Senior Drug Inspector Syllabus, GPSC

Syllabus of Preliminary Test Senior Drug Inspector

Paper-1 (General)

  • Geography  of  India-Physical,  Economic,  Social,  Natural  Resources  and population-related topics- with special reference to Gujarat
  • Cultural heritage of India-Literature, Art, Religion and Architecture- with special reference to Gujarat
  • History of India with special reference to Gujarat
  • Indian Economy and Planning
  • Indian Polity and the Constitution of India:
    • (1)   Preamble
    • (2)   Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties
    • (3)   Directive Principles of State Policy
    • (4)   Composition of Parliament
    • (5)   Powers of the President of India
    • (6)   Powers of Governor
    • (7)   Judiciary
    • (8)   Provisions for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and backward classes of the society
    • (9)   Attorney General
    • (10) NITI Aayog
    • (11) Panchayati Raj Institutions
    • (12) Finance Commission
    • (13) Constitutional  and  Statutory Bodies:    Election  Commission of India, Union Public Service Commission, State Public Service Commission, Comptroller and Auditor General; Central Vigilance Commission, Lokpal and Lokayukta, Central Information Commission
  • General Mental Ability
  • General    Science,    Environment    and    Information    &    Communication Technology

Pharmacy Part 2


Introduction to human body, Cellular level of organization, Tissue level of organization, Integumentary system, Skeletal system, Joints, Body fluids and blood, Lymphatic system, Peripheral nervous system, Special senses, Cardiovascular system, Nervous system, Digestive system, Energetics, Respiratory system, Urinary system, Endocrine system, Reproductive system, Introduction to genetics.


Historical background and development of profession of pharmacy, Dosage forms, Prescription, Posology, Pharmaceutical calculations, Powders, Liquid dosage forms, Monophasic liquids, Biphasic liquids, Suspensions, Emulsions, Suppositories, Pharmaceutical incompatibilities, Semisolid dosage forms


Impurities in pharmaceutical substances; Acids, Bases and Buffers; Major extra and intracellular electrolytes, Dental products, Gastrointestinal agents, Miscellaneous compounds, Radiopharmaceuticals


Classification,  nomenclature  and  isomerism;  Alkanes,  Alkenes  and  Conjugated dienes; Alkyl halides, Alcohols, Carbonyl compounds, Carboxylic acids, Aliphatic amines, Benzene and its derivatives, Phenols, Aromatic Amines, Aromatic Acids, Fats and Oils, Polynuclear hydrocarbons, Cycloalkanes, Stereoisomerism, Optical isomerism, Geometrical isomerism, Heterocyclic compounds


Biomolecules, Bioenergetics, Carbohydrate metabolism, Biological oxidation, Lipid metabolism,   Amino   acid   metabolism,   Nucleic   acid   metabolism   and   genetic information transfer, Enzymes


Basic principles of Cell injury and Adaptation, Basic mechanism involved in the process  of  inflammation  and  repair,  Cardiovascular  System,  Respiratory  system, Renal system, Haematological Diseases, Endocrine system, Nervous system, Gastrointestinal system, inflammatory bowel diseases, jaundice, hepatitis (A,B,C,D,E,F) alcoholic liver disease, Disease of bones and joints, Principles of cancer, Diseases of bones and joints, Principles of Cancer, Infectious diseases, Sexually transmitted diseases


Solubility of drugs, States of Matter and properties of matter, Physicochemical properties of drug molecules, Surface and interfacial phenomenon, Complexation and protein binding, pH, buffers and Isotonic solutions, Colloidal dispersions, Rheology, Deformation of solids, Coarse dispersion, Micromeretics, Drug stability


