MDS: Eligibility, Fees, Career, Salary & More (2021)

The full form of MDS is Master of Dental Surgery. Additionally, it is a master’s course for students who have graduated in dental science. Moreover, the MDS degree is recognized by DCI (Dental Council of India). Nevertheless, MDS is specialized in medical science focusing on dental and oral problems. However, the MDS degree offers different specializations such as Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Conservative Dentistry, Endodontics, Oral Medicine, and Radiology. Moreover, it is a full-time degree having three years of duration.

However, the MDS degree specializes in teeth, jaws, and other facial tissues. Additionally, dental surgery deals with oral health, artificial replacements, jaw treatment, dental implants, dental tissue treatment, and diagnosis of facial diseases, dental surgeries, and cosmetic treatments. Moreover, it is a yearly degree program and not a semester-based system. However, students with an undergraduate degree in dental science with one year of internship experience can apply for the master’s course.

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All About MDS

MDS Duration 3 Years
MDS Admission Criteria Entrance Based
Eligibility criteria At least 50% in aggregate in bachelor’s
Course Level Postgraduate
Fee structure The fees in Government institutions is INR 12,000 and for the private institute is INR 17, 00,000.
MDS Full Form Master of Dental Surgery
Average Placement Package INR 4 L – INR 10 L
Average Cut Off To be declared

Admission Requirements Overview

The admission to the Master of Dental Surgery course is through the entrance examination. Moreover, there are some popular entrance examinations such as AIIMPG, AIPDEE, NEET MDS, etc for admission to the MDS program. However, all the examinations are state or national-level exams.  The average tuition fees for the MDS course depend on the type of institution. However, the tuition fees for government institutions are INR 12,000 and for the private institute is INR 17, 00,000.

Additionally, students should have a bachelor’s degree in dental science from any MCI affiliated Dental college in India. Moreover, candidates should have at least 50% in aggregate in bachelors for applying to master’s program. Nevertheless, students with 2 year PG diploma in dental surgery recognized by the Dental Council of India can also apply for a master of dental surgery. However, students should have merit ranks in dental entrance examinations for admission. Moreover, some private colleges like Manipal College of Dental Science also require a one-year internship after completion of BDS for admission to the Master of Dental Surgery program.

Career opportunities

There are many jobs options after an MDS degree. General practitioners are like an expert in this field and they can do the individual practice. On the other hand, they can get attached to reputed clinics for treatment surgery of the patients under treatment. Moreover, Clinical Research scientists are research professionals working as research scientists. Nevertheless, they can research several methods, treatments, interventions, rehabilitation, method of prevention, etc. However, Academic lecturers are in academia. Additionally, they can teach students in undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs. Moreover, they can guide the students for in-depth practical classes, conduct research, and be actively involved in the process of the dental science research program. Additionally, Dental Surgeon is an integral part of any dental hospital. Moreover, they observe, examine, and treat dental and oral problems for OPD patients and perform surgery accordingly. Nevertheless, they can attend in-house calls also.

Why choose MDS?

  • It is necessary to gain vast knowledge and hands-on experience in dentistry by solving real-life problems and earning skills necessary for the branch.
  • Secondly, it can start your career as a professional as it is the last professional course in dentistry. Moreover, students should undergo lab training, internship, OPD duties, seminars, classes, and lectures that work for the betterment of the student.
  • Students wishing to build a career in dentistry should do MDS for expertise in the field of study.
  • Students can earn expertise by giving exams, viva, submitting a thesis, and practical examinations.
  • Additionally, students can focus on specializations in MDS and be an expert in that field.
  • Moreover, they will get many job opportunities like Dental surgeons, Academic lecturers, Clinical Research scientists, General Practitioner Dental hygienists, and so on.
  • However, if any student wants to pursue a Ph.D., then MDS is a stepping stone for them.

Duration of MDS-

Firstly, master of dental surgery (MDS) is a post-graduation course focusing on Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Conservative Dentistry, Endodontics, Oral Medicine, and Radiology. Moreover, the duration of the course of the courses is three years in general. However, students with post-graduation diploma degrees recognized by DCI can complete the course in two years.

Difference between BDS and MDS

BDS:

Bachelor of Dental surgery or BDS  is an undergraduate degree program. Additionally, it is the only professional undergraduate course for dentistry in India and the total duration of the course is 5 years.  However, it is compulsory for aspiring dentists who want to work in private or government hospitals. Moreover, MBBS is the most popular course in India for medical aspirants. However, this course introduces the students to the dental science and focuses on the training of the students as a professional. However, BDS is a 5-year dentistry undergraduate program with 4 years of classroom training and 1 year of the compulsory rotating internship program.

The BDS degree is approved by DCI (Dental Council of India). However, the degree specializes in Oral Surgery, Oral Pathology, Dental Histology, etc. Additionally, students need to register themselves under DCI to practice after completion of their degree. Moreover, candidates should have at least 85% in 10+2 or equivalent degrees from a recognized institute for admission to the BDS program. However, the admission to the bachelor’s course is through the NEET examination.

MDS:

The MDS full form is Master of Dental Surgery. Additionally, it is a master’s course for students who have graduated in dental science. Moreover, the MDS degree is recognized by DCI (Dental Council of India). Nevertheless, MDS is specialized in medical science focusing on dental and oral problems. However, the MDS degree offers different specializations such as Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Conservative Dentistry, Endodontics, Oral Medicine, and Radiology. Moreover, it is a full-time degree and the MDS course duration is of 3 years.

