MDS Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Regulations For The MDS Degree

In view of the increase in demand for speciality training, the Dental Council of India desires that, all Dental institutions with proper infra structural facilities, faculty and adequate clinical material shall start postgraduate courses. However, no institution shall start postgraduate courses without prior approval of Government of India as per the provision of the Dentists (Amendment) Act, 1993 and regulations framed thereunder. Before considering the P.G. application, DCI shall conduct the Periodical Inspection of the Institution to verify the availability of infra structural facilities up to BDS level.


A candidate for admission to the MDS course (Master of Dental Surgery) 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 should have obtained permanent registration with the State Dental Council. Candidates not possessing a recognized Dental qualification for the above purpose should secure the prior approval of his qualifications by the Dental Council of India before he can be admitted to the MDS Course of any University in India.

Qualification for the above purpose should secure the prior approval of his qualifications by the Dental Council of India before he can be admitted to the MDS Course of any University in India.

The candidate should obtain Internship Completion Certificate (ICC) before 31st March of that respective year from recognized dental college.

Selection of Postgraduate Students

  • Students for postgraduate dental courses (MDS) shall be selected On the basis of merit as determined by a centralized competitive test held at the national level (NEET – National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) and obtain a letter of DGME as a requisite for admission to MDS course.


(1) The institutions recognised by the Dental Council of India for running Postgraduate courses prior to the commencement of the Dentists (Amendment) Act, 1993 and those dental college recognised for running Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course or institutions established by the Central Government for the purpose of imparting postgraduate dental education shall be eligible for starting any postgraduate degree or diploma and higher speciality course after a periodic inspection to ascertain the BDS requirement b DCI in all aspects.

(2) The maximum number of students for a postgraduate dental course, who can be registered in any recognised department, for training for the award of postgraduate degree or diploma by the affiliating university, shall be determined by the facilities available in the department in terms of infrastructure, teaching staff and clinical teaching material. However, to start with a maximum of 3 P.G. Students will be permitted.

(3)          Every student, selected for admission to a postgraduate dental course in any of the dental institutions in the country, shall posses recognised BDS degree or equivalent qualification and should have obtained registration with any of the State Dental Councils or should obtain the same within one month from the date of his admission, failing which the admission of the candidate shall be cancelled;

Provided that in the case of a foreign national, the Dental Council of India may, on payment of the prescribed fee for registration, allow temporary registration for the duration of the  postgraduate training restricted to the dental college/institution to which he is admitted for the time being exclusively for Postgraduate studies;

Provided further that temporary registration to such foreign national shall be subject to the condition that such person is duly registered as dental practitioner in his own country from which he has obtained his basic dental qualification and that his degree is recognised by the Dental Council of India and corresponding Dental Council or concerned authority and concerned university and Ministry of External/Home Affairs have no objection for granting admission in India.