Pharmacy Courses – A Complete Guidance


First of all, let us know “What is Pharmacy?”

The word pharmacy is derived from the word “Pharma“. This word had first been used in the 15th-17th century.

“Pharmacy is the branch of health sciences that deals with the preparation and dispensing of drugs. Its aim is to ensure the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs”.

Pharmacists are the experts and health professionals who have done their studies in medicines. They can use their knowledge of medicines for the benefit of patients.

The pharmacy field can primarily be divided into three disciplines:

  • Pharmacutics
  • Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy
  • Pharmacy Practice


As per World Health Organization (WHO), there are approximately 2.6 million pharmacists and other pharmaceutical personnel all over the world.

Courses & Duration

After 10+2, what are the available courses after 12th in pharmacy field?

Pharmacy is one of the popular field among the students. Education in pharmacy varies from one country to another. In India, the academic courses in the field of pharmacy starts from diploma level to doctoral level.’

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Diploma Courses:

  • Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm) – 2 years

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) – 4 years
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) Lateral Entry – 3 years
  • Pharm (Hons.) – 4 years
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (Ayurveda) – 4 years

Postgraduate Courses:

  • Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm) – 2 years
  • Pharm.D (Post Baccalaureate) – 3 years
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) – 6 years

Doctoral Courses:

  • Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Sciences – 3 years

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility is the most important factor that every candidate has to satisfy to be eligible for any course. Candidates can check the eligibility criteria for the pharmacy course in which he/she is interested to take admission.

For D.Pharm Course – It is the diploma in pharmacy. The minimum qualification of 10+2 is required. It must be passed with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Biology subjects. For admission to this course, candidates must have completed 17 years of the year of admission.

For B.Pharm Course – It is the bachelor’s degree in pharmacy that can be taken after passing 12th/intermediate examination. For this course, candidates must pass 10+2 with Physics and Chemistry as a compulsory subjects along with one of the Mathematics / Computer Science / Biotechnology / Biology subjects and must obtained 50% marks in qualifying examination. Minimum 17 years of age and maximum  23 years on or before 31st  December of the year of admission.

Note: D.Pharm (Diploma of Pharmacy) holders are eligible for admission into B.Pharm (lateral entry).

For M.Pharm Course – The successful completion of this course leads to the master’s degree in pharmacy. A pass in Bachelor in Pharmacy (B.Pharm) programme with not less than 50% marks is required to be eligible for this course. For SC/ST, there is no minimum qualifying marks.

For Pharm.D Course – The first Pharm.D. programme was established at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy in Los Angeles, California in 1950. The course duration is 6 years (5 years of classroom study and 1 year of internship). The qualification required is 10+2 with Physics and Chemistry as a compulsory subjects with any one of the Mathematics or Biology subject.

Note: D.Pharm (Diploma of Pharmacy) holders are eligible for admission (lateral entry).

For Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Sciences – It is the research programme in pharmacy field. Candidates can pursue this course after completing M.Pharm from a well-recognized institution.

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Have you recently completed your B.Pharm and Looking for M.Pharm Specializations!!

Various specializations are available in M.Pharm programme. You can choose any of the specialization as per your interest. Students have choices to opt specialization in master’s and doctoral pharmacy courses. Specializations are as follows:

  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis and Quality Assurance
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Marketing Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Phytopharmaceuticals and Natural products
  • Drug Discovery and Development
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Bulk Drugs
  • Drug Regulatory Affairs
  • Biopharmaceutics
  • Industrial Pharmacy


Wish to know the admission procedure to get entry into the pharmacy courses!!

Most of the colleges provides admission through entrance exam. Various states regulates its own entrance exam for granting admission. Admission into postgraduate pharmacy courses is done through Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT). It is the famous national level entrance exam which score is accepted by maximum pharmacy institutions. In Telangana state, TS Polycet is conducted for the students who want to purse Diploma in Pharmacy from the colleges of Telangana.

