GPAT Syllabus 2020: It is expected for the applicant to prepare for GPAT as per the prescribed syllabus. The candidates must make sure that they are clear with the syllabus. They must clear their each and every doubt related to the syllabus of GPAT. Preparing as per the syllabus will help the candidates to score well. The candidates are advised to make a proper schedule in order to prepare. The students will be able to check the syllabus of Pharmacy. The full details related to GPAT Syllabus have been provided in the article below.

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GPAT Exam Pattern 2020

Before the candidates start with their preparation, they must carefully go through the exam pattern. The exam pattern is mentioned below in a tabular format:

No. of Questions125
Mode of ExaminationOffline
Duration of Examination3 Hours
Marking Scheme1 Mark for Each Correct Answer
Negative Marking-1

GPAT Syllabus 2020

The preparation for GPAT will turn fruitful only after the candidate he/ she prepares properly. It can be done properly if the candidate prepares as per the prescribed syllabus. The Syllabus of GPAT focuses on various dimensions of pharmaceutics. Below, we have provided complete details regarding the GPAT Pharma Syllabus. We have provided the subject as well as the sub-topics of it.


  • General Pharmacology
  • Principles of Toxicology
  • Drugs acting on Urinary System
  • Pharmacology of Peripheral Nervous System
  • Immunopharmacology
  • Pharmacology of Central Nervous System
  • Pharmacology of Cardio-Vascular System
  • Drugs acting on the respiratory system
  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Pharmacology of Endocrine System
  • Neurohumoral Transmission in Autonomic and Central Nervous System.
  • Chemotherapy
  • Autacoids or Antagonists
  • Pharmacology of Drug acting on the gastrointestinal tract
  • Chronopharmacology

Physical Chemistry

  • Composition and the Physical States of Matter
  • Refractive Index
  • Solutions
  • Electrochemistry
  • Kinetics
  • Colligative Properties
  • Thermodynamics
  • Ionic Equilibrium

Physical Pharmacy

  • Buffer
  • Solubility
  • Matter, Properties of Matter
  • Viscosity and Rheology
  • Surface and Interfacial Phenomenon
  • Dispersion Systems
  • Complexation
  • Micrometric and Powder Rheology

Organic Chemistry

  • General Principles
  • Pericyclic Reactions
  • Aromaticity and Chemistry  of Aromatic Compounds
  • Different Classes of compounds
  • Amino Acids and Proteins
  • Different Aromatic Classes of Compounds
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
  • Stereochemistry
  • Carbohydrates
  • Carbonyl Chemistry
  • Heterocyclic Chemistry
  • Protection and De-protection of Groups
  • Bridged Rings
  • Kinetic and Thermodynamic Control

Dispensing and Hospital Pharmacy

  • Introduction to Laboratory Equipment, Weighing, and Methodology
  • Handling of Prescriptions, Labelling of Instructions for Dispensed Products
  • Posological Calculations involved in the calculation of dosage for infants.
  • Study of current patent and proprietary products, generic products, and selected brand products, indications, adverse drug reactions, available dosage forms, and packing.
  • Compounding and Dispensing of following prescriptions.
  • Reading and Counselling of Prescriptions from the Clinical Practice
  • Enlarging and Reducing Formula, Displacement Value
  • Preparations of Formulations involving allegation, alcohol dilution, isotonic solution.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

This section is divided into two parts – Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Dentifrices, Desensitizing Agents, and Anticaries Agents
  • Pharmaceutical Impurities
  • Isotopes
  • Monographs
Medicinal Chemistry
  •  Various Classes of Therapeutic Agents
  • Different Classes of Therapeutic Drugs
  • Therapeutic Classes of Drugs

Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence

  • Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, and Rules thereunder.
  • Factory Act
  • Shops and Establishment Act
  • An Introduction to Standard Institutions and Regulatory. Authorities such as BIS, ASTM, ISO, TGA, USFDA, MHRA, ICH, WHO
  • Minimum Wages Act of 1948
  • Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954, including New Drug Applications
  • Consumer Applications.
  • Consumer Protection Act
  • Indian Pharmaceutical Industry – An Overview
  • Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1970 and Rules 1975
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960
  • Drug (Price Control) Order

Pharmaceutical Management

  • Introduction to Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Communication
  • Research Management
  • Human Resource and Development (HRD)
  • Planning and Forecasting
  • Organization
  • World Trade Organization (WTO), and trade-related intellectual property rights (TRIPS)
  • Standard Institutions and Regulatory Authorities
  • GATT
  • Marketing Research
  • Leadership and Motivation


