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NEET MDS Exam 2018 : PG Dental Courses – Admission Results and Counseling

By SchoolMyKids Counsellor|9 - 10 mins read| September 06, 2017

Read about NEET MDS, Entrance exam for admission to Postgraduate Dental courses in India. NEET MDS is for admission to PG Dental MDS Courses in all DCI approved Dental Colleges, Institutions and  universities in India. Read this article to know about NEET MDS 2018 examination, NEET MDS 2018 Syllabus and Exam Pattern, NEET MDS 2018 Important Dates and Fees, NEET MBDS 2018 Result and list of universities and Colleges offering PG MDS courses in India.

About NEET MDS 2018- Postgraduate Dental Courses Entrance Examination

NEET MDS is an eligibility-cum-ranking examination, a single entrance examination to various Post Graduate MDS Courses under Dentists Act, 1948.

Please note NEET MDS is a single window entrance examination for Dental PG courses. No other entrance examination, either at state or institution level, shall be valid for entry to MDS Courses as per the Dentists Act, 1948 w.e.f. 2018 admission session.

Know more about Colleges and Universities and Colleges offering PG MDS courses in India.

Scope of NEET MDS

National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test MDS (NEET MDS) exam is a single eligibility cum entrance examination for admission to Postgraduate Dental Courses. NEET MDS is for admission to Post graduate course and will include the following

  1. All India 50% quota seats for MDS courses in all states except Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana.
  2. State quota seats for MDS courses for all States/Union territories of India including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana)
  3. MDS courses at all Private Medical Colleges, Institutions & Universities/Deemed Universities all across the country
  4. MDS courses at Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions.

*PG seats of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are likely to be included in 50%
All India Quota Seats 2018 subject to confirmation by the respective State
Governments to MoHFW, Govt. of India.

Institutions not filled through NEET MDS

The following Medical institutions in India are not covered by centralized admissions for MDS seats through NEET MDS 2018

  1. AIIMS, New Delhi

No state government /private medical college/universities including the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Telangana & Andhra Pradesh shall be conducting any separate entrance exam for admission to their MDS Courses for the academic session 2018-2019.

Overview of NEET MDS Exam

1 Purpose of Examination NEET MDS is a Qualifying cum Ranking Examination for admission to MDS courses
2 Periodicity Annual
3 Pattern of examination MCQ based with single correct response
4 No. of items (questions) 240
5 Time Allotted 3 Hrs.
6 Negative marking 1 mark shall be deducted
7 Syllabus As per Dental Council of India Revised BDS Course Regulations, 2007
8 Mode of conduct Computer based
9 Criteria for passing the examination
  • Minimum percentile of 50 in the exam for General Category
  • Minimum percentile of 40 for SC/ST/OBC
  • Minimum percentile of 45 for PWD (PH)
10 Seat Allotment Merit Based Counseling conducted as per PG Medical Education Regulations
11 Reservation of seats  As per applicable guidelines /Regulation / Govt. Policy
12 Last date of Online Application 31 October 2017– 27 November 2017 till 11:59 PM
13 Test Dates 7 January 2018
14 Declaration of Results By 31 January 2018

NEET MDS Entrance Exam Fees

Refer to below table for examination fees for NEET MDS. The below fee is inclusive of examination fees and information bulletin. Students can pay the fees through Credit Card, Debit Card or through Internet Banking.

NEET MDS Exam Fee – SC/ST/PWD (PH) Candidates Rs. 2,750
NEET MDS Exam Fee – General/OBC candidates Rs. 3,750

Eligibility Criteria for NEET MBS 2018

The eligibility criteria for Admission to MDS courses as per MDS Course Regulations 2017 notified by Dental Council of India with prior approval of MoHFW is as follows :

  1. A candidate for admission to the Master in Dental Surgery course, must possess a recognised degree of Bachelor in Dental Surgery awarded by a university or institute in India and registered with the State Dental Council and has obtained provisional or permanent registration and has undergone compulsory rotatory internship of a year in an approved/recognised dental college.
  2. A candidate who after passing the final qualifying examination (BDS or the foreign dental degree recognized by GOI/DCI), is undergoing 12-month compulsory rotatory internship/ practical training and is likely to complete the same by 31st March 2018 can take up this examination, but he/she shall not be eligible for admission unless he/she has completed the compulsory rotatory internship and obtained provisional or permanent registration on or before 31st March 2018 or the candidate produces a certificate from the head of Institution that he/she will be completing internship by 31st March 2018.
  3. As per MDS course Regulations 2017: It is not mandatory for foreign nationals to have temporary registration with DCI at the time of writing NEET-MDS. Foreign Nationals can write NEET-MDS without DCI registration.

NEET MDS 2018 Result Qualifying Percentile and Cutoff

The result of NEET MDS 2018 was declared on 25th January 2018.

Category Qualifying Percentile As Per Information Bulletin Cut off Score (out of 960) Revised Minimum Qualifying Criteria (as directed by MoHFW) Revised Cut off Score
General 50 233 20.265th Percentile 149
SC/ST/OBC/SC-PH/ST-PH/OBC-PH 40 204 10.265th Percentile 115
Persons with Disability (UR-PH) 45 219 15.265th Percentile 133

The minimum qualifying percentiles were lowered in NEET MBDS 2017 in accordance with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India Notification No V.12025/181/2016- DE dated 11th May 2017.

