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Dental or dentistry is a specialisation or branch of medical sciences, that deals with oral health. To put it simply, Dental courses can be referred to as the study of teeth, gums and other organs in the mouth. Generally, Dental courses are taught at medical colleges at degree level, such as Bachelors or Masters in Dental Surgeries. A number of students or aspirants plan to pursue Dental Diploma or Dental Certification courses.

Dental is a vast branch of Medicine that teaches students about the various oral organs, their structures, dental anatomy, diseases and their diagnosis and treatment. Dental syllabus, course curriculum and specialisations vary from course to course and institute to institute. However, the core curriculum or Dental subjects are the same.

This page of Shiksha brings to you detailed information about Dental courses, including eligibility, admission process, curriculum, specialisations and career opportunities.

Dental Courses Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for the Dental courses vary from programme to programme. Let us take a look at the programme-wise eligibility criteria of Dental courses.

Eligibility Criteria for BDS Programme

  • Candidates should pass Class 12 in Science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as core subjects

  • They should obtain minimum 50 per cent aggregate (General category students) and 45 per cent (reserved category candidates)

  • Their age should range between 17 years and 25 years

  • They should qualify for NEET

Eligibility Criteria for MDS Programme

  • Candidates should have a BDS degree from a dental college/institute recognised by Dental Council India

  • They must have completed their Internship for BDS before taking admission in the MDS course

  • Candidates should secure minimum 55 per cent aggregate of all subjects of the BDS course

  • They should qualify for MDS entrance exam

Eligibility Criteria for Dental Diploma Programmes

  • For undergraduate Dental Diploma programmes, candidates should pass Class 12 with minimum 50 per cent aggregate

  • They must have studied Science stream, with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biochemistry as core subjects in Class 11 and Class 12

  • Postgraduate dental diploma should have completed BDS or undergraduate Dental Diploma programme and completed compulsory rotatory internship by the time of admission

Eligibility Criteria for Dental Certificate Programmes

  • Candidates should complete a bachelor’s level Dental programme from a recognised institute

  • They should complete the compulsory rotatory internship followed by the course completion

Required Skillsets for Dental Courses

Candidates aiming to pursue a Dental course should possess the following qualities or skillsets:

Attention to details

Manual dexterity

Communication skills

Problem-solving ability

Compassion

Composure

Interpersonal skills

Team player

Adaptability

Quick learning ability

Conceptual clarity and subject knowledge understanding

Organisational skills

Admission Process for Dental Courses

Admission to Dental courses is conducted on the basis of entrance exams. The admission process can be divided into the following steps:

  • Eligible aspirants have to apply for the Dental entrance exams

  • After their application process is accepted and admit card is generated, candidates will have to appear for the entrance exams

  • Qualified candidates will be invited to the counselling process

  • After participating in the counselling rounds, qualified candidates will be allotted seats in the participating institutes at the Dental courses offered by those

Top Dental Entrance Exams in India

The following table brings the top Dental Entrance Exams of India.

Undergraduate Dental Entrance Exams

Postgraduate Dental Entrance Exams

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)

  • PGIMER MDS

  • JIPMER MDS

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Top Dental Colleges in India

The top Dental colleges in India are as follows:

Dental Course Curriculum and Subjects

The duration of the full-time Dental courses is four years. The major subjects of the Dental course curriculum revolve around the subjects Dental Anatomy, Oral Pathology, Dental Surgery, Diagnosis and treatments, to name a few.

The table below brings the semester-wise Dental course syllabus and subjects taught at the Dental colleges at the UG level.

Semester I

Dental Anatomy, embryology, and Oral Histology

Dental Materials

Preclinical Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge

General Human Anatomy including Embryology and Histology

General Human Physiology and Biochemistry, Nutrition and Dietetics

 

Semester II

General and Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Preclinical Conservative Dentistry

Preclinical Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge

Oral Pathology & Oral Microbiology

 

General Pathology and Microbiology

Semester III

Oral Pathology & Microbiology

Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral Medicine And Radiology

Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics

Pediatric & Preventive Dentistry

Periodontology

 

Conservative Dentistry And Endodontics

General Medicine

General Surgery

Semester IV

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral Medicine and Radiology

Periodontology

Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge

Conservative Dentistry And Endodontics

Public Health Dentistry

Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry

The Dental course curriculum is distributed between theory and practicals. Students have to pass or perform well in both theory and practical subjects to move forward to the next semester or year. After the end of the Dental course, they have to undergo a rotatory internship in order to successfully complete the Dental course.

