About BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)

After MBBS, one of the most desirable courses in the health sector is a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, commonly known as BDS. Candidates who wish to groom their careers in dental surgery can know all about BDS from this page. To have comprehensive knowledge and skills in Dental Surgical & Training, BDS is only an undergraduate approved and recognized degree in India. B.D.S. is an undergraduate course for five years duration, of which four years will be for theory, while one year will be for a rotatory internship. The curriculum of BDS is being regulated by the Dental Council of India (DCI). In order to get the admission to BDS course, it is mandatory for students to appear and qualify in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), for admission to a total of 26,949 BDS seats offered in 313 government, private, and deemed institutes of the nation. As there is no other exam will be considered for granting BDS admission.


  • 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology with minimum 50% ( 40% for SC/ST/OBC)
  • Must be qualified in NEET UG  examination
  • Minimum Age 17 years  at the time of admission or complete the age on or before 31st December of the year of admission

BDS Admissions

In India, NEET is the only dental entrance examination; no exam is conducted for the admissions of undergraduate dental admission in the country. So, the admission to BDS degree will be done only on the basis of NEET scores. BDS seat allotment under All India Quota & Deemed University is done by Directorate General of Health Services.

  • To apply for counseling & college selection, Medical Counseling Committee will invite all eligible applicants.
  • On the other hand, Government & private Dental institutions recognized by the state university will conduct their own separate counseling.
  • All state counseling authorities will follow their own rules & regulation for BDS Seat allotment.
  • On the basis of marks scored in the NEET UG exam, all counseling authorities will allocate the BDS seat as per candidate’s merit.

Scope after BDS

With over 313 dental institutions & more than 5000 dental laboratories in India, the Dental industry is quite vast. It is predicted that India will become one of the largest dental market using dental products & materials. There are a lot of multi-specialty hospitals in India offering general dentistry and specialist treatments. More than 99% of the Dental industry is private in India.

Many multinational companies have set up a chain of dental clinics to take advantage of the growing dental market such as:

  • Apollo Hospitals
  • Fortis Healthcare
  • Wockhardt


Job opportunities for a dentist are relatively less in both public and private sector. More than 90% of Dentist has set up their own private clinic around the major cities of India. Every year approximately 12000 to 15000 dentists, starts a dental practice in India.


The demand for dental treatments and products is expected to grow rapidly due to:

  • Increase in the population & Income.
  • Growing awareness of dental care.
  • Technological Advancement in the field of dentistry.
  • Introduction of new products to reduce patient discomfort and shorten healing time.


Around 47.2% of the total population above 65 year age suffers from periodontal diseases. After completing the BDS course, Candidate can go for the post graduation course in dentistry.


You can pursue master dental surgery in various specializations such as:

  • Prosthodontics
  • Oral Medicine & Radiology
  • Periodontology & Oral Implantology
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Conservative, Endodontics & Aesthetic Dentistry


Some of the Top colleges of BDS

  • B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore
  • Amrita School of Dentistry, Kochi
  • Bapuji Dental College & Hospital, Davanagere
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College & Hospital, Pune
  • RV Dental College & Hospital, Bangalore
  • Dayananda Sagar College of Dental Sciences, Bangalore
  • D. Y. Patil Dental College & Hospital, Pune