Let’s talk about the GPAT exam that is given by most pharmacy students after their graduation. This entrance exam is for post-graduation courses.
Let’s talk in much more detail about the exam and how to do the preparation?
The full form of GPAT is, “Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test “. It is a National Level Entrance Examination for entry into M. Pharma Programme. The GPAT is an annual entrance exam conducted by “National Testing Agency”(NTA). It is a computer-based online exam. The syllabus and the pattern of the question paper remain the same under NTA. The syllabus of this comprises all of the subjects included in all years of the B. Pharm course.
The results are also used to determine the eligibility of students for scholarships.
When do we have to start our preparation for GPAT?
We all know that the GPAT entrance exam is very important for pharmacy students. To achieve a good score in GPAT, we have to start the preparation along with our daily college lectures. I think the best time to start our preparation is from the 3rd semester or 4th semester of B pharmacy.
How to start GPAT preparation along with college:-
we have to do a study of the regular semester plus the earlier semester, in this, we should have to cover hard subjects of the previous semester, note down the notes and solve the MCQ as much as possible.
The one essential thing I have to tell you is that, do a study from the best reference publications books📚 and then note down the notes, which will be very useful for us before the exam to revise the specific subject or topic. And the one important sign of this is, our preparation for the university theory exam is also done from this.
Make a study timetable to do the preparation, in which we should have to include the subject of the previous semester + regular semester, and give time to a specific subject as per your desire.
I think that we can use holidays to cover the hard subject or topics of the previous semester. The best will be to give Saturday and Sunday to prepare those subjects or topics along with the to make written notes and MCQ solving.
If you live in a metro city, then try to join the coaching centre for the preparation. If it is not possible then you can use various online platforms which give coaching on GPAT preparation. Use study materials provided by coaching classes and also you can search them online on various websites.
Set a target of daily work that we have to do, like take one subject give a specific time to that subject and makes notes & solve MCQ. Don’t take a break until our task is not finalized. If you set a daily target and can complete it, then you can move forward with the best strategy for GPAT preparation.
Do Group Study:- This is the most important strategy used by many of the toppers or good rank holders of GPAT. Compel the group of friends, that are interested to prepare for GPAT and do study together. Take small tasks customary group-wise, understand them, solve the MCQs and discuss the difficult questions or topics in the group. The most important vital sign of these is everyone will share the knowledge differently, some new points are also added to our understanding and we can understand that topic completely and perfectly.👍💯
The most important advantage of group study is we can distribute the topic among the group members, it will be helpful to cover our topic immediately or skillfully.
If any subjects have more than one standard book, then try to use a minimum of 2 standard books for that respective subject. Because the two standard books may differ in content for the various topics of that subject.
Clear the doubts:– During the study or MCQ solving various doubts are arises, so try to write that concept or doubt and ask teachers or you can find the correct answer by researching that particular topic. Try to make a notebook to write the answers to the doubts. And just revise it every day or just overlook it, this will help you to memorise the topic perfectly.
🌟The GPAT is not a much tough exam, the cutoff of this exam is around 40-45℅ marks. If you start preparation from semester 3 or 4, it will be much easier to qualify with a good score 👍
Try to cover core subjects:- Core subjects means important subjects which have high weightage in GPAT. Those subjects include, “Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, Medicinal chemistry”. Around 70-80℅ questions are on these subjects and the remaining 20℅ questions are on other subjects.
Try to give test series:- If possible, then try to give various test series on GPAT. This will be helpful for the understanding of MCQ questions and simultaneously improve our confidence.
Reference Books for GPAT:-
Let’s talk about some subjects and their best standard reference books, which I know.
|Subject Name||Textbook Name|
|Anatomy & physiology||GERARD J. TORTORA – PRINCIPLES OF|
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY,
ROSS & WILSON – ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
|Biochemistry||U. SATYANARAYANA & U. CHAKRAPANI –|
M.N.CHATTERJEE & RANA SHINDE – TEXTBOOK
OF MEDICAL BIOCHEMISTRY
|Microbiology||ASHUTOSH KAR – PHARMACEUTICAL MICROBIOLOGY, |
ANANTHANARAYAN & PANIKER’S – TEXTBOOK OF MICROBIOLOGY
|Pharmaceutical Analysis||VOGEL’S – TEXTBOOK OF QUANTITATIVE CHEMICAL ANALYSIS|
|Pharmaceutics||ANSEL’S – PHARMACEUTICAL DOSAGE FORMS &|
DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEMS,
AULTON’S PHARMACEUTICS – THE DESIGN AND
MANUFACTURE OF MEDICINES
|Pharmacognosy||ASHUTOSH KAR – PHARMACOGNOSY &|
BIREN.N. SHAH & A.K. SETH – TEXTBOOK OF
PHARMACOGNOSY & PHYTOCHEMISTRY
|Pharmacology||ARTHUR – PRINCIPLES OF CLINICAL|
CHARLES R. CRAIG & ROBERT E. STITZEL –
MODERN PHARMACOLOGY WITH CLINICAL
These are some references books for the above subject, other subjects are also present, but I share the reference books name for specific subjects which I know.
You can ask your teachers or go to the college library to find other subjects best references books📚 other than these. As per your specific semester subject, try to use a reference book to study that subject, which will be very useful for us.
Pattern Of GPAT Exam :-
|Name of examination||Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test|
|popularly known as||GPAT|
|Frequency||Once a year|
|Total number of questions||125|
|Type of questions||Multiple Choice questions(MCQ)|
|Total Duration||3 hours (180 min.)|
Marking Scheme:- Every correct answer is awarded 4 marks. Thus, the total maximum possible score in GPAT is 500.
For every incorrect answer in GPAT, 1 mark is deducted.
An unanswered question or not attempting a question does not attract any negative marking in GPAT.
Importance Of Coaching Class In GPAT Preparation:-
Experience of Teachers:- The teachers of coaching classes have a lot of experience, which will give the best guidance of GPAT preparation. The teachers know which subjects have more weightage in exams, according to it they will provide notes, study material & tutoring to us.
🌟The question paper of GPAT is prepared from different universities every year like M.S.University, B.H.U. etc.
Benefits of Test series & DPP’s:- The coaching classes provide test series and take weekly tests. They give DPP’s (Daily Practice Paper) to us, which contains questions related to the topic that was covered on that day, which makes our topic perfect with MCQ practice.
From the above information, you understand all the knowledge about GPAT. In short, we can say that :-
GPAT Play a Very Important Role in our CARRIER and is Important For CARRIER GROWTH.
I am starting my preparation for the GPAT from the 3rd semester.
what about you? When you will start your preparation?
“My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”