Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) 2013 to be held by AICTE

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The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will be conducting the Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) 2013. The test will be conducted across India between 16 May and 18 May, 2013. Admission for the academic year 2013 to 2014 is for master's programmes in pharmacy that are approved by AICTE. Engineering and pharmacy graduates may also use the scores as part of fellowship and scholarship applications.

Programmes

Postgraduate programmes available through GPAT 2013 include:

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  • Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm.)

Important dates

  • Registration begins: 8 March, 2013
  • Registration ends: 15 April, 2013
  • Admit cards available for download: 29 April, 2013
  • Exam: 16 May to 18 May, 2013
    • 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or
    • 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Results: 31 May, 2013
  • Score card printouts: 31 May to 30 June, 2013

Eligibility criteria

To appear for the test, you must hold a bachelor's degree in pharmacy or be in the final year of the degree program. First- through third-year pharmacy students are not eligible to take the GPAT.

Exam pattern

GPAT is a multiple choice test with 125 total questions. Three hours are allotted for the test. Correct answers are given four marks and incorrect answers receive one mark deduction.

Syllabus

Pharmaceutics

Introduction to physical pharmacy: Matter, properties of matter, micromeretics and power rheology, surface and interfacial phenomenon, viscosity and rheology, dispersion systems, kinetics and drug stability.

Microbiology in pharmacy: Structure of bacterial cell, identification of microbes, control of microbes by physical and chemical methods, sterilization, immunology and immunological preparations, genetic recombination and antibiotics.

Introduction to pharmaceutical jurisprudence and ethics: Pharmaceutical legislation - main provisions of important acts and recent amendments.

Introduction to dispensing and community pharmacy: Prescription, principles involved and procedures adopted in dispensing of, incompatibilities, community pharmacy, organization and structure of hospital pharmacy, hospital formulary, drug store management and inventory control, drug distribution systems in hospitals, central sterile supply unit and management, manufacture of sterile and non-sterile products, drug information services, records and reports, nuclear pharmacy.

Unit operations in manufacturing, stoichiometry: Unit processes, fluid flow, heat transfer, evaporation, distillation, drying, size reduction, mixing, filtration and centrifugation, crystallization, dehumidification and humidity control, refrigeration and air conditioning, material of construction, material handling systems, corrosion, plant location, industrial hazards and safety precautions, automated process control systems.

Dosages forms, designing and evaluation: Liquid dosages forms, semisolid dosage forms, suppositories, extraction and galenical products, blood products and plasma substitutes, pharmaceutical aerosols, ophthalmic preparations, cosmeticology and cosmetic preparations, capsules, micro-encapsulation, tablets, parenteral products, surgical products, packaging of pharmaceutical products, designing of dosage forms and performance evaluation methods.

Biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics: Introduction to biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, clinical pharmacokinetics, bioavailability and bioequivalence.

Pharmaceutical chemistry

Inorganic pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry: Inorganic compounds in pharmacy and medicine, gastrointestinal agents, major intra- and extra-cellular electrolytes, essential and trace elements, topical agents, gases and vapors, dental products, miscellaneous agents, pharmaceutical aids used in pharmaceutical industry; acids, bases and buffers; inorganic radiopharmaceuticals.

Physical chemistry in pharmacy: Importance of basic fundamentals of physical chemistry in pharmacy, the liquid state, solutions, thermodynamics, thermochemical equations, photochemistry, chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics.

Organic chemistry and its importance in pharmacy: Importance of fundamentals of organic chemistry in pharmaceutical sciences, stereochemistry, stereoselective and stereospecific reactions, nucleophilic and electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions, electrophilic and nucleophilic addition reactions, element reactions, neighboring group effects.

Biochemistry: Biochemistry in pharmaceutical sciences, enzymes, co-enzymes, citric acid cycle, lipids metabolism, biological oxidation, metabolism of ammonia and nitrogen containing monomers, purine biosynthesis, pyrimidine biosynthesis and formation of deoxyribonucleotides, biosynthesis of nucleic acids, mutation, genetic code and protein synthesis.

Medicinal chemistry: Basic principles, drug metabolism and concept of prodrugs, synthetic procedures, properties of the following classes of drugs, autocoids, steroidal drugs, drugs acting on the central nervous system, diuretics, cardiovascular drugs, thyroid and anti thyroid drugs, anti-metabolites, immunosuppressives, microbial transformations and enzyme immobilization.

Pharmaceutical analysis: Different techniques of pharmaceutical analysis, volumetric analysis fundamentals, acid base titrations, oxidation reduction titrations, precipitation titrations, gravimetric analysis, non-aqueous titrations, complexometric titrations, miscellaneous methods of analysis, extraction procedures, conductometry, coulometry, polarography, amperometry, chromatography, spectra and quality assurance.

Pharmacology

Pathophysiology of common diseases, basic mechanisms of inflammation and repair, immunopathophysiology, pathophysiology of common diseases, fundamentals of general pharmacology, pharmacology of peripheral nervous system, pharmacology of central nervous system, pharmacology of cardiovascular system, autocoids, pharmacology of endocrine system, chemotherapy, endocrine disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, infectious diseases, neuroplastic diseases.

Pharmacognosy

Sources of drugs, classification of drugs, medicinally important plants; cultivation, collection, processing and storage of crude drugs, introduction to active constituents of drugs.

Systematic pharmacognostic study of the following: Carbohydrates and derived products, lipids, tannins, resins, volatile oils, phytochemical screening, fibers.

Biological sources, cultivation, collecting, chemical constituents, commercial varieties, adulterants, substitutes, adulterants, uses, diagnostic macroscopic and microscopic aspects of the following contained in drugs: glycoside, alkaloid.

Studies of traditional drugs, general techniques of biosynthetic studies and basic metabolic pathways or biogenesis.

Application procedure

In order to register for the test, complete new user registration at www.aicte-gpat.in. Complete self-registration details, which cannot be edited. Payment can be made through net banking online with a credit/debit card or via cash transfer. The test fee for general and Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates is Rs. 1,200 (plus applicable bank fees). For Scheduled Tribes/Scheduled Classes/Physically Disabled (SC/ST/PD) candidates, the fee is Rs. 600. To pay with cash, create a challan online to take to any branch of the State Bank of India. After completing payment, complete the rest of the form. Once your form is submitted, you cannot edit the information. Print a copy of your completed application as a reference.

Exam centres

Ahmadabad

Indore

Nellore

Allahabad

Jabalpur

Noida

Amravati

Jaipur

Panaji

Amritsar

Jammu

Patna

Aurangabad

Kanpur

Pune

Bangalore

Kochi

Raipur

Bareilly

Kolhapur

Rajahmundry

Bhavnagar

Kolkata

Rajkot

Bhopal

Kozhikode

Shimla

Bhubaneswar

Kurnool

Surat

Chandigarh

Lucknow

Thiruvananthpuram

Chennai

Madurai

Tirupati

Dehradun

Mangalore

Udaipur

Delhi

Meerut

Vadodara

Gulbarga

Mumbai

Varanasi

Gurgaon

Mysore

Vijayawada

Guwahati

Nagpur

Visakhapatnam

Gwalior

Nanded

Warangal

Hyderabad

Nasik

AICTE may change or cancel test centres as needed. When you register online, choose three cities in order of your preference. Centres are allotted on a first come first served basis.

 

Source

"Registration for GPAT-2013," AICTE, 2012, http://www.aicte-gpat.in/

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