What is Pharmacy

We can identify the professionals who diagnose our illness, but most of the people aren’t aware of the fact that the drug we take is manufactured by the Pharmacy industry, commonly known as the pharmaceutical industry. There’s a long process involved in the manufacturing of a drug, and its approval in the Pharma industry.

Pharmacists (Chemists or druggists): Pharmacists are healthcare professionals who practice in pharmacy, the field of health sciences focusing on safe and effective medication use.

They are licensed to prepare and dispense medications, involved in patient care, counsel patients, and monitor outcomes according to a prescription from a licensed health professional.

Apart from drugs too, a pharmacist has holistic roles to play in anything that has chemicals, from the food you take to the products you use, all of this comes under the umbrella of pharmacy. They have an active role to play in many industries.

Eligibility Criteria (UG & PG) of Pharmacy

UG Level

  • Candidates must have passed 10+2 from a recognised board.
  • Candidates must have Physics, Biology and Chemistry as their compulsory subjects.
  • An aggregate of a minimum of 55 % is required.

PG Level

  • Candidates must have done their Bachelor of Pharmacy  from a PCI/UGC/AICTE recognised university or institute.
  • Minimum aggregate is dependent on the university you’re pitching for, but the candidate should at least have obtained 50% marks.
  • The minimum age must be above 17 years by 31 December before applying.

Doctorate Level

  • The candidate must have passed  M. Pharma with an aggregate of minimum 55% marks.
  • The upper age limit to apply for UGC NET is 28 years. This age limit has relaxation for certain reserved categories. 

Pharmacy Entrance Exam

UPSEE – Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Exam is an exam conducted for the admission in various colleges across Uttar Pradesh. It is a state-level entrance exam conducted by AKTU (Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University). It is conducted both offline and online and held in September.

WBJEE – West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam is a state-level joined entrance exam for engineering and pharmacy students conducted by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam Board (WBJEEB) offline in February.

GUJCET – Gujarat Common Entrance Test is a state-level entrance exam for admission in various pharma colleges and is conducted by the directorate of technical education, it is held in August, offline.

KCET – Karnataka Common Entrance Test is a state-level entrance exam conducted by Karnataka Exam Authority (KEA) in July.

PG Level

GPAT – Graduate Pharmacy Test is a national level exam conducted by AICTE to provide admission to the students willing to take admission in M. Pharma.

NIPER JEE – NIPER Joint Entrance Exam is a national-level entrance exam held across India. It awards Postgraduate level courses in the field of Pharmacies such as M.S. (Pharma), M. Pharma, M. Tech (Pharma), PhD (Pharmaceutical & Biological Sciences disciplines), and MBA (Pharma) offered by various campuses of NIPER. It is usually held in September, online.


Doctorate Level

NIPER JEE – It is a joint exam for PG and PhD candidates, held in September.

CSIR-UGC NET – National Eligibility Test: Generally held in June, it is a national level Joint CSIR-UGC Test conducted by NTA. The eligible Indian candidates are awarded Junior Research Fellowships  (JRF). 

Scope of Pharmacy in India and Abroad

Pharmacy science is way broader than sitting behind the counter of a drug store. It is a vast and very important field.  India is one of the biggest pharma markets in the world.

What is pharmacy all about? When you go to a doctor, he diagnoses the diseases, but the medicine you take is not developed by the doctor.

It is developed by a pharmacist. The pharmacist knows the chemical compound, its nature and effect on the body of a living being.

Therefore, in the medicinal field, pharma is one of the most important fields. Owing to the increased no. of diseases, there’s a huge scope in the field of pharmacy.

Medicine is important to humankind and so the professionals who manufacture it. Not just in India but there’s a huge demand for Pharmacy professionals in foreign countries too.

