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What is Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)?

BDS is Bachelor of Dental Surgery. In India BDS degree is awarded at the successful completion of four years of study and one year of internship to the students as per the old regulations of Dental council of India. According to new regulations, the BDS course comprises of five years with no internship period. Post graduate courses (Master of Dental Surgery. MDS) are also available in different specialties. It requires 3 years of study after BDS.

Dentistry is the branch of medicine that is involved in the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity, the maxillofacial area and the adjacent and associated structures, and their impact on the human body. While pursuing the course, one learns about different aspects of Dental Science, which includes various forms of treatment including surgical procedures. Dental materials, Dental anatomy & Oral histology, Oral Pathology, Community Dentistry, Pedodontics, Oral Medicine & Radiology are some of the topics that are generally taught.

Eligibility: Should be passing in senior school examination (10+2) of board of school education with at least 50% marks in physics, chemistry & biology taken together.

AGE LIMIT: He/ She will attain the age of 17 years or more on 31/12/2015. The age shall be determined as per entry in the Matriculation/Higher secondary or its equivalent certificate.

After pursuing BDS course, one can work as Dentists in India have great job opportunities in dental divisions of nursing homes, hospitals, clinics and healthcare divisions of the government. They can also teach as professors, lecturers, and associate professors in dental colleges. In addition, they can work as researchers in the pharmaceutical industry and other sectors manufacturing oral hygiene products and drugs such as mouthwash, toothpaste, and gum care products, to serve the society.

Career Opportunities after BDS

Any professional course is not easy! BDS is no exception to it. It is better to join the course with a clear cut idea about what yourcareer prospects are once you finish the course.BDS offers multiple career options, and it is better to know them right now, andwork towards it, rather than wait till the end, when you may suddenly feel you just don't want to work as a traditional dentist !

  • General Dentist
  • Lecturer/Tutor
  • Specialist
  • Short Service Commissioned Officer with the Defense
  • IAS/IPS/IFS Officer
  • Hospital Management
  • Researcher
  • Opportunities Abroad