Top Dental Colleges in India 2020 NEET MDS, AIPGDEE

Dear students in this article we are going to discuss top dental colleges in India and the courses and specializations available in dental education in India. we will also discuss the national and state level entrance exams conducted for admission in dental courses in India. Dental education was not that famous in India in the early ’90s.
There were very few dental colleges imparting dental education and the number of students pursuing dental education in India. But, at present dentistry has gain popularity in India.
A separate Dental Council of India (DCI) has been set up under an act of parliament for regulating dental education and almost 309 educational institutes are present in India. Let’s have a look at the opportunities and education available in dentistry in India.

Dental Education in India

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  • Dental Education in India has gained significant importance and popularity.
  • Dental education was not popular in India in the early ’90s. There were fewer dental colleges and career opportunities in India.
  • Dentistry is a field of medical science which deals with the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders, and conditions of the tissues of the mouth and oral cavities.
  • Students who became professional after completing dental education in India are called Dentists.
  • Dentists and dental surgeons provide medical facilities and perform dental surgeries for the treatment of dental and oral diseases and disorders.
  • There are various techniques or activities for dental and oral treatment such as filling, crowning and scaling of teeth, extracting teeth, treating gum diseases, fitting artificial replacements, etc.
  • There are almost 309 dental colleges in India approved by the Dental Council of India.
  • There are almost 26000 dental graduates every year.
  • The Dental Council of India is a statutory body constituted under an act of Parliament in 1949.
  • Every institution imparting dental education in India must be approved by the Dental Council of India.

Dental Courses in India

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  • In India, there is very less awareness of dental education.
  • There are only 309 colleges in India imparting dental education and producing 26000 dental graduates every year.
  • In this article, we have discussed top medical colleges in India on the basis of NIRF ranking 2020 and IndiaToday magazine ranking 2020.
  • The dental courses in India are offered on a various level such as:
  • Certificate Programmes
  • Diploma Programmes
  • Undergraduate Programmes
  • Post Graduate Programmes
  • Post Graduate Diploma Programmes
  • Doctoral Programmes

Certificate Courses

  • Certificate courses are offered by various institutions in India including some of the top dental colleges in India.
  • These courses are one year long academic programmes.
  • There are very few certificate programmes in dental education.
  • The candidate must have passed 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology with at least 50% marks in aggregate.

List of Certificate Dental Courses in India

  • Certificate Programme in Comprehensive Aesthetic Dentistry
  • Certificate Course in Endodontics (1 Year)
  • Certificate Course in Implantology (1 Year)
  • Fellowship Program in Oral Implantology under Nitte University (1 Year)

Diploma Courses

  • Diploma courses are more popular among the dental students in comparison to certificate programmes.
  • This course is offered by many institutes in India including some of the top dental colleges in India.
  • This is a two year long academic programme.
  • The course comprises of year-end examination in each year which includes Theory, Oral & Practical
  • The candidate must have passed 10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Biology from a recognized board of education and must have secured at least 50% marks in aggregate.
  • Only these candidate are eligible to take admission in diploma courses.
  • Some of the top dental colleges in India have specified an age limit for admission in Diploma Programme in dental education.
  • The candidate should not be more than 17 years of age at the time of admission in diploma programme.

List of Diploma Dental Courses in India

  • Diploma in Dental Hygienist (2 Years)
  • Diploma in Dental Mechanics (2 Years)
  • Diploma in dental Mechatronics
  • Diploma in Dental Operating Room Assistant (2 Yaers)

Undergraduate Courses

  • In India there is only BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) is offered as an undergraduate dental course.
  • This course is offered by almost all of the dental colleges including all of the top dental colleges in India listed below.
  • BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery is a 5-year long academic programme which includes a 4-year academic program and a 1-year compulsory rotary internship.
  • The candidate must have  Passed 10+2 with 50% in Physics, Chemistry & Biology and English as one of the languages of study.
  • Qualifying and applying for NEET UG and registration for All India counseling is mandatory.
  • The course curriculum of BDS programme includes
  • Clinical case studies and discussions
  • Clinical demonstration
  • Performing various restorations on phantom head and also on patients.
  • Workshops and seminars.
  • There are Various career opportunities available for B.D.S. graduates
  • Clinical Practice
  • Further studies/ fellowships
  • Master of Dental Surgery and Clinical practice
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Government administrative services
  • Hospital Administration

List of Undergraduate Dental Courses in India

  • BDS (Bachelor Dental Surgery) (4+1 years)

Post Graduate Courses (3 Years)