  • Pharmacy Profession and Introduction to Pharmaceuticals
  • Introduction to dosage from
  • Biological Products
  • Pharmaceuticals Plant, Location, and Layout
  • Ophthalmic Preparations
  • Performulations
  • Packaging Materials
  • Cosmetics
  • Pilot Plant Scale-Up Techniques
  • The dosage form necessities and additives
  • Powders
  • Sources of Drug Information
  • Tablets
  • Parental-Product requiring sterile packaging.
  • Suspensions
  • Emulsions
  • Suppositories
  • Stability of Formulation
  • Prolonged Action Pharmaceuticals
  • Novel Drug Delivery System
  • GMP and Validation
  • Semisolids
  • Allopathic Dosage from
  • Crude Extract
  • Capsules
  • Liquids (Solutions, Syrups, Elixirs, Spirits, Aromatic Water, Liquid for External Uses)
  • Pharmaceuticals Aerosols

Pharmaceutical Engineering

  • Materials of Constructions
  • Drying
  • Size Reduction and Separation
  • Extraction
  • Mixing
  • Crystallization
  • Automated Process Control Systems
  • Industrial Hazards and Safety Precautions
  • Evaporation
  • Distillation
  • Fluid Flow
  • Heat Transfer
  • Filtration and Centrifugation
  • Dehumidification and Humidity Control
  • Refrigeration and  Air-Conditioning


  • Introductory Pharmacognosy
  • Classification of Crude Drugs
  • Plant Products
  • Principles of Plants Classification
  • Pharmaceutical Aids
  • Animal Products
  • Traditional Herbal Drugs
  • Plants based industries and Research Institutes in India
  • Patents
  • Ayurvedic System of Medicine
  • Homeopathic System of Medicine
  • Toxic Drugs
  • Enzymes
  • Natural Pesticides and Insecticides
  • Adulteration and Evaluation of Crude Drugs
  • Techniques in Microscopy
  • Factors Influencing Quality of Crude Drugs
  • Introduction to Phytoconstituents
  • Biogenetic Pathways
  • Carbohydrates and Lipids
  • Tannins
  • Volatile Oils
  • Resinous Drugs
  • Glycosides
  • Alkaloids
  • Extraction and Isolation Techniques
  • Phytopharmaceuticals
  • Quality Control and Standardization of Herbal Drugs
  • Herbal Formulations
  • Worldwide Trade of Crude Drugs and Volatile Oils
  • Herbal Cosmetics

Human Anatomy and Physiology

  • Cell Physiology
  • Endocrine Glands
  • Reproductive Glands
  • Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Respiratory System
  • Autonomic Nervous System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Lymphatic System
  • The Blood
  • Sense Organs
  • Skeletal System
  • Central Nervous System
  • Urinary System

Pharmaceuticals Analysis

  • Importance of Quality Control in Pharmacy
  • Acid-Base Titrations
  • Gravimetry
  • Extraction Techniques
  • Potentiometry
  • Calibration
  • General Principles of Spectroscopy
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Polarography
  • Nephelometry and Turbidimetry
  • Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrometry
  • Spectrofluroriometry
  • Flame Photometry and Atomic Absorption Spectrometry
  • Infrared Spectrometry
  • Miscellaneous Method of Analysis
  • Non-Aquarius Titrations
  • Oxidation-Reduction Titrations
  • Precipitations Titrations
  • Complexometric Titrations
  • Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometry
  • Chromatography
  • Miscellaneous

Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics

  • Drug Information Services and Drug Interactions
  • Drug Interaction in pediatric and geriatric patients, drug treatment during pregnancy, lactation, and menstruation.
  • Therauptric Drug Monitoring, Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR), Types, Mechanism of ADR, Drug Interaction, Monitoring and Reporting of ADR, and its significance.
  • Age-related drug therapy: concept of posology, drug therapy for neonates, pediatrics, and geriatrics. Drugs used in pregnancy and lactation
  • Drug therapy in gastrointestinal, hepatic, renal, cardiovascular and Respiratory Disorders
  • Pharmacovigilance, Therapeutic drug monitoring, Neutraceuticals, essential drugs and rational drug usage
  • General Principles, preparations, maintenance, analysis of observational records n Clinical Pharmacy.
  • Drug Therapy in Infections of Respiratory System, Urinary System, Infective Meningitis, TC, Malaria, HIV, and Filaria.
  • Drug Therapy for Malignant Disorders like leukemia, lymphoma, and solid tumors.
  • Clinical Trials, Types, Phases, of Clinical Trials, Placebo, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues including good clinical practice in Clinical Trials.
  • Drug therapy for rheumatic, eye and skin disorders
  • Drug Therapy for Neurological and Psychological Disorders.


