B Pharmacy interview exam for freshers – Part 1

B pharmacy job selection process

The job selection process of pharmaceutical companies is varies from company to company. Depend upon the company, you may appear for the B Pharmacy interview with or without writing an qualifying exam. Usually the reputed pharmaceutical companies conduct an qualifying exam before  selecting for interview. This qualifying exam will helps them to assure that the job aspirant is having minimum basic knowledge about the subject. As well as it helps to reduce the number of candidates appearing for interview.

For eg: 20 positions(Jobs) are available. But 300 candidates came to the interview location. Exam conducted for all the candidates; then top 60 or top 80 graduates selected for the interview based on the marks. Now the Job selection process is based on 1:3 or 1:4 ratio. Out of 3 or 4 candidates they offer job for one candidate.

Here we have given a model B Pharmacy interview exam paper for candidates who are looking for a b pharmacy fresher’s jobs in the pharmaceutical production plant and R&D. This exam contains only multiple choice questions or descriptive type questions or combinations of both.

b paharmacy interview exam

Answer all the questions (Each correct answer carries 2 marks)

  1. Write the chemical names?
    • a. Vitamin B6
    • b. Vitamin B12
  2. Write any two lubricants, which are used in tablets manufacturing?
  3. Write the abbreviations of IP and BP?
  4. What is friability test and how to calculate it?
  5. What are the steps involved in wet granulation process?
  6. Define API and explain it?
  7. Write any two types of formulations and explain it?
  8. Name any two sources of Vitamin C? Write any disease caused by vitamin c deficiency?
  9. What is oxymel?
  10. Expand the UHPLC, TLC, LVP and SVP?

Answers:

1)

  1. a) Vitamin B6- Pyridoxine
  2. b) Vitamin B12 – Cyanocobalamin

2) Commonly used lubricants are Talc, silica, Stearic acid and Magnesium stearate etc

3) IP full form Indian Pharmacopoeia

BP full form British Pharmacopoeia

4)  Friability test is conducted to know the physical strength of a tablet. It is the withstanding capacity of a tablet when it is on manufacturing and transportation.

It is calculated by using this formula

Friability =(Initial weight- Final weight)/Initial weight * 100

Initial weight in mg- before test

Final weight in mg- after completion of test

5) Following steps involved in the wet granulation process

  • Mixing
  • Drying
  • Dry screening
  • Fluid bed granulation

6) API is known as Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient. First and most important component of any formulation. There is no finished dose formulation is available without having an API.

7) Various types of formulations are available

Topical formulations:

This type of formulations are administered by local route, applied on the skin. The active ingredient in formulation does not enter into the systemic circulation.

e.g Topical creams

Parenteral formulations:

These formulations are administered by the parenteral route that in to blood. The ingredients in the formulation is directly enter in the blood. Bioavailability is high for this formulations.

ex: Intravenous Injections

8)  Oranges, Lemons and Tomotos are sources for vitamin C. Severe deficiency of vitamin C causes “scurvy” disease.

9)  Oxymel is a mixture of honey , water and vinegar.

10) UHPLC is known as Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography.

LVP is known as Large Volume Parenteral

SVP is known as Small Volume Parenteral

You can visit continuation of this questions and answers here.

This article was originally published on 29th dec 2017 and lastly updated on 16th april 2019.

How to search pharma jobs- Part 1

Search pharma jobs

Based on my experience I am giving you the ways to search pharma jobs. After getting known this information, if you try genuinely, definitely you will get the job. Along with the information am also providing the required urls (uniform resource locator).  So that you can easily redirect to that pages or websites etc.

Methods to search pharma jobs can be divided as shown below.

A. Offline

B. Consultancies

C. Online

A. Offline- by direct contact

First of all we will go through the offline ways, it does not necessarily mean that you are not using help of internet, but it means the major work done through offline.

1. Reference:

In this method, you will approach your senior/relative/friend who are already working in the pharmaceutical industry. You provide them your resume, they will forward it to Human Resource (HR) department. You will get an interview opportunity, if you succeed, you will get the job. Story ends.

2. Resume distribution:

You have to take print outs of your resume. You have to go pharma industrial area (where you will find at least 10-20 pharmaceutical companies) and give your resume to front office/security office. If they have any urgent /bulk requirement with your qualification, you will get an interview call. If you are okay in interview you will get the job. Story ends.

Note:  This is a tedious process. If you want to try this method, definitely you should go to any pharma/biotech industrial area on bike only. If you go on public transport, you can’t give more than 5/6 resumes in a day because pharmaceutical companies/plants are located far away from its next pharma company usually (200-400 meters distance from its next company). Some companies will not allow you to submit the resume. This is the worst experience we have ever faced.

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3. Campus interviews:

If your college is good and have relationships with the employers, your first interview call will be offered from your college itself. But this percentage is very less.

4. Job fair:

These are usually conducted by Non profit organisations or colleges. Any body can attend this job or sometimes registration should be done. Care should be taken in job fair if you are going to pay money. There is no specific job fair conducted for only pharma people point of view. Pharma specific job fairs are rare. Job fairs usually conducted on colleges or grounds on specified dates.

Related: Clinical trials overview

Due to large number of students, they don’t have time to take interview. They will take resumes or contact numbers. Most of the times, non-technical jobs will be recruited by this way. If you need a technical job suitable for your qualification, you have to try other methods.

Related: B pharmacy interview questions

B. Job Consultancies

This a paid method. Other discussed methods in this website are free to use and there is no involvement of third party person apart from you and employer. Choosing a good consultancy is important in this method. Job consultancies has it’s own advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages:

If you find a good trusted consultancy,

You need not to do anything to get an interview call.

You will have freedom to choose your interested department.

No need to strain more to get the reference.

Disadvantages:

You have to pay money

There is a chance of cheating (For ex. Consultancies should have an official tie up with the employers. Some consultancies have an individual tie-ups with HOD/HRs (this is not a correct way) to recruit the employees. If everything goes good, no problem. Other wise recruited employees will be treated as a back door employee).

Note: If you are preferring this method, try to pay major portion of the charged amount after receiving the first month salary only. If you get the salary on time like other employees, It is a sign of official confirmation from your employer. 

Related: List of pharmaceutical companies in Hyderabad

This is the first part of how to search pharma jobs. Next part of ‘how to search pharma jobs’ discuss the online ways to search the pharma jobs.

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