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All You Need to Know About BDS course

Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) is a much-sought-after bachelor’s degree that helps you to become a dentist in India. This course is for five years, out of which four years of the course is for studying and one year of mandatory rotating internship.
To practice dentistry in India, you need to have a BDS degree. The BDS course is regulated by the Dental Council of India, where you must register upon completion of the course.
The entry-level examination for BDS is the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). BDS offered at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) is considered as one of the best options to be considered across India. Here is a gist about the admission and enrolment process required while applying for BDS at MAHE.


1. Nationality

The BDS course is open to people of all nationalities. Namely, there are two categories: General – open for Indians and Foreign/NRI category – open for the NRIs.
All candidates irrespective of their category must have cleared the 10+2 level with a minimum of 50% marks taken together in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology.
NRI Category – The candidates must have completed an equivalent course of 10+2 courses in India. They need to get an Equivalence Certificate from the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, who will equate their qualifications with that of the 10+2 level of India.

2. Admission

The National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) is the common examination for General as well as the NRI category.
For General Category, the NEET rank is considered, whereas, for the NRI category, the NEET score is considered.
You can visit the MCODS website to apply online for this course. Candidates from both categories can apply online.

3. Duration

The BDS course duration is of about five years – four years of studying and one year of rotating internship.

4. Course Curriculum

The BDS course curriculum is almost the same throughout every institution. The curriculum contains –
A. Clinical case studies and discussions
B. Clinical demonstration
C. Performing various restorations on the phantom head and also on patients
D. Workshops and seminars

5. Fees

The BDS course fee is around INR 2,650,000. This fee, however, is subjected to change every year. The students also have to pay a caution deposit of around INR 10,000. Click here to check the fee structure.

Careers after the BDS course

There are some common career paths for a BDS graduate in India. Let’s have a look at the same –

Own Dental clinic

It is one of the most common paths chosen by the graduates. Following the standard rules and regulations, a Bachelor in Dental Science can have his or her own setup to practice dentistry.


If you do not want to set up your practice, then you can be a consultant in various hospitals or dental clinics.


The freshers cannot immediately go for education. However, with quite some amount of experience as a dentist over the years, you can start teaching.

Government Job

Government jobs are secure, and this is one of the main reasons why graduates opt for them. There are multiples government hospitals and organizations that require dentists.

Further Studies

After your bachelor’s, you can always go for further studies in medicine. There are various courses in medicine that you can take up after BDS. Here’s a couple of classes that you can take up after BDS –

B. Prosthodontics
C. Pedodontics
D. Oral Pathology and microbiology
E. Choosing the Right Course Helps

To shine as a dentist across the country or abroad, pursuing BDS from a reputed institution is important. MAHE is definitely one of the best places to opt for studying BDS. So choose the institution wisely to obtain a bachelor’s degree in dental science.

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