D.Pharm vs B.Pharma? – Which is better Pharmacy Career Option?

D.Pharm vs B.Pharma? – Which is better Pharmacy Career Option?

D.Pharm vs B.Pharma

Over the last few years, career in Pharmacy has gained much traction. The scope and applications of Pharmaceutical sciences include drug, medical, research, and educational fields, which makes Pharmaceutical sciences quite a broad field. The requirement of pharmacy graduates has increased quite exponentially, with the increasing scope of pharmacy in India. In order to pursue a career in the Pharmaceutical industry, you need to pursue any of the 3 major courses in Pharmacy offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level in India. For students pursuing the undergraduate level there are 2 choices – 

  • B.Pharm or Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • D. Pharm or Diploma in Pharmacy

While for those opting for postgraduate level there is M.Pharm or Masters in Pharmacy.

Eligibility criteria in order to pursue undergraduate courses in B.Pharm and D.Pharm is quite similar. People that are eligible to perceive pharmacy undergraduate courses are students of Class 12 who have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. However, students are often found confused amongst the two UG courses in Pharmacy, which are B.Pharm and D.pharm. That’s why we bring you this article to help you overcome the dilemma.


Pharmacies referred to the science and practice of preparing and dispensing medicines/ drugs. In addition, it involves ensuring the use of pharmaceutical drugs in a safe and effective manner. Pharmacies or druggists are professionals who specialise in the use of medicines, composition, effects and other modalities. In order to build career in pharmacy, an aspirant who wishes to be a pharmacist or drug inspector, needs to undergo an undergraduate degree. The two most sought after options to pursue in pharmacy for class 12 candidates, at an initial stage are – 

  • B.Pharm (Bachelor in Pharmacy)
  • D.Pharm (Diploma in Pharmacy).

However, majority of the young candidates are in a dilemma to choose between the two.


Diploma in Pharmacy D.Pharm

  • Level of education- Undergraduate
  • Course type- Diploma course
  • Duration of course- 2 years
  • Internship/training- No
  • Specializations offered- No
  • Eligibility- Passed class 12 with 55% marks
  • Subjects studied- Physics, Chemistry, Biology
  • Admission criteria- State entrance exams, University entrance tests, counselling based, merit based admission
  • Exams accepted- AP EAMCET, state level counselling

Bachelor of Pharmacy B.Pharm

  • Level of education- Undergraduate
  • Course type- Degree
  • Duration of course- 4 years
  • Internship/training- No
  • Specializations offered- Yes
  • Eligibility- Qualified class 12 with at least 55% marks
  • Subjects studied- Physics, Chemistry, Biology
  • Admission criteria- National/State level entrance tests


For both both D.Pharm and B.Pharm graduates the career options are quite similar in nature. However, often the graduates of B.Pharm are given more preference over D.pharm students, as B.Pharm is a degree course. You can check out the given below career opportunities after completing B.pharm or D.Pharm.

D.Pharm career options:-

  1. Pharmacist in a hospital
  2. Drug inspector at a hospital
  3. In the government sector, work as a pharmacist or drug inspector
  4. Open a medicine retail shop
  5. Work at a pharmacy store
  6. Work in a drug manufacturing company
  7. Work in the education sector
  8. Pursue higher studies, that is, B.pharm

B.Pharm career options:-

  1. Drug inspector
  2. Food inspector
  3. Researcher
  4. Analyst
  5. Pharmacist
  6. Government/ Defence sector
  7. Pharma consultant
  8. Public testing lab
  9. Pharmaceutical firms
  10. Faculty in a pharmacy college
  11. Pursue M.Pharm or MBA