(Syllabus) Haryana PSC: Drug control Officer
1. Capsules: Hard and soft gelatin capsules, Advantages, applications,
formulation and evaluation.
2. Tablets: Types of tablets, granulation techniques, formulation of
tablets, quality control tests, coating of tablets.
3. Parenterals: Formulation and quality control of parenterals.
4. Liquid orals: Formulation and manufacturing considerations of
syrups, elixirs, gargles and mouthwashes.
5. Biphasic liquids: Emulsions: Advantages, Classification, Appearance
and identification, Emulsifying agents, Physical instability- Markers,
Evaluation of physical stability of emulsions; Suspensions: Advantages,
Classification of suspensions, Physical stability, theory of sedimentation,
6. Semisolid dosage forms: Preparation of ointments, pastes, creams
and gels Excipients used in semisolid dosage forms Evaluation of semi solid
7. Ophthalmic preparations: Formulation of eye drops, eye ointments
and eye lotions evaluation of ophthalmic preparations.
8. Cosmetics: Formulation and preparation of following cosmetic
preparations: lipsticks, shampoos, cold cream, vanishing cream and sunscreens.
9. Pharmaceutical aerosols: Propellants, containers, valves,
formulation of aerosols, evaluation of aerosols.
10. Packaging technology: Materials used for packaging of
pharmaceutical products, Stability aspects of packaging materials.
11. Forensic Pharmacy: The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules,
1945; The Pharmacy Act, 1948; The Medicinal and Toilet Preparations Act, 1955;
The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act-1985.
12. Biopharmaceutics: Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism and
Excretion of drugs; Bioavailability: absolute and relative bioavailability,
measurement of bioavailability, methods to enhance the dissolution rates and
bioavailability of poorly soluble drugs.
13. Quality control and quality assurance aspects of pharmaceutical
industries: GMP, Total quality management (TQM), Good Laboratory Practices,
Document maintenance in pharmaceutical industries.
14. Indian regulatory requirements: Central Drugs Standard Control
Organization (CDSCC) and State Licensing Authority.
15. Pharmaceutical Microbiology: Different methods of sterilization,
classification and mode of action of disinfectants, Sources of contamination in
an aseptic area.
16. Physical Pharmacy: Rheology - Newtonian systems, non-Newtonian
systems, Thixotropy, determination of viscosity; Micromeretics- Particle size,
methods for determining particle size, Flow properties; Drug stability- Factors
influencing the degradation of pharmaceutical products. Accelerated stability
17. Pharmaceutical Engineering: Filtration, factors influencing
filtration, different types of filters, Centrifugation: Principle and
applications of centrifugation, different types of centrifuge machines.
Materials of pharmaceutical plant construction, Corrosion and its prevention.
18. Stereo isomerism: Optical isomerism Optical activity,
enantiomerism, diastereoisomerism, meso compounds, Elements of symmetry, chiral
and chiral molecules, DL system of nomenclature of optical isomers, sequence
rules, RS system of nomenclature of optical isomers, Reactions of chiral
molecules, Raceme modification and resolution of racemic mixture. Asymmetric
synthesis: partial and absolute.
19. Heterocyclic compounds: Nomenclature and classification,
Synthesis, reactions and medicinal uses of following compounds/derivatives,
Pyrrole, Furan, and Thiophene,
Relative arromaticity and reactivity of Pyrrole, Furan and Thiophene.
20. Impurities in pharmaceutical substances: History of Pharmacopoeia,
Sources and types of impurities, principle involved in the limit tests for
Chloride, Sulphate, lron, Arsenic, Lead and Heavy metals, modified limit test
for Chloride and Sulphate.
21. Radiopharmaceuticals: Radio activity, Measurement of
radioactivity, half life, radio isotopes and study and radio isotopes - Sodium
iodide l-131, Storage conditions, precaitions & pharmaceutical application of
22. Carbohydrates metabolism: Glycolsis - Pathway, energetic and
significance, Citric acid cycle- Pathway, energetic and significance, HMP shunt
and. its significance; Glucose-6 Phosphate dehydrogenate (G6PD) deficiency',
Glycogen metabolism Pathways and glycogen storage diseases (GSD)
GluconeogenesisPathvoay and its significance, Hormonal "regulation of blood
glucose level and Diabetes mellitus, Biological oxidation: Electron transport
chain (EI'C) and its mechanism.Oxidative phosphorylation & its mechanism
and substrate level phosprorylation, Inhibitors ETC and oxidative
23. Lipid metabolism: B-Oxidation of saturated fatty acid (Palmitic
acid), Formation and utilization of ketone bodies; ketoacidosis, De novo
synthesis of fatty acids (Palmitic acid), Biological significance of cholesterol
and conversion of cholesterol into bile acids, steroid hormone and vitamin D,
Disorders of lipid metabolism; Hypercholesterolemia, atherosclerosis, fatty
liver and obesity.
