Some states in India conduct a Common Entrance Test for Engineering and Medical Courses, which include those for dentistry and pharmacology, while other Colleges and Universities in different states of the country hold a separate test for their BSc Pharma courses.
Some of the common tests conducted by states are CET Karnataka, CET Punjab, CEE Kerala, JEE West Bengal, DUMET Delhi, GUJCET Gujarat, MHT CET Maharashtra etc.
Some that conduct their own tests are the Manipal University (ENAT), AIMS – Amrita Institute of Medical Science, the Banaras Hindu University, the Poona College of Pharmacy, SRM - Sri Ramachandra Medical College, the Maharshi Dayanand University, the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), the GGS Indraprastha University, the Institute of Engineering and Technology Bareilly and the Andhra University which holds the EAMCET. Uttar Pradesh conducts the State Entrance Exam (SEE UPTU) and Rajasthan holds the Rajasthan Pre-Entrance Test for Pharmacy (RPETEAP).
Merit in the CET exam is the main criterion for selection for admission to B Pharma courses in these colleges and Universities.
Questions are based on the Physics, Chemistry and Biology of the 12th class, and apart from these, most of the Pharma Entrance Exams test areas like Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Logical Reasoning, and Subject Knowledge (Pharma).
Some of the top-rated B.Pharma colleges are the Madurai Medical College, the Nirma Institute of Pharmacy, Ahmedabad, the Bharti Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sriganganagar, the Alwar Pharmacy College, the Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research (DIPSAR), the SGRR Institute of Pharmacy, Dehradun, the ISF College of Pharmacy, Moga, Punjab, the Bombay College of Pharmacy, the Indira College of Pharmacy, Pune and the Hamdard University, New Delhi.
The GPAT is an exam held at the national level for admission to post graduate pharmacy courses in institutes across the country, and it is an entrance exam conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). It is 3 hour long exam with 125 multiple choice questions, with each question carrying four marks, and with negative marking of 1 mark deducted for a wrong answer.