MDS Examinations



The following requirements should be fulfilled by every candidate to become eligible to appear for the final examination.

  1. Attendance

Every candidate should have fulfilled the minimum attendance prescribed by Dental Council of India and respective University (80% of the attendance during each academic year of the postgraduate course).

Progress and conduct: Every candidate should have participated in seminars, journal review meetings, symposia, conferences, case presentations, clinics and didactic lectures during each year as designed by the concerned department.

Work diary and log book: Every candidate shall maintain a work diary and log book for recording his/her participation in the training programmes conducted by the department. The work diary and log book shall be verified and certified by the Head of the Department and Head of the institution. The certification of satisfactory progress is based on the work diary and log book.

University Examination

There shall be one examination at the end of 3 years.

B.         Dissertation

Every candidate appearing for the MDS degree examination for the first time shall submit with his application for the admission to the Examination, four typewritten copies of a dissertation of a research topic undertaken by the candidate and prepared under the direction and guidance and to the satisfaction of his University teacher. The dissertation should be submitted 3 months prior to the MDS Examination. The dissertation shall be referred to the Examiners for the MDS examination and acceptance of it by the examiners shall be a precondition to the admission of the candidate to the written part of the examination.

A candidate whose dissertation has been accepted by the examiners, but who is declared to have failed at the examination will be permitted to reappear at the subsequent MDS examination without having to prepare a new dissertation, if, however, the dissertation is rejected, the authorities shall give reasons thereof and suggestion for the improvement of the same and the dissertation thus improved will have to be resubmitted to the examiners and accepted before appearing in MDS Examination.

1. Written Examination - 4 Papers (75x4) = 300 marks

The written examination shall consist of four papers, out of which two shall be pertaining to the speciality; one in Applied Basic Sciences and one shall be an Essay. Each paper shall be of three hours duration.

2. Clinical/practical Examination - 200 marks

It should aim at examining clinical skills and competence of candidates for undertaking independent work as a specialist. The actual format of clinical examination in various specialities could be worked out by various universities making sure that the candidate is given ample opportunity to perform various clinical procedures. The council desires that the actual format is made known to the students prior to the examination well in advance by the respective universities.

3. Viva Voce Examination - 100 marks

Viva voce examination shall aim at assessing depth of knowledge, logical reasoning, confidence and verbal communication skills.

The Council desires that only two examiners shall conduct the viva voce at a time as two teams, each team for 20 minutes. When one examiner is conducting the viva, the other examiner could make a note of the questions asked and the performance level to enable proper assessment and award of marks.

Total                      Theory -300                        Practical / Viva-300

To pass                           50%                                             50%