Nevertheless, the MDS degree specializes in teeth, jaws, and other facial tissues. Additionally, dental surgery deals with oral health, artificial replacements, jaw treatment, dental implants, dental tissue treatment, and diagnosis of facial diseases, dental surgeries, and cosmetic treatments. Moreover, it is a yearly degree program and not a semester-based system. However, students with an undergraduate degree in dental science with one year of an internship experience can apply for the master’s course.

Moreover, candidates should have at least 50% in aggregate in bachelors for applying to master’s program. Nevertheless, students with 2 year PG diploma in dental surgery recognized by the Dental Council of India can also apply for a master of dental surgery. However, admission to the Master of Dental Surgery course is through the entrance examination. Moreover, there are some popular entrance examinations such as AIIMPG, AIPDEE, NEET MDS, etc for admission to the MDS program. However, all the examinations are state or national-level exams. However, students need neet MDS scorecard for admission.

Eligibility Criteria

MDS is a specialized master’s course in medical science focusing on dental and oral problems. However, the MDS degree offers different specializations such as Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Conservative Dentistry, Endodontics, Oral Medicine, and Radiology. Moreover, it is a full-time degree having three years of duration. Moreover, there are some popular entrance examinations such as AIIMPG, AIPDEE, NEET MDS, etc for admission. However, see below to know about the eligibility criteria for Master of Dental Surgery.

  • Firstly, students should have a bachelor’s degree in dental science from any MCI affiliated Dental college in India.
  • Secondly, candidates should have at least 50% in aggregate in bachelors for applying to master’s program.
  • Thirdly, students with 2 year PG diploma in dental surgery recognized by the Dental Council of India can also apply for a master of dental surgery.
  • Moreover, shortlisting of candidates depends on the merit rank in the dental entrance examination.
  • However, some private colleges like Manipal College of Dental Science also require a one-year internship after completion of BDS for admission to the Master of Dental Surgery program.
  • Nevertheless, the application for MDS does not have any age limit

Fees Structure

The fee structure for MDS varies for different Universities. Moreover, the duration of the course of the courses is three years in general. However, students with post-graduation diploma degrees recognized by DCI can complete the course in two years.  Nevertheless, students should choose an appropriate university according to their entrance examination score. However, the fee structure varies following the course and University. Additionally, students can download the admission brochure as well as the course curriculum to get the details of MDS admission and fee structure. Moreover in general the government-aided universities has relatively less fees than private Universities. Some University has a fees waiver system depending upon candidate’s economic condition, caste, and merit. However,  see below to know about the fee structure of different universities.

College/University Type Average Fees
Central Universities Less than INR 1 L per year
Private Universities INR 3 L-INR 5L
Deemed/Deemed to be Universities To be declared
State Universities To be declared
Private Colleges INR 3 L-INR 5L
Government Colleges Less than INR 1 L per year
Institutes of National Importance INR 6.85 L

MDS: Admission Process

The admission to the Master of Dental Surgery course is through the entrance examination. Moreover, there are some popular entrance examinations such as AIIMPG, AIPDEE, NEET MDS, etc for admission to the MDS program. However, all the examinations are state or national-level exams.  The average tuition fees for the MDS course depend on the type of institution. Additionally, students should have a bachelor’s degree in dental science from any MCI affiliated Dental college in India. Moreover, candidates should have at least 50% in aggregate in bachelors for applying to master’s program.

Application procedure:

However, please see below to know about the step-by-step application procedure.

  • Firstly, students need to visit the official website of the entrance examination organizing authority.
  • Secondly, the candidates need to register to get a valid user id and password.
  • Thirdly, the candidate has to log in again to the website and fill in the personal and academic details in the form accordingly. Students have to enter their name, email id, date of birth, mobile number in the form.
  • Then candidates need to carefully review all the filled details.
  • Moreover, students need to upload soft copies of necessary documents to the website.
  • Additionally, candidates need to upload the soft copies of signature photographs, and left thumb impressions on the website.
  • Finally, submit the filled application form.
  • However, students should keep a printed copy of the application form for future reference.
  • Moreover, students can get all the necessary details of the to admit card and updates about the admission process on the website.
  • The admission depends on the merit-based performance in the entrance examination.
  • However, Universities can conduct their entrance examinations and the admission will depend on the performance in that entrance examinations.
  • Moreover, the entrance examinations are state-level or university depending on the college/ university guidelines.
  • Additionally, students with a valid score in the entrance examination can choose the college and subject of interest at the counseling session.
  • However, students can get the admit cards three days before the entrance examination.

Counseling session:

  • The counseling of students depends on the all-India dental entrance score.
  • Hence students are advised to prepare well for the entrance examination.
  • However, some universities give importance to the BDS examination marks. Therefore, students with excellent marks in BDS can have a preference in admission.
  • Students should have an idea of their probable score after giving the MDS entrance examination.
  • Moreover, candidates should shortlist the colleges as per previous years’ cut-off scores. Additionally, they should study the prospectus of the colleges for opting the best option for them.
  • In a counseling session, students should follow the list to opt for the best college as per their entrance score.
  • Students should download the confirmation letter and save it for future use.

MDS: Entrance Exams

Master of dental surgery (MDS) is a post-graduation course and the duration of the course, in general, is three years.  However, students with post-graduation diploma degrees recognized by DCI can complete the course in two years. Moreover, the course deals with Conservative Dentistry, Endodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontology, Oral Medicine, and Radiology. Moreover, the duration of the course of the courses is three years in general.

