Eligibility And Qualification For Drug Inspector In India

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How to become drug inspector in different states of India ? To answer this question we do a eligibility check for Drug Inspector Post in central government; and states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar pradesh ( UP ), Madhya Pradesh ( MP) , Rajasthan, Goa , Kerala etc.

If you satisfy eligibility conditions then you can appear for Drug Inspector job exam which consists of two papers. One paper test knowledge of pharmacy subjects and drugs testing, and other paper consisting of general awareness and aptitude questions.

General Eligibility Condition

General Eligibility Condition for drug Inspector in UPSC And many other states is B.pharma Or Medicine with specialization in Clinical Pharmacology/ Microbiology. Additional 18 months experience in manufacturing or testing of Schedule C drugs is also required in some. You will be safe for applying in most cases if you satisfy this general eligibility.

If applying for post of drug inspector in states, generally you should also be familiar with the local language and customs.

After written exam and document verification medical exam is also conducted. Medical Test For Drug Inspector.

Now let us see eligibility and qualification requirements in some states  to give you an idea of different eligibility conditions across states so that you can plan your future action keeping these factors in mind. The age limits mentioned below are usually for general category with usual relaxation for reserved categories.

Eligibility For Drug Inspector In Assam

Age: 18 years to 43 years

Academic Qualification:

Candidate must:

(a) Be a Graduate in Medicine or Science of a University recognized for the purpose by the Appointing Authority and have had at least one year post graduate training in laboratory under:
i. A Government analyst appointed under the Drugs Act, 1940 or
ii. A Chemical Examiner or
iii. A Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chemistry of Great Britain Branch (Branch. E.) or
iv. The Head of an Institute specially approved for the purpose by the appointing authority

or

(b) Hold a Degree in Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Chemistry or post graduate Degree in Chemistry with Pharmaceutical as special Subject recognized for this purpose by the Appointing Authority or the Associate Diploma of the Institution Chemists (India) obtained by passing the examination with “Analysis of Drugs and Pharmaceuticals” as one of the subjects

or

(c) Hold the Pharmaceutical Chemist’s Diploma granted by the Pharmaceutical society of Great Britain.

(d) Desirable Qualification – Preference will be given to candidates having uniformly good academic qualification, good health for extensive travelling and experience in handling legal matters related to their job in Govt. of Assam Institutions.

Eligibility For Drug Inspector In Andhra Pradesh AP

Age: 18 years to 34 years

Educational qualification:

Degree in Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Science or Medicine with Specialization in Clinical Pharmacology or Microbiology from an University established in India by Law.

Eligibility For Drug Inspector In Bihar

Educational qualification:

A candidate must have hold a degree in Pharmacy of Pharmaceutical Sciences or Medicine with specialization in Clinical Pharmacology or Microbiology from a University established in India by law.

Eligibility For Drug Inspector In Goa

Age: Not exceeding 42 years.

Educational & Other Qualifications:-

Essential: (i) Degree in Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Sciences or Medicines with specialization in Clinical Pharmacology or Microbiology from an University established in India by Law. (ii) Not less than 18 months experience in the manufacture of at least one of the substances specified in schedule C and/or schedule C1 to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rule, 1945

OR

(ii) Not less than 18 months experience in testing atleast one of the substances specified in schedule C and/or schedule C1 to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rule, 1945

OR

(ii) Not less than three years experience in the inspection of firms manufacturing any of the substances in schedule C and/or schedule C1 to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rule, 1945, during the tenure of his service as a Drugs Inspector.

(iii) Knowledge of Konkani.
Desirable: Knowledge of Marathi.

Eligibility For Drug Inspector In Gujarat

Education qualification : Degree in pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Sciences or Medicine With Specialization in Clinical Pharmacology or Microbiology

Eligibility For Drug Inspector In Himachal Pradesh

AGE: Between 18 to 45 years.

Essential Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Chemistry or a post- Graduate Degree in Chemistry with pharmaceutics as essential subject of an University established in India by the Law or its equivalent qualification recognized and notified by the Central Government for such purpose or the Associateship Diploma of the Institution of Chemists (India) obtained by passing the Examination with “Analysis of Drugs and pharmaceuticals” as one of the subject.

