Career in BDS – Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Bachelor of Dental Surgery(BDS) is one of the most popular designated degrees for dentists (doctors). This degree is the bachelor professional program 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 available in the hospital, pharmaceutical, and medical device manufacturing industries.

A Bachelor of Dental Surgery is awarded on the completion of the four-year academic program and the one-year mandatory internship program in dentistry education leading to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree program. After successfully completing your degree program, you are qualified to practice as a dentist.

The Dental Council of India is the only accredited body for BDS dental programs. 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 must have scored at least 50 percent marks in the 12th standard
  • Must not be less than 17 years old
  • Qualifying for NEET is compulsory

BDS Admission Process:

  • Students who want to get admission to the BDS Degree course have to qualify for the entrance test. National Testing Agency organizes online application forms.
  • Candidates have to fill out the form by the given deadline date and appear for the NEET exam for admission to the undergraduate dental program. The exam is held once a year in computer-based mode.
  • Candidates have to score a minimum cut-off as one of the criteria to participate in NEET counseling. 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 Pathologists
  • 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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