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About Master of Dental Surgery (MDS)

Master of Dental Surgery is a postgraduate degree in Dentistry. The duration of the Master of Dental Surgery is a three-years but there is a provision of a two-years MDS course for the candidates who have completed a Post Graduate Diploma course recognised by DCI.

MDS provides aspirants with training in different disciplines in dentistry. The main objective of the course is to train students to become registered dental specialists. The MDS course prepares candidates to be both practitioners and advisory consultants in their chosen areas of specialisation.

The Master of Dental Surgery course further aims to develop research skills, advanced clinical skills, and critical skills that are important for specialist registration.BDS graduates who wish to pursue an MDS course will have to clear the entrance exam conducted either by different states or by colleges. Students have to score minimum required marks to get admissions in the college of their choice. MDS degree provides a backbone to a dentist's career as it helps them to apply for higher posts such as directors in hospitals or colleges. MDS graduates get paid very well according to their job position.

Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) Highlights

Some of the important highlights of Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) course is as follows:

Course Name

Master of Dental Surgery

Short Name





2-3 Years

Course Fee

INR 6 Lacs to INR 20 Lacs

Average Starting Salary

INR 6 Lacs to INR 30 Lacs

Exam Type


Minimum Qualification

BDS+ Internship

Selection Process

Entrance Exams

Exams Accepted


Employment Sectors

Dentist, Oral / Maxillofacial Surgeon, Training & Development Manager, Administrative Coordinator, Research Fellow, Drug Safety Associate, Research Scientist, etc

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Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) Eligibility Criteria

Minimum Qualification: Candidate must have a bachelor’s degree Bachelors in Dental Surgery (BDS) or an equivalent qualification recognized by the Dental Council of India.

Foreign Nationals seeking admission in the MDS course must procure a temporary registration from the Dental Council of India till the time they are pursuing postgraduate training.

Age Criteria: Candidate should be at least 21 years of age to apply for the AICET entrance test for admission to the MDS course offered by various Dental colleges in India.

Others: Candidates should be physically fit and should not suffer from any contagious disease when applying for the MDS course.

Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) Admissions

Admission to the Master of Dental Surgery Course (MDS) is strictly done on the basis of candidates' performance in the NEET MDS entrance exam. Earlier, there used to be many state-level exams for MDS admissions but from now on NEET-MDS is a single-window entrance examination for Dental PG courses. No other entrance examination, either at state or institution level, shall be valid for entry to MDS Courses.

MDS Entrance Exam

There is only one exam for MDS admissions in India which is NEET MDS.

Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria can fill in the application form and appear in the entrance examination. Seat allotment is done on the basis of merit/cut off list which is released after the result is declared.

MDS Specialisations

Prosthodontics: It is that branch of dental surgery that is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment planning, and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth.

Orthodontics: It is one of the branches of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are not structured well. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay, and periodontal disease and can even lead to several headaches and other related problems.

Operative Dentistry: Operative dentistry is the area of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases or trauma to teeth.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the branch that is responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of disorders affecting the facial complex and skeleton, including the jaws and oral cavity.

Conservative Dentistry: It is the branch of dentistry that is concerned with the conservation of teeth in the mouth.

Periodontics: Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants.

Oral Medicine and Radiology: It is that branch in dentistry that deals with diseases of oral and surrounding structures.

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Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) Syllabus

Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) course includes various specialisations that one can choose as per their acumen and career interest. The syllabus of MDS course varies as per the specialisation. The branch-wise syllabus for MDS course in dental colleges/institutes recognised by Dental Council of India is given below:

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery



Conservative Dentistry

Applied Basic Sciences

Applied Basic Sciences

Applied Basic Sciences

Conservative Dentistry including preventing dentistry

Maxillofacial Surgery

BioMechanics & Various Tissue Changes in Techniques and Treatments in Orthodontics

Diagnosis, Treatment and Preventive in Periodontology and Implantology

Dentistry Material

Minor Oral Surgery and Trauma

Basic in Orthodontics, Diagnosis and Radiology

Recent Advances in Periodontics


Recent Advances in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Recent Advances in Orthodontics

Recent Advances in Conservative Dentistry

Note: The syllabus for some of the branches of dentistry will be updated soon. 

