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Having information about your syllabus is the most important things to consider when you are preparing for GPAT Entrance Exam. Once you are completely aware of the up-to-date topics which you need to study for the GPAT exam, you can easily plan your schedule for preparation accordingly. If you wish to know about the syllabus for the upcoming GPAT 2020 exam, you can follow the information provided below.

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Topics That Are Covered Under GPAT 2020 Syllabus


  1. Composition & physical states of matter
  2. Colligative Properties
  3. Thermodynamics
  4. Refractive index
  5. Solutions
  6. Electrochemistry
  7. Ionic equilibrium


  1. Matter, properties of matter
  2. Micromeritics and powder rheology
  3. Surface and interfacial phenomenon
  4. Viscosity and rheology
  5. Dispersion systems
  6. Complexation
  7. Buffer
  8. Solubility


  1. General principles
  2. Different classes of compounds
  3. Protection & deprotection of groups
  4. Aromaticity & chemistry of aromatic compounds
  5. Different aromatic classes of compounds
  6. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
  7. Carbonyl Chemistry
  8. Heterocyclic Chemistry
  9. Bridged rings
  10. Kinetic & thermodynamic control
  11. Stereochemistry
  12. Carbohydrates
  13. Amino acids & proteins
  14. Pericyclic reactions


  1. Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry
  2. Pharmaceutical Impurities
  3. Monographs
  4. Isotopes
  5. Dentifrices, desensitizing agents, & anticaries agents
  6. Medicinal Chemistry
  7. Therapeutic classes of drugs
  8. Various classes of therapeutic agents
  9. Different classes of therapeutic drugs
  10. Different classes of therapeutic drugs
  11. Introduction to quantitative structure-activity relationship
  12. Asymmetric synthesis
  13. Combinatorial chemistry.


  1. Pharmacy Profession & Introduction to Pharmaceuticals
  2. Introduction to dosage form
  3. Sources of drug information
  4. Allopathic dosage form
  5. Crude extract
  6. Allergenic extract
  7. Biological products
  8. Pharmaceutical Plant, location, layout
  9. Dosage Form Necessities and Additives
  10. Powders
  11. Capsules
  12. Tablets
  13. Parenterals – product requiring sterile packaging
  14. Suspensions
  15. Emulsions
  16. Suppositories
  17. Semisolids
  18. Liquids(solutions, syrups, elixirs, spirits, aromatic water, liquid for external uses)
  19. Pharmaceutical Aerosols
  20. Ophthalmic preparations
  21. Preformulations
  22. Stability of formulated products
  23. Prolonged Action Pharmaceuticals
  24. Novel Drug delivery system
  25. GMP and Validation
  26. Packaging Materials
  27. Cosmetics
  28. Pilot plant scale-up techniques


  1. General Pharmacology
  2. Nerohumoral transmission in autonomic and central nervous system:
  3. Pharmacology of peripheral nervous system
  4. Pharmacology of central nervous System
  5. Pharmacology of cardiovascular system
  6. Drugs acting on urinary system
  7. Drugs acting on Respiratory system
  8. Pharmacology of Endocrine system
  9. Chemotherapy
  10. Autacoids and their Antagonists
  11. Pharmacology of drug acting on the gastrointestinal tract
  12. Chronopharmacology
  13. Immnopharmacology
  14. Vitamins & Minerals
  15. Principles of toxicology


  1. Introductory Pharmacognosy
  2. Classification of crude drugs
  3. Factors influencing quality of crude drugs
  4. Techniques in microscopy
  5. Introduction to phytoconstituents
  6. Principles of plant classification
  7. Pharmaceutical aids
  8. Animal products
  9. Plant products
  10. Toxic drugs
  11. Enzymes
  12. Natural pesticides and insecticides
  13. Adulteration and evaluation of crude drugs
  14. Quantitative microscopy
  15. Biogenetic pathways
  16. Carbohydrates & lipids
  17. Tannins
  18. Volatile oils
  19. Resinous drugs
  20. Glycosides
  21. Alkaloids
  22. Extraction and Isolation Techniques
  23. Phytopharmaceuticals
  24. Quality control and Standardization of herbal drugs
  25. Herbal formulations
  26. Worldwide trade of crude drugs and volatile oils
  27. Herbal cosmetics
  28. Traditional herbal drugs
  29. Plants based industries and research institutes in India
  30. Patents
  31. Ayurvedic system of medicine
  32. Homeopathic system of medicine


