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BDS – BACHELOR OF DENTAL SURGERY

Top Demanding Course            – BDS
Full Form of BAMS                     – Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Course Duration                         – 5 Years Regular Degree Program
Degree Level of BAMS               – Undergraduate Degree program
BAMS Course Designed For      – To learn Dental Concepts
BAMS Admission Process          – Direct Admission/Entrance Exam by Univ (State/Govt.)
BAMS Course Fee                        – 125000/- – 350000/- per year

Eligibility Criteria

  • Standard                       – 12th or Equivalent
  • Stream                           – Science
  • Core Subjects               – PCB (Physics+Chemistry+Biology) & English
  • Board                             – Recognized Board
  • Entrance Exam      – NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test)/State Level Test
  • Minimum Age Limit   – 17 Years at the time of admission or on 31st December of year of admission
  • Upper Age Limit          – 25 Years at the time of admission, 5 Year age relaxation for SC/ST/OBC category

BDS – Bachelor of Dental Surgery Degree Program

BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) is the undergraduate degree program in the dental field. BDS is one of the most sought after courses after MBBS. The duration of the course is 5 years including one year of internship. In India, BDS is regulated by the Dental Council of India where all dentists have to register to practice after the completion of their study. In BDS course, students are taught about dentures, dental problems and surgery. After completing the course, students become eligible to use the title of ‘Dr’ before their name. They can practice dentistry after getting a license from DCI.

BDS is the professional degree program which offers a range of job opportunities to candidates. After finishing the degree, they can work in government or private hospital as a dentist. In addition, they can make a career in pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries. They can also start private practice as a Dental surgeon. For admission in BDS, candidates have to appear for the entrance test. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the national level exam to apply for BDS admission. A total of 26,000 seats are available in BDS courses as per the Dental Council of India records. These seats are available across 315 colleges inclusive of Govt, private colleges as well as central and deemed universities

BDS Admission Procedure

Candidates who want to get admission to BDS course have to qualify the entrance test. The National Testing Agency releases an online application form. Candidates have to fill the form in the given deadline and appear for NEET exam for admission to undergraduate dental program. The exam is held once a year in computer-based mode. Scoring the minimum cutoff is one of the criteria to participate in NEET counselling. Seats are allocated on the basis of rank, choice filled by candidate, availability of seats, and reservation criteria.

BDS – Top Colleges nd Course Fee

The top colleges offering BDS course along with the course fee has been enlisted in the table below:

Name of the CollegeAverage Course Fee
Faculty of Dental Sciences, IMS BHU, VaranasiAround INR 1 lakh
Maulana Azad Institute of Medical Sciences, New DelhiINR 1 to 1.5 lakh
Faculty of Dental Sciences King George’s Medical University, LucknowINR 1.5 to 2 lakh
Government Dental College and Hospital, MumbaiINR 2 to 2.5 lakh
Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital, KolkataAround INR 1 lakh
Manipal College of Dental Sciences, MengaluruINR 25 to 30 lakh

Eligibility Criteria of BAMS

Student can get admission in BDS Course after qualifying 10+2 or equivalent examination in Medical Stream with 50% minimum marks obtaining in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as a core subjects from the recognized board

Also qualifying the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) or State Level Examinations by securing minimum qualifying cutoff percentile, NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test) or State Level Examinations such as: OJEE (Odisha Joint Entrance Examination) KEAM (Kerala Engineering, Agriculture and Medical) , GCET (Goa Common Entrance Test), BVP CET (Bharati Vidyapeeth Common Entrance Test), IPU CET (Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test).

He/She should be 17 years old on or before the time of admission. The upper age limit is 25 years at the time of admission. The upper age limit relaxation for ST/SC/OBC candidates is of 5 years.

BDS Curriculum

BDS is a study of Ayurveda with latest medical techniques. BDS curriculum having the three professional sections of 1 years – 

Students learn subjects in the three Professional Sections: –

1st year

  1. Anatomy
  2. Physiology + Biochemistry
  3. Dental Anatomy + Dental Histology

2nd year

  1. Pharmacology
  2. Microbiology + Pathology
  3. Dental material

Total 4 subjects. But 3 papers of 70 marks each.

