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MDS in Orthodontics

MDS in Orthodontics is a three-year duration course and mainly deals with prevention of disease, prolongation of life and promoting mental, physical efficiency through an organized community effort for the sanitation of environment. The discipline of Community Dentistry is also referred to as Public Health Dentistry

Course Overview
Course Name Master of Dental Surgery in Orthodontics
Course Level Postgraduate
Course Duration 3 Years
Exam Mode Yearly Based
Minimum Eligibility BDS + Internship
Entrance Exam NEET MDS
Average Course Fee INR 6 Lakhs - INR 20 Lakhs
Average Package INR 5 LPA - INR 12 LPA
Job Profiles Dental Hygienist, Academic Lecturer, Clinical Research Scientist, etc
Relevant Sectors Apollo hospital, Ganga Hospital, UPSC, AIIMS, Fortis, Military Hospital etc.

This postgraduate course is quite a popular specialty of MDS degree program. The prospect under this discipline learn about the varying techniques and aspects of Orthodontics. This program deals with the-

  • Setting & modeling of teeth braces
  • Removing dental deformity with retainers
  • Invis-aligning of teeth etc.

Why study MDS Orthodontics in Karnataka?

Firstly, MDS in Orthodontics is a career-oriented and professional program that open doors to some of the most lucrative career opportunities across multiple sectors. Karnataka hosts some of the best dental colleges that have been positioned decently across the rankings carried out by various private and public surveying agencies. Moreover, the huge exposure due to expats in Bangalore provides a proper and professional nurturing ground for the students pursuing MDS in Orthodontics.

MDS in Orthodontics Admission

Admission to this program is completely based on merit in the national level entrance exam conducted by the statutory body. There are almost 6228 MDS (Master of Dental Surgery) seats offered across 259 dental colleges across the country. Amidst these, colleges like Manipal, SDMCDSH, Dayananda Sagar etc. witness a huge competition among the students for admission.

  • Students are required to obtain qualifying rank/ score in the NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test) exam conducted by NBE (National Board of Examinations) and administered by NTA (National Testing Agency)
  • For the additional information and the tentative dates under notification release can be looked in by the students by visiting the official website at

Eligibility Criteria:

The guidelines for eligibility and other concerned events is regulated by the respective authorities. The basic criteria of eligibility for General, J&K and the foreign nationals is listed below-

  • Candidate must be and Indian citizen, OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) or PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin).
  • Candidates must possess a degree in BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) from a recognized university under MDS course regulations 2017 issued by Dental Council of India.
  • Candidate should possess a permanent or provisional registration certificate issued by DCI or the State Dental council.
  • Students undergoing rotatory internship are also considered eligible for NEET exams.
  • Foreign nationals can take up the exam without the registration certificate of DCI.

Admission Process:

The admission to MDS across the dental colleges and universities is purely based on merit. The eligible candidates are called up for counseling and interview process post clearing the NEET - MDS. Students will be allotted seats based on their rank/ score in NEET. Further, students will have to pay the admission fee in order to block their seat in the desired college.

Students seeking admission under the Dental Colleges in Karnataka will have to fill up the application form to attend the counseling sessions conducted by KEA/ MCC for admissions to MDS program under the dental colleges.

Career Scope in MDS Orthodontics

There is plenty of career opportunity after pursuing a degree in MDS Orthodontics. Students can get employed across various private and public dental hospitals. Even the job option exist across Armed Forces establishments, Railways and various research fields. Lots of lucrative options for Orthodontists are across the fields like-

  • Clinical practices
  • Teaching & Research
  • Fellowship/ Further studies
  • Hospital Administration
  • Government Administrative Services etc.

Those candidates willing to get into the academic sector after accomplishing a degree in MDS, can join the Dental universities and colleges for the reputed job profiles like Professors and Lecturers. Even the orthodontists can practice and set up their own Dental clinics with the registration of state dental council. The fresh professionals under this discipline are also hired across Labs where they analyze diagnostic records.

Job Profiles for Postgrads under MDS in Orthodontics:

  • Dental Hygienist
  • Academic Lecturer
  • General Practitioner
  • Clinical Research Scientist
  • Dental Surgeon
  • Medical Coordinator etc.

Top recruiters: MAX Healthcare, Fortis, Care Hospital, Apollo Hospitals, Indian Council of Medical Research, Armed Forces Medical Healthcare, Ganga Hospital, AIIMS etc.

  • Highest Pay Package: INR 8 LPA - INR 20 LPA
  • Average Pay Package: INR 5.5 LPA - INR 7 LPA

Higher Studies:

Though MDS in itself is a specialized and higher degree program. Yet, students desirous of further studies can go for the same. Students can do research work across super-specialty hospitals and other R&D (Research & Development) projects. Higher degrees can provide a skyrocketing hike from the perspective of salary and job position also. Students can take up higher degree courses like-

  • M.Phil. (Master of Philosophy)
  • Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Top Ranked MDS Orthodontics Colleges

Karnataka is home to some of the best dental colleges across the country. The dental institutes in Bangalore are equipped with world-class infrastructure besides providing quality education in the field of dental sciences. Students are educated and trained by some of the eminent professors of the country across the top dental colleges in Bangalore.

The top dental colleges like Manipal, BIDS, Oxford, MR Ambedkar, SDM, Dayananda Sagar etc. have been ranked quite decently across the surveys conducted by the top leading journals and media houses like TOI, NIRF (MHRD Govt. of India), Times, India Today, ET, The Week, Outlook, Dalal Street Journal etc. The surveying agencies would rank the colleges based on their academics, infrastructure, faculty, class & labs, internship, articles published, research paper, hostel, etc.

Students must have a degree in BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) along with a rotatory internship.
Yes. It is compulsory to attend NEET-MDS for admission to PG dental programs.
The average starting salary for Orthodontists is around 6-8 LPA.
Manipal Dental College, Dayananda Sagar, SDM Dental College, Oxford Dental College, RajaRajeswari, AECS Maruthi Dental College, MR Ambedkar Dental College etc. are some of the top ranked dental colleges in Karnataka.
The average course fee for MDS in Orthodontics ranges in between INR 6 Lakhs to INR 2o Lakhs in total.

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