  1. Introduction, history of microbiology, its branches, scope and its importance, Introduction to Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes, Study of ultra-structure and morphological classification of bacteria, nutritional requirements, raw materials used for culture media and physical parameters for growth, growth curve, isolation and preservation methods for pure cultures, cultivation of anaerobes, quantitative measurement of bacterial growth (total & viable count). Study of different types of phase constrast microscopy, dark field microscopy and electron microscopy.
  2. Identification of bacteria using staining techniques (simple, Gram’s &Acid fast staining) and biochemical tests (IMViC). Study of principle, procedure, merits, demerits and applications of physical, chemical gaseous,radiation and mechanical method of sterilization. Evaluation of the efficiency of sterilization methods. Equipments employed in large scale sterilization. Sterility indicators.
  3. Study of morphology, classification, reproduction/replication and cultivation of Fungi and Viruses.  Classification and mode of action of disinfectants Factors influencing disinfection,  antiseptics  and  their  evaluation.  For  bacteriostatic  and  bactericidal actions  Evaluation  of  bactericidal  &  Bacteriostatic.  Sterility  testing  of  products (solids, liquids, ophthalmic and other sterile products) according to IP, BP and USP.
  4. Designing of aseptic area, laminar flow equipments; study of different sources of contamination in an aseptic area and methods of prevention, clean area classification.
  5. Principles  and  methods  of  different  microbiological  assay.  Methods  for standardization of antibiotics, vitamins and amino acids. Assessment of a new antibiotic.
  6. Types  of  spoilage,  factors  affecting  the  microbial  spoilage  of  pharmaceutical products, sources and types of microbial contaminants, assessment of microbial contamination and spoilage. Preservation of pharmaceutical products using antimicrobial agents, evaluation of microbial stability of formulations. Growth of animal cells in culture, general procedure for cell culture, Primary, established and transformed cell cultures. Application of cell cultures in pharmaceutical industry and research.


Flow of fluids, Size Reduction, Size Separation, Heat Transfer, Evaporation, Distillation, Drying, Mixing, Filtration, Centrifugation, Materials of pharmaceutical plant construction, Corrosion and its prevention


Introduction   to   Medicinal   Chemistry,   History  and   development   of   medicinal chemistry, Physicochemical properties in relation to biological action, Drug metabolism, Drugs acting on Autonomic Nervous System, Adrenergic Neurotransmitters, Sympathomimetic agents: SAR of Sympathomimetic agents, Adrenergic Antagonists, Cholinergic neurotransmitters, Parasympathomimetic agents: SAR of Parasympathomimetic agents, Direct acting agents, Indirect acting/ Cholinesterase inhibitors (Reversible & Irreversible), Cholinesterase reactivator, Cholinergic Blocking agents, Solanaceous alkaloids and analogues, Synthetic cholinergic blocking agents, Drugs acting on Central Nervous System, Antihistaminic agents, H1–antagonists, H2-antagonists, Gastric Proton pump inhibitors, Anti- neoplastic agents, Alkylating agents, Antimetabolites, Antibiotics, Plant products, Anti-anginal, Vasodilators, Calcium channel blockers, Diuretics, Anti-hypertensive Agents, Anti-arrhythmic Drugs, Anti-hyperlipidemic agents, Coagulant & Anticoagulants, Drugs used in Congestive Heart Failure, Drugs acting on Endocrine system, Sex hormones, Drugs for erectile dysfunction, Oral contraceptives, Corticosteroids,  Thyroid  and  antithyroid  drugs,  Antidiabetic  agents,  Local Anesthetics, Benzoic Acid derivatives, Amino Benzoic acid derivatives, Lidocaine/Anilide derivatives, Antibiotics, β-Lactam antibiotics, Aminoglycosides, Tetracyclines,   Macrolide,   Prodrugs,   Antimalarials,   Quinolines,   Biguanides   and dihydro  triazines,  Anti-tubercular  Agents,  Synthetic  anti  tubercular  agents,  Antitubercular antibiotics, Urinary tract anti-infective agents, Antiviral agents, Antifungal agents, Antifungal antibiotics, Synthetic Antifungal agents, Anti-protozoal Agents, Anthelmintics, Sulphonamides and Sulfones, Folate reductase inhibitors, Introduction to Drug Design, Combinatorial Chemistry,


General Pharmacology, Introduction to Pharmacology, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Adverse drug reactions, Drug interactions, Drug discovery and clinical evaluation of new drugs, Pharmacology of drugs acting on peripheral nervous system, Pharmacology of drugs acting on central nervous system, Pharmacology of drugs acting on cardio vascular system, Pharmacology of drugs acting on urinary system, Autocoids and related drugs, Pharmacology of drugs acting on endocrine system,  Bioassay,  Pharmacology  of  drugs  acting  on  Respiratory  system, Pharmacology of drugs acting on the Gastrointestinal Tract, Chemotherapy, Immunopharmacology, Principles of toxicology, Chronopharmacology,