OR

Bachelor’s Degree in Science or Graduate in Medicine of an University recognized for this purpose by the appointing authority and has had at least one year’s post-graduate training in a laboratory under (i) a Government Analyst appointed under the Act, or (ii) a Chemical Examiner, or (iii) the head of an institution specifically approved for the purpose by the appointing authority,
Provided that only those Inspectors:-

(i) Who have not less than 18 months experience in the manufacture of at least one of the substances specified in Schedule-C OR

(ii) Who have not less than 18 months’ experience in testing of at least one of the substances specified in Schedule–C in a laboratory approved for this purpose, by the licensing authority OR

(iii) Who have gained experience of not less than three years in the inspection of firm manufacturing any of the substances specified in Schedule-C appended to these rules during the tenure of their service as Drugs Inspectors shall be authorized to inspect the manufacture of the substances mentioned in schedule-C.

Desirable Qualification:- Knowledge of customs, manners and dialects of H.P. and suitability for appointment in the peculiar conditions prevailing in the Pradesh.

Eligibility For Drug Inspector In Kerala

Age limit : Age: 21-36 Only

Qualifications:

Degree in Pharmacy of a recognised University

1. Persons appointed as Drugs Inspector shall be on training for Six months from the date of joining in service.
2. Probation with respect to the category of Drugs Inspector who are appointed by Direct Recruitment shall commence after successful completion of training.
3. Every person appointed as Drugs Inspector shall during the period of probation pass Account Test (Lower) or Account Test for Executive Officers if he has not already passed the same.

Eligibility For Drug Inspector In Karnataka

Age Limit: 18-35 for General Category, upto 40 years for reserved categories.

Essential Qualification:

  1. Must be holder of B.Pharma degree in Pharmacy.
  2. Must have put in a service of not less than eighteen months of experience in the manufacturing and or testing of schedule C and / or C1 drugs included in the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945

Candidate must have knowledge of Kannada language 

Eligibility For Drug Inspector In Maharashra

AGE: Between 18 to 45 years.

Qualification/ Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants applying for the position of Drug Inspector should have degree in Pharmacy or pharmaceutical chemistry or in medicine with specification in clinical pharmaceutical or micro-biology from a university established in India by Law and experience after acquiring above qualification in the manufacture of testing of drugs or enforcement of the provisions of the act for a minimum period of five years.

Eligibility For Drug Inspector In Madhya Pradesh, MP

Age limit – 18 to 40 year

Education qualification : Degree in pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Sciences or Medicine With Specialization in Clinical Pharmacology or Microbiology

Eligibility For Drug Inspector/ Drug Control officer In Rajasthan

Age limit – 21 years- 45 years

Educational Qualification:

Candidates must have a degree in Pharmacy/ Pharmaceutical Sciences / Meidcine with Specialization in Clinical Pharmacology/ Microbiology from a recognized University established in India by Law as rule 49 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945.Candidate’s knowledge of Hindi language in devnagriscript (lipi).


Eligibility For Drug Inspector In Uttar Pradesh, UP

Age Limit- 21 to 40 years

Essential Qualification-

A candidate for direct recruitment to the post of Drugs Inspector must possess the following qualifications:- (i) Degree in Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Sciences or Medicine with specialization in Clinical Pharmacology or Microbiology or equivalent from a recognized University;
(ii) (a) Eighteen Month’s Experience in the manufacture of at least one of the substances specified in Schedule ‘C’ to the Drug and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, Or
(b) Eighteen Month’s Experience in testing of at least one of the substances specified in Schedule ‘C’ to the Drug and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, in a laboratory approved for this purpose by the licensing authority, or
(c) Three year’s experience in the inspection of firms manufacturing any of the substances specified in Schedule ‘C’ to the Drug and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 during the tenure of their services as Drug Inspector of any State Government or Central Government.

Preferential Qualification- Other things being equal, such candidates shall be given preferences in the matter of direct recruitment-
(1) Who has served in the territorial army for minimum period of two years. or
(2) Who has obtained a “B” certificate of National cadet corps.

 Many states currently do not require any experience after B. pharma to apply for Drug Inspector post like AP, Bihar, Gujarat, Kerala, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh 

Please note these eligibility conditions are as per past notifications and subject to change in future. We will add eligibility conditions for more states soon.

Also note that vacancies do not comes every year, so keep other options, like appear for government pharmacists exam and working in private sector.

Also read: Medical Test For Drug Inspector.

230 thoughts on “Eligibility And Qualification For Drug Inspector In India”

    1. Himachal pradesh, UPSC, UP, karanataka already invited applications in recent times. Prior to election 2019 chances are less. However keep checking pharmagang, we post all regular government drug inspector jobs on homepage.
      Also we suggest you to apply for future government pharmacist exams too. Salary in ESIC, Railway and CGHS are fine enough.