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Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) Career Options and Job Prospects

The demand for professionals in Dental Surgery in the country is growing day by day, as government and private healthcare units are trying their best to provide oral healthcare services to the citizens of India. Dental care is an important aspect to maintain good health. After completing a Masters in Dental Surgery can find employment in the following areas along with job opportunities that the candidate can take up, some of the jobs that are available are listed below: 

Employment Sectors
  • Dental Colleges and Research Institutes
  • Dental Research Labs
  • Private Hospitals
  • Dental Clinics
  • Military Services
Job Profiles
  • Dental Surgeon
  • Orthodontist
  • Periodontist
  • Dentist
  • Professor/ Researcher
  • Prosthodontist
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Private Practitioners
Average Salary Package

The average starting salary of a dental surgeon ranges between Rs. 6 lakh to Rs.10 lakh. With experience in the profession, the salary of a dental surgeon can be between Rs.15 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh. Dental surgeons working with private hospitals and those who are private practitioners tend to earn way higher than those employed in government dental units or hospitals.

Top Recruiting Companies
  • Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals
  • Medanta Hospitals
  • Fortis Healthcare Ltd.
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
  • Apollo Munich Health Industries Co. Ltd.
  • Sri Ganga Ram Hospital
  • Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Ltd.
  • Colgate
  • Religare Health Insurance Company Ltd.
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FAQs about MDS

What are the top colleges offering Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) courses ?

Following are some of the top colleges offering Dental courses : Manipal College of Dental Sciences (Mangalore) , Mamata Dental College (Khammam) , Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences (Delhi) , Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences (Guntur) , S.D.M. College of Dental Sciences & Hospital (Dharwad). You can explore these colleges on our website to check if they offer Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) or not.

I want admission in Master of Dental Surgery (MDS). Do I have to clear any exams for that ?

All India Institute of Medical Sciences Postgraduate Entrance Exam , National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test for Master of Dental Surgery , National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Post Graduation , Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research Post Graduate Entrance Exam , Delhi University Science are some of the exams that you can appear for to get admission in Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) courses.

What is the average fee for the course Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) ?

The average fee for Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) is INR 8,00,000 per year.

What are the popular specializations related to Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) ?

Some of the popular specializations for M.D.S. (Master of Dental Surgery) are : Orthopaedics , Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery , Conservative Dentistry , Public Health , Microbiology.

What is the duration of the course Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) ?

Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) is a 3 year course.
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Related Questions

Regarding MDS admission
-Himasree -Updated on May-25-20215 Answers

Saipriyanka ragi, Student / Alumni

-Answered on May-25-2021
Sir...can u give the information about MDS in Canada and UK

Nidhi Bahl, CollegeDekho Expert

-Answered on Oct-10-2019

Dear Student,

Master in Dental Science for the USA can be done only if you have completed your Bachelors in Dental Science from a recognised college of India or any other country. Getting admission in the US universities for medical courses can be a big challenge due to the limited number of seats against the number of applications received. Selection of candidates solely depends on their previous academic records.

Eligibility Criteria for MDS in the USA

The eligibility criteria to pursue MDS in the USA  may change with respect to the dental school you plan to apply, but certain conditions remain the same all over the US. We have prepared a list of such conditions for you, have a look: 

  • TOEFL/IELTS or any other recognized English proficiency test is mandatory for all students planning to apply in a US university. Some Universities have set bars on the scores of the English test.
  • GRE is another Exam that is mandatory to pursue MDS form a US university. Required GRE score may vary from university to university. 
  • National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) is conducted by the US government for the licensure of dental practices. International students have to clear NBDE to continue studying advanced dentistry courses from the USA. 

Scholarships for MDS in the USA

Scholarships at US dental colleges vary from university to university. However, most of the grants given to Indian students are merit-based, thus, it is important to have an excellent academic record while applying to a US dental school. Some universities also consider GRE scores to give scholarships to study abroad students. 

Top Colleges for MDS in the USA

Here is the list of top US Dental colleges/universities, have a look:

  • The University of Michigan
  • The University of Washington
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
  • University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • New York University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • UCLA School of Dentistry

These were some of the top universities of the USA for Dental Sciences. 

Good Luck!


Nidhi Bahl, CollegeDekho Expert

-Answered on Sept-20-2019

Dear Student,

With your MDS degree, you can find jobs in the following:

  • Dental Colleges and Research Institutes
  • Dental Research Labs
  • Private Hospitals
  • Dental Clinics
  • Military Services

Read more about Career and Employment Prospects after Doing Master of Dental Surgery (MDS).