MDS offers many advanced training programs to students in different disciplines. However, the main objective of the course is to make trained dental surgeons. Additionally, the courses prepare the students to become advisory consultants and practitioners in their subjects of interest. Master of dental surgery (MDS) further develops research skills and advanced clinical skills in the students. The salary range for an MDS graduate depends on the job profile. However, see below to know about the eligibility criteria of the course

  • Firstly, students should have a bachelor’s degree in dental science from any MCI affiliated Dental college in India.
  • Secondly, candidates should have at least 50% in aggregate in bachelors for applying to master’s program.
  • Thirdly, students should have 2 year PG diploma in dental surgery by the Dental Council of India can also apply for a master of dental surgery.
  • Moreover, shortlisting of candidates depends on the merit rank in the dental entrance examination.
  • However, some private colleges like Manipal College of Dental Science also require a one-year internship after completion of BDS for admission to the Master of Dental Surgery program.

Preparation of Entrance Examination:

Students need to start preparing 1.5 years ahead of the MDS entrance examination. However, these examinations occur pan India.

  • Firstly, students need to follow the standard Bachelors of dental sciences. The syllabus consists of, Oral anatomy, Orthodontics, Pedodontics, Oral medicine and Radiology, Periodontics, Human physiology, Dental materials, Dental materials, Oral surgery, Conservative Dentistry.
  • This entrance examination will have 200 MCQ questions of each 1 mark.
  • However, there is a negative marks system.
  • The duration of the examination is of 2.5-3 hours.

AIPGDEE

This is a national entrance examination conducted by the All India Institute for Medical Science (AIIMS), Delhi.  Moreover, the full form of AIPGDEE is the All India Post Graduate Dental Entrance Examination. It offers entrances to the 3-year duration master of dentistry program. However, the test is against about 50% of the total seats in renowned dental colleges. Moreover, this test offers admission for all over India except for Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir. This test happens once a year. In 2021 the DGHS (Directorate General of Health Services)  and MCC (Medical Counseling Committee) organizes the AIPGDEE examination counseling for 50% reservation of total seats. However, the counseling is online and the students can get the seat allotment based on the entrance examination rank. Moreover, students should go through the eligibility criteria before the application. They are as follows,

Eligibility criteria:

  • Firstly, candidates should have a BDS degree affiliated with DCI and should have a 1-year compulsory internship.
  • Secondly, students should be Indian or Indian card holding overseas citizens or persons of Indian origin respectively.
  • However, candidates should have the application number to download the admit card before the examination.

Exam Syllabus:

Candidates have to prepare the whole syllabus before the AIPGDEE examination. The syllabus includes the BDS course such as para clinical, clinical, and basic sciences. Additionally, students can refer to the reference books for the preparation of AIPGDEE. Students can get the results after examination on the official AIPGDEE website. Moreover for checking the result students must have the user id and password.

The AIPGDEE examination exam pattern is set by the organizing committee. However, this examination is a computer-based online exam with a time duration of 3 hours. Moreover, it has 200 MCQ (Multiple choice questions) for the examination AIPGDEE 2021.

Validity:

This test offers admission for MDS  in pan India except for Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir. This test happens once a year.

Level of Difficulty: Highly Advanced

Exam Fee: The general or OBC category candidates should pay a nonrefundable application fee of INR 1000+Bank processing charges/transaction charges (if applicable) for the AIPGDEE examination. However, SC/ST category students have to pay the nonrefundable application fee of INR 800+Bank processing charges/transaction charges. The payment method is online via credit/debit card/ Net banking.

NEET MDS

It is one of the prestigious entrance examinations for MDS under the dentists act 1948. Moreover, this act has been amended from time to time. However, no other entrance examination is eligible for the NEET MDS examination. Moreover, NEET MDS qualification is necessary for the MDS exam. However, the test is organized by NBE the declaration of the result is under the jurisdiction of the MCC of DGHS. Additionally, NBE plays no role in the counseling and allotment of seats to the candidates. Nevertheless, there will be a verification of documents as well as a determination of eligibility of the candidates at the time of counseling and admission. However, students can get the details of the admit card on the website.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Firstly, students must have a Bachelor in Dental Surgery degree from a university or institute and be registered under the state Dental Council of India. However, he/she should possess a permanent or provisional registration number and have done a one-year compulsory internship or applying to a master’s program.
  • Secondly, candidates having a BDS degree are undergoing the 1-month internship program and are expected to complete it by 31 march, 2021 can apply for NEET MDS. But if he/she is unable to complete the rotary internship then they will not be eligible.
  • Thirdly, students need to submit the original internship completion certificate indicating the date of starting, date of completion. However, students need to do no less than 12 months internship period.
  • Moreover, the eligibility is completely provisional. And appearing NEET MDS does not indicate admission to the MDS program.

Exam Syllabus:

The NEET MDS happens one day only and it is an online computer-based examination. Moreover, the syllabus of the exam depends on the BDS syllabus standard which is revised by the DCI according to BDS course regulations 2007. However, the test consists of 240 multiple choice questions and the duration is of 3 hours.

  • General Anatomy including embryology and histology
  • General Human Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Dental Anatomy, Embryology & Oral Histology
  • General Pathology and Microbiology
  • Dental Materials
  • General and Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Oral Medicine and Radiology
  • General Medicine
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • General Surgery
  • Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology
  • Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
  • Periodontology
  • Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge
  • Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Public Health Dentistry

Validity: The validity of the NEET MDS result is up to the current admission session.

