GPAT Syllabus 2021: Subject-wise Syllabus Pdf Download

Exam Date

Feb 22, 2021

Result Date

Mar 19, 2021

Apr 7, 2021 | Pharmacy


The GPAT 2021 syllabus is announced by the organizing authorities on the official website. Applicants are advised to go through the given GPAT 2021 syllabus carefully and prepare the topics accordingly. 

GPAT 2021 Syllabus Highlights

National Testing Agency (NTA) released the GPAT 2021 syllabus with the application form for Physical Chemistry, Physical Pharmacy, Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Pharmacognosy. However, aspirants must ensure they do extensive preparation on the topics to crack GPAT 2021.

GPAT 2021 Physical Chemistry Syllabus

GPAT 2021 syllabus for physical chemistry is mentioned in the table below:

GPAT Physical chemistry Syllabus
Unit Name Topics
1 Composition & physical states of matter Intermolecular forces & their impact on the state of the matter. Various physical properties of matter, dipole moment, dielectric constant, Van Der Waal's equation & critical phenomenon,
liquefaction of gases, aerosols.
2 Colligative Properties The liquid state, vapour pressure, ideal & real solutions. Raoult's law, the elevation of boiling point, depression of freezing point, osmotic pressure, determination of molecular weight based on colligative properties.
3 Thermodynamics First, the second & third law of thermodynamics. Thermochemical laws, isothermic & adiabatic processes, reversible processes, work of expansion, heat content, enthalpy, heat capacity.
Gibb's & Helmholtz equation & chemical potential.
4 Refractive index Refractive index, specific refractivity, molar refractivity, refractometers
5 Solutions Solubility, factors affecting solubility, solubility curves. Types of solutions, the effect solvency,
pH & other factors on solubility. The solubility of gases in liquids, liquids in liquids, & solids in
liquids, critical solution temperature, the law of partitioning & its applications. Solute-solvent
interactions. Expression of the concentration of pharmaceutical solutions & calculations.
Molarity, molality, mole fraction & percentage expressions.
6 Electrochemistry Properties of electrolyte solutions, electrolysis. Faraday's law of electrolysis, electron transport, electrical cell, single electrode potential, concentration cells, half-cells & half-cell potential, types of half cells, sign convention, Nernst equation, salt bridge, electromotive series, standard potential, She, Measuring the relative voltage of half cells, Calculation of standard potential, Reference & indicator electrodes, Standard oxidation-reduction potential.
7 Ionic equilibrium Theory of conductivity, equivalent conductance, mobility of ions, specific conductance.
8 Kinetics Order of reactions, derivation & internal form of rate laws, molarities of reaction, derivation of rate constants.

GPAT 2021 Physical Pharmacy Syllabus

GPAT 2021 syllabus for physical pharmacy is mentioned in the table given below:

GPAT Physical Pharmacy Syllabus
Unit Name Topics
1 Matter, properties of matter States of matter, change in the state of matter, latent heat and vapour pressure, sublimationcritical point, eutectic mixtures, gases, aerosols- inhalers, relative humidity, liquid complexes, liquid crystals, glasses state, solid crystalline and amorphous polymorphism.
2 Micromeritics and powder rheology Particle size and distribution, average particle size number and weight distribution, particle
number, methods of determining particle size and volume, optical microscopy, sieving, sedimentation, determining surface areas, permeability, adsorption, derived properties of
powders, porosity, packing arrangement densities, bulkiness and flow properties.
3 Surface and interfacial phenomenon Liquid interface, surface and interfacial tensions, surface free energy, measurement of surface
and interfacial tension, spreading coefficient, adsorption, and liquid interfaces, surface-active
agents, HLB classification, solubilization, detergency, absorption at solid interfaces, solid-gas and solid-liquid interfaces, complex films,  electrical properties of interfaces.
4 Viscosity and rheology Newtonian systems, the law of flow, kinematics viscosity, the effect of temperature, non-Newtonian systems, pseudoplastic, dilatant, plastic, thixotropy in formulations, determination of viscosity and thixotropy by capillary, falling ball, rotational viscometer, application of theology in pharmacy.
5 Dispersion systems a. Colloidal dispersions: Definition, Types, properties of colloids, protective colloids, application of colloids in pharmacy.
b. Suspensions and emulsions: Interfacial properties of suspended particles settling in suspension, the theory of sedimentation, the effect of Brownian movement, sedimentation of flocculated particles, sedimentation parameters, wetting of particles, the significance of electrical properties in dispersions, controlled flocculation, flocculation in structured vehicles, rheological considerations, emulsions: types, theories, physical stability.
6 Complexation Classification of complexes, methods of preparations and analysis, applications.
7 Buffer Buffer equations and buffer capacity in general. Buffers in pharmaceutical systems, preparations and stability buffered isotonic solutions, Measurements of tonicity calculations and methods of adjusting isotonicity.
8 Solubility a. Miscibility-influence of foreign substances
three-component systems, dielectric constant and solubility, the solubility of solids in liquids
ideal and non-ideal solutions solvation and association in solutions the solubility of salts in water the solubility of slightly soluble and weak electrolyte calculating the solubility of weak electrolytes as influenced by pH, the influence of solvents on the solubility of drugs the combined effect of pH and solvents, distribution of solutes between immiscible solvents,
effect of ionic dissociation and molecular association on partition, extraction,
preservatives action of weak acids in emulsions, drug action and distribution coefficient.
b. Concepts of dissolution and diffusion.

GPAT 2021 Organic Chemistry Syllabus

GPAT 2021 syllabus for organic chemistry is mentioned in the table given below:

