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B Pharm After 12th: Eligibility, Course Details  Jobs

B Pharm After 12th: Eligibility, Course Details  Jobs

Arun Kallarackal
Science Stream

B Pharm stands for Bachelor of Pharmacy. It is a 4 years long undergraduate course. After completing the course, graduates will obtain the ‘Bachelor of Pharmacy’ degree. After obtaining this degree, graduates may start practice as a Pharmacist in India as well as abroad! Science stream students, from both Mathematics and Biology groups, are eligible to pursue B Pharm course after completing 12th standard. In this article, you will be reading about B Pharm course details, eligibility criteria, admission process, syllabus, PG courses, career prospects and job profiles available after graduation.




Bachelor of Pharmacy: Introduction

One of the main tasks of a pharmacist is to prescribe medications to patients. It is evident from this very fact that the course of B Pharm focuses on the study of biology, pharmaceutical chemistry (inorganic, physical and organic), biochemistry, medicines, physiology, pharmacology, dispensing etc.


The course trains students in the above mentioned aspects and makes them ready to take on various roles in the pharmaceutical industry. Possessing the knowledge of medicines and biology, graduates may perform tasks such as prescribing appropriate medicine to patients (pharmacist), clinical research, work at pharmaceutical companies etc.


In India, the role of a pharmacist is limited. Abroad, the scenario is fully different! There, pharmacists play a far greater role and command more respect!


Course details

Bachelor of Pharmacy is an undergraduate degree course. Let us check out the course duration details now.


Duration: Course duration is 4 years. The 4 years’ duration is divided into 8 semesters, with each semester lasting for a period of 6 months. In case of each semester, students will have to face one theoretical external examination (main exam). In case of some semesters, practical examinations will also be held, with the subjects being hospital pharmacy, clinical pharmacy and community pharmacy.


Eligibility criteria

Science stream students (both Mathematics and Biology groups- PCM/B), who have passed 12th standard board examination from a recognized board are eligible to pursue this course.


Admission process

To get admission, candidates must satisfy the minimum marks criteria, which is 50% marks (in PCM/B subjects). Most institutes follow the merit based admission process, where deserving candidates are allotted seats based on the marks scored by them in board examination and entrance test. In case of some Deemed Universities and reputed private institutes, private entrance tests are used to allot seats to deserving students.


Course content

To get a better idea about the syllabus and nature of the course, let us go through some important course content and subjects.

1st year subjects-

  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Organic, Inorganic and Physical)
  • Dispensing and General Pharmacy
  • Human Anatomy
  • Physiology

2nd year subjects-

  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Health Education
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Mathematics

3rd year subjects-

  • Chemistry of Natural Products
  • Pharmacology 1
  • Industrial Management
  • Computer Applications


4th year subjects-

  • Pharmaceutics (Advanced)
  • Pharmacology 2
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis (Advanced)


Note: Only the important subjects have been mentioned in the above list. Many subjects are recurring ones, meaning that they will appear in more than just one semester! In case of last academic year, there also will be project work involved.


Alternative courses

Since you are interested in the field of pharmacy, I must also present before you an alternative courses that you may pursue, instead of B Pharm. One such alternative course is D Pharm (Diploma in Pharmacy).


It is a 2 years long course. D Pharm is the minimum qualification required in India for one to become eligible to practice as a Pharmacist. Thus, D Pharm qualification too could help you become a Pharmacist!


I must also add that B Pharm course is more valuable than D Pharm. D Pharm course will be of help to those, who failed to secure admission in B Pharm program. On completion of the Diploma course, one may secure admission directly to the second year of Bachelor’s program (Lateral entry)!


Another (more valuable) course is Pharm D. It is a 6 years long integrated course (5 years academic program and 1 year internship). This course has much more content and value than the traditional B Pharm course!


