State wise Pharmacy admissions
Naureen Gurung, 22 Jan 2019
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The field of pharmacy is a unique amalgamation of science, health care, computer technology, counselling, business and mathematics. A pharmacist should be a “people’s person” i.e., he/ she should not only be knowledgeable in pharmaceutics and other branches of pharmacy, but also have good communication and problem-solving skills. Unlike a decade ago, pharmacy’s importance as a line of education and career has only escalated. Thus, more and more students are willing to venture into this field of healthcare and chemical science. 

All over India, different states conduct entrance exams for Pharmacy admissions. In this article, aspirants will find all the information regarding state wise pharmacy admissions such as eligibility criteria, important dates, application fee, result, etc. 

What is Pharmacy?

Pharmacy is the science of preparing, preserving, compounding, and dispensing medical drugs. It is a mixture of traditional and modern practices aiming to improve healthcare. Broadly, pharmacy can be divided into three sections- pharmaceutics, pharmacy practice, and medicinal chemistry & pharmacognosy. The curriculum of pharmacy courses usually covers the study of human anatomy and physiology, pharmaceutical biotechnology, biochemistry, and pharmaceutical math and biostatics. The personnel involved in the pharmacy sector aim to improve healthcare by providing easy and effective accessibility of medicines and curbing illegal practices. 

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State wise Pharmacy Admissions in India

The unlimited demand for qualified people in the domain of pharmacy has made more and more students aim for pharmacy admissions. In India, state wise pharmacy admissions are conducted through entrance tests. Some of the well-known state exams conducted for pharmacy are BITSAT, UPSEE, MHT CET, WB JEE, etc. Given below is a list of the 10 most popular state wise pharmacy entrance exams in India:

State wise Pharmacy Entrance Exams in India

Name of the Exam

Conducting Body

Mode of Exam

Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test (BITSAT)

Birla Institute of Technology and Science

Online

Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Examination (UPSEE)

Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University

Offline

Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MAHA CET)

Directorate of Technical Education Maharashtra

Online

West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam (WBJEE)

West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations Board

Offline

Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET)

Karnataka Examinations Authority

Offline

Andhra Pradesh Engineering Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (AP EAMCET)

Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Kakinada

Online

Telangana State Engineering Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (TS EAMCET)

Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad

Online

Gujarat Common Entrance Test (GUJCET)

Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board

Offline

GITAM Admission Test (GITAM GAT)

GITAM Deemed University

Online

Goa Common Entrance Test (GCET)

Directorate of Technical Education Goa

Offline

Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test (BITSAT)

BITS Pilani conducts BITSAT every year for B. Pharm admissions along with B.E. and M.Sc. Candidates who crack the exam can get admission in one of the three campuses at Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad. This year, the exam is to be conducted from May 16 to 26, 2019, in computer based mode. BITS B. Pharm aspirants must apply before the deadline i.e., March 20, 2019. Candidates must note that if they complete the entire quota of 150 questions without skipping, they can attempt 12 more questions to score higher.

B. Pharm Eligibility Criteria: Candidates seeking B. Pharm admission should have passed class XII (PCM) with at least 75% marks overall and 60% in each subject. There is no age limit specified for B. Pharm aspirants.

Mode of B. Pharm Application: Online

B. Pharm Application fee: Rs. 3150 for male candidates and Rs. 2650 for female candidates.

B. Pharm Exam Pattern: BITSAT will be conducted online for B. Pharm admissions. The paper will have 4 sections- Physics, Chemistry, English Proficiency & Logical Reasoning, and Mathematics. Examinees will be required to answer 150 MCQs during the 3-hour time limit. Every correct answer rewards 3 marks and every incorrect answer deducts 1 mark. 

B. Pharm Result: The result of BITSAT B. Pharm will be declared in online mode in the third-fourth week of June 2019 tentatively. The BITSAT B. Pharm result will mention the number of correct responses and wrong responses marked by the candidate. His/ her final score will also be mentioned. The exam authorities will also publish a merit list based on the BITSAT result. 

Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Examination (UPSEE)

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University will be administrating the conduction of UPSEE which is expected to be held in the last week of April 2019. This state level entrance exam is conducted for undergraduate programmes like B.Tech, B.Arch, B.Des, BHMCT, BFAD, BFA and B.Pharm admission, and postgraduate programmes like MBA/ MBA Integrated and MCA/ MCA Integrated. The UPSEE B. Pharm application form will be available from the fourth week of January till the third week of March 2019. 

B. Pharm Eligibility Criteria: Other than fulfilling the general requirements of UPSEE like possessing an Aadhaar card, the specific B. Pharm eligibility criteria state that the candidates should pass class XII (PCB/ PCM) with at least 45% marks overall. Some relaxation has been provided for reserved candidates.