24. Amino acid metabolism: General reactions of amino acid metabolism
Transamination, deamination & decarboxylation, urea cycle and its disorders
Catabolism of phenylalanine and tyrosine and their metabolic disorders (Phenyketonuria,
Albinism, alkeptonuria, tyrosinemia), Synthesis and significance of biological
substances; 5-HT, melatonin, dopamine, noradrenalin, adrenaline catabolism of
heme; hyperbilirubinemia and jaundice.
25. Qualitative analysis: Carbohydrates, Proteins, reducing sugars (DNSA
method) and proteins (Biuret method), blood creatinine, blood sugar, serum total
cholesterol, abnormal constituents of urine.
26. Determination of oil values; Acid value, Saponification value,
lodine value etc.
27. Assay of drugs: Chloroquine, Metronidazole, Dapsone,
Chlorpheniramine maleate, Benzyl penicillin.
28. UV Visible spectrcrscopy: Electronic transitions, chromoohores,
auxochromes, spectial shifts, solvent effect on absorption spectra, Beer and
Larnbert’s law, Derivation and deviations, instrumentation - Sources of
radiation, wavelength selectors, sample cells, detectors - Photo tube,
Photomultiplier tube, photo voltaic cell, Silicon Photoflood. Applications -
Spectrophotometric titrations, Single compliment and multi component analysis
29. lR spectroscopy: introduction, fundamental modes of vibrations in
poly atomic molecules, sample handling, factors affecting vibrations.,
instrumentation - Sources of radiation, wavelength selectors, detectors - Golay
cell, Bolometer, Thermocouple, Thermister, Pyroelectric detector and
30. High performance tiquid chromatography (HPLC): introduction,
theory, instrumentation, advantages and applications.
31. Drug estimation: Estimation, of –dextrose by colorirmetry;
Estimation of sulfanilamide by colorimetric; Simultaneous estimation of
ibuprofen and paracetemol by UV spectroscopy; Assay of paracetamol by UV-
32. Pharmacodynamics; Mechanism of drug action, Receptors,
classification and drugreceptor interactions, combined effects of drugs, factors
modifying drug actions, drug addiction, drug abuse, tolerance and dependence.
33. Clinical Pharmacokinetics: Principles of basic and clinical
pharrnracokinetiis Pharnracogenetics. Drscovery and development of new
drugs-Preclinical and clinical studies.
34. Classification, physicochemical properties, pharmacology, mode of
action, structure activity relationships, therapeutic uses, side effects & drug
resistance (wherever applicable) should be covered in respective classes of
drugs; Autonomic Nervous System- Synrpathominretics/lytics, Parasympathomimetics/
lytics, , Neuromuscular transmission, Neuromuscular blockers; Central Nervous
System: - Anti-Parkinsonian Anti-Epileptics, Sedatives/ hypnotics, Nootropics.
Narcotic analgesics, Cardiovascular:- Antihypertensives, Anti-anginal agents
Antiarrhythmic drugs. Drugs used in congestive heart failure. Antihyperlipidemic
drugs. Drugs used in the therapy of shock, Diuretics; Antimicrobial:-
Penicillins & betalactamase inhibitors, Cephalosporin’s, Amino glycosides,
Antibacterial sulpha drugs; Quinolone Antibacterial; Antimycobacterial drugs,
Antiviral Drugs; Antifungal agents; Anthelmintic agents; Chemotherapy of )
tuberculosis, leprosy, AIDS, worm infections, urinary tract infections and
sexually transmitted diseases. Chemotherapy of malignancy Endocrine:- insulin,
oral Hypoglycemics, corticosteroids, Thyroid/Ant thyroids, Estrogens &
progesterone; General anesthetics, Local anesthetic agents; Antiseptics,
disinfectants, & astringents.
35. Blood: Composition and functions of brood, RBC, WBC, platelets,
Homeostasis, blood groups, mechanism of clotting. Introduction to disorders of
the blood. Haematinics, anticoagulants and haemostatic agents. Fibrinolytics and
antiptatalet drugs. Blood and plasma volume expanders.