 GPAT Organic chemistry Syllabus
 Unit Name  Topics 
 1 General principles  A brief review of classification & sources of organic compounds, sp3, sp2, sp hybridization, sigma & pi- bonds, bond lengths, bond angles & bond energies along with their significance in
reactions should be carried out. An overview of bond polarization, hydrogen bonds, inductive
effects, resonance, and hyperconjugation be taken. Concept of homolytic & heterolytic bond
fission, acidity & basicity with different theories should be covered briefly. Ease of formation
& order of stabilities of electron-deficient & electron-rich species along with the reasons for
the same should be covered. Relationships between energy content, stability, reactivity &
their importance in chemical reactions should be covered. Calculations for determining
an empirical & molecular formula should be covered. 
 Different classes of compounds Alkanes [including cyclic compounds]
 Alkenes [including cyclic compounds], Alkynes [only open-chain compounds], Aliphatic hydroxyl compounds, Alkyl halides, Aldehydes & Ketones, Carboxylic acids, All functional derivatives of carboxylic acids. 
 Protection & deprotection of groups Introduction to protection & deprotection of functional groups. Two examples each for amino,
hydroxyl, & carbonyl groups. The significance of these in syntheses should be explained.
 Aromaticity & chemistry of aromatic compounds Concept of aromaticity, Huckel's rule & its use in determining the aromatic/non-aromatic character of a compound. Brief coverage of the structure of benzene. Detailed coverage of electrophilic & nucleophilic aromatic substitution reactions. Reactivity & orientation in these reactions. Reactivity & orientation in mono- & disubstituted benzenes. Benzyne mechanism.
 Different aromatic classes of compounds Aromatic hydrocarbons, Phenolic compounds, Aromatic & aliphatic amines, Diazonium salts, Aromatic nitro- compounds, aryl halides, & ethers.  
 Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons Syntheses & reactions with mechanisms of bi & tricyclic fused carbocyclic rings like naphthalene, anthracene, & phenanthrene. 
Carbonyl Chemistry  Carbonyl chemistry involving group conversions & their reaction mechanisms along with stereochemistry wherever applicable.
a. Wolf-Kishner reduction & Huang-Minlong modification, b. Reduction of aryl sulfonyl hydrazine/hydrazones to alkanes, c. Bamford Steven reaction, d. DCC Oxidation of alcohol.
e. Michael addition / 1,4-addition / conjugate addition, f. Mannich condensation / reaction, g. Robinson annulation, h. Stobbe condensation.
i. Darzen's glycidic ester synthesis, j. Beckmann rearrangement, k. Baeyer Villiger rearrangement.
l. Curtius, Wolff, & Lossen rearrangements.
m. Willgerodt rearrangement.
n. Pinacol-pinacolone rearrangement, o. Methylene transfer reactions. Use of diazomethane & sulphur ylides in the same.
p. Mono- & dealkylation in 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds.
q. Formation & use of enol ethers, enol acetates & enamines as protective groups & in
regiospecific alkylations. 
 Heterocyclic Chemistry IUPAC Nomenclature of heterocyclic rings [3-10 membered] containing O, S, & N atoms.
Nomenclature of above rings containing mono-, di-, & multiple [same or different] heteroatoms
should also be covered. Nomenclature of 2 & 3 fused rings containing mono-, di-, & multiple
heteroatoms [same or different] should also be covered. Syntheses & reactions of three to six-membered rings in detail. Syntheses of five & six-membered rings containing mono- or any di-heteroatoms [O, S, & N]. Syntheses of quinoline, isoquinoline, benzoxazole, benzothiazole, &
benzimidazole, benzotriazole, and benzothiazole. 
Bridged rings  Bridged ring systems & their nomenclature.C8, C9, C11 bridged bicyclic alkanes. Chemistry of
hexamine, morphan, biperiden, amantadine, diazabicyclo[2.2.2] octane. 
10 Kinetic & thermodynamic control Kinetic & thermodynamic control of sulfonation, enolate anion formation & alkylation of enamine
11 Stereochemistry Stereochemistry. Chirality & asymmetry [introduction of the same to S, P, & N]. Definition &
classification [different types of isomerisms]. Enantiomers, diastereomers. Enantiomerism &
diastereomerism. Meso compounds & their optical activity. Stereochemistry in acyclic
compounds. Newman projection formulae & their significance. Conformational analysis of n-butane. Absolute & relative configuration. Assigning R & S configuration based on Cahn Ingold & Prelog system. Racemic mixture- its definition & resolution. Definitions of terms
stereoselective, stereospecific, Enantiomeric excess & diastereomeric excess. Stereochemistry
in cyclic systems. Conformations of cyclohexane. Cis-trans relationship in cyclohexane.
Prediction of stability of different conformations of 1, 2- 1,3- & 1,4- disubstituted cyclohexanes.
Effect of multiple substitutions on the stability of cyclohexane conformations. Chair
conformations of cis-, & trans-decalins, perhydrophenanthrenes, & a tetracyclic steroidal
nucleus. An introduction to atropisomerism.
12 Carbohydrates Carbohydrates. Definition & classification. D & L nomenclature in sugars. Different ways of
drawing / representing a sugar molecule [including cyclic Structure], interconversion of these representations. Anomers & epimers. Mutarotation. Reactions of glucose. Chain extension & chain reduction of sugar.
13 Amino acids & proteins Amino acids & proteins. Definition & classification. D & L Amino acids, natural, essential, & nonessential amino acids. Denaturation, Strecker, Gabriel phthalimide methods for the preparation of amino acids. Peptide bond & its formation. Two protective groups each, for -NH2 & -COOH functionalities during protein synthesis. Sequencing of a protein by chemical & enzymatic methods.
14 Pericyclic reactions Pericyclic reactions. Concept of HOMO & LUMO. Drawing of HOMO & LUMO of 1, 3-butadiene,
allylic cation, radical & anion, & 1, 3, 5-hexatriene, Diel's-Alder & retro Diel's Alder reaction.

GPAT 2021 Pharmaceutical Chemistry Syllabus

GPAT 2021 syllabus for pharmaceutical chemistry is mentioned in the table given below:

 GPAT Pharmaceutical chemistry syllabus
Unit Name Section Topic
1 Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry Pharmaceutical Impurities Impurities in pharmaceutical substances, sources, types & effects of impurities. Limit tests for
heavy metals like lead, iron, arsenic, mercury & for chloride & sulphate as per Indian
Pharmacopoeia [I. P.].
Monographs Monograph & its importance, various tests included in monographs as per me. P. A study of the following compounds concerning their methods of preparation, assay, &
pharmaceutical uses of sodium citrate, calcium carbonate, copper sulphate, light & heavy kaolin, ammonium chloride & ferrous gluconate.
Isotopes Isotopes- stable & radioactive, mode & rate of decay. Types & measurement of radioactivity.
Radiopharmaceuticals & their diagnostic & therapeutic applications in pharmacy & medicine such as 125I, 32P, 51Cr, 60Co, 59Fe,99-M. Radiocontrast media, use of BaSO4 in medicine.
Dentifrices, desensitizing agents, & anticaries agents
2 Medicinal Chemistry Therapeutic classes of drugs General anaesthetics, Local anaesthetics, Diagnostic agents, Coagulants, anticoagulants & plasma expanders, Antiseptics, disinfectants, sterilants, & astringents, Purgatives, laxatives & antidiarrhoeal agents.
Various classes of therapeutic agents Antimalarials, Antiamoebic agents, Anthelmintic agents, Antibacterial sulpha drugs [only], Quinolone antibacterials, Antimycobacterial drugs, Antifungal agents, Antiviral agents including HIV & anti-HIV drugs, Thyroid & antithyroid drugs, Antiallergic agents, Antiulcer agents & Proton Pump Inhibitors, Hypoglycemic agents.
Different classes of therapeutic drugs I. Sedative-hypnotics, Antiepileptic agents, Neuroleptics, Anti-anxiety drugs.II. Antibiotics. Penicillins, cephalosporins & other beta-lactam antibiotics like imipenem &
aztreonam. Beta-lactamase inhibitors such as clavulanic acid & sulbactam.
Chloramphenicol. Tetracyclines. Aminoglycoside antibiotics. Macrolide antibiotics.
Lincomycins. Polypeptide antibiotics. Anticancer antibiotics.
III. Steroids. Corticosteroids [gluco- & mineralocorticoids] & anti-inflammatory steroids. Sex
steroids. Male & female contraceptive agents. Anabolic steroids.
Anticancer agents. 
Different classes of therapeutic drugs I. Narcotic [centrally acting] analgesics [analgetics]. Morphine & all its structural
modifications [peripheral & nuclear]. Narcotic agonists & antagonists [dual & pure].
Non-narcotic analgesics [NSAIDS]. Difference between narcotic & non-narcotic agents.
II. Adrenergic drugs. Neurotransmitters & their role. General & specific adrenergic agonists
& antagonists [up to alpha-2 & beta-2 only].
III. Cholinergic agents. Muscarinic & nicotinic cholinergic agonists & antagonists [up to M2
& N2]. Neuronal [transmission] blockers.
IV. Drugs used in neuromuscular disorders. Drugs used in the treatment of
Parkinson's disease. Central & peripheral muscle relaxants.
V. Hypertensive, antihypertensive, & antianginal agents.
VI. Diuretics.
VII. Eicosanoids. Prostaglandins, prostacyclins, & thromboxanes. Their biochemical
role, biosynthesis, & inhibitors.
Introduction to the quantitative structure-activity relationship. [QSAR]. Linear free energy relationship. Hammett's equation. Use of substituent constants such as π,σ, Es, & physicochemical parameters such as pKa, partition coefficient, Rm, chemical shifts, molar refractivity, simple & valance molecular connectivity to indicate electronic effects, lipophilic effects, & steric effects. Introduction, methodology, advantages &disadvantages/limitations of Hansch analysis.
Asymmetric synthesis. Chirality, chiral pool, sources of various naturally available chiral compounds. Eutomers, distomers, eudismic ratio. Enantioselectivity &
enantiospecificity. Enantiomeric & diastereomeric excess. Prochiral molecules. Asymmetric synthesis of captopril & propranolol.
Combinatorial chemistry. Introduction & basic terminology. Databases & libraries. Solid-phase synthesis technique. Types of supports & linkers, Wang, Rink, & dihydropyran
derivatized linkers. Reactions involving these linkers. Manual parallel & automated parallel synthesis. Houghton's tea bag method, micromanipulation, recursive deconvolution. Mix & split method for the synthesis of tripeptides. Limitations of
combinatorial synthesis. Introduction to throughput screening.