Mode of B. Pharm Application: Online

B. Pharm Application fee: Rs. 1300 for unreserved male candidates, and Rs. 650 for reserved male and all female candidates

B. Pharm Exam Pattern: UPSEE for B. Pharm admissions will be conducted offline in English and Hindi medium. Candidates can choose to attempt either of the two papers- Paper 1 (physics, chemistry and mathematics) and Paper 2 (physics, chemistry and biology). Each subject carries 50 questions. Candidates can score 4 marks with every correct response and there is no negative marking.

B. Pharm Result: UPSEE result 2019 will be released in the centralized online portal. Candidates who meet the minimum required marks of UPSEE B. Pharm will be declared as qualified. Accordingly, a UPSEE merit list for B. Pharm admissions will also be declared.

Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MAHA CET/ MHT CET)

DTE Maharashtra conducts the MAHA CET/ MHT CET for various programmes including B. Pharmacy in online (CBT) mode. Students who wish to apply for B. Pharm can do so before the online application closing date i.e., March 31, 2019. MAHA CET/ MHT CET 2019 for B. Pharm will be conducted in the first two weeks of May tentatively. Candidates will be allotted colleges in Maharashtra state according to their preferences during the counselling session as well as the marks scored in the MAHA CET/ MHT CET.

B. Pharm Eligibility Criteria: B. Pharm aspirants should have passed class XII (with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) to be eligible for appearing in MAHA CET/ MHT CET. 

Mode of B. Pharm Application: Online

B. Pharm Application fee: Rs. 800 + service charges for general category candidates and Rs. 600 + service charges for reserved category candidates

B. Pharm Exam Pattern: The online exam will be divided into three papers wherein paper 1 is for math, paper 2 for physics and chemistry, and paper 3 for zoology and botany. Each subject will carry 50 MCQs i.e., paper 1 includes 50 while paper 2 and 3 comprise of 100 questions each. There will be no negative marking for wrong responses. Paper 1 will be in English medium only while the rest will be conducted in English/ Hindi/ Marathi languages.

B. Pharm Result: The MAHA CET/ MHT CET result of B. Pharm will be declared online in the first week of June 2019. The B. Pharm result will be available in the form of score cards. Candidates must note that the result will not be sent to them individually via any other mode. 

West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam (WBJEE)

WBJEE is conducted by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations Board (WBJEEB) for UG admissions to engineering and pharmacy courses. This year, the offline exam will be held on May 26, 2019. The WBJEE online application form for B. Pharm is to be submitted before January 22, 2019. WBJEE aspirants opting for B. Pharm can either appear for both, paper 1 and paper 2 or just paper 2. 

B. Pharm Eligibility Criteria: WBJEE applicants should have passed class XII with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/ Biology/ Computer Science/ Biotechnology/ Computer Application. The candidate should have passed in both, theory and practical sections. The minimum marks in the three core subjects should be at least 45% overall and 30% in English. There is no upper age limit for WBJEE B. Pharm applicants. However, the candidate should not be less than 17 years on Dec. 31, 2019.

Mode of B. Pharm Application: Online

B. Pharm Application fee: Rs. 500

B. Pharm Exam Pattern: The offline entrance test will be divided into two papers, namely- Paper 1 for mathematics and Paper 2 for Physics & Chemistry. B. Pharm aspirants appearing for WBJEE may appear for either both the papers or just paper 2. WBJEE candidates will get 120 minutes to solve each paper. There will be 75 MCQs on mathematics and 40 MCQs from Physics and Chemistry each. The marking scheme differs according to different categories of questions. 

B. Pharm Result: The B. Pharm result of WBJEE will be declared on July 2, 2019. Candidates will have to download their WBJEE B. Pharm result in the form of a rank card which will include their score in each paper and the rank secured. Subsequently, WBJEEB will release a cutoff list as well.

Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET)

KCET will be conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) for engineering, farm science and B. Pharm admissions to various institutions in Karnataka. The KCET application form should be submitted before the closing date which is expected to be set in the fourth week of February 2019. KCET 2019 will be conducted across a span of 7 days in the third week of April tentatively. 

B. Pharm Eligibility Criteria: B. Pharm applicants should have passed class XII (with PCM or PCB) or 2nd PUC or Diploma in Pharmacy with at least 45% marks. 

Mode of B. Pharm Application: Online and offline

B. Pharm Application fee: Rs. 650 for general and OBC candidates, and Rs. 500 for SC and ST candidates

B. Pharm Exam Pattern: KCET 2019 for B. Pharm admissions may be conducted in online mode. However, last year the exam was held in pen and paper mode. Within the time period of 2 hours 40 minutes, candidates need to answer 180 MCQs. The questions are expected to be in Kannada and English medium. 

B. Pharm Result: The B. Pharm result will be published by KEA in online mode in the month of June. According to the KCET result 2019 for B. Pharm admissions, a cutoff list will be prepared. 

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