  1. Importance of quality control in pharmacy
  2. Acid-base titrations
  3. Non-aqueous titrations
  4. Oxidation-reduction titrations
  5. Precipitation titrations
  6. Complexometric titrations
  7. Gravimetry
  8. Extraction techniques
  9. Potentiometry
  10. Miscellaneous methods of analysis
  11. Calibration
  12. General principles of spectroscopy
  13. Ultraviolet-visible Spectrometry
  14. Spectrofluorimetry
  15. Flame photometry & atomic absorption spectrometry
  16. Infrared spectrometry
  17. Proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry
  18. Mass spectrometry
  19. Polarography.
  20. Nephelometry & Turbidimetry
  21. Chromatography.
  22. Miscellaneous


  1. Cell
  2. Carbohydrates
  3. Proteins
  4. Lipids
  5. Vitamins
  6. Biological oxidations & reductions
  7. Enzymes
  8. Nucleic acids
  9. Hereditary diseases.


  1. Plant Cell and Tissue Culture
  2. Animal Cell Culture
  3. Fermentation monitoring and in situ recovery of products.

4.Recombinant DNA Technology

  1. Process and Applications
  2. Biotechnology Derived Products


1.Introduction to Microbiology

2.Microscopy and staining technique

3.Biology of Microorganisms

4.Fungi and Viruses

5.Aseptic Technique

6.Sterilization & Disinfection

7.Microbial spoilage

Types of spoilage, factors affecting spoilage of pharmaceutical products.

8.Vaccines & Sera

9.Microbial Assay


1.Basic principles of cell injury and adaptation

2.Basic mechanisms of inflammation and repair

  1. Disorders of fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance
  2. Disorders of homeostasis: white blood cells, lymphoid tissues, and red blood cells related diseases.
  3. Immunopathology including amyloidosis
  4. Infectious diseases
  5. Neoplastic diseases
  6. Pathophysiology of common diseases
  7. Laboratory tests for Liver function tests and kidney function tests



2.Bio-availability & Bio-equivalence

3.Bio- pharmaceutical statistics                                         


  1. General Principles, preparation, maintenance, analysis of observational records in clinical Pharmacy.
  2. Clinical trials, type and phases of clinical trials, placebo, ethical and regulatory issues including Good clinical practice in clinical trials.
  3. Therapeutic drug monitoring, adverse drug reaction (ADR), types of ADR, Mechanism of ADR. Drug interaction, Monitoring and reporting of ADR and its significance.
  4. Drug information services, Drug interactions
  5. Drug interaction in pediatric and geriatric patients, drug treatment during pregnancy, lactation and menstruation.
  6. Pharmacovigilance, Therapeutic drug monitoring, Neutraceuticals, essential drugs and rational drug usage.
  7. Age-related drug therapy: concept of posology, drug therapy for neonates, pediatrics and geriatrics. Drugs used in pregnancy and lactation.
  8. Drug therapy in gastrointestinal, hepatic, renal, cardiovascular and respiratory Disorders.
  9. Drug therapy for neurological and psychological disorders.
  10. Drug therapy in infections of respiratory system, urinary system, infective meningitis, TB, HIV, malaria and filaria.
  11. Drug therapy for thyroid and parathyroid disorders, diabetes mellitus, menstrual cycle disorders, menopause and male sexual dysfunction.
  12. Drug therapy for malignant disorders like leukemia, lymphoma and solid tumors.
  13. Drug therapy for rheumatic, eye and skin disorders.