Get some state level entrance exams for pharmacy courses:

  • TS EAMCET (Telangana State Engineering, Agriculture & Medical Entrance Test)
  • AP EAMCET (Andhra Pradesh Engineering, Agriculture & Medical Entrance Test)
  • AP PGECET (Andhra Pradesh Post-Graduate Engineering Common Entrance Test)
  • MH CET (Maharashtra Common Entrance Test)
  • KCET (Karnataka Common Entrance Test)
  • UKSEE (Uttarakhand State Entrance Exam)
  • Delhi CET (Delhi Common Entrance Test)
  • BITSAT (Birla Institute of Technology & Science Admission Test)
  • WBJEE (West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination)

In India, there are many private and government owned pharmacy colleges. Before taking admission, make sure that the college is approved by All India Council For Technical Education (AICTE) and Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), New Delhi.

Career Scope

Career Scope & Job Opportunities in Pharmacy field are huge. Due to the opening of large pharmaceutical companies, the future in the field of pharmacy is bright.

Numerous jobs are available for pharmacists in government as well as private organizations. After completing your studies, you can easily find jobs in pharmaceutical industries, government departments, colleges and universities, hospitals, investigation and research institute etc.

Pharmacists can practice in community pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, extended care facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and regulatory agencies. Sales & Marketing job sector also hires maximum number of pharmacy graduates.

One can also work in retail stores of medicines. After registering with the state Pharmacy Council, you can open chemist/drug shop and sell medicines as per doctors prescription.

Job Profile:

  • Consultant Pharmacists
  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Dispensary Manager
  • Dispensary Pharmacist
  • Community Pharmacist
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Medicines Safety Manager
  • Medicines Management Technician
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Senior Clinical Pharmacists


The pay package depends upon the qualification, location and experience of the candidate. In India, the starting salary of a pharmacy graduates ranges from range from Rs. 15000/- to Rs. 25,000 a month. The average salary for a Pharmacist is Rs 201,945 per year. Those, owning their own medicine shop will be able to make more.

In US, the salary would be in the range of USD $40,000 and USD $120,000 annually after one year of experience.

Books & Study Materials

Get some best books for pharmacy from here:

  • Pharmacy Practice by David A. Holdford, Thomas R. Brown
  • Clinical Pharmacy: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment by Paul Rutter
  • Drug Store and Business Management by V.N. Raje
  • Introduction to General Pharmacy by Gaurav Agarwal
  • Physical Pharmacy by S.P. Agarwal, Rajesh Khanna
  • Introduction to Pharmaceutical Calculations by Judith A. Rees, Ian Smith, Jennie Watson

For any queries about Pharmacy Courses, feel free to leave your comments below.

Displaying 108 Comments
  1. Vaidik gautam says:

    I am going to complete 12th PCB till March 2020 . I want to do Dr. Pharma 6 year course after 12th suggest me better college.

  2. Akhilesh says:

    Which is best b pharma or d pharma

  3. Parvathy says:

    Which is better dpharm or bpharm?

  4. anas bala says:

    sir how many does take to complete degree in pharmacy in india

  5. Rishabh verma says:

    Hello sir i complete my 12th with pcm and but i failed in maths physical take place of it and i passed with 62% can i do b pharma…??

  6. Shekhar rajanna pattem says:

    D pharmacy I’m in complete studying

  7. Nitish says:

    Can I open clinic after completing the B.pharm.

  8. Sarita says:

    I want to know about government exam for governmentjob because I have completed diploma in farmacy please reply my answer very soon ..

  9. गौरव मिश्रा says:

    मेरा इंटर पीसीबी से है मै डी फॉर्मा करना चाहता हूं सर अपनी राय दे

  10. Tannu says:

    Sir I have done my +2 from national open by opting pcb can I also apply for b. Pharma????

  11. diksha rathod says:

    Hi sir,
    i’m now doing bsc(pmcs) what to do next i am confused

  12. Sonu Kumar Jha says:

    Sir I am student of Bsc chemistry honours
    Pllllz tell me what is the best carrier after honours

  13. Lesha says:

    Best subject in pharmacy

  14. Manish M Rajkhowa says:

    Sir/mam,i got 51% in class 12,i want to know is it is possible i get admission at any reknowing pharmacy college in north east…

  15. Vidhi says:

    What are the subjects that we study in B pharma.

