National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test-MDS 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 11th October, 2021
Fellowship Entrance Test (FET)

NEET-MDS is an eligibility-cum-ranking examination conducted by the National Board of Examination prescribed as the single entrance examination for admission to various MDS Courses under the Dentists Act, 1948.

No other entrance examination, either at the state or the Institution level, shall be valid for entry to MDS courses. Qualifying NEET-MDS is mandatory for entry to MDS courses under various Universities/ Institutions in the country. Every year lakhs of aspirants appear for this exam and only a few thousand get selected in this exam.

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam For admission to various MDS courses under Dentists Act, 1948.
Conducting Body National Board of Examination

NEET-MDS Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. Besides Indian citizen, NRIs, Overseas Citizen of India and other foreign nationals can appear for this exam.

  3. Educational Qualification
    • A candidate for admission to the Master in Dental Surgery course must possess a recognised degree of Bachelor in Dental Surgery awarded by a recognised university.
    • A candidate who after passing the final qualifying examination (BDS or the foreign dental degree recognized by GoI/DCI), is undergoing 12-month compulsory rotatory internship/practical training and is likely to complete the same.

  4. Age Limit
  5. There is no age limit.

  6. Restrictions on Attempts
  7. There is no restriction on the number of attempts.

NEET-MDS Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Date of Exam To be notified

NEET-MDS Exam Pattern 2021

  • NEET-MDS shall be conducted in a single day & single session as a computer-based examination.
  • The exam comprises 240 Multiple Choices carrying total carrying a total of 960 marks.

Pattern for NEET-MDS

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 180 mins 1 mark shall be deducted for each incorrect answer. 960
Total Marks* 960

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

NEET-MDS Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for NEET-MDS

1 Paper I

  • General Anatomy including embryology and histology
  • General human physiology and Biochemistry
  • Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Oral Histology
  • General Pathology and Microbiology
  • General and Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Dental Materials
  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology
  • Oral Medicine and Radiology
  • Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Periodontology
  • Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge
  • Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Public Health Dentistry


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