About GPAT 2013
Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT-2013) is an all India Examination to be conducted by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi.
The Scores in Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) have been in use till the year 2010 for admission in Master’s Programme in Pharmacy (M. Pharm) and also for awarding fellowships/scholarships to Pharmacy Graduates along with engineering graduates. The Organizing Committee for GATE expressed its inability to include Pharmacy graduates in GATE with effect from the year 2011, owing to operational problems due to large number of candidates appearing for GATE examination.
Therefore, in order to facilitate admission of Pharmacy graduates in M. Pharm and also to award fellowships/scholarships to Pharmacy graduates, AICTE decided to organize and conduct an examination in the name of Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) with effect from academic year 2011-12.
On the recommendation of the National Monitoring Committee for GPAT (GPAT-NMC), the onus of conducting the first GPAT examination i.e. GPAT-2010 and the subsequent one for 2011 and 2012 was given to The M. S. University of Baroda, Vadodara by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi.
AICTE has now decided to conduct this test online for 2013 and all processes are being coordinated directly by AICTE.
1. General Information
Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT-2013) is an All India examination conducted by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi. The complete process of test starting from REGISTRATION (process for application by the Applicants) to writing the test, declaration of result and taking print out of score card will be ONLINE for GPAT-2013 Examination.
2. GPAT Qualification
Admission to postgraduate programmes with MHRD and other government scholarships/assistantships in pharmacy colleges/institutes is open to those who qualify through GPAT. Candidates, who qualify GPAT examination and have Four years Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy, are eligible for admission to Masters/Doctoral programmes in Pharmacy. To avail the scholarship, the candidate must secure admission to such a postgraduate programme, as per the prevailing procedure of the admitting institution. However, candidates with Master’s degree in Pharmacy may seek admission to relevant Ph.D. programmes with scholarship/assistantship without appearing in the GPAT examination. Some institutions specify GPAT qualification as mandatory even for admission of self-financing students to postgraduate programmes. GPAT qualified candidates are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR/UGC sponsored projects.
The candidates having bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy (4 years after 10+2, including lateral entry candidates) and those who are in the final year of B. Pharmacy course are eligible for appearing in GPAT-2013 examination.
4. Examination Schedule
5. Examination Cities
GPAT-2013 Examination would be organized tentatively in 57 cities of the country. AICTE reserves the right to add/change/amend the examination cities/centers at any point of time upto the time of actual conduct of examination.
6. Pattern of GPAT Examination
GPAT-2013 Examination is a computer based online test however the pattern of paper will be similar to that of GPAT-2012 Examination, except the candidate instead of paper and pencil will mark the correct answer out of four options given on the computer.
7. Application Fee & Submission Process
a. The application fee is Rs. 1200/- for General & OBC Category candidates, and Rs. 600/- for SC/ST/PD* Category candidates. The application fee is exclusive of bank charges. Application fee once remitted to the bank will be NON-REFUNDABLE under any circumstances. (* Person with Disability)
b. The mode of applying for GPAT-2013 Examination will be ONLINE. The detailed process of ONLINE application is described at appropriate place on the website.
c. The application details (i.e. personal details like corrections in name, date of birth, category etc. and other details like examination city/choice of examination center etc.) will not be modified under any circumstance.
8. Other Information
a. Candidates can appear in the examination against valid admit cards downloaded from the GPAT website. Candidates must paste photograph on the printed admit card, sign it and duly attest by principal / Director of the Institute or Gazetted officer and bring on the test day along with identity proof (passport, driving license, voter’s card).
b. The AICTE has the sole authority to decide the qualifying score for the examination. In case of any claim or dispute in any matter relating to GPAT-2013, it is hereby made absolutely clear that the Courts and Tribunals in Delhi alone shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain and settle any such dispute or claim.
c. The applicant is fully responsible for the information given in the ONLINE application form. The information given by the applicant cannot be changed later on. AICTE will not have any responsibility/liability with respect to the information given by the applicant in the GPAT Application form. The information given by the applicant only would be reflected in the Scorecard issued by AICTE. The information given in the Scorecard like, date of birth, parentage, Community category etc. cannot be used by the applicant for obtaining any sort of benefit/concession from any government/private agency.
For information, announcements and results, visit the website listed below:
WEBSITES: GPAT Cell - http://www.aicte-gpat.in
Helpline Number : 022-66258304
9. Postgraduate admissions with MHRD scholarship
As per the directives of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, the following procedure is to be adopted for admission to postgraduate programmes (Master and Doctoral). The GPAT performance of the candidate will be considered for such admissions. If the candidate is to be selected through interview for postgraduate programmes, a minimum of 70% weightage is to be given to the GPAT performance. The remaining weightage (a maximum of 30%) can be given to the candidate’s academic record/performance in interview. The admitting institution will prescribe minimum passing percentage of marks in the interview. Some colleges/institutes specify GPAT qualification as the mandatory requirement even for admission without MHRD scholarship/assistantship.
10. Additional information
a. Applicants are advised to seek details of admission procedures and availability of MHRD scholarship/assistantship from the concerned admitting institution. The criteria for postgraduate admission with scholarship/assistantship are different for different admitting institutions. AICTE will not entertain any enquiry about admission and award of scholarship/assistantship.
b. It is the responsibility of the admitting institution to award the MHRD scholarship/assistantship to only those candidates who are ‘Qualified for Scholarship and M. Pharm admission’. The management of the postgraduate scholarship/assistantship is also the responsibility of the admitting institution. Reservation of seats under different categories would be as per the policies and norms prevailing at the admitting institution and Government of India rules.
c. A candidate declared “Qualified for Scholarship and M. Pharm admission” and having the valid score is eligible for MHRD fellowship for 24 months unless he/she loses it due to poor performance in the registered programme. It may be noted however, that the award of scholarships by AICTE, New Delhi, to the eligible applicants would be decided on the basis of norms existing at the time of application of awards. Qualifying in GPAT Examination alone does not entitle the applicants automatically for scholarship.
d. GPAT scorecard will be issued only to those applicants who qualify in the GPAT Examination. Only those applicants who are “Qualified for Scholarship and M. Pharm admission” would be entitled for scholarship.
11. Examination Type
GPAT-2013 Examination will be computer based online test. It will consist of a single paper of 3 hours duration containing 125 questions, each of four (04) marks. The question paper will consist of multiple choice objective questions only. Each question will have four choices for the answer. The candidates will have to mark the correct choice on the computer against each question. Four (04) marks will be awarded for each right answer and zero (00) marks for no attempts. There will be negative marking for the wrong answers. One (01) mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
12. GPAT Result
a. GPAT-2013 result will be announced on GPAT website on 31st May 2013.
b. GPAT-2013 score is valid for ONE YEAR ONLY from the date of announcement of the result.
c. There is no provision for re-grading/re-checking or re-totaling.
13. GPAT Scorecard
a. GPAT scorecard will be made available on the website. All qualified applicants will be able to online print out scorecard.