  • There is only one post-Graduate Dental courses offered in India i.e., MDS (Master of Dental Surgery)
  • This is a three-yearlong academic programme.
  • The courses is available under several specializations listed below.
  • This course is offered by many dental and medical colleges in India including some of the top dental colleges in India.
  • The candidate who wants to pursue MDS course (Master of Dental Surgery) must have passed BDS course (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) or an equivalent degree from a recognized Indian university approved by Dental Council of India.
  • The candidate must appear for the entrance exams conducted nationwide for admission in MDS course (NEET MDS, AIIMS PG, AIPGDEE)
  • The course curriculum includes
  • Clinical case discussions
  • Case studies and clinical scientific presentations
  • Seminars and workshops
  • Journal Club presentations
  • Performing direct and indirect restorations on patients
  • Learning and practicing endodontics.
  • Career opportunities for M.D.S. graduates
  • Clinical practice
  • Further studies/ fellowships
  • Teaching and research
  • Government administrative services / hospital administration

List of Post Graduate Dental Courses in India

  • Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in Community Dentistry
  • Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in Conservative Dentistry
  • Master of Dental Surgery (MSD) in Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics
  • Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in Oral Medicine and Radiology
  • Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in Oral Pathology & Microbiology
  • Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in Orthodontics
  • Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics
  • Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in Pediatric Dentistry
  • Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in Periodontics
  • Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge
  • Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in Public Health Dentistry
  • Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in Pedodontics and Oral Pathology
  • Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry
  • Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in Prosthodontics

Post Graduate Certificate Courses

  • These courses are offered by the Manipal College of Dental Sciences in India.
  • Manipal College of Dental education is among the top dental colleges in India.
  • These courses are 1 year-long academic programmes
  • These courses are pursued after completing graduation.
  • The candidate must have completed B.D.S. or any other equivalent degree from a recognized university in India approved by the Dental Council of India.

List of Post Graduate Certificate Dental Courses in India

  • Post Graduate Certificate Course in Aesthetic Dentistry (1 Year)
  • Post Graduate Certificate Course in Laser Dentistry (1 Year)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Oral Implantology (1 Year)

Post Graduate Diploma Courses

  • Post Graduate Diploma course is available in Manipal College of Dental Sciences one of the top dental colleges in India.
  • These courses are two-year-long academic programmes offered in the field of dental education in India.
  • These courses are pursued after completing graduation.
  • The candidate must have completed B.D.S. or any other equivalent degree from a recognized university in India approved by the Dental Council of India.

Post Graduate Diploma Dental Courses in India

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Dental Materials (2 Years)

Doctoral Courses

  • Doctoral Courses are offered by many institutes in India including many of the top dental colleges in India.
  • These are doctoral level programmes offered by dental and medical institutions in India.
  • These courses are three year long academics programmes.
  • This is the highest degree offered in the field of dental education in India.
  • The candidate must have completed MDS course (Master of Dental surgery) from a recognized university/Institute in India approved by Dental Council of India.
  • There are various research topics available in Ph.D. programme of dental of education.

List of Doctoral Dental Courses in India

  • Ph.D. in Material Biology
  • Ph.D. in Orthodontics
  • Ph.D. in Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Ph.D. in Microvascular Surgery
  • Ph.D. in Dentofacial Orthopaedics
  • Ph.D. in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics
  • Ph.D. in Regenerative Therapy in Conservative Endodontics
  • Ph.D. in Periodontics
  • Ph.D. in Implantology
  • Ph.D. in Oral Microbiome
  • Ph.D. in Genomics
  • Ph.D. in Proteomics
  • Ph.D. in Developmental Biology
  • Ph.D. in radiation Biology
  • Ph.D. in predodontics
  • Ph.D. in Community Dentistry

Top Dental Colleges in India-2020

top dental colleges in India
  • There are almost 309 dental colleges/ institutions/ universities imparting dental education in India.
  • These 309 institutes produce 26000 dental graduates every year.
  • Every institute offering dental education in India must be approved from Dental Council of India.
  • Dental Council of India (DCI) is a statutory body constituted under an act of parliament for regulating dental education in India.
  • There are many national level, state level and university level entrance exams conducted every year in India for offering admission into undergraduate and postgraduate dental courses in India.
  • NEET UG, NEET MDS, AIIMS PG and AIPGDEE are the most famous national level entrance exams conducted in India for admission in dental education.

National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is a ranking framework developed by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) Government of India. NIRF conducts the research to develop a list of top institutions/universities in India in Respective fields. NIRF has developed a list of top dental colleges in India in 2020.

