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[Updated] NEET MDS 2020: Admission, Date, Pattern, Syllabus, Books, Fees

NEETNational Eligibility Cum Entrance Test Master of Dental Surgery (NEET MDS 2020) exam Notification has been released. This Admission Seeker may submit NEET MDS 2020 Form only online mode. According to NEET Official Information, The last date of the submission of NEET application form 2020 will most likely to begin from the 11th October 2019 and application will be closed by 31st October 2019. NEET MDS 2020 exam is the only gateway for admissions into dental PG courses offered by various government and private dental colleges in India.

NEET MDS 2020 is an eligibility cum ranking examination conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE). NEET for MDS Exam is conducted only once in a year and is the only authorised entrance examination for admission to the Masters in Dental Surgery programmes across India. 

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The Admit cards for NEET MDS 2020 were issued only to those candidates whose application form is completed and submitted on time. For more details on the NEET MDS 2020 like Application Process, Fees, How to Apply, Exam Pattern, Eligibility Criteria, Participating Institutes and Exam Centres. Students want to apply for the entrance are hereby notified to read the complete article carefully.

Quick Facts

Conducting BodyNBE (National Board of Examinations)
Exam LevelNational Level Exam
Exam FrequencyOnce a Year
Exam ModeOnline  
Exam Duration3 Hours
LanguageHindi and English
Exam PurposeAdmission to postgraduate dental courses
Course OfferedMD
No. of Test Cities51 cities in India
Exam Helpdesk No.1800-11-1700 

Important Dates

Information BrochureOctober 11, 2019
Online application availableOctober 11, 2019
Last date to submit the application formOctober 31, 2019
NEET MDS correction windowNovember 4, 2019
Release of NEET MDS admit cardDecember 13, 2019
NEET MDS 2020 examDecember 20, 2019
Announcement of resultJanuary 15, 2020
NEET MDS Merit list First week of March 2020 (Expected)
Merit list for 50% AIQ seatsFirst week of March 2020 (Expected)
NEET MDS counselling round 1March 16, 2020 (Expected)
Counselling round IIApril 2, 2020 (Expected)
Mop-up round of counsellingApril 22, 2020 (Expected)

Why choose NEET MDS 2020?

Before going to deep, let us have a look over some of the salient features of NEET MDS 2020 exam which will serve the answer to the question Why to choose NEET MDS 2020 Entrance Exam?

  • NEET MDS 2020 exam is conducted by National Board of Examination (NBE) across different cities in India.
  • NEET MDS  is the national level examination for admission in Postgraduate MDS courses for the academic session 2020-21 which will include the following:
    i. All India 50% quota seats (all States & UT’s)
    ii. State quota seats. (including the UT’s )
    iii. All Private Dental Colleges, Institutions & Universities/Deemed Universities all across the country
    iv. Armed Forces Dental Services Institutions.
  • NEET MDS 2020 application form is available online only.
  • Aadhaar card is mandatory for all the Indian citizens to fill the application form.

So, if you have already made up your mind to be a part of it, then the first thing you have to do is to read this article carefully. You will find all the detailed information about NEET MDS Admission Test 2020. Let us first have a brief look at the Eligibility Criteria and Exam Pattern of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test MDS 2020.

Eligibility Criteria

The NEET MDS 2020 eligibility criteria are as per MDS Course Regulations 2017 announced by Dental Council of India (DCI) with prior approval of MoHFW is as follows :

  • Candidate must be 20 years old or more in age.
  • Candidates must hold DCI approved Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from a university.
  • The candidate must be registered with the Dental Council of India (DCI) or State Dental Council (SDC) (permanent/ provisional).
  • The candidate must have completed 12 months of mandatory rotatory internship on or before March 31, 2020.

To Know More about Eligibility Criteria Click Here

Application Process

The following order of steps will be found while filling the online application form for NEET MDS 2020:

  • Register on the official website to get User ID and Password.
  • Fill the application form
  • Upload photograph and signature
  • Choose the test city
  • Pay the fee and save the online payment slip.
  • Take a print out of the filled application form with the transaction ID printed on it

Other Post Graduation Exam

1DNB-PDCETRanking examination for entry to various post diploma DNB courses
2FMGE (SCREENING TEST)Conducted as per Screening Test Regulations, 2002.
3NEET-PGFor admission to all MD/MS/PG Diploma Courses
4NEET-SSFor admission to all Super Specialty Courses(DM/MCh/DNB) Courses
5NEET-MDSFor admission to all MDS Courses
6Fellowship Entrance TestFor admission to FNB (Fellow of National Board) Courses

Note: NBE conducts the above examinations on an All India basis on Computer-Based Platform.

