Pharmacy is the branch of science that links the health science with the chemical science & is an important component of the medical and healthcare system. It is the profession responsible for the preparation, dispensing and appropriate use of medication. A Pharmacists job is to prepare, mix, compound or dispense drugs and medicines, ointments, powder, pills, tablets and injections on the prescription of a medical practitioner, dentist or veterinarian.

Occupational Therapy


Course Eligibility Duration
Diploma Class 10 +2 (PCM,PCB,PCMB) 2 years
Under Graduate Class 10 +2 (PCM,PCB,PCMB) – minimum 50% + Entrance Test  4 years
Post Graduate Graduate (B.Pharm) + Entrance 2 years
Ph.D (For those who want to go in academics) Post graduate (M.Pharm) 2 years
Pharm.D.(Doctor of Pharmacy) Class 10 +2 (PCM,PCB,PCMB) 6 years (5 years of study +1 year of Internship)
Pharm.D.(Post Baccalaureate) Graduate (B.Pharm) 3 years

Entrance Exam    

State Level Common Entrance test

Under Graduate Entrance:

  • GUJCET(Gujarat)

  • MHCET(Maharashtra)


Graduate Entrance:

  • GPAT (Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test)


Depending on the type of institute/ quota, fees can range from Rs 40000 to 1,00,000/ year excluding lodging and boarding charges.

Skills Required   

  • Liking for science particularly life sciences and medicine

  • An ability to put hard work, strong logical thinking, patience, a sense of responsibility

  • Patient counseling skills

  • Strong analytical abilities

  • Good communication skills

  • Flair for convincing people

Career Options   

Career in Pharmacy is very lucrative. Following are the various job profiles offered to graduates and post graduates in Pharmacy:


  • Production: Production/manufacture of bulk drugs & intermediates, finished medicines, vaccines & other biological products, veterinary medicines, ayurvedic medicines, diagnostic products & medical devices.

  • Quality Assurance:Preparing, reviewing & submitting documents, conducting trainings, internal audits etc.Hence assuring overall quality management.

  • Research & Development: Discovery of drug, reverse engineering, formulation and process development, up scaling from pilot to manufacture, troubleshooting, stability and packaging development.

  • Quality Control: Testing of product throughout the life cycle of the drug and finished product (from raw materials, packing material to finished goods /stability, etc.)

  • Packing: It includes various stages of packaging of pharmaceuticals.

  • Regulatory: Preparing, reviewing, communicating, submitting registration documents on pharmaceuticals to regulatory agencies to get R & D, testing, production & marketing approvals, issues related to patents.

  • Sales and Marketing: Team management, strategic planning, marketing of pharmaceuticals. Working as a medical representative.


  • Community/Retails Pharmacy: Employed as a pharmacist, or can start his own medical store.

  • Hospital Pharmacy:Dispensing of medicines, counseling of patients & health promotion. Taking part in national health programs.

  • Clinical Pharmacy: It is branch of pharmacy where pharmacists provide care that optimizes the use of medication and promotes health, wellness and disease prevention. Clinical pharmacists care for patients in all health care settings but clinical pharmacy movement initially begin inside hospitals and clinics. They often collaborate with physicians and others healthcare professionals.


  • Academics: Pharmacists as teachers have various roles to play in the teaching in pharmacy colleges and also carry out continuing up gradation and research work.

  • Clinical Research: Its work is to undertake clinical studies, protocol development, case report form review and designing, report writing, monitoring, quality assurance and data management, conduction of bioavailability studies, data management for global trials etc.

  • Regulatory: Their task is to ensure that the pharmaceuticals in the market - right from raw material to finished product and the distribution from the manufacturing facility to the customer is regulated, so as to ensure the safety, efficacy and quality of pharmaceuticals.

Undergraduates Course (B.Pharm)   

  • Pharmacy Honours - B.Pharm.(Hons.)

  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry

  • Pharmaceutics

  • Pharmacology

  • Pharmacognosy

  • Unani

  • Ayurvedic Pharmacy

  • D.Pharma.

  • (Diploma ) Veterinary Pharmacy

  • (Diploma )Pharmaceutical Management

  • Certificate course in Pharmaceutical Management

  • Certificate course in Pharmacovigilance

  • Certificate course in Pharmacy

  • Certificate in Drug Regulatory Affairs

Postgraduate Courses (M.Pharm)   

  • Biopharmaceutics

  • Bulkdrug

  • Clinical Pharmacy

  • Clinical Practice & Research

  • Industrial Pharmacy

  • Quality Assurance

  • Pharmacy

  • Pharmacology

Advanced in diploma course   

  • Biotherapeutics

  • Pharmaceutical Management

  • Technical & Analytical Chemistry

PG Diploma courses   

  • Herbal Products & their standardization

  • Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance (PG Dip.PQA)

  • Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs (PG Dip.PRA)

  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry

  • Pharmacovigilance

  • Principles of clinical pharmacology

Popular colleges offering the course:   

In Gujarat

In Maharastra

In India


A qualified Pharmacist can get employment opportunities in following areas. :

  • Wockhardt Ltd

  • Zydus Cadila

  • Glenmark Pharmaceutical Ltd

  • Johnson and Johnson

  • Dr.Reddy's Laboratories Ltd.

  • Procter & Gamble

  • Jubilant Life sciences

  • Sun Pharma

  • Cipla Ltd

  • Aurobindo Ltd

  • Lupin Ltd

All the students, teachers and guardians should note that the above mentioned websites and information on various colleges / universities may change under the rules and regulations of the education department.