Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

About Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

BDS is the graduation program to become a dental surgeon. The program covers various aspects of dental problems, denture, and surgery in the same fields. BDS or Bachelor of Dental Surgery is the most popular medical course after MBBS.

Candidates who successfully complete this 5-year course are also awarded the title of ‘Dr’ and can practice dentistry once they have acquired the license. Pursuing BDS successfully will open up various opportunities for you in the government as well as the private sector of medicine.

BDS Course Highlights

Course Name

Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Short Name


Course Level


Course Type

Degree Programme

Course Duration

5 Years (4 Years for Academic Education + 1 Year for Internship)



Course Mode

Full Time/ Part-Time

Minimum Qualification Required


Selection Process

Entrance Exams

Course Fee

INR 50,000 per month – INR 12 LPA

Relevant Field 


Starting Salary


Employment Sectors

Private Clinics, Educational Institutions, Dental Clinics, Hospitals, Dental Products Manufactures, Pharmaceutical Companies

Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) Eligibility Criteria.

The eligibility criteria for the BDS course have been mentioned below.

  • Minimum Qualification Required for BDS: 10+2 (Chemistry, Biology & Physics)
  • Minimum Marks Required for BDS (Aggregate): 50% (for General category students) and 40% (for reserved category students)
  • Minimum Age Required for BDS: 17 years
  • Upper Age Limit for BDS: 25 Years

BDS Admission Process

    • The admission to the BDS course is done on the basis of national or institute-level entrance exams. 
    • The biggest and nationally accepted entrance exam for BDS is NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test). 

Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) Syllabus

Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) Career Options and Job Prospects.

Career Options and Job Prospects

The medical field has expanded in the past decade such that there are various job opportunities in the private sector as well. Most of the good colleges offer placement opportunities in private hospitals and dental healthcare centers. Dentists are also hired in government hospitals and other government departments on the basis of the entrance exam. Aspiring candidates can apply for these courses after completing their graduation, however, some jobs are available after pursuing MDS. Here are some of the employment areas and job profiles that students can explore.

Employment Areas

·         Research Institutes 

·         Private Practice 

·         Pharmaceutical Companies

·         Hospitals

·         Educational Institutes

·         Dental Products Manufacturers

·         Dental Equipment Manufacturers

·         Dental Clinics

Job Profiles/ Types

·         Private Practitioner

·         Dental Lab Technician/ Ceramist

·         Medical Representative/ Sales Representative

·         Dental Surgeon

·         Professor

·         Oral Pathologist

·         Public Health Specialist

·         Dental Assistant

·         Consultant

·         Dental Hygienist


Salary After BDS

Graduates also have the options to start their own dental clinic to treat patients. With enough capital and proper research, a dental clinic can help you earn decent money. After pursuing MDS the chances of earning a better salary are high as an MDS usually takes 4 to 6 lakh per annum. Salaries can also vary from city to city as medical expenses and dental charges in metro cities are more than in small cities and towns.

Initial Salary Range at Average Organisations

INR 15,000 per month to INR 30,000 per month

Initial Salary Range at Top-tier Organisations



Specialized Fields After BDS

  • Public health Dentistry
  • Oral Medicine & Radiology
  • Paedodontics & Preventive Dentistry
  • Oral Pathology & Microbiology
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Periodontology
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics
  • Prosthodontics, Crown& bridge
  • Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics