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AICTE GPAT 2017 FAQ - Frequently asked questions


No. From academic year 2016-17 onwards, the GPAT exam will be conducted only once a year, The GPAT-2017 will be conducted on 28th January 2017. 29th January 2017 is a reserved day.

The computer-based online examination is more or less the same except that a candidate reads a question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer, instead of reading on a paper booklet and using a pencil/pen to darken the ovals on an answer sheet.

No. A candidate will have to take the test on a pre-assigned computer at the test venue.

GPAT trial test will be available on the website from 15th Dec 2016 for candidates to get familiarized with the functionality and navigation of the actual Computer Based test.


There will be 125 questions.

The duration of test will be 180 minutes

For each correct answer there are 4 marks, for each wrong answer 1 mark shall be deducted.


Candidates who are in the final year of the Bachelor’s Degree Programmes of pharmacy or who have appeared in the final year examination can also appear in the test. Please see the Table below for eligibility.

Test Programmes Eligibility
GPAT-2017 Post Graduate Course in Pharmacy (M.Phama) Bachelor’s degree holders in Pharmacy (4 years after 10+2, including lateral entry candidates) and those who are in the final year of B. Pharmacy course ONLY are eligible for appearing in GPAT 2017 Examination. [B. Pharmacy 1st year to 3rd year students are NOT ELIGIBLE to appear in GPAT 2017 Examination.]

No, there is no age restriction for appearing in GPAT.

The fee for General / OBC candidates appearing for GPAT is Rs.1400 + Bank charges as applicable; whereas for Female /SC/ST/PWD category candidates fee is Rs.700 + Bank charges as applicable.

Candidates are appearing for test in India are required to pay registration fee either by Online (Credit / Debit cards / Net banking).

Online registration for GPAT January 2017 will begin on 10th October, 2016 and close on 10th December 2016. Detailed instructions for the online application and registration process are available on this website (

No, you need to have a valid and unique email address of yourself which you will be using at least for the next eight months

No. Fees cannot be paid through Bank Demand Draft or Cheque. It can be paid through online or Cash at any of the SBI branch. For making cash payment, you need to generate Challan through the portal and visit the nearest SBI bank on the next day of challan generation to pay the cash.

GPAT in India will be held on 28th January, 2017.29th January 2017 is a reserved day. Yes, you can select up-to 3 cities in India giving order of preference towards your test city. The first choice of city will be given due consideration and weightage. However, actual allotment as per order of choice will be subject to availability of the slot in that particular city.

A list of test cities is available on the website

You can PRINT your ADMIT CARD by going to website from 13th January, 2017.

The admit card will contain the photo, name and signature of the candidate, GPAT Roll number, test date, time, reporting time at the venue, venue name, venue address and brief instructions for the candidate.

No. Apart from the ADMIT CARD made available ONLINE on the website, the admit card will be sent to the email address provided by you. It is therefore, mandatory for you to have a valid email account throughout the selection process. Note: Admit Card is a mandatory requirement in order to take the test. You must bring a print out of your Admit Card to the test centre.

There will be no different time slots. Test will begin at 2:30 PM on 28th Jan 2017.29th Jan 2017 is a reserved day. Candidates are required to arrive at the test centre on or before 1:00 PM for Security checks, Identity verification, and check-in.

The FAQs, IVRS and online instructions are designed to enable self-service. You are requested to use these tools which can guide you through the entire process and help answer most of your queries. In case you are still facing issues, then GPAT Customer Care Support is available by phone and email from 8.00 am - 10.00 pm everyday. Helpline number: 022-66258304 Fax number : 022-25814283 E-mail id: Phone support availability: 5th October 2016 – 6th March 2017, 8.00 am - 10.00 pm everyday Daily Webmail support will be available from 5th October 2016 – 6th March 2017. Queries, received by webmail, will be responded within 2 business days. Do not send the same email multiple times, as it will delay the response process.

If you generate Challan on 10th Dec, 2016, you can pay the CASH by 11th Dec, 2016 and complete the registration process by 13th Dec, 2016. For all existing users who have not paid their CASH after generating CHALLAN or are waiting for their data to get updated on the portal, the last date of application form submission will be 13th Dec, 2016.

No. No data can be changed once the form is finally submitted.

Under no circumstances, cancellation of application and refund of fee will be allowed.

No. Your fees will not be refunded in case you do not appear for your test as per your scheduled location, date and time


One Hour and Thirty minutes prior to the test time. For the test beginning at 2.30 pm, you must reach the test centre no later than 1:00 PM.

Candidates appearing for test in India will need to bring the following identification documents on the test day:

  1. SELF ATTESTED COPY of GPAT 2017. Admit Card with recent passport size photo pasted on it.
  2. At least one original (not photocopied / scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo identification. The name on your photo identification must match your name as entered in the GPAT application. Acceptable forms of photo identification types are limited to Driver's license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, UID card or a notarized Affidavit (in English) with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address. Photocopies of the original are not acceptable. Candidates will not be permitted to take the test if photo identification is not presented. SC/ST candidates are required to bring the valid caste certificate in Original and an ATTESTED photocopy. Physically Disabled candidates are required to bring the valid Disability certificate in Original and an ATTESTED photocopy. ATTESTATION CAN BE DONE BY INSTITUTE HEAD ALSO Note: You will have to store all other personal items at the test centre at your own risk. Please do not bring any other items to the test centre, as they are not permitted into the testing centre.

