Career in BDS: Admission, Eligibility, Jobs & Career Scope

BDSBDS is one of the most popular and designated degree of dentists (doctors). The BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) is the only educational and professional programme of dental surgery in India. It is equivalent to the MBBS and owes the “Dr” domain. In the medical educational field, it is the second choice of the students after the MBBS course.

In this course, the students are taught about the denture, dental problems and surgery. It is also a good job oriented degree programmes and various opportunities  are available in the hospital, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries.

The BDS degree is awarded on the successful completion of the four-year academic education and the one year mandatory internship programme in dentistry education leading to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree programme. After completing your BDS, you are qualified to practice as a dentist.

The BDS is the degree given to a person who plays the vital role in the treatment of problems related to teeth . The dentist prevents,  diagnoses and cures to all dental and related diseases.

It is very challenging to pursue the BDS course and you should have the enthusiasm, hard-working attitude in the study and have a focused mind for doing the BDS course.

The Dental Council of India is the only accredited body for the dental programmes. This course is now in heavy demand by the students after 12th in medical field.

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Eligibility & Duration


The BDS is a 5 year (4 years academic education + 1 year mandatory internship) UG degree programme. This course can be pursued through full time and part time courses.

The BDS is one of the most sought courses after 12th in medical field. There are many reputed universities in India which are offering the BDS course.

The BDS course contains the basic subjects like human anatomy, physiology & biochemistry, dental material, prosthodontics, microbiology, embryology & histology, general & dental pharmacology and pathology, periodontics, pedodontics, orthodontics and dentistry.

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The students, who have passed the 10+2 examination with science stream and have had Physics, Chemistry and Biology and English in 12th stream, may go for the BDS course.

It is the course which will be having hands on training in the field of dentistry for the duration of five years. The students will get the chance to interact with the patient and will get the practical knowledge of  the diseases.

The students have to score minimum 50% marks (40% in the case of reserved category) in plus two and have to appear for an entrance examination conducted by the respective authorities.


How to get admission in BDS course?

Admissions into BDS programmes will be done through entrance test. Students can appear in entrance exam organized at national or university level examinations. NEET 2018 (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is mostly considered for providing admission to BDS courses.

After clearing the entrance exam, students have to participate in the counselling process organized by the respective authority. Seats will be allotted to candidates on the basis of rank, filled choices and availability of seats.

In India, there are many dental colleges imparting quality education. At least 292 colleges offer BDS course across India. Some of the dental colleges are listed below:

  • Dental College & Hospital, Aurangabad
  • Dental College & Hospital, Mumbai
  • Dental College, Gujarat
  • Government Dental College & Research Institute, Bengaluru
  • Amrita College of Dentistry, Kerala
  • Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
  • Faculty of Dental Science, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow
  • Dental College, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Govt. Dental College & Hospital, Andhra Pradesh

Career & Jobs

After the completion of the BDS course, the dental graduates are entitled to use the term Doctor before his or her name as the prefix “Dr.”.

There are plenty of good jobs & higher study opportunities available after getting the degree in dentistry as a doctor. It is the professional field with 100% job placement.

A BDS graduate may go for the PG degree programmes leading to the Domain MDS (Master of Dental Surgery). MDS is the advanced degree in dentistry field and allows the candidates to specialize in any of its discipline. Interested candidates can also go for research programme by pursuing Doctor of Philosophy.

Teaching career is also open for BDS graduates. Those interested in teaching can acquire teaching jobs in any of the top Dental Colleges. They are eligible to hold positions as professors or even HOD and even get promoted to Dean.

This profession includes the imaging, tissue graft, implants, laser surgery and trauma. After completing this course you will be hired by the medical college, hospitals, nursing home, health corporations, health ministry, and back office medical consultancy.

One can also open his/her own dental clinic or work as dentist in government and private hospitals.

The Job Profiles of the BDS may be the following:

  • Dentist
  • Dental Surgeon
  • Endodontic
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Pedodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics

Some employment areas for BDS aspirants are:

  • Dental Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Educational Institutions
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Dental Products Manufactures
  • Private Practice


After pursuing BDS course, how much you will earn?

The initial salary of a dentist may be the Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 30,000 per month. After getting the experience and good hands on in this field, the candidate may get the handsome salary as 4 to 6 lakh per annum.

“Dental field offer rewarding job opportunities to BDS aspirants.”

There are more job opportunities to work in the US and the UK in the medical field with handsome salaries. You can establish your own clinic and earn around Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 1,00,000 per month.

Books & Study Materials

There are several books are available in market to study BDS. Here we have listed some most preferred books to study BDS programme:

  • Phillips’ Science of Dental Materials: 1st South Asia Edition 2014 – Shenoy
  • Essentials of Pharmacology For Dentistry K.D. Tripathi
  • Textbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 2013 – Balaji
  • General Pathology – Harsh Mohan
  • Sturdevant’s Art and Science of Operative Dentistry: An Adaptation 2013 – Roberson and Gopikrishna
  • Applied Dental Materials by Anderson
  • A Textbook of Dental Anatomy Physiology and Occlusion – Rashmi G S (Phulari)
  • Textbook of Dental Anatomy, Physiology, Occlusion and Tooth Carving – Syed Khaja Aliuddin
  • Fundamentals of Oral Histology and Physiology – Arthur R. Hand and Marion E. Frank

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  1. Khushboo says:

    I got 335 marks… Is it OK to take admission in pvt. kd (mathura )..or should drop out for govt. Bds seat…. How much marks needed for govt seat… Is there any difference in doing frm govt and private (leaving the fees difference)..