Popular Dental Specialisations

Some of the top Dental specialisations, which students pursue at the Masters level are as follows:

Top Dental Specialisations

Oral and maxillofacial surgery

Endodontic

Dento-maxillofacial radiology

Orthodontic

Paediatric dentistry

Prosthodontics

Periodontics

Public health dentistry

Forensic odontology

Oral pathology

Oral surgery

Dental Job Profiles and Top Recruiters

After completing Dental courses, students will become qualified dentists and can either practice independently, or be associated with a government or private Dental hospital or clinic. Dental students who are inclined towards academics can opt for higher studies such as MDS or pursue Dental Certificate courses and follow an academic career.

Some of the popular job profiles for Dental students or dentists are as follows:

  • General Dentists

  • Dental and Oral Surgeons

  • Orthodontists

  • Periodontists

  • Endodontists

  • Pedodontists

  • Prosthodontists

Top Recruiters for Dental Professionals are as follows:

  • Clove Dental

  • FMS Dental Hospitals

  • Dentafix Multispeciality Hospital

  • Max Superspeciality Hospital

  • Fortis Healthcare

  • Institute of Dental Sciences, Bhubaneswar

  • Manipal Hospital

FAQs Regarding Dental Courses

Q: What is the duration of Dental courses?

A: The duration of the Dental courses vary from programme to programme and also according to the levels. BDS, which is a full-time UG level course is of a four-year duration. MDS or the Master of Dental Surgery, which is a postgraduate programme, is of two to three years duration. The Dental Diploma level programmes are for two years, whereas the duration of Dental Certificate programmes is six months to one year.

Q: What are the top courses in Dental?

A: The top or the most preferred Dental courses are the full-time BDS and MDS programmes.

Q: Which is the best Dental course?

A: While each and every Dental courses are designed keeping in mind the students’ levels and requirements, which would enrich their knowledge on Dental medicine based on their current qualification. Hence, it is up to the students to choose the course wisely.

 Q: Is there any Dental course that I can pursue without taking NEET?

A: Aspirants can take admission to Dental Diploma programmes or Dental Certificate programmes without appearing for the NEET UG or NEET MDS exams.

Q: Which are the top colleges offering Dental courses in India?

A: Some of the top Dental colleges in India are Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Science Delhi, Manipal College of Dental Sciences Udupi, Dr DY Patil Vidyapeeth Pune, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences Chennai, to name a few.

Q: What is the average fee of Dental courses?

A: The average fee of Dental courses vary from programme to programme and institute to institute. While the tuition fee of BDS ranges from Rs 15,000 to Rs 12,00,000, that of MDS courses is around Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. The Dental Diploma programme fees range from Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000 in Government colleges and Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh in private colleges. Dental Certificate programme fees range from Rs 15,000 to Rs 5 lakh.

Q: Is it mandatory to study Biology to for pursuing Dental courses?

A: Yes, in order to pursue Dental courses, applicants or students must have studied Biology as a core subject along with Physics and Chemistry in Class 11 and Class 12.

Q: Which are some of the top specialisations of Dental programmes?

A: Some of the top Dental specialisations include Endodontic, Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, to name a few.

Q: What is Dental course is a better option for higher studies, MDS or Dental certification?

A: After completing BDS programmes, the best option is to pursue an MDS programme. In case they do not have the option to invest two to three years for the MDS programme, they may opt for Dental Certificate programmes.

 Q: Can Dental students perform surgery?

A: Students who have pursued BDS or MDS programmes are qualified to perform oral or dental surgeries.

Q: Is it compulsory to undergo an internship during Dental courses?

A: Yes, as per the curriculum of the full-time Dental courses, students have to undergo compulsory rotatory internship.