Level of Difficulty: Highly Advanced

Exam Fee: Firstly, the general and OBS students should pay a non-refundable registration fee of INR 3750 +18% GST for admission to the NEET MDS exam. However, SC/ST candidates should pay a non-refundable registration fee of INR 2750 +18% GST for admission to the NEET MDS examination.

List of Top MDS Specializations

Master of dental surgery (MDS) is a post-graduation course focusing on Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Conservative Dentistry, Endodontics, Oral Medicine, and Radiology. Additionally, it provides higher and advanced knowledge to the students about dental surgery. Dentistry deals with oral health, oral mucosa, artificial replacements, jaw treatment, dental implants, dental tissue treatment, and diagnosis of facial diseases, dental surgeries, and cosmetic treatments. Moreover, it has many sub-branches and those sub-disciplines provide the MDS specialization program. However, see below to know about some of the best dental specializations in India.

Public Health Dentistry

Firstly, a regular dentist treats individual patients. Moreover, the dentist treats one patient at a time. On the contrary, public health dentists treat a community of people or a population. However, they have to focus on an entire community rather than on a single patient. Additionally, a dentist needs to have a specific set of skillset to build a competitive career in public health dentistry. Moreover, the course offers degrees in public health dentistry providing knowledge in dental diseases, prevention and cure, and oral health care.

These courses give various job options in Hospital Administrative Jobs, Defence Services, Academic Teaching Jobs, etc. Additionally, students should have at least 55% marks (5.5 out of 10) in BDS from a university and rank in the national entrance examination. Moreover, students need to have ranked in NEET PG, NIMSEE PG entrance examination. However, students can enroll for Ph.D. after MDS or they can join the Dental departments of hospitals or dental clinics. However, they can also become a professor in a university.

Average Fee:  50,000- 39 L PA

Types of Jobs:

However, see below to know about different job positions.

  • Associate Consultant
  • Dental Surgeon
  • Pathologist
  • Public Health Manager
  • Clinical Content specialist
  • Consultant Dentist
  • Dental Assistant
  • Private Practitioner

Average Salary:  2 LPA-16 LPA

Oral Pathology and Microbiology

Firstly, this is an advanced part of dentistry that deals with two sub-disciplines of dentistry such as oral microbiology and oral pathology. However, oral pathology deals with oral disorders, diseases, and oral conditions and plays an important role in identifying oral diseases. Moreover, oral microbiology focuses on different microorganisms in the oral cavity area. Students aiming for a Ph.D. can opt for this degree. However, this course includes the abnormalities of the maxifcial region and oral cavity. Moreover, it provides a complete understanding of different teeth-related diseases and their diagnosis.

Average Fee: INR 18,000 – 3 LPA

Types of Jobs:

However, see below to know about different job positions.

  • Pathologist
  • Dental Surgeon
  • Dental Assistant
  • Clinical Microbiologist

Average Salary:  3 LPA – 11 L PA

Oral Medicine and Radiology

This specialization focuses on oral medicine and oral radiology. However, this area of dentistry deals with the non-surgical treatment of oral disorders, oral diseases, and oral conditions. On the other hand oral radiology deals with different diagnostic imaging techniques for dental structures and cavities. Moreover, it is also called dental and maxillofacial radiology or oral and maxillofacial radiology. However, it helps in diagnosing oral diseases, oral disorders in the dental cavity of patients. Moreover, the eligibility criteria for MDS Pedodontics is to have at least 50% marks in BDS  from any DCI recognized university and to have qualifying marks in the entrance examination. However, the candidates having MDS in Oral Medicine and Radiology can work as Oral Medicine Specialist, Oral and maxillofacial Radiologist, Oral pathologist, and  Oral Surgeon.

Average Fee: 0.4 LPA – 20 L PA

Types of Jobs:

However, see below to know about different job positions.

  • Medicine and Radiology
  • Surgeon
  • Pathologist
  • maxillofacial Radiologist
  • Medicine Specialist

Average Salary:  3.13LPA – 10 LPA

Periodontology

Periodontology deals with supporting structures of teeth and cavities. However, the supporting structures mean cementum, gingiva, alveolar bone, and periodontal ligament. Periodontology is a section where dentists can identify the disorder of supporting dental structures. Moreover, the course is of 3 years duration and relating to the parts and structures of gums, cementum, alveolar bone, and periodontal membranes. Candidates with having BDS degree can apply for MDS in Periodontology. However, students should have qualifying marks in NEET PG for admission to the course. This field has vast research opportunities. Additionally, MDS Periodontology offers extensive care to gum-related problems and helps in taking care of the effectiveness of salubrious tissues supporting the teeth. However, this field takes care of the oral problem of the gingiva, root cementum, periodontal ligaments, supporting alveolar bone, etc.

Average Fee: 6 LPA – 35 L PA

Types of Jobs:

See below to know about different job positions.

  • Oral Pathologist
  • Dental Surgeon
  • Dental Assistant
  • Clinical Microbiologist
  • Medical Representative

Average Salary:  3 LPA – 20 L PA

Conservative dentistry and Endodontics

Endodontics primarily handles the problems of dental pulp and deals with the diseases, and disorders of the dental pulp. However, A endodontist is a professional who practices these types of dental problems. Moreover, they are also known as restorative dentistry who handles the restoration, rehabilitation, and conservation of teeth for the functional and aesthetic requirements of the patient.

