GPAT- Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test
GPAT (Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test) is an all-India level test conducted every year as an entrance exam for the post graduate levels pharmaceutical discipline.
The GPAT committee, which comprises representatives from the administering institutes, is the sole authority for regulating the examination and declaring the results. Admission to postgraduate programmes (M.PHARM/M.S.) with MHRD and some other government scholarships/ assistantships in pharmacy/pharmaceutical science colleges/institutes is open to those who qualify through GPAT. GPAT qualified candidates with Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy are eligible for admission to Master as well as for Doctoral programmes in relevant branches of Pharmaceutical Sciences with MHRD or other government scholarships/ assistantships. To avail the scholarship, the candidate must secure admission to such a postgraduate programme, as per the prevailing procedure of the admitting institution. However, candidates with Master’s degree in Pharmacy may seek admission to relevant PhD programmes with scholarship/ assistantship without appearing in the GPAT examination.
Some institutions specify GPAT qualification as mandatory even for admission of self-financing students to postgraduate programmes. Some government organizations prescribe GPAT/GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of a Scientist/ Engineer.
Eligibility for GPAT
The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear in GPAT:
a. Bachelor degree holders in Pharmacy (4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
b. Master degree holders in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/Life Science/Microbiology/Biochemistry or equivalent and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
c. Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Life Science or in the third or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master degree programme and Dual Degree programme in Life Sciences.
Pattern of GPAT
The GPAT examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration, which contains 100 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper consists of only multiple choice objective questions. Each question has four choices for the answer. The candidates will have to mark the correct choice on an Optical Response Sheet (ORS) by darkening the appropriate bubble against each question. Incorrect answers carry negative marks. Each question will have four choices for the answer. Out of these, only one choice is correct. Each choice contains a single, stand-alone statement/phrase/data/structure.
The type of questions asked in this examination would be to evaluate a candidate’s aptitude and subject knowledge of Pharmacy field which may involve basic principles, facts, formulae/laws, understanding of the fundamental ideas, and application or drawing observations of the fundamentals of pharmacy discipline.
The GPAT results consist of marks obtained by the candidate, the GPAT Score and All India Rank (AIR). Qualified candidate appearing in the examination receives a GPAT scorecard. GATE scorecard is valid for ONE YEAR from the date of announcement of the GPAT. There is no provision for additional GPAT scorecards.
The GPAT score is calculated using a specific formula, where the marks obtained by the candidate, average of marks of all candidates in that paper, standard deviation of marks of all candidates in that paper, global average of marks of all candidates in last 2 years and the standard deviation (global) of marks of all candidates in last 2 years are considered.
The GPAT score is set to zero if the value calculated by the formula is less than zero and the GPAT score is set to 1000 if the value calculated by the formula is more than 1000.
Qualifying Score of GPAT
The Qualifying Score is the minimum mark that needs to be secured to become eligible for availing assistantships provided by MHRD, GOI
GPAT -AIR(All India Rank)
The All India Rank of the candidate in a paper is determined based on the descending order of the marks obtained by the candidates in that paper.
Applying to various institutions by GPAT Score
GPAT scores are only for application to graduate programs in Pharmacy disciplines in India. Most institutes do not specify their cut-offs for previous years. So there is a general confusion in terms of selecting institutes and specializations. Typically NIPER is the most selective, very closely followed by the IITs. NIPER is college of Importance In general IISc and the IITs only admit students scoring among the top 3 percentile on the GATE, to their post-graduate programs.
Prior to GATE
GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) was the solely aptitude test prior to GPAT for the Admission to postgraduate programmes (M.PHARM/M.S.) with MHRD and some other government scholarships/ assistantships in pharmacy/pharmaceutical science colleges/institutes. From 2010, Pharmacy (PY) is no longer on the GATE list, with GPAT as the replacement took this year on 2nd of May, 2010. The National co-ordination Board for GATE 2010 in its 35th meeting held on 23rd November at Guwahati had resolved that The AICTE (GPAT committee) will be responsible for the examination and will announce it. The GPAT committee will handle setting of question papers, evaluating answer scripts, declaring results and all other aspects. The GATE committee will provide all the necessary help and guidance in conducting the examination for PY paper in 2010.