NEET MDS 2020 – National Board of Examination (NBE) is the conducting authority of NEET MDS. The organising committee has announced the exam dates of NEET MDS 2020, which is to be held on December 20, 2019, for admission to Masters of Dental Surgery (MDS) in government, private, deemed and central universities of India. NEET MDS 2020 will be a computer based entrance examination for admission under 50% All India Quota, 50% state quota seats and 100% seats from deemed/central universities. Candidates who will fulfils the basic NEET MDS eligibility criteria will be eligible to appear for postgraduate dental entrance test. The application form of NEET MDS 2020 will be released in the second week of October 2019. It is mandatory to fill and register for the exam on or before the last date.
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Only the registered applicants will be eligible to download the hall ticket of NEET MDS 2020. The printout of NEET MDS admit card should be carried at the exam centre along with the other relevant documents. NEET MDS exam is a computer-based test containing a total of 240 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The exam will be held for three hours from 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM. Four marks will be awarded for every correct answer, while one mark will be deducted for a wrong attempt. While, no marks will be marked for any unanswered question. Since the exam is conducted in online mode and due to the non-disclosure agreement, NBE will not release the answer key of NEET MDS 2020.
Know your admission chances
The test takers can download the NEET MDS result 2020 in online mode only. Candidates must secure the minimum qualifying marks to qualify the postgraduate dental entrance test. NEET MDS 2020 cutoff for general category candidates is 50th percentile, while for SC/ST/OBC, it is 40th percentile. The marks equivalent to the qualifying cutoff percentile will be declared along with the result of NEET MDS 2020. Candidates qualifying the online exam will be called for the counselling process. NEET MDS 2020 counselling process for 50% All India Quota seats, 100% seats in deemed/central universities and ESIC colleges will be conducted by Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on behalf of Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) on the basis of scores and rank obtained in NEET MDS. While, the seat allotment process in remaining 50% state quota seats and private colleges will be done by the respective state counselling authorities using the NEET MDS rank. Candidates can read the article on NEET MDS 2020 schedule, application form, admit card, syllabus, exam pattern, result, counselling, seats reservation and other details.
Candidates can check the highlights of NEET MDS 2020 from the table below.
December 20, 2019 (Declared)
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Postgraduate Dental courses
National Board of Examinations (NBE)
Commonly known as
Purpose of examination
Qualifying cum ranking examination for admission to MDS courses
NEET MDS 2020 exam dates announced!
Check the official notification of NEET MDS 2020 below.
NEET MDS 2020 for admission to Postgraduate Dental courses
Scope of NEET MDS 2020
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Postgraduate Dental courses for the academic session 2020 is valid for admission to the following criteria:
All India 50% quota seats for MDS courses (excluding candidates from Jammu and Kashmir)
State quota seats for MDS courses for all States/Union Territories of India (including Jammu & Kashmir)
MDS courses at all Private Dental colleges, institutions & Universities all across the country
MDS courses at Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions
Candidates can check the NEET MDS 2020 important dates from the table below.
NEET MDS Dates 2020
Release of notification
October 14, 2019*
Application form starts
Last date for online registration
November 11, 2019*
Correction facility starts
November 18 to 25, 2019*
Issuance of admit card
December 2 to 9, 2019*
NEET MDS 2020 mock test
December 11, 2019*
NEET MDS 2020 exam
December 20, 2019 - ANNOUNCED
Declaration of result
January 15, 2020*
Announcement of cutoff
Availability of score card
January 24, 2020*
Merit list released
First week of March 2020*
Merit list for 50% AIQ seats
Availability of Individual Scorecard
NEET MDS counselling round I
March 16 to 31, 2020*
Counselling of NEET MDS 2020 round II
April 2 to 15, 2020*
NEET MDS counselling 2020 mop-up round
April 22 to May 11, 2020*
*Dates are tentative
Candidates seeking admission in Masters Of Dental Surgery (MDS) courses must go through the NEET MDS eligibility conditions before applying for the PG dental examination. The basic eligibility criteria mentioned below must be fulfilled by aspirants.
Candidate cannot be less than 20 years of age are eligible for the test.
Aspirant must possess a recognized degree of Bachelors of Dental Surgery (BDS) from a University or Institute in India.
He/she must have a permanent or provisional registration certificate issued by Dental Council of India (DCI) or State Dental Council (SDC).
Candidate must have undergone or likely to complete the 12 months compulsory rotatory internship on or before March 31, 2020.
NBE will start the online registration of NEET MDS 2020 from October 14, 2019. Only those aspirants who will fulfill the specified eligibility criteria can fill the NEET MDS 2020 application form on or before the last stipulated date and time. The application form of NEET MDS 2020 can be filled in five steps, which has been mentioned below.
Steps to fill NEET MDS 2020 application form
The application fee of Rs. 3750 for General/OBC categories, while Rs. 2750 for SC/ST/PWD categories must be paid in online mode using credit/debit card or net banking.
Through the information brochure, NBE will release the list of NEET MDS 2020 exam centres. The exam centres are the list of cities where the examination will be conducted. Aspirants must select one preference of exam centre of NEET MDS 2020, while online registrations. The selection of test centres will be done on the basis of the first-come-first-serve basis. Candidates must fill the preferences of exam cities carefully, as the options once submitted cannot be modified. The authorities will allot the NEET MDS exam centre 2020 as per the preferences submitted by the candidates. However, in cases where the authorities have to allot an exam centre which is located outside the preferred state then candidates will be informed by November 21, 2019. In the year 2019, NEET MDS was conducted in a total of 51 examination cities across India. The list of exam cities in which centres were located is mentioned below.
NEET MDS Test Cities
Name of city
The dental graduates who will fill the application form on or before the stipulated date can download the NEET MDS 2020 admit card. The link to download the hall