GPAT 2021 Pharmaceutics Syllabus

GPAT 2021 syllabus for pharmaceutical is mentioned in the table given below:

GPAT Pharmaceutics Syllabus 
Unit Name Topics
1 Pharmacy Profession & Introduction to Pharmaceuticals Pharmacy as a career, evaluation of Pharmacy, earlier period middle to modern ages.Definition, the importance of pharmaceuticals, areas concerned, scope of Pharmaceutics, history and development of the profession of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical industry in India. A brief review of present Indian Pharma. Industry in a global perspective.
2 Introduction to the dosage form Definition of the drug. New drug and dosage form. The desirable properties of a dosage form, the need for the dosage form. Ideas about the available type of dosage forms and new drug delivery system.
3 Sources of drug information introduction to Pharmacopoeia concerning IP, BP, USP and International Pharmacopeia.
Study of structure/features (index) general notice and compartment of monographs of
excipients, drug and drug product. Other sources. Textbooks, journals, internet (drug information system, online database, patient/ consumer information and non- print material. Classification of information, primary, secondary and tertiary. Nomenclature of the drug.
4 Allopathic dosage form Merits/demerits, importance, formulation development - vehicles/excipients with examples for the dosage form: liquid dosage form: monophasic liquid dosage form. Aromatic waters, syrup, elixir, linctus, lotion, liniment, glycerites, solutions, spirits, ENT preparations, mixtures, paints, mouthwash.
5 Crude extract Infusion, decoction, maceration, percolation, tincture and extract. Methods of preparations of
dry, soft and liquid extract.
6 Allergenic extract Types of allergens, preparation of extract, testing and standardization of extracts.
7 Biological products Absorbable and non-absorbable material types, sutures and ligatures, processing, manufacturing, sterilization, packing, QC tests of materials like catgut and nylon
8 Pharmaceutical Plant, location, layout Plant location and layout of an industry. Various factors affecting locational aspects of chemical
and pharmaceutical plants. The layout of plant building and the importance of flow sheet, the
difference between the scientific process and technological process, the layout of various
departments, equipment, and product layout v/s process layout.
9 Dosage Form Necessities and Additives Antioxidants, preservatives, colouring agents, flavouring agents and diluting agents, emulsifying agents, suspending agents, ointment bases, solvents, and others.
10 Powders Advantages and limitations as dosage form, manufacturing procedure and equipment, special
care and problems in manufacturing powders, powders of IP, effervescent granules and salts.
11 Capsules Hard gelatin capsules, shell formulation and manufacturing, capsule sizes, storage, filing, cleaning process general formulation contents and evaluation. Soft gelatin capsules, shell formulation, formulation contents, filing, sealing and storage. Microencapsulation, advantages, encapsulation materials, methods of microencapsulation, I.P. formulations
12 Tablets Types, ideal requirement, classification, granulation methods, general formulation,
compression machines, different types of tooling’s, difficulties in tabletting, troubleshooting aspects, evaluation, sugar coating, compression coating, film coating, problems in tablet coatings and their troubleshooting aspects. IP formulations.
13 Parenterals - product requiring sterile packaging Definition, types advantages and limitations, general formulation, vehicles, production
the procedure, production facilities, controls, tests, selected IP injections, sterile powders, implants,
emulsions, suspensions.
14 Suspensions Formulation of deflocculated and flocculated suspension, manufacturing procedure, evaluation methods, IP suspensions.
15 Emulsions Types, emulsifying agents, general formulation, manufacturing procedure, evaluation methods,
IP emulsions.
16 Suppositories Ideal requirements, bases, manufacturing procedure, evaluation methods, IP products.
17 Semisolids Definitions, bases, general formulation, manufacturing procedure, evaluation methods, IP products.
18 Liquids(solutions, syrups, elixirs, spirits, aromatic water, liquid for external uses) Definition, Types, general formulation, manufacturing procedure, evaluation methods, IP products.
19 Pharmaceutical Aerosols Definition, propellants, general formulation, manufacturing and packaging methods,
pharmaceutical applications. Impacts of propellants on the environment
20 Ophthalmic preparations The requirement, formulation, methods of preparation, containers, evaluation, IP products.
21 Preformulations Consideration of Importance, physical properties, physical forms, particle size, crystal forms,
bulk control, solubility, wetting, flow cohesiveness, compressibility, organoleptic properties and
its effect on final product consideration of Chemical properties, hydrolysis, oxidation,
racemization, polymerization, isomerization, decarboxylation, enzymatic decomposition,
formulation additives, stabilizers, suspending and dispersing agents dyes, solid excipients etc. and
its effect on the quality of the finished product.
22 Stability of formulated products Requirements, drug regulatory aspects, pharmaceutical products stability, shelf life, overages, containers, closures. Reaction rate and order, acid-base catalysis, destabilization and accelerated stability testing.
23 Prolonged Action Pharmaceuticals Benefits, limitations, oral products, terminology, drug elimination rate, types and construction
of implants products, product evaluation, parenteral products, absorption and evaluation.
24 Novel Drug delivery system Critical fluid technology, transdermal drug delivery system, controlled drug delivery system, multiple emulsion, nanoparticles, targeted drug delivery system, aerosols, inhalation & new products reported etc.
25 GMP and Validation Introduction to GMP, QC and QA. Concept and need for good manufacturing practice guidelines.
Elements of GMP covering controls of area and processes and product. Regulations related to
GMP. Introduction of the validation process. Types of validation. The brief methodology of
process, equipment and instrument validation.
26 Packaging Materials Role and features of Pharmaceutical packing materials. Glass, plastic, rubber, metal and paper as pharmaceutical packaging material. General quality control of pharmaceutical packages. Primary, secondary and tertiary packaging materials. Child-resistant and pilfer-proof packaging.
27 Cosmetics Formulation and preparation of dentifrices, hair creams, lipsticks, face powders, shaving
preparations, skin creams, shampoos, hair dyes, depilatories, manicure preparations etc.
28 Pilot plant scale-up techniques Need, organization and layout, scale-up techniques for solid and liquid dosage forms. Technology transfer.

GPAT 2021 Pharmacology Syllabus

GPAT 2021 syllabus for pharmacology is mentioned in the table given below:

GPAT  Pharmacology Syllabus
Unit Name Topics
1 General Pharmacology Introduction to Pharmacology- Definition, scope and source of drugs, dosage forms and routes
of drug administration. Pharmacodynamics-Mechanism of drug action, Receptors, classification and drug-receptor interactions, combined effects of drugs, factors modifying drug actions. Pharmacokinetics-Mechanism and principle of absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs. Principles of basic and clinical pharmacokinetics. Pharmacogenetics.
Adverse drug reactions. Discovery and development of new drugs-Preclinical and clinical studies.
2 Neurohumoral transmission in the autonomic and central nervous system Neurohumoral transmission (Autonomic and somatic). Neurohumoral transmission in the
C.N.S with special emphasis on Pharmacology of various neurotransmitters. Nitric oxide:
Biosynthesis of nitric oxide and its physiological role. Therapeutic use of nitric oxide and nitric oxide donors. Clinical condition in which nitric oxide may play a part.
Peptides and proteins as mediators:
General Principal of peptide pharmacology Biosynthesis and regulation of peptides Peptide
antagonists. Protein and peptide as drugs.
3 Pharmacology of peripheral nervous system Parasympathomimetics, Parasympatholytics, Sympathomimetics, Sympatholytics,
Ganglionic stimulants and blockers. Neuromuscular blocking agents and skeletal muscle relaxants (peripheral). Local anaesthetic agents. Drugs used in Myasthenia Gravis.
4 Pharmacology of central nervous System General anaesthetics. Alcohols and disulfiram. Sedatives, hypnotics and centrally acting
muscle relaxants, Psychopharmacological agents: Antipsychotics, antidepressants, antianxiety agents, anti-manics and hallucinogens. Anti-epileptic drugs. Anti-parkinsonism drugs. Nootropics. Narcotic analgesics, drug addiction, drug abuse, tolerance and dependence.
5 Pharmacology of the cardiovascular system Introduction of hemodynamics and Electrophysiology of heart.
Anti-hypertensive drugs, Anti-anginal agents, Anti-arrhythmic drugs. Drugs used in congestive heart failure. Anti-hyperlipidemic drugs. Drugs used in the therapy of shock.
Haematinics, anticoagulants and haemostatic agents. Fibrinolytic and antiplatelet drugs.
Blood and plasma volume expanders.
6 Drugs acting on the urinary system Diuretics and anti-diuretics.
7 Diuretics and anti-diuretic Anti-asthmatic drugs, Mucolytics and nasal decongestants, Antitussives and expectorants.
Respiratory stimulants
8 Pharmacology of Endocrine system Basic concepts in endocrine pharmacology. Hypothalamic and pituitary hormones. Thyroid
hormones and antithyroid drugs, Parathormone, Calcitonin and vitamin-D. Insulin, oral hypoglycemic agents and glucagon. ACTH and corticosteroids. Androgens and anabolic
steroids. Estrogens, progesterone and oral contraceptives. Drugs acting on the uterus.
9 Chemotherapy General principles of chemotherapy. Sulphonamides and co-trimoxazole.Antibiotics- Penicillins, cephalosporins, chloramphenicol, Macrolides, quinolones and fluoroquinolone. Tetracyclines. Aminoglycosides and miscellaneous antibiotics. Chemotherapy of tuberculosis, leprosy, fungal diseases, viral diseases, AIDS, protozoal diseases, worm infections, urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases. Chemotherapy of malignancy.
10 Autacoids and their Antagonists Histamine, 5-HT and their agonists and antagonists. Prostaglandins, thromboxanes and leukotrienes. pentagastrin, cholecystokinin, angiotensin, bradykinin and substance P., Analgesic, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory and anti-gout drugs.
11  Pharmacology of drug acting on the gastrointestinal tract. Antacids, anti-secretary and antiulcer drugs.
Laxatives and antidiarrheal drugs. Appetite stimulants and suppressants. Digestants and
carminatives. Emetics and anti-emetics. 
12 Chronopharmacology  Definition of rhythm and cycles. Biological clocks and their significance leading to
19 chronotherapy. 
13 Immunopharmacology  Immunostimulants and immunosuppressants.  
14 Vitamins & Minerals  Vitamin deficiency diseases and their management. Role of minerals in health & diseases.  
15 Principles of toxicology  Definition of poison. General principles of treatment of Poisoning. Treatment of poisoning
due to Heavy metals, insecticides, opioids and other addict forming drugs. Study of acute,
sub-acute and chronic toxicity as per OECD guidelines (guideline 420,423,425,407,408,451/452; only names and significance, detailed procedures and
minute details are not expected).

