Exam Detail

NEET-MDSNational Eligibility Cum Entrance Test - MDS

  • Test Level-: National Level
  •     Eligibility-: Graduation
  • Duration-:3 Hours
  • Stream-: Medical
  • Medium-: English
  • Examination Mode-: Select Mode
  • Total Questions-: 240

NEET-MDS is an eligibility-cum-ranking examination prescribed as the single entrance examination to various Post Graduate MDS Courses under Dentists Act, 1948.

NEET-MDS is a single window entrance examination for Dental PG courses. No other entrance examination, either at state or institution level, shall be valid for entry to MDS Courses as per Dentists Act, 1948.

Scope of NEET-MDS 2017

NEET-MDS 2017 shall be the single eligibility cum entrance examination namely ‘National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to Postgraduate Dental Courses’ for the academic session 2017-2018 which will include the following:

  • All India 50% quota seats for MDS courses (all states except Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana)
  • State quota seats for MDS courses for all States/Union territories of India (including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana)
  • MDS Diploma courses at all Private Dental Colleges, Institutions & Universities all across the country
  • MDS courses at Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions.

The following Institution is not covered by centralized admissions for MDS seats through NEET-MDS for 2017 session:

  • AIIMS, New Delhi

Eligibility Criteria for NEET-MDS 2017

  • The candidate must be an Indian National /Person of India Origin /Overseas Citizen of India card holder possessing BDS degree from a Dental College recognized by the Government of India under the Dentist Act, 1948 and has obtained provisional or permanent BDS registration and has completed one year (12 months) of compulsory rotatory internship in an approved /recognized Dental College to be eligible to appear in NEET-MDS 2017.
  • The condition of one year Compulsory Rotatory Internship is not applicable to those candidate who had passed their final BDS Examination on or before 1988 and hold 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.
  • No condonation of Internship of 12 months period shall be accepted except (i) the students of the batch admitted during the academic session 2007-2008 and have completed 4½ year BDS Course alongwith 06 months compulsory rotatory internship and (ii) the students admitted during the academic session 2006-2007 at Rajah Muthiah Dental College, Annamalai University and have completed 05 years BDS Course without internship.
  • However, 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 by 31st March 2017 can take up this examination, but he/she shall not be eligible for admission unless he/she has completed the compulsory rotatory internship and obtained provisional or permanent registration on or before 31st March 2017 or the candidate produces a certificate from the head of Institution that he/she will be completing internship by 31st March 2017.
  • The dates indicated by candidates with regard to 12 months Compulsory Rotatory Resident Internship i.e. starting date, completion date, shall be treated as final and candidates will be required to submit the original Compulsory Rotatory Resident Internship completion certificate at the time of counseling.
  • The cut off dates for the recognition of the Dental Colleges, from where the candidates have passed, 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 completed compulsory rotatory Internship for the year 2017 will be 31st Oct 2016. The Colleges recognized after this date will not be considered.
  • Registration with State Dental Councils is necessary and its documentary proof has to be furnished at the time of counseling.
  • Candidates who have studied/passed BDS from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir are not eligible for 50% All India Quota seats. However, the candidates who were nominated by the Government of India (under central pool seats) to do BDS from Dental Colleges in Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana shall be eligible to apply for admission. Such candidates must submit a duly signed affidavit declaring that he/she was nominated by the Government of India (under central pool seats) to do BDS from Dental Colleges in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir to the Deputy Director (Examinations) National Board of Examinations, Medical Enclave, Ansari Nagar, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, (Ring Road), New Delhi – 110029 along with the print out of the acknowledgement of submission of online application for NEET-MDS 2017 latest by 2nd November 2016. (Please refer to Information Bulletin for format of Affidavit).However, the restriction on candidates from the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana shall not apply to the categories pertaining to Armed Forces for ‘Grant of Short Service Commission in Army Dental Corps’ and for MDS admissions in Armed Forces Institutes.
  • Some of the Universities/institutions are having regulations that candidates who are already pursuing any PG Course in their University or in another University are not eligible for admission till they complete the course. The candidates who are already pursuing PG Courses either through All India Quota or State Quota and are applying for a seat under All India Quota may confirm the eligibility conditions of that University in this regard. NBE/MCC/MoHFW shall not be responsible if such candidates are denied admission. Such candidates may opt for the subject and the college at their own risk and cost.
  • A candidate can register and appear for NEET-MDS 2017 only once for admission to the academic year 2017-2018.

Scheme of Examination

Allocation of time for the NEET- MDS shall be as follows: 


Forenoon Session

Afternoon Session

Candidate Entry Time 9:00 AM 2:15 PM
Venue Entry Closes 9:30 AM 2:45 PM
Check-in Procedure 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM 2:15 PM TO 3:15 PM
Test Start Time* 10:00 AM 3:15 PM
Test End  Time 1:15 PM 6:30 PM

* Includes 15 minutes of test tutorial.

Kindly note that the applicant candidates shall be allocated to appear either in FORENOON session or in the AFTERNOON session i.e. the NEET- MDS comprises ONE session/candidate only.

  • The examination shall be a multiple choice questions test delivered using computers network (CBT) as per scheme prescribed.
  • The exam comprises of 240 Multiple Choices, single correct response questions in English language only. Total time allotted is 3hours.