 

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Popular Private Dental Colleges in India

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Top 15 in Chennai

Popular Dental UG Courses in India

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Popular Dental PG Courses in India

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Popular Dental Specializations in India

Following are the most popular Dental Specializations . You can explore the top Colleges offering these Specializations by clicking the links below.

Popular Specializations

Top Ranked Colleges by Location

Following are the top ranked colleges for Dental based on rankings published by The Week, Business Today and National Institutional Ranking Framework (MHRD).

Comments

I want to know about the fee structure at C.S.M.S.S. Dental College for Master of Dental Surgery.

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Mallika Ahuja

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Can I get information about the government BDS college of TamilNadu?

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Tamilnadu Government Dental College, Chennai
Rajah Muthiah Dental College and Hospital, Annamalai University, Annamalai NagarSRM Kattankulathur Dental College and Hospital, Kattankulathur.

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for MDS in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at AIIMS Delhi.

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Priya kumari

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2 weeks ago

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) at Seema Dental College and Hospital.

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2 weeks ago

Is admission to MS course open now? Which departments are available?

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Keshav Sharma

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2 weeks ago

Don't take admission to this college.

Are all seats in HS dental college, Chandigarh from AIQ? What was the minimum score required to get a seat in BDS course in 2021?

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Charu Maheshwari

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2 weeks ago

Minimum score was 450 marks.

I am in 4th year of my BDS. I have to do my internship this upcoming year. Can I do it in India?

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Charu Maheshwari

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2 weeks ago

Yes, You can do it. Many colleges offer for the internship you just need to see which college will be best for you and the procedure of the college for doing internship.

I got 361 marks in NEET 2021 I belong to bce category of Muslim minority can I get a BDS seat in mop-up round in Telangana convenor quota?

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Charu Maheshwari

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2 weeks ago

With the 361 marks that you obtained in NEET 2021 your possibility of getting a seat can only be predicted but cannot be guaranteed as because the cut off depends on factors likethe number of students appearing in the examthe difficulty level of the examthe seat matrix of colleges. Overall based ...With the 361 marks that you obtained in NEET 2021 your possibility of getting a seat can only be predicted but cannot be guaranteed as because the cut off depends on factors like
the number of students appearing in the exam
the difficulty level of the exam
the seat matrix of colleges. Overall based on your score you can only expect private BDS colleges as getting a government BDS college is way to difficult. Use our NEET UG college predictor to get a standard idea regarding your possibilities of admission.

Is scholarship offered to students securing good marks in semester exams?

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Antesh Kumar

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2 weeks ago

Yes, definitely you will get the scholarship.

What is the fees and cutoff for general category at MGM Dental College?

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Vinay kr Pandey

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2 weeks ago

Dear aspirant
It's great connecting with you.
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I want to know about the latest cutoff information for Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) at MNR Dental College and Hospital.

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I want to know about the latest cutoff information for Bachelor of Dental Surgery(BDS) at D Y Patil Dental School.

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3 weeks ago

Hello!
Kindly see the below link for information related to your query.
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Which BDS college is better, People's college of dental Science/People's academy or Rishiraj Dental College?

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Is 27 percentile in NEET good enough for getting admission in Bangalore for BDS?

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Pranav Raj

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a month ago

Hii Akansha, In 27 percentile you will not get any colleges but don't loose hope. On 17 th July 2022 you can appear for NEET examination and give your best. All the very best.

I want to know about the fee structure at Desh Bhagat University, Punjab for BDS - Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

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Vivek Kr.

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a month ago

It is around Rs 200000/Yr.

Can I participate in bds/bams mop-up round after allotment in BUMS and submitted original documents and paid the fees?

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Vivek Kr.

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a month ago

Yes, you can definitely sit in the mop-up round. If you get admission in bds/bams in the mop-up round, just take out your documents from BUMS college and take admission in bds/bams. If you have deposited the security money, then it will be difficult to take out security money.

Did NEET 2021 cutoff reduce for BDS course?

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Pankaj

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a month ago

No, the NEET cut-off is not reduced for BDS.

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for BDS - Bachelor of Dental Surgery at SRM IST Chennai Ramapuram.

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I want a list of dental college near or in Gorakhpur which provides MS course.