GPAT 2021 Pharmacognosy Syllabus

GPAT 2021 syllabus for pharmacognosy is mentioned in the table given below:

GPAT Pharmacognosy Syllabus
Unit Name Topics
1 Introductory Pharmacognosy Historical development, modern concept and scope of Pharmacognosy. The significance of
Pharmacognosy in various systems of medicine practised in India viz: Ayurveda, Unani,
Homoeopathic and Siddha.
2 Classification of crude drugs Based on alphabetical, morphological, pharmacological, chemical, taxonomical and
chemotaxonomic methods: organized and unorganized drugs: official and unofficial drugs.
Plants, animals and minerals: marine products: plant tissue culture.
3 Factors influencing the quality of crude drugs Exogenous factors: temperature, rainfall, daylight, altitude and soil. Endogenous factors:
Mutation, polyploidy, & hybridization in medicinal plants. Production factors including
collection, drying, storage and transport methods.Study of morphological and histological characters of crude drugs, Ergastic cell inclusions, anatomical structures of both monocot and dicot stems, leaves and roots: barks, fruits and seeds.
4 Techniques in microscopy Details of mountants, clearing agents, them microscopic (microchemical) reagents.
5 Introduction to phytoconstituents Definition, classification, chemical tests and pharmaceutical importance of carbohydrates and their derivatives, fats and proteins, alkaloids, glycosides, flavonoids, steroids, saponins, tannins, resins, lipids and volatile oils.
6 Principles of plant classification Diagnostic features and medicinal significance of important plants with special reference to:
Algae: Rhodophyceae (Agar, Alginic acid, Diatoms).Fungi: Ergot, Yeast and penicillium.
Gymnosperm: Pinaceae (Turpentine, Colophony), Gnetaceae (Ephedra).
Angiosperm: Apocynaceae, Asteraceae, Lamiaceae, Rubiaceae, Rutaceae, Solanaceae,
Scrophulariaceae, Leguminosae, Papaveraceae, Acanthaceae and Apiaceae. Pteridophytes: Male fern.
7 Pharmaceutical aids Biological sources, chemical constituents, adulterants and uses of Starches, acacia gum,
tragacanth, sterculia, guar gum, pectin, Arachis oil, castor oil, sesame oil, cottonseed oil, olive
oil, cotton, silk, wool, regenerated fibres, asbestos, kaolin, prepared chalk, kieselguhr
8 Animal products Biological sources, chemical constituents, adulterants and uses of Shellac, cochineal,
cantharides, woolfat, lard, beeswax, honey, musk, lanolin, gelatin.
9 Plant products Introduction to plant bitters, sweeteners, nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals and photosensitizing agents.
10 Toxic drugs Study of allergens, hallucinogens, narcotics.
11 Enzymes Biological sources, preparation, characters, and uses of diastase, papain bromelain, ficin, yeast, pancreatin, urokinase, pepsin, trypsin, penicillinase, hyaluronidase and streptokinase.
12 Natural pesticides and insecticides. Introduction to herbicides, fungicides, fumigants and rodenticides tobacco, pyrethrum, &neem.
13 Adulteration and evaluation of crude drugs. Different methods of adulteration: Evaluation of drugs by organoleptic, microscopic, physical,
chemical and biological methods. Deterioration of herbal drugs by insects.
14 Quantitative microscopy Definition and determination of stomatal index, stomatal number, palisade ratio, vein islet
number, vein termination number, lycopodium spore method. Micrometres and measurement
of microscopic characters.
15 Biogenetic pathways Formation of primary and secondary metabolites. Study of Calvin cycle, TCA cycle, Shikimic acid pathway, Embden-Meyerhoff pathway, acetate hypothesis, isoprenoid pathway. Biosynthesis of carbohydrates, lipids and volatile oils.
16 Carbohydrates & lipids Biological sources, salient morphological features, chemical constituents, and uses of Plantago, bael, chaulmoogra oil, neem oil, shark liver oil, cod liver oil, guggul lipids.
17 Tannins Biological sources, morphology, chemical constituents, chemical test and uses of Pale catechu, black catechu, nutgalls, Terminalia belerica, Terminalia chebula, Terminalia arjuna.
18 Volatile oils Biological sources, morphology, chemical constituents, adulterants and uses of Black pepper, turpentine, mentha, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, cassia, lemon peel, orange peel, lemongrass, citronella, cumin, caraway, dill, spearmint, clove, anise, star anise, fennel, nutmeg, eucalyptus, chenopodium, ajowan, sandalwood.
19 Resinous drugs Classification, formation, sources, chemical constituents, identification test, adulterants and
uses of benzoin, Peru balsam, tolu balsam, colophony, myrrh, asafoetida, jalap, colocynth,
ginger, turmeric, capsicum, cannabis, podophyllum.
20 Glycosides Nature and classification. Biological sources, morphology, chemical constituents, adulterants
and uses of Digitalis, strophanthus, squill, Thevetia, oleander, cascara, aloe, rhubarb, senna, quassia, Dioscorea, quillaia, glycyrrhiza, ginseng, gentian, wild cherry, Withania, bitter almond. Biosynthesis of cardiac and anthraquinone glycosides.
21 Alkaloids Nature, classification, biological sources, morphology, chemical constituents, adulterants and uses of Areca nut, belladonna, hyoscyamus, stramonium, duboisea, coca, coffee, tea, cinchona, opium, ipecac, nux vomica, ergot, rauwolfia, vinca, kurchi, ephedra, colchicum, vasaca, philocarpus, aconite, Solanum xanthocarpum. Biosynthesis of tropane, cinchona and opium alkaloids.
22  Extraction and Isolation Techniques General methods used for the extraction, isolation and identification of alkaloids, lipids,
glycosides, flavonoids, saponins, volatile oils and resins. Application of column, paper and thin layer chromatographic techniques, for the isolation of phytopharmaceuticals.
23 Phytopharmaceuticals Isolation, identification and estimation of caffeine, eugenol, digoxin, piperine, tannic acid, diosgenin, hesperidin, berberine, calcium sennosides, rutin, glycyrrhizin, menthol, ephedrine, quinine, andrographolides and guggul lipids.
24 Quality control and standardization of herbal drugs Quality control of herbal drugs as per WHO, AYUSH and Pharmacopoeial guidelines-Extractive values, ash values, chromatographic techniques (TLC, HPTLC and HPLC) for determination of chromatographic markers. Determination of heavy metals, insecticides, pesticides and microbial load in herbal preparations.
25 Herbal formulations Principals involved in Ayurveda, Sidha, Unani, Chinese and Homeopathic systems of medicines. Preparation of Ayurvedic formulations like aristas, asava, ghutika, tailia, churna, avaleha, ghrita and bhasmas: Unani formulations like majors, Seafood. Determination of alcohol contents in arishtas & asavas.
26 Worldwide trade of crude drugs and volatile oils Study of drugs having high commercial value and their regulations about trade.
27 Herbal cosmetics Importance of herbals as shampoos (soapnut), conditioners and hair darkeners, (amla, henna,
hibiscus, tea), skincare (aloe, turmeric, lemon peel, vetiver).
28 Traditional herbal drugs Common names, sources, morphology, active constituents and uses (traditional, folklore),
pharmacological and clinical uses of punarnava (Boerhaviadiffusa), shankhpushpi (Convolvulus
microphylla), lehsun (Allium sativum), guggul (Commiphora Mukul), kalmegh (Andrographis
peniculata), tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), valerian (Valerian Officinalis), Artemisia (Artemisia annua), chirata (Swertia chirata), Ashoka (Saraca Indica).
29 Plants based industries and research institutes in India Knowledge about the herbal products being manufactured by premier herbal industries and
thrust area of the institutes involved in plant research.
30 Patents Indian and International patent laws, proposed amendments as applicable to herbal/natural
products and processes: Intellectual Property Rights with special reference to
31 Ayurvedic system of medicine Theory, a basic concept, diagnosis, various branches of treatment in Ayurveda, types of the drug formulation in Ayurveda and important Ayurvedic drugs and their uses, formulation of asavas, arishtas, Vatika, churna, tails, ghruta, lep.
32 Homoeopathic system of medicine Theory, a basic concept, diagnosis, treatment, source of homoeopathic medicines and important homoeopathic drugs and their uses.