Course Fees Pharmacy

Minimum Fees Maximum Fees
Private Government Private Government
6.44 K
B.Pharma in Pharmacy at Baba Institute of Pharmacy, Muzaffarnagar
10.65 K
B.Pharma in Pharmacy at Regional Institute of Paramedical and Nursing Sciences, Aizawl
18.64 Lakhs
B.Pharma in Pharmacy at Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
8.00 Lakhs
B.Pharma in Pharmacy at Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai
20.00 K
M.Phil. in Pharmacy at MATS University, Raipur
44.42 K
M.S. in Pharmacy at National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Hajipur
6.88 Lakhs
M.Pharma in Pharmacy at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal
2.45 Lakhs
M.Pharma in Pharmacy at Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar
80.00 K
D.Litt in Pharmacy at Singhania University, Jhunjhunu
25.00 K
Pharm.D in Pharmacy at Saurashtra University, Rajkot
25.00 Lakhs
Pharm.D in Pharmacy at SRM College of Pharmacy, Kattankulathur
2.42 Lakhs
Pharm.D in Pharmacy at Government College of Pharmacy, Amravati
6.00 K
Diploma in Pharmacy at Shri Shivaji Polytechnic Institute, Parbhani
1.10 K
Diploma in Pharmacy at Government College of Pharmacy, Bengaluru
19.20 Lakhs
Diploma in Pharmacy at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal
2.00 Lakhs
Diploma in Pharmacy at Shyam University, Dausa

Course Subjects

The course syllabus for UG/PG/PhD level is different; however, here’s the list of basic core subjects that are taught in all the courses.

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human physiology
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Communication skills
  • Biology
  • Remedial Mathematics
  • Biochemistry
  • Physics Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmaceutics Microbiology
  • Pharmaceutics Engineering
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacognosy & Phytochemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Herbal Drug Technology
  • Cosmetic Science
  • Cell and Molecular biology
  • Pharma Marketing Management
  • Biostatistics and  Research
  • Industrial Pharmaceutics
  • Herbal Drug Technology
  • Biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Quality control and standardisation of Herbals
  • Quality assurance

Careers in Pharmacy

The pharmaceutical industry is a highly escalating sector as there are efforts to increase manufacturing and discovery of drugs in India. Candidates interested in Pharmacy science can have a significant and satisfying career as there’s a lot of increase in jobs and opportunities.

They can choose to work in various industries according to their suitability such as research and development industry, analysis and training industry, packaging industry and marketing industry.

A major in Pharmacy  science can get a job in both the private and government sectors. Jobs in government and private sector has been listed below

Private sector

  • Pharmacy - hospital or personal
  • Academics- lecturer
  • Hospital and clinical pharma Consultancy
  • Herbal cosmetic manufacturer
  • Public testing lab
  • Insurance companies

Government jobs

  • FDA
  • Drug inspector
  • Food inspector
  • Government analyst

Central government bodies

  • PCI
  • Research institute
  • Government hospital
  • Railway pharmacist
  • Air force/army pharmacists
  • Academics government colleges

Job Profiles and Top Recruiters

Job profile

Pharmacy students can get jobs in both government and private firms. They are employed in food and drug research, drug manufacturing companies, health care centres, and they can also work for themselves by having a small dispensary set-up. Some of the main job profiles in the pharmaceutical industry has been listed below: 

Job Profile 

Job Description 

Medical Writer

A medical writer works with doctors, scientists, and other subject matter experts, to create documents that effectively and clearly describe research results, product use, and other medical information. Their job is to document all the necessary information. This is one of the most sought jobs in Pharmacy

Clinical Research Associate

A Clinical Research Associate collects and organises data obtained during studies and in field trials. They coordinate and process results gained from long-term testing of drugs, products and medical procedures.

Drug Safety Associate

A drug safety associate is responsible for monitoring the safety of pharmaceutical drugs. They evaluate as well as prevent adverse reactions in patients. They distinguish and analyse the ratio of risks & benefits of a drug that is marketed in the pharma sector.

Drug Inspector

A Drug inspector is responsible for inspecting establishments that manufactures, stores, handles, or sells different cosmetics, food items, drugs, and other such items.

Pharmaceutical Scientist

They are well-trained experts mainly responsible for discovering, developing, testing and manufacturing new medications and drugs.

Formulation Development Associate

FD Associate is responsible for the development of new products, processes systems and formulations in drugs. They provide technical support to the team.

Sales/ Marketing Executive

They are responsible for increasing the sales by studying existing and potential volume of dealers. They submit orders by referring to price lists and product literature.

They also recommend changes in products, service, and policy by evaluating results and competitive developments.

Pharmacy Business

Their job is to distribute and dispense medicines in either retail or wholesale, regionally or across India after going through all the ethical and legal guidelines by the monitoring bodies, while ensuring that safe and correct medicines are supplied to the public.


Top Recruiters

  • Cipla

  • Reddy’s Laboratories

  • Lupin

  • Sun Pharmaceutical Ltd

  • Aurobindo Pharma.