Negative Marking

There shall be no negative marking.

Subject-Wise Distribution of questions for NEET- MDS 2017




1 General Anatomy including embryology and histology 14
2 General human physiology and Biochemistry 14
3 Dental Anatomy, Embryology & Oral Histology 14
4 General Pathology and Microbiology 14
5 General and Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics 14
6 Dental Materials 14
7 General Medicine 14
8 General Surgery 14
9 Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology 15
10 Oral Medicine and Radiology 15
11 Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry 14
12 Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics 14
13 Periodontology 14
14 Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge 14
15 Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics 14
16 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 14
17 Public Health Dentistry 14
Grand Total 240

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Counseling for MDS Seats

All India 50% Quota Seats:

Counseling for All India 50% quota seats shall be conducted by Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) of Directorate General of Health Services, Government of India using the result of NEET-MDS 2017 for All India 50% Quota Seats. Please refer to MCC website www.mcc.nic.in for details.

State quota seats:

Counseling for admission to state quota seats shall be conducted by the concerned States /designated authority/University using NEET-MDS scores and as per their eligibility criteria, applicable Regulations, guidelines and applicable reservation policies. (See Annexure-I for State Medical Education Directorates / Offices where counseling related information may be available).

Admission to Private Dental Colleges, Institutes, Universities, Deemed Universities:

Counseling for admission to MDS courses in private Dental Colleges, Institutions, Universities & Deemed Universities shall be conducted by the designated counseling authority of these Private Colleges/Institutions/ Institutes/ Universities/ Deemed Universities using NEET-MDS scores and as per applicable Regulations and/or their eligibility criteria, reservation policy, etc (Please see Annexure III for list of Dental Universities offering MDS courses and also refer to DCI website www.dciindia.org.in for the latest list of Institutions & Colleges running MDS courses)

Admission to Armed Forces Medical Service Institutions:

Counseling for admission to MDS courses in Armed Forces Medical Service Institutions shall be conducted by the Army Dental Corps, Ministry of Defence, Government of India using NEET-MDS scores and as per their eligibility criteria, applicable Regulations & guidelines. (Please refer to Chapter 18 of this Information Bulletin for further details).

Eligible candidates can apply on-line through the website : https://nbe.prometric.com/

Registration Guide : Click Here

Examination Fee


NEET-MDS Exam fee :

  • Rs. 2750/- (For SC/ST/PWD (PH) candidates)
  • Rs. 2750/- (For SC/ST/PWD (PH) candidates)

The above fee is inclusive of examination fees and information bulletin; Please note that information bulletin will not be sold separately. Information Bulletin shall be available at website for information.

How to Pay

  • The prescribed registration fee should be remitted through payment gateway provided using a Credit Card or a Debit Card issued by banks in India or through Internet Banking. For more information, please visit NEET-MDS 2017 website www.nbe.edu.in
  • Candidates remaining absent from the examination or declared ineligible will forfeit their examination fee. Candidates are advised to read the rule position carefully and satisfy the terms and conditions for fulfillment of eligibility criteria before proceeding for payment of fees.

The syllabus for the exam shall be that of BDS standard and shall cover all the subjects/syllabus taught during the BDS course as prescribed in the DCI Revised BDS Course Regulations, 2007 as amended from time to time.

Candidates may also visit website of Medical Counseling Committee www.mcc.nic.in for details of seats available and schedule of counseling

Admit Card

At the end of Registration & Scheduling process, the applicant will get a computer generated acknowledgement at the registered email id of the applicant. Admit card will be issued to candidate once registration & scheduling process is successfully complete. When the admit card is received by email, it should be read carefully and all information mentioned should be verified. Candidate is required to print a copy of admit card and affix a latest passport size photograph of the following specifications on the admit card.

Specifications for Photograph

  • A photograph of minimum 35x45 mm with at least 75% coverage of face & head of the candidate. 
  • A caption indicating name of candidate and date of taking photograph should be there at the bottom of photo.
  • Photograph should be taken in a white /very light colored background.
  • The photograph needs to display full front view of the face.  Please look directly into the camera with a neutral expression. 
  • Please avoid photograph with reflection or shadow on the face with red eyes.
  • The photograph needs to be printed on a high quality paper with at least 600 dpi Resolutions. 
  • The colors must possess the natural appearance and skin tone.
  • The photograph must not have kinks, scratches and stains. 

​Candidate is required to bring the admit card to the Test centre along with an identification document as mentioned below.

Candidates MUST bring to the test centre the following documents:
(Unfair means case shall be registered against the candidates submitting false/ forged documents.)

  • Printed copy of the Admit Card with Photo of the candidate pasted on it
  • Photocopy of Permanent and Provisional SDC/DCI registration*, to be retained by the test Centre; AND
  • Any one of the authorized photo IDs** (must be original, valid and non-expired)
    • PAN card
    • Aadhaar Card (With photograph)
    • Driving License
    • Voter ID              
    • Passpor

Candidates who have obtained their Primary medical Qualification outside India and do not have SDC/DCI registration should bring their original screening test pass certificate issued on NBE letterhead.

** The name on the photo identification must match with the name as shown on the Admit card. If the name has been changed due to events such as marriage; candidate must show the relevant document at the time of exam.

Candidates are required to keep their admit card and photo identification at all times during the conduct of examination.


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