GPAT 2021 Pharmaceutical Analysis Syllabus

GPAT 2021 syllabus for pharmaceutical analysis is mentioned in the table given below:

GPAT Pharmaceutical  Analysis Syllabus
Unit Name Topics
1 Importance of quality control in pharmacy
2 Acid-base titrations Definitions of acids & bases according to Arrhenius & Lewis theory. Definitions of normality, molarity, molality, & equivalent weight. Primary & secondary standards with examples & differences between them. Standardization of strong acids & bases using primary & secondary standards. Preparation of standard solutions of & calculations of equivalent weights of oxalic acid,
potassium acid phthalate, calcium chloride dihydrate, & sodium carbonate. Calculation of factors involved in standardization of sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid, & oxalic acid. Direct, back & differential titrations. Application of direct & back titrations to preparations like boric acid & borax in a mixture ammoniated mercury, milk of magnesia, & zinc oxide ointment. Law of mass action, acid-base equilibria, pH scale, pH & hydronium ion concentrations in aqueous systems, calculations of pH for weak acids & weak bases. Use & applications of pH meter. Hydrolysis of salts. Strengths of acids & bases, dissociation constant. Theory of acid-base indicators. Neutralization [titration] curves. Definition, different types of buffers[chemical & biological], & their composition. Buffer capacity,
buffered isotonic solutions. Calculations involving preparation of various buffer capacity
solutions. Biological & pharmaceutical applications of buffers.
3 Non-aqueous titrations Acid-base definitions according to Lowry-Bronsted, Lewis & Arrhenius concept. Factors
affecting the strengths of acids & bases. Intrinsic structure & surrounding environment. Protophilic, protogenic, amphiprotic & aprotic solvents. Acid-base equilibria in non- aqueous media.Titrants & indicators used for the assay of acidic & basic substances. Preparation of perchloricacid, formation of onium ion. Assay of amines & amine hydrochlorides using
perchloric acid & the reactions involved in it. Standardization of sodium ethoxide solution.
Assay of phenols & phenobarbitone. General applications of non-aqueous titrations
4 Oxidation-reduction titrations Calculation of equivalent weight of oxalic acid, KMnO4, FeSO4, permanganate & I2 from half-reactions. Calculation of factors for titrations mentioned in a, b & c.
a) Redox titrations: KMnO4 as a self indicator, it's preparation, standardization, & use in the assay of ferrous gluconate tablets, H2O2, & NaNO2 solution. b) Iodometric & iodometric titrations. Definitions & difference between iodimetry & iodometry. Preparation, standardization of iodine solution. Assay of ascorbic acid & sulphur ointment by iodimetry. Assay of copper sulphate & ferric chloride by iodometry. c) Bromometric titrations.
d) Iodate titrations. Definition. Preparation, standardization & use of KIO3 in the assay of
ascorbic acid & KI. e) Cerimetric titrations. Preparation, standardization & use of ceric solutions in the assay of paracetamol tablets. Its advantages over permanganate solutions.f) Bromine titrations. Preparation, standardization & use of bromine solution in the assay of phenol & isoniazid tablets.
g) Potassium dichromate titrations. Preparation, standardization & use of potassium dichromate solution in the assay of ferrous ammonium sulphate.
5 Precipitation titrations The principle of solubility product & sparingly soluble salts. Titrants & indicators used in Mohr's, Volhard's, & Fajan's methods.Preparation & standardization
of silver nitrate & ammonium thiocyanate solutions. Assay of sodium chloride by Mohr's
method, use of nitrobenzene in the assay of halides, ammonium chloride, & thiourea by Volhard's method. Calculation of factors in argentometric titrations. Titration curve method. General applications of precipitation titrations.
6 Complexometric titrations Difference between double salts & co-ordinate compounds. Definitions of coordination number
of metal ions, ligands- uni-, bi-, & multidentate. Complexing, chelating, & sequestering agents
with respective examples. Structure of complexes of platinum with ammonia. Ethylenediamine tetraacetate [EDTA] as a multidentate ligand in complexometry. Coordinate compounds of 28 EDTA with bi-, tri-, & tetravalent metal ions. Stability of complexes & factors affecting it, use of buffers in EDTA titrations. Selective analysis of ions based on pH adjustments, use of masking & demasking agents, pM or metal ion indicators. Standardization of EDTA solution, titration
curves, and examples of assays carried out by direct & back titrations & by replacement of one
complex by the other. Applications of complexometry in the assays of calcium gluconate, milk of magnesia, zinc undecenoate ointment, & aluminium hydroxide gel. Assay of NaF by indirect titration.
7 Gravimetry Principles of gravimetry. Factors affecting precipitation, formation, & properties of the
precipitate. Colloidal state. Impurities in the precipitate, conditions of precipitation.
Precipitation from homogenous solutions, washing, drying, & ignition of the precipitate.
Experimental techniques of drying & ignition. Applications of gravimetry in pharmacy.
8 Extraction techniques Liquid-liquid extraction, separation of mixtures by extraction. Distribution law. Successive &
multiple extraction [Craig method], continuous countercurrent extraction. Effect of temperature & pH on extraction. Inert solute, associate ion pair formation, emulsion problem
in extractions. Applications in pharmacy.
9 Potentiometry Theory, ion-selective electrodes, measurement of potential, red-ox titration curve, pH
measurement, the relation of pH to potential. Applications in pharmacy.
10 Miscellaneous methods of analysis Diazotization titrations. Kjeldahl nitrogen estimation. Karl Fisher titrations. Liquid genitals. Oxygen flask Determination of alcohol content in liquid gelenicals. Oxygen flask combustion method.
11 Calibration Calibration of instruments.
12 General principles of spectroscopy Wave-particle duality, wave properties, particulate properties. Line & band spectrum.
29, Electromagnetic spectrum. Absorption & emission spectroscopy. Understanding of terms such as absorbance, transmittance, absorptivities, molar absorptivity, E 1cm 1%,
λmax, the effect of solvent & pH on λmax.
13 Ultraviolet-visible Spectrometry Different electronic transitions. Auxochromes & their effects, auxochromic, bathochromic &
hypsochromic shifts [red & blue shifts]. Beer-Lambert law, its derivation, deviations in Beer's
law. Single & double beam spectrophotometers covering sources of radiations, different
monochromators, detectors such as barrier cell, photocell, photomultiplier tube. Photodiode
array detector. Applications of this technique in qualitative & quantitative estimations emphasizing problem-solving. Fieser-Woodward rules for calculations of theoretical λmax
14 Spectrofluorimetry Principle, definitions & types of luminescence. Mechanism of fluorescence & phosphorescence.
Singlet & triplet states & intersystem crossing. Fluorescence yield & factors affecting it.
Quenching of fluorescence & fluorescence quenchers. Structure & fluorescence. A brief
discussion of instrumentation. Applications of fluorimetry in pharmacy.
15 Flame photometry & atomic absorption spectrometry Principle & instrumentation with an emphasis on working & the importance of different components. Temperature, flame absorption & emission profiles. Interferences & their avoidance. Quantitative estimations & applications.
16 Infrared spectrometry An infrared region in EM spectrum. The principle, different stretching & bending vibrations. Components [& their working] of a dispersive instrument. Fourier transforms [FT] technique, FT instruments & their comparison with dispersive instruments. Sample handling techniques. Functional group & fingerprint regions in the spectrum. Functional groups identification & their use in the characterization of compounds. Problems based on the identification of functional groups from spectra of unknown compounds.
17 Proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry The principle involved in the technique. Knowledge about fundamental terms involved such as quantized absorption, flipping of nucleus, spin number, magnetic moment, magnetogyric ratio, relaxation, etc. Equations relating these terms to the frequency of radiation & magnetic field 30 [without derivation of the equations]. Types of relaxation processes. Low & high-resolution instruments. A brief discussion on the low-resolution instrumentation [60 MHz]. Quantitative
knowledge of the relationship between MHz & magnetic field. An introduction to superconductivity magnets. Solvents & reference standards used. Setting up of NMR scale. Sample preparation. Shielding & deshielding of a proton & its effect on chemical shifts. Discussion on & importance of equivalent & non equivalent protons [number of signals], chemical shifts [position of signal] & their calculation from the spectrum, chemical shifts of different H's, splitting [multiplicity] of a signal, coupling constants [J values] , integration [area under the signal].
Importance of these terms in identification [or confirmation] of different functional groups.
Significance & contribution of J value in stereochemistry. Prediction [expected theoretical values] of chemical shifts & multiplicities for all protons from simple structures containing up to 12-15 carbons. An introduction to FT-technique & its significance in
13 C-NMR spectrometry.
18 Mass spectrometry Principle. Low & high-resolution instruments. Components & importance of each in brief.
Different types of mass spectrometric techniques. Brief knowledge of Chemical Ionization mass spectrometry. Calculations of hydrogen deficiency index [HDI] or unsaturation index [UI]. Base or parent peak, molecular ion, M + 1, M + 2 peaks. Calculations of molecular weight based on M +1 & M + 2 peaks. Formation of molecular ion & further fragmentation. Rearrangements in mass spectrometry. Major modes of fragmentations of hydrocarbons, hydroxyl compounds,
halogen compounds, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, and amines. Introduction [only] to recent advances in MS.
19 Polarography Principle & instrumentation. Ilkovich equation [no derivation] & its importance. Dropping
mercury electrode [DME], saturated calomel electrode. Liquid-liquid junction potential,
polarographic cell. Explanation of origin of the S-shaped C-V curve. Applications
of this technique. Amperometric titrations, principles, instrumentation, & applications.
20 Nephelometry & Turbidimetry Principles, Tyndall effect. Duboscq turbidimeter. Eeel's nephelometer. Applications.
21 Chromatography Principle, rate & plate theory, Van Deemter equation & the parameters affecting separation/band broadening. Classification of chromatography, retention factor. A detailed
31 study of thin-layer chromatography [TLC], preparative TLC, paper chromatography [PC], column chromatography, gas chromatography [GC / GLC]. Qualitative & quantitative applications of the above techniques. An introduction to high performance TLC [HPTLC], comparison of TLC & HPTLC. A brief introduction to high pressure / performance liquid chromatography [HPLC].
22 Miscellaneous An introduction to electrophoresis. An introduction to lasers & masers. Statistical treatment to experimental data. Sampling techniques & applications in the pharmaceutical

