BDS Admission in Karnataka 2024 at Competitive Fees

Welcome back to another exclusive blog about BDS course and its admissions – by DentalFry – one of the best dental blog.

I am Vishnu Nambiar, a career counselor and dental expert with more than 12 years of experience in the dental field.

I get thousands of queries from students across the country asking me to guide them in finding the best dental colleges at a very low fees. And most of them are interested in colleges in Karnataka, so I thought I must write a detailed post about BDS admission in Karnataka.

This article will be a bit long, so you can use the table of contents below to navigate through this page.

In case you are confused about BDS admission in Karnataka, after you go through the complete article, you can contact me for your personal guidance.

BDS Admission in Karnataka- The Complete Procedure

Certainly! You must be aware that you must pass the NEET UG exam to apply to a dentistry or medical program in India. Besides, you must participate in the NEET UG counseling to gain admission into these courses. 

Here, the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) conducts the BDS admission process through the state NEET UG counseling. Therefore, you must participate in the Karnataka state counseling, administered online via the KEA admission website. 

The NEET UG counseling is a step ladder that you will have to climb for your BDS admission in Karnataka, and here are the details!

  1. Online Registration.
  2. Registration fees.
  3. Document Verification.
  4. Security Deposit (if applicable).
  5. Option Entry.
  6. Mock Allotment.
  7. Option Entry Editing.
  8. Final Allotment.
  9. Admission confirmation and fee payment.
  10. Reporting to the Allotted College.
  11. Reporting to KEA.

Online Registration 

Your online registration is the most crucial step, so prepare these things before you begin this process. Your complete information is your registered mobile number, email, address, caste, education, NEET details, etc. 

Further, you must prepare a few documents such as the NEET scorecard, the 10th and 12th marksheet, a passport-size photograph, a signature, and a thumbprint. The scanned copies of all these must be uploaded in a specific size and format during the process.

As you begin registering on the KEA website (, you will also get your login details (login ID, Password). Make sure you note this down! 

I want to notify you that the KEA online registration can be slightly complex or hectic if you are new to this. If you have any difficulty, you can even contact us for assistance. We have been handling this for several students for many years now!

Registration Fees 

Paying the registration fees is compulsory to complete your online registration. Only then will you be able to download the final copy of your KEA application form. Also, you will get a payment receipt after you pay this fee online. Download it and keep it safe!

Both these documents are crucial to completing your BDS admission process! Here are the registration fees you must pay to participate in the KEA counseling.

BDS Registration Fees in Karnataka 
CategoryKarnataka StudentNon–Karnataka Student
General category/UR

SC/ST/Cat-1/PWD/ GM/2A/2B/3A/3B

NRI/OCI/PIO/foreign nationals.


Document Verification

Once the registration round closes, the KEA will specify dates for document verification. You will be called to the KEA office in Karnataka with all your certificates and documents for proof of eligibility. Carry all the originals and an extra two sets of photocopies!

There is a vital clarification here! This round of document verification applies only to specific categories of applicants. All Karnataka and non-Karnataka students who have used for the NRI category, minority, or any other reservation must attend this round before seat allotment.

Others, i.e., non-Karnataka students, will have to face this round after they get the BDS allotment. The process will, however, stay the same!

Once KEA verification is done, you will also receive a verification slip. This is another crucial document needed during the next step of counseling. If you haven’t, please let us know! We might be helpful!

If you want the list of documents, then you can go through my detailed article about documents required for BDS admission.

Security Deposit

In Karnataka, the security deposit was introduced in 2023 from the second round of counseling onwards.

The KEA charges Rs. 1,00,000/- as a security fee from all BDS applicants. You must pay this to participate in the option-entry round.

Don’t worry; this amount is refundable, meaning you will get it back after the counseling ends!

Option Entry

The option-entry round is scheduled for one day and only for a specific time limit. During this step, you get to fill in your choices of courses and colleges.
The entry ticket to this round is your verification slip; it will have the mandatory details required to participate in this round.

The option entry round is significant because your allotment depends on your rank and the choices you enter. So, try to formulate a plan before going ahead with it.

Also, you can refer to the BDS seat matrix released by the KEA before the option entry begins. I suggest that you research the information related to the colleges instead of abruptly entering them as your options for your best benefit!

However, if you need help, you can approach us anytime!

Mock allotment

After the option entry, the KEA conducts a mock allotment round! You can perceive this as a ‘demo round’ before the KEA does the actual seat allotment for a more superficial understanding.

