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Course Description

BDS Admission 2017

Bachelor of Dental Surgery [BDS] is an undergraduate course in the field of dentistry. This course helps an aspirant to become a dentist. India has about 300 dental colleges which offer BDS course. The eligibility for this undergraduate course is scoring a minimum of 50% in senior secondary examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English. The average tuition fee of BDS ranges from Rs 50,000 to Rs 12 lakh. A candidate needs to take an entrance test to take admission in the course. AIPMT is one of the most popular entrance test for BDS aspirants.

There is a rising demand for dental surgery graduates in areas like research institutes, private practice, dental product manufacturers, dental clinics, hospital, pharmaceutical companies, educational institutes and dental equipment manufacturer.  It is the most sought after course in medical stream after MBBS. Career opportunities after BDS include clinical practice as a dentist, higher education i.e. pursuing MDS, teaching or research or government doctor. There is a vast scope for dental surgeons in India and abroad.


The duration of BDS varies from university to university. It ranges from 3 years to 5 years depending upon which mode a student takes up. This course is divided in two semesters. It can be pursue either full time or part time. The mode opted will decide the duration of the course.

BDS is focused on training students with knowledge and skills related to general dental practices to treat, prevent and diagnose oral diseases. Some colleges offer internships as a part of the course. However, it is mandatory for every student passing the final BDS examination to undergo a paid rotating internship for a year in a dental college. This course teaches the students various treatments such as Oral Medicine and Radiology, Dental Materials, Surgical Procedures, Pedodontics, Oral Pathology, Dental Anatomy and Oral Histology and Community Dentistry. This course is available both full time and part time as per the choice of student.

Who should Opt for BDS?

Students who aim to serve the society can fulfill their dream by pursuing BDS. The candidates having good physical stamina are fit for this course. The aspirants having an interest in making a career in dentistry are made for this course. This course requires the type of students who have a strong mind and can cope with the obnoxious smell and sight during physical examination. Having patience and calm mind are minimum requirements for someone to be trained as a surgeon.

Where to Study?

The top colleges offering BDS are:

  • Maulana Azad Medical College
  • Seth G.S. Medical College
  • College of Dental Surgery
  • University of Mumbai
  • University of Delhi
  • Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary University
  • Manipal University
  • Goa University
  • Sumandeep Vidyapeeth University
  • Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences

Academic Options after BDS

Students can go for further studies enhancing their CV by pursuing post graduation in dentistry. Dental surgery graduates can pursue Master of Dental Surgery to gain specialisations such as operative dentistry, prosthodontics, oral medicine and radiology, periodontology and oral implantology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, conservative, endodontics and aesthetic dentistry. BDS graduates can take lateral entry into third year of MBBS.


For this course, the minimum eligibility is passing senior secondary examination with an aggregate score of 50% from a recognized board or equivalent examination. It is required to have Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as subjects in 12thclass. The admissions are taken by conducting entrance tests. The candidates with their senior secondary examination results awaited are welcomed to apply for this course.

How to get Admission

The candidates need to pass entrance exam to secure their place for the course. The most common entrance for the same is AICET BDS. Other than this exam, there are exams like NEET, MU OET, DUMET, AIPMT and COMEDK. Further selection process is conducted as per the specific norms of the university. There are many universities which go for a counseling process for selection.

Entrance Mode:

The top entrance exams for BDS are:

  • AICET BDS: This test is conducted for admissions in the field of dental science for admission in the private colleges for Chhattisgarh. Questions from Physics, Botany, Zoology and Chemistry
  • NEET: NEET is a qualifying entrance examination for admission in medical courses. It is accepted by institutes like Banaras Hindu University and Armed Forces Medical College.
  • AIPMT: Being held this year in May by CBSE, it is an entrance test accepted by most of the top universities. The syllabus for this test includes Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
  • MP DMAT: Conducted by APDMC every July in Madhya Pradesh, it is a test that offers entry into a career in the medical field. The questions asked in entrance test are from Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Selection Process:

The selection process varies from university to university. Some of the universities take admission only on the basis of scores in the relevant entrance exams. However, there are some universities which may go for a counseling procedure.

Eligibility Criteria

 He/She shall complete the age of 17 years on or before 31st December, of the year of admission to the BDS course.

Educational Qualification

          He/She has passed qualifying examination as under

          The higher secondary examination or the Indian School Certificate Examination which equivalent to 10+2 Higher Secondary Examination after a period of 12 years study, the last two years of study comprising of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics or any other elective subjects with English at a level not less than the core course for English as prescribed by the National Council for Educational Research and Training after the introduction of the 10+2+3 years educational structure as recommended by the National Committee on education.

Or, the intermediate examination in science of an Indian University/Board or other recognized examination body with Physics, Chemistry and Biology which shall include a practical test in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject.

          The pre-professional/pre-medical examination with Physics, Chemistry and Biology, after passing either the higher secondary school examination, or the pre-university or an equivalent examination. The pre-professional/pre-medical examination shall include a practical test in Physics, Chemistry and Biology and also English as a compulsory subjects.

