The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) for admission of eligible and interested candidates in the pharmacy programmes (M.Pharma or equivalent) offered by the participating institutions. The score of the GPAT exam is accepted by all the AICTE approved institutions/colleges. Till 2018, the exam was conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), however, from 2019, it is being conducted by the National Testing Agency. NTA has successfully conducted the GPAT 2019 exam on 28th January 2019.
The article here offers complete details about the GPAT 2020 exam pattern on the basis of 2019 exam. Candidates interested in pursuing the M.Pharma course must read on for the exam pattern details.
GPAT Exam Pattern 2020
|Exam Name||Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT)|
|Exam Type||National Level|
|Occurrence||Once a year|
|Mode of the exam||Computer Based Test|
|Exam duration||3 hours|
|Total number of questions||125|
|Type of questions||Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)|
|Marking Scheme||4 marks will be awarded for a correct answer|
|Negative Marking||1 mark will be deducted for the wrong answer|
|Medium of question paper||English|
For the CBT, each candidate will be allotted a computer terminal, rough papers, and a pen/pencil. Candidates have to leave the rough paper at the desk while leaving the examination hall.
List of Barred Items
NTA has provided the list of items not allowed inside the examination hall. Here are the items:
- Instrument/Geometry/Pencil box
- Any kind of Stationery/Paper/Textual material (printed or written material)
- Eatables and Water (loose or packed)
- Mobile Phone/Microphone/Earphone/Pager
- Tape Recorder
- Any metallic/electronic gadgets etc.
“Diabetic students will be allowed to carry eatables like sugar tablets/fruits (like banana/apple/orange) and transparent water bottle to the examination hall.” However, packed foods such as a sandwich, chocolate, candy, etc. will not be allowed.
GPAT Syllabus 2020
GPAT syllabus 2020 is available on the official GPAT website. Interested candidates can download the same from ntagpat.nic.in. Right now, the syllabus is for 2019 but candidates can start their preparations as per the available syllabus only. No major changes are expected in the 2020 GPAT syllabus.
GPAT 2020 Preparation Tips
Understand the Syllabus – Understand the syllabus well and make it a point not to cover topics outside the syllabus.
Make a study-plan – Draft a study plan as per your schedule. Divide the strong and weak topics and allocate time for both. Follow the study plan strictly.
Solve the sample – Solve as many sample papers as you can. And, also solve previous years’ question papers. Practice will increase your speed and accuracy.