BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) is a 5-years undergraduate program and the only approved professional dental course in India. It is a compulsory course for the students aspiring to work as dentists at government or private hospitals.BDS is one of the most popular medical courses after MBBS in India.
BDS mainly focuses on training and introducing the students to the dental sciences and surgeries.The 5-year program involves 4 years of classroom education and 1 year of compulsory rotating internship.
After MBBS, one of the most desired courses by students these days in the health sector is BDS.
The degree is regulated by the Dental Council of India ( DCI ). The various subjects taught in the program include Dental Histology, Oral Pathology, Oral Surgery, etc.
It is necessary for the students to register themselves in the Dental Council of India which regulates the BDS course so that they become eligible to practise their profession after the completion of their degree.
In India, for admission to BDS courses, it is mandatory for students to qualify a 10+2 exam or an equivalent degree with at least 85% from a recognised institute.
There is generally only one entrance exam conducted all over India. The entrance exam is named National Eligibility cum Entrance Exam ( NEET ) and is held as a national level exam once a year.
As per the current data, there are approximately more than 300 dental colleges in India which means in a total there are 26,000 seats in both governments as well as private colleges. In India, the average course fee ranges between INR 1-8 lacs.
During the internship period, the students may receive a monthly stipend of INR 15,000 – 40,000 (approx.) which entirely depends upon the college. After the completion of graduation, students usually practice their skills in the field of dentistry in government or private hospitals.
The professionals of the course can find lucrative job opportunities as Dentists, Lecturer, Dental Research Scientist, at reputed hospitals and even in the education sector. The average initial salary of these professionals ranges within INR 4-10 lacs per annum.
Apart from the job prospects, students can also opt for further studies after BDS, such as MDS (Master of Dental Surgery).