  2. mayur says:

    is it necessary to do mds after bds and what is it benefit
    please tell and salary is around 40 to 50 thousands , does it in laks in country like india

  3. saiyed md aarif says:

    Sir mara admission ho sakta hai mara inter ma 51 percent mark h

  4. saiyed md aarif says:

    Sir ma pathology course karna cahta hu kya mara admission ho sakta h mara intet may 51 percent hai

  5. Deeksha Sharma says:

    Which private dental college is best for BDS?

  6. Akash pupalwar says:

    I raked 883 from my category in mh merit list.should I get admission bds colleges in maharashtra

  7. Vivek says:

    What marks should be obtain in neet to get admission in government dental college

  8. Tushar says:

    Can 425 marks in neet 2018 ensure govt bds seat in punjab

  9. Tushar says:

    Is there any chance to get govt seat for bds in Punjab on getting 425 in neet 2018

  10. ARZOO Tasneem says:

    Sir I have scored 160 marks in Neet 2018 is there any chance to get seat in govt college in Jammu Kashmir.. Or any private college in Jammu and Kashmir

  11. Esther says:

    i had appear in Neet bt i did not qualify exam,can i got any seat now in (OBC) BDS.

  12. Harshita singh says:

    Is there any salary of internship in private colleges

  13. purnan bir says:

    Dear Sir,My child scored 160 in neet 2018.Is there any chances to get BDS courses in private colleges…Regardd..

  14. Roma says:

    How many marks are needed for sc category in bds.

  15. mahi says:

    mere neet exam me 397 number h , m bds me select ho skta hu kya

  16. Dheeraj Pawar says:

    Sir I am Dheeraj pawar.I got 250 marks in it possible to get MBBS or BDS seat in private college in government cota .please answer me …….

  17. Piyush says:

    Im scoring abt 360 in neet 2018, in general category.Can i expect a good govt dental college seat in this score??

  18. Arsalan Yunus says:

    What about the direct admission in dental colleges? How much will it cost to admit a student who got qualified in NEET 2018

  19. Vijay shakya says:

    I am 12th pass. Kya mere BDs BDS corce me selection ho skta hai.please com back my answere

  20. Lipi mukherjee says:

    What is the salary of internship in west Bengal for BDS????

  21. ghjk says:

    what is the minimum marks required for general category students to get bds seat atleast in private colleges in neet 2018??

  22. Vishva vegad says:

    My expected marks in neet is about 270 can i got admission in government BDS college

  23. Bharat says:

    I have appeared neet…now what’s the procedure to get admission in bds if I scored enough marks in it..

  24. Abhinav singh says:

    Is this possible to get addmission in bda college without giving neet exam.
    If yes how.
    And best college for this

  25. Shrishti jain says:

    How much maximum number is required to get government bds college

  26. Ayan Haldar says:

    Will getting the minimum qualifying marks in neet (like last year was 131) make me eligible for admission in any private collage or getting selected in counseling procedure is compulsory?

  27. khadija raghib says:

    If I passed in 12 and I want to do private BDS…than it is compulsory to give neet exam …and how much marks i required for this

  28. esha says:

    salary is around 40,000- 50,000/ month ….can it be in lakhs in countries like India’s??

  29. Slash sharma says:

    After complete my BDS I want to go for ADC. Please tell me process of join the army dental core

  30. Fantom says:

    Tenure for mds
    What are advantages of mds

  31. Rispa says:

    Can I get admission for BDS on the basis of CET Entrance Exam after class XII.
    Please reply

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  33. Sara Fatima sumaiya says:

    Sir I want to know about the BDS wht is the expenditure ?? N want to know about how many years will we should studied this BDS??

  34. Avinash Anjankar says:

    1)for admission in BDS 40% marks are required. That condition is for 12th markashit na????????
    2)if yes then is it containing the marks of maths???????

    Plzz. Reply

  35. Treesa chacko says:

    After doing the degree of BDS….if I want to turn into a field of teaching what should I opt next ??

  36. Bharat singh says:

    what are the methods for the selection of BDS

  37. kiran gupta says:

    Sir Kya private me BHI admission Lene k Baad opportunity h us me pdhne ki

  38. Neeraj says:

    Sir I have got 371marks in neet exam…There is any possibility to get government clg for bds course

  39. Anj says:

    There is a very critical situation for dentist now ..Very low salary for Fresher’s…Some are even working for no salary….😐

  40. pawan sharma says:

    sir i got only 100 marks in neet exam..can i got admission in bds…plz inform sir

  41. sameer verma says:

    Sir i have allotted for a private bds collage (carrier institute of pg and dental sciences) in Lucknow so i want to know that what is the job opportunities in future or sallery..
    Can I’m choosing tha better field
    Sir reply me plz

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