The Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) is the regulatory body that oversees the education and practice of pharmacy in India. One of the key requirements for pharmacy students to complete their degree is to pass the exit exam. In this article, we will explore what the exit exam for D Pharmacy is, how it is conducted, and what it entails.
What is D Pharmacy?
D Pharmacy is a two-year diploma program in pharmacy, which is approved by PCI. The course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of pharmaceutical sciences, such as drug composition, formulation, and development, pharmacology, pharmacognosy, and pharmacy practice. It prepares students for a career in pharmacy by providing them with theoretical and practical knowledge of pharmacy-related subjects.
What is the Exit Exam for D Pharmacy?
The exit exam for D Pharmacy is a national-level examination conducted by the PCI. It is a mandatory requirement for all students who have completed the two-year diploma program in pharmacy to be eligible for registration with the State Pharmacy Councils. The purpose of the exam is to assess the competency of the students and to ensure that they possess the required knowledge and skills to practice pharmacy.
The exit exam is conducted twice a year, usually in June and December. The exam consists of two papers: Paper I and Paper II. Paper I is a theoretical exam that consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) covering topics such as pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmacognosy. Paper II is a practical exam that tests the student’s practical skills in dispensing, labeling, and compounding medicines.
The exam is conducted in various centers across the country. Students are required to register for the exam online and pay the required fee. The exam is conducted in English and is of three hours duration.
What is the Syllabus for the Exit Exam?
The syllabus for the exit exam for D Pharmacy is prescribed by the PCI. The syllabus covers topics such as pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology, pharmacognosy, and pharmacy practice. The detailed syllabus is available on the PCI website.
The exam is designed to test the student’s understanding of the theoretical concepts and their practical application. The questions are framed to assess the student’s ability to analyze, interpret, and apply the knowledge gained during the course.
The objective of the Diploma in Pharmacy Exit Examination (DPEE) is to ensure that a candidate applying for registration as pharmacist with the State Pharmacy Council has undergone pharmacy education and a comprehensive practical training programme in Diploma in Pharmacy ( D.Pharm) Course as
provided in the Education Regulations, 1991 or the regulations that may be in force from time to time in an institution approved by Pharmacy Council of India under section 12 of the Pharmacy Act 1948 and acquired core competencies in dispensing of medicines and other areas of pharmacy practice
and to reinforce his discipline, integrity, judgement, skills, knowledge and quest for learning so that after having passed the examination he is able to become a registered pharmacist who is able to exercise his professional skills in addition to carrying his duty and responsibilities professionally.
The details regarding the scheme for conducting the Diploma in Pharmacy Exit Examination and the syllabus of the test shall be announced by the Pharmacy Council of India from time to time for the information of the candidates. The candidates may appear for the exit examination conducted
twice every year or as frequently as may be required as per the schedule of examination announced by the Prescribed Authority. The procedure of conducting the test shall be in accordance with the scheme announced by the Pharmacy Council of India in this regard. The date of examination and the examination center will be allotted to the candidate by the Prescribed Authority based on the availability of the examination centers.
Registration as a Diploma in Pharmacy Exit Examination candidate
a. No person shall be registered as a Diploma in Pharmacy Exit Examination candidate unless he has passed Diploma in Pharmacy course from an institution approved by the Pharmacy Council of India under section 12 of the Pharmacy Act, 1948.
b. He shall be required to make an application in a prescribed form together with all relevant documents showing the proof of his passing the approved examination and the examination fee as may be prescribed by the PCI.
Procedure of conducting Exit Examination
a. The PCI may, for the purposes of conducting exit examination, establish an authority to be known as the Prescribed Authority or designate an authority as the Prescribed Authority that shall conduct the examinations as may be decided by the PCI from time to time There shall be three papers of multiple choice questions in Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical jurisprudence and Drug Store Management. The language of the examination shall be English. The test for each paper shall be of three hours’ duration.
c. A candidate shall be declared as having passed only if he obtains a minimum of 50% marks in each paper separately.
d. A candidate shall have to pass all the three papers in the same attempt. However, there shall be no restriction on the number of attempts to appear in the examination.
e. A certificate of eligibility for enrolment and practice shall be issued to the successful candidate which will be presented before the State Pharmacy Council for registration as a pharmacist
Registration of the candidate as pharmacist after passing Diploma in
Pharmacy Exit Examination After having passed the Diploma in Pharmacy Exit Examination, a candidate
shall be entitled to registration as a pharmacist subject to fulfilment of the conditions enumerated in section 32(2) of the Pharmacy Act, 1948. The applications for registration shall be addressed to the Registrar of the State Pharmacy Council and shall be accompanied by the prescribed fee and the
documents as referred to in section 46(2)(g) of the Act. After coming into force of these regulations, the candidates who have completed the approved course of Diploma in Pharmacy and having qualified
in the Diploma in Pharmacy Exit Examination only will be eligible for registration as pharmacists under section 33 of the Pharmacy Act 1948.
These regulation shall not apply to the persons whose names are already entered
in the register of pharmacists for the state.
The exit exam for D Pharmacy is an important requirement for students to be eligible for registration with the State Pharmacy Councils. It is a comprehensive examination that tests the student’s theoretical knowledge and practical skills in pharmacy. The exam is conducted by the PCI twice a year, and the passing criteria is 50% in each paper. The exam is designed to ensure that students possess the required knowledge and skills to practice pharmacy and provide quality healthcare services to the community.