  16. Keshav Singh says:

    Sir/mam please tell me or I say guide me what to choose from bpt and b pharmacy I got 93% in PCB in 12 in 2019 please reply fast

  17. Seema Bharti says:

    Sir, I got 71% in 12th in pcb will I be able to take pharmacy course.

  18. Priyashree says:

    my 12th percentage is that right to choose B Pharm
    is that am suitable for that course

  19. Vanitha says:

    Sir I want to do doctor of pharmacy can u suggest what should I complete before

  20. Vanitha says:

    After 12th science can i do doctor of pharmacy directly or should complete my b pharm

  21. Sahil says:

    Without neet it is possible to do PHARMACY course or to take admission in college on the basis of 12th result

  22. Pushparaj says:

    Details of pharmacy courses

  23. MD SHARIQUE says:

    Hi sir I want to do d pharma course I have completed my graduation with b. SC then can I do this course give me your suggestion please

  24. Niteen Jethva says:

    Hi sir, mene 2018 me 12th completed kiya he.
    Sir muje bharmacy si me addmition Lena hai to usme FY me koy group pasand karna padta hai ki SY me hota hai..?
    Or ha sir

  25. Vivek Kushwaha says:

    I have completed b. Pharmacy and i want become a pharm.d ( doctor of pharmacy) please give me suggestions what i can do.

  26. Deepthi says:

    After completing M.pharma, how should one apply for jobs in pharmaceutical companies ABROAD?

  27. Satveer singh says:

    I am pharmacist by approved aktu

  28. Sneha Tiwari says:

    Sir i want do b pharma but for this i have to clear dpharma or not after 12th
    plzzzz reply me

  29. Anil Kumar kushawa says:

    Sir I got 84.2 persatage in 12th with 90+ bio and 90+phy and 80+ check now I want to do B.pharma so plz tell the examination Time plzz

  30. Neha says:

    Sir Maine abhi (zbc)se ki h to kya mujhe b.pharma m kuch year ki concession mil skti h ya nhi ya phir lateral entry..
    Please tell me sir..

  31. Prajyoti Gaikwad says:

    Hii Sir, I will just complete my 12th and I’m eligible to take b pharmacy when I skip maths subject in b pharmacy then how many job opportunity available for me?? Is maths subject too much important or not??…

  32. Prajyoti Gaikwad says:

    Hii Sir, I will just complete my 12th and I’m eligible to take b pharmacy.when I skip maths subject in b pharmacy then how many job opportunity will be available for me?? Is maths subject too much important or not???…

  33. Memon Sufiyan says:

    I like to read. Chemistry so I.can apply b. Fharmacy

  34. Prerana Chakraborty says:

    Shall I appear in WBCS after BPharm?

  35. Shaikh amin says:

    Sir I have got 54% in 12th with PCB so I can apply for d pherm pleas I request you reply me

  36. Shaikh amin says:

    Bio 49% phy 54% chem 59% so can I apply for the d pherm

  37. Swetha L.M. says:

    I have passed 12th in all subject but I got 46%in pu can I able to join Bpharma

  38. Kajal says:

    Hii sir i m kajal
    Mera 12th me 57% aaya hai or mai pharmacy ka exam nii di hu
    To sir mera D phay. Me admission ho jayega ki nii sir..
    Plzzz reply sir…

  39. asish rath says:

    i don’t have biology n maths subject…can i apply for b pharma??

  40. pramod chettri says:

    i am class 12 passed in science…i am deciding to do b pharm after this…but i am little confused about fee structure and good job opertunities within india

  41. dilip rao says:

    I have got 71% marks in 12th pcb i have get an admission in b-pharma ( Pharmecy) so what i can do? Please send me comment

  42. Nitika Abrol says:

    hlo sir..
    sir i want to know about pharmacy and scope and future of pharmacy in our life

  43. sanjna says:

    I have complete med.assistant course.can I get admission in admission
    lateral entry??