PG courses

On completion of Bachelor of Pharmacy course, graduates have handful of postgraduate courses to choose from. The most natural step forward is the M Pharm (Master of Pharmacy) course. It is a 2 years long PG course. With the help of this PG course, graduates may specialize in a specific field within the sector of pharmacy. They may then do advanced course, such as PhD and venture into the Research and Development field too. After M Pharm, one may also star working as a Lecturer!


Trend among B Pharm graduates these days is to pursue an MBA course! Pursuing this management course helps them acquire key management skills. The combination of management skills and pharmacy studies makes them highly employable in the pharmaceutical manufacturing as well as marketing sectors!


Career prospects and Job opportunities

Ample amount of job opportunities are available in Government as well as private sectors for B Pharm graduates. One of the most common job that graduates take up is that of a pharmacist. After completing the course and obtaining practice license, graduates may work as pharmacists at Government hospitals, private hospitals/clinics or private medical shops. If one has access to decent financial resources, one may also start an own medical shop!


Other than that, pharmaceutical companies are also prime recruiters of graduates. In a pharmaceutical company, graduates may work in departments such as manufacturing, quality control, packing, marketing etc.


State wise health boards also provides numerous job opportunities to graduates. Drug inspector, State owned tablets, capsules, powders and ORS manufacturing units etc are well know job providers in the Government domain.


Job profiles available in front of graduates are-

  • Pharmacist
  • Medical representative
  • Scientist (Research field)
  • Teacher (Junior Lecturer)
  • Quality Control Officer
  • Clinical Research professional
  • Drug Inspector
  • Marketing professional


Some of the well known recruiters are-

  • Hospitals and Clinics (Government and Private)
  • Medical Shop chains (the likes of Apollo Pharmacy)
  • State wise Drugs and Pharmaceutical Boards
  • Sun Pharmaceuticals
  • Abbott India
  • Cipla
  • Biocon
  • GlaxoSmithKline India
  • Research bodies and labs

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  1. VINEET KUMAR June 25, 2018



  2. Shelke ajay June 14, 2018

    Sir, after b pharm .Will I am eligible to give mpsc and upsc


    • Arun Kallarackal June 14, 2018

      Yes, you will become eligible.


  3. Ayush yadav June 9, 2018

    Sir mane P. C. M. se inter pass kiya hai jisme mere result 77% hai main b pharma karna chahta kya ho jyega please reply me


    • Arun Kallarackal June 10, 2018

      You may apply for B.Pharm. admission.


  4. Prince raj chauhan June 5, 2018

    My sister has got today in the neet examination in 21% marks. Will she got challenge in b pharm


  5. Ganesh June 3, 2018

    How much marks needed for B pharmacy in entrances exam


  6. Sneha pravin mule June 2, 2018

    Sir I’m sneha mule, 12th marks board 59%.. but PCB marks 126, will i got college of b pharmacy


  7. amul kumar May 31, 2018

    hiii sir i got 156 mark in upsee .will i got a college for b pharma .


  8. Sourav Chowdhury May 26, 2018

    I passed 12th science with pcb but failef in physics theory. Can I apply for Bpharma clurse ?


    • Arun Kallarackal May 26, 2018

      I think you must pass the exam fully.


  9. Shubham sharma May 23, 2018

    Dear sir pls tell me what’s the procedure for getting admission in AFMC. And tell me more details about it. Pls


    • Arun Kallarackal May 23, 2018

      You must appear for AFMC entrance test.


  10. SKRIZWANMOHAMMED May 21, 2018

    Sir I have consider 40% 12th science exam 2018 iam eligible for b pharma


  11. Amit May 15, 2018

    Sir, I have 50% in 12th board exam. I am eligible for bpharm?? Please reply me sir.


    • Arun Kallarackal May 15, 2018

      You may try for admission.


  12. DEEPAKKUMAR May 14, 2018

    what is the difference between pharm.d and b.pharm


    • Arun Kallarackal May 14, 2018

      Pharm D stands for Doctor of Pharmacy. It is a more detailed program. B.Pharm., on the other hand is Bachelor’s Degree program related to pharmacy.


