GPAT is national entrance test and stands for Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test. It will be conducted by NTA (For Importance of NTA and For Need of NTA from the year 2019 and there may not be many changes in exam patter compared to the past years. This is the prerequisite to enter into the top ivy pharmacy schools in India. If you qualified GPAT, you are eligible to receive a stipend from respective regulatory body and have chances to enter into the PhD program directly (It will be discussed in another article depends on audience request).
How to Crack GPAT
Previously, it was called as GATE but later on that term was replaced with GPAT. When compared to old papers before the term GPAT come into exist, paper will be somewhat difficult and entirely (up to 90%) tested the memory power of the student(s). Later from the year of 2015, the scenario was changed and they tried to asking questions from all the subjects with equal priority. By considering all the previous papers and number of subjects, we can predict the topics where we are getting more number of questions.
When we are discussing with experts and all India rankers, we came to know that GPAT paper is not that much tough and they are testing only basic knowledge and memory power of the students. We calculated total number of questions coming from different subjects but predicted that 50-75 (sometimes upto 80) questions coming from Pharmaceutics and its related topics only. I think pharmaceutics is like a tree and it may have branches such as subjects i.e. Pharmaceutical Engineering etc. It may be the reason we are getting more questions from the pharmaceutics department. Here, you no need to consider the number subjects which comes under pharmaceutics to get qualified in GPAT, just you consider the best reference books for each subject. If you have studied CVS Subrahmanyam (All series), Lachman and Brahmakar (No need to go with Venkateswarlu etc) completely, then definitely you will get qualified. Don’t leave even single topic from these books and you can find all Pharmaceutics questions (2018) from these books and they tested almost memory power of the student. From the pharmaceutics, calculations are rarely asking.
They are giving equal preference to other subjects. If you want to study the Pharmacology, then concentrate on both anatomy and toxicology. You can able to answer the mechanism of actions if they asked but it is difficult to answer toxicology questions. Here you should remember one thing that you just compare the Biopharmaceuitcs with pharmacology in specific topics. In this subject there may be 3-7 questions memory based questions and remaining 1-4 questions may be tricky questions. Before 2015, they will ask questions from Rang & Dale book but later on when the question paper setting was changed from MS Baroda university to AICTE, most of the questions coming only from Tripathi and if you have time then you try to study Lippincott’s book. From the year of 2017, paper setters are concentrating on anatomy topics.
From the analysis, they can ask questions from any topic. For simply telling, it is also a big subject with great reference books. When the question paper is setting up by Baroda University most of the spectroscopy questions were came from Pavia book but later on they are not asking tough questions from spectroscopy. You just study all the topics in Ravi Shankar (note: There are some errors) book and you can answer half of the analysis questions. Learn calculations from YR Sharma book, if you have time then study Skoog for instrumentation and Kemp for structural analysis.
In case of Pharmacognosy, you can go with Kokate and concentrate on precursor molecules (Amnino acids) for biosynthesis and tests. We have great books along with Kokate but no need to concentrate on those books for getting qualified in GPAT and you can expect 10 questions from this subject.
From the year 2017, 10-15 questions are coming from organic, inorganic and pharmaceutical chemistry. 2 questions may from synthetic pathways, 2-3 questions like identifications and remaining are miscellaneous questions. Here we may not answer the questions confidently but if you can, then this is additional advantage when compared to others.
Upto 10, general knowledge questions are coming in GPAT from 2017 and these also may be interlinked with Jurisprudence. You can expect 1-3 questions from the subject of Jurisprudence.
If you concentrate carefully on CVS Subrahmanyam Book Series (Physical Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Engineering), Lachman (Industrial Pharmacy), Brahmankar (Biopharmaceutics), Kokate (Pharmacognosy), Ravi Shankar (Analysis all topics), YR Sharma (UV Visible), Pavia (NMR), Tripathi (Pharmacology), Foye-if you have time (For chemistry & pharmacology also good here), Pure chemistry (Morrison & Boy’d, Arun Bahl), definitely you can get all India top 100 rank.
If you concentrated carefully on pharmaceutics department, then you can get qualified easily and even sometimes you can expect good rank also because if you have answered all the questions correctly, then you can expect all India 200 rank also!).
Here, we have expressed some important things about GPAT and if we have received request from the students, then we will update specific topics of each subject by consulting with the expert(s) and rankers.
Note: This year question paper is not giving by AICTE and it has been replaced by NTA (National Testing Agency)