GPAT 2021 Biochemistry Syllabus

GPAT 2021 syllabus for biochemistry is mentioned in the table given below:

GPAT Biochemistry Syllabus 
Unit Name Syllabus
1 Cell Revision of ultrastructure of the cell, functions of various cellular constituents. Applications of
biochemical principles to the pharmacy
2 Carbohydrates Types of carbohydrates, their functions, digestion, & absorption. Aerobic & anaerobic oxidation with energetics. Glycogenesis, glycogenolysis, & gluconeogenesis. Hexose monophosphate shunt [HMP shunt]. Diseases associated with carbohydrate metabolism.
3 Proteins Different types of proteins. Their functions, digestion & absorption. Denaturation & its effect on biological activity. Renaturation of proteins. Urea formation, urea cycle, creatinine formation. Transamination & deamination. Proteins as enzymes.
4 Lipids Different types of lipids. Their functions, digestion, absorption & metabolism. (Beta-Oxidation of fatty acids with energetics. Biosynthesis of cholesterol [from acetate], adrenocorticoids, androgens, progesterone, estrogens, & bile acids / salts. Ketone bodies, their formation & biochemical significance. Diseases associated with lipid metabolism.
5 Vitamins Definition. Classification, structures [except B12] biochemical role, sources, daily requirements, & deficiency symptoms. Vitamins as co-factors in biochemical reactions.
6 Biological oxidations & reductions Oxidation-reduction systems in the body their role. Oxidative phosphorylation & Electron transport chain. Cytochromes & inhibitors of the same.
7 Enzymes Classification & their various roles. Enzyme co-factors. Enzyme kinetics. Michaelis-Menton
equation along with its transformations. Double reciprocal plot. Factors affecting enzyme
action. Enzyme inhibition, competitive & non-competitive, & kinetics.
8 Nucleic acids  phosphoric acid. Nucleosides & nucleotides. Formation of NAS & their backbone. Different ways of representing DNA & RNA molecules. Physico-chemical properties of NAs. Their stability in acidic & basic solutions. Isolation, purification & identification, buoyant density, sedimentation coefficient, & Svedberg constant of NAs. De-novo biosynthesis of NAs. DNA & the Watson-Crick model & its features. DNA as
the bearer of genetic information. The Central dogma of molecular genetics & the processes
defined in the same. Replication of DNA. Different types of RNAs with their special features & functions. Minor or rare bases. Transcription & translation. Different post-translational modifications of proteins. Triplet codon & the codon dictionary. Mutations. An introduction to different types of mutations. Their nature & repair. 
9 Hereditary diseases.  Eliptocytosis, spherocytosis, HNPCC, diabetes insipidus. 

GPAT 2021 Biotechnology Syllabus

GPAT 2021 syllabus for biotechnology is mentioned in the table given below:

GPAT 2021 Biotechnology Syllabus

Unit Name Topics
1 Plant Cell and Tissue Culture 1. Cell and tissue culture,
a. Requirements.
b. Callus culture, suspension culture, batch culture.
c. The concept of somatic hybridization, somatic embryogenesis.
2. Processes and applications,
a. Isolation and immobilization of enzymes and plant cells and application.
b. Protoplast and cell fusion.
c. Germplasm conservation.
d. Production of secondary metabolites by plant tissue culture.
e. Gene transfer techniques.
2 Animal Cell Culture Introduction to animal cell culture, the medium used in ATC. Use of FCS, primary culture, secondary culture, cell line. Cloning: concept and application with technical hurdles. Transgenic animals as a source of food, organs and tissues, the concept of xenotransplant.
3 Fermentation Technology and Industrial Microbiology Fermentation is a biochemical process, types of fermentation, Fermenter - working and construction, accessory components, modification, Fermentation monitoring and in situ recovery of products.
4 Recombinant DNA Technology a) Introduction.
b) Role of a restriction endonuclease, DNA ligase, DNA polymerase, Reverse transcriptase.
5 Process and Applications a) Constructing Recombinant DNA molecules.
DNA Clones sources of DNA for cloning.
DNA vectors, the role of expression vectors.Host cell for recombinant work. Method for screening and selecting transformants. 36, Expression of foreign genes. Uses of recombinant DNA.
b) PCR and applications. Human gene therapy concept and applications.
c) Drug delivery systems in gene therapy.
6 Biotechnology-Derived Products a) Sources and upstream processing.
Introduction. Escherichia coli as a source of a recombinant, therapeutic protein. Additional production systems, Yeast.Fungal production systems.Transgenic animals.Transgenic plants.
Insects cell-based systems.Upstream processing.
b) Downstream processing.Product analysis,
Introduction.Protein-based contaminant.
Removal of an altered form of the protein of interest from the product stream.Determination of protein concentration.
c) Immunological approaches to detection of contaminant, Endotoxin and other pyrogenic contaminants. Pyrogen detection. DNA as a
contaminant. Microbial and viral contaminant. Viral assays. Miscellaneous contaminants.
Validation studies.
d) Production and purification of recombinant proteins like, Insulin, Growth hormones, somatostatin, interferons, only examples of recombinant blood products.