  1. Cell physiology
  2. The Blood
  3. Gastrointestinal tract
  4. Respiratory System
  5. Autonomic nervous system
  6. Sense organs
  7. Skeletal System
  8. Central Nervous system
  9. Urinary System
  10. Endocrine Glands
  11. Reproductive System
  12. Cardiovascular system
  13. Lymphatic system


  1. Fluid flow
  2. Heat transfer
  3. Evaporation
  4. Distillation
  5. Drying
  6. Size reduction and size separation
  7. Extraction
  8. Mixing
  9. Crystallization
  10. Filtration and Centrifugation
  11. Dehumidification and humidity control
  12. Refrigeration and air conditioning
  13. Material of constructions
  14. Automated process control systems
  15. Industrial hazards & safety precautions


  1. Introduction to management
  2. Planning and Forecasting
  3. Organization
  4. Research Management
  5. Inventory Management
  6. Communication
  7. Marketing Research
  8. Leadership and motivation
  9. Human resource and development (HRD)
  10. GATT
  11. World trade organization (WTO) and trade-related intellectual property rights
  12. Standard institutions and regulatory authorities


  1. Historical background Drug legislation in India, Code of Ethics for Pharmacists.
  2. The Pharmacy Act 1948 (inclusive of recent amendments).
  3. Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940, Rules 1945, including New Drug applications.
  4. Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, and Rules thereunder.
  5. Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act 1954.
  6. Medicinal and Toilet Preparations (Excise Duties) Act 1955, Rules 1976.
  7. Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1970 and Rules 1975.
  8. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960.
  9. Drug (Price Control) Order.
  10. Shops and Establishment Act.
  11. Factory Act.
  12. Consumer Protection Act.
  13. Indian Pharmaceutical Industry- An Overview.
  14. Industrial Development and Regulation act 1951.
  15. Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights and Indian Patent Act 1970.
  16. An Introduction to Standard Institutions and Regulatory Authorities such as BIS, ASTM, ISO, TGA, USFDA, MHRA, ICH, WHO.
  17. Minimum Wages Act 1948.
  18. Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954 and Rules


  1. Introduction to laboratory equipment, weighing methodology, handling of prescriptions, labeling instructions for dispensed products.
  2. Posological calculations involved in the calculation of dosage for infants. Enlarging and reducing formula, displacement value.
  3. Preparations of formulations involving allegation, alcohol dilution, isotonic solution.
  4. Study of current patent and proprietary products, generic products and selected brand products, indications, contraindications, adverse drug reactions, available dosage forms and packing of
  • Antihypertensive drug
  • Antiamoebic drugs
  • Antihistaminic drugs
  • Antiemetic drugs
  • Antacids and ulcer healing drugs.
  • Antidiarrheals and laxatives
  • Respiratory drugs
  • Antibiotics
  • Analgesics and antipyretic drugs.
  1. Compounding and dispensing of following prescriptions
  • Mixtures
  • Solutions
  • Emulsions
  • Lotions (External preparations)
  • Liniments (External preparations)
  • Powder
  • Granules
  • Suppositories
  • Ointments / Paste
  • Cream
  • Incompatibility: Prescription based on physical, chemical and therapeutic incompatibility. Tablets.
  • Inhalations
  1. Reading and counseling of prescriptions from the clinical practice.
  • Designing from mock Pharmacy: Layout and structure of retail Pharmacy,
  • compounding, dispensing, storing, labeling, pricing, recording and counseling of prescription.
  • Procurement of information for the given drug for drug information services.
  • Preparation of Hospital Formulary.

Now as you know what you need to cover in the syllabus for GPAT 2020 exam, you must also know as to which books to refer for the preparation. Below, you can find the list of books recommended for subjects that are prescribed in GPAT 2020 syllabus.


