Punjab NEET MDS Counseling 2024 – The Complete Information

Hello everyone! The NEET MDS admission in Punjab is regulated through the centralized state counseling of Punjab. The counseling is conducted by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, under the authorization of the Government of Punjab. So, if you are a NEET MDS aspirant looking for MDS admission, keep your eyes on its official website, www.bfuhs.ac.in,  for participating in the Punjab counseling.

Punjab has a remarkable number of dental colleges, a lesser-known fact decades ago. However, since a few years ago, the state has gained popularity among MDS aspirants.

Many students are moving there to pursue dental education these days, molding this “land of five rivers” into a leading education industry. Consequently, talking about NEET MDS counseling in Punjab is important for our readers!

MDS Admission Process in Punjab

Masters of Dental Surgery (MDS) is a 3-year postgraduate course that can be pursued in any one of the nine dental specialties. Although postgraduation in all branches is not available at every dental college in Punjab, the only way to conquer an MDS seat is through Punjab State counseling.

There are four rounds. Subsequent rounds will be conducted depending on the vacancy matrix after the primary rounds of allotment.

Since all the colleges offering MDS in Punjab are affiliated with the BFUHS, interested students have to participate in the counseling conducted by the BFUHS. 

The counseling protocol follows the outline of the all-India MDS counseling and the steps include the following,

  1. Online Registration on www.bfuhs.ac.in.
  2. Submission of Application Forms.
  3. Online submission of application fee.
  4. Display of Provisional Merit List.
  5. Display of the MDS Seat Matrix.
  6. Submission of willingness and payment of security deposit.
  7. Choice-filling round for specialty and college.
  8. Provisional allotment of seat.
  9. Deposition of the tuition fee through the Online Payment Gateway on the University website.
  10. Reporting to the allotted college/hospital for verification of original document and eligibility, followed by a medical examination.

 MDS Eligibility Criteria in Punjab

Mere registration for the counseling process does not guarantee the allotment of seats; the applicant must fulfill the eligibility clauses stated for admission into the MDS course in Punjab. 

Firstly, the applicant must complete BDS from a recognized dental institute. Additionally, the students must undergo or complete the one-year rotatory internship on or before the date specified by the NMC/DCI in the relevant year.

Qualifying for the NEET MDS exam with the minimum cut-off marks is one of the important prerequisites to get an allotment in Punjab! 

The announcement of the NEET MDS 2024 cut-off score is due, as the MDS exam for the year has not been conducted yet. However, the NBEMS has scheduled the exam for February 9, 2024.

NEET MDS Cut-off 2023
Category    First

Cut-Off Score 

Revised Cut-Off Score 
General/EWS       272 168
UR-PWD   255 149
SC/ST/OBC  238 125

In 2023, this cut-off was announced as the 50th percentile for the General/EWS category, the 45th percentile for UR-PWD, and the 40th percentile for the SC, ST, and OBC. The cut-off scores were 272, 255, and 238 respectively.

However, the revised percentile was remarkably lower than the previous year and was re-announced as the 18th percentile for General/EWS, the 13th percentile for UR-PWD, and the 8th percentile for the SC, ST, and OBC categories. This led to a revised cut-off score of 168, 149, and 125 respectively. 

In 2022, similar trends were seen in context to the first cut-off percentiles and the cut-off score accounted for up to 263 for the General/EWS, 245 score for UR-PWD, and 227 for the SC, ST, and OBC reservations. 

However, another revised cut–off percentile was announced as 174 (24th percentile) for the General/EWS category, 157 (19th percentile) for UR-PWD, and 138 (14th percentile) for the SC, ST, and OBC applicants. 

A notable point here is that non-domicile students in Punjab can only apply for management seats in Punjab counseling and are not eligible for state quota seats. Additionally, every non-domicile student must be qualified in the general cut-off irrespective of their reservation category.

Documents Required

The documents required for NEET MDS admission in Punjab are : 

  1. Identification proofs (PAN Card, Driving License, Voter ID, Passport, or Aadhar Card).
  2. Receipt of deposition of a six-month fee as per clause 18(i) of the notification.
  3. NEET Admit card.
  4. NEET Result/ Card.
  5. A proof of date of Birth (High School/Higher Secondary Certificate/Birth Certificate).
  6. Mark Sheets of all BDS Professional Examinations.
  7. BDS Degree Certificate/Provisional Certificate.
  8. Internship Completion Certificate.
  9. Permanent/provisional BDS registration certificates.
  10. In service, candidates will produce a provisional NOC from the competent authority.

MDS Seat Matrix in Punjab

Familiarizing yourself with the seat matrix does make a difference. It gives you a practical insight and helps you gauge your chances of allotment.

Although the allotment is completely rank-based, every state counseling has its own set of rules and different reservation policies. So, irrespective of which category you belong to, the ‘bird’s-eye view’ of the seat matrix is always helpful!

