MDS Admission 2024 – Complete Guidance in India and Abroad

It’s been a long time since we wanted to start a section for career guidance to dental aspirants, and it took us a long time!

If you are new to DentalFry, then let me tell you, is one of the best dental blogs in India, providing the latest updates and services to dental students and dentists from 2016. 😀

Yes, and the best part is it is owned and managed by a dentist!

Stories apart…As I told you we used to get a lot of queries asking about different colleges, the admission procedures, and career options after BDS, etc.

That is when we started a premium career guidance service for students looking to join both BDS and MDS.

I will be clearing all the doubts about MDS admission procedures, and in case if you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly via call/text/email.

For easy navigation of the content on this page, you can go through the below table.

MDS Admission Eligibility Criteria

The basic eligibility criteria to take admission to any dental college for MDS in India or Abroad, the candidate must qualify NEET-MDS exam.

Even if you are looking for management or NRI quota also, you must qualify NEET-MDS entrance exam.

General / EWS272

Not qualified?

You don’t have to worry! Every year for the past 7 years, the cut-off will be reduced after the 1st or 2nd round of counseling.

Just a ray of hope…

Other criteria are:

  • The candidate must hold a BDS degree from a college that the Dental Council of India recognizes.
  • The candidate must be registered with any State Dental Council, permanently or provisionally.
  • The candidate must have completed the compulsory 1-year internship.

MDS Admission Procedure

There are 3 types of dental colleges in India – Government, Private, and Deemed!

But the admission procedures let us take it as 2 types – All India Counseling, which is conducted by the MCC, and State Counseling, which is conducted by the state examination authority.

Before explaining the admission and counseling procedures, I am just giving you a basic idea.

  1. To take admission to any government dental college, the candidate can attend All India or State Counseling only if you are the domicile of the state.
  2. If you want to be admitted to private dental colleges, then you must attend state counseling.
  3. Looking for deemed dental colleges? Then, you must attend the All India Counseling conducted by the MCC.

I will point down the MDS admission procedure below. If you want a clear idea, please go through the complete article.

  1. Step 1: Qualify NEET-MDS exam.
  2. Step 2: Attend the counseling, depending on your target college.
  3. Step 3: Get an official allotment.

Seems very simple, right? However, the trickiest part of the admission procedure is the counseling procedure.

If you are looking for a management seat, then go through my detailed post about MDS admission through management quota.

MDS Counseling Procedures

I will explain, in general, the counseling procedure for MDS admission. This will surely give you a basic idea!

A few steps are not needed for the deemed university counseling, which I will mention below.

The basic steps of MDS admission counseling are:

  1. Step 1: Registration.
  2. Step 2: Merit List.
  3. Step 3: Document Registration.
  4. Step 4: 1st Round Online Counseling.
  5. Step 5: 2nd Round Online Counseling.
  6. Step 6: MOP-UP Round.
  7. Step 7: Stray Vacancy Round.

Step 1: Registration

To take admission to any dental college in India, let it be a government or private dental college, you must attend the state or All India Counseling, depending on the college you choose.

In the case of private, think you want to join a deemed dental college like AB Shetty Dental College, then you must attend the counseling conducted by MCC.

And in case if you want to join a private dental college like MS Ramaiah Dental College, you must attend the counseling conducted by the state authority, that is, KEA or Karnataka Examination Authority.

There will be a government registration charge ranging from Rs.1000 to Rs.8000, depending on the state.

Step 2: Announcement of Merit List

After a few days of registration, the authorities will publish the merit list according to the NEET score. This will be shortlisted from the students who had registered for the counseling.

Step 3: Document Verification

These steps differ state by state. Almost 70% of the states need the candidate to be present for the certification process physically. If they don’t attend the verification procedures, then the candidate won’t be eligible for counseling.

The list of documents required for NEET-MDS counseling are:

  • NEET Scorecard.
  • NEET Admit Card.
  • 12th Marks card and pass certificate.
  • All-year marks list.
  • Degree or Provisional degree certificate.
  • Internship completion certificate.
  • DCI registration details.
  • State dental counseling registration details.
  • Domicile certificate, if applicable.
  • Caste certificate, if applicable.
  • 8 Passport size photographs.
  • Identity proof.

These are the basic documents and if you need the exact list, then you can go through my detailed post about the list of documents for MDS admission.

Step 4: 1st Round of Online Counseling

The authorities will release a date for online counseling or admission procedures. The login credentials which was created during the registration process must be handy. You have to log in and choose the college and department as per your interest.

If you are allotted a seat in the first round, then you can pay the tuition fees and download the allotment letter.

In case you are not allotted any seat, then you can attend the second round of online counseling.

Step 5: 2nd Round of Online Counseling

The procedure is the same as the first round of online counseling.

Step 6: MOP-UP Round

This is an offline mode of counseling, where the leftover seats are kept. You have to be physically present at the counseling center and must opt for the department and college wherever the seats are vacant.

Step 7: Stray Vacancy

The seats that are not filled even after the MOP-UP round can be filled by the college management directly in the stray-vacancy round. However, students who have registered and attended the other rounds of counseling are only eligible to take part in this round.

If you are interested in knowing counseling procedures in each state, you can go through the following articles:

MDS Fee Structure

I will give you a basic idea about the fee structure for MDS. The fee structure for MDS ranges from Rs.2 lakhs per annum to Rs.20 lakhs per annum, depending on the colleges and departments.

Yes, I know this is a huge range for a fee structure. But that is the truth!

For example, I know colleges that charge Rs.6 lakhs per year for endodontics and also Rs.20 lakhs per year. 😀

If you want to get a complete idea about MDS fees you can also go through my detailed post about MDS course fees in private colleges.

You can also go through a few of my articles related to the MDS fee structure:

I am also writing a series of articles explaining about MDS fees for each department, you can go through the below.

Does the college charge Donations from Students?

No! After the NEET-MDS exam and centralized counseling have been implemented, the private colleges in India cant charge any donation or capitation fee from the candidate.

Yes, it is true, that you don’t have to pay any donations for taking MDS admission.

Frequently Asked Questions

I didnt qualify NEET-MDS, can I get MDS admission through management or NRI quota?

No, you must qualify for the NEET entrance exam to take MDS admission through any quota.

Can I book the seat in advance?

Yes, depending on colleges and departments, you can book the seat.

Do you provide guidance for MDS admission? If so how?

I will provide you complete support for taking MDS admission starting from booking the seat, and registration till the allotment of seat.

Can I cancel the seat, later?

Yes/No depends on the round of counseling you are canceling the seat. If you cancel the seat after the first round of counseling you can easily cancel the seat.

I am interested in your service, what must I do?

You can contact me via call or WhatsApp on +91-9535726644, I will explain the procedures and we can move forward.

See you!

I have tried my best to include all the information related to MDS admission here. All the information provided here is from my personal experience as a career counselor.

If you have any queries, you can call/WhatsApp or Email me.

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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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