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Pharmacy – as a Career Option

Foram Trivedi

Can you tell me what is Pharmacy? May be a shop where the medicines are sold, right?

Well, I am writing this to inform you about Pharmacy as a career option in India. Pharmacy is a healthcare profession that has the power to save and sustain lives and is clearly an emerging career option in the recent times. Pharmacy is a branch of science that relates not only with selling the medicines at a medical store but it also involves an understanding of medicine/drug’s formulation, its suitability to the disease the patient is experiencing, its mechanism of action into the human body, its interactions with the food that you take and the other medicines you take concurrently, patient’s counselling along with the understanding of the regulatory requirements of a drug to be sold in a particular country.

To enter the course of Pharmacy, a candidate must have passed (10+2 or Std.XII) with Physics and Chemistry as main subjects and third optional subject as Biology or Mathematics. Diploma in Pharmacy (after Std.X) can also be an option to pursue Pharmacy.

Pharmacy career stream mainly involves the following courses:

  1. B. Pharm (Bachelor of Pharmacy – 4 Years Course)

  2. M. Pharm (Master of Pharmacy – 2 Years Course)

  3. D. Pharm (Doctor of Pharmacy – 6 Years Course)

  4. Doctorate

  5. Post-Doctorate

Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm) is a 4 years’ course divided into 8 Semesters. The main subjects usually studied in B. Pharm involve:

  1. Pharmaceutics – Theory and Practical

  2. Human Anatomy and Physiology– Theory and Practical

  3. Pharmacology– Theory and Practical

  4. Pharmaceutical Microbiology– Theory and Practical

  5. Pharmaceutical Analysis– Theory and Practical

  6. Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry – Theory and Practical

  7. Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry – Theory and Practical

  8. Medical Chemistry– Theory and Practical

  9. Pharmacognosy– Theory and Practical

  10. Pharmaceutical Jurisdiction – Theory

  11. Quality Assurance – Theory

  12. Novel Drug Delivery System – Theory

  13. Pathophysiology – Theory

  14. Biochemistry – Theory

  15. Computer Applications in Pharmacy – Theory and Practical

  16. Physical Pharmaceutics – Theory and Practical

  17. Pharmaceutical Engineering

  18. Medicinal Chemistry – Theory and Practical

  19. Industrial Pharmacy – Theory and Practical

  20. Herbal Drug Technology – Theory and Practical

  21. Instrumental Method of Analysis – Theory and Practical

  22. Biostatistics and Research Methodology – Theory

  23. Social and Preventive Pharmacy – Theory

  24. Pharmaceutical Marketing – Theory

  25. Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science – Theory

  26. Cosmetic Science – Theory

  27. Advanced Instrumental Techniques – Theory

  28. Project/Thesis Work

Masters of Pharmacy (M. Pharm) is a 2 years’ course divided into 4 Semesters. The main branches in which M. Pharm can be pursued are as follows:

  1. Pharmaceutics

  2. Novel Drug Delivery Systems

  3. Pharmaceutical Analysis

  4. Quality Assurance

  5. Medicinal Chemistry

  6. Pharmacology

  7. Pharmacognocy /Herbal Drug Technology

  8. Regulatory Affairs

Further the full time or part time Doctoral/Post-Doctoral Programmes can also be pursued depending on the subject expertise chosen. D. Pharm (Doctor of Pharmacy) is also an evolving branch of Pharmacy. It is basically a 6 Years course including 5 years’ of theoretical learning course + 1 Year of internship in a pharmaceutical company.

For higher education after B. Pharm., a candidate has to appear for Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) which is a national level entrance examination for entry into M. Pharm Programmes. GPAT is three-hour computer based online test which is conducted in a single session. A few scholarships and financial assistance in form of stipend of 12,500/- (as of till date) are also given on eligible GPAT score. You can see the list of reputed colleges offering B.Pharm. in Gujarat as given below.

NIPER (National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research) institutes are the most prestigious institutes of Pharmaceutical Sciences in India for Post Graduate courses (M. Pharm) and doctoral/post-doctoral courses. There are 7 NIPER institutes in India and you can see the list/locations given below.

After completing graduation or higher education in Pharmacy, there are many job opportunities in private as well as government sectors.

Most preferred career options after choosing Pharmacy are as follows:

  • Job in various Pharmaceutical/ Cosmeceutical companies having initial positions of a Research and Development (R & D) Scientist

  • Drug Inspector – after passing through UPSC examinations

  • Pharmaceutical Marketing Jobs

  • Pathological Lab scientist

  • Health Inspectors

  • Pharmacist/Wholesaler

A Pharmacy graduate from Gujarat state has to register with Gujarat State Pharmacy Council (GSPC) to get License of Pharmacist after which one can work as licensed Pharmacist in any Pharmacy store within Gujarat.


To briefly introduce myself, I am Foram Trivedi working as a Regulatory Affairs Associate at Baxter Pharmaceuticals India Private Limited, Ahmedabad. I am a daughter of Prof.Dharmendra Dhirajlal Trivedi and Mrs. Meena Trivedi from Bhavnagar. I studied my (10+2) at Ambuja Vidya Niketan, Ambujanagar. I have done my B. Pharm. and M. Pharm. (in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance) from Institute of Pharmacy, Nirma University, Ahmedabad. I had done my Industrial Project and Training at Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited, Mumbai during my M. Pharm. study. After that I have been a part of Pharmaceutical Companies such as Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited, Ahmedabad and Syri Research Private Limited (a UK Subsidiary), Vadodara, as Regulatory Affairs Executive. My role and responsibilities mainly involve implementing the International standards and Regulations to build in the high quality medicinal products that are sold out globally, involving preparing the dossiers for fetching marketing authorisations of different medicinal products and their lifecycle management post approval. For more information, you can contact me on my below mentioned contact details: Mobile No.: +91 95123 88906, E-mail ID:

List of Reputed Institutes offering Pharmacy courses in Gujarat:

  1. Institute of Pharmacy Nirma University, Ahmedabad

  2. MSU Borada – Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

  3. LM College of Pharmacy, Ahmedabad

  4. BK Mody Government Pharmacy College, Rajkot

  5. SAL Institute of Pharmacy, Ahmedabad

  6. KBIPER Gandhinagar – KB Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research

  7. Parul Institute of Pharmacy, Vadodara

  8. Saurashtra University, Rajkot

  9. Ramanbhai Patel College of Pharmacy, Changa

  10. Saraswati Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Gandhinagar

  11. LJ Institute of Pharmacy, Ahmedabad

  12. Pioneer Pharmacy Degree College, Vadodara

  13. Maliba Pharmacy College, Tarsadi

  14. Smt BNB Swaminarayan Pharmacy College, Salvav

  15. Babaria Institute of Pharmacy, Vadodara

  16. Anand Pharmacy College, Anand

List of NIPER institutes in India:

  1. NIPER S.A.S. Nagar, Mohali, Punjab

  2. NIPER, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

  3. NIPER, Hajipur, Bihar

  4. NIPER, Hyderabad, Telangana

  5. NIPER, Kolkata, West Bengal

  6. NIPER, Guwahati, Assam

  7. NIPER, Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh