GPAT 2023: Application Form , Eligibility Criteria, Exam Dates

GPAT 2023: The National Testing Agency (NTA) will release the official notification for the commencement of the Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT 2023). The GPAT is conducted by NTA as per the directions given by MHRD, Govt. of India in order to find the eligible and able candidates for admission into M.Pharm. programme. There are various institutes in the country which offer admission into the M.Pharm. programme on the basis of the score obtained by the candidates in the GPAT. Candidates, who have completed their B.pharm. from a recognized institute, can apply for GPAT 2023.

GPAT 2023 Important Dates

The dates for GPAT 2023 have been given in the following table: 

S.No. Name of the Events Date Assigned
1. Date for the Online Registration Nov 2022
2. Last date for application form submission Nov 2022
3. Date of Admit Card Release January 2023
4. Exam commencement Date January 2023
5. Release date of answer key January 2023
6. Result of the written test February 2023
7. Release date of scorecard Feb 2023

GPAT 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates can be eligible to apply for GPAT admission only if they fulfil the eligibility criteria as per the details given in the following points:

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  • Candidates must be an Indian citizen.
  • The candidate must have completed Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy (4 years after 10+2 including lateral entry candidates).
  • Candidates who are appearing in the final year of the B.Pharm. programme are also eligible to apply for GPAT 2023.
  • Candidates having B.Tech (Pharmaceutical and fine chemical technology) or its equivalent degree are not permitted to apply.

GPAT  2023 Online Registration

Candidates, who want to apply for GPAT are required to know the application form filling and submission method as given below:

Pre-requisites Before Starting the Online Registration for GPAT 2023: 

We suggest aspirants to keep following things ready before you start the GPAT registration process:

    • A computer system along with good internet connectivity. There should not be any breakage of the internet during the registration process.
    • Your educational qualification details.
    • Keep a scanned copy of your photograph ready. The photograph must be clicked on a white background. The prescribed size of the photograph is 140 x 160 (≤ 60Kb).
    • Keep a scanned copy of your signature. The signature should be made on a white background. The size of the signature is 60 x 90 (≤ 30Kb).
    • A valid and working email ID which you will be using in further 6 months.
    • A working mobile number.
    • Credit card/debit card details using which you will make the payment of application fee.
  • A printer connected to your system through which you need to print three copies of Challan if you are willing to pay by cash at the bank.

Steps to Register Online for GPAT

Step 1: Reading Instructions and Self Registration 

If you are registering as a new user then you need to read the instructions very carefully, accept the declaration and proceed. You will be asked to provide few basic details. Please ensure all the information provided by you in the form is correct.  Upon submitting the registration form, you won’t be allowed to make any corrections. Soon, you submit the page; a 6-digit password will be generated. The password will be visible on the screen along with the same will be sent to you via Email and SMS. In case of further login, you just need to enter your email if and unique 6-digit password.

Step 2: Proces the Payment

You can make the payment of application fee online using credit card/debit card/net banking. You’ll receive the payment confirmation via Email and SMS. Or else, you can make the cash payment in SBI bank through challan.

Step 3: Fill up rest part of the form

Once the payment is successful, then you can fill up rest part of the application form. Verify all the details furnished in the form and submit it.

GPAT Application Fee

Candidates will be required to pay the application fee as according to the steps given below:

  • The application fee for the general and OBC category will be Rs. 1400.
  • The application fee for the SC/ST/PwD and female candidates will be Rs. 700/-.
  • The application fee can be paid through Credit card/Debit card/Net Banking.
  • Candidates can pay the application fee through the SBI bank challan as well which will be downloaded while accessing the GPAT application form. 

GPAT Test Cities (Tentative List)

It is expected that the GPAT 2023 exam will be organized at the following cities across India:

Indore, Hyderabad, Jammu, Jabalpur, Kolhapur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Kochi, Kurnool, Ludhiana, Lucknow, Madurai, Meerut, Mangalore, Mohali, Mumbai, Mysore, Nagpur, Nasik, Nanded, Nellore, Patna, Panaji, Pune, Rajahmundry, Raipur, Rajkot, Shimla, Ranchi, Srinagar, Thiruvananthpuram, Surat, Tirupati, Visakhapatnam, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi, Warangal, Vijayawada, Ahmadabad, Amravati, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Aurangabad, Bareilly, Bhavnagar, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Bhilai-Durg, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Gulbarga, Gwalior, Gautam Budh Nagar, Guntur, Guwahati, and Jaipur.

Exam Pattern

The GPAT will be conducted as per the exam pattern fixed by AICTE. The details of the exam pattern have been provided in the following points:

  • GPAT is conducted in online mode. It is a computer-based test.
  • The examination will be comprised of 125 objective questions having multiple choices for the answers.
  • The time duration to solve the question paper will be 3 hours.
  • Each question will be of 4 marks thus total weightage of the question paper will be 500.
  • There will be negative marking of 1 mark for the incorrect response to a question.

Books to Prepare for GPAT (As Suggested by Official)


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

FOR Biochemistry

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

For Marketing Management

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


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


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


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


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

For PHARMACEUTICS and related subjects

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

GPAT 2023 Syllabus

The GPAT Syllabus will cover the questions and topics of Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) level. The syllabus of the exam will be decided by the conducting body. The subjects or topics covered under the GPAT Syllabus are Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacognosy, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics, Pathophysiology, Clinical Pharmacy and Anatomy, Therapeutics, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Physiology and Health Education, Pharmaceutical Management, Dispensing and Hospital Pharmacy.

Admit Card

The admit card of GPAT 2023 may release in January 2023. Candidates who registered for the exam successfully will be allowed to download their admit card from the official website by entering their registration number and date of birth. The admit card will not send through post or any other offline mode to any candidate. Admit card is an important document which is to be carried at the examination center. Without admit card, no candidate will be allowed to appear in the exam.

GPAT Result

The conducting body has announced the GPAT result 2023 in February 2023. Candidates can check their result along with scorecard by submitting their login details. Candidates are advised to keep their GPAT score card safe till the admission process gets completed. Admission to M.Pharma courses will be given on the basis of candidate’s scores in the GPAT entrance test. Please note down GPAT 2023 score card will be valid for 3 years from the date of result announcement.

GPAT Merit List 2023

After the announcement of the result, All India merit list and state merit list for GPAT 2023 will be published by the conducting authority. The merit list will be decided on the basis marks scored by candidates in the entrance test. The merit list will comprise details like candidate Rank, Total Score, Roll number, and category etc.

Admission Process

There will be no centralized admission process organized by the GPAT exam conducting authority. The process of counselling will be held individually by the every GPAT participating institution. All the candidates have to register separately in each participating institutions/college for attending their counselling procedure. Seats will be allotted on the basis of candidate’s scores in the entrance test.

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