IndiaToday magazine, one of the most famous magazines in India has also developed a list of top dental colleges in India in 2020.

Both lists developed by NIRF and IndiaToday are by different methodology hence there is some variation in the ranking of institutions.
30 top dental colleges in India according to NIRF in 2020 and 20 top dental colleges in India according to IndiaToday are listed below.

Top Dental Colleges in India NIRF-2020

Name CityState
Maulana Azad Institute of Dental SciencesDelhiDelhi
Manipal College of Dental ScinecesUdupiKarnataka
Dr. D. Y. Patil VadyapeethPuneMaharashtra
Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences ChennaiTamil Nadu
A. B. S. M. Institute of Dental Science MangaluruKarnataka
Manipal College of Dental SciencesMangaloreKarnataka
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education And ResearchChennaiTamil Nadu
Nair Hospital Dental CollegeMumbaiMaharashtra
SRM Dental CollegeChennaiTamil Nadu
JSS Dental College and HospitalMysuru Karnataka
M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied SciencesBangaloreKarnataka
Shiksha ‘O’ AnusandhanBhubneswarOdisha
Amrita School of DentistryKochi Kerala
Datta Megha Institute of Medical ScienceWardhaMaharashtra
Postgraduate Institute of Dental ScienceRohtakHaryana
Bapuji Dental College and HospitalDevangere Karnataka
Kalinga Institute of Industrial TechnologyBhubneswarOdisha
Christian Dental CollegesLudhianaPunjab
Jamia Millia IslamiaNew DelhiDelhi
Yenepoya Dental CollegeMangaluruKarnataka
College of Dental ScienceDevangereKarnataka
Government Dental CollegeIndoreMadhya Pradesh
Army College of Dental SciencesSecunderabadTelangana
KLE Vishwanath Katti Institute of Dental SciencesBelgaumKarnataka
Maharishis MarkandeshwarAmbalaHaryana
Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheswara College of DharwadDharwadKarnataka
M. G. R. Educational and Research InstituteChennaiTamil Nadu
Punjab UniversityChandigarhChandigarh
Pacific Dental CollegeUdaipurRajasthan
Institute of Medical SciencesVaranasiUttar Pradesh

Top Dental Colleges in India IndiaToday-2020

RankInstitution NameCity
1Maulana Azad Institute of Dental ScinecesNew Delhi
2Faculty of Dental Science King Georges Medical UniversityLucknow
3Post Graduate Institute of Dental ScienceRohtak
4Faculty of Dental Sciences IMS BHU VaranasiVaranasi
5Manipal College of Dental SciencesManipal
6Nair Hospital Dental College Mumbai
7Government Dental College and HospitalMumbai
8Dr. R. Ahmed Dental College and HospitalKolkata
9Government Dental College and HospitalNagpur
10Christian Dental College and HospitalLudhiana
11Manipal College of Dental SciencesMangalore
12Faculty pf Dental Sciences Ramaiah University of Applied SciencesBengaluru
13Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed Dental College Aligarh Muslim UniversityAligarh
14SDM College of Dental Sciences and HospitalDharwad
15Faculty of Dentistry Jamia Millia IslamiaNew Delhi
16I.T.S. Centre of Dental Studies and ResearchGhaziabad
17Amrita School of DentistryKochi
18A. B. Shetty Memorial of Dental SciencesMangaluru
19Sri Ramchandra Dental College and HospitalChennai
20Saveetha Dental College Chennai