Average Fee: 4 LPA – 5 L PA

Types of Jobs:

See below to know about different job positions.

  • Dental Surgeon
  • Dental Assistant
  • Oral Pathologist

Average Salary: 8 LPA – 10 LPA

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

This discipline handles diseases or disorders affecting the mouth,  face, and jaws. However, this branch deals with surgery for oral and maxillofacial regions for treating them. Moreoever, there are many colleges for MDS in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in India. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons generally perform the surgical treatment of congenital, and traumatic issues of jaws and facial region. On the other hand, they deal with developmental disorders of the facial and jaw region. However, some of the significant surgeries include sores and tumors, maxillofacial injuries, oral malignancy, bone unite, orthognathic surgery, bone diversion, and congenital fissures.

Average Fee: 1.5 LPA – 11.5 LPA

Types of Jobs:

See below to know about different job positions.

  • Dental Surgeon
  • Dental Assistants
  • Clinical Microbiologist
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Medical Representative

Average Salary:  INR 6.7 LPA and above

Specialized Subjects: Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics

Orthodontics is a discipline of dentistry that handles prevention, diagnosis, and correction of malposition of teeth, jaws. Moreover in this case dentist sometimes uses headgear and surgery for malposition of teeth and jaws.

Average Fee: 1.5 LPA – 11.5 L PA

Types of Jobs:

However, see below to know about different job positions.

  • Dental Surgeon
  • Dental Assistant
  • Pathologist
  • Clinical Microbiologist

Average Salary:  INR 5.7L or above

Specialized Subjects: Prosthodontics

It is also known as prosthetic dentistry and dental prosthetics and it handles dental prostheses. However, the dentist uses biocompatible substitutes for restoring, rehabilitating, and treating teeth, missing oral, maxi facial tissues, etc. Moreover, the candidates having an interest in taking measurements and impressions of jaws, teeth and calculating the size and shape of dental prostheses, dental articulators can apply for the course.

Average Fee: 7 LPA – 8 L PA

Types of Jobs:

However, see below to know about different job positions.

  • Oral Pathologist
  • Dental Surgeon
  • Dental Assistant
  • Clinical Microbiologist
  • Medical Representative

Average Salary:  INR 524000

Pedodontics

Firstly, this branch deals with children from their birth to adolescence. Additionally, they take care of and promote the dental health of children. However, this job position handles Oral Diseases in Children, Nutrition and Dietetic, Traumatic Injuries in Children, Microbiology & Immunology Paediatric Endodontics, Interceptive Orthodontics, Dental Radiology, Oral Habits in Children, Cariology. Additionally, students need to qualify for NEET  MDS or AIPGDEE to take admission in the pedodontics program. Moreover, the eligibility criteria for MDS Pedodontics is to have at least 55% marks in BDS  from any DCI recognized university and to have qualifying marks in the entrance examination.

Average Fee: 1.5 LPA – 11.5 L PA

Types of Jobs:

See below to know about different job positions.

  • Pediatric Dentist
  • Dental surgeon
  • Dental hygienist
  • Consultant
  • Professor
  • Forensics
  • Dental Assistant
  • Private practitioners
  • Public health specialists
  • Oral pathologists
  • Clinical Microbiologist

Average Salary:  INR 680000

Subjects/Syllabus for MDS in India

The MDS course aims to provide knowledge and skills in medical dentistry. Moreover, it prepares a dentist with deep knowledge in various specializations and with a skill set that can help them to make a prosperous career in dental and oral health. However the course of study of the MDS course is as follows,

  • Informative Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Demonstrations of techniques
  • Laboratory methods
  • Clinical Case Conference
  • Structured Lecture Programs
  • Joint Clinical Meetings with Allied Specialties
  • Weekly Journal Clubs
  • Submission of Dissertation Thesis, Radiographs, Models, and Photographs
  • Moreover, students have to work on real patients in the clinics under the supervision of professors.
  • However, students have to undertake the laboratory work for the under-treatment patients.
  • Training in Methodology of Teaching – Candidates have to attend the undergraduate classes to gain experience of the methodology of teaching and also they will get a chance to teach undergraduate students.

General Syllabus:

  • Basic Sciences
  • Applied Anatomy
  • Salivary glands
  • Muscles of facial expression and muscles of mastication
  • Oral Cavity and vestibule
  • RBC and hemoglobin
  • Blood groups
  • Regulation of blood pressure
  • Cardiac cycle
  • Regulation of blood pressure
  • Composition function and regulation of saliva Shock, hypertension, cardiac failure
  • Endocrine system
  • Carbohydrates:
  • Lipids
  • Proteins
  • Vitamins
  • Gerodontics: Nutrition in geriatric patients
  • Minerals
  • Pathology
  • Inflammation
  • Bone and tooth
  • Salivary glands
  • Tongue
  • Physiology
  • Pathogenesis of hemorrhagic, cardiogenic shock,
  • Dentifrices
  • Steroids
  • Desensitizing agents
  • Blood coagulation mechanisms
  • Vitamins A, B complex, E, K, C, D, and trace elements
  • Fluorides
  • Dental Material Science
  • dental materials
  • Biocompatibility of Dental Materials
  • Tongue
  • Palate
  • Mandible and maxilla
  • Materials for post and core
  • Materials for maxillofacial prosthetics
  • Denture base resins
  • Dental Implants
  • Dental Waxes
  • Casting Investments and procedures
  • Restorative resins
  • Dental Casting and soldering alloys
  • Physical properties of Dental Materials
  • Mechanical Properties of Dental materials
  • Impression Material
  • Dental Polymers
  • Dental Waxes
  • Analgesics, antipyretics and NSAID
  • General and local anesthetics, hypnotics, anti-epileptics and tranquilizers
  • Pharmacology
  • Chemotherapeutics and antibiotics
  • Dental caries
  • Dental plaque
  • CYSTS- Classification, types
  • Attrition, Abrasion, and erosion of teeth
  • Pathology of oral soft and hard tissues
  • Neoplasia

