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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.

BDS is one of the most sought-after professional courses after 12th. After completing BDS, students look out for the best career options for a BDS graduate. BDS candidates can adopt the teaching profession as a lecturer in any private or government dental institutes or colleges. Generally, fresh graduates who have a knack for teaching pursue careers in academics.

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 2024 (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

For any queries regarding Career in BDS, you may leave your comments below.


  1. All dental aspirants must go for counselling from AIPMST. THe scheme provides scholarships and counselling to students on basis of what they score in exam. The exam is held yearly on national level.

  2. Any student exchange peogramm after two three or four year of study BDS in India, with EU, UK, US, CAN or Australia? Or after the completion of BDS in In India job prospect in above mentioned nations?

  3. Respected sir/madam
    i am anurag i passed B.SC.( medical), B.ED,M.SC.(bio-technology) i have cavity in my one advise me remove from surgery.can i am applicable for govt. job in defense and several types of govt job.

  4. can I obtain a MBBS degree after BDS… because I heard that there is any Kind of bridge course in MBBS which can help us to get mbbs degree ….is it true Sir? pls give them ans.

  5. I want to know which is the best field to be done diploma in after bds? And what would be it’s fee structure. And what all can a bds doctor practice after bds like rct and all, And what are the preferred small courses a bds doctor should do?

  6. by given info my mind is get ready for B.D.S.. actully i am in 12 th . I got 84 percent in 10 th .. it is cleared that i can become a dentist.. is it??

  7. Sir
    I want know i got 476 in NEET. I will get bds in govt. college in IPU OR ROHTAK and mbbs in private college of fees 6 lakh. What should i choose please suggest me. I want to do PG also

  8. Hello sir im kriti from Delhi n I want to pursue BDS . But my father is a rtd.govt servant so we are not br able to pay the complete fee in a Pvt dental college .. bcz of this we r thinking about loan for my studies … But by looking n researching about this course I get to know .. the salary of a bds student is in btw 8000 to20000 .. im very worried about the decision of taking loan for this much low income based course so,sir suggest me should I go for it or not?

  9. Sir pls help me.I’m getting govt college for BDS .some relatives say that being a bright student u should not go for BDS as none get good job and wander here and there for job.they say that I must drop.sir pls intimate me whether it is true or not.pls reply as soon as possible so that I can decide..

    1. No, it does not as it looks. BDS owe a respectful status as a MBBS and the job opportunities is too good with less competition.

      1. Thank u so much sir.After your guidance I have taken admission in BDS at rohtak pgi and I am very happy at my decision.
        Thanks sir.

  10. Hi sir/madam.
    I’m presently doing my 12th grade and I’m planning to do BDS after my 12; So, I would like to know how much will be the donation amount for BDS course if I need a direct admission without writing the entrance.

      1. Bt…what will be the approximate amount ???
        Like…its 50Lakh-1 crore for MBBS….like thar what will be the range for BDS? ??

      2. I have no idea about this, neither we provide information on this, we always motive our students to work hard and crack the exams in their own terms to get admission in the engineering/medical colleges.

  11. I got 58% marks in 12th stndrt,now i want to appear medical degree course,which course may be suitable for me?

  12. Hello sir am frm karnataka n i wishd to go to mbbs bt am nt sure that i’ll get a seat in mbbs all r tellng to wait fr 2nd round am really confused about wht coarse should i take…. If i repeat one year r there 100% chances of gettng mbbs seat nxt year?

  13. Sir
    Some doctor says there are not much scope in bds some dental are wandering for job is it true??,

  14. actually am being hoarded with questions like what will u do if bds has no scope i have completed my 12th std in chennai and scored 1146 outta 1200 my medicine cut off is 197 even though it is a decent score dis stupid reservation is blocking my way to mbbs am not sure if i cud get mbbs so iam hoping atleast i will get bds guys can any one tell if bds is a wise choice??????

    1. Yes of course. Same reputation, same designations in Job, same remuneration, same profile and same dignity. Why not BDS a good option after MBBS.

  15. Sir, What will be the average fee for complete 4yrs including building/donation fee for BDS in Bangalore or Channai etc.. cities ?

  16. It is really very good job after 12th class. This depend on students hard working. but how can I prepared it. suggest me sir. How can I prepared this entrance very professionally. .

  17. Res sir
    i just give exam 12sci with urdu med so i want be doc so please sir can you help me in thi facalty and give me your advice

  18. Sir i got bds in pvt. College on basis of entrance but i left bds seat. Because i have problem in my teeth.
    Can i do bds??

  19. Dear Sir,
    Can an international interested person apply with HND in dental technology(higher national diploma) for BDS?
    With Warm regards,

  20. I just want to know which field has more scope dental or unani as all my friends said the field of unani is just waste after completing that u dont even have chance to use modern medicine then which fool will come to an unani doctor to take unani medicine and over all now a days noo unani medicine what is the use of curing a disease from root when there is no relief if m suffering from any pain or disease I just want to cure it early not to wait till it take away my life according to me ayush person are not fit to call as doctors they should be called as hskim or vaid…proud to be mbbs student

  21. i m getting 252 marks in aipmt 227 marks in biolgy will i get bds govt collge or can i do mbbs in private collge without donation in india on basis of aipmt marks ps rpy soon

  22. Its not worth doing BDS in India. M a dental graduate and trust me there is no govt hospital that will hire you unless u have some connection there. Even if u go for loculm they won’t start paying u for one year.Even after u do MDS u vl get lectureship only if there is a vacancy.payment in metro is 10-15k only which vl be gone in ur monthly rent.U r not allowed to practise in USA until u get a dds degree there which is of duration 3 yrs. It costs 50-60k dollars(50-60lacs). U need to work at least for 5-7 yrs before u start earning something that vl pay more than ur rent. Opening ur own clinic is lots of investment. My colleagues have all left the field for other higher paying job. M also going to join an IIM next year to get a good job of at least 20lac per annum in booming healthcare industry.
    Go for BDS only if ur parents own an already successful clinic

  23. Sir i want to be become a MBBS doctor but unfortunately i have score 152 marks in entrance exam but i m not get MBBS seat but i getting BDS seat.Some family members,teachers and friends say that i will do bds.Problem is that for me i don’t know about BDS CAREER and i m searching about bds salary on some pages which is show that 100% placement but only 8000-20000 salary range that’s it true or not sir .please give some information about BDS and what should be i do after BDS.

    1. yes you can pursue BDS, the starting salary could be the same.But after some experience you can get good salary…The other option for you is to drop a year, and then prepare for the exam..But if you’re dropping then you need to work very hard to get a good college. So i think the best option is to go with BDS.

    2. i want to go for mbbs but if i cant score good marks in cet then what can i do for career in health it correct that deciding bams..what type of career i can make after bams

      1. after BAMS u can go for higher studies otherwise u do mba course on BAMS degree then u work as Hospital adminisrration or u can open ur own clinic

  24. Sir I want do to BDS …..
    but in 10th class I got 8.6 CGP. and. in 12 the class I got 60 to 65% …so its possible for doing BDS.

  25. Sir upcpmt m BDS k lye minimum kitne marks tak gov college milejaegaa…

    Sir kam s kam kitne marks ajay to ..? BDS gov college mil saktaa h..

  26. is it compulsory to take mds after bds…. if we only learn bds then will we be able to get a handsome salary like 30000 to 50000….

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