How to become a drug inspector? - While pursuing pharmacy as a career a question might arise in aspirants mind: how to become a drug inspector? In the Pharma industry, the drug Inspector is the most sorted professional. Drug inspector is an expert and capable of executing and monitoring the safety, efficiency, usefulness, and quality of a drug from its production stage to the selling stage. With among the highest consumers and third largest in the world, the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry has grown with rapid speed. In recent years, making the latest developments in the pharmaceutical sector, India is one of the biggest worldwide exporters of the medicines. To fulfill the demands, India is also capable of producing more number of inspectors of medicines.

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How to become a drug inspector?

Here Careers360 brings to you an article on how to become a drug inspector?. Aspirants are advised to read the article to know the details about the drug inspector eligibility, steps to become a drug Inspector, duties, exam format and syllabus.

How to be eligible for drug inspector?

Candidates are advised to go through the eligibility conditions to become the drug inspector.

  • Aspirants must be graduates from B.pharma or medicine with specialization in clinical Pharmacology/ Microbiology.

  • Candidates must note that for joining B. Pharmacy or equivalent course one must pass their class 12 with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (PCB) as compulsory subjects.

  • Additional 18 months experience in manufacturing or testing of Schedule C or C1 drugs is also asked in UPSC but is not mandatory.

What are the various ways to become a drug inspector?

Aspirants seeking a dream to become a medicine inspector and examine the medicine drug can go through the steps below.

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Steps to become drug inspector



Step 1

Apply for Pharmacy entrance test

Step 2

Sit for the drug inspector vacancies

Step 3

Work as drug inspector

Apply for Pharmacy entrance test

Candidates are advised to apply for pharmacy entrance tests which are conducted by various state governments and separate privates institutes. As, B.Pharm is a necessary qualification of a drug inspector. So, it is mandatory for aspirants to complete their Pharmacy degree from good institutes, which grant admission on the basis of entrance test.

Sit for the drug inspector vacancies

Aspirants after completing their 4 years bachelors degree in Pharmacy course can either opt for M.Pharmacy course or they can sit for an Entrance Exam conducted by UPSC, Staff Selection Commission or different state service selection boards to be selected as a drug Inspector at State Government enterprises. Aspirants who clear the computer based recruitment test (CBRTs) will be called for an interview.

Serve as a drug inspector

After completing all the aforementioned steps and clearing the interview successfully, aspirants will serve the nation as a drug inspector. Those aspirants who do not want to join this service provided by the government can also join against the vacancies in the pharma firms as drug Inspectors.

What is the exam pattern to be a drug inspector?

  1. The test will be of two hours exam duration

  2. The medium of the test will be in English only

  3. The test will be conducted in an objective type question format.

  4. There will be a penalty for wrong answers having the wrong answer will carry subtraction of one third of the marks assigned to that question.

  5. If no answer is marked for a question, there will be no penalty for that question

  6. One can acquire 300 as the maximum marks for the test

  7. As per the previous year question trends the number of questions asked are 150

What is the exam syllabus to be a drug inspector?

Candidates can go through the syllabus of the exam for pursuing a drug inspector career ahead.

Syllabus for the exam of becoming drug inspector



Basic Knowledge in Pharmaceutical Chemistry – Chemistry of Drugs, their uses-Pharmacological and Toxicological effects of Drugs


Knowledge in manufacturing and evaluation of Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms.


Procedures involved in collection of blood and preparation of its components.


Procedures involved in production of Vaccines, Sera and Biotech products.


Good Manufacturing Practices in manufacturing activity.


Good Laboratory Practices in analysis of Drugs and Cosmetics.


Good Clinical Practices.


Knowledge of Investigational skills.


Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Rules with respect to Clinical Trials, Manufacture, Sale and Import of Drugs, Medical Devices and Cosmetics.


Basic Principles of Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics.


Basic Knowledge of Computer Applications


English Language Proficiency.

What are the duties of a drug inspector?

Candidates can go through the below mentioned list of various duties which a drug inspector has to take care of

  • A drug inspector has to perform a field duty in helping superior/drugs Inspectors in carrying out samples, enforcement activities like raids/inspections at various medical stores and institutions and launching prosecution etc..

  • A medicine inspector has to help CDSCO (Central Drugs Standard Control Organization) officers with monitoring documentation.

  • The drug inspector has to carry out other duties as may be assigned to them under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Rules.r

  • From the production of the drugs to its sale, every single thing that is examined by the drug inspector.

How much does a drug inspector earn?

The job profile of a drug inspector and its career prospects are very promising. Discussing the earnings of a drug inspector, it may vary from state to state and based upon the experience & qualification as well as on the competency of the person. As far as the private and government sector is concerned a drug inspector can expect anywhere a gross between Rs.35,000 to Rs.55,000 to start with. Besides decent money, a drug inspector earns a better respect in society.

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