Exam Centres

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It’s been necessary to understand what the detailed syllabus is before starting the preparation process. This will ensure that the candidate’s preparation is going to get an extra edge and complete in every sense.

The syllabus of NEET MDS 2020 is determined as per the latest Regulations for BDS courses notified by the DCI (Dental Council of India) with earlier permission of the Govt. of India. The following subjects are questioned in the question paper:

  1. General Anatomy including embryology and histology
  2. General human physiology and Biochemistry
  3. Dental Anatomy, Embryology & Oral Histology
  4. General Pathology and Microbiology
  5. General and Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  6. Dental Materials
  7. General Medicine
  8. General Surgery

To Know More about Syllabus Click Here


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Preparation Tips

There is given below Important Tips related to NEET MDS 2020

  • Firstly, know all the details about the officially prescribed syllabus for the examination.
  • Practice mock test & previous year question papers.
  • Make a proper time-table for your preparations.
  • Consider the good preparation of books and study materials.
  • Consider the good preparation of books and study materials.
  • Stay stress-free & healthy while preparing for exams.

Application Fee

CategoryApplication fee (In Rs)
Other Backward Classes3750
Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe2750

Mode of Payment

  • Debit/Credit
  • Online Banking
  • Net Banking

Important Note:

  • Fee once paid will not be refunded under any circumstance.
  • Staff candidates are exempted from payment of examination fee and intimation charges.
  • Bank Transaction charges for Online Payment of application fees/intimation charges will have to be borne by the candidate.

Exam Pattern

Part-A (TOTAL 100)
1General Anatomy including embryology and histology14
2 General human physiology and Biochemistry14
3 Dental Anatomy, Embryology & Oral Histology14
4 General Pathology and Microbiology14
5 General and Dental Pharmacology and therapeutics14
6 General Medicine15
7 General Surgery15
  Part-B (TOTAL 140) 
1. Dental Materials14
2. Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology 14

To Know full Exam Pattern Click Here

Admit Card

The admit card for the NEET MDS 2020 will be released last week of 13 December 2019. The Admit Card or generally known as Call Later and can be downloaded from the official website. The admit card is the compulsory document to carry during the Exam hall at the time of examination. If a candidate fails to show his/her NEET MDS 2020 Admit Card at the time of the exam, then the candidate will not be permitted to appear for the Examination. You can follow these steps to download the admit card for NEET MDS 2020 Entrance examination.

  • Visit the NEET MDS exam official website.
  • Click on NEET Admit Card tab/link.
  • Enter any two details from – Application Number (6 digits), Date of Birth or Email ID.
  • View and download NEET admit card.
  • Take a clear print of NEET Entrance Exam 2020 Admit card.

To Know full Exam Pattern Click Here

Dress code

Due to a large number of the applicant, the NBE follows strict policies to maintain the discipline and fairness of NEET MDS Exam. Among the important policies is the dress code for NEET MDS 2020. NBE has prescribed a dress code for the examination day along with a list of items that are prohibited in the examination hall. Below are a few important pointers about the dress code for NEET MDS 2020:

NEET MDS 2020 Dress code for males:

  • Try to wear simple pants/shirts
  • Full-sleeves shirts/T-shirts are not permitted
  • Clothes should not have pockets, zips, big buttons, layers etc
  • Avoid layering your clothing
  • Kurtas and pyjamas should be avoided
  • Footwear should be simple. Boots, shoes or any concealing/covered footwear are not permitted
  • You can opt for light slippers/sandals

NEET MDS 2020 Dress code for females:

  • Wear half-sleeved Kurtis/shirts
  • Long and fancy sleeves of any design are not allowed
  • Keep it simple. Avoid embroidery, frills, layering with different pieces
  • Avoid all jewellery both metallic and non-metallic
  • Fancy footwear is not permitted in the exam hall. Avoid boots, heels, stilettos, shoes
  • Opt for slippers or open sandals

Exam day guidelines

To help the candidates appearing for the examination have a hassle-free day and keep them stress-free and calm on Exam Day, we have made some Exam day guidelines for NEET MDS 2020.

