In India, the undergraduate level dentistry courses are offered in the form of a Bachelor of Dental Surgery or BDS course. The duration of this study program is normally five years. This duration consists of four years of learning and 12 months of internship which is mandatory for the students. As laid down by statistics in the year 2010, India housed 291 dental colleges of which 252 are run by private bodies and 39 are operated by the public agencies.

The dental schools and colleges in India can be categorized into the following:
  • Private dental colleges and schools that are associated with a government university
  • Government dental colleges and schools as a division of a government university
  • Private dental colleges and schools as a division of a privately run university.

In majority of the states in India (other than the states of Andhra Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir), the CBSE (Central Board for Secondary Education) holds a countrywide exam for filling up about 15% of the seats in the dental colleges that are managed by the states. A post graduate degree or master's degree in dentistry (MDS) has a duration of three years. Moreover, this degree gives the students the opportunity to study in a particular area of expertise.

The MDS or Master of Dental Surgery course consists of the subjects listed below:
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Pathology & Microbiology
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics
  • Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
  • Community Dentistry
  • Oral Medicine Diagnosis and Radiology

For studying BDS, the students should pass their 10+2 exam or senior secondary examination or any other examination which is equivalent from a recognized board with at least 50% marks. They should have Chemistry, Physics, and Biology as compulsory subjects at their +2 level. In case of aspirants belonging to the SC/ST category, there is an exemption in the marks necessary i.e. at least 40%.

Top Dental Colleges in India
  • Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, Delhi
  • College of Dental Sciences, Manipal
  • Nair Dental College, Mumbai
  • Government Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai
  • SDM College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dharvad
  • Faculty of Dental Sciences, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, Lucknow
  • Government Dental College, Bangalore
  • Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere
  • Dr. R Ahmed Dental College, Kolkata
  • Government Dental College, Rohtak
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College, Pune
  • SRM Dental College, Chennai
  • Government Dental College and Hospital, Aurangabad
  • Tamil Nadu Government Dental College, Chennai
  • Vinayaka Mission's Sankaracharya Dental College
  • Saraswati Dental College, Lucknow
  • K.L.E .Society`s Dental College
  • Army College of Dental Sciences, Secunderabad
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