  44. Rekibur says:

    Will I be able to make new medicines by studying pharmacy?

  45. Ranjitha says:

    I am totally confused after the 12 what I next do for my best career

  46. rajesh thakare says:

    sir..i have completed my dpharm course..i wanna to do something new course other than degree course bpharm.. suggest me plzz..

  47. Megan says:

    I m student of diploma pharmacy n I have passed my 12 with 60% soi want to know how can I apply for lateral entry bechlors in pharmacy in government college please kindly help

  48. Sourav says:

    Sir I got 62%in 12th ,but I failed in physics .am I eligible to get admission in bpharm or should I apply for it.?

  49. Jay sutar says:

    Sir plz help me i confuse which is best d or b pharmacy

  50. Tinu das says:

    Can u suggest me that what exams I have to give after12 to become a pharmacist as fast as possible and open a shop????

  51. Aqsa choudhary says:

    I have not fill the entrance form .can I get the admission in pharmacy

  52. Sagar panchal says:

    Hiii Sir
    Muje sam nahi aa ta ha hai ki
    D pharma ya b pharma karu
    Plllzzz tell me

  53. shailesh Thakur says:

    How much of D.pharma fee total in 4 year

  54. Anonymous says:

    Hii.!Sir maine abhi 12 ki exam di hai mai isme apply kr shakta hu ky?

  55. Sajal Hazra says:

    Hello sir, I am ars student.. I am not science student.want to join Diploma of pharmacy. Please suggest college any state. Please reply me

  56. Khushal Arora says:

    What is GPAT testvand when its form were filled and scope for giving this test after +2

  57. romit gupta says:

    i have done 12 in 2018 so how can i admission this pharmacy college please tell me and suggest me because i have no idea

  58. Thabitha says:

    Hello sir.
    I’m doing b.pharm final year. I would like to know about the courses provided after b pharm. If suppose I go for m pharm, what is the course I can go for a better future. If suppose I go for MBA, what is salary package up to!

    • Mohit Negi says:

      You can go for M.Pharm and work in Pharma Sector. Being MBA graduate is also a good option both in terms of career n Job prospectus.

  59. Anil says:

    Sir I have done d pharmacy so can I get admission in MBA in pharmacy

  60. abhishek says:

    Sir mene d pharma kr liya h or b pharma krunga or uske bad me m pharma ya mba me se kya kru … or sir job k liye foren jane k liye kya kya process hoti or india me pharmacy ki p g krne k bad salery strting se or last rangetk kitni ho skti h … plzz guide sir and plzz sir answer me my all questions….i am waiting …for youu ……

  61. Doyel molla says:

    Sir I am a B.A student and did my 12th from science and I have got 59%marks (Bio-75%; chem-42%; phy-45%). So can I apply for the D.pharma course?

  62. sabir khan says:

    I have got 70% marks in 12th pcm i have get an admission in b./d. Pharmecy pharma so what i can do? Please send me comment


    which is the best bpharmacy colleg in adhrra pradesh

  64. Ansar Ali says:

    Sir I am B.A graduate and did my 12th from science ( physics,chemistry,Bio) I am going to get admission in IGNOU in P.G diploma in pharmaceutical sales management what are the career option and salary please guide me.

  65. Harshavardana M says:

    I join the B pharma chemistry- 65%,bio-77%,physics-58%

  66. fuhad says:

    I want to do pharm d course.please suggest good collages in kerala

  67. Roshan kumar says:

    I want to do D pharma. So kindly suggest me the good colleges for my carrier.

  68. ashkar says:

    I have 90%marks in pcm\b
    If I do b pharm what is the possible salary for me?

  69. sonam singla says:

    i have done bcom now i want to open a chemist shop. please tell me what i can do???

  70. Murshidul Islam says:

    My chemistry number is 45% so I can apply for the D.pharma course?

  71. Murshidul Islam says:

    My chemistry is 41% so I can apply for the D.pharma?

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