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 2019 (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. Aditi says:

    How to apply for abroad (preferably US, Canada and Australia) once you have bds degree from India in hand? And what are other options outside India?

  2. Rupali mopkar says:

    Sir iam totally confused that i choose bams or bds plz guide me which one is more better

  3. Twinkle says:

    Sir ,i’ve done non medical n can i do dentistry ???

  4. Dimple says:

    Sir i have got 52 % then also can i get addmission in dental course?

  5. Amanjit says:

    I am pursuing my 12th grade education in non medical stream.Am I able to choose BDS career in future with non medical?
    Please give me right advice!!

  6. Manisha says:

    I have scored 307 marks in NEET 2018 plz tell me can i get BDS in top college

  7. 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)..

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