What is MDS (Master of Dental Surgery)?

Master of Dental Surgery or MDS course is a master level degree for student who have graduated in Dental Science. MDS degree as recognised by Dental Council of India (DCI) is offered in various specialisations including Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge, Periodontology, Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics and Oral Medicine and Radiology.

MDS is a full time degree of two years duration with specialisations for diseases related to Tooth, Jaw and other Facial tissues, dental science is dealing to help in maintaining oral health. Moreover, for surgeries such as dental implants, artificial replacements, treating Jaw and Gum related diseases and surgeries, correcting misaligned/dispositioned teeth and jaw, treating dental tissues, facial diseases diagnosis and surgeries and also, cosmetic treatments.

MDS Eligibility Criteria and Entrance Exams

Candidates must have BDS degree from a dental college/institute recognised by Dental Council India

They must have completed their Internship for BDS before taking admission in MDS course

Some dental colleges mention minimum marks in the qualifying degree examination for admissions to MDS course such as 55% marks in aggregate of all subjects in BDS course

Candidates must have obtained merit ranks in any of the Dental Entrance Exams as mentioned below –

MDS Entrance Exams

Admissions to MDS courses is based on Medical Entrance Exams that students need to qualify to be eligible for medical institutes and colleges in India. Some of the pu


NIMS Entrance Exam

AIIMS PG Entrance Exam

MDS Specialisations:



ProsthodonticsRestoration and maintenance of oral function, health, comfort and appearance by the replacement of missing or lost natural teeth and associated tissues either by fixed or removable artificial substitutes.
Periodonticshealth and diseases of the investing and supporting structures of the teeth and oral mucous membrane
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgerysurgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects of the human jaws and associated oral and facial structures
Conservative Dentistryprevention and treatment of the diseases and injuries of the hard tissues and the pulp of the tooth and associated periapical lesions
Orthodonticsprevention and correction of oral anomalies and malocclusion and the harmonising of the structures involved, so that the Dental mechanism will function in a normal way
Oral Pathologynature of oral diseases, their causes, processes and effects. It relates the clinical manifestation of oral diseases to the physiologic and anatomic changes associated with these diseases
Community Dentistrypreventing and controlling Dental diseases and promoting Dental health through organised community efforts
Paedodonticsprevention and treatment of oral and Dental ailments that may occur during childhood
Oral Medicine and Radiologybasic diagnostic procedures and techniques useful in recognising the diseases of the oral tissues of local and constitutional origin and their medical management

x-rays and their uses in diagnosis and

treatment of diseases in relation to orofacial diseases

MDS Top Recruiters

The top recruiters for medical and health sciences degree holders are majorly Hospitals, Medical Research Centres, and Pharmaceuticals etc. A person holding degree in medical and health sciences can also practice from their own clinic after getting practising licence from the medical association.

  • Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals
  • Medanta Hospitals
  • Fortis Healthcare Ltd.
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
  • Apollo Munich Health Industries Co. Ltd.
  • Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research
  • Sri Ganga Ram Hospital
  • Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre
  • Wockhardt Ltd.
  • Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Ltd.
  • Cipla Ltd.
  • Religare Health Insurance Company Ltd.