GPAT 2020 Answer Key(Released), Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Cutoff

Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) is a national level entrance exam which will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) to provide admission into the Master’s (M.Pharm) programs. GPAT exam score is valid for 3 years for admission only until the academic year. The score is accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges. GPAT is held in a single session for admissions to 24000 seats of MPharma programs.

GPAT 2020 Highlights:


Exam Name Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test
Conducting Authority NTA (National Testing Agency)
Mode of Application Online
Date of Exam January 28, 2020
Mode of Exam Online (CBT)
Courses Offered M.Pharma/  Integrated PhD
GPAT Helpdesk 7042399521/ 525/ 526 |

Latest Updates:


1. GPAT 2020 Answer Key Released, Check Here

GPAT 2020 Schedule:


Events  Dates
On-line submission of Application Form (Upto 11.50 p.m.) 01st November 2019
Last date for uploading the scanned images of Candidate’s Photograph and Candidate’s Signature (Upto 11.50 p.m.) 01st December 2019
Printing of Admit Cards from NTA’s website  24th December 2019
Date of Examination 24th January 2020 
Declaration of Result on NTA’s website  3rd February 2020

GPAT 2020 Admit Card:


The admit card for the entrance exam will be released by the authorities on the official website. The admit card will be released for the candidates who've successfully completed their application submission will be able to access their admit card from the official website. The admit card is a mandatory object for the exam. No candidates will be allowed to appear in the exam without the admit card.

How To Download GPAT 2020 Admit Card Online?



Details Present in the Admit Card:


1. Name of the candidate

2. GPAT 2020 Roll Number

3. Test date

4. Test time

5. Reporting time at GPAT exam centre

6. Name of the exam centre

7. Address of the exam centre

8. Instructions for exam hall


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GPAT 2020 Syllabus:


Those candidates who're appearing for the entrance exam are advised to go through the syllabus released by the authorities before starting their preparation for the exam. GPAT 2020 syllabus will contain the chapters and topics from where the questions will be asked in the entrance exam. The syllabus of GPAT 2020 prescribed by the authorities will help the aspiring candidates in saving a lot of time along with knowing what to study and what to avoid. Here are the topics which the candidates should focus on the GPAT 2020:
Physical Chemistry Physical Pharmacy
Organic Chemistry Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Pharmaceutics Pharmacology
Pharmacognosy Pharmaceutical Analysis
Biochemistry Biotechnology
Microbiology Pathophysiology
Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Anatomy Physiology and Health Education
Pharmaceutical Engineering & Management Dispensing and Hospital Pharmacy



For detailed information about the GPAT Syllabus, Click Here

GPAT 2020 Exam Pattern:




Mode Computer-based online test
Duration 3 hour
No. of Questions  125
Total Marks 500
Type of Questions Multiple-choice questions
Language The medium of the exam will be in the English language

Marking Scheme:


Response Mark
Correct Answer +4
Incorrect Answer -1
Unanswered 0


GPAT 2020 Cut Off:


The cutoff marks are the minimum marks that candidates have to obtain for qualifying in the entrance examination. Candidates can check the cut off marks to understand if they have qualified in the examination. The cut off marks will be declared during the announcement of results.

GPAT 2019 Cut-Off:


Category Qualifying Marks (Out of 500) No. of Qualifiers
General 141 1952
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 117 1103
Scheduled Caste (SC) 95 626
 Scheduled Tribe (ST) 74 313

Factors Affecting the Cut-Off:


1. No. of candidates appeared for the exam
2. No.of candidates qualified for the exam
3. Previous year cut-off
4. The difficulty level of the paper

No. of Candidates who appeared GPAT 2019:

Scholarship/ Financial Assistance through GPAT:
GPAT qualified candidates can also avail scholarship through NTAor CSIR for pursuing further studies and research in the field of pharmacy. GPAT qualified candidates can subsequently register for NIPER JEE to pursue M.Pharma in NIPER, the nation’s premier Pharmacy Institute. The financial assistance through NTA can be availed through the institute from where the institute is pursuing M.Pharma. The scholarship is tenable for the period of pursuing the postgraduate program. CSIR’s financial assistance (fellowship) on the other hand is available for pursuing integrated 5-year M.Pharma-PhD from AcSIR or any other laboratory of CSIR. These scholarships are also available for GATE qualified candidates for pursuing M.E/M.Tech/Ph.D. The fellowship amount through CSIR is INR 25000. The fellowship is however not available for candidates who have qualified SRF (Senior Research Fellowship).