3rd year

  1. General Medicine
  2. General Surgery
  3. Oral Pathology

Final year (4th year)

  1. Oral Medicine and radiology
  2. Oral and maxillofacial Surgery
  3. Prosthodontics
  4. Periodontics
  5. Public health and community dentistry
  6. Conservative and endodontics
  7. Pedodontics
  8. Orthodontics
  9. Human Physiology
  10. Materials used in Dentistry
  11. Human Oral Anatomy, Physiology, Histology and Tooth Morphology
  12. Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology
  13. Orthodontics
  14. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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BDS Scope

Paradigm of healthcare is expanding due to an increase in diseases which has led to the demand for quality and hassle-free medical services. Healthcare professionals who have in depth knowledge of the field are always in demand. Oral health is one of the primary concerns of people especially in urban areas. As BDS is a professional degree programme, it offers a wide range of options to the professionals. Graduates in BDS can choose to work in both the government or private sector.

In the government sector, these professionals can work in Defence Service, Indian Railway or opt for state government jobs. In the private sector, BDS professionals are easily recruited by hospitals, dental clinics, pharmaceutical companies, and dental product manufacturers. After finishing a 5-year degree programme, some of the BDS graduates open their own clinic too. They can even go for higher studies, i.e pursue master’s course in dental field (MDS). They can also choose related courses such as Master in Health Administration or MBA in Healthcare Management.

BDS : Job Profiles and Salary

As BDS graduates have thorough knowledge of dental related problems, they are easily recruited by hospitals and dental clinics. Those who go for higher study can later opt for teaching profession as lecturer. Dental professionals are recruited at different posts as per their skill and qualification. Initially they are offered INR 30,000 to 40,000 salary but it increases as they gain experience under expert hands. Some of the job profiles for BDS graduates along with their average salaries have been mentioned in the table below:

Average Salary of BDS Graduate Profiles Based on Experience

Dentist 300000 to ₹400000 CTC - 60%
Researcher ₹300000/- to ₹350000/- CTC - 83%
Lecturer ₹300000/- to ₹500000/- CTC - 86%
Dental officer in Defense Services ₹300000/- to ₹900000/- CTC - 83%
Dentist in Indian Railways ₹300000/- to ₹700000/- CTC - 86%

BDS FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is NEET mandatory for admission to BDS?A. Yes. You cannot get admission to the BDS course if you do not qualify NEET. There is no other entrance test for admission to BDS courses in India.

Q. What is the fee for the BDS course?A. Fee for BDS courses varies from one institute to another. The tuition fee for BDS course ranges from INR 15,000 – INR 12,00,000.

Q. Can a BDS student do MS after completing the course?A. No, a BDS graduate can only pursue a master’s degree in dentistry. If a BDS graduate wants to build a career in surgery, he/ she can opt for MDS in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Q. Is Indian BDS degree recognised worldwide?A. No, the Indian BDS degree is not recognised worldwide. In most countries, an Indian BDS graduate has to appear for a screening test to be able to practice dentistry.

Q. Can a BDS doctor perform surgery?A. Yes, a BDS doctor can perform surgery. But they have expertise in performing dental surgery.

Q Is BDS equivalent to MBBS?A. Yes, both are undergraduate degree programmes. The graduates of both the streams can use ‘Dr’ before their name. BDS provides knowldege of dental issues while MBBS makes students learn different aspects of medicine and treatment.  

Q What would be the average course fee for BDS?A. The course fee depends upon college. The average course fee for BDS is INR 1-6 lakh.

Q. What is the average salary of BDS graduates?A BDS graduates earns a handsome salary after finishing the course. The salary depends upon skill and responsiblity. The average salary of the BDS gradutes is INR 4 -10 lakh.

Q. What is the eligibility criteria for admission to a BDS course?A. Candidates should have passed 10+2 with cumpulsory subjects Physics, Chemistry, and bIology. Scoring 50 percent marks is mandatory in class 12th for admission to BDS course.

Q. What are the job options for BDS professionals?A. They can choose from a wide range of job opportunities offered by the government and private sector. Some of the job profiles are as follows:

  • Dentist
  • Dental surgeon
  • Researcher
  • Lecturer
  • Consultant

Q. What is best out of BDS or BAMS?A. BDS. It offers more career opportunity in comparision to BAMS. BDS graduates get around INR 15,000-20,000 initially but after experience they can earn around INR 1  to 3 lakh.

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