    1. You tried posting comments many times. First comment by new user is approved by us, so took time. Now your future comments on pharmagang do not require approval, can comment on pharmagang using same emails in a second.
      We already answered your question in reply to angel comment.

    1. No, currently no experience is mandatory for drug inspector in himachal pradesh. But persons who have experience will be allowed to inspect schedule c drugs after appointment.
      Also please note that 2018 post is contractual, but salary is good.

  1. Sir mana B pharmacy kea hua ha or mana MS in pharmacy bhe kea hua ha kya ma drug inspector ke job ka lea apply kar sakte hu.

  2. I am a Pharm D 5th year student studying in Andhra Pradesh. I want to know whether Pharm D students are eligible for drug inspector posts? Also, what are the other govt job opportunities for Pharm D students and how to apply for such jobs?

    1. yes you can apply for drug inspector post when they ask for degree in pharmacy. Still status of pharma D is confusing in India. We will file RTI and ask for response from states and departments. Same will be posted on pharmagang in coming months.
      Other jobs are sometimes available but are of contract job nature. There is no government clinical pharmacist posts in India yet.

  3. If a candidate can apply for DI or DCO in Rajasthan, if he/she is only B Pharm, no any other specialization or industrial experience

  4. muthyala vennela

    i completed m.pharm and i am from hyd. can u please tell me wheather experience is necessary for drug inspector?

  5. I have completed m.pharmacy I’m from karnataka if I work in R&D department in C&c1 injectables company does that fulfill the eligibility criteria.

  6. Sir m doing b.pharma and I got 55% marks in 12th and 45% in pcm in 12th. And some one said to me that. You can’t apply for Drug Inspector. Then sir kya mujhe bta Sakte ho ki mujhe apply krne me paresaani aa sakti hai baki form bharne me baki government job k form me. Me UP se hu Delhi NCR me

    1. you can apply. some drug inspector forms may require 55 percent in B. pharm, and some forms do not require it. So see before filling the form. But if you have 55 percent in graduation you can apply for almost all government jobs.

  7. Durga Ramsingh Nagpure

    Hello, sir i completed my Diploma in pharmacy also Bpharmacy graduated from Gondia in 2018 can i apply for drug inspector?

  8. I am from West Bengal with M.Pharm in Pharmaceutics. If I acquire 18 months experience in Formulation Research and Development sector (example concerning any antibiotic oral tablet formulation) from any Private pharmaceutical company, can I go for applying the job of Drug Inspector?

    1. Your experience certificate should menntion that your work involved testing of schedule c or C1 drugs.

      If your certificate mentions it you can apply in any state. Otherwise only in states which do not require experience.

  9. Ashwinkumar Sakpal

    I am working in QA since 8years in corporate earlier I was working in plant as QA for 3 years.

    Can i apply for DI in Maharashtra

  10. I’m pursuing b.pharm and I’m from Rajasthan can you please tell me how to prepare for DCO exam and eligiblity criteria .

  11. Hi..I am partho from west Bengal. I have done m.pharm from pharmacognosy and phytochemistry and have 3 years experience. Am I eligible for drug inspector in wb and central??

    1. You will be eligible for central . But experince in schedule c and c1 preferred. For west bengal 4 years experience is needed in schedule c and c1 so you are not eligible currently.

  12. I did MSc Microbiology..and i have 2year 6 month experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing industry…am i eligible for applying to drug inspector post..

    1. You will be eligible for wb if you have 4 year experience in schedule c and c1. Also you should have bsc microbiology degree and 18 months experince c and c1 preferably for upsc .

      1. Name of candidates be
        sponsored upto the
        year as mentioned
        below:-
        1. Gen 12/99
        2. SC 12/2005
        3. ST Up to date ..to sir iska ky mtlb h..or direct interview hoga kya

    1. sorry we missed to ask your category, all St can apply, but obc , sc, general will apply according to the batch. Means qualification should be completed before that year.
      Selection will be through interview.
      If you cannot apply this post, get 2 year experience certificate from private to apply in future cghs and esic, good luck.

  13. Hi I am a graduate of M,Pharm (comepleted on August 2018) in Pharmaceutical Analysis from Andhrapradesh. Am I eligible for drug inspector post? Can i apply for it?

