Best Books and How to prepare for Any Pharmacist Job Exam – All Tips

Candidates for DSSSB pharmacist, ESIC pharmacist, Railways Pharmacist, RRB pharmacist, AIIMS exam etc face common questions. Such as How to prepare for government pharmacist exams and best books for pharmacist job exam.

So, we are giving best books and preparation tips for pharmacist job exam. The exam pattern for various pharmacist exams differs.

Pharmacist Exam Pattern

ESIC pharmacist, Railways Pharmacist, state pharmacist etc. exam pattern is commonly same and paper consist of two parts, technical and non-technical.

In technical part pharmacy subjects are asked. In non-technical part general awareness, aptitude and comprehension questions are asked.

See pattern overview for different pharmacist job exams.

 In ESIC technical part is of 100 marks for 50 question, while non-technical part is 50 marks for 50 question.

 In RRB  pharmacist exam 70 questions will be from pharmacy and 30 questions from non-technical. Download Railways Pharmacist (RRB) Syllabus and Important subjects

 In DSSSB  pharmacist exam, ratio was 100 marks for both pharmacy and non-pharmacy part.

 In CGHS  new pattern, 40 questions are from technical part while 60 are from general knowledge. CGHS Pharmacist Exam Syllabus And Pattern

 In AIIMS  pharmacist exam, 100 questions are asked from pharmacy. But AIIMS Delhi & Raipur ask 25 questions from non-technical part and 75 questions from pharmacy.

 Rajasthan pharmacist  exam till now only asked pharmacy questions.

Pharmacist government job exam has objective questions. So preparation tips and best books list for pharmacist exam are given accordingly.

  Best Books And Strategy For Pharmacy Part 

In technical part pharmacy subjects are asked. In most pharmacist exams pharmacy subjects constitutes the major part of the exam, so technical part is very important. Now let us see which guide and what books are good for technical paper.

Best Guide for Pharmacist Exam

You should buy two guides for pharmacist and drug inspector exams.  They will help lot. Guides are cheaper than coaching. Guide will have some good compilations useful for every pharmacist exam.

  1. Piyush Guide for Drug Inspector and Pharmacist Exam Piyush Pharmacist Guide on Amazon
  2. Pharmacy kit is also a fine book. You can check it here Pharmacy Kit on Amazon
  3. Advanced Entrance Guide For Pharmacist Exam By Birla Advanced Pharmacist Entrance Guide By Birla On Amazon

If you have any two of above three, then enough.

What to study: Read the guide as per syllabus. For example CGHS pharmacist exam do not ask pharmacognosy and pharmaceutics now.

 Do not waste time on medicinal chemistry part for most pharmacist job exams. 

For ESIC pharmacist exam you can prepare basic structure of common drugs only. No synthesis etc.

Other Books For Detailed Study

CGHS, DSSSB, ESIC pharmacist exam are diploma level generally. After once completing diploma books you can follow the strategy below. Please note that Pharmacognosy is not asked in CGHS exam.

Preferred Book: Essentials of medical Pharmacology by KD Tripathi. Check Price of K.D Tripathi Pharmacology Here
• What to study: First do introduction chapters for basics. Then focus on classifications, mechanism, toxicity and antidotes, name side effects like red men syndrome, grey baby syndrome etc. Then look what differentiate a given drug from other drug in same class orr what makes it special. Like how a second-generation antibiotic differ from first.
• All chapters are to be done many times. Still important chapters are antimicrobials or antibiotics, anticancer, cholinergic and adrenergic, Hypoglycemic drugs, heart and blood chapters, hypnotics, NSAIDs

Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics by Brahmankar. Do this thoroughly.

Pharmaceutical engineering by cvs subrahmaniam
• What to study: Do applications of mills , driers etc

Physical Pharmaceutics by CVS subrahmaniam
• What to study: suspension, emulsion are important

Theory and Practice of Industrial Pharmacy –Lieberman & Lachman
• What to study: Tablet defects are important and also tables in book for various additives are important

Other pharmaceutics topics
• Distegraton and dissolution tests, Prescription abbrevations

Pharmacognosy by C.K Kokathe, purohit and gokhale
• classification tables alkaloid, glycosides, resins, major tests, plant hormones


Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence – NK Jain or any good book. Check NK Jain Book Price Here.
• What to study: years, members, definitions, schedules

Hospital Pharmacy and Drug store management
Any good book of the subject. You can buy these two.

For hospital and clinical pharmacy latest edition of PC  dandya book is also fine.
Anatomy and Pathophysiology
• Heart, blood group and nutrition chapters from any good anatomy and physiology, like Book By gandhi
Pharmaceutical Analysis
Uv, visible, IR, chromatography and titration basics only
Other Topics to Study
• Basics from Good inorganic chemistry book
Previous Papers
• What to study: DSSSB paramedical, ESIC paramedical, railway paramedical and GPAT previous year papers

Download DSSSB, GPAT, ESIC etc Previous year Paramedical Papers for Practice

 Best Books For Non Technical Part 

Most pharmacist Job exams pattern show that they will ask questions about general awareness and logical reasoning etc. Prepare this part also as per syllabus of your exam. Below is the strategy and best books list to prepare non technical part.

General awareness & GK
Lucent general knowledge by Arihant latest published edition is a must if your general awareness is not good.

Wish to do static general knowledge more thoroughly ? you can refer following books

Polity for UPSC by Laximikant
NCERT old editions of history books
Economics by Ramesh Singh
Geography Of India by khullar
Science and technology by spectrum
Departmental GK
If you are preparing for DSSSB exam, get Gk book for delhi, For ESIC study about ESIC, For ITBP pharmacist exam study about paramilitary forces. For state pharmacist exam read that state Gk.
For Current Affairs
One-year current affairs from Partiyogita Darpan
Quantitative Aptitude
Fast Track Objective Mathematics by Rajesh Verma or RS Agarwal book
Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S Aggarwal
Kiran previous Year SSC Papers. Introduction chapter is very useful.
Objective English by SP Bakshi
Any simple high school grammar

Previous papers
Please note for non -technical part practicing is even more important. You can use previous papers of banking to practice for reasoning, quantitative aptitude and English.

For practice of general awareness prefer SSC previous year solved papers chapter wise by kiran prakashan.

All the best, prepare for your pharmacist/ paramedical job exam with heart. Suggestions for improving this post are welcome.

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  1. please do mention strategy and syllabus, previous year question papers and books and good online resources to prepare for Telangana gov drug inspector exam. thank you .

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