      • DEEPAKKUMAR May 15, 2018

        Thank You Sir


  13. Sourav May 3, 2018

    Sir ,I scored 65% in 12th ,but I failed to score passing marks in physics ,am I eligible for bpharm..?


    • Arun Kallarackal May 5, 2018

      I think you must pass fully in order to secure admission.


  14. Gurwinder singh May 2, 2018

    Sir is that necessary to have a maths in +2 to study b pharmacy in Canada


    • Arun Kallarackal May 5, 2018

      Not sure about the eligibility criteria in Canada.


  15. Prateek Sharma April 27, 2018

    sir Age kya Honi Cahyi


  16. Jignjyasa nayak April 6, 2018

    One question sir
    Is it necessary to pass entrance exam for b pharma?????


    • Arun Kallarackal April 8, 2018

      Yes. If you want admission to good colleges, you must crack relevant entrance test.


  17. Rahul rawat March 28, 2018

    Rahul rawat hello sir I am reading class 12th I want study b pharma course please reply me


  18. prem bansode March 24, 2018

    sir i have one question
    entance exaM is necessarY for b pharM i have just coMpleted 12th science and i didnt applied for entrance exaM.??


  19. Ayesha March 19, 2018

    Is there any other exam(other then neet) or any other type of form for the entrance of B pharm?


    • Arun Kallarackal March 20, 2018

      State level exams and Institute level exams also exist.


  20. Dhruv hans March 10, 2018

    Hello sir, Iwant to know that from which course? Bpharma or pharmD
    We get easily a higher paid job plzz tell me sir.


    • Arun Kallarackal March 20, 2018

      Pharm D.


  21. Shaik. Afrose February 24, 2018

    Hai sir I’m Afrose. I’m in inter Cec completed. I’m in expirence in medical shop 3yrs can I study in bpharm. Plz reply sir


  22. Someshwar Singh February 14, 2018

    Hlw, Sir I passed my 12th from open board nd m looking forward to join B. Pharma.
    Waiting for u r reply


  23. Abhisekh panda February 10, 2018

    Sir, i am from odisha .i have completed my 10+2 with 70% under CHSE .now iam a bsc student in zoology. I am intrested in drugs -inspector job .what should i do? What should i do for b pharmacy course? Actually idonot know which entrance take me for admission in b pharma course?plz tell me


  24. Mahadevaswamy January 9, 2018

    Hello,Sir, i am mahadeva swamy i passed my 12 pcmb how can i join to pharma D.


    • Arun Kallarackal January 10, 2018

      You may secure admission into reputed institutes through relevant entrance tests.


  25. Umang sharma December 27, 2017

    Hello sir…I’m umang…sir aap ye bta dijiye ki admission form kb nikalte h b.phrm ke..


    • Arun Kallarackal December 29, 2017

      Usually dates vary from one state to another. It is usually few weeks after 12th Board result declaration.


  26. Kuldeep pal December 25, 2017

    Sir , i have completed my diploma course in phamarcy .. nd want to continue for further study in b pharm .. my ques. – Is admission in b pharm will be secure [acc. to my diploma certificate or i also have to pass in entrance exam.. ]


    • Arun Kallarackal December 30, 2017

      You may use lateral entry. Marks scored in D Pharm program is usually considered for admission in this method.


  27. Najib December 24, 2017

    Salary of b pharma in india & abroad


  28. yash December 19, 2017

    if i am from commerce backgrounds so it is possible for me to do the course of b pharma
    i am interested in this course so ..and is there compulsory for b pharma background must be pcm or pcb
    pls help me…to knows about this situation…


  29. tanvi belalekar. December 11, 2017

    Sir i want to do B.pharm ….. can i just know that which entrance examination makes eligible for the course…. and is mathematics necessary for the course ?? .. i am a PCB student .. so am i eligible for the course without taking mathematics in 11th and 12th…?? it would be very helpfull for me ..if you let me know about the process ..


    • Arun Kallarackal December 13, 2017

      PCB is okay. You are eligible. Entrance tests may vary from one state to another.


