Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)


B.D.S. or the Bachelor of Dental Surgery is an undergraduate dentistry course pursued by those wish to carve a medical career in dentistry. The B.D.S. course lasts for about 4-5 years depending on the completion of the internship and is usually divided into multiple semesters. B.D.S. is one of the most popular medical science course after M.B.B.S.

Although the course can be pursued either full-time or part-time, most candidates choose to take this up as a full-time graduate course in a dentistry college.


  • The course requires candidates to have completed their 10+2 or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English with at least 50% marks.
  • Admission to dentistry courses is through the nationwide NEET-UG examination, conducted by the National Testing Agency.
  • The allocation seats and colleges is based on the candidate’s merit.
  • There are state-run medical institutions for which a candidate should be able to prove domicile status in the state. There are also centrally-run institutes. All these institutes fall under the purview of the Dental Council of India.


  • Human Physiology
  • Materials used in Dentistry
  • Human Oral Anatomy, Physiology, Histology and Tooth Morphology
  • Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology
  • Orthodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


BDS-IGeneral Human Anatomy including Embryology and Histology
General Human Anatomy including Embryology and Histology
Dental Anatomy, embryology and Oral Histology
Dental Materials
Preclinical Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge
BDS-IIGeneral Pathology and Microbiology
General and Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Dental Materials
Preclinical Conservative Dentistry
Preclinical Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge
Oral Pathology & Oral Microbiology
BDS-IIIGeneral Medicine
General Surgery
Oral Pathology & Microbiology
Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral Medicine and Radiology
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics
Pediatric & Preventive Dentistry
Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge
BDS-IVOrthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics
Oral Medicine and Radiology
Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Prosthodontics and crown & bridge
Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
Public health dentistry
BDS-VOral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Prosthodontics and crown & bridge
Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
Public health dentistry
Internship - Every candidate will be required, after passing the final BDS
examination, to undergo one year paid rotating internship in a dental college.

Course suitability

  • Candidates who are passionate about making a difference in society are the most ideal people to pursue this course. If you can bear terrible sights, smells, and have a firm mindset, then B.D.S. is for you.
  • During the diagnosis which is done by physical examination, trainees will be exposed to obnoxious smells from both, the patient’s mouth as well as the medicines used during the procedure.
  • If you are choosing this line of study, you must be mentally prepared. Having a calm mind & patience is very important during crucial surgeries.

Employment areas

  • Dental Clinics
  • Dental Equipment Manufacturers
  • Dental Products Manufacturers
  • Educational Institutes
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Private Practice
  • Research Institutes

Job types

  • Dental Hygienist
  • Consultant
  • Dental Assistant
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Oral Pathologist
  • Professor
  • Dental Surgeon
  • Medical Representative/Sales Representative
  • Dental Lab Technician/Ceramist
  • Private Practitioner