Your name needs to be exactly identical to the name on your Xth Mark sheet or equivalent for candidates appearing for GPAT. Note: - If the name has been changed due to events such as marriage, you must show the relevant document such as Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, Legal Name Change Document and submit a photocopy at the time of the examination of GPAT-2017 and interview and at the time of joining a programme at institutes.

None. You will not be permitted to bring any personal items to the test centre, including but not limited to wrist-watch, cellphones, calculators, etc.

The total duration is 3 hours. The actual test will contain 125 questions.

No, you will not be given any breaks during the test.

No. even if you complete the exam before the scheduled end time, you will not be allowed to leave the exam hall. You are allowed to leave the exam only after the scheduled three hours of exam are over. You cannot leave in between the exam even if you finish the exam early.

At the test centre, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room. On completion of the test, candidates will have to hand back all the scratch paper to the Administrator.


GPAT 2017 results are expected to be declared on 10th February 2017 on the website

You need to login on the website using your username & password and select "Admit Card" to print your Admit Card directly from the website. In case you are unable to take the printout you may seek help of Call Centre / Helpdesk at the following contact : 022-66258304

No, Once you submitted your application form, there is no way to change your information.


As per the “Persons with Disability Act, 1995”, candidate appearing for GPAT in India qualifies to be a Physically Disabled (PD) candidate if he/she suffers from any of the listed disabilities, to the extent of not less than 40% as certified by a medical authority. Following are the categories defined by AICTE for PWD candidates:

  1. Visually impaired
  2. Physically handicapped
  3. Hearing Impairment
  4. Dumb

The approved means of testing assistance that you may select on the application form are as follow:

Testing Assistance Applicable for Arranged by
Abacus (without calculator) Visually Impaired Candidate
Hearing Aid Hearing Impairment Candidate
Wheel Chair Locomotor Disability/ Cerebral Palsy Candidate
Screen/Font Magnification Visually Impaired Test Centre
Scribe/Reader Visually Impaired / Cerebral Palsy Candidate / Test Centre *

* Provided at the Test Centre only on the prior request.

Visually Impaired and Cerebral Palsy candidates will be allowed to bring a Scribe/ Reader as per scribe form mentioned on the GPAT website. Scribe facility can also be provided by AICTE if the candidate so opts for that. Candidate will be given an opportunity to interact with the scribe a day before the examination. After meeting with the identified scribe, candidate will be required to submit an undertaking. You will also be provided with a time extension of one hour for computer based test

Visually Impaired or Cerebral Palsy Candidates will be given a time extension of twenty minutes for every hour of the test, thus for 3 hour test you will get a total of 'One Hour' extra.

The scribe must fulfil the following criteria:

  1. Is not a family member or a friend.
  2. Is not involved in any academic tutoring or preparation for the test to be administered.
  3. Has not completed 19 years of age as of 28th January, 2017.
  4. Has academic qualification lower than that of the candidate.

Note: The age certificate of Scribe has to be presented at the Test Centre. A scribe will not be permitted to assist a candidate in case the above criteria are not met.


All AICTE approved Institutes / Departments of Universities are expected to accept GPAT scores. The specific notifications issued by Universities and State Governments are available at GPAT website;

GPAT score will be considered for admissions to all AICTE approved part-time programs.

No. there is no sectional cut off in the GPAT examination.

The GPAT 2017 exam score will be valid for one year which is for admissions to academic year 2017-18 only.

GPAT is a computer based online exam scheduled on 28th January 2017. 29th January 2017 is a reserved day. It cannot be taken in paper-pencil mode.

GPAT 2017 is not meant for admission into B. Pharmacy course for any state in India. For admission into B. Pharmacy course every state has a policy which you have to find out. GPAT 2017 is valid for all the states and Union Territories in India for postgraduate admissions in Pharmacy courses and not for admission into undergraduate course in pharmacy.

No, B. Pharmacy third year students are not eligible to appear in GPAT 2017 examination.

Yes, you can appear in GPAT 2017 examination but your admission into a postgraduate course in pharmacy and scholarship will be governed by the rules/norms set by MHRD, Government of India.

Qualifying in GPAT 2017 examination with a score card reading “Qualified for scholarship and admission into M. Pharmacy” is the minimum eligibility criteria for getting a scholarship in M. Pharmacy. Qualifying in GPAT 2017 has nothing to do with reservation policy for admission in M. Pharmacy courses. Seats of M. Pharmacy are reserved as per state/central government policy. Scholarship to the GPAT 2017 qualified candidates would be given by AICTE as per the rules/norms prevailing at that time.

Although the GPAT 2017 score card is valid only for one year but this is for the purpose of obtaining scholarship in M. Pharmacy course. After completing M. Pharm Degree if someone is interested in getting registered for Ph.D. degree then GPAT scorecard is valid beyond one year and the applicant need not appear in Ph.D. entrance/eligibility examination conducted by Indian universities

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