GPAT 2021 Microbiology Syllabus

GPAT 2021 syllabus for microbiology is mentioned in the table given below:

 GPAT Microbiology Syllabus
Unit Name Syllabus
1 Introduction to Microbiology Scope and application to pharmacy field. Whittaker's Five Kingdom concept, historical
development - biogenesis Vs. abiogenesis, Germ theory of fermentation, Germ theory of disease, the contribution of Leeuwenhoek, Robert Koch, Jenner, Louis Pasteur and Ehrlich.
2 Microscopy and staining technique The principle, ray diagram, construction, working and applications of the light compound, darkfield, phase contrast, Fluorescence & electron microscope. The concept of resolving power, Magnification power, numerical aperture and angular aperture and working distance. The principal application of oil immersion microscopy. Theory of staining, principle and technique
of staining procedure - Monochrome, Gram, acid-fast, negative, capsule, endospore.
3 Biology of Microorganisms Cultural characteristics, pure culture techniques
a) Bacteria - Morphology and fine structure of bacteria, Nutritional requirement and type of
culture media, growth and growth curve of bacteria, physical condition for growth,
measurement of bacterial growth (Counting Methods), Reproduction in bacteria, genetic
exchange - transformation, conjugation, and transduction, development of drug resistance by recombination and mutation, preservation of bacterial culture. Biochemical properties (sugar fermentation and IMVIC test). Pathogenesis of Staphylococcus, Mycobacterium. Salmonella
An introductory study of disease-causing rickettsia, the importance of actinomycetes in antibiotic production.
4 Fungi and Viruses a) Fungi:- Introduction, general characteristics, morphology, the industrial and medical significance of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Penicillium and Aspergillus, Candida Albicans, Epidermophyton, and trichophytic.
b) Viruses: - Introduction, structure and general properties Bacteriophages - Lytic and Lysogenic cycle, Epidemiological uses of Bacteriophages, human viruses - Cultivation and Multiplication virus-host cell interaction, Pathogenesis of HIV and Prions, types of Tumor viruses.
5 Aseptic Technique The omnipresence of microorganisms, the importance of asepsis, sources of contamination and 38 methods of prevention, Principle, construction & working of laminar airflow bench.
6 Sterilization & Disinfection a) Concept and classification, principle and methods of sterilization, Mechanisms of cell
b) Construction working & applications of moist heat & dry heat sterilizer, gamma
radiation sterilizer, filtration sterilizer. Indicators of sterilization, microbial death, kinetic terms-D value, z value.
c) Terminology of chemical antimicrobial Agents, Chemical classification of different
disinfectants, characteristics of ideal disinfectants, factors affecting the action of
disinfectants, evaluation methods (RW Coeff.), Kelsey Sykes test, Chick Martin test.
7 Microbial spoilage Types of spoilage, factors affecting the spoilage of pharmaceutical products.
8 Vaccines & Sera Manufacturing (seed lot system) and quality control of bacterial vaccines & Toxoids (Tetanus, TAB, Cholera, BCG, DPT), Viral vaccine (Polio- Salk Sabin, Rabies, MMR, Hepatitis, Chickenpox, influenza), Antisera (diphtheria, tetanus), antiviral Antisera (rabies). Preparation of allergenic
extracts & diagnostics.
9 Microbial Assay Importance, general methods of assay of antibiotics (Cup & plate method, paper disc method, turbidometry, dilution method), methods for fungicidal & antiviral compounds, assay, microbial
limit tests.

GPAT 2021 Pathophysiology syllabus

GPAT 2021 syllabus for pathophysiology is mentioned in the table given below:

GPAT 2021 Pathophysiology Syllabus
Unit  Name  Topics 
 1 Basic principles of cell injury and adaptation  Causes, pathogenesis and morphology of cell injury, apoptosis and necrosis. 
 Basic mechanisms of inflammation and repair Pathogeneses of inflammation. Chemical mediators in inflammation. Pathogenesis of
chronic inflammation. Repair of wounds in the skin, factors influencing healing of wounds. 
Disorders of fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance
 Disorders of homeostasis: white blood cells, lymphoid tissues, and red blood cells related to diseases. 
 Immunopathology including amyloidosis a) Host-parasite Relationship: - normal microbial flora of the human body, infection vs.
disease, Pathogenicity vs. Virulence, Koch & Rivers Postulates, Reservoir of infection-sources of infection, Portals of Entry, Portals of exit, vectors of infection, the communicability of disease, recognized symptoms of microbial disease, classification of immunity.
The external defence mechanism of host: Skin, Mucous membrane, chemical Secretions, Naturally occurring microbial flora. Internal defence Mechanism: Inflammation, fever, natural killer Cells, Phagocytic Cells, Soluble mediators-complement Lymphokines, Interferons.
b) Immune response :
Specific immunity & immune response Humoral immunity antibody response, mediators of Humoral immunity, basic
structure of an antibody, antibody classes & functions, maturation of immune response, immunologic memory.
Antigens: specificity & Immunogenicity, Natural vs. artificial Antigens, Soluble, cellular antigens, thymus independent antigen, adjuvant. 
 Infectious diseases Hepatitis - Infective hepatitis.
Sexually transmitted diseases (syphilis, gonorrhoea, HIV). Pneumonia, typhoid,
urinary tract infections. Tuberculosis. Leprosy. Malaria. Dysentery (Bacterial and
Neoplastic diseases  Disturbances of growth of cells. General biology of tumours, differences between benign and malignant tumours. Classification of tumours. Historical diagnosis of malignancy. Aetiology and pathogenesis of cancer. Invasions, metastasis, patterns of spread of cancer. Environmental carcinogenesis. 
Pathophysiology of common diseases  Parkinsonism. Schizophrenia. Depression and mania Stroke (ischemic and haemorrhage). Hypertension. Angina. Myocardial infarction,
CCF. Atherosclerosis. Diabetes mellitus.
Peptic ulcer and inflammatory bowel disease. Cirrhosis and alcoholic liver diseases.
Acute and chronic renal failure.
Asthma and chronic obstructive airway diseases.  
 Laboratory tests for Liver function tests and kidney function tests 

GPAT 2021 Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics Syllabus

GPAT 2021 syllabus for biopharmaceuticals and pharmacokinetics is mentioned in the table given below:

GPAT 2021 Biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics  Syllabus


Name Topics
1 Bio-pharmaceutics a) The fate of drug after drug absorption, various mechanisms for drug absorption, drug concentration in blood, biological factors in drug absorption, physicochemical factors, dosage form consideration for gastrointestinal absorption.
b) Drug Absorption: Gastrointestinal absorption-biological considerations.
Gastrointestinal absorption - physicochemical considerations.
Gastrointestinal absorption-role of the dosage form. Pharmacokinetics. Compartmental and non-compartmental pharmacokinetics.Biotransformation, drug disposition - distribution, drug disposition - elimination. Variability-Body weight, age, sex and genetic factors. Pharmacokinetic variability of diseases. Pharmacokinetic variability-drug interactions. Individualization and optimization of drug dosing regimens.
2 Bio-availability & Bio-equivalence Quality parameters of dosage forms. Assay methods & its validation. Physicochemical properties of drugs & added substances and its effect on preparations and biological availability of dosage forms. Pharmaceutical properties of dosage forms, disintegration,
dissolution rate. Biological, pharmacological effects of dosage forms. Factors affecting
Bioavailability, Determination of bioavailability. Significance of bio-equivalence studies. Statistical analysis of bioequivalence studies. Development, scale-up & post-approval changes [SUPAC] & in vitro [dissolution] in vivo [plasma concentration profile] correlation or IV/IV correlation (IVIVC). Multi-stage - Bioequivalence studies. Therapeutic equivalence. Titration design for clinical rationales. New Drug Application
3 Biopharmaceutical statistics Post Marketing Surveillance. Process Validation.

