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GPAT 2018

Last Updated - July 14, 2017

GPAT 2018 will be conducted tentatively in the 4th week of January 2018. GPAT (Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test) is conducted every year by AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education). Through this entrance examination, the most deserving candidates are selected for pharmacy education.

  • Candidates need to satisfy all the eligibility conditions for applying in GPAT 2018.
  • Candidates can fill GPAT 2018 Application Form only in the online mode.
  • The application form will be available on the official website of the university.
  • Candidates who have successfully applied for GPAT 2018 can download the admit card from the official website. It is released two weeks before the date of the examination.
  • Candidates who will qualify GPAT 2018 examination will get admission into the postgraduate pharmacy courses.
  • GPAT 2018 is a national level entrance examination.
  • The scores that candidates get in GPAT are used by all the institutions, departments and colleges that are AICTE approved.
  • GPAT scores are even considered for offering scholarships and financial assistance in Pharmacy.
  • Candidates interested in doing postgraduate in pharmacy from institutions or colleges that are AICTE approved must apply for GPAT 2018.

GPAT 2018 is a 3-hour entrance examination. The total mark is 500. It is conducted through online (Computer Based Test) mode. The questions will appear on the computer screen. Multiple choice questions will be asked in the examination. The question paper will be published only in English.

GPAT 2018 Exam Dates

Candidates interested in appearing for GPAT 2018 must know all the dates related to the examination so that they can apply for it before the last date. The important exam dates for GPAT 2018 are listed in the table below:

Starting date of online registrationSecond week of October 2017
Last date for online registrationFourth week of October 2017
Availability of admit cardSecond week of January 2018
Date of examinationFourth week of January 2018
Announcement of resultsSecond week of February 2018
Availability of score cardSecond week of February 2018

Candidates must note that the dates mentioned in the table are tentative and can change according to the discretion of the conducting authority. Therefore, candidates are advised to keep checking the official website for GPAT 2018, to stay updated on all news and notifications related to the examination.o

GPAT 2018 Eligibility

Candidates interested in appearing for GPAT 2018 must ensure that they fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria for applying in the entrance examination. The conducting authority will reject the forms of candidates who are ineligible to sit for GPAT 2018. Therefore, it is extremely important for candidates to ensure that they are eligible for the examination before filling the application form. The eligibility criteria for GPAT 2018 are as follows:

  • Only citizens of India can apply for GPAT 2018.
  • There is no age restriction for appearing in GPAT.
  • The minimum educational qualification that candidates must have is Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy (B.Pharma) of 4 years.
  • Candidates who have passed or will be appearing in the lateral entry B.Pharma program can also apply for GPAT 2018.
  • Candidates who are in the final year of B.Pharma are also eligible for applying in the examination.

If candidates satisfy all the eligibility conditions, they should proceed to fill the application form.

GPAT 2018 Application Form

The registration process of GPAT 2018 will start from the 2nd week of October, 2017 in the online mode. GPAT 2018 application form will be released by AICTE on their official website. Candidates can register online for the entrance examination till the 4th week of October, 2017. The process of registration involves three steps.

In order to fill GPAT 2018 application form, candidates must have a valid email ID so that they can register themselves at the official website. Candidates need to carefully fill all the details that are asked in GPAT 2018 application form. Before registration, candidates must keep the following ready with them:

  • Personal Details
  • Address Details
  • Qualification Details
  • Email ID
  • Contact Number
  • Scanned passport size photograph
  • Scanned signature

The three steps of online registration for GPAT 2018 are listed below:

Step 1: Self Registration

Candidates need to first register themselves on the official website, Candidates must fill all the required information and click on the submit button. Before clicking on the submit button, you should cross check the information that you have filled on the registration web page. This is because you cannot change or correct the information that you have entered after pressing the submit button. After successful registration, you will receive a login ID and password via email or SMS.

Step2: Payment of application fee

The application fee for candidates under general and OBC category is 1400 INR, whereas the application fee for candidates under SC/ST/PWD category is 700 INR. Candidates can pay the application fee in two modes.

  • Online Mode: If candidates opt to pay the application fee in the online mode, they can do it by net banking/credit card/debit card. Once the fee is paid successfully, candidates will get a confirmation via email or SMS.
  • Offline Mode: If candidates opt to pay the application fee in the offline mode, they can deposit the application fee through Challan by visiting the nearest branch of SBI.

Step 3: Submitting the application form

After paying the application fee, candidates must login to the official portal by entering their login ID and password. Candidates should fill all the details in the application form carefully. They are also advised to verify all the details furnished by them before submitting the application form.