The mock allotment is different from the actual allotment; it will give you an idea about the outcome of the final allotment!

Option Entry Editing

Yes! You read it right; you can edit your options after the mock allotment results. As I mentioned above, the mock allotment helps you scale the admission chances.

Based on the mock results, you can edit or add your options during this round if needed. However, this editing window opens only for a day, and following the routine is essential!

Final Allotment

Finally, the actual allotment will be announced by the KEA, and you are now just two steps away from your BDS college! Once the results are out, proceed with the fee payment to confirm your admission.

Admission Confirmation and Fee Payment

Allotted students must pay the complete first-year fees to finalize the BDS admission within a specific time limit.

The specific tuition fees will appear on your KEA profile, and it’s compulsory to pay this fee if you decide to go ahead with the allotted dental institute.

Your KEA challan will be available, and you can pay the amount through both online/offline modes. This challan or payment proof is again crucial in the last step. So, could you keep it safe?

Reporting to KEA and Allotted College 

In the previous section, I discussed the KEA document verification. Unlike in this round, all the allotted students must report to the KEA authorities to verify documents. 

You will also get your allotment letter after attending this round, and with this, you will come to the end of your BDS admission process in Karnataka!

Document verification is crucial, and your admission confirmation relies on it. So, I have added the documents you must carry for the verification process. 

  • Final printout of the KEA Registration Form.
  • Payment receipt of the fees (Registration Fee/Security Fee/Tuition Fee).
  • UG NEET Admit.
  • UG NEET Score Card.
  • Identity Card ( Driving license / Voter ID / Passport / PAN / Aadhar Card).
  • SSLC / 10th Standard Marks Card.
  • 2nd PUC / 12th Standard Marks Card of the candidate.
  • The concerned college issued the 2nd PU /12th standard Study Certificate with the seal signature of the principal.
  • Recent passport-size photographs- 2 nos.

BDS Eligibility Criteria in Karnataka

As we discuss the BDS admission in Karnataka, I want to flag that you must meet these eligibility criteria to ensure your admission. If you don’t qualify for even one, your admission is over! So, here it goes;

  • The qualifying age for BDS admission is 17 years or more at the time of entry.
  • In the class 12th exam, you must pass with a minimum 50% aggregate in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology for general-category students. The qualifying PCB aggregate for reserved categories SC/ST/OBC is 40% in the 12th exam. Every category student must also obtain a pass mark in English.
  • Qualify for the NEET-UG exam with the minimum qualifying percentile in the same year.

BDS Seats and BDS Fees in Karnataka

Currently, there are 45 Dental Colleges located across various districts of Karnataka. These include government dental colleges, private dental colleges (minority and non-minority), private universities, and also deemed universities of Karnataka.

There are four types of BDS seats in Karnataka. The Seats Matrix has 987 Government (G) seats, 1230 Private (P) seats, and 508 seats, including management quota (Q) and NRI (N) seats and 640 sets in deemed universities of Karnataka.

Including all these, there are 3365 total BDS seats in Karnataka. However, out of this, admission to the 640 deemed seats is conducted through all-India counseling. So, this leaves 2725 BDS seats in Karnataka open for admission through the KEA counseling.

I understand that you must be curious about the exact seat information and the cost that might apply for BDS in Karnataka. So, I have added the complete details below.

The below table will give you a basic idea about fees. If you need in-depth and detailed information about fees, then go through my detailed article about BDS fee structure in Karnataka.

If you are looking for dental colleges with a very low fee structure, then you can go through my detailed article about BDS lowest fees in India.