FOR PHARMACEUTICS and Related Subjects

  1. Pharmaceutics: Drug Delivery and Targeting, By Yvonne Perrie, Thomas Rades, Pharmaceutical Press, second edition.
  2. Aulton’s Pharmaceutics: The Design and Manufacture of Medicines, edited by Michael E. Aulton, Kevin Taylor.
  3. Introduction to the Pharmaceutical Sciences, By Nita K. Pandit.
  4. Remington: Essentials of Pharmaceutics, By Linda Ed Felton.
  5. Biopharmaceutics& Pharmacokinetics, D. M. Brahmankar.
  6. Essentials of Physical Pharmacy, by CVS Subramanyam, Vallabh Prakashan.
  7. Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Drug Delivery, Second Edition, CRC Press, Pharmacy Education Series, by Ram I. Mahato, Ajit S. Narang.
  8. Modern Pharmaceutics, Gilbert S. Banker and Christopher Rhodes.
  9. Essentials of Physical Chemistry, B.S.Bahl, G.D.Tuli, S. Chand ltd. 2000.
  10. Textbook of Pharmaceutics, E.A. Rawlins, Ballière, Tindall, 1977
  11. Martin’s Physical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Patrick J. Sinko, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011.
  12. Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference: 36th Ad.
  13. Handbook of Cosmetic Science and Technology, Third Edition
  14. Ansel,s Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Drug Delivery System, Allen, LV
  15. Developing Solid oral Dosage form: Pharmaceutical Theory & Practice
  16. Pharmaceutical Preformulation and Formulation, Mark Gibson
  17. Foundation of Pharmacokinetics, Aldo Rescigno
  18. Pharmaceutical Excipients
  19. Biopharmaceutics and Clinical Pharmacokinetics, Notari, RE
  20. Textbook of Pharmaceutics, E.A. Rawlins, Ballière, Tindall, 1977
  21. Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics, John Wagner, Drug Intelligence Publications, 1971.
  22. Essentials of Physical Chemistry, B.S.Bahl, G.D.Tuli, S. Chand ltd. 2000.
  23. Martin’s Physical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Patrick J. Sinko, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011
  24. Cooper and Gunn’s Tutorial Pharmacy, Carter, SJ


  1. Organic Chemistry – Morrison & Boyd, 4th edn, 2011 Pearson, New Delhi.
  2. Organic Chemistry – I.L. Finar, Vol- I and Vol-II.
  3. Wilson and Giswolds Text Book of Organic, Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry, 12th edn.Eds-J.M. Beale Jr, and J.H. Block, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2013.
  4. Foye’s Principle of Medicinal Chemistry –Eds-Thomas Lemke, D.A.Williams, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, New Delhi.
  5. Advanced Organic Chemistry, B.S. Bahl and Arun Bahl, S Chand and Company Ltd., Ram Nagar, New Delhi, 1st Edition.
  6. Stereochemistry Conformation and mechanism by P.S. Kalsi, 5th Edition, New Age International Publishers, New Delhi.
  7. Heterocyclic Chemistry, 3rd Edition, Raj K Bansal, New Age International Publishers, New Delhi.
  8. Indian Pharmacopoeia all editions and volumes.
  9. Advanced Organic Chemistry, Jerry March, Wiley, 1992.
  10. Bentley and Driver’s Textbook of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Atherden, lm
  11. Burger’s Medicinal Chemistry, 6 vol, Abraham, DJ
  12. Burger’s Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery, 5 vols set, Wolff, ME
  13. Stereochemistry of organic compounds, Ernest Eliel, Wiley India.
  14. A guide book to Reaction mechanism in organic chemistry-Peter Sykes
  15. Reaction mechanism in organic chemistry- S M Mukherjee and S P Singh, MacMillan
  16. Drug Design. Edited by E.J. Ariens -Medicinal Chemistry; a Series of Monographs, V.11
  17. Drug design –Dr.V.M.Kulkarni and Dr.K.G.Bothara
  18. Photochemistry and Pericyclic reactions by J. Singh
  19. Pericyclic reactions-Ian Fleming
  20. Pericyclic reactions – W.Carrurther

