8 Top Government Dental Jobs in India You Should Definitely Apply

I had seen a lot of dentists who are running behind government dental jobs without knowing the whole detail to apply and qualify for the job. In this article, I will provide you with the top list of government dental jobs you should never forget to apply if you are a government job aspirant.

The definition of a good dentist is the one who knows to mix both hard and smart work. And I had seen most of the dentists lack information about career option. Another fact is that these kind of career information on government dental jobs are also not provided by colleges nor available online. There is only few information online, but there is no complete guide to career options after BDS.


Below I had listed the Government Dentist Jobs available:

  • Join State Government Dental jobs as a dental surgeon.
  • Join the Indian Railways as a Dentist.
  • Join Indian Navy as a Dental Officer.
  • Join Indian Airforce as a Dental Officer.
  • Join the Indian Army as Army Dental Corps.
  • Join as Territorial Officer in Indian Army.
  • Join through UPSC vacancy.
  • Join the National Rural Health Mission or NRHM.
  • Join ECHS or Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme.
  • Join ESIC or Employees State Insurance Corporation.

Now, I will give you an in-depth detail of all the government dental job options. I will continue in the same order as listed above.

1) State Government Dental Jobs:

State governments will publish their openings for dentists in the newspaper and on the official website. You should be updated about the same to apply before the due date. The eligibility, qualification, experience and other details will differ from state and the post. I am not able to list all the states official site here, so please bookmark the official site of your state. Don’t worry, I listing other options in government job below.

Trick to Search for Government Job in Your State Easily:

  • Go to www.google.com.
  • In the search bar type the keyword “Dental + Vacancy + Government + Your State”.
  • You will get the direct link to the states government job link at the top.
  • It won’t be any external website, it will be the official government vacancy site.
  • Example: Think you are from Kerala and you want to search for state government vacancy for dentists. The keyword which you have to search in google is ” dental + vacancy + government + Kerala”.

2) Join Indian Railways as a Dentist:

Work as a Dentist in Indian Railway

You can join the Indian Railways as a dentist. In the official website, they will update the vacancy. You should keep updated with the site to apply to the opening in time. Indian Railways have openings for dentists for part time, full time and contract basis. Part-time and contract basis mostly extend for one year and later with your rating you may get appointed permanently.

The vacancies will be divided into different zones like Southern, Central, Eastern, Western, etc. The exact number of openings may differ from time to time and you will be placed in the railway hospital for duty. But, keep in mind that there will be only a few openings for dentists in railways.

Eligibility for Dental Surgeons to Join:(This may vary, re-check in the official site)

  • BDS Degree from a DCI recognized university.
  • At least 3 Years Experience.
  • No experience for MDS candidates.
  • Maximum Age Limit is 59 years.

Selection will be purely based on a final interview with the candidate.

3) Join the Indian Navy or Airforce or Army as Dental Officer:

dentist in army navy air force

Joining the Armed Forces Medical Services(AFMS) is dream come true for most of the dental graduates. It is one of the finest career options after your BDS or MDS. Joining the Indian Navy as a Dental officer gives you respect, professional satisfaction, dignity, and adventurous life.

As a dental officer with the Navy, you get the opportunity to learn and serve the men in uniform and their families. If you get selected for the Indian Navy you get the chance to do your super-specialty or post-graduation in government expense on study leave after a certain time. You will get a chance to do your PG in Armed Force Medical/Dental College or its affiliated colleges.

The services of the Indian Navy is spread through a network of hospitals located over the country. The benefits offered by the Armed Forces are much far better than any other options in the dental field. You may get benefits like:

  • Very Good Pension Scheme.
  • Medical Insurance and Aid.
  • and more.

Commission Types:

The Armed Forces offer a career option for all doctors with satisfies them professionally and prestigiously. If you are placed with the department then you are into a high-status profession with”A” gazetted post of the Indian Central Government.