College NameIntakeG Seat FeesP Seat FeesQ Seat Fees
Govt. Dental College Bangalore6050,100/-N/AN/A
Government Dental College and Research Institute, Bellary6350,100/-N/AN/A
Employees State Insurance Corporation Dental College, Gulbarga621,10,100/-N/AN/A
Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere10096,058/-3,62,700/-4,62,700/-
Dayananda Sagar College of Dental Sciences, Bangalore10096,058/-3,62,700/-4,62,700/-
Dayananda Sagar College of Dental Sciences,Bangalore6096,058/-4,52,700/-4,52,700/-
Sri. Hasanamba Dental College and Hospital, Hassan4096,058/-3,62,700/-3,62,700/-
K L E S Institute of Dental Sciences, Bangalore5096,058/-4,12,700/-4,12,700/-
K.V.G. Dental College Hospital and Research Centre, Sullia10096,058/-2,62,700/-2,62,700/-
Krishnadevaraya College of Dental Sciences, Bangalore6096,058/-3,87,700/-4,37,700/-
Dr.M.R.Ambedkar Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore10096,058/-5,07,700/-5,07,700/-
Maratha Mandal Dental College, Belgaum5096,058/-3,42,700/-3,42,700/-
PM Nadagowda Memorial Dental College and Hospital, Bagalkot10096,058/-3,12,700/-3,12,700/-
Rashtreeya Vidyalaya Dental College, Bangalore6096,058/-5,62,700/-5,62,700/-
Sri Rajiv Gandhi Dental College, Bangalore10096,058/-4,37,700/-4,62,700/-
Sri Jagadguru Murugharajendra (SJM) Dental College & Hospital, Chitradurga6096,058/-2,62,700/-2,62,700/-
Sharavathi Dental College, Shimoga10096,058/-3,12,700/-3,12,700/-
Venkateswara Dental College (NSVK), Bangalore4096,058/-3,12,700/-3,12,700/-
Vokkaligara Sangha Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore10096,058/-4,62,700/-4,62,700/-
Academy of Medical Education Dental College, Raichur4096,058/-3,12,700/-3,12,700/-
HKE Societies Dental College, Gulbarga10096,058/-1,87,700/-2,12,700/-
HKDET`S Dental College Hospital, Humnabad, Bidar Dist4096,058/-2,12,700/-2,62,700/-
S.B.Patil Institute for Dental Sciences and Research, Bidar4096,058/-2,47,700/-4,02,700/-
Oxford Dental College, Bommanahalli, BangaloreN/ADe-RecognizedDe-RecognizedDe-Recognized
A.J. Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore10096,058/-6,78,723/-7,12,700/-
Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences & Hospital, Lakkasandra, Bangalore6096,058/-3,87,700/-4,12,700/-
Coorg Institute of Dental Sciences, Virajpet, Coorg4096,058/-4,12,700/-4,12,700/-
Farooquia Dental College, Mysore4096,058/-2,47,700/-2,72,700/-
KGF Dental College, Kolar4096,058/-3,87,700/-3,87,700/-
Raja Rajeshwari Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore10096,058/-4,12,700/-4,12,700/-
Srinivasa Institute of Dental Science, Mangalore10096,058/-3,12,700/-3,12,700/-
Subbaiah Institute of Dental Sciences, Shimoga10096,058/-2,12,700/-2,12,700/-
Oxford Dental College,Bommanahalli, Bangalore10096,058/-4,12,700/-7,95,700/-
Vydehi Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bangalore6096,058/-3,62,700/-3,62,700/-
Al Badar Dental College and Hospital, Gulbarga10096,058/-1,97,700/-2,27,700/-
Navodaya Dental College, Raichur10096,058/-2,62,700/-2,62,700/-
M.S.Ramaiah Univerisity of Applied Sciences, Bangalore6099,108/-5,66,850/-9,16,850/-
Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheswara Dental College, Dharwad10096,058/-4,69,600/-6,57,700/-
AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore100N/AN/A5,00,000/-
JSS Dental College and Hospital, Mysore100N/AN/A4,50,000/-
KLE VK Inst. of Dental Sciences, Belgavi100N/AN/A3,12,500/-
Manipal College of Dental Science, Manipal100N/AN/A5,00,000/-
Manipal College of Dental Science, Mangalore100N/AN/A5,60,000/-
Sri Siddhartha Dental College And Hospital, Tumkuru40N/AN/A2,00,000/-
Yenepoya Dental College, Mangalore100N/AN/A5,00,000/-

BDS Seat Category in Karnataka – Let’s Understand

Understanding which category you can apply can be difficult for you, especially if you are not a resident of Karnataka. So, I will resolve this for you with a practical example for your basic understanding.

If you are a resident or student of Karnataka, then you can apply for BDS through any seat category.

You can get admission even for the G seats (Govt) with generous financial privileges. Certainly! You will need a good rank to get an allotment in these seats.

Now, let’s say you belong to another state and are looking for BDS admission in Karnataka. In that case, you can only apply for admission in the Private and the Management Seat categories.

Likewise, NRI students can apply for BDS admission in the NRI seat category. However, NRI documents must be verified for eligibility.

