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A Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) is an undergraduate degree that is mandatory to become a dentist in India. The duration of the programme is four years and a one-year internship. BDS is one of the most reputed and highly sought after courses in India. A BDS equips one with the knowledge of dental problems, procedures and surgery. The curriculum of the course covers areas such as prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental diseases. Dentistry not only deals with oral health but also deals with problems related to the jaw and facial area. The Dental Council of India is the statutory body that regulates dental education and the profession throughout India.

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Course Level UG
Duration 4 years and 1 year internship
Eligibility Class XII or equivalent exams from any recognized board with min 50% in science subjects. NEET qualified

Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must have passed 10+2 or equivalent exam from a recognised board with at least 50% mark in English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. The candidate must also qualify the NEET. The candidate must be 17 years of age and not exceeding the age of 25 years during the time of admission.

Admission Procedure

The admissions into BDS programmes are based on the marks obtained in the entrance exam NEET. The selected students will be called for the counselling session. During counselling, based on the marks scored in the NEET, the candidates will be allotted BDS seat as per the merit of the candidate.

Entrance Exam
Candidates seeking admission into BDS colleges must qualify NEET.

BDS Colleges in Bangalore

Some of the most prestigious colleges and institutions for BDS course are:

  • Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre 
  • Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital and Postgraduate Research Centre
  • Dr MR Ambedkar Dental College
  • M.S. Ramaiah University Of Applied Sciences
  • RajaRajeswari Dental College and Hospital
  • KLE Society’s Institute of Dental Sciences
  • The Oxford Dental College
  • Krishnadevaraya College of Dental Sciences & Hospital
  • Dayananda Sagar College Of Dental Sciences 
  • AECS Maruti College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre

Course Structure and Course Syllabus

The common course structure and syllabus in India are as follows:
First Year:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Dental Histology
  • Dental Anatomy

Second Year:

  • Pharmacology
  • Microbiology and Pathology
  • Dental material

There are four subjects in total which constitute three papers.
Third Year:

  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Oral Pathology

Fourth Year:

  • Oral Medicine and radiology
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Conservative and Endodontics
  • Pedodontics
  • Public health and community dentistry
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Human Oral Anatomy, Physiology, Histology and Tooth Morphology
  • Human Physiology
  • Materials used in Dentistry
  • Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

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