  14. Hello I am from maharashtra I completed my degree in pharmacy & having 4 yr pharmacy exp as pharmacist am I eligible for the post of DI

      1. Is state gov(MH) have exp for DI post , sir can I apply for this post on the basis of pharmacy experience

  15. I cannot update my profile. It shows to complete my educational qualification. I am a B.Pharm holder and doing my M.Pharm. So essential qualification is B.Pharm, right? How can I do that

    1. 18 months experience is desirable in punjab as per last notification but not mandatory. Experience help you to clear the interview as it may help impress the interviewer. But you can apply without experience too.

  16. Hii sir/madam
    I am b.pharm with 2 yr experience in testing of surgical suture and sterile disposables..
    So does this experience will count for Drug inspector.
    OR
    It requires only experience in manufacturing/testing in parenterals, biopharmceuticals…
    Pls reply sir…its very urgent..

  17. Avinash Nadhawadekar

    Hii sir/madam
    I am b.pharm with 3yr experience in medical representative .
    So does this experience will count for Drug inspector.

    1. Yes, the andhrapradesh drug inspector recruitment is pending since one and half year. Now the notification is finally round the corner. October to november is expected date of release, if late due to any reason than atmost by December 2018.

    1. In some states you can apply directly, in some you need experience. In the last of post we have named the states which require no experience to apply. But please not experience will give some positive impression during interview.

  18. If I work in R&D department (injectables) does that fullfill the requirement I did m. Pharm from karnataka. I have confusion that people who work in production & QC are only eligible or working in IPQA, R&D are too eligible?

  19. If I work in R&D department (injectables) does that fullfill the requirement I did m. Pharm from karnataka. I have confusion that people who work in production & QC are only eligible or working in IPQA, R&D are too eligible?

  20. If I work in R&D department (injectables) does that fullfill the requirement I did m. Pharm from karnataka. I have confusion that people who work in production & QC are only eligible or working in IPQA, R&D are too eligible?

  21. If I work in R&D department (injectables) does that fullfill the requirement I did m. Pharm from karnataka. I have confusion that people who work in production & QC are only eligible or working in IPQA, R&D are too eligible?

    1. first comment with a new email need to be approved by us. you do not need to comment many times.

      you are eligible if your experience certificate clearly mention that that during your research work you were involved in testing of schedule c drugs or injectables.

  22. Hello sir i completed my master of pharmacy in pharmacology in maharashtra can i apply for DI exam….And experience in any R&D can count for DI exam other than schedule c, c1 i hear from some people….the experience is count

  23. Whats the Experience required for drug inspector in karnataka? And whdn is the next call for will come? And being in karnatka can we apply for any other states?

  24. I am M pharm in QA (Maharashtra), now working in Bio-analytical department, is bio-analytical experience is countable at Maharashtra state.

  25. Sir,i m complete D.pharmacy and now I am pursuing B.sc specialized in microbiology ….so in future I can recognise for drug inspector job…

    1. Sir Iam a m. Pharm candidate of pharmacology branch..
      Sir what is the procedure for applying in state of karnataka? Is experience in manufacturing compulsory?

      1. Yes 18 months experience in manufacturing or testing of schedule c drugs is a must in karnataka. we have added eligibility for karnataka DI in this post.

  26. I’m a bpharm student studying in Andhrapradesh is specialization in pharmacology microbiology is needed for this xam to write

  27. Sir I’m b pharm graduate plz tell me how I become drug inspector in Maharashtra means which and how many exams are conducted for selection of drug inspector in Maharashtra.

    1. if you want this job in maharashtra you will also need 5 year experience. please read eligibiliy for maharashtra in above post in detail.
      only one examis conducted. it is not conducted every year, sometimes can take 5 year or more. so we suggest to apply for pharmacist job also in esic, cghs, rrb etc

  28. Hii sir…I’m pawan…M.pharm (QA)…Now Working at apotex india private limited Banglore in BIOANALYTICAL DEPARTMENT….I want to apply for Drug inspector in maharashtra…is bioanlytical experience is acceptable???? And how much experience require???

  29. I have done my masters in Quality assuarance and i have work experience of 3 years in CRO as auditor. Am i eligible for Drug Inspector examination?

  30. I have complete my M pharm in pharmaceutics and i have 3 years of experience in manufacturing plant . Please let me know the date of entrance exam in 2019

  31. I have completed my master of pharmacy in pharmaceutics but have not at industrial experience. Can I eligible for the post of drug inspector. Pls give reply fast.
    And also give the information about latest Vacancies of drug inspector in2019.
    Thank u…

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