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Dentistry Courses


Career in Dentistry



In order to ensure absolute health and hygiene, dentistry or dental care is utterly necessary. Physicians who perform dentistry are named as dentists. In carrying out treatment and surgeries, dentists get assistance from a number of people like dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental therapists, and dental technicians. All of them collectively offer oral healthcare facilities and services.

In India, the undergraduate level dentistry courses are offered in the form of a Bachelor of Dental Surgery or BDS course. The duration of this study program is normally five years. This duration consists of four years of learning and 12 months of internship which is mandatory for the students. As laid down by statistics in the year 2010, India housed 291 dental colleges of which 252 are run by private bodies and 39 are operated by the public agencies.

The dental schools and colleges in India can be categorized into the following:

  • Private dental colleges and schools that are associated with a government university
  • Government dental colleges and schools as a division of a government university
  • Private dental colleges and schools as a division of a privately run university.

In majority of the states in India (other than the states of Andhra Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir), the CBSE (Central Board for Secondary Education) holds a countrywide exam for filling up about 15% of the seats in the dental colleges that are managed by the states.
A post graduate degree or master's degree in dentistry (MDS) has a duration of three years. Moreover, this degree gives the students the opportunity to study in a particular area of expertise.

The MDS or Master of Dental Surgery course consists of the subjects listed below:

  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Pathology & Microbiology
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics
  • Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
  • Community Dentistry
  • Oral Medicine Diagnosis and Radiology
Dentists in India have great job opportunities in dental divisions of nursing homes, hospitals, clinics and healthcare divisions of the government. They can also teach as professors, lecturers, and associate professors in dental colleges. In addition, they can work as researchers in the pharmaceutical industry and other sectors manufacturing oral hygiene products and drugs such as mouthwash, toothpaste, and gum care products.

Dentistry Entrance Exams in India



Given below is a list of the dentistry entrance exams in India:

Conducted ByName of Entrance Exam
Mahatma Gandhi Dental College and Hospital Mahatma Gandhi Dental College and Hospital - Joint Entrance Test MGDCH JET
Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences PIMS Entrance Test
AIPMT All India Pre-Medical / Pre-Dental Entrance Examination
State of Maharashtra MH PGMPGDCET - Maharashtra Post Graduate Medical, Postgraduate Dental Entrance Exam
Delhi University Delhi University Medical/Dental Entrance Test (DUMET)
Dr. D.Y. Patil Institute All India Common Entrance Test for MBBS and BDS
State of Madhya Pradesh MP DMAT - All India Dental and Medical Admission Test
Annamalai University Annamalai University MDS Entrance Exam
Avinashilingam Deemed University for Women Avinashilingam Deemed University for Women MDS Entrance Exam
Vinayaka Missions University All India Common Entrance Examination AICEE
KEAM KEAM - Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical Entrance Exam
Haryana PMT Haryana Pre Medical Entrance Test
State of Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh Common Admission Test - UPCAT Entrance Exam
Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka COMEDK PGET COMEDK PGET - Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka Post Graduate Entrance Test
Banaras Hindu University Banaras Hindu University BHU MDS Entrance Test
Bangalore University Bangalore University MDS Entrance Exam
Calicut University Calicut University MDS Entrance Exam
Barkatullah University Barkatullah University MDS Entrance Exam
Delhi University Delhi University MDS Entrance Exam
Bhavnagar University Bhavnagar University MDS Entrance Exam
Bharath University Bharath University Chennai MDS Entrance Exam
Department of Dental Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Department of Dental Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences MDS Entrance Exam
Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College & Hospital (Pune) Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College & Hospital (Pune) MDS Entrance Exam
Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Baba Farid University of Health Sciences MDS Entrance Exam
Dr N T R University Of Health Sciences Dr N T R University Of Health Sciences MDS Entrance Exam
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya, Avadh University Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya, Avadh University MDS Entrance Exam
Calcutta University Calcutta University MDS Entrance Exam
Indira Gandhi National Open University Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) MDS Entrance Exam
Institute of Medical Sciences - Banaras Hindu University Institute of Medical Sciences - Banaras Hindu University MDS Entrance Exam
JSS University JSS University MDS Entrance Exam
Maharashtra University Maharashtra University MDS Entrance Exam
Gitam University Gitam University MDS Entrance Exam
Kerala University Kerala University MDS Entrance Exam
Kannur University Kannur University MDS Entrance Exam
NITTE University Mangalore NITTE University Mangalore MDS Entrance Exam
Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil University Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil University MDS Entrance Exam
Maharishi Markandeshwar University Maharishi Markandeshwar University MDS Entrance Exam
Pondicherry University Pondicherry University MDS Entrance Exam
Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences MDS Entrance Exam
Manipal University Manipal University MDS Entrance Exam
Pt. B.D. Sharma University of Health Sciences Pt. B.D. Sharma University of Health Sciences MDS Entrance Exam
Panjab University Panjab University MDS Entrance Exam
Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (RUHS) Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (RUHS) MDS Entrance Exam
Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute MDS Entrance Exam
Sri Ramachandra University Sri Ramachandra University BDS Entrance Exam
Vinayaka Missions University Vinayaka Missions University MDS Entrance Exam
Karnataka KRLMPCA UGCET Karnataka KRLMPCA UGCET Common Entrance Test for BDS
KLE University KLE University MDS Entrance Exam
Rajiv Gandhi University of Health And Sciences Rajiv Gandhi University of Health And Sciences MDS Entrance Exam
SRM University SRM University MDS Entrance Exam
Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University MDS Entrance Exam
Saveetha University Saveetha University MDS Entrance Exam
The West Bengal University of Health Sciences The West Bengal University of Health Sciences MDS Entrance Exam
Annamalai University Annamalai University BDS Entrance Exam
HPCPMET HPCPMET - H.P. Combined Pre Medical Entrance Test BDS Himachal Pradesh
AIUGET - Sri Siddhartha University Tumkur Karnataka AIUGET - Sri Siddhartha University Tumkur Karnataka BDS Entrance Test
Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Vadodara Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Vadodara Entrance Exam BDS
Panjab University Panjab University BDS Common Entrance Test (CET)
KAIET - Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Karad KAIET - Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Karad BDS Entrance Test
AMUPMDC AssoCET AMUPMDC AssoCET BDS Common Entrance Test
NUUGET - Nitte University Mangalore NUUGET - Nitte University Mangalore BDS Entrance Exam
State of Uttaranchal Uttaranchal Common Pre Medical Entrance Exam for BDS (Uttarakhand PMT)
GCET GCET - Goa Common Entrance Test for Admission to BDS
Pravara Institute of Medical sciences Ahmednagar Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences Ahmednagar All India Common Entrance Test for BDS
National Eligibility Entrance Test NEET-UG (MBBS) National Eligibility Entrance Test NEET-UG (MBBS). The scores will be applicable for BDS (Dental) enrolment as well.

The entrance exams for BDS are normally conducted in the months of April or May. The students should be at least 17 years old to appear for the BDS entrance test. Their maximum age must not be more than 25 years.

For studying BDS, the students should pass their 10+2 exam or senior secondary examination or any other examination which is equivalent from a recognized board with at least 50% marks. They should have Chemistry, Physics, and Biology as compulsory subjects at their +2 level. In case of aspirants belonging to the SC/ST category, there is an exemption in the marks necessary i.e. at least 40%.

Admission to the postgraduate courses in dentistry is conducted with entrance examinations that are held both at the national and state levels. These exams are quite competitive in nature. In addition, students can also go for certificate courses which are offered with a duration of two years in Dental Hygiene and Dental Mechanics.

Top Dental Colleges in India


  • Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, Delhi
  • College of Dental Sciences, Manipal
  • Nair Dental College, Mumbai
  • Government Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai
  • SDM College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dharvad
  • Faculty of Dental Sciences, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, Lucknow
  • Government Dental College, Bangalore
  • Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere
  • Dr. R Ahmed Dental College, Kolkata
  • Government Dental College, Rohtak
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College, Pune
  • SRM Dental College, Chennai
  • Government Dental College and Hospital, Aurangabad
  • Tamil Nadu Government Dental College, Chennai
  • Vinayaka Mission's Sankaracharya Dental College
  • Saraswati Dental College, Lucknow
  • K.L.E .Society`s Dental College
  • Army College of Dental Sciences, Secunderabad


Last Updated on : March 18, 2016

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