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  1. RANG AND DALE’S Pharmacology, 7th Edition, M.M Dale, J.M Ritter, R.J Flower, G.Henderson H.P, Rang
  2. Goodman & Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, Laurence L. Brunton
  3. Principles of Pharmacology: The Pathophysiologic Basis of Drug Therapy, David E. Golan
  4. Basic & Clinical Pharmacology, Bertram G. Katzung, Susan B Masters, Anthony J Trevor
  5. Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference, Sean C. Sweetman
  6. Color Atlas of Pharmacology, 3rd Edition, Heinz Lullmann, Klaus Mohr, Lutz Hein, Detlef Bieger, Thieme, Stuttgart. New York.
  7. Goodman & Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics
  8. Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology, 6th Edition, Springhouse publishers
  9. Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, Gerard Tortora, 12th edition
  10. Essential of Medical Pharmacology, KD Tripathi
  11. Ross & Wilson, Anatomy and Physiology, 12th edition, Churchill Livingstone
  12. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, by Joseph T. Dipiro, Robert L. Talbert, Gacy C. Yee, Gary R. Matzke, Barbara G. Wells, L. Micael Possey
  13. Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics –R.S.Satoskar, S.D. Bhandarkar, Popular Prakashan, Mumbai


  1. Indian Pharmacopoeia all editions and volumes
  2. INSTRUMENTAL METHODS OF ANALYSIS by H.H. Willard, L.L. Merrit, and J.A. Dean
  3. Principles of Instrumental analysis- Skoog, Holler, Crouch
  4. Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis (Analytical Chemistry) By. Dr. B.K. Sharma, Goel Publishing House, Meerut. 18th Edition (1999) (Part -Spectroscopy)
  5. Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis (Analytical Chemistry) By. Dr. B.K. Sharma, Goel Publishing House, Meerut. 18th Edition (1999) (Part – Analytical Chemistry)
  6. Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis (Analytical Chemistry) By. Dr. B.K. Sharma, Goel Publishing House, Meerut. 18th Edition (1999) (Part – Chromatography)
  7. Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds- Silverstein, R.M. and Webster, F.X., 6th ed., Wiley, New York, 1998
  8. Introduction to Spectroscopy- D.L.Pavia,G.M.Lampman,G.S.Kriz
  9. Applications of Absorption Spectroscopy of Organic Compounds- John R. Dyer, Prentice-Hall,
  10. Instrumental methods of chemical analysis- H.Kaur, Pragati Prakashan


  1. Textbook of Pharmacognosy, Thomas Edward Wallis, J & A Churchill ltd., London
  2. Textbook of Pharmacognosy-Noel M Ferguson
  3. Textbook of Pharmacognosy-T.N.Vasudevan, Kirti Laddha
  4. Textbook of Pharmacognosy-C.S.Shah and J.S.Qadry
  5. Textbook of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry-Dr.Biren Shah
  6. Textbook of Pharmacognosy-H.W.Youngken
  7. Pharmacognosy 42nd Edition (Sep 2008), C.K. Kokate, A.P. Purohit, S.B. Gokhale (Nirali Prakashan)
  8. Pharmacognosy, Tyler, 8th edition, Lea and Febiger, Philadelphia


  1. Lehninger’s Principles of Biochemistry, David L. Nielson, Macmillan Learning, 2012
  2. Harper’s Illustrated Biochemistry, 28th edition, Robert Murray, David Bender, Mcgraw-hill, 2009


  1. Marketing Management, Phillip Kotler, Prentice Hall, 2003
  2. Pharmaceutical Marketing in India, Subba Rao Chaganti, Excel Books Pvt. Ltd


  1. Microbiology, Michael Pelczar, 5th edition, Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Company

Once you have gone through the GPAT 2020 Syllabus and have gathered the recommended books, you can begin preparing for your exam.

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