Career in BDS – Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Bachelor of Dental Surgery(BDS) is one of the most popular designated degrees of dentists (doctors). This degree is the bachelor professional programme of dental surgery in India. It is equivalent to the MBBS and owes the “Doctor” domain. In the medical educational career, it is the second choice of the candidates after the MBBS course. In this BDS degree program, the students learn about dentures, dental problems and surgery. It is also a good job oriented course and there are various opportunities are available in the hospital, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries. Bachelor of Dental Surgery is awarded on the completion of the four-year academic programme and the one-year mandatory internship programme in dentistry education leading to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree programme. After successfully completing your degree programme, you are qualified to practice as a dentist. The Dental Council of India is the only accredited body for BDS dental programmes. This course is now in trending demand by 12th passed students in the medical field. It is very challenging to pursue and you should have a hard-working and passionate attitude in the study and have a focused mind for doing this dental course.


  • Candidates should have passed 10+2 with subjects such as Chemistry, Physics and Biology
  • They mus have scored at least 50 percent marks in 12th standard
  • Must not be less than 17 years old
  • Qualifying NEET is compulsory

BDS Admission Process:

  • Students who want to get admission to BDS Degree course have to qualify for the entrance test. National Testing Agency organises online application forms.
  • Candidates have to fill the form by the given deadline date and appear for the NEET exam for admission to the undergraduate dental programme. The exam is held once a year in computer-based mode.
  • Candidates have to score minimum cutoff is one of the criteria to participate in NEET counselling. Seats are allocated on the merit of rank, choice filled by the candidate, availability of seats, and reservation criteria.
BDS - bachelor of dental surgery College
BDS Dental College

Top 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 Scope in BDS:

  • 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
Job profiles Average Salary (In INR)
Dentist 4 to 5 lakh
Researcher 3 lakh
Lecturer 5 lakh
Dental officer in Defense Services 10 lakh
Dentist in Indian Railways 7 lakh

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