Introduction to Pharmacognosy, Classification of drugs, Quality control of Drugs of Natural Origin; Cultivation, Collection, Processing and storage of drugs of natural origin; Conservation of medicinal plants, Plant tissue culture, Pharmacognosy in various systems of medicine, Introduction to secondary metabolites, Plant Products, Primary metabolites, Carbohydrates, Proteins and Enzymes, Lipids(Waxes, fats, fixed oils), Marine Drugs, Metabolic pathways in higher plants and their determination, Alkaloids, Phenylpropanoids and Flavonoids, Steroids, Cardiac Glycosides & Triterpenoids, Volatile oils, Tannins, Resins, Glycosides, Iridoids, Other terpenoids & Naphthaquinones, Isolation, Identification and Analysis of Phytoconstituents, Basics of Phytochemistry


Preformulation Studies, Tablets, Liquid orals, Capsules, Pellets, Parenteral Products, Ophthalmic Preparations, Cosmetics, Pharmaceutical Aerosols, Packaging Materials Science, Pilot plant scale up techniques, Technology development and transfer, Regulatory affairs, Regulatory requirements for drug approval, Quality management systems, Indian Regulatory Requirements


Herbs as raw materials, Biodynamic Agriculture, Indian Systems of Medicine, Nutraceuticals, Herbal-Drug and Herb-Food Interactions, Herbal Cosmetics, Herbal excipients, Herbal formulations, Evaluation of Drugs, Patenting and Regulatory requirements of natural products, Regulatory Issues, General Introduction to Herbal Industry, Good Manufacturing Practice of Indian systems of medicine


Introduction to Biotechnology with reference to Pharmaceutical Science, Enzyme Biotechnology. Biosensors, Protein Engineering, microbes, Enzymes, genetic engineering, Study of cloning vectors, restriction endonucleases and DNA ligase, Recombinant DNA technology, Application of r DNA technology, Interferon ii) Vaccines- hepatitis- B iii) Hormones-Insulin, Brief introduction to PCR, Types of immunity, Structure of Immunoglobulins,   Structure and Function of MHC, Hypersensitivity reactions, Immune stimulation and Immune suppressions, General method of the preparation of bacterial vaccines, toxoids, viral vaccine, antitoxins, serum-immune blood derivatives and other products relative to immunity, Storage conditions and stability of official vaccines, Hybridoma technology, Blood products and Plasma Substituties, Immuno blotting techniques, Genetic organization of Eukaryotes  and  Prokaryotes,  Microbial  genetics  including  transformation, transduction, conjugation, plasmids and Transposons, Introduction to Microbial biotransformation and applications, Mutation: Types of mutation/mutants, Fermentation methods and general requirements, study of media, equipments, sterilization methods, aeration process, stirring, Large scale production fermenter design and its various controls, Study of the production of – penicillins, citric acid, Vitamin B12, Glutamic acid, Griseofulvin, Blood Products


Classification of cosmetic and cosmeceutical products, Definition of cosmetics as per Indian and EU regulations, Evolution of cosmeceuticals from cosmetics, cosmetics as quasi and OTC drugs, Cosmetic excipients, Skin, Hair, Oral Cavity, Principles of formulation and building blocks of skin care products, Antiperspants & deodorants, Principles of formulation and building blocks of Hair care products, Sun protection, Classification of Sunscreens and SPF, Role of herbs in cosmetics, Analytical cosmetics, Principles of Cosmetic Evaluation:Principles of sebumeter, corneometer. Measurement of TEWL, Skin Color, Hair tensile strength, Hair combing properties Soaps,and syndet bars. Evolution and skin benfits. Oily and dry skin, causes leading to  dry skin,  skin  moisturisation.  Basic  understanding of  the terms  Comedogenic, dermatitis. Cosmetic problems associated with Hair and scalp: Dandruff, Hair fall causes Cosmetic problems associated with skin: blemishes, wrinkles, acne, prickly heat  and  body odor.  Antiperspirants  and  Deodorants- Actives  and  mechanism  of action


a)         Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and its rules 1945

b)          Pharmacy Act –1948:

c)        Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances Act-1985 and Rules

d)         Study of Salient Features of Drugs and Magic Remedies Act and its rules

e)          Prevention of Cruelty to animals Act-1960

f)         National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority g)  Code of Pharmaceutical ethics

h)        Right to Information Act, 2005

i)         Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)



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