Category Qualifying Percentile As Per Information Bulletin Cut-Off Score As Per Qualifying Criteria In Information Bulletin Revised Qualifying Percentile Revised Cutoff Score
General 50 523.2461 42.50 499.2738
SC/ST/OBC 40 491.2402 32.50 469.0642
Persons with Disability 45 507.4365 37.50  483.7317

Qualified candidates have been assigned a unique All India NEET-MDS Rank in descending order of their scores.

NEET MDS 2018 Result Qualifying Percentile and Cutoff – All India Quota Seats

Refer to the table below for category wise cut off scores in order to participate in the online counseling for All India 50% Quota Seats – Post Graduate MDS Courses. 1200 students qualified to participate in the online counseling for All India 50% Quota Seats for admission to 2017 academic session.

UR 766.0974
UR-PH 517.2698
OBC 759.8726
OBC-PH 501.5115
SC 644.3119
ST 554.573


  1. NEET-MDS 2018 rank: This is the overall merit position of the candidate
    amongst all the candidates who have appeared in the NEET MDS 2018
  2. All India 50% quota rank: This is the overall merit position of the candidate
    amongst all the candidates who have appeared in the NEET MDS 2018 and
    are eligible for All India 50% quota counseling and is valid only for All India
    50% quota MDS Courses (2018 admission session).
  3. All India 50% quota Category Rank: This is the overall merit position of
    the candidate in the category (OBC/SC/ST) as opted by the candidate in the
    NEET – MDS 2018 amongst the candidates of the same category who are
    eligible for All India 50% quota counseling and is valid only for All India 50% quota MDS Courses. ( 2018 admission session)

NEET MDS Exam Pattern and Syllabus

 Pattern and Duration

  1. NEET MDS examination will be a multiple choice questions
  2. Exam test will be delivered using computers network (CBT) as per scheme prescribed.
  3. The exam comprises of 240 Multiple Choices with a single correct response questions
  4. The Questions will be in English language only.
  5. Total time allotted is 3hours.
  6. 4 Marks for each correct response
  7. Negative Marking: There shall be 25% negative marking for incorrect answers. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions. In NEET MDS 2017, There was no negative marking.

Subject-Wise Distribution Of Questions For NEET- MDS 2018

refer to the table below for subject wise distribution of NEET MBDS 2018 questions, the distribution is same as NEET MDS 2017

S.NO SUBJECT Subject Wise Weightage In
NEET- MDS 2018
(In Numbers)
1 General Anatomy including embryology and histology 14
2 General human physiology and Biochemistry 14
3 Dental Anatomy, Embryology & Oral Histology 14
4 General Pathology and Microbiology 14
5 General and Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics 14
6 Dental Materials 14
7 General Medicine 14
8 General Surgery 14
9 Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology 15
10 Oral Medicine and Radiology 15
11 Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry 14
12 Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics 14
13 Periodontology 14
14 Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge 14
15 Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics 14
16 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 14
17 Public Health Dentistry 14
Grand Total 240

 NEET MDS Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for the exam shall be that of BDS standard and shall cover all the subjects/syllabus taught during the BDS course as prescribed in the DCI Revised BDS Course Regulations, 2007 as amended from time to time

NEET MDS Important Dates

Refer to the the table below for important dates for admission and counseling for admission to MDS course in various colleges and institutions in India

Availability of Information Bulletin 30 October 2017
Exam dates 7th January 2018
Declaration of result 25th January 2018
Online registration cum scheduling 31st October 2017 from 03:00 PM onwards till 11:59 PM on 27th November 2017

NEET MDS Allocation of time

Refer to table below for the NEET- MDS allocation of time

Afternoon Session (1:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
Candidate Entry Time – Allow Candidates to enter the examination centre and commence Biometric Registration 1:00 PM
Venue Entry Closes 2:30 PM
Grant access for Candidate Login 2:45 PM
Candidates log in to read instructions 2:50 PM
Test Start Time* 3:00 PM
Test End Time 6:00 PM

NEET MDS Examination Centers

The list of various cities where NEET MDS Examination centres are located

  1. Ahmedabad
  2. Amritsar
  3. Asansol
  4. Bangalore
  5. Bhopal
  6. Bhubaneswar
  7. Chandigarh
  8. Chennai
  9. Dehradun
  10. New Delhi
  11. Guwahati
  12. Hyderabad
  13. Jaipur
  14. Jammu
  15. Kolkata
  16. Kozikhode
  17. Lucknow
  18. Mohali
  19. Mumbai
  20. Nagpur
  21. Noida
  22. Patna
  23. Pune
  24. Ranchi
  25. Sikar
  26. Trivandrum / Thiruvananthapuram
  27. Tiruchirappalli
  28. Udaipur
  29. Visakhapatnam

The candidate have to appear at the centre as shown on his/her Admit Card at his/her own cost. Exact address and location of the test centres is available on NEET-MDS website www.nbe.edu.in.

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