Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm.) is a 4 year undergraduate program which is compulsory for anyone who wants to practice as a pharmacist. B. Pharmacy is study of preparing and conferring drugs and medicines for a number of illnesses and deficiencies.
In order to become eligible for a B-Pharma course, the students should have minimum 50% marks in their higher secondary examinations or 10 + 2 examinations or any examination which is equivalent with Mathematics or Biology as one of the subjects.
In India, a number of states make it compulsory for the students to appear for an extra Pharmacy entrance exam so that they can qualify for the B-Pharma study program.
Alternatively, students who have passed D.Pharma or Diploma in Pharmacy will qualify for enrolment into the B-Pharma course in the second year straightaway through lateral entry. It has been laid down by the Union Government of India that the colleges offering degrees or diplomas in pharmacy (B.Pharma, D.Pharma, M.Pharma or Pharm D) should have the accreditation of the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) or All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).
There are a number of career opportunities in India when students complete their B.Pharma course. The pharmacists can work in different domains at the start of their career and they are listed below:
  • Chemical/Drug Technician
  • Bio-Technology Industries
  • Drug Therapist
  • Drug Inspector
  • Hospital Drug Coordinator
  • Health Inspector
  • Pharmacist
  • Pathological Lab
  • Research & Development
  • Making Prescription to Patients
  • Scientist
  • Research Officer