Semester wise syllabus:

1st Sem
  • Applied Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Dental Materials
  • Removable Prosthodontics
  • Oral Implantology
  • Fixed Prosthodontics
2nd Sem
  • Applied Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Etiopathogenesis
  • Clinical Periodontology & Oral Implantology
3rd Sem
  • Applied Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Minor Oral Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Implantology
4th Sem
  • Applied Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Dental Materials
  • Conservative Dentistry and Aesthetics Dentistry
  • Endodontics
5th Sem
  • Applied Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Genetics Physical Anthropology
  •  Dental Materials
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning
  •  Clinical Orthodontics and Mechanotherapy
6th Sem
  • Applied Anatomy
  • Research Methodology
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Oral Pathology
  • Microbiology
  • Oncology
Other courses
  • Applied Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Research Methodology
  • Public Health
  • Dental Public Health
Other courses
  • Applied Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Research Methodology
  • Clinical Paediatric Dentistry
  • Preventive and Community Dentistry
Other courses
  • Applied Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Diagnosis, diagnostic methods, and imageology
  • Applied Oral Pathology
  • Oral Medicine, Therapeutics and laboratory investigations

Skills Required for MDS in India

MDS means master’s in dental surgery. Moreover, it is a yearly degree program and not a semester-based system. The MDS degree specializes in teeth, jaws, and other facial tissues. Additionally, dental surgery deals with oral health, artificial replacements, jaw treatment, dental implants, dental tissue treatment, and diagnosis of facial diseases, dental surgeries, and cosmetic treatments. However, students with undergraduate degrees in dental science with one year of internship experience can apply for the master’s course. Moreover, there are some popular entrance examinations such as AIIMPG, AIPDEE, NEET MDS, etc for admission to the MDS program. Nevertheless, students will need some skillset for achieving the MDS degree. They are as follows,

  • A candidate should have a keen desire for knowledge and be willing to learn new research methods. Candidates can get knowledge and practical experience in real medical problems with dental and oral problems through various specializations.
  • Secondly, students should be able to work in a critical and dynamic work environment.
  • Thirdly, candidates should possess an ample amount of patience and perseverance. Moreover, students who want to pursue Ph.D. should have an MDS degree.
  • They should have caring skills and a prompt approach.
  • Moreover, students should have a sharp memory and a will to learn new things.
  • Candidates must have good medical writing skills.
  • However, candidates should possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • They should be dedicated to medical ethics and professional commitments.
  • Moreover, candidates should be approachable and have empathetic skills.
  • Lastly, they should have scientific research and development skills.

Jobs After MDS in India

Firstly, there are many jobs options after an MDS degree. General practitioners are like an expert in this field and they can do the individual practice. On the other hand, they can get attached to reputed clinics for treatment surgery of the patients under treatment. Moreover, Clinical Research scientists are research professionals working as research scientists. They can research several methods, treatments, interventions, rehabilitation, method of prevention, etc. However, Academic lecturers are in academia. They can teach students in undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs. Moreover, they can guide the students for in-depth practical classes, conduct research, and be actively involved in the process of the dental science research program. Additionally, Dental Surgeon is an integral part of any dental hospital. Moreover, they observe, examine, and treat dental and oral problems for OPD patients and perform surgery accordingly. However, they can attend in-house calls also.

Job Name Average Pay (Per Annum)
General practitioner INR 5,40,000
Dental Surgeon INR 7,50,000
Clinical Research Scientist INR 3,00,000
Academic lecturer INR 6,80,000

Top Employers for MDS in India

MDS degree offers different specializations such as Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Conservative Dentistry, Endodontics, Oral Medicine, and Radiology. Moreover, the degree specializes in teeth, jaws, and other facial tissues. Additionally, dental surgery deals with oral health, artificial replacements, jaw treatment, dental implants, dental tissue treatment, and diagnosis of facial diseases, dental surgeries, and cosmetic treatments.   However,  an MDS student can get several job opportunities in a different field. Nevertheless, see below to know about the job areas for MDS pass-out students.

  • Dental Departments of Hospitals – Dental Surgeon/ Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Clinics- Dental Surgeon
  • Academic Institutions- Professor
  • Pharmaceutical Research Centres for Oral care products –Research Scientist
  • Private Dental Clinics– Dental Surgeon/ General Practitioner

Top Recruiters:

However, see below to know about some top recruiters in this field.

  • Fortis Healthcare – Dental Surgeon/ Dental Hygienist
  • Care Hospitals- Dental Surgeon/ Dental Hygienist
  • MAX Healthcare – Dental Surgeon/ Dental Hygienist
  • Indian Council of Medical Research
  • Apollo Hospitals- Dental Surgeon/ Dental Hygienist
  • Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.- Research Scientist
  • Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals- Dental Surgeon
  • Medanta Hospitals- Dental Surgeon
  • Fortis Healthcare Ltd.- Dental Surgeon
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Apollo Munich Health Industries Co. Ltd.- Dental Surgeon
  • Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research- Research Scientist/Academic lecturer
  • Sri Ganga Ram Hospital-Dental Hygienist/Dental Surgeon
  • Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre-Dental Surgeon
  • Wockhardt Ltd.- Research Scientist
  • Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Ltd.- Dental Surgeon
  • Cipla Ltd.- Research Scientist
  • Religare Health Insurance Company Ltd.

