GPAT 2021 Preparation Strategy - Study Plan, Timetable, Important Topics, Best Books

Diksha Nautiyal
Diksha NautiyalPublished On: November 16, 2020 | GPAT

If you are aware of the topics that carry higher weightage in the examination, you would be able to plan the preparation schedule accordingly, which is very crucial to achieve success. 

GPAT Important Topics

For productive preparation, you are required to be aware of the important topics for GPAT 2021. More often than not, candidates forget to go through the entire syllabus and pattern of an examination they are preparing for. This leads to them facing difficulties at the time of preparation, as well as the examination. 

Not only will knowing the important topics help you cut short the preparation time, but will also help you prepare efficiently. If you are aware of the topics that carry higher weightage in the examination, you would be able to plan the preparation schedule accordingly, which is very crucial to achieve success. 

Through this article, you learn about GPAT 2021 important topics, preparation strategy, which books and study material are the best, and how to manage time while preparing for the examination.

GPAT 2021 Syllabus

GPAT 2021 Subject-wise Best Books

Preparation Plan for GPAT 2021

Previous Years Question Papers for GPAT

GPAT 2021 Exam Pattern - Highlights

Examination Level

National Level

Exam Frequency

Once a Year

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

180 Minutes/ 3 Hours

Total Number of Questions Asked


Maximum Marks


Types of Questions/ Sections

Four Sections:

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

Language Comprehension

General Awareness

Logical Reasoning

Major Subjects

  • Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics

  • Pathophysiology

  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry

  • Organic Chemistry

  • Pharmacology

  • Pharmaceutics

  • Pharmaceutical Analysis

  • Pharmacognosy

  • Physical Chemistry

  • Biochemistry

  • Physical Pharmacy

  • Microbiology

  • Biotechnology

  • Clinical Pharmacy

  • Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence

  • Dispensing and Hospital Pharmacy

  • Pharmaceutical Engineering

Check Out the Full GPAT Exam Pattern Here.

GPAT 2021 Important Topics for Every Subject

The syllabus of GPAT includes several subjects. Here, we have provided important topics and the best preparation books for each of these subjects. You can go through the table below and then prepare for the examination accordingly. 

SPAT Subjects

Important Topics

Best Books for Preparation


  • Herbal Drugs

  • Tissue Culture

  • Tannins

  • resins

  • Carbohydrates 

  • Volatile Oils

  • Alkaloids

  • Glycosides 

  • ‘The complete guide for Pharmacognosy, - Trease and Evans

  • ‘Pharmacognosy’ - C K Kokate


  • Cardiovascular and Blood Products

  • Neuropharmacology and Rare Diseases

  • Oncology

  • Drugs for Chemotherapy

  • ‘Essential of Medical Pharmacology’ - K D Tripathi

Pharmaceutical Analysis

  • Potentiometry

  • Amperometry

  • Flame Photometer

  • Polarography

  • Conductometry

  • Chromatography

  • Polarimetry

  • Mass Spectroscopy

  • UV, NMR, IR

  • ‘Chromatography’ - Remington

  • ‘Spectroscopy and Titration’ - Chatwal

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

  • Nomenclature

  • Chemical Moiety of Medicinal Drugs

  • ‘Medicinal Chemistry’ - S N Pandey

  • ‘Basic Organic Chemistry’ - Morrison Boyd


  • Kinetics

  • Drug Stability

  • Pharmacokinetics

  • Biopharmaceutics

  • Rheology

  • Surface and Interfacial Phenomena

  • Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence and Ethics

  • ‘The Theory and Practice of Industrial Pharmacy’ - Lieberman and Lachman

GPAT 2021 Preparation Plan

Here is a simple GPAT preparation plan that you can follow and modify as per your convenience. 

Total Number of Chapters/ Topics/ Subjects


Total Number of Sub-topics

Over 100

Studying Hours Required Each Day

At least 5 Hours

Time Taken to Prepare Each Chapter/ Topic/ Subject

9 Days

Topics/ Subjects/ Chapters Completed in a Month 

3 Topics

Extra Days for Modification or Break in a Month

3 Days to 4 Days

Time Taken to Complete the Entire Syllabus

6 Months

Time Required for Revision

At least 12 Days

Time Required to Solve Model Papers/ Sample Papers/ Previous Years Question Papers

At least 10 Days

Final Revision

8 Days

Total Time Taken to Complete the Preparation

7 Months

Top Pharmacy Colleges in India 

If interested, you can explore the top Pharmacy colleges in India mentioned below in the table. You can apply to these colleges through an easy process of filling out the Common Application Form available on CollegeDekho.


Fee Range

GN Group of Educational Institutes, Greater Noida

INR 1.11 LPA

Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Sadopur (MMU, Sadopur), Ambala

INR 1.04 LPA

Graphic Era Hill University Dehradun Campus (GEHU), Dehradun

INR 1.26

Sachdeva College of Pharmacy, Gharuan, Mohali

INR 85,200 Per Annum

T. John Group of Institutions, Bangalore

INR 99,000 Per Annum

CT Group of Institutions, Jalandhar

INR 87,100 Per Annum

GGS College of Modern Technology (GGSCMT, Punjab), Kharar


Shoolini University (SU), Solan

INR 1.28 LPA

Suresh Gyan Vihar University - SGVU, Jaipur


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Related Questions

I am a bpharm student. Am i eligible for msc in food technology? Name the exams for government colleges

-AnonymousUpdated on September 26, 2020 02:53 PM
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Diksha Nautiyal, Student / Alumni

Dear student, 

To get admission in M.Sc Food Technology, you need a B.Sc. degree in a relevant subject. However, this criterion may vary for different colleges.

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