How I Can Help You

I have introduced myself in the begining of this article, still I would like to tell you a bit about me and my guidance services for BDS admission.

I am Dr Vishnu Nambiar, a dental blogger and educational counselor and the founder of Dentalfry is one of the best and first dental blogs in India.

I guide students and help them in securing a dental seat in different dental colleges in India. So, I just want to list how I can guide you in the complete dental admission procedures.

  • College Selection: There are more than 300 dental colleges in India and it is really tough to choose a good college in your budget. As I am from the dental fraternity, I have visited most of the dental colleges, and I know the inside-out. This makes me an expert in dental college selection in your budget.
  • Competitive Fees: There are a few dental colleges that are in good contact with me, and I can help you secure a BDS seat at the lowest fee structure.
  • Scholarship: I can also help you in securing a scholarship and it is only for deserving students. These are scholarships provided by colleges and different associations.
  • Study Materials: Tied up with a lot of dental brands, I can provide students with a Free Dental Kit and Study Materials. Only for students who choose my service or get BDS admission through my reference. 😀
  • Loan Assistance: Are you looking for an educational loan? I can help you arrange the loan documents from college, university and the Dental Council of India. I won’t be arranging loans for you. I will be guiding you in the process.
  • Documentation Support: I will be guiding and supporting you in the complete documentation procedures.
  • Counseling Support: With the best experience in BDS admission counseling in almost all states in India, I can guide you starting from the registration till the allotment of a seats.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get BDS admission in Karnataka?

You must participate in the state counseling of Karnataka to get admission to BDS here. The official website for NEET UG counseling in Karnataka is You must register online here. 

Can I join BDS without NEET in Karnataka?

No, NEET qualification is compulsory to get BDS admission in Karnataka.

How many BDS seats are there in Karnataka?

There are 3365 BDS seats in Karnataka including Government seats, Private seats, NRI (N) seats, and Management quota seats.

How can I get a state quota seat for BDS in Karnataka?

The BDS state quota seat is only available for Karnataka domicile-bearing students. So, if you want to apply for a state quota seat, it’s only possible if you are a resident of Karnataka. However, you can apply for AIQ seats in the government colleges of Karnataka, through the All-India quota counseling for NEET UG. 

How much it can cost for BDS in Karnataka?

It can cost you between Rs.12,00,000/- to Rs. 35,00,000/- for a BDS course in Karnataka, based on the college. 

Do I have to pay a security fee for BDS admission in Karnataka?

Yes, since 2023, the KEA has mandated the payment of a security fee for attending the NEET UG counseling in Karnataka. The KEA charges Rs.1,00,000/- security fee for BDS admission in Karnataka.

What are the extra fees for BDS course in Karnataka?

Other than the annual tuition fee, there is a miscellaneous fee that applies to the BDS course in Karnataka. The university fees, enrollment charges, exam fees, material charges, library fees, etc are levied under this fee. So, the extra fees for  BDS courses in Karnataka range between Rs.25,000/- to Rs.80,000/- per annum as decided by individual colleges.


I want to end this blog with insights about why you should choose Karnataka as your career destination for BDS and how I can help you with this!

The huge number of dental colleges contributes almost 10-12% of BDS seats in the NEET UG counseling. It’s a commendable number. So, your chances of allotment here are higher!

However, you might need clarification due to the huge number of dental institutes. Choosing the right one might be a little competitive. Don’t worry; we are here to help you get there! 

Since I have personally surveyed all these dental institutes, I have observed that some colleges are old and have an excellent reputation in terms of academics, faculty, infrastructure, patient flow, and treatment facilities. So, you will benefit a lot from this! 

Meanwhile, try to educate yourself about the course since you have planned to pursue dentistry. Doing your part of the research regarding the colleges you have on your list is also suggested. Since it’s your career, we are talking about here! 

You can even consult us for any doubts or assistance regarding the BDS admission in Karnataka! Due to our expertise in this field, we can provide you with all the necessary guidance to choose the best for you! 

You can contact me personally on +91-7907887585 or comment your query below.

Finally, we have reached the end of the discussion about BDS admission in Karnataka. I hope you found this helpful! 

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About K Vishnu Nambiar

I am a dental blogger and a career counselor with more than 10 years of experience in the industry. I blog about different dental courses and their scopes. I also visit dental colleges and review them in a unique way.

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      What information do you need regarding BDS admission in Karnataka? It will be helpful if you could be more specific.


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