What to carry on the exam day? ()

  • NEET MDS 2020 admit card
  • Two passport size photographs (preferably same as the one submitted with the application form)
  • A valid photo Id proof (Passport/ Aadhaar card, Driving Licence, PAN Card)
  • PWD Certificate (if applicable)

What not to carry? (×)

  • A stationery item like textual material (printed or written), bits of papers, Geometry/Pencil Box, Plastic Pouch, Pen, Calculator, Scale, Writing Pad, Pen Drives, Eraser, Calculator, Log Table, Electronic Pen/Scanner, etc.
  • Communication devices like Mobile Phone, Bluetooth, Earphones, Microphone, Pager, Health Band, etc.
  • Other items like Wallet, Goggles, Handbags, Belt, Cap Watch/Wrist Watch, Bracelet, Camera, etc.
  • Any eatable item opened or packed, water bottle, tea, coffee, cold drinks, etc.
  • Any other item which could be used for unfair means, by hiding communication devices like a microchip, camera, Bluetooth device, etc.
  • Candidates suffering from diabetes are allowed to carry eatables (with prior intimation) like sugar tablets/fruits (like banana/apple/orange) and transparent water bottle. However, they will not be allowed to carry packed foods like chocolate/ candy/sandwich, etc.

Cut Off

NBE has the individual authority to decide the NEET MDS 2020 cutoff which will be declared along with the result. The NEET MDS 2020 cutoff score depends on many factors like

  • The difficulty level of the exam
  • The number of candidates
  • Availability of seats between others

Only the candidates who will qualify according to NEET MDS cutoff 2020 will be included in the merit list issued by NBE. Candidates will have to secure marks corresponding to the NEET MDS cutoff percentile in order to qualify. Previous year cutoff of NEET MDS for various categories has been given below.

Previous years cut off

CategoryNEET MDS 2018 cut off marksNEET MDS 2019 cut off marks
General PWD232219

To Know full details about cut off Click Here


National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (MDS)  Result has been declared on 15th January 2020. The result will be released online on the website. Students can check their results by entering their roll number and other required details are given below.

Aspirants need to follow the below given important Steps for NEET MDS 2020 

  • Go to the official website of NEET 
  • Click on “NEET Result” tab/link mentioned on the official website.
  • Enter any two details from – Roll number, date of birth and application number.
  • Click on Submit button.
  • View result and download. (Take out its printed copy)


NEET MDS Counselling 2020 will be expected to start from the third week of March. The NEET MDS 2020 counselling will be conducted online to take admission to approximately 1300 MDS seats available through All India Quota (AIQ). To participate in the counselling of NEET MDS 2020 the candidates are required to register on the official website of MCC and pay the registration fee.

The NEET MDS counselling will be conducted by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on behalf of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). If a candidate wants to take admission through state quota like in Uttar Pradesh you can click here to know the full details and also get the list of private and govt. MDS colleges in UP and List of Dental colleges in India

For more details about counselling Click Here

Top 10 NEET MDS Colleges

S. No.Name of college
1.Regional Dental College, Guwahati
2.Government Dental College, Kottayam
3.Maulana Azad Institute and Dental Science, New Delhi
4.Goa Dental College and Hospital, Goa
5.Government Dental College and Hospital, Ahmedabad University
6.College of Medical Sciences, Delhi
7.Post Graduate Institute of Dental Sciences, Rohtak
8.Government Dental College and Hospital, Shimla
9.Government Dental College and Research Institute, Bangalore
10.Patna Dental College and Hospital, Patna
How many exam centres are there for NEET MDS exam?

NEET MDS will be conducted in 57 different cities located across India.

Is the NEET MDS cutoff revised?

Yes, if there are seats left vacant even after the mop-up round of counselling. The exam conducting authority in consultation with the government of India will lower the NEET MDS cutoff.

How many seats are in NEET MDS?

NEET MDS exam is a computer-based Exam containing a total of 240 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The entrance test will be conducted for 6,228 seats offered in various dental colleges in the country.

Is Neet necessary for MDS?

To pursue the Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) courses in India, one must qualify the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for MDS (NEET MDS) exam. From all the government dental colleges, 50% seats will be reserved for AIQ candidates, while the remaining 85% seats will be available for state quota seats.

Does NEET MDS 2020 have negative marking?

Yes, There is 1 mark deduction for every wrong attempt question answered in NEET MDS 2020.

How many attempts we can give for NEET MDS exam?

According to officials, General/OBC candidates were able to attempt only 3 times for NEET examination up to the age of 25 years while SC/ST could attempt same (3 times) up to the age of 30 years.

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