         The first year of the three years degree course of a recognized university, with Physics, Chemistry and Biology including a practical test in three subjects provided the examination is a “University Examination” and candidate has passed 10+2 with English at a level not less than a core course.

         B.Sc examination of an Indian University, provided that he/she has passed the B. Sc examination with not less than two of the following subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology) and further that he/she has passed the earlier qualifying examination with the following subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English.

         Any other examination which, in scope and standard is found to be equivalent to the intermediate science examination of an Indian University/Board, taking Physics, Chemistry and Biology including practical test in each of these subjects and English.

According to the latest needs of industry, the syllabus of Bachelor of Dental Surgery [BDS] is designed and revised to keep it updated.  The objective of the course is to prepare the student to tackle all kind of oral healthcare problems. The syllabus of this course covers core courses, electives and practical workshops. An internal assessment is done by conducting three exams in each session. This part of assessment constitutes 20% of marking scheme. Another 20% is allotted for viva voce. The rest of it rides on the written examination conducted by university.

The delivery method of this course combines classroom teaching, seminars, conferences, clinical works, group discussions and demonstrations together to strike the perfect balance. The syllabus varies from one university to another. Though, there are some subjects that remain common to all the syllabi of different universities. Such subjects are given below in the table

Paper Topics  Objective 
General Human Anatomy including Embryology and Histology General disposition of thoracic, abdominal & pelvic organs, regional anatomy of head & neck, general embryology & systemic embryology, histology of basic tissues, medical genetics This paper aims at imparting the knowledge and insight the students into functional anatomy of the normal human and embryological development of clinically important structures.
General Human Physiology General physiology, blood, muscle and nerve, digestive system, excretory system, skin and temperature regulation, central nervous system The objective of this paper is to provide the student comprehensive knowledge of the normal functions of the organ systems of the body.
Dental anatomy, embryology and oral histology Dental anthropology, gross morphology of deciduous teeth, morphology of permanent teeth, oral embryology, anatomy and histology, oral mucous membrane This paper includes instructions in the subject of Dental Morphology, Oral Embryology, Oral Histology and Oral Physiology.
Dental Materials Gypsum & gypsum products, impression materials used in dentistry, restorative resins, dental amalgam, acrylic resins, dental casting investments, dental implants, dental casting alloys, soldering, brazing and welding This paper acquaints the students with an understanding of the evolution and development of science of dental material.
General and dental pharmacology and therapeutics General Pharmacology, ANS drugs, Detailed Pharmacology & Enumeration of clinically used agents, CVS drugs, Endocrines, Chemotherapy, Prevention and drug therapy of emergencies in dental practice This paper focuses on inculcating rational and scientific basis of therapeutics keeping in view of dental curriculum and profession.
General surgery General principles of surgery, history of surgery, principles of operative surgery, management of severely injured patient – resuscitation, diseases of thyroid and parathyroid, burns and scalds, anomalies of development of face The aim of this paper is to acquaint the student with various diseases which may require surgical intervention and to develop the skills to examine a routine swelling, ulcer and other related diseases and to perform minor surgical procedures.




Aspiring dentists need to complete years of education, training and residency before starting a practice of their own. They also need to decide on the type of dentistry they plan to pursue, whether general, pediatric or some form of oral or maxillofacial surgery. In addition to formal education, many future dentists may benefit from training in communication and management, specifically to hone the skills needed to run an office and hire, train and maintain a staff.

The path to dentistry may seem straightforward, with beginnings at the bachelor’s level and progression to dental school and residency. However, this path also requires students to consider a variety of questions and options before moving to the next level. For example, which undergraduate degrees give me the best chance to get into dental school? Does is matter? When do I apply for dental school? What does the exam cover? The following guide answers these questions and others, and discusses many of the details involved in the multi-year training process.

what does a dentist do?doctor

In general, dentists are responsible for the oral health of their patients. This might include everything from offering advice on foods or hygiene to repairing fractured teeth or performing more invasive procedures. Dentists might handle regular cleanings and hygiene, filling cavities, extracting teeth, applying sealants or whitening agents, creating dentures, straightening teeth and writing prescriptions.

what kind of skills are required ?

When contemplating a career as a dentist, take a quick inventory of your personal traits. In addition to having the patience and diligence required for oral health work, dentists must have excellent people skills in order to communicate well with colleagues and patients. They must be very good at working with their hands, trained with a variety of instruments, and very attentive to detail. For those who run their own offices, organizational and leadership skills are also a must.

The Steps: Becoming a Dentist

In most cases, a bachelor’s degree is required before admittance to dental school. Occasionally, some dental schools admit students who have completed a three-year pre-dental program. Each dental school has its own list or prerequisites. Make sure you research and understand them before advancing too far in your undergraduate studies.

Course Curriculum

  • BDS Admission 2017