Bachelor of Dental Surgery in India: Eligibility, Entrance, Syllabus, Colleges

Bachelor of Dental Surgery or BDS course is an undergraduate Degree in the dentistry Profession.

BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) is one of the most popular degrees of dental doctor among Students. This is the Sole Academic and professional program of dental surgery in India.

It is analogous to the MBBS and owes the ‘Dr‘ Prefix. In the medical Academic Sector, it is the second choice of the students of Undergraduate after the MBBS course.

  • Course Name: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
  • Stream: Medical
  • Duration: 4 Years
  • Degree: Graduation
  • Eligibility: 10+2 (HSC)

In this course, the students are taught about the Dental Issues, Dental Problems, Surgery of Dentals and related Oral Problems, etc.

Opportunities available After You Complete the BDS Program:

  • Hospital/ Clinic
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Research Work
  • Teaching Profession
  • Medical device manufacturing industries
  • Medicine and Hygiene Industry

The BDS degree is offered on the successful completion of the 4-year Educational academics and the one-year compulsory internship program in dental education leading to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree Course. After completing your BDS, you are certified to work as a dentist.

BDS Course Eligibility

Dental College Requirements:

H.S.C. (10+2) with English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology with at least 50% marks.

Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English are Mandatory.

NEET UG Entrance Examination is conducted for admission in MBBS and BDS both.

Admission to Bachelors degree courses in BDS is through a general, nationwide competitive examination. Such as NEET/AIIMS/JIPMER

To Pursue the BDS course, You must have a strong mind, ability to handle STRESS, the obnoxious smell, and sight while performing the physical examinations and Surgery.

Syllabus of BDS offered by various universities and colleges in India after you Clear The Entrance Exam are:

Year first

  1. General Anatomy including Embryology and Histology
  2. General Human Physiology and Biochemistry      
  3. Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Oral Histology

Year Second

  1. General Pathology and Microbiology
  2. General and Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  3. Dental Materials
  4. Pre-Clinical Conservative Dentistry
  5. Pre-Clinical Prosthodontics & Crown & Bridge

Year Third

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

Year Final

  1. Oral Medicine and Radiology
  2. Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry
  3. Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics
  4. Periodontology
  5. Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge
  6. Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
  7. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  8. Public Health Dentistry

Carrier Choices After Graduating BDS From a Reputed College:

Consultant Dentist
Dental Care Assistant
Public Health Specialist
Oral Hygiene Pathologist
Professor in Teaching
Dental Surgeon
Medical Representative and Sales Representative
Dental Lab Ceramist
Dental Equipment Manufacturers
Dental Products Manufacturers
Educational Institutes
Pharmaceutical Companies
Research Institutes 
Private Practitioner in Clinic and Hospital
Further Advanced Learning (Post Graduation)

M.D.S. is The Post Graduation Study After BDS In India.

BDS Course Fee Structure

Different Colleges and Universities have different Fees Structures:

The Average Tuition fee for the Colleges offering BDS Course can go roughly INR 50,0008 lakh per annum

The Government Colleges have very low Fees w.r.t. to this fees structure but it is Difficult to Get a Seat in the Government Medical College Because the Competition in this are is Exceptionally High. The number of Applicants is very huge compared to the number of Seats available.

Even there are several colleges that provide a BDS seat in low fee on the basis of marks scored by the candidates in the NEET entrance exam.

1) Govt Dental Colleges: Rs 10,000 – 80 Thousand per annum.

2) Deemed (Semi-Gov.) Dental Colleges: Rs 3 Lakh – 10 Lakh per annum.

3) Private Dental Colleges: Rs 5 Lakh – 12 Lakh per annum.

Skilled and Trained Dental Graduates are demanded worldwide nowadays not just in the field of Public Health care But also in the Research and Development, Pharma Manufacturing and Medical Industries.

This dentistry course Syllabus teaches the Candidates in various Aspects such as Oral Medicine and Radiology, Dental Procedures, Surgical Methodology, Oral Pathology and histology, Dental Anatomy, Physiology, and Oral Histology and Community Dentistry.

To Make a Professional Carrier and to become a good dentist, You needed to study the BDS (Graduation) & MDS (Post-Graduation).

BDS is the study of teeth and also involves the study of different parts of the head enclosing the brain and face known as the study of Encephalon (Brain) and Neck in Some Cases.

All Private & Deemed universities and Colleges follow their own admission Guidelines for selection of students in BDS Course such as:

1) Domicile student of the State.

2) Reservation of seats for the State students.

3) Management & NRI Quota Seats for BDS Direct Admission.

If You have qualified the NEET UG exam and fulfill all the norms of the organization then only You get admission in the BDS course.

Counseling for BDS Dental Seat Administration:

BDS seats are allotment under All India Quota & Deemed University i.e. Government and Semi-Government Universities are done by Director General Of Health Services.

To apply for counseling & college selection, Medical Counseling Committee will invite all eligible candidates of Entrance Exams.

Private Dental institutions and Colleges recognized by the state Authority will conduct their own separate counseling Terms to Allocate Seats.

On the basis of marks obtained in the NEET UG Medical entrance exam, all counseling authorities will allocate the BDS seat as per Your Rank And Merit in Exam.

Following are some of the top Recruiting Agents of Medical Graduates:

  • Cipla Industries
  • Apollo Hospitals
  • Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
  • Sun Pharma
  • Mankind Pharma
  • Zyduscadila
  • Johnson and Johnson Pvt. Ltd.
  • Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

Fast Fact: 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
  • Max India Ltd
  • Fortis Healthcare
  • Wockhardt
  • Narayana Medical Group

Job opportunities for a dentist are relatively less in both public and private sector.

more than 80% of Graduates and Post Graduate Dentists in India Have set-up their own Private Clinics Due to Lack of Govt. jobs in this Industry.

Every year approximately 12,000 to 15,000 dentist, Graduates from the colleges in India, Most of them Move to Other Countries for Employment.

Specializations available after you Study BDS in India Inclusive of following PG’s:

1) Prosthodontics
2) Oral Medicine & Radiology
3) Periodontology & Oral Implantology
4) Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
5) Conservative, Endodontics & Aesthetic Dentistry

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