The BFHUS conducts the MDS state counseling for admission into government dental colleges of Punjab for 50% AIQ seats and 50% govt. State quota seats. The private dental colleges in Punjab also have 50% reservation dedicated to state quota and 50% management seats open for everyone. The management seats also include 15% NRI reservation.

What needs your attention here is that the state quota seats are only open to Punjab domicile-bearing students. Non-Punjab students apply only for the management category seats. 

BranchEndodonticsProsthodonticsPeriodonticsPedodonticsOral SurgeryOrthodonticsOral Medicine
GDC, Patiala3222N/AN/AN/A
GDC, Amritsar23233N/AN/A
Luxmi Bai Institute of Dental SciencesNA3NANANANANA
Guru Nanak Dev Dental College2233322
National Dental College624323
Dasmesh Institute of Dental Sciences2332233
Genesis Institute of Dental Sciences 3232N/A2 2
BJS Dental College3 2 2 2 N/A 3
Desh Bhagat Dental College523 N/A N/A5 N/A
Sri Guru Ram Das Dental College333333N/A
Christian Dental CollegeN/A3N/A33N/AN/A
Adesh Dental College3N/AN/AN/AN/A3N/A
Desh Bhagat Dental College523N/AN/A5N/A

MDS Fee Structure in Punjab

The attractive fee structure of Punjab is another reason that today, swarms of MDS aspirants are being drawn to this northern land. The fee structure is quite affordable, even across all dental colleges in the state.

Since this doesn’t include any other charges levied, I suggest you better plan your budget by counting another one lakh or two extra for the developmental fees and hostel! The miscellaneous fees and boarding charges vary from institution to institution.

Branch Indian StudentsPer annum NRI-quota (in $)Complete Course
Oral Surgery 585000 100000
Orthodontics 585000 100000
Conservative Dentistry 585000 100000
Prosthodontics 585000 100000
Periodontics 585000 100000
Paedodontics 585000 100000
Oral Medicine 585000 100000

Conclusion

The rising popularity of MDS admission in the dental colleges of Punjab dictates that these institutes also have a good reputation. Most colleges are well-built and accommodate students from all states of the country.

The colleges also have good infrastructure and advanced facilities. Academically sound with experienced faculty and all necessary armamentarium, you can consider your MDS journey in one of the good colleges in Punjab!

However, I would surely recommend that you do your part of the homework regarding your preferences to avoid any jerks when you set foot into one of these dental education giants!

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FAQ

1. How do I apply for Punjab NEET MDS counseling in 2024?

You must first pass the NEET MDS exam in order to apply for Punjab NEET MDS counseling. You must also register online at www.bfuhs.ac.in to participate in MDS counseling in Punjab.

2. Who is eligible for the Punjab state quota in NEET MDS counseling?

Candidates who bear the domicile of Punjab are only eligible for the Punjab state quota in NEET MDS counseling.

3. What is the application fee for Punjab NEET MDS counseling?

The registration fee for Punjab NEET MDS counseling, as stated by the BFUHS, is 5900/- for general and 2950/- for SC categories, including GST.

4. What is the state quota for NEET PG/MDS in Punjab?

50% of MDS seats in the government dental colleges of Punjab are reserved for the all-India quota (AIQ). There are 50% state quota seats for MDS in both government and private dental colleges in Punjab reserved for Punjab domicile bearing students.

5. Is Punjab an open state for MDS counseling?

No, Punjab is a closed state and allows only Punjabi students to take admission in their state quota seats for MDS. Apart from that, non-domicile category students must be qualified with the general qualifying cut-off marks/percentile to be eligible to participate in MDS counseling in Punjab.

6. Can I participate in two state counseling for MDS?

Yes, you can participate in different state counseling programs for MDS, provided you fulfill the individual eligibility criteria required for admission.

7. What is the security deposit in Punjab NEET MDS counseling?

The security deposit in Punjab NEET MDS counseling has to be paid online for submitting willingness after the online registration. The security deposit is refundable and payable before the option entry round in Punjab. The security deposit charges for Punjab MDS counseling for government colleges/institutions is Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 2,00,000 for private dental colleges.

8. What is the fee structure of MDS in Punjab?

The MDS tuition fee per annum is Rs 5,85,000 for all branches in Punjab. However, these fees might vary as per the instructions of the admission authorities. Apart from the tuition fee, hostel charges might cost you around Rs 1,00,000 to Rs 1,50,000 a year, depending on the college of choice.

9. Can I take admission in MDS without NEET in Punjab?

No, you are not eligible to take admission in Punjab without qualifying the NEET MDS exam. The NBEMS announces the qualifying criteria after the NEET MDS exam, and it is mandatory to be qualified if you are planning for MDS admission in Punjab.

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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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