GPAT 2020 Application Form:


Step 1. Registration:


1. Go to the official website of NTA GPAT
2. Click on"New registration"
3. Enter all the details asked such as name, email, mobile number, etc.
4. Provide a password
5. The application number will be generated

Step 2. Application Form:


1. Log in using the system generated application number and password
2. Fill all the necessary details asked in the application form
3. Select your preferred exam centre
4. Rec-check all the areas and then submit the application form

Step 3. Uploading Images:


Upload scanned images of photo and signature of the following specifications:
Document Format Size
Photo JPG/JPEG 10 KB - 200 KB
Signature JPG/JPEG 4 KB - 30 KB

Step 4. Payment:


The application fee can be paid through Net banking/ credit card/ debit card/ e-challan.
Category Application Fee
General/ OBC (Male) Rs. 1600/-
General/ OBC (Female) Rs. 800/-
SC/ ST/ PWD (Male) Rs. 800/-
SC/ ST/ PWD (Female) Rs. 800/-
Transgender Rs. 800/-

GPAT 2020 Exam Centers:


Agartala Dhanbad Jabalpur Meerut Sambalpur
Ahmedabad Dharwad Jaipur Mumbai Shimla
Amravati Dhule Jammu Mysore Solapur
Amritsar Faridabad Jamshedpur Nagpur Srinagar(J&K)
Aurangabad Gandhinagar Jodhpur Nanded Surat
Bareilly Ghaziabad Kadi/Mehsana Nashik Thane
Bengaluru Greater Noida/Noida Kanpur Navi Mumbai Thiruvananthapuram
Bhatinda Gulbarga Kochi Nellore Tirunelveli
Bhavnagar Guntur Kolhapur Panaji/Madgaon Tirupati
Bhopal Gurugram Kolkata Patna Udaipur
Bhubaneswar Guwahati Kozhikode Prayagraj Vadodara
Chandigarh/Mohali/Panchkula Gwalior Kurnool Pune Varanasi
Chennai Hamirpur Lucknow Raipur Vijayawada
Coimbatore Hisar Ludhiana Rajahmundry Visakhapatnam
Davanagere Hyderabad Madurai Rajkot Vijayawada
Dehradun Indore Mangaluru Ranchi Warangal

GPAT 2020 Counselling:


Candidates will be called for GPAT 2020 Counselling on the basis of their merit list. GPAT 2020 Merit List will specify the roll number of candidates, category, rank, total score, and qualified/non-qualified status. Counseling of candidates will be conducted individually by the various NTA approved institutions. Allotment of seats will be on the basis of scores that candidates have obtained in the entrance examination. 

Documents mentioned below should be carried at the time of counseling:


1. Mark sheet and certificate of the qualifying examination

2. Category certificate (if applicable)

3. Migration certificate

4. Transfer certificate

5. GPAT 2020 admit card

6. GPAT 2020 scorecard

7. Passport size photographs

8. photo ID proof

Candidates need to follow the admission procedure of institutions that will be allotted to them on the basis of their GPAT 2020 scores. The notification of admission will be published on the official website. NTA will then send GPAT 2020 Merit List to the respective state governments for allotting seats to qualified candidates. The participating institutions/colleges of GPAT will then offer admission to candidates on the basis of their GPAT scores.

