Choosing pharmacy as career after 12th

Choosing pharmacy as career after 12th

Like other sectors, the liberalization of the economy in the 1990s had given the much boost to the pharmaceutical companies in India. With the growth of the sector since late 1990s, study in Pharmacy science has been emerging as a prominent career option in different parts of India.

Choosing pharmacy after Class 12th could be an appealing choice. A graduate or a diploma in pharmacy is often regarded as a rewarding career as it combines science, health care, computer technology, business, maths and counselling.

Pharmacy is a trusted profession which is why one can offer services during natural disasters, epidemics and other crises. If one chooses pharmacy as career after class 12th, sky is the limit as working experience in the industry could lead one climb the ladder of his career to become one of the top executive of the pharmaceutical companies.

Apart from the job, a degree and some work experience in the pharmacy sector could also help one to set up his own business of medicine stockists or retailers and his license as pharmacist could be very useful.

A pharmacist can choose from wide variety of work settings such as Public health services, government agencies, community pharmacies, hospitals, long term care facilities etc.

Choosing pharmacy as career after 12th can lead to high level of job security that comes with career in pharmacy. Not only business you can also pursue research works in other relevant areas.

Here are few jobs where your degree would be useful-

1. Clinical research associate

2. Higher education lecture

3. Medical sales representative

4. Pharmacologist

5. Product development scientist

6. Research scientist

7. Science writer

8. Toxicologist

9. Community pharmacist

10. Hospital pharmacist and many more


To pursue B. Pharma course you must pass 12 th with physics and chemistry as compulsory subjects

along with maths, computer science, biotechnology etc. To choose a career in pharmacy after 12 th

you must obtain 50% marks in qualifying examination.

After 12 th you can also pursue Diploma in pharmacy. B Pharm is a 4 years long under graduate

course. After completing the course you can obtain Bachelor of Pharmacy degree and you can

practice as Pharmacist in India as well as abroad.

Pharmacy Courses After 12th:

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

The institution that provides these courses in India:

University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab University (Chandigarh)

Al-Ameen College of Pharmacy (Bangalore)

Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal University (Manipal)

Amrita School of Pharmacy, Amrita University (Konchi)

Bombay College of Pharmacy (Mumbai)

JSS College of Pharmacy (Ooty)

Banaras Hindu University / IIT-BHU (Varanasi)

Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra (Ranchi)

L. M. College of Pharmacy (Ahmedabad)

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Harisingh Gour University (Sagar)

Department of Pharmacy, M S University (Baroda)

Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Science & Research – DIPSAR (New Delhi)

KLE College of Pharmacy (Belgaum)

Dept. of Pharmacy, BITS Pilani (Pilani)

Institute of Chemical Technology (Mumbai)

College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Andhra University (Vizag)

JSS College of Pharmacy (Mysore)

Faculty of Pharmacy, Jamia Hamdard University (New Delhi)

Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Jadavpur University (Kolkata)

Institute of Pharmacy, Nirma University (Ahmedabad)

University College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Katatiya University (Warrangal)

Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nagpur University (Nagpur)

School of Pharmacy, Devi Ahilya University (Indore)

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, M D University (Rohtak)

PSG College of Pharmacy (Coimbatore)

Government College of Pharmacy (Bangalore)

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research – NIPER, Mohali

NIPER Kolkata

NIPER Raebareli

NIPER Hyderabad

NIPER Ahmedabad

NIPER Guwahati

NIPER Hajipur