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Tamil Nadu Medical Services Recruitment Board (TN MRB) will be conducting an exam to recruit eligible candidate for the post of Pharmacist. Those aspiring for this post will have to prepare for the exam by following the syllabus released by the board. Candidates should have a clear idea about the syllabus as it helps them to plan their preparation process efficiently. In this article, we throw light on the syllabus and exam pattern for TN MRB recruitment exam.
TN MRB Pharmacist Exam Pattern
The selection for the post of pharmacist under Tamil Nadu Medical Services Board will be done on the basis of marks obtained in the written examination and other conditions prescribed in the notification. Having a clear idea about the exam pattern is highly essential as it helps the candidates to the various topics and the weightage given to each topic. This will help the candidates to assess the topics that need more attention and work accordingly.
The written test conducted as a part of the recruitment process will consist of the folowing:
- Tamil language Eligibility Test (SSLC Standard)
- Computer Based Examination (CBT)/ Written Examination
The mark distribution and time duration is as follows:
|Name of the Subject||Number of Marks||Time Duration|
|Tamil language Eligibility Test
|Computer Based Examination (CBT) / Written Examination in Optical Mark Reader (OMR) – Sheet Objective Type Single Paper Exam for Pharmacist||100||2 Hours|
The medium of exam will be English. There will be 100 questions based on the standard of diploma level in Pharmacy and there will be no negative marking. Selection will be made based on the marks obtained in the written examination, duly following the rules of reservation and communal rotation of Government of Tamil Nadu and other conditions prescribed in notification.
TN MRB Pharmacist Syllabus
- Solid dosage forms, Liquid dosage forms, Semi-solid dosage forms, Dental and Cosmetic Preparation, Sterile Dosage Forms, Parenteral dosage forms, Ophthalmic Products, Prescriptions, Systems of weights and measures, Definition, theory, objectives, types, factors influencing, advantages and disadvantages, uses and equipment for the various processes:
- (a) Size reduction
- (b) Size separation
- (c) Mixing and homogenization
- (d) Clarification and filtration
- (e) Extraction
- (f) Distillation
- (g) Drying
- (h) Sterilization
- (i) Aseptic techniques
- General discussion on the inorganic compounds including important physical and chemical properties, medicinal and pharmaceutical uses, storage conditions and chemical incompatibility belonging to different categories.
- Major Intra and Extracellular electrolytes
- Radio pharmaceuticals and Contrast media
- Quality control of Drugs and Pharmaceuticals
- Chemistry of pharmaceutical organic compounds, covering their nomenclature, chemical structure, uses and the important physical and chemical properties, stability and storage conditions and the different type of pharmaceutical formulations of these drugs and their popular brand names of drugs
- Definition, history and scope of Pharmacognosy including indigenous system of medicine – various systems of classification of drugs of natural origin – adulteration and drug evaluation – significance of pharmacopoeial standards.
- Occurrence, distribution, organoleptic evaluation, chemical constituents including identification tests, pharmaceutical applications of categories of drugs.
Pharmacology & Toxicology
- Introduction and scope of Pharmacology
- Central Nervous System
- Autonomic nervous system
- Respiratory system
- Cardio Vascular System
- Digestive system
- Chemotherapy of microbial disease
Drug Store and Business Management
- Introduction -Trade, Industry and Commerce
- Channels of Distribution
Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy
- Hospitals Definition
- Hospital Pharmacy
- Clinical Pharmacy
- Disease, manifestation and pathophysiology including salient symptoms to understand the disease like Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cardiovascular diseases,
- Epilepsy, Diabetes, Peptic Ulcer, Hypertension
- Adverse Drug Reactions
- Origin and nature of Pharmaceutical legislation in India, its scope and objectives.
- Pharmacy Act, 1948
- The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940
- The Drug and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisement) Act, 1945
Biochemistry and Clinical Pathology
- Chemistry and role of proteins, polypeptides and amino acids, classification, Qualitative tests, Biological value, Deficiency diseases
- Clinical Pathology
Health Education and Community Pharmacy
- Concepts of health
- Demography and family planning
- First aid treatment in shock
- Fundamental principles of microbiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Scope of Anatomy and Physiology – definition of various terms used in Anatomy and Physiology – structure and functions of cell, tissues, skeleton, joints, blood, lymph glands.
- Various parts, structure, functions, physiology and diseases of cardio vascular system, respiratory system, urinary system, skeletal muscle system, central nervous system, digestive system, endocrine system, reproductive system and organs of taste, smell, ear, eye and skin.
Minimum Qualifying Marks
The board has set a cut off mark to shortlist eligible candidates. The minimum qualifying marks for various categories in Tamil language Eligibility Test is 40% for all candidates and the qualifying mark for Computer Based Test (CBT) are as follows:
- SC/ SCA: 30
- Others: 35
The key point to clear an exam lies in methodical and planned preparation. So go through the syllabus, get hold of appropriate study materials and start your preparation. Entri App provides a great online platform for preparing for competitive exams. Our team of experts provide lecture notes, video classes, flash cards and quiz to enhance the preparation. We also provide mock tests and access to previous year’s question papers.