GPAT 2021 Human Anatomy & Physiology Syllabus

GPAT 2021 syllabus for human anatomy and physiology is mentioned in the table given below:

GPAT 2021 Human Anatomy & Physiology Syllabus 
Unit Name  Topics
1 Cell physiology Cell, Cell junctions, transport mechanisms, homeostasis, ion channels, secondary messengers.
2 The Blood Composition and functions of blood, RBC, WBC, platelets. Homeostasis, blood groups, mechanism of clotting. Introduction to disorders of the blood.
3 Gastrointestinal tract Structure of the gastrointestinal tract, functions of its different parts including those of liver, pancreas and gallbladder, various gastrointestinal structures and their role in the digestion and
absorption of food.
4 Respiratory System Structure of respiratory organs, functions of respiration mechanism and regulation of
respiration, respiratory volumes and vital capacity.
5 Autonomic nervous system Physiology and functions of the autonomic nervous system. Mechanism of neurohumoral transmission in ANS.
6 Sense organs Structure and physiology of eye (vision), ear (hearing), taste buds, nose (smell) and skin.
7 Skeletal System Structure and function of the skeleton. Articulation and movement. Disorders of bones and joints.
8 Central Nervous system Functions of different parts of the brain and spinal cord. Neurohumoral transmission in the central nervous system, reflex action, electroencephalogram, specialized functions of the brain,
cranial nerves and their functions.
9 Urinary System Various parts Structure and functions of the kidney and urinary tract. Physiology of urine formation and acid-base balance. Brief Introduction to disorders of the kidney.
10 Endocrine Glands Basic anatomy and physiology of pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands and pancreas. Local hormones. A brief introduction to disorders of various endocrine glands.
11 Reproductive System Structure and functions of the male and female reproductive system. Sex hormones, physiology of menstrual cycle, and various stages of pregnancy and parturition.
12 Cardiovascular system Anatomy of heart and blood vessels, physiology of blood circulation, cardiac cycle, a conducting system of the heart, heart sound, electrocardiogram, blood pressure and it's regulation.
13 Lymphatic system Composition, formation and circulation of lymph. Spleen and its functions.

GPAT 2021 Pharmaceutical Engineering Syllabus

GPAT 2021 syllabus for pharmaceutical engineering is mentioned in the table given below:

GPAT 2021 Pharmaceutical Engineering Syllabus
Unit Name Topics
1 Fluid flow Type of flow, Reynold's number, viscosity, the concept of the boundary layer, the basic equation of fluid flow, the study of valves, flow meters, manometers and measurement of flow and pressure including mathematical problems.
2 Heat transfer Source of heat, mechanism of heat transfer, the laws of heat transfer, steam and electricity as heating media, determination of requirement of the amount of steam/electrical energy, steam
pressure, boiler capacity, mathematical problems on heat transfer, steam traps and reducing valve, lagging etc.
3 Evaporation The basic concept of phase equilibrium, factors affecting evaporation, evaporators, film evaporators, single effect and multiple effect evaporators, mathematical problems on evaporation.
4 Distillation Raoult's law, phase diagram, volatility: simple steam and flash distillation, principles of rectification, Mc-Cabe Thiele method for calculations of several theoretical plates, azeotropic and extractive distillation, mathematical problems on distillation
5 Drying Moisture content and mechanism of drying, the rate of drying and time of drying calculations, classifications and types of dryers, dryers used in pharmaceutical industries and special drying methods like freeze-drying and lyophilization, mathematical problems in drying.
6 Size reduction and size separation Definition, objectives of size reduction, factors affecting size reduction, laws governing in energy and power requirement of a mill, types of mills including ball mill, hammer mill, fluid
energy mill, micronizer, Quadro co-mil, multi mill etc.
7 Extraction Theory of extraction, extraction methods, equipment for various types of extraction.
8 Mixing Theory of mixing, solid-solid, solid-liquid and liquid-liquid mixing equipment.
9 Crystallization Characteristics of crystals like purity, size, shape, geometry, habit, forms, size and factors
affecting them. Solubility curves and calculation curves and calculations of heat balance around S Swanson's Walker crystallizer, supersaturation theory and its limitations, Nucleation mechanism, crystal growth, the study of various types of crystallizers, tanks, agitated batch,
Swanson’s Walker, single vacuums, circulating magma and crystal crystallizers, cracking of crystals
and its prevention. Numerical problems on yields. Introduction to polymorphism.
10 Filtration and Centrifugation Theory of filtrations, filter aids, filter media, industrial filters, including filter press, rotary filter, edge filters, filter leaf and laboratory filtration equipment etc., Factors affecting filtration, mathematical problems on filtrations, optimum cleaning cycle in batch filters. Principles of
centrifugation, industrial centrifugal filters and centrifugal sedimentary.
11 Dehumidification and humidity control Basic concept and definition, wet bulb and adiabatic saturation temperatures, psychometric count and measurement of humidity, application of humidity measurement in pharmacy,
equipment for humidification and dehumidification operations

GPAT 2021 Pharmaceutical Management Syllabus

GPAT 2021 syllabus for pharmaceutical management is mentioned in the table given below:

 GPAT 2021 Pharmaceutical Management Syllabus
Unit Name Topics
1 Introduction to management Types of management. Basic concepts of management, management process, function and principles. Levels of management, pharmaceutical management art, science or profession.
Social responsibilities of management, functions of management.
2 Planning and Forecasting Planning: Nature, process and types of planning, steps in the planning process, planning premises. Advantages and limitations of planning. Management by objective, meaning, objective
features, advantages and limitations. Forecasting: meaning, nature, importance, limitations. Techniques of forecasting.
3 Organization Definition, nature, theories, functions, line and staff organization concepts.
4 Research Management R & D organizations and research categories. Elements needed for an R & D organization. Technology transfer.
5 Inventory Management Objective and functions of inventory control. Types of inventories. Requirements for effective inventory control.
6 Communication Nature, types of communication, process, channels and barriers of communication. Limitations of communications. Importance in pharmaceutical industries.
7 Marketing Research New product selection, product management, advertising.
8 Leadership and motivation Leadership: meaning, nature, leadership styles. Theories of leadership. Motivation: meaning, nature, importance. Theories of motivation.
9 Human resource and development (HRD) Definition, HRD methods, HRD process, HRD in Indian industry.
10 GATT General Agreement on Tariff and Trade and its impact on the pharmaceutical industry. History of GATT, its impact on the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmaceutical market in
11 World trade organization (WTO) and trade-related intellectual property rights
Introduction to WTO. Types of intellectual property rights: industrial property and copyrights.Indian Patent Acts, 1970 with the latest amendment. Definition, types of patents.
12 Standard institutions and regulatory authorities 1. Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
2. International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
3. United States of Food and Drug Administration (USFDA).
4. Central Drug Standard Control Organization (CDSCO).
5. International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).
6. World Health Organization (WHO).

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GPAT 2021 Exam Pattern 

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GPAT exam pattern 2021 
Particulars Details
Exam Mode Online - Computer-based test (CBT)
Exam Type Multiple-choice Questions (MCQ)
Total Questions 125 Questions
Duration 3 hours
Total Marks 500 marks
GPAT Marking scheme

+4 marks awarded for the correct answer

1 mark deducted for each incorrect answer

Unattempted questions do not carry any negative marking.

GPAT 2021 Recommended Books

There are multiple books available at the retail stores and online, which covers the syllabus for GPAT 2021. Applicants are advised to select the books for preparation of GPAT 2021 carefully. The reviews and recommendations about the book will help candidate in selecting the right choice. Few recommended books for GPAT 2021 are mentioned below:

  • Pharmaceutics: The Theory and Practice of Industrial Pharmacy, 
    Author/Publication: Lachman, Remington, Aulton, Ansel, Banker, Physical Pharmacy by Martin
  • Pharmaceutics: Drug delivery and targeting
    Author/Publication: Yvonne Perrie, Thomas Rades, Pharmaceutical Press, second edition
  • Pharmacognosy
    Author/Publication: Kokate, Trease & Evans
  • Organic Chemistry
    Author/Publication: Morrison & Boyd
  • Medicinal Chemistry
    Author/Publication: William O Foye
  • Anatomy and Physiology
    Author/Publication: Ross & Wilson,12th edition, Churchill Livingstone


Invertis University, [IU] Bareilly


(Total Fees) Rs. 10th Compl

Rayat Bahra University, Mohali

Master of Pharmacy [M.Pharm]


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