection of Groups

Aromaticity & Chemistry of Aromatic Compounds

Different Aromatic Classes of Compounds

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Carbonyl Chemistry

Heterocyclic Chemistry

Bridged Rings

Kinetic and Thermodynamics control



Amino Acids & Proteins

Pericyclic Reactions

Pharmaceutical Chemistry
I.                    Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Impurities



Dentifrices, Desensitizing agents & Anticaries Agents

II.                  Medicinal Chemistry

Therapeutic Classes of Drugs

Various Classes of therapeutic agents

Different Classes of therapeutic drugs

Pharmacy profession & Introduction to Pharmaceutics

Introduction to the dosage form

Sources of drug information

Allopathic dosage form

Crude and Allergenic extract

Biological Products

Pharmaceutical Plant, Location, Layout

Dosage form Necessities and Additives

Powders, Capsules, Tablets

Suspensions, Emulsions, Suppositories, Semisolids, and Liquids

Parenterals – Product Requiring and Sterile Packaging

Cosmetics, Packaging Materials

Pilot plant scale-up techniques

GMP and Validation

Novel drug delivery system

Prolonged action Pharmaceuticals

Preformulations and Ophthalmic preparations

Pharmaceutical Aerosols

General Pharmacology

Neurohumoral Transmission

Pharmacology of Peripheral Nervous System

Drugs Acting on Respiratory System

Pharmacology of Central Nervous System

Pharmacology of Cardiovascular System

Drugs Acting on Urinary System

Pharmacology of Endocrine System


Autacoids and their Antagonists



Vitamins & Minerals

Principles of toxicology

Introduction Pharmacognosy

Classification of Crude Drugs

Factors Influencing Quality of Crude Drugs

Techniques in Microscopy

Introduction to Phytoconstituents

Principles of Plant Classification

Pharmaceutical Aids

Animal and Plant Products

Toxic Drugs


Natural Pesticides and Insecticides

Adulteration and Evaluation of Crude Drugs

Quantitative Microscopy

Biogenetic Pathways

Carbohydrates & Lipids


Resinous Drugs

Glycosides and Alkaloids


Herbal formulations and Cosmetics

Ayurvedic System of Medicine

Homeopathic System of Medicine

Pharmaceutical Analysis


Quality Control in Pharmacy

Acid-base titrations

Non-aqueous titrations

Oxidation-reduction titrations

Precipitation titrations

Complexometric titrations


Extraction Techniques


Miscellaneous Methods of Analysis


Principles of Spectroscopy

Ultraviolet-visible Spectrometry


Infrared and Mass Spectrometry

Polarography and Chromatography

Nephelometry & Turbidimetry






Biological Oxidations & Reductions

Enzymes, Nucleic Acids

Hereditary Diseases

Plant Cell and Tissue Culture

Animal Cell Culture

Fermentation Technology

Recombinant DNA Technology

Process and Applications

Biotechnology-Derived Products

Microbiology and Staining Technique

Biology of Microorganisms

Fungi and Viruses

Aseptic Technique

Sterilization & Disinfection

Microbial Spoilage

Vaccines & Sera

Microbial Assay

Cell Injury and Adaptation

Mechanisms of Inflammation and Repair

Disorders of Fluid, Electrolyte and acid-base balance

Disorders of homeostasis

Immunopathology including amyloidosis

Infectious Diseases

Neoplastic Diseases

Pathophysiology of Common Diseases

Biopharmaceuticals and pharmacokinetics

Bio-availability & Bio-equivalence

Bio-pharmaceutical statistics

Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
General principles, Preparation, Maintenance, and Analysis

Clinical trials, type, and phases

Drug Information Services

Drug Interaction in pediatric and geriatric patients

Therapeutic drug monitoring

Drug Therapy in Gastrointestinal and infections of the respiratory system

Drug Therapy for thyroid and parathyroid disorders

Human Anatomy & Physiology
Cell Physiology

The Blood

Gastrointestinal tract

Respiratory System

Autonomic Nervous System

Sense Organs

Skeletal System

Central Nervous System

Urinary  and Lymphatic System

Endocrine Glands

Reproductive and Cardiovascular System

Pharmaceutical Engineering
Fluid flow, Heat transfer, Evaporation, Distillation

Drying, Extraction, Mixing, Crystallization

Filtration and Centrifugation

Size reduction and size separation

Dehumidification and Humidity Control

Refrigeration and air conditioning

Material of Constructions

Automated process control systems

Industrial hazards & safety precautions

Pharmaceutical Management
Planning and Forecasting


Research Management

Inventory Management


Marketing Research

Leadership and Motivation

Human Resource and Development (HRD)

GPAT 2020 Admit Card

Admit card for GPAT 2020 examination will be available for only the candidates who have successfully submitted their application form. Admit card is the entry point for attending the GPAT examination. It contains the details regarding the exam date, time and other important general instruction about the examination. Candidates can get it from the NTA official site before few days from before the commencement of the GPAT 2020 Examination.

How to download the GPAT Admit card 2020

Aspirants should follow the below-mentioned steps for how to download the GPAT 2020 Admit card.

