There are certain prerequisites that students need to have in order to be eligible for enrolling themselves in BDS course. The very first requirement is - a student must have passed the 10+2 examination. You need to opt for science stream after your class 10 board exams. In order to be eligible for BDS admission, you must have Physics, Chemistry, and Biology and even English in your 10+2 Higher Secondary course.
The BDS course eligibility criteria also requires you to have a score of at least 50% ( 40% for reserved category) in your 10+2 exam. Candidates whose results are yet to be published are also eligible provided they meet the score requirement once the results have been published.
NEET (UG) or National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate) is the BDS Entrance Exam that you need to take in order to secure the coveted BDS degree.
Some of the top rated dental colleges that fall under the purview of NTA’s NEET are -
Maulana Azad Dental College and Hospital, Delhi.
Govt Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai
Maharashtra Institute of Dental Sciences and Research (Dental College)
Gurunanak Institute of Dental Science and Research, Kolkata
Pb Govt Dental College and Hospital, Amritsar
Govt Dental College and Hospital, Jaipur
Govt Dental Colleges in Kozhikode, Trivandrum and Kottayam in Kerala
College of Dentistry, Indore
Faculty of Dental Sciences, Lucknow
Hazaribag College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Jharkhand
This list is not exhaustive. There are hundreds of dental colleges across the country offering BDS degree where you can take admission to be a BDS doctor with a bright future.
One thing that needs to be mentioned here is, there are Management quota in private colleges with the help of which, you can secure a seat for BDS dental degree even if you get unsatisfactory marks in NEET. However, bear in mind that every private college in India needs you to pass the NEET. If you are thinking- how to get admission in BDS without getting the minimum cutoff percentile, please don’t get duped by unscrupulous institutions.
One of the first questions that come to the mind of the students opting for BDS is how many years they need to devote to for passing the BDS course. In India, BDS course duration is about 5 years. You have to devote 4 years to the study of dentistry and then you need to take up a paid internship for a year.
The long BDS duration proves that there are countless things to learn about the human dental anatomy. So, please do not be insecure about your decision to choose dentistry as your career. It is a privilege to secure BDS eligibility. Enjoy every minute of the BDS course duration in India.
Let us delve deeper into the BDS course details and learn what happens during the entire BDS course duration in India. Want to know what you will be learning in each year of your BDS course? Here you go:
During the first year of your BDS course, you will learn about the general human anatomy, structure of tissues, prenatal stages of human body and others. In short, you will be made aware of what a disease-free human body generally looks like internally. Dentistry does not only involve teeth and gums; these parts are very much connected to the rest of the body.
In the second year, you will learn about injuries that happen to cells and tissues and the body’s natural mechanisms to fix those injuries. Again, you will be learning about pharmacology - the study of which drug to give to minimize which illness. You will also learn about materials used in dentistry, preclinical prosthodontics and preclinical conservatives.
In the third year, you will be delving deeper into the usage of medicines to heal internal human organs. You will be studying oral and maxillofacial biology this year. Pathologies involving the jaws, mouth, teeth and gums will be studied. Then you will learn how to mitigate these pathologies.
The fourth year focuses on dentistry alone. All the aspects of dentistry is taught in this year. There will be around 8 subjects. This is the most hectic year in a BDS student’s life. From learning the bone structure of the facial region to the usage of prosthetics in dentistry, from studying about the pathological conditions involving the mouth and teeth to things that can be done to prevent these, from oral medicines treating a child - everything is thoroughly taught and practised in this year.
In the fifth year, you need to take up a paid internship and visit clinics to get a practical idea about how to treat dental pathologies. The practical lessons learnt in this year are priceless.
BDS course fees vary. If you get a really good rank in NEET, then you can enrol in government-funded (Central or State) institutions. The academic fees in these institutions are heavily subsidised by the central or state government. You will have to pay 8000 to 12000 Rupees per year in these institutions. The fees get much higher if you want to join these institutions through the 15% All India NEET Quota. You have to shell out 60000 to Rs 2 lakhs per year. And as far as BDS course fees in private colleges are concerned, there are no fixed fees. The lower are your marks, the higher are their fees!
In short, BDS course fees in Government College is much lower than BDS course fees in private college. BDS course fees in Government College being very low, there is a huge competition among students in securing a seat in these colleges.
So, study hard to get an awesome NEET score.