India has huge number of dental colleges which provide dental education to number of students of India and students of other countries. Dental education is one of the reputed courses which have good career development options. As the awareness of oral health among the society has been increasing, the demand for the course is also increasing.
There are around 140 dental colleges over all states of India providing admission for more than 10,000 students every year. These include Central Government Colleges, State Government Colleges and Private colleges.
Major courses offered by the Dental Colleges are Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) and Master of Dental Surgery (MDS). There are several streams offered in Master’s Degree like Community Dentistry, Conservative Dentistry, Oral Medicine, Orthodontics etc by many of the colleges. The duration of the courses vary from college to college. Dental Council of India is the authorized council to approve the dental courses and colleges of India.
Candidates must have passed 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized board with Physics, Chemistry and Biology, with minimum 50% of score for the admission in Bachelor Degree in Dental Surgery.
For the admission in Master’s Degree, the eligibility is possessing Bachelor of Dental Science.
The admission procedure includes entrance test. One must attain the best rank to get the admission in the required college. The ratio of the competition usually remains high every year. Most of the colleges take admission through the test conducted by CBSE Board which conducts commonly for MBBS and Dental courses.
The dental Colleges and Universities of India have succeeded to get fame throughout the world for their quality of education. Several Colleges and Universities of India accept the admissions of international students along with Indian Candidates. These colleges get updated regularly with the contemporary sophisticated technologies of the field.
Every candidate gets opportunity to undergo paid rotating Internship for one year in the college after passing the final examination of BDS. This helps to get well practical knowledge of the future career.
After BDS, one can be a Dental Consultant, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Dental Surgeon or Oral Pathologist in any of the Dental Clinics, Dental Products Manufacturing Companies, Hospitals or Pharmaceutical Companies. Private Practice is often preferred by many of the Dentists.
After MDS one can become Dental Surgeon or Dentist either in any of the existing Hospitals or Clinics or can have private practice.