GPAT 2020 Result:


The GPAT score is accepted by around 800 collaborating pharmacy institutes. GPAT is accepted by all AICTE approved institutions, universities and schools. Candidates should apply individually to the specified GPAT 2020 collaborating institutes with the scores of the examination. Then, every participating institute will unleash their various cut off GPAT Score that candidates ought to meet to get qualified for admission to that specific institute. Candidates are suggested to determine the main points of the admission method of every collaborating institute of GPAT 2020 on their individual website.

How To Download GPAT 2020 Result Online?


1. Visit the official website of GPAT

2. Login by using your user ID and password.

3. Click on the link that says “GPAT 2020 scorecard”. You will be redirected to a page where you can download your scorecard.

4. Enter your roll number.

5. Your GPAT 2020 scorecard will appear on your computer screen.

6. Download the scorecard and take a printout of it as it will be required during counseling.


Details Present in the scorecard:


1. Name of the candidate

2. Roll number of the candidate

3. Category

4. Application number

5. Total score

6. Score in percentile

7. Validity of scorecard

8. All India Rank

9. Qualifying status


Here is a sample of GPAT Scorecard:



GPAT 2020 Answer Key:


The GPAT answer key will be released right after the exam is commenced. The answer key will contain all the answers to the questions asked in the GPAT examination. Candidates can calculate their estimated results using the initial answer key. Candidates can challenge the answer key within a given amount of time by paying Rs. 1000 per question. If the challenge is found correct, the total amount will be refunded. After all consideration, the final answer key will be released.


Steps to download the Answer Key:


1. Go to the official website of NTA GPAT 

2. Click on the "Answer Key" tab

3. Enter your login credentials

4. The answer key will be displayed in PDF format

5. Download and take a print out of the answer key 


Steps to Challenge the Answer Key:


1. Go to the official website of NTA GPAT 

2. Click on the "Answer Key" tab

3. Enter your login credentials

4. Press the 'Click to challenge answer key' button

5. Choose the answer to be challenged and then click on "Save your claims"

6. Upload the required proof of documents

7. Click on "Save your claims and pay the fee"

8. Pay the fee according to the no. of answers challenged (Rs. 1000 per answer)


GPAT 2020 Eligibility: 


Educational Qualification:


1. Candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy (4 years after 10+2).

2. Lateral entry candidates possessing a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy are also eligible.

2. Candidates in their final year of B.Pharmacy are also eligible to appear for the exam.

3. B. Tech (Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Technology)/Equivalent candidates are not eligible to apply.



Candidates applying for GPAT 2020 must be an Indian citizen


Age Limit:

There are no such age criteria mentioned by the NTA to apply for the GPAT exam.


Eligibility Criteria for PwD candidates:

The extent of physical disability should be at least 40% as prescribed by a recognized medical committee. Persons with Disability candidates are provided with teaching assistants as chosen by the candidate on his/her application form. Categories of Pwd defined by NTA are:


1. Physically handicapped

2. Visually impaired

3. Hearing impairment

4. Dumb


Eligibility Criteria for Opting for a Reader/Scribe:


Visually impaired candidate opting for a reader/scriber should fulfill the below-mentioned criteria: 


1. Reader/scriber is not involved in any academic tutoring/preparation for the test to be administered

2. Reader/scriber must not be a family member/member of the candidate

3. Reader/scriber has academic qualification lower than that of the candidate

4. Reader/scriber should not have attained the age of 19 years of age as on January 17, 2020


GPAT 2020 FAQ's:


Q: When will the result for GPAT be declared?
A: The result for GPAT will be declared on the 10th of February.
Q: Is there any negative marking in GPAT 2020?
A: Yes, 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
Q: GPAT 2020 will be conducted in which mode?
A: The GPAT 2020 will be conducted in online mode i.e. computer-based.
Q: Is there any age limit to apply for GPAT?
A: No, there is no such age restriction to apply for GPAT.
Q: What are the qualifying marks for GPAT 2020?
A: The expected qualifying marks for GPAT 2020 for different category candidates are:
  • General: 141 marks
  • OBC: 117 marks
  • SC: 95 marks
  • ST: 75 marks
Q: How to download the GPAT 2020 admit card?
A: Steps to download the GPAT 2020 admit card:
  • Go to the official website of GPAT
  • Log in to the website with your respective credentials
  • From the menu, go to the GPAT 2020 admit card link
  • Download the admit card by providing the application no of the candidates'
  • Take a print out for the future use
Q: How the rank is decided if two candidates score the same mark?
A: If two candidates score the same mark in GPAT 2020, the ranking is decided with the order given below:
  • Marks Obtained in Pharmaceutics
  • Marks obtained in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Candidates having less negative responses in the paper
  • Candidates older in age
Q: How many candidates appear for GPAT every year?
A: Around 1 lakh eligible candidates appear for the GPAT each year.
Q: What are the documents required during the counseling process of GPAT?
A: Documents required during the counseling process of GPAT are:
  • Mark sheet and certificate of the qualifying examination
  • Category certificate (if applicable)
  • Migration certificate
  • Transfer certificate
  • GPAT 2020 admit card
  • GPAT 2020 scorecard
  • Passport size photographs
Q: What are the best books to prepare for GPAT 2020?
A: Books that will help to clear GPAT 2020 are:
  • The Pearson Guide to GPAT and Other Entrance Examination in Pharmacy by Akaberi Shah Baser
  • Synopsis for GPAT by Dr. Surendra H. Bodakhe
  • GPAT: A Companion by Nazma N. Inamdar
  • Compete Pharma (A Guide For Preparation Of GPAT/NIPER/BITS/CEEB/CET And Other Pharma Competitive Exams) by Tarun Kumar Das
  • GPAT Cracker by Dr. Sanjar Alam and others


  Lachoo Memorial College of Science and Technology

  Karuna Medical College

  Hillside Institute of Management and Academy

  Shri Venkateshwara University

  Krupanidhi College of Pharmacy

  Calicut University

  S.C.S College of pharmacy

  Shobhaben Pratapbhai Patel School of Pharmacy and Technology Management

  Bengal School of Technology

  Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya

  Sri Venkateswara University (SVU)

  SRM College of Pharmacy

  Chandigarh Group of Colleges

  Mody University

  L.M.College of Pharmacy

  University of Mumbai

  Oriental University

  Pratap University

  National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER)

  JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research

  LM College of Pharmacy

  Calcutta Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology and Allied Health Sciences

  IIMT University

  AM Reddy Memorial College of Pharmacy

  College of Pharmacy Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Paramedical Sciences

  Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University

  CU Shah University

  Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam University Indore

  Sri Krishnadevaraya University

  Poona College of Pharmacy

  Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University

  Principal K.M. Kundnani College of Pharmacy

  University of Technology Jaipur

  Bombay College of Pharmacy

  Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Institute of Pharmacy

  Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur

  Nirma University

  C.L. Baid Metha College of Pharmacy

  Surya School of Hotel Management and Catering Technology

  PDM University

  PCTE Group of Institutes

  Siksha 'O' Anusandhan University (SOA)

  JSS College of Pharmacy

  Madhav University

  Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya

  Adichunchanagiri University

  Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences

  Jamia Hamdard

  Nitte Gulabi Shetty Memorial Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

  Central University of Punjab

  Roland Institute Of Pharmaceutical Sciences

  Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Memorial Health Sciences and Ayush University of Chhattisgarh

  Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan University

  Amity University Lucknow

  Jaipur National University

  HR Institute of Technology

  University of Patanjali

  Pt.Ravishankar Shukla University

  Krupanidhi Group of Institutions

  University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

  IIT Varanasi

  Luqman College of Pharmacy

  Dibrugarh University

  V.L.College of Pharmacy

  Kerala University of Health Sciences

  Andhra University

  Birla Institute of Technology (BIT Mesra)

  Charotar University of Science and Technology

  Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE)

  Shri Guru Ram Rai University

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