There are two types of commission, named Permanent Commission(PC) and Short Service Commission(SSC). Doctors who are graduated from Civil Dental colleges can only join through SSC. But, pay scale, allowances, duration of service and retirement schemes are the same for both commissions. SSC officers must serve for a minimum of  5 years which may later be extended to 5 more years.

Click Here for Indian Navy Recruitment Official Website

Selection Procedures in Indian Navy:

(A) Short Service Commission : 

  • Will update the date and other details in leading newspapers and the candidate must be an Indian citizen.
  • After applying the eligible candidates are called to Kolkata, Pune, and Delhi for further procedures.
  • The short-listed candidates from the interview should go through examinations which will be held in any Armed Forces Medical College.
  • Next is the verification process which will be done for medically fit candidates.

(B) Permanent Commission:

  • SSC officers are granted three chances to attend the departmental interviews to reach the Permanent Commission.

Where to be placed?

Candidates who cleared the procedures of the interview, examination, and fitness will be posted in Indian Army, Navy or Airforce in any part of the country or world.

Entry Rank:

  • Candidates from Civil:  Captain (Indian Army)/Surgeon Lieutenant (Indian Navy)/Flight Lieutenant (Indian Air Force).
  • Passouts from AFMC: Lieutenant (Indian Army)/ Surgeon Sub-Lieutenant (Indian Navy) / Flying Officer (Indian Air Force)

Promotion Details:

  • You can achieve promotion till the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (Indian Army) / Surgeon Commander (Indian Navy) / Wing Commander (Indian Air Force).
  • It depends on time, satisfactory service and fitness.
  • Further promotions will be purely based on vacancies available.

Eligibility to Join Indian Navy/ Airforce through Army Dental Corps:

  • Maximum age of 28 Years for BDS candidates and 30 years for MDS candidates.
  • Minimum of 60% marks in final year BDS or MDS from a recognized Dental College and University.
  • Must have completed the one-year rotatory internship recognized by Dental Council of India.
  • Should have a permanent dental registration certificate.

4) Join Indian Army as Territorial Officer:

You might have got the basic details of joining the army as a dental corp. But most of the people fail to acquire a slot there due to the cut-off marks. You dream to join the Indian Army as a Dentist is not still doomed. Yes, I mean it. There is a different option for you to join the Indian Army.

ADC or Army Dental Corps is an opening only for dentists. But there is an opening for graduates from all streams who can join the Indian army. Yes, you can join the Indian Army as a Territorial Officer.


  • Ex-service officers and Only Male candidates are able to apply for this post.
  • Age should be in the range of 18-42 years as of the year of vacancy.
  • Should be graduated from any government recognized university.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The rank granted will be as a lieutenant.
  • Pay scale and allowances will be as same as other army officers.
  • Promotion can be till Lt.Colonel depending upon the situations and vacancies and services.
  • Promotion towards colonel and brigadier is possible by selection if there is a vacancy.


  • For the first year, basic training will be there by the commission.
  • Two months annual training will the there for all year including the joining year.
  • This annual training helps a lot in improving the performance of the candidate.

Click Here for Official Indian Army Website

5) Join the Central Government job through UPSC:

dentist through upsc

Most of the youngsters who are pursuing their graduation in dentistry or have just passed out, look a lot into the UPSC exams to join services like IAS, IFS, IRS and many other government posts in India. I would recommend all the students to start preparing for UPSC exam from your graduation time only so that you could crack the exams. I even know a girl personally who is preparing for the IAS exam from her first year.

UPSC provides a lot of opportunities for dentists around the country. Most of the dentists don’t stress on this career option as they think this is a field outside dentistry. But, they don’t recognize that these jobs are high paying and very prestigious jobs.

Things to keep in mind:

  • To become an IAS officer you should crack the UPSC Civil service exam.
  • Every year UPSC conducts the exams to qualify in two phases. A preliminary and main examination.
  • To apply for this exam you have completed your graduation without fail. Graduation is the minimum eligibility criteria for UPSC exams.
  • If you are doing your internship also you can apply for this job. So there are no worries of year loss.

