B. Pharma Courses

If a student wants to begin a career in Pharmacy, then he/she has to apply for a B. Pharma (Bachelors) or a D. Pharma (Diploma) course right after their 10+2 examinations. Students with Physics, Chemistry, Biology (PCB) as well as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (PCM) combinations can apply for this course. The Diploma is of two years and the Bachelors Degree is of four years duration. Post graduation can also be done in this field after the completion of the undergraduate level.

Streams / Branches: The course in pharmacy consists of six streams or branches, namely:

  • Quality Use of Medication
  • Dosage Form Design
  • Biological Fate of Drugs
  • Drug Discovery
  • Social and Professional Aspects of Pharmacy
  • Data Analysis in Pharmacy

Entrance Exams and Eligibility Criteria: Entrance tests for B. Pharma courses are held at the state levels and the minimum marks that an applicant should attain to be able to sit for these examinations is 50% with PCM or PCB (Higher Secondary). The students belonging to the SC/ST and OBC quota should have at least 45% marks in their 10+2 examinations. Some of the entrance tests for B. Pharma are:

    1. Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT)
    2. Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET)
    3. Centralized Admission Committee Joint Entrance Test (CENTAC JET)
    4. Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination (BCECE)
    5. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University CET

Best Universities, Institutions and Colleges: Take a look at the list below for some of the best institutions for B. Pharma courses:

  • IES College of Pharmacy – Bhopal
  • Oriental College of Pharmacy & Research, Indore
  • NSHM College of Pharmaceutical Technology – Kolkata
  • Aditya College of Pharmacy & Science – New Delhi
  • MET Institute of Pharmacy – Mumbai
  • M.S. Ramaiah College of Pharmacy – Bangalore
  • Jaipur National University – Jaipur
  • Government College of Pharmacy – Shimla
  • Sri Venkateshwara College of Pharmacy – Hyderabad
  • L. J. Institute of Pharmacy and Research Center – Ahmedabad
  • National College of Pharmacy – Kozhikode
  • School of Pharmaceutical sciences (SPS) – Bhubaneshwar

When to Start the Preparation - The preparation for the entrance examinations can begin soon after the applicant has appeared for the 10+2 examinations. Regular practice for a month or two will give the applicants a fair amount of confidence.

How to Prepare - The pattern of the entrance tests will depend upon the individual institutes and universities. For the purposes of preparation, each segment has to be considered separately and the students must time themselves accordingly. The aspirants can start practicing from the previous years’ question papers that are available online as well as in the book format.

What Are the Prospects / Future - After the completion of the undergraduate degree in the B. Pharma course, the student can either opt for a post graduation degree or start looking for suitable employment. B. Pharma graduates can work as:

  • Research Officers
  • Drug Therapists
  • Drug/Chemical Technicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Hospital Drug Coordinators
  • Drug Inspectors