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Dr Uma Sinha

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a month ago

Hi. For detailed information, you can see the link given below-
https://www.shiksha.com/medicine-health-sciences/dental/colleges/bds-colleges-gorakhpur
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What is the admission process for MS conservative dentistry and endodontics in 2022?

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Dr Uma Sinha

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a month ago

Hi. The process of admission to the course may vary across institutes. Some institutes conduct their own entrance exams for admission, while some select students on the basis of their score at the level of graduation, completed from a recognised college/university. Thanks.

What minimum score is required to get into HSJ Dental College, Chandigarh? Can I get a seat with 480 marks under EWS category?

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Rudra pratap

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a month ago

Based on previous year trends, it has been observed that to attain a BDS seat in a government dental college, a candidate is required to score a minimum of 450 marks in NEET (subject to vary). A minimum of 50th percentile under the general category for those who seek admissions in private dental ...Based on previous year trends, it has been observed that to attain a BDS seat in a government dental college, a candidate is required to score a minimum of 450 marks in NEET (subject to vary). A minimum of 50th percentile under the general category for those who seek admissions in private dental colleges is a requirement. Yes, you can get a set with the EWS category.

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for Diploma in Dental Hygienist at Delhi Paramedical and Management Institute.

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rekha

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a month ago

To know about the Diploma in Dental Hygienist at Delhi Paramedical and Management Institute such as cutoff, refer to the link given below-
https://www.shiksha.com/college/delhi-paramedical-and-management-institute-ashok-nagar-52607/course-diploma-in-dental-hygienist-281679

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for BDS - Bachelor of Dental Surgery at Narayana Dental College and Hospital.

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I have completed my BDS now I want to pursue some courses in forensics so, can you please suggest better options?

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I want to know about the latest cutoff information for Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) at NIMS University .

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Ishwarya Nanditha M

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a month ago

The all India closing rank was around 558812 in NEET in the recent years.

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for BDS - Bachelor of Dental Surgery at BBDU.

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rekha

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a month ago

BDS - Bachelor of Dental Surgery at Babu Banarasi Das University, Lucknow such as cutoff, placements, fees.
refer link: https://www.shiksha.com/university/babu-banarasi-das-university-lucknow-33058/course-bds-bachelor-of-dental-surgery-309837

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AMAN SUDHANSHU

Beginner-Level 1

a month ago

For the year 2019 , the closing rank was 826025
for 2020, closing rank 770081.

I want to know about the admission to 2022-23 batch for Diploma dental mechanic course.

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Rudra Pratap

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a month ago

Please refer to the link provided below for details regarding a course as a dental technician at Imperial Institute of Management. You can read their reviews and rankings published on the web sites and make up your own mind regarding the feasibility of pursuing a course as a dental technician cou...Please refer to the link provided below for details regarding a course as a dental technician at Imperial Institute of Management. You can read their reviews and rankings published on the web sites and make up your own mind regarding the feasibility of pursuing a course as a dental technician course.
https://www.shiksha.com/medicine-health-sciences/dental/course/diploma-in-dental-technician-imperial-institute-of-management-andheri-west-mumbai-288768.

Can I get medical or BDS seat under AIQ having 212 NEET score? I am a GEWS candidate.

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Patel Dhruv

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2 months ago

It's difficult to get medical seat but getting BDS is what you can try out. It depends on the state. are willing to take admission and cutoff score of every state is different. And changes every year.

What salary is given in internship in Regional Dental College?

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Divya vani

Contributor-Level 10

2 months ago

Earlier, the BDS medicos used to get INR 17900 per month stipend. However, as per the latest order, there is a revision in the stipend structure and the interns will now be getting INR 23000 per month which is equal to the pay of MBBS interns.

Can I know how is AECS MARUTI DENTAL COLLEGE. Does it have its own hospital? How is the patient inflow?

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Divya vani

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2 months ago

Check 7 Courses & their Fees at AECS Maruti College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bangalore for 2022. Please visit link: https://www.shiksha.com/college/aecs-maruti-college-of-dental-sciences-and-research-centre-kammanahalli-Bangalore-67829/courses
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