The size of the scanned signature should not be more than 30KB, whereas the size of the scanned passport size photograph should not be more than 60KB. Candidates must take a printout of the filled application form as it can be needed in future.

GPAT 2018 Admit Card

GPAT 2018 Admit Card will be available on the official website in the 2nd week of January 2018. Candidates who have successfully applied for the examination before the last date can download the admit card from the official website. The steps to download GPAT 2018 admit card is as follows:

  • Visit the official website for GPAT,
  • Login with your user ID and password.
  • Select GPAT 2018 admit card from the menu.
  • Enter your application number.
  • Press the “submit” button.
  • Your GPAT 2018 admit card will appear on your computer screen.
  • Download the admit card and take a printout of it.

Without admit card, candidates will not be allowed to give the entrance examination. Candidates must check if all the details mentioned on their GPAT 2018 admit card are accurate. Candidates must immediately contact the conducting authority if there is any discrepancy in the admit card. The details that will be mentioned on your GPAT 2018 admit card is as follows:

  • Name of candidate
  • Roll Number
  • Date of birth
  • Name of exam center
  • Address of exam center
  • Date and time of examination
  • Instructions for exam

Candidates are advised to read the instructions for exam that will be printed on the back of their admit card. Candidates must carry their admit card to the exam center on the day of examination along with any one document that will authenticate their identity, such as Voter ID Card, PAN Card, Aadhaar Card, etc.

GPAT 2018 Exam Center

The exam center for GPAT 2018 will be clearly mentioned on the admit card of candidates. There are total 58 GPAT 2018 exam centers spread all over India. Candidates need to report to the exam center at least 30 minutes before the exam starts. Candidates can choose the exam center of their preference while filling the application form. The conducting authority will not change the exam center once it is allotted to candidates.

GPAT 2018 Exam Pattern

GPAT 2018 will be a computer based test (CBT). The examination will not be conducted in the offline mode. Candidates appearing in GPAT 2018 must know the exam pattern so that they can prepare accordingly. You can find the detailed exam pattern of GPAT in the table below:

Mode of examinationOnline (Computer based test)
Duration of examination3 hours
Type of questionsMultiple choice questions
Total marks500
Number of Questions125
Language of Question PaperEnglish
Marking Scheme4 marks will be awarded for each right answer
Negative Marking1 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer

If candidates do not attempt a question, then there will be no negative marking.


The syllabus of GPAT 2018 will have questions of B.Pharm (Bachelor of Pharmacy) level. There are four main sections of GPAT syllabus. The subjects and topics that are there in GPAT 2018 syllabus are as follows:

  • General
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Pharmaceutics

Candidates can solve the previous year question papers to score well in GPAT 2018 examination. Candidates are advised to collect the best books and study materials so that they can prepare well for the examination.

GPAT 2018 Result

GPAT 2018 Result will be announced on the official website tentatively in the second week of February, 2018. After the declaration of results, AICTE will release GPAT 2018 score card. The steps for downloading GPAT 2018 score card is as follows:

  • Visit the official website.
  • Login by using your user ID and password.
  • Click on the link that says “GPAT 2018 score card”. You will be redirected to a page where you can download your score card.
  • Enter your roll number.
  • Your GPAT 2018 score card will appear on your computer screen. Download the score card and take a printout of it as it will be required during counselling.

AICTE will publish the merit list based on the scores of candidates in GPAT 2018.

Cut Off

GPAT 2018 cut off marks is the minimum marks that candidates have to obtain for qualifying in the entrance examination. It will be set by AICTE depending on the number of candidates who have appeared in the examination and the difficulty level of the 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 2018 Counselling

Candidates will be called for GPAT 2018 counselling on the basis of their merit list. GPAT 2018 merit list will specify the roll number of candidates, category, rank, total score and qualified/non-qualified status. Counselling of candidates will be conducted individually by the various AICTE approved institutions. Allotment of seats will be on the basis of scores that candidates have obtained in the entrance examination.

Candidates need to carry the following documents during the time of counselling:

  • Mark sheet and certificate of qualifying examination
  • Category certificate (if applicable)
  • Migration certificate
  • Transfer certificate
  • GPAT 2018 admit card
  • GPAT 2018 score card
  • Passport size photographs

Candidates need to follow the admission procedure of institutions that will be allotted to them on the basis of their GPAT 2018 scores. The notification of admission will be published on the official website. AICTE will then send GPAT 2018 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.



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