  • Zydus Cadila

  • Torrent Pharmaceuticals

  • Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

  • Novartis

  • Intas Pharma

  • Ranbaxy

  • Pfizer

  • AbbVie

  • GlaxoSmithKline

  • Johnson & Johnson

  • GlaxoSmithKline

  • Amgen

  • Merck

Required Skillset for Pharmacy

In a world full of competition, having academic knowledge is never enough, to have a lucrative career, it is important to have both hard and soft skills. Some of the skills important for the Pharmacy industry are:

Communication skills- As a Pharmacy  professional one will have to deal with clients, practitioners, distributors and marketers. To make the process smooth and effective, it is important to be good in communication.

Good in ethics- This is an important skill set for a pharma industry because as a medical professional you have to protect the information of patent drugs while working in the industry and patient personal information in counselling.

Reading skills- As we know, Pharmacy is a field in which students have to deal with lots of chemical compounds, patent laws, and medicinal plants. Therefore, for the collection of information and knowledge, you have to be an avid reader and have the ability to understand what they read.

Analytical mind- As Pharmacy  is a professional course in which students have to deal with lots of analysis of drugs, compounds and how and where they show effect according to it. New developments and research take place all the time; therefore, to be good in the game, you have to have an analytical mind.

Monitoring skills:- The process of manufacturing a drug isn’t a cakewalk; it involves a lot of hard work and monitoring. Taking care of observation and proper maintenance of records is impossible to enable professionals to gather all the information about the work they are doing

Leadership quality- If you get into entrepreneurship you’ll lead a company, or if you are a project manager or a government official you’ll have lots of people working under you and to be successful in your work leadership quality plays an important role for the desired outcome.

Driven and resilient nature- In many situations you have to face failure or you have to work in an environment in which your professional life is dominant over your social life; you won’t be able to cope up if you’re driven. Developing a drug or medicine is a long-term process, you have to sit in labs without knowing a fixed time; therefore, it is very important to be patient and enthusiastic for your work.

Course Curriculum for Pharmacy

Pharmacy course curriculum includes specialised core subjects, workshops, projects, laboratory training and industrial training, among others. Apart from the hard skills, the course curriculum also includes soft skills such as communication skills, environmental science studies, ethics, rules and regulations of the Pharmacy Council of India.

The curriculum is designed to develop a professional that has expertise in the subject, has industry knowledge and understands the need of the time. Apart from academic brilliance, a pharmacy student must have worked for two internship programs.

Questions related to Pharmacy

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i have done BA through Kashmir University what will be better job in my Favour?

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 28th Feb, 2021


With BA degree you can appear for various government exams such as UPSC, state PSCs, banking/insurance exams to name a few if you're interested, you can pursue BEd in case teaching interests you, MBA for management studies, or LLB for law, other than this you can do some short terms courses as per your areas of interest, there are various options regarding this through MOOCs, you can also consider master degree and appearing for UGC NET, sign up with job portals like Likedin, Naukri, Indeed etc , you'll get regular updates regarding the same.


Business a pharmacist can do and also tell the amount of money it Will required ?

Devraj Student Expert 24th Feb, 2021


Yes, a pharmacist can do business. There are lot of health care services companies like Apollo clinic, lifecare clinic, etc... If you want to start your own business then you can start a clinic you can start with the lowest investment which depends on you.

If you start this business along with your pharmacy then, it will be more profitable for you.

Hope this information will help you


can I attempt for both courses B Pharm and B. Tech after complete any one of them one by one. and if yes can I do it with same results or mark sheet of wbjee , jee Or I have to clear the exams again?? please help

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 24th Feb, 2021


see wbjee score is valid for the current years only, for example if you have given wbjee exam on 2021, then you have to take admission in any of the colleges which accept wbjee score in engineering / pharmacy in that year only. next year again for new admission, you have to again appear in wbjee . now coming to engineering and pharmacy course both are different and take 4 years each. now a days it is really difficult to find a decent job in any domain unless you have excellent interpersonal skill, communication skill and academic knowledge on that field. so first decide which of the course engineering or pharmacy you really want to do. then proceed for college selection.


where does the posting of Drug inspector take place in small towns or big cities ?

Subhrajit Mukherjee 18th Feb, 2021

Depending on the vacancies and requirements the officers are allotted their postings. If you ask in general the probability for urban area is usually greater than that of rural area(if not border based). These are kind of unpredictable so you have to rely on the probabilities.

I hope my answer helps. All the very best for your future endeavors!

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