  • Cells
  • Lipids
  • Enzymes
  • Nucleic Acids
  • Vitamins
  • Biological Oxidations and Reductions
  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Hereditary Diseases

Pharmacokinetics and Bio-Pharmaceutics

  • Bio-Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmaceuticals Statistics
  • Availability and Bio-Equivalence


  • Plant Tissue and Tissue Culture
  • Fermentation Technology and Industrial Microbiology
  • Recombinant DNA Technology
  • Process and Applications
  • Animal Cell Culture
  • Bio-Technology Derived Products


  • Basic Principes of Cell Injury
  • Neoplastic Diseases
  • Pathophysiology of Common Diseases
  • Laboratory Tests for Liver Function Tests, and Kidney Function Tests
  • Immunopathology includes Amyloidosis
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Basic Mechanisms of Inflammation and Repair
  • Disorders of Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance
  • Disorders of Homeostasis, White Blood Cells, Lymphoid Tissues, and Red Blood Cells reated diseases.


  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Microscopy and Staining Technique
  • Biology of Microorganisms
  • Microbial Sponge
  • Vaccines and Sera
  • Fungi and Viruses
  • Aseptic Technique
  • Sterilization and Disinfection and
  • Microbial Assay

GPAT 2020 – Exam Pattern

The Exam Pattern is another most important factor in the GPAT Exam Study. However, the GPAT includes the pattern of the exam, mode, time duration, number of questions of the exam. Hence, the following is the exam pattern of GPAT Pharma 2020/

  • The Mode of the Exam is Online
  • The total time duration of the exam is 3 Hours
  • Total Number of Questions – 125 Questions
  • Each Question carries 4 marks. Hence, the total marks of the question paper are 500 marks.
  • Questions will be asked in Objective Type.
  • There is a negative marking of -1 mark.

From Which Books Should One Prepare for GPAT 2020?

The candidates who are preparing for GPAT 2020 should prepare from the prescribed books. The recommended books are listed below in a tabular format:

Name of SubjectName of the BooksAuthors
PharmaceuticsThe Theory and Practice of Industrial PharmacyLiebermann and Lachman, Lackman, Remington, IP, Martin, NK Jain (for NDDS), GK Jani (For calculation)
Physical PharmacyMartin
Unit OperationPharmaceutical engineeringSubramanyam
PharmacologyReview of Pharmacology Lippincott William
Pharm-AnalysisSpectroscopy and Titration




PharmacognosyTrease and EvansWilliam.C.Evans
Medicinal ChemistryMedicinal and Pharmaceutical ChemistryHarkishan Singh
Organic chemistryOrganic ChemistryMorrison & Boyd
Natural Products ChemistryNatural ProductsO. P. Agrawal
Physical ChemistryPhysical ChemistryShishir Mittal
BiochemistryLippincott Wiliam Review of Biochemistry
PharmacologyPharma chemistryJerry March, I.L.Finar, Wilson
MicrobiologyMicrobiologyPelzar, Prescott
AnalysisSpectrometric Identification of Organic CompoundsSilverstein
JurisprudencePharmaceuticsN. K. Jain

Preparation Tips for GPAT 2020

While the candidate is preparing for GPAT 2020, he/ she must follow certain preparation tips mentioned below:

  • While studying, the candidate shall make sure that he/ she clears each and every doubt of him/her regarding each chapter.
  • Quickly jot down all your weak and strong points. By doing the same, the candidates will be able to know what topics they should study in what amount.
  • Do practice again and again by solving the Sample Papers as much as you can. By doing the same, you will be able to learn about the pattern, syllabus etc related to GPAT 2020.
  • Make sure that you are fit and healthy while preparing for GPAT 2020. In order to do the same, the candidate must eat healthy and exercise as much as he/ she can.
  • If you have any problem while preparing for GPAT 2020, just make sure that you join any coaching classes that teach for Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test.


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