Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Bachelor of Dental Surgery or BDS course is a four-year bachelor’s degree course with a year-long rotational internship that deals with the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of the oral cavity’s diseases, disorders, and conditions.
Duration of Course
The undergraduate dental training program leading to a B.D.S. degree shall be of four and a half years duration in addition to one year compulsory paid rotating internship. During this period, the students shall be required to engage in full-time study at a Dental college recognized or approved by the Dental Council of India. During the first four and a half years of the undergraduate course, the instruction in clinical subjects should be at least for two and a half years.
Aims and Objectives
To create a graduate in Dental Science who has adequate knowledge, necessary skills and such attitudes which are required for carrying out all the activities appropriate to general dental practice involving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of anomalies and diseases of the teeth, mouth, jaws, and associated tissues. The graduate should also understand the concept of community oral health education and be able to participate in the rural health care delivery programmes existing in the country.
The objectives are dealt with under three headings namely
(a) Knowledge and understanding
BDS Admission Process
- Admissions to BDS usually take place through the national level NEET exam conducted across the country.
- It has been made mandatory since 2016 that admissions to medical courses like MBBS, BDS, etc. require students to appear for NEET.
- To be eligible for the course, the student must attain a minimum of 50% in the 10+2 qualifying examination.
- The candidates are allowed to enter the admission process of the college only if they meet the eligibility criteria.
- Once the students clear the cut-off set for the exam, they can proceed with the counseling sessions for admission to the college.
BDS Eligibility Criteria
The basic eligibility criteria for admissions to BDS courses have been mentioned as follows:
- The aspiring candidate must have passed the 10+2 qualifying exam or an equivalent degree with a minimum of 50% aggregate from a recognised institute.
- They must have studied the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology compulsorily in their 10+2.
- In almost every college offering this course, the admissions are based on the result of NEET. The student must clear the cut-off of the exam to be eligible for admission.
- If the students manage to qualify for the entrance, they need to appear for the counseling sessions organised by the colleges.
- There are generally three rounds of counseling sessions held.