  30. Likitha December 7, 2017

    is pharm d better or b pharma??


    • Arun Kallarackal December 13, 2017

      Pharm D is more advanced.


  31. Mansi soni December 6, 2017

    Sir, can I opt for D pharm 1st after completing my 12th instead of doing B pharm or B pharm is necessary to do D pharm
    I want to do D pharm directly instead of doing B pharm
    Plz suggest me sir…. I’ll b thankful to u


    • Mansi soni December 6, 2017

      Oops sorry by mistake I had written D pharm actually i should write Pharm D(6 yrs)


      • Arun Kallarackal December 6, 2017

        Yes, you may pursue Pharm D after 12th.


  32. Mahendra Kumar November 23, 2017

    Sir mene 12science math se ki hai to muje B pharma krna hai aur mene jis jagah B pharma ki fees pusi bahut jada bta rhe hai lag bhag 60000 to Sir mere ghar ki condition bahut kharab hai sir essa koi college hai kaam kharse me bhi study kr sakta hu aur mere future 🔮 Sudhar saku


  33. Maheswari November 23, 2017

    I am eligible for this course after 2 year’s. ..because my age will 20 at that time is there any age limit for the course…..I loved to be always to be a doctor but unfortunately forcibly I took mpc can I write bipc open exams and then take medical course. …pls help me sir I really mad about Doctor pls help me sir


    • Arun Kallarackal November 24, 2017

      I think you can pursue at age 20.


  34. Maheswari November 22, 2017

    I have completed my mpc with 941/1000 and I am doing diploma in elementry education after completing 2 years can I join in this course…because I am interested in medical fields ….pls help me sir pls …it means me a lot pls…Sir


    • Arun Kallarackal November 22, 2017

      For pursuing this course, you must have passed 10+2 with PCM or B subjects OR completed relevant Diploma course.


  35. vishal dora November 20, 2017

    sir me eligible hu mera 10th me 48% tha and 12th me 63 % kYa me eligible hu B pharmacy k liYa.


    • Arun Kallarackal November 22, 2017

      Yes, you may apply.


  36. Shamsiya November 5, 2017

    Is it Entrance exm is cumpulsory to study
    b pharm course…?


    • Arun Kallarackal November 6, 2017

      In most cases, yes.


  37. kritika June 24, 2016

    Hi I am kritika pandya and i want to do B.pharma and it has many scopes Thank you sir for guide


  38. sahjesh June 15, 2016

    is b pharm better or pharm d ? and why??


    • Arun Kallarackal June 16, 2016

      Check out this article. It will answer your doubts- https://www.apnaahangout.com/pharm-d-vs-b-pharm/


  39. ashish June 14, 2016

    Hello sir i have completed 12th with 86% marks in cbse and i want to do m.pharm how to begin with that and can u tell me about salary after the cources is done
    Thank you


    • Arun Kallarackal June 16, 2016

      M.Pharm. is postgraduate level course. First of all, you must complete ug level course- B Pharm. After completing it, you may study M.Pharm. Salary depends on many factors- job location, job profile, profile of the employer and your qualifications. It could be anywhere between 10-30k Rupees per month at start.


  40. arya harish June 7, 2016

    this site is very helpful thank you for your information


  41. arya harish June 7, 2016

    hey, i am arya .I have completed 12th with 1025 marks ,so can i take B pharm ? I have the capacity to study this course !!!


    • Arun Kallarackal June 9, 2016

      Yes, you may, if you have completed 12th Science stream schooling.


  42. navarathinam May 19, 2016

    Hi I am navarathinam. I finished 12th my mark 1154 my cutoff 193.5 what course I choose?


    • Arun Kallarackal May 20, 2016

      Are you interested in the field of pharmacy?


      • susmita June 5, 2016



  43. abdur rezzak April 19, 2016

    I want to study in B pharm.i am from assam.are there B pharm college es in assam?


    • Arun Kallarackal April 20, 2016

      Abdur, there should be. I’m not knowledgeable though.


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