BDS: Bachelor of Dental Surgery

  • BDS 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.
  • The BDS degree is provided post successfully 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.
  • It is equivalent to the MBBS. The second choice of the students after the MBBS course, in the medical educational field, is BDS.
  • The students are taught about the denture, dental problems and surgery.  There are various job opportunities are available in the hospital, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries post completion of this course.
  • This course is now in heavy demand by the students after 12th in the medical field.

Eligibility or admission criteria & Duration for BDS

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.

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.
A candidate must clear NEET exam in order to be

  • Eligible for admission to Undergraduate Medical Courses for a particular academic year in case of General, General-EWS, it shall be necessary for a candidate to obtain minimum of marks at 50th percentile in NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test) to Undergraduate Medical Courses held for the said academic year.


  • Candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, the minimum marks shall be at 40th percentile. In respect of candidates with Benchmark Disabilities specified under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, the minimum marks shall be at 45th percentile for Unreserved Category & GEN-EWS Category candidates and 40th percentile for SC/ST/OBC-NCL candidates.
  • The percentile shall be determined on the basis of highest marks secured in the All India common merit list in National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test for admission to Undergraduate Medical Courses.

 General Queries by Students

Is BDS easy than MBBS?

MBBS and BDS are equally difficult and equally easy. MBBS stands for Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery. Whereas, BDS stands for Bachelor of Dental surgery. ... If you don't want to go for higher studies after MBBS then you should choose BDS


does BDS degree make eligible to be a Doctor?

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


Can we pursue MBBS After BDS?

Yes, The BDS-MBBS Bridge course has been recently approved by NITI Aayog as a way to upskill the professionals in the medical field. So if you are a Dentistry student and wish to switch to general medicine and surgery this is the course to take up in recent times in case you are eligible.


Does BDS has good Career Scope?

There are ample opportunities for students who successfully complete 5 years of BDS programme. Many of the good medical colleges offer placement opportunities for students in private and government hospitals after the completion of graduation. There are better job opportunities after completion of MDS.


Who earns more BDS or BAMS?

I would suggest you for BDS as it has more scope as compared to BAMS. After dentistry you can get a salary of 15000 - 25000 initially and after some expirience you can get handsome salary of 4 - 6 lakhs. It has 100% job placement comparing to BAMS


Dental college in Maharashtra

Aditya Dental College, Beed

Annasaheb Chudaman Patil Memorial Dental College, Dhule

Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College & Hospital, Navi Mumbai

Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College & Hospital, Pune

Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College & Hospital, Sangli

Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj Shikshan Sanstha’s Dental College & Hospital, Aurangabad

D.Y. Patil Dental School, Pune

Dr. D.Y. Patil Dental College & Hospital, Pune

Dr. Hedgewar Smruti Rugna Seva Mandals Dental College & Hospital, Hingoli

Dr. Rajesh Ramdasji Kambe Dental College & Hospital, Akola

Govt. Dental College & Hospital, Aurangabad

Govt. Dental College & Hospital, Mumbai

Govt. Dental College & Hospital, Nagpur

Late Shri Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Medical & Rural Development Foundation’s Dental College & Hospital, Ahmednagar

M.A. Rangoonwala College of Dental Sciences & Research Centre, Pune

Maharashtra Institute of Dental Sciences & Research (Dental College)

Mahatma Gandhi Missions Dental College & Hospital, Kamothe, Navi Mumbai

Mahatma Gandhi Vidya Mandir’s Dental College & Hospital, Nashik

Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai

Nanded Rural Dental College & Research Center, Nanded

Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil Dental College & Hospital, Navi Mumbai

Pandit Dindayal Upadhyay Dental College, Solapur

Rural Dental College, Loni

S.M.B.T. Dental College & Hospital, Amrutnagar

Saraswati Danwantri Dental College & Hospital, Parbhani

School of Dental Sciences, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Karad

Sharad Pawar Dental College & Hospital, Wardha

Sinhgad Dental College & Hospital, Pune

SMBT Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Nandihills, Nashik

Swargiya Dadasaheb Kalmegh Smruti Dental College & Hospital, Nagpur

Tatyasaheb Kore Dental College & Research Centre, New Pargaon

Terna Dental College & Hospital, Navi Mumbai

Vasantdada Patil Dental College and Hospital, Sangli

Vidarbha Youth Welfare Society’s Dental College & Hospital, Amravati

VSPM’s Dental College & Research Centre, Nagpur

Yerala Medical Trust & Research Centre’s Dental College & Hospital, Navi Mumbai

Yogita Dental College & Hospital, Ratnagiri