Dental Exams in India

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  • There are many entrance exams conducted in India offering admission in undergraduate or postgraduate dental courses.
  • The students who want to pursue an education in dental courses in India must appear for the entrance test of desired institutes.
  • NEET (National Entrance cum Eligibility Test) is one of the most important and most famous national level dental entrance exams in India.
  • Students can get admission to undergraduate dental courses in top dental colleges in India and other private institutes in India after qualifying for this exam.
  • NEET MDS (National Entrance cum Eligibility Test for Master of Dental Surgery) is the primary national level entrance exam for admission in postgraduate dental courses in top dental colleges in India and other private institutions in India.
  • Other national levels, state levels, and university levels entrance exams along with their conducting boy/authority and website link for admission in undergraduate and postgraduate dental courses in India are listed below
Examination NameWebsiteConducting Body
NEET (National Entrance cum
Eligibility Test)
ntaneet.nic.inNational Testing Agency (NTA)
NEET MDS (National Entrance cum
Eligibility Test for Master of Dental Surgery)
neet.edu.inNational Board of Examination (NBE)
AIIMS PG (All India Institute of Medical Science Post Graduate)aiimsexam.orgAll India Institute of Medical Science
AIPGDEE (All India Post Graduate Dental Entrance Exam)aiimsexam.orgAll India Institute of Medical Science
AP EAMCET (Andhra Pradesh Engineering Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Testsche.ap.gov.inJawaharlal Nehru Technological University Kakinada on behalf of APSCHE
GUJCET (Gujarat Common Entrance Test)gujcet.gseb.orgGujarat Secondary and Higher Education Board
GCET (Goa Common Entrance Test)dte.goa.gov.inDirectorate of Technical Education Goa
CETPPMC (Common Entrance Test for Pondicherry Private Medical and Dental College)pimsmmm.comPondicherry Linguistic and Religious Minority Medical and Dental College Welfare Associationp
KEAM (Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical)cee-kerala.orgOffice of the Commissioner of Entrance Exams, Government of Kerala.
PGIMER (Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research)pigmer.edu.in Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research
JIPMER (Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research)jipmer.edu.inJawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research

Author’s View

In the article above we have discussed the top dental colleges in India along with the various courses available in India and the entrance examinations conducted for admission in dental courses in India. Dentistry is one of the most famous and important medical departments with a very wide scope and opportunities.
Although there are fewer numbers of colleges imparting dental education there is a large number of dental graduates produced every year. A dental graduate can easily make a career by either getting a good and high paying government or private job or by being a private practitioner.
Maulana Azad Institute of Dental science should be the first choice for candidates looking for dental education and a career in dentistry. If you have any doubts related to the article please leave a comment.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many dental colleges are there in India?
There are almost 309 dental colleges in India approved by the Dental Council of India.
What is the best course after BDS?
BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery ) is the undergraduate dental course in India. MDS (Master of Dental Surgery) is surely the best option to go for after BDS.
How many years does it take to become a dentist?
An individual need to complete at least UG degree to became a professional dentist. BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) is the minimum education to became a dentist. It takes 5 years to complete BDS in India.
What is BDS?
BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) is the most popular dental undergraduate course in dental education.
It is a five-year programme includes a 4-year academic program and a 1-year compulsory rotary internship.
Which is the best dental college in India?
Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Scineces, New Delhi is the best dental college in India in 2020 according to NIRF- 2020 and IndiaToday- 2020
Is MBBS good or BDS?
MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) and BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) both are medical studies but if you want to be a dental specialist you should choose BDS and then MDS for higher professional Degree.
is BDS a good career option?
Yes, BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) is a good career option in Dental and Medical Science if the candidate can put his 100% efforts. A BDS graduate can earn some where from 50000 to 100000 per month.
Can a BDS graduate in India work in USA?
No, a BDS degree is not valid in the USA. BDS degree is valid in specific countries and the USA is not one of them.
How can I get admission in best dental college in India?
The students who want to get admission in the best dental college in India should keep two points into Consideration:
The candidate must study 10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology and must score at least 50% marks in aggregate
The candidate should appear for the NEET exam and must clear the exams with a good score.
How the admission in top dental colleges in considered?
The admission in top dental college is granted on the basis of merit obtained by the student in NEET exam for UG course and NEET MDS exam for PG course.
Which is the top dental college in Delhi?
Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Scineces, New Delhi is the best dental college not only in Delhi but in all India.
Is BDS easier than MBBS?
BDS stand for Bachelor of Dental Surgery and MBBS stands for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, both are medical professional courses. it is very difficult to compare these courses hence these both are same level courses.
What is the minimum eligibility for admission in BDS?
The candidate must have studied 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized education board in India with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English and must secure at least 50% marks in aggregate.
What is the minimum qualification for MDS?
The candidate must have studied 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized education board in India with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English and must secure at least 50% marks in aggregate.
the candidate must have completed BDS or equivalent degree from a regnized university in India approved by Dental Council of India and must secure at least 50% marks in aggregate.
What is the national entrance exam for BDS?
NEET UG (National Entrance cum Eligibility Test) is the national level entrance exam conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency) for admission in BDS.
What is the national entrance exam for MDS?
NEET MDS ( National Entrance cum Eligibility Test for Master of Dental Science) is the national level entrance exam for admission in post graduate dental courses.
How can I get admission in AIIMS for MDS?
All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi is the no.1 medical college in India. AIIMS conducts its own exam AIPGDEE (All India Post Graduate Dental Entrance Exam) for admission in MDS

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