Click Here for UPSC Official Website

6) National Rural Health Mission – NRHM

join nrhm as a dentist

This is a mission under the National Health Mission. There are many vacancies in NRHM of every state. The vacancy is also available for lab technicians, DTP operators and a lot more. Eligibility, pay scale, allowances, and everything depends on the vacancy available and the state where there is a job opening. There is not much information to give you on NRHM as it depends completely on time and state.

I will share a top secret trick to find NRHM vacancies for dentists online. No other dental blog have mentioned the same.

  • Go to www.google.com.
  • In the search bar add the keyword ” NRHM + Your State + Dental + Vacancy” and search.
  • The top result will be opportunity page of NRHM of the particular state.
  • Include your state name and also for precise detail, you can also change the word “Dental” to “Dentist”.

7) Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme:

Work as a dentist in echs

This is a health scheme for ex-servicemen. In most of the states, there are a lot of vacancies for dentists. But most of the openings will ask for a minimum of 3 years experience. Like NRHM, the pay scale, allowances, etc may vary from state and the vacancies. Most of the people don’t know about options like this and competition might be low. Chances to get placed with ECHS is high. If your parent is ex-servicemen then you have 60% reservation in some cases. I will share the official website link here and you can check the same there.

All the states vacancy in ECHS will be listed on the home page of their website. This is a very good career option for government dental jobs.

Click here for ECHS Official Website

8) ESIC – Employment State Insurance Corporation:

government dental job esic

You can join this central government dental jobs if you are good in clinical skills and academics. They will publish the vacancy, interview, and results on their official page itself. It’s a very good central government job with a high pay scale and extra incentives. ESI has both hospitals and colleges, so you can stay updated with ESIC apply for which post you love. Payscale and eligibility depend on the state you are applying. ESIC’s recruitment page is very user-friendly when compared to other government websites.

ESIC’s recruitment page is very user-friendly when compared to other government websites. You can go to their official recruitment page and simply select the state you want to search for and just click the search button. You will get the list of vacancies available.

Click here for ESI Official Website


All this information about government dental jobs is from the experience of my friends and from online resources. Before applying for any government dental jobs I would strictly recommend you to check the eligibility and other details. I had tried my best to categorize the government dental jobs well. If you find this article informative, I would like you to share this on social media so that it may help other dentists too.

K Vishnu Nambiar

I am a dental student from Kerala. Currently studying in a dental college in Karnataka. I share here articles mainly related to dental education, making money online as a dentist and lot more. You can subscribe here to stay updated !

43 thoughts on “8 Top Government Dental Jobs in India You Should Definitely Apply”

  1. Can girls also apply for the jobs in army..Navy or airforce? And is only BDS qualifications enough for these jobs? I mean we don’t need to do mds right..

    • Dear Sujina Ravindran,

      Mam, messages, and comments from people like you make my day. I will keep you updated every time. Thanks a lot.

    • Dear Mani,

      Congrats that you have decided to go for UPSC. Preparations depend completely on you. You could parallel stay updated with general news, and current affairs until your internship. And later join for any good coaching center.

    • Dear Tanishka,

      I will surely keep updates about the same here. I am planning to make a separate section for dental jobs.

  2. Thanks alot sir for d information.. Sir but how could we updated to all vacancies… Is there a single website through which we get all d information about vacancy for dentist

    • Dr.Prerna,

      Thank you for your comment.

      There are many websites that list job vacancies. But, I am not aware of websites that list both government and private dental jobs. Anyway, you can expect the newer version of Dentalfry, where I will surely be adding a job board that will be free of cost.

    • Dear Shivani,

      For this, you have to stay updated with their official website. And to work in WHO and other world organizations, you must have the best qualification and experience. I can guarantee you that you can’t get into this kind of organization as a fresher dentist. So start from the base and fly high!

    • Dear Deepshikha Sharma,

      Thanks a lot for your comment.

      You have to apply for the state PSC exams if you want to work in state government health centers and hospitals.


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