BDS Eligibility Criteria
Subjects to be studied in qualifying exam
Required Pass Percentage in 10+2 or equivalent
Study of Biology/Biotechnology as an Additional Subject at 10+2 level
Percentile obtained in NEET UG - The percentile is determined on the basis of highest marks secured in the All-India common merit list in “National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to BDS course.
BDS Course Duration
All About BDS - Fees
All about BDS - List of Colleges
BDS Seats Through NEET Counselling (15%)
* As per the official NEET counselling website.
All about BDS - Careers after
- Set up private practice: A common option followed by many dentists who have passed and registered themselves with the Dental Council of India. This will require some amount of funds and a good location. It also will take sometime before the dentists can establish themselves.
- Consultant: In case setting up one’s own practice is not appealing, working as a consultant with established hospitals is another option. Here, one would be like an employee who is required to take on the patients who visit the hospital for their dental problems.
- Teaching: Generally freshers are not taken in for teaching. The job requires experienced doctors who can answer queries and teach well. Mostly the doctors attached to the Govt hospitals also work as consulting professors to the students at the attached colleges. However teaching is an option for dentists who have an inclination for it albeit after gaining some experience working as a dentist.
- Government Job: Most Govt hospitals, organizations, PSUs require doctors including dentists. So students can go in for these jobs for job security.
- Options Abroad: To work abroad or practice as a dentist, one needs to check the regulations of the country and fulfil them to start work.
- Further Study: Another option would be to go in for Masters in Dental Surgery. The specializations available allow dentist to choose the area in which they would like to mark their career. They have a choice of 9 specializations to choose from while pursuing their masters as given below.
- Oral Medicine, Diagnosis, and Radiology
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Oral Pathology and Microbiology
- Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
- Periodontal Surgery and Oral Implantology
- Public Health Dentistry
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - All About BDS
Yes, only NEET qualified candidates will be considered for admission to BDS course, apart from MBBS course. Please note that the qualifying percentile and marks will be different for different categories.
The cutoff marks depends on various factors like the category of the candidate, sanctioned seats, performance of candidates in the exam. Also, the cutoff varies from one year to another.
Admission to BDS seats in dental colleges will be on the basis of NEET scores. So yes, BDS aspirants have to mandatorily take and qualify NEET exam.