GPAT Preparation: Your complete guide to success

If you are aspiring to seek admission in M. Pharm courses in some of the top notch institutes like NIPER, DIPSAR, BHU, Jamia Hamdard Punjab University, Sagar University, Jadavpur, UICT Mumbai, and other renowned institutes, you must clear your GPAT examination successfully. GPAT is the entrance examination conducted by AICTE for Pharmacy students seeking admission in M.Pharm courses in top institutes and universities of India. Based on the ranks obtained in GPAT, students are granted admission in different branches of M.Pharm through counselling.

Here are some tips and suggestions to help you prepare for GPAT and improve your odds of clearing the prestigious exam with good scores.

Focus on 5 main papers when preparing for GPAT-Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, Pharm Analysis and Pharmaceutical chemistry. Give special emphasis on organic chemistry. Some of the important topics that you must cover in each of these subjects are:

  • Pharmaceutics- Tablet, Capsules, Microencapsulation, Aerosol, Ophthalmic, Parenteral, Cosmetology, NDDS, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics, Micromeritics, Surface and Interfacial Phenomena, Dispersions, Rheology, Kinetics and Drug Stability.
  • Pharmacology- Drugs for Chemotherapy, cancer, CVS, CNS, ANS and Blood Products
  • Pharmanalysis– UV-Visible, NMR, IR, Mass Spectroscopy, Chromatography, Polarography, Flame Photometer, Conductometry, Polarimetry, Amperometry, and Potentiometry
  • Pharmacognosy- Drugs from glycosides, alkaloids, volatile oils, resins, tannins, carbohydrates and tissue culture
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry– nomenclature and chemical moiety of the medicinal drugs with special emphasis on organic and physical chemistry

Every year, 5 numerical questions are being asked in GPAT. The numerical questions are mostly from armacokinetics, Alligation Method, Posology, Proof Spirit, Kinetics, Micromeritics, Rheology, Surface Tension and Analysis (NMR, UV-Visible and IR). You must practice numerical questions based on these topics to be able to solve them correctly during GPAT examination.

In addition to preparing for the five main papers mentioned above and practicing the numerical questions, you must revise your organic and physical chemistry that you have studied in class XII. More than 20 questions are being asked in GPAT question paper. By thoroughly revising the concepts and theories of organic and physical chemistry you can rest assured of obtaining good score in GPAT.

There are a plethora of good books that you can refer for preparation for GPAT. You can search online to find out the best books for preparation for GPAT. The following books are however useful and can be referred for preparing for GPAT: the theory and practice of Industrial Pharmacy by Liebarmann and Lachman, Pharmaceutical Engineering by Subramanyam, Spectroscopy and Titration from Chatwal, Chromatography from Remington, Pharmacognosy by Kokate, Trease and Evans, Biochemistry by Satyanarayan, Organic Chemistry by Morrison and Byod.

Go through the GPAT syllabus very carefully. List the important topics and chapters and study them first. If you have any doubts about any particular topic or chapter, do not leave it if is important from GPAT exam point of view. You must rather enrol yourself to coaching classes that are being provided by GPAT experts. They would be able to clear all your doubts and would help you in your preparation for GPAT.

Complete your syllabus on time so that you are left with time for revision. After you have studied a particular topic, practice questions. Consult GPAT cracker and enrol for online mock test to acclimatize yourself with the GPAT exam pattern.

Remember that there is no short cut to success. Work hard and follow the right strategy to clear GPAT successfully.