1. Clear your basic concepts from your B Pharm text books before you use additional study material.
2. Study ALL topics given in detailed syllabus apart from important topics
3. Use topic-area charts for quick revision
4. Pay attention to details as most often questions are based on specific points
5. Remember names of drugs, ingredients etc by using mnemonics
6. Practice sketching molecular structures, it will help you remember them easily
7. Group study is helpful for GPAT preparation; you can quiz each other with Multiple Choice Questions
8. Although the GPAT examination is based on Multiple Choice Questions practice writing answers in your own words. This will help you check your understanding of the topic
9. Practice numericals, although there are not many numerical problems in exam paper, regular practice will score you easy marks on the 3-4 numerical questions that do come in the question paper
10. The most effective way to prepare is by practicing sample papers/previous year papers
11. Attempt all the questions when you practice sample papers/previous year papers and correct them after you complete the entire paper. This will help you identify your weak areas and you can study those areas thoroughly
12. During the exam skip any question you are not sure of to avoid negative marking
For those interested in admission to post-graduate Pharmacy courses such as M Pharm, its time to study for the Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) 2014, conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). When competing for admissions at national-level, studying may become more stressful,
The computer based GPAT 2014 exam consists of 125 multiple choice questions to be completed in 3 hours. Correct answers are worth 4 marks each and negative marking of -1 mark for each incorrect answer is applicable.
The exam is broadly based on 4 topics:
Important topics include: Introduction to Physical pharmacy, Importance of microbiology in pharmacy, Introduction to pharmaceutical jurisprudence & ethics, Introduction to dispensing and community pharmacy, Importance of unit operations in manufacturing, Dosages Forms, designing & evaluation, Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics
2. PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY
Important topics include: Inorganic pharmaceutical & medicinal chemistry, Physical Chemistry and its importance in pharmacy, Organic Chemistry and its importance in pharmacy, Biochemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Analysis
Important topics include: Immunopathophysiology, Pathophysiology of Common Diseases, Fundamentals of general pharmacology, Pharmacology of Peripheral Nervous System, Drugs Acting on the Hemopoietic System,Autacoids, Drugs Acting on the Respiratory System, Gastrointestinal Tract, Pharmacology of Endocrine System, Chemotherapy, Principles of Toxicology, Basic Concepts of Pharmacotherapy
Important topics include: Sources of Drugs, Crude Drugs, Systematic pharmacognostic study, Steroidal, Purines, Studies of Traditional Drugs, morphology, chemical nature of chief constituents, pharmacology, categories and common uses and marketed formulations of indigenous drugs, General Techniques of Biosynthetic Studies and Basic Metabolic Pathways/Biogenesis, Glycosides, Role of plant-based drugs on National economy.
With confidence and practice, GPAT 2014 will be another feather in your cap.