Career as a Dentist: Opportunities and Salary after Pursuing BDS

Akansha Sirohi
Akansha SirohiPublished On: June 04, 2018 | NEET UG
  • Medical aspirants can consider BDS courses as they open up some of the brightest job opportunities in the field of medicine.
  • Admissions to the 5-year BDS course offered by dental colleges is done on the basis of NEET undergraduate exam.
Career as a Dentist: Opportunities and Salary after Pursuing BDS

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. All admissions to this course are done on the basis of NEET result 2018 and NEET cut-off 2018. The candidates whose names have been mentioned in the list of NEET toppers 2018 will be able to secure admission in top BDS colleges.

Pursuing BDS successfully will open up various opportunities for you in the government as well as private sector of medicine. Following are all the details you need to know about the course.

About BDS:

Name of the Programme

Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)


4 years in academia + 1 year mandatory internship

About the Programme

BDS is the graduation programme to become a dental surgeon. The programme covers various aspects of dental problems, denture and surgery in the same fields.

Popular Areas of Study

  • Dental Anatomy
  • Oral Histology
  • Dental Embryology
  • Dental Materials
  • Preclinical Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge
  • Preclinical Conservative Dentistry


Rs. 18 lakhs approximately. Fees will vary from college to college. Private colleges charge more than government colleges.

Entrance Exam


Other Dental Courses:

Name of the Programme

Type of Programme


Diploma in Dental Hygienist

Diploma Programme

2 years

Diploma in Dental Ceramic Technology

Diploma Programme

3 years

Diploma in Dental Mechanic and Hygienist

Diploma Programme

2 years

Course in Aesthetic Dentistry

Certificate Programme

1 year

Course in Implantology

Certificate Programme

1 year

MDS Periodontics & Implantology

Post-graduate Programme

2 years

MDS Orthodontics & Dento-facial Orthopedics

Post-graduate Programme

2 years

MDS Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics

Post-graduate Programme

2 years

M.D in Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry

Post-graduate Programme

2 years

MDS In Pedodontics

Post-graduate Programme

2 years

PG Diploma in Laser Dentistry

Post-graduate Diploma

2 years

Selection Process for Dental Courses:


  • Students who have scored at least 50% marks in the class 12 with Physics, Biology and Chemistry in order to apply for courses. Different colleges may have different admission criteria.
  • Admission to all dental programmes offered by Indian medical colleges is done on the basis of NEET Exam score.

Diploma and Certificate Programmes:

  • The eligibility criteria for diploma courses may vary from course to course.
  • You can apply for Aesthetic Dentistry, Dental Hygienist and other such courses after passing class 10.
  • However, to apply for courses like Dental Ceramic Technology, you need to pass class 12 with the required minimum marks.
  • Similarly, for certificate courses, you need to pass class 12 in order to apply.

Post-graduate Programmes:

  • Candidates must have successfully completed their BDS in order to apply for master programmes.
  • Admission to post-graduate courses is done on the basis of NEET-PG.

Top Colleges for BDS:

Also Read:Difference between BAMS and BHMS: Job Scope and Salary

Job Opportunities after BDS:

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 centres.

Dentists are also hired in government hospitals and other government departments on the basis of entrance exam. Aspiring candidates can apply for these courses after completing their graduation, however, some jobs are available after pursuing MDS.

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.

Also Read:Scope After Pursuing MBBS: Career Options and Higher Studies

Salary Scope after BDS:

Fresh graduates can expect their salaries to vary from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 30,000 per month depending on the type of jobs they have applied for and the hospitals or dental clinics where they are working.

After pursuing MDS the chances of earning a better salary are high as an MDS usually makes 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.

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