Recognition of Foreign BDS & MDS in India

Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

Previous to the year 2009, all Indian students desirous to do BDS were required to go to those dental colleges abroad which were listed by the Dental Council of India (DCI) in the Indian Dentist Act, 1948. However, on 13th, August 2009, the Indian Dentist Act, 1948 was amended which nullified the previous restricted list of ‘Recognized’ dental colleges and now gives permission to an Indian citizen to freely join any dental college in any part of the world, subject to the obtaining of an Eligibility Certificate prior to joining the dental college and upon the successful completion of the course appear and pass a screening examination in India to register the equivalent BDS degree. The amendment of the relevant section of the Indian Dentist Act, 1948. The copy of the Gazette along with the details of the screening test can be viewed here  

The Eligibility Certificate is issued by the Medical Council of India on the following basis:

Completion of 17 years of age.

  • Obtaining of 50% and more marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology for General Candidates
  • Obtaining 40% and more marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology for Reserved Candidates.
  • Submission of valid caste certificates in case of reserved candidates.

Master of Dental Surgery (MDS):
Previous to the year 2009, all Indian students desirous to do BDS were required to go to those dental colleges abroad which were listed by the Dental Council of India (DCI) in the Indian Dentist Act, 1948. However, on 13th, August 2009, the Indian Dentist Act, 1948 was amended which nullified the previous restricted list of ‘Recognized’ dental colleges and now gives permission to an Indian citizen to freely join any dental college in any part of the world, subject to the obtaining of an Eligibility Certificate prior to joining the dental college and upon the successful completion of the course appear and pass a screening examination in India to register the equivalent BDS degree. The amendment of the relevant section of the Indian Dentist Act, 1948. The copy of the Gazette along with the details of the screening test can be viewed here