The post of Drug Inspector is common in health related ministries and departments of Central or various State Governments, in various health related projects (like National Health Mission, Family & Child Welfare Programmes, Tobacco Control Programme, etc). Recruitment process for the post of Drug Inspector is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) or various State Public Service Commission’s (SPSCs) from time to time as vacancy arises. The work functions of a Drug Inspector include inspection of all such business units which are engaged in the production, merchant, storage or sale of food items, medicines, cosmetics, or similar products. Monitoring and inspection of hygienic conditions at the premises of all such units is also a responsibility of a Drug Inspector.
Drug Inspector has the authority to cancel the license of such business units which are found having irregularities in terms of the compliance of standards related to safety, quality and hygienic premises. Collection of samples for bacterial and other chemical tests, seizing the fake/duplicate production items, addictive items and destroying them are also the functions of Drug Inspector. Preparing reports on samples, actions taken, reporting to senior officials, implementation of related laws and standards within in its area of working with the help of local administration are other functions of the Drug Inspector.
The role of a Drug Inspector is very important especially in context to the compliances of safety standards in the production and distribution processes of consumable items within its area of posting. To become a Drug Inspector any candidate need to have through understanding of various safety standards, rule and regulations related to the consumable items.
Eligibility Conditions for Drug Inspector
To become a Drug Inspector a candidate needs to have completed his Graduation in Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Science or Clinical Pharmacology or Micro-biology or Medicine or any other equivalent qualification with these specializations from a recognized university or institution. Candidates having prior experience of similar working at any medicine production company are given preference in the selection process.
Age Limit for Drug Inspector
To become a Drug Inspector a candidate’s age must fall into the range of 21 years to 30 years. However, the upper age limit could be 35 years or more at some of the organizations. The reserved category candidates get relaxation in upper age limit according to the rules laid down by the Government.
Selection Process for Drug Inspector
The selection of candidates for Drug Inspector posts is done on the basis of their performance in the academic records, Written Exam and Personal Interview. Written exam consists of the questions related to the Pharmacy and General Knowledge.
Salary Structure of Drug Inspector
For the post of Drug Inspector, initially, a salary is given according to the Pay Matrix Level - 7, i.e. Rs. 44,900 – 1,42,400 of the Seventh Pay Commission. Apart from this, various allowances (DA, HRA, etc.) are also given. However, in case of state governments, the salary structure could be different according to the state.
Job Updates for Drug Inspector
Recruitment process for the post of Drug Inspector is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) or various State Public Service Commission’s (SPSCs) from time to time as vacancy arises. These notifications are advertised in weekly Employment News being published by the Publication Division of the Government of India, in various national daily newspapers and various portals and mobile application publishing government job updates.