NEET-MDS 2020 for Dental PG courses admissions – where and how to apply guide

Are you searching for the schedule of the online process of NEET-MDS 2020 for admission to MDS courses in India? This article provides complete information on the eligibility criteria to register online for NEET-MDS 2020 for Dental postgraduate courses. Details of the exam format, the online application procedure, the list of documents to be taken to the test center, etc have been provided as a quick guide for candidates.

The National Board of Examinations (NBE) has announced the schedule of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)-MDS 2020 for admission to the MDS 2020 academic session. This test is a single-window entrance exam for all Dental PG courses in India for the academic session beginning next year. It should be noted that no other exam, whether at the institution level or at the State level, will be valid to get admission to any MDS course. The test will be conducted by NBE as a computer-based test (called CBT) on 20th December 2019 at 57 test centres across India.

NEET-MDS 2020 Entrance Test notification
[Image source: Print advt. in The Hindu, Mumbai edition,13th October 2019.]

The scope of NEET- MDS 2020 is very large. It will enable successful candidates to apply for admission for the following-

  1. All India 50% quota seats in all the States of India for MDS courses.

  2. The State quota seats for MDS courses for all States and Union territories of India.

  3. An MDS course at all private Dental Colleges, institutions, and Universities in India.

  4. An MDS course at an Armed Forces Medical Services Institution.

  5. The Screening Exam for Dental Surgeons (BDS & MDS) for Short Service Commission in Army Dental Corps.

However, AIIMS, New Delhi is not covered by the centralized admission process for MDS seats through NEET- MDS for the 2020 academic session. Also, the result of NEET-MDS 2020 is valid only for the 2020 admission session for MDS courses and cannot be carried forward for the next session of admissions for MDS courses. The list of colleges and institutes which offer MDS courses in India has been provided in the information bulletin.

Eligibility requirements

Those aspiring to get admission to the Master in Dental Surgery (MDS) program must fulfill the following eligibility criteria -
You must have a recognized Degree of Bachelor in Dental Surgery (BDS), awarded by a University of the institute in India and registered with the State Dental Council and obtained provisional or permanent registration. Additionally, after passing the qualifying exam, you should have undergone a compulsory rotatory internship of one year in an approved/recognized Dental College. The cutoff date for completion of internship which will determine the eligibility for appearing in NEET-MDS 2020 is 31st March 2020.

Candidates who are seeking admission through the State quota seats, as well as foreign nationals, should check the information bulletin for further eligibility requirements.

Exam fee

General candidates and OBC candidates have to pay an exam fee of Rs.3750/-. SC, ST, and PWD/(PH) candidates have to pay an exam fee of Rs.2750/-. The fee has to be remitted through the online payment gateway (with charges as applicable) during the process of online submission of the application form. The fee can be paid with a Credit card or a Debit card issued by Banks in India, or it can be paid through Internet Banking.

Important dates
  1. Availability of information bulletin: 11th October 2019, 3 p.m. onwards.

  2. Online submission of application begins: 11th October 2019, 3 p.m. onwards.

  3. Online submission of application ends: 31st October 2019, by 11.55 p.m.

  4. Demo test availability at NBE website: 1st December 2019 onward.

  5. Issuance of Admit Cards to provisionally eligible candidates: 13th December 2019. The Admit card can be downloaded from the website through log-in by the applicant.

  6. NEET-MDS Exam date: 20th December 2019.

  7. Results' declaration on the official website: by 20th January 2020.

Exam schedule and format

NEET-MDS 2020 shall be held on a single day and in a single session only, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Make sure that you report to the centre at least two hours prior to the start of the exam. Candidates will be allowed to enter the exam test center at 12 noon when the Biometric Registration process begins. Entry to the test center will close at 1.30 p.m. sharp. Candidates will get access to log in for the test at 1.45 p.m. and to read the instructions at 1.50 p.m. The exam will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 5 p.m.

The syllabus for the three-hour exam will be similar to the one for B.D.S. and incorporates all the subjects/syllabus taught during the BDS course. The test will have 240 multiple-choice questions, to which a single response has to be given in English only. Each correct answer will be given 4 marks, and an incorrect answer will get a one mark deduction. An answer which is not attempted will get zero marks.

There are two parts to the exam, Part A of 100 marks, and Part B of 140 marks.
Part A includes - General Anatomy including embryology and histology; General human physiology and Biochemistry; Dental Anatomy, Embryology & Oral Histology; General Pathology and Microbiology; General and Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics; General Medicine; General Surgery.

Part B includes - Dental Materials; Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology; Oral Medicine and Radiology; Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry; Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics; Periodontology; Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge; Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics; Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Public Health Dentistry.

At the exam centre

You are not allowed to have in your possession or use any kind of electronic devices, including mobile phones and Tabs. You should also not have in your possession notes, sheets of paper, study material, books, etc.

You must bring to the exam centre the following documents-
A printed copy of Admit Card with the candidate's photo pasted on it. The photo should be 35x45 mm on a white background, with at least 75% coverage of the face and head of the candidate. It should be printed on high-quality paper with at least 600 dpi resolutions. There must be a caption to indicate the candidate's name, as well as the date of capturing the photo, must appear at the bottom of the photo.

Any of these authorized photo IDs, which must be in original and should not have expired, should also be brought: PAN Card or Voter ID card or Driving License or Passport or Aadhar Card (original with photo). Make sure that the name on the photo identification matches exactly with the name as shown on the Admit Card.

How to apply

Those who wish to appear for NEET-MDS have to register online at the official website. No applications will be accepted via any kind of offline mode or submission of a printed copy by postal mail. Before applying, however, it is advisable to read the information bulletin at the website of NBE (the website is given at the end of this article).

The important online sites are:
(i) For new registration for NEET-MDS:
(ii) For the applicant log-in, the page is

It is important to submit details accurately. You will be unable to edit these details once the online application is submitted: name, mobile number, email ID, test city, date of birth, gender, and nationality. You can select the city of the exam centre through this online registration, on first come first serve basis. The centre will be intimated to you about one week prior to the exam date. However, a request for change of the test centre or city will not be permitted. On successfully submitting the online application, take a print out of the filled-in application form with the Transaction ID printed on it.

Contact information

For any query, contact the NBE candidate support service at 1800-2674003 (Toll-Free number) between 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed on Saturday, Sunday and Gazetted holidays).

NBE contact address: Medical Enclave, Ansari Nagar, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, New Delhi-110029.
Ph: 011-45593000. Email:
Website: National Board of Examinations (NBE).

Learn about BDS and MDS courses in India.

Best of luck!

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