NEET MDS 2018 – The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions to Postgraduate Dental Courses, commonly known as NEET MDS, will be conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) on January 7, 2018. NEET MDS 2018 will be held in online mode and offer admissions to the PG dental programmes across India. NBE conducts NEET MDS 2018 on behalf of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India annually. NEET MDS has replaced the All India Post Graduate Dental Entrance Examination (AIPGDEE) since 2017. The candidates interested in applying for the postgraduate dental examination need to register online and fill the NEET MDS 2018 application form before November 27, 2017. Candidates must note that NBE has opened NEET MDS application forms open to alteration or modification (if required). The last day to make changes in NEET MDS 2018 application form is November 27, 2017. The Exam Pattern for NEET MDS includes 240 Multiple Choice Questions which are supposed to be answered within a duration of 3 hours. Based on the previous year results of NEET MDS, candidates were offered admissions to the 50% All India Quota seats in all colleges across the nation except for those in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu and Kashmir for the Master of Dental Surgery programmes. Candidates can check here details about NEET MDS 2018 including important dates, eligibility criteria, application form, exam pattern, admit card, results and counselling.
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Latest Announcement- OBC candidates who faced difficulty during fee payment of NEET MDS 2018 application form and registered themselves under General category instead, can get their category changed from general to OBC. In order to process their request for change of category, such candidates are required to send an email to NBE at [email protected] requesting for the change of category along with a self-attested scanned copy of their OBC certificate. Change of category will be reflected in NEET MDS 2018 admit cards, which will be released four days before the conduct of NEET MDS entrance exam.
NEET MDS 2018: An Overview
Purpose of Examination
Qualifying cum Ranking Examination for admission to MDS courses
Pattern of Examination
MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) with single correct response
Number of Questions
As specified by Dental Council of India Revised BDS Course Regulations, 2007
Mode of Conduct
CBT (Computer Based Test)
Criteria for passing the examination
Minimum percentile of 50 in the examination for General Category,
Rs. 3750 for Gen/OBC and Rs. 2750 for ST/SC/PwD/PH
October last week to December first week, 2017*
January 7, 2017
Declaration of Result
By January 31, 2017
Merit Based Counselling conducted as per applicable regulations
Reservation of seats
As per applicable guidelines or Regulation or Government Policy
Validity of NEET MDS 2018
NEET MDS 2018 is valid for admissions to postgraduate dental programmes in various institutes.
NEET MDS 2018 is valid for All India 50% quota seats for MDS courses in all states except in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir (as these 3 states do not participate in All India Quota pool) and the state quota seats for MDS courses in all states/UTs including Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir.
NEET MDS 2018 is also valid for MDS Diploma courses at all private dental colleges/institutions/universities and MDS courses at Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions.
Few basic facts you should know about NEET MDS 2018:
Exam Name – National Eligibility cum Entrance Test MDS
Known as – NEET MDS
Exam Category – Post Graduate
Exam Level – National Level Exam
Conducting Body – National Board of Examinations (NBE)
Medical Institutes Exempted from NEET MDS for 2018 session - AIIMS, New Delhi
NBE has declared the examination date of NEET MDS 2018 and will declare other important dates soon. The important dates of NEET MDS 2018 are provided below. These may help to avoid missing of any of the NEET MDS 2018 events. Please note that the dates are tentative and will be confirmed in the month of October.
NEET MDS 2018 Important Dates
October 31, 2017
Last date of registration and fee submission
November 27, 2017
NEET MDS 2018 admit card available
First week of January 2018
NEET MDS 2018 Entrance Examination
January 7, 2018
By January 31, 2018
Candidates must fulfil eligibility criteria of NEET MDS 2018 as required by NBE for admission to MDS programme. The basic eligibility conditions of NEET MDS 2018 are stated below –
Candidates should have cleared the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree examination from a recognized institute of India.
Candidates must have completed compulsory training of 12 months in rotation or practical training on or before March 31 of the year of admission.
Candidates must be registered with Dental Council of India or State Dental Council.
The last date to fill the application form of NEET MDS 2018 is November 27, 2017. Candidates can make changes in their application form and submit NEET MDS 2018 application till November 27, 2017. Candidates seeking admissions to MDS programme can apply through the link given on NEET MDS 2018 Application form. Candidates can pay the application fee of NEET MDS 2018 via online mode using Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking. Candidates must ensure they complete the formalities before the last date of registration. The application status will be available in candidates’ registered account once the application is submitted after correctly filling in all the details and paying the application fee.
NEET MDS 2018 Application Fee
Application Fee (in INR)
Candidates will be receiving admit card of NEET MDS 2018 in an online mode only. The admit card of NEET MDS 2018 will be released approximately four days before NEET MDS 2018 entrance. Candidates can download NEET MDS 2018 admit card from their registered email id. Before downloading the admit card of NEET MDS 2018, candidates are advised to cross-check it completely for any discrepancies. In case candidates find any mistake in their admit card, they can contact the concerned officials for issuing a rectified NEET MDS 2018 admit card.
NBE will be conducting NEET MDS 2018 as a Computer Based Test (CBT) in online mode. The test will be based on core subjects taught during Bachelor's degree of Dental Surgery. The NEET MDS exam pattern 2018 can be seen by candidates here. The duration of NEET MDS 2018 examination will be 180 minutes. NEET MDS 2018 can be attempted in English language and the total number of questions to be attempted is 240. NEET MDS 2018 will not have any negative marking.
Subject-wise distribution of Questions for NEET MDS 2018
Subject-wise Weightage of Questions
Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology
Oral Medicine and Radiology
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
Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge
Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Public Health Dentistry
The results of NEET MDS 2018 will be announced online by NBE by January 31, 2018 only for those candidates who will have qualified the examination. Candidates meeting the qualifying marks criteria may then download their rank card for NEET MDS 2018 through their registered account. The rank card of NEET MDS 2018 will be available online only and qualified candidates will be able to participate in counselling of NEET MDS 2018 in online mode only.
NBE will be determining the cut off marks of NEET MDS 2018 on the basis of minimum qualifying marks for NEET MDS 2018 as well as on the basis of availability of seats, number of applicants and last few years' Cut Off trends. The NBE-specified minimum exam qualifying cut off criteria for last year’s NEET MDS is 50% for General category candidates and 40% for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Class candidates.
The counselling of NEET MDS 2018 will be conducted by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on behalf of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) for 50% All India Quota MDS seats’ allotment. Candidates will be required to participate in counselling of NEET MDS 2018 in online mode through their registered account. The seat allotment of NEET MDS 2018 will be based on the merit list of NEET MDS 2018 specifying the ranks of the qualified candidates. Candidates must hold a degree in BDS and fulfil other eligibility criteria for applying for NEET MDS 2018.