NEET MDS – National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-MDS) is an eligibility-cum-ranking examination prescribed as the single entrance examination to various Post Graduate MDS Courses under Dentists Act, 1948. NEET-MDS is a single window entrance examination for Dental PG courses. No other entrance examination, either at state or institution level, is valid for entry to MDS Courses. The registration process for the same is over now and the Admit card for the exam has been released on the official website. Candidates can get more details about NEET MDS from the article below.



NEET-MDS shall be the single eligibility cum entrance examination namely ‘National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to Postgraduate Dental Courses which will include the following:

  1. All India 50% quota seats for MDS courses (all states except Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana)
  2. State quota seats for MDS courses for all States/Union territories of India (including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana)
  3. MDS Diploma courses at all Private Dental Colleges, Institutions & Universities all across the country
  4. MDS courses at Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions.

Schedule for the NEET MDS is given below.

Event Dates
NEET MDS 2019 14 Dec 2018

Specifications for Documents to be submitted online:

Specifications Format File size Dimensions Resolution
Photograph .jpg/.jpeg/.gif/.png 50 to 100 kb 3.5 x 4.5 200 dpi
Signature .jpg/.jpeg/.gif/.png 10- 50 kb 6.3 x 6.3 200 dpi
Left hand thumb impression .jpg/.jpeg/.gif/.png 10- 50 kb 4.3 x 4.3 200 dpi

Selection of cities

The selection of the city will be based on the first come basis. As the seats gets filled in a particular city, the name of the cities where the seats are yet to be filled will appear. However, final decision rests with the NBE. Seat allotment in a specific city shall be decided by NBE, which will be informed to you 4 days before the examination. Any request to change the test centre will not be entertained.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A candidate for admission to the Master of Dental Surgery course, must possess a recognised degree of Bachelor in Dental Surgery awarded by a university or institute in India and registered with the State Dental Council and has obtained provisional or permanent registration and has undergone compulsory rotatory internship of a year in an approved/recognised dental college.
  • The dates indicated by candidates with regard to 12 months Compulsory Rotatory Resident Internship i.e. starting date, completion date, shall be treated as final and candidates will be required to submit the original Compulsory Rotatory Resident Internship completion certificate at the time of counselling.
  • However, a candidate who after passing the final qualifying examination (BDS or the foreign dental degree recognized by GOI/DCI), is undergoing 12-month compulsory rotatory internship/practical training can take up this examination, but he/she shall not be eligible for admission unless he/she has completed the compulsory rotatory internship and obtained provisional or permanent registration or the candidate produces a certificate from the head of Institution that he/she will be completing internship.
  • The dates indicated by candidates with regard to 12 months Compulsory Rotatory Resident Internship i.e. starting date, completion date, shall be treated as final and candidates will be required to submit the original Compulsory Rotatory Resident Internship completion certificate at the time of counseling.
  • The cut off dates for the recognition of the Dental Colleges, from where the candidates have passed, must have a recognised degree of BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) awarded by an Indian University, in respect of recognised Dental College under Section 10(2) of the Dentists Act, 1948 or an equivalent qualification recognized by the Dental Council of India and completed compulsory rotatory Internship. The Colleges recognized after this date will not be considered.
  • Registration with State Dental Councils is necessary and its documentary proof has to be furnished at the time of counseling.
  • Candidates who have studied/passed BDS from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir are not eligible for 50% All India Quota seats.
  • However, the candidates who were nominated by the Government of India (under central pool seats) to do BDS from Dental Colleges in Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana shall be eligible to apply for admission. However, the restriction on candidates from the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana shall not apply to the categories pertaining to Armed Forces for ‘Grant of Short Service Commission in Army Dental Corps’ and for MDS admissions in Armed Forces Institutes.
  • Some of the Universities/institutions are having regulations that candidates who are already pursuing any PG Course in their University or in another University are not eligible for admission till they complete the course. The candidates who are already pursuing PG Courses either through All India Quota or State Quota and are applying for a seat under All India Quota may confirm the eligibility conditions of that University in this regard. NBE/MCC/MoHFW shall not be responsible if such candidates are denied admission. Such candidates may opt for the subject and the college at their own risk and cost.

Procedures at the exam centre

You must report at the test centre 2 hours before the exam. There, you will undergo-

  • ID Verification,
  • Left-hand thumb capturing
  • Capturing of digital images etc.

Exam Pattern

  • Syllabus: The syllabus for the exam shall be that of BDS standard and shall cover all the subjects/syllabus taught during the BDS course as prescribed in the DCI Revised BDS Course Regulations, 2007 as amended from time to time.
  • The examination has multiple choice questions test delivered using computers network (CBT) as per scheme prescribed.
  • The exam comprises of 240 Multiple Choices, single correct response questions in English language only. Total time allotted is 3 hours.
  • Negative Marking: There shall be 25% negative marking for incorrect answers. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.

Things to carry at the test centre

  • Printed copy of the Admit Card with photo pasted on it.
  • Photocopy of the Permanent or Provisional SDC/DCI registration to be retained by the test centre
  • A photo IDs- PAN Card, Driving License Voter ID, Passport and Aadhaar Card (with photograph)

Subject-wise distribution of questions

Subject Subject wise weightage Subject Subject wise weightage
General Anatomy including embryology and histology 14 Dental Anatomy, Embryology & Oral Histology 14
General human physiology and Biochemistry 14 General Pathology and Microbiology 14
General and Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics 14 Dental Materials 14
General Medicine 14 General Surgery 14
Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology 15 Oral Medicine and Radiology 15
Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry 14 Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics 14
Periodontology 14 Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge 14
Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics 14 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 14
Public Health Dentistry 14

Exam Cities

Ahmedabad Amritsar Asansol Bengaluru Bhopal Bhubaneswar
Chandigarh Chennai Dehradun Delhi Guwahati Hyderabad
Jaipur Jammu Kolkata Kozhikode Lucknow Mohali
Mumbai Nagpur Noida Patna Pune Ranchi
Sikar Thiruvananthapuram Tiruchirappalli Udaipur Visakhapatnam

Qualifying Criteria

As per the Dental Council of India Revised MDS Course (2nd Amendment) Regulations, 2007, “in order to be eligible for admission to any postgraduate dental course in a particular academic year, it shall be necessary for a candidate to obtain minimum of marks at 50th percentile in ‘National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Postgraduate courses held for the said academic year. However, in respect of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, the minimum marks shall be at 40th percentile.

In respect of candidates with locomotor disability of lower limbs, the minimum marks shall be at 45th percentile. The percentile shall be determined on the basis of highest scaled scores secured in the All-India common merit list in ‘National Eligibility-cumEntrance Test for Postgraduate courses.

Provided when sufficient number of candidates in the respective categories fail to secure minimum marks as prescribed in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test held for any academic year for admission to Post Graduate Courses, the Central Government in consultation with Dental Council of India may at its discretion lower the minimum marks required for admission to Post Graduate Course for candidates belonging to respective categories and marks so lowered by the Central Government shall be applicable for the said academic year only.”

Minimum qualifying score in each category is as follows:

  • General Category (UR) – 50% Percentile
  • SC/ST/OBC – 40% Percentile
  • Persons with Disability – 45% Percentile

Validity of NEET MDS Result

The validity of the result of NEET-MDS is only for the current admission session for MDS courses and cannot be carried forward for the next session of admissions for MDS courses.

Official Website for NEET MDS is

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