36. Principles of toxicology: Definition of poison. General principles
of treatment of Poisoning. Treatment of poisoning due to Heavy metals (lead,
mercury and arsenic), insecticides, barbiturates, oganophosphosphorus opioids
and other addict forming drugs study of acute, sub acute and chronic toxicity as
per OECD guidelines; their significance Definition and basic knowledge of
carcinogenicity, teratogenicity and mutagenicity.
37. Diseases of bones and joints: Rheumatoid Arthritis,
38. Pathphysiology of common diseases: Parkinsonism. Schizophrenia,
Depression, stroke (ischemic and hemorrhage), Hypertension. Angina. Myocardial
infarction, CCF. Atherosclerosis. Diabetes mellitus. Peptic ulcer and
inflammatory bowel disease. Cirrhosis and alcoholic liver diseases. Acute and
chronic renal failure. Asthma and chronic obstructive airway diseases.
39. Laboratory tests for liver function tests and kidney function
40. Disturbances of growth of cells: General biology of tumors,
differences between benign and malignant tumors. Classification of tumors,
Historical diagnosis of Malignancy. Etiology and pathogenesis of cancer,
invasions, metastasis, patterns of spread, of cancer. Environmental
41. Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR): Types of ADR, Mechanism of ADR. Drug
interaction, Monitoring and reporting of ADR and its significance. Drug
42. Pharmacovigilance: Therapeutic drug monitoring, essential drugs
and rational drug usage.
43. Age-related drug therapy: concept of posology, drug therapy for
neonates, pediatrics and geriatrics. Drugs used in pregnancy and lactation.
44. Drug therapy: Gastrointestinal, hepatic, renal, cardiovascular and
45. Quality control of Drugs of Natural Origin: Adulteration of drugs
of natural origin. Evaluation by organoleptic, microscopic, physical, chemical
and biological methods and properties.
46. Introduction to secondary metabolites: Definition, classification,
properties and test for identification of Alkaloids, Glycosides, Flavonoids,
Tannins, Volatile oil and Resins.
47. Proteins and Enzymes: Gelatin, casein, proteolytic enzymes (Papain,
serratiopeptidase, urokinase, streptokinase, pepsin).
48. Nutraceuticals: General aspects, Health benefits and role of
Nutraceuticals in aliments like Diabetes, CVS diseases, Cancer, Irritable bowel
syndrome and various Gastro intestinal diseases.
49. Herbal-Drug and Herb-Food Interactions: General introduction to
50. Herbal drugs and their possible side effects and interactions:
Hypercium, kavakava, Ginkobiloba, Ginseng, Garlic, Pepper & Ephedra.
51. Herbal Cosmetics: Sources and description of raw materials of
herbal origin used via colours, perfumes, protective agents, bleaching agents,
antioxidants in products such as skin care, hair care and oral hygiene products.
52. Herbal excipients: Significance, colorants, sweeteners, binders,
diluents, viscosity builders, disintegrants, flavors & perfumes.
53. Herbal formulations: Conventional herbal formulations like syrups,
mixtures and tablets and Novel dosage forms like phytosomes.
54. Evaluation of Drugs: WHO & ICH guidelines for the assessment of
herbal drugs, Stability testing of herbal drugs.
55. Patenting and Regulatory requirements of natural products: Patents
56. Regulatory Issues: Regulations in India, Regulation of manufacture
of ASU drugs Schedule Z of Drugs & Cosmetics Act for ASU drugs.
57. Good Manufacturing Practice of Indian systems of medicine:
Components of GMP (Schedule-T) and its objectives.
58. Crude drugs: Biological source, chief chemical constituents, chemical
tests and importance of crude drugs belonging to: Volatile oils: Black
pepper, menthe, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, caraway, dill, clove, eucalyptus,
sandal wood; Alkaloids: Rauwolfia, Datura, Coffee, Opium, Ephedra, Cinchona,
Noxvomica, Kurchi, Epedra : Tannins: Pale catechu, black catechu, Terminalia
chebula, Terminalia arjuna; Glycosides: Seena, Aloe, Liquorice, Digitalis,
Dioscorea, Ginseng, Traditional Drugs: Brahmi, Tulsi, Bael, Ashwagadha.
59. Biogenetic pathways: Formation of primary and secondary
metabolites, Study of Shikimic acid pathway, Mevalonate acetate pathway,