Top MDS Colleges in India

NIRF ranking or National Institutional Ranking Framework was launched in 2015 by the Honourable  Minister of Human Resource Development. However, a framework provides a complete methodology for ranking institutions all over the country. Moreover, it gives a detailed understanding of the ranking of the institutions based on overall recommendations by the core committee of MHRD. Additionally, there are several parameters for the ranking system which cover learning, teaching, and resources, graduation outcomes, outreach,  research and professional practices, and perception. However, in 2020 for the first time, the NIRF list was made according to the recommendation of the Dental Council of India (DCI). Moreover see below to know about top colleges for MDS courses according to NIRF ranking.

Admission procedure in top colleges:

However, see below to know about the admission steps in top MDS colleges.

  • Firstly, admission depends on the entrance test score in all Indian dental entrance examinations.
  • Secondly, students should have excellent preparation for entrance examinations to increase the chance of selection.
  • Thirdly, some colleges emphasize the BDS results so excellent marks in BDS can increase the chance of shortlisting.
  • However, students should have a vague idea of their score after giving the examination.
  • Moreover, candidates should shortlist the university or colleges as per their rank in the entrance.
  • Lastly, there will be a counseling round where students can opt for the best colleges in MDS.
College Name NIRF Ranking
Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences 1
Manipal College of Dental Sciences 2
Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth 3
Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences 4
A. B. S. M. Institute of Dental Sciences 5
Manipal College of Dental Sciences 6
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education And Research 7
Nair Hospital Dental College 8
SRM Dental College 9
JSS Dental College and Hospital 10

Top MDS Universities in India

In 2020 for the first time, the NIRF list was made according to the recommendation of the Dental Council of India (DCI). Moreover, NIRF ranking or National Institutional Ranking Framework was launched by the Honorable Minister of Human Resource Development on 29 September 2015. Therefore, a framework provides a complete methodology for ranking institutions all over the country. Moreover, it gives a detailed understanding of the ranking of the institutions based on overall recommendations by a core committee of MHRD. However, there are some parameters for the ranking system which covers learning, teaching and resources, graduation outcomes, outreach,  research and professional practices, and perception. However, see below to know about the top universities according to the NIRF rank list.

College Name QS Ranking
M. S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences 11
Siksha `O` Anusandhan 12
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham 13
Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences 14
Postgraduate Institute of Dental Sciences 15
Bapuji Dental College & Hospital 16
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology 17
Christian Dental College 18
Jamia Millia Islamia 19
Yenepoya Dental College 20

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a master’s in dental surgery?

The full form of MDS is defined as Master of Dental Surgery. Additionally, it is a master’s course for students who have graduated in dental science. Moreover, the MDS degree is recognized by DCI (Dental Council of India). Nevertheless, MDS is specialized in medical science focusing on dental and oral problems. However, the MDS degree offers different specializations such as Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Conservative Dentistry, Endodontics, Oral Medicine, and Radiology. Moreover, it is a full-time degree having three years of duration. However, the MDS degree specializes in teeth, jaws, and other facial tissues. Additionally, dental surgery deals with oral health, artificial replacements, jaw treatment, dental implants, dental tissue treatment, and diagnosis of facial diseases, dental surgeries, and cosmetic treatments.  However, there are many specializations in the MDS course. Such as,

  • Public Health Dentistry
  • Oral Pathology and Microbiology
  • Radiology and Oral Medicine
  • Conservative dentistry and Endodontics
  • Periodontology
  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial surgery
  • Pedodontics

Which is better BDS or MDS?

BDS is an undergraduate program whether the MDS is a postgraduate degree. Moreover, students need to have a BDS degree for applying to the MDS program.

BDS-

Bachelor of Dental surgery or BDS  is an undergraduate degree program. Additionally, it is the only professional undergraduate course for dentistry in India and the total duration of the course is 5 years.  However, it is compulsory for aspiring dentists who want to work in private or government hospitals. Moreover, MBBS is the most popular course in India for medical aspirants. However, this course introduces the students to the dental science and focuses on the training of the students as a professional. However, BDS is a 5-year dentistry undergraduate program with 4 years of classroom training and 1 year of the compulsory rotating internship program.

The BDS degree is approved by DCI (Dental Council of India). However, the degree specializes in Oral Surgery, Oral Pathology, Dental Histology, etc. Additionally, students need to register themselves under DCI to practice after completion of their degree. Moreover, candidates should have at least 85% in 10+2 or equivalent degrees from a recognized institute for admission to the BDS program. However, the admission to the bachelor’s course is through the NEET examination.

MDS-

The MDS full form is Master of Dental Surgery. Additionally, it is a master’s course for students who have graduated in dental science. Moreover, the MDS degree is recognized by DCI (Dental Council of India). Nevertheless, MDS is specialized in medical science focusing on dental and oral problems. However, the MDS degree offers different specializations such as Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Conservative Dentistry, Endodontics, Oral Medicine, and Radiology. Moreover, it is a full-time degree and the MDS course duration is of 3 years.

Nevertheless, the MDS degree specializes in teeth, jaws, and other facial tissues. Additionally, dental surgery deals with oral health, artificial replacements, jaw treatment, dental implants, dental tissue treatment, and diagnosis of facial diseases, dental surgeries, and cosmetic treatments. Moreover, it is a yearly degree program and not a semester-based system. However, students with an undergraduate degree in dental science with one year of an internship experience can apply for the master’s course.

Moreover, candidates should have at least 50% in aggregate in bachelors for applying to master’s program. Nevertheless, students with 2 year PG diploma in dental surgery recognized by the Dental Council of India can also apply for a master of dental surgery. However, admission to the Master of Dental Surgery course is through the entrance examination. Moreover, there are some popular entrance examinations such as AIIMPG, AIPDEE, NEET MDS, etc for admission to the MDS program. However, all the examinations are state or national-level exams. However, students need neet MDS scorecard for admission.

Which branch of MDS is best?

Master of dental surgery (MDS) is a post-graduation course focusing on Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Conservative Dentistry, Endodontics, Oral Medicine, and Radiology. Additionally, it provides higher and advanced knowledge to the students about dental surgery. However, Dentistry deals with oral health, oral mucosa, artificial replacements, jaw treatment, dental implants, dental tissue treatment, and diagnosis of facial diseases, dental surgeries, and cosmetic treatments.

Moreover, it has many sub-branches and those sub-disciplines provide the MDS specialization program. Additionally, the master’s program can provide opportunities for MDS dental jobs. However, see below to know about some of the best dental specializations in India.

Public Health Dentistry-

A regular dentist treats individual patients. Moreover, the dentist treats one patient at a time. On the contrary, public health dentists treat a community of people or a population. However, they have to focus on an entire community rather than on a single patient. Nevertheless, a dentist needs to have a specific set skill set to build a competitive career in public health dentistry.

Oral Pathology and Microbiology-

Firstly, this is an advanced part of dentistry that deals with two sub-disciplines of dentistry such as oral microbiology and oral pathology. However, oral pathology deals with oral disorders, diseases, and oral conditions and plays an important role in identifying oral diseases. Moreover, oral microbiology focuses on different microorganisms in the oral cavity area.

Radiology and oral medicine-

This specialization focuses on oral medicine and oral radiology. However, this area of dentistry deals with the non-surgical treatment of oral disorders, oral diseases, and oral conditions. On the other hand oral radiology deals with different diagnostic imaging techniques for dental structures and cavities. Moreover, it is also called dental and maxillofacial radiology or oral and maxillofacial radiology. However, it helps in diagnosing oral diseases, oral disorders in the dental cavity of patients.

Periodontology-

Periodontology deals with supporting structures of teeth and cavities. However, the supporting structures mean cementum, gingiva, alveolar bone, and periodontal ligament. Moreover, Periodontology is a section where a dentist can identify the disorder of supporting dental structures.

Conservative dentistry and Endodontics-

Endodontics primarily handles the problems of dental pulp and deals with the diseases, and disorders of the dental pulp. However, A endodontist is a professional who practices these types of dental problems. Moreover, they are also known as restorative dentistry who handles the restoration, rehabilitation, and conservation of teeth for the functional and aesthetic requirements of the patient.

Oral and Maxillofacial surgery-

Firstly, this discipline handles diseases or disorders affecting the mouth,  face, and jaws. However, this branch deals with surgery for oral and maxillofacial regions for treating them.

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics-

Orthodontics is a discipline of dentistry that handles prevention, diagnosis, and correction of malposition of teeth, jaws. Moreover in this case dentist sometimes uses headgear and surgery for malposition of teeth and jaws.

Prosthodontics-

It is also known as prosthetic dentistry and dental prosthetics and it handles dental prostheses. However, the dentist uses biocompatible substitutes for restoring, rehabilitating, and treating teeth, missing oral, maxi facial tissues, etc.

Pedodontics-

This branch deals with children from their birth to adolescence. Additionally, they take care of and promote the dental health of children.

How long is the course?

Firstly, master of dental surgery (MDS) is a post-graduation course focusing on Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Conservative Dentistry, Endodontics, Oral Medicine, and Radiology. Moreover, the duration of the course of the courses is three years in general. However, students with post-graduation diploma degrees recognized by DCI can complete the course in two years.

MDS offers many advanced training programs to students in different disciplines. However, the main objective of the course is to make trained dental surgeons. Additionally, the courses prepare the students to become advisory consultants and practitioners in their subjects of interest. Moreover, the master of dental surgery (MDS) further develops research skills and advanced clinical skills in the students. Nonetheless, the salary range for an MDS graduate depends on the job profile.

The course of study:

  • Firstly there will be Informative Lectures
  • Secondly, some seminars will be in the course curriculum.
  • Thirdly, professors will perform demonstrations of techniques
  • Fourthly, there will be the practice of laboratory methods
  • However, students have to attend clinical Case Conferences.
  • Moreover, structured Lecture Programs will be arranged.
  • Joint Clinical Meetings with Allied Specialties
  • Weekly Journal Clubs
  • Submission of Dissertation Thesis, Radiographs, Models, and Photographs
  • Moreover, students have to work on real patients in the clinics under the supervision of professors.
  • However, students have to undertake the laboratory work for the under-treatment patients.
  • Training in Methodology of Teaching – Candidates have to attend the undergraduate classes to gain experience of the methodology of teaching and also they will get a chance to teach undergraduate students.
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