  1. Visit the GPAT official site
  2. Choose the link for Download Admit card.
  3. Provide the Application number and password then submit it.
  4. Candidates respected admit card will open on the screen.
  5. Take two or more copies for the exam uses.

Exam Preparation Tips for GPAT 2020

There are some useful tips are mentioned below for candidates can get more ideas to the upcoming examination

  • Candidates can take Mock Test will be available in the online mode at NTA official website for knowing the examination pattern and how to handle the time management also from this test.
  • Exam applied candidates are should focus the GPAT previous years old question paper for the practice purposes. Candidates can check and download the previous year question papers/sample papers according to their selected subject.
  • Students should take the number of online tests of GPAT exam to practice themselves to achieve the eligible criteria to get the admission into the well-reputed universities/colleges/institutions.

GPAT 2020 Mock Test

Candidates whoever wants the basic awareness about the examination and how to face the questions and how the questions will be asked can be known clearly from this type of Mock Test. If applicants prepare more number of mock test it will be led to get higher marks in the examination. Candidates can take and prepare themselves well to the examination as per their applied examination and its syllabus based.

Display of Answer keys and Recorded Responses

After GPAT examination, National Testing Agency will display recorded responses of the candidates. Candidates can check it from the NTA GPAT official page. Approximately the recorded responses of candidates, and answer keys will release before the declaration of the GPAT result.

GPAT 2020 Answer Key

After the examination concludes, the answer key will be announced by the exam conducting authority at the NTA official website. Students who are all participated in the GPAT 2020 exam can check and download the answer keys. Approximately the provisional answer key will be released before the announcement of the result and also candidates’ responses. Candidates can download the GPAT 2020 Answer Key PDF in the online mode of its official page.

Students can check their correct and incorrect answer from that answer key. Subsequently, the final answer key shall issue after some days from the announcement of provisional answer key. Candidate’s marks will be finalized based on the final answer has been released by the exam conducted authority.

GPAT 2020 Challenging the Answer key

After the declaration of the provisional answer key, candidates can raise their hands for the answer to questions that they think are wrong. They can participate in the contest to provide their suggestions about that the answer the question with paying the applicable fees for that within the stipulated time. The paid amount will not be refunded.

How to challenge the GPAT 2020 Answer Key

Applicants who wish to participate in the event of challenging the answer key should follow the below-mentioned steps.

  1. Visit the GPAT official page
  2. Select the link for the contest of challenging the answer key
  3. Provide your valid reason for that assumed answer to the question.
  4. Pay the application fees for that concerned questions

GPAT 2020 Result

National Testing Agency will announce the GPAT 2020 result at the official page of the NTA GPAT. Students who have completed their examination can check their result with valid login details. The final answer key will be finalized for the candidate’s responses in the examination. Based on the final key, the result will be declared for all the participated candidates. After a few days, the merit list will be prepared by the NTA for the qualified candidates in the examination.

How to check and download the GPAT 2020 Result

Students should follow the below mentioned simple instruction for how to check the result of Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test – 2020.

  1. Go to the NTA GPAT official page
  2. Choose the suitable link for GPAT Result 2020
  3. Enter the valid details and then submit it
  4. The requested result will be open on the screen
  5. Take a printout for further upcoming processes.

GPAT 2020 Cutoff Marks

The cutoff mark is the required percentile marks for getting an admission into a particular institution/university/college. After the result declaration, NTA will release the All India merit list for the qualified candidates. All the participating institutes are shall announce their required cutoff marks for the admission of postgraduate courses at their campuses. Candidates who meet the necessary cut off marks to particular institutes can apply the counselling process on that institute through its official page.

GPAT 2020 Score Card

Students can download their merit list after it is announced by the NTA. Students can download it from the NTA website. Candidates can get the admission into the participating institution they have to apply the particular institutes according to the merit list. The seat will be allocated by the particular institute after their selection processes.

Details mentioned on the Score Card

GPAT scorecard contains the details about the candidate and examination. That important details are listed as follows.

  • Candidate Name & Roll Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Date of Examination
  • Category & Gender
  • Overall Rank and Percentage
  • Maximum and Secured Score
  • Category wise Rank

GPAT 2020 Counselling Procedure

Students who are qualified the GPAT 2020 examination with necessary cutoff mark can eligible to attend the counselling process of the participating institutes/universities/colleges. GPAT score is accepted by more than 800 participating pharmacy institutes across the country. All the participating institutes will release their respective cut off marks. Students are advised to register themselves for the counselling process in a particular institute and also checking the seat availability based on the candidate’s category before counselling via their official website.

Necessary Documents for Counselling Process
  • Candidate’s Photograph
  • 10th and 12th Certificated and Mark Sheets
  • Community Certificate
  • Provisional and Degree Certificates
  • Photocopy of GPAT Admit card

Shortlisted candidates will get a call letter from the counselling authority. Students should have to attend the counselling process in offline mode. At the time of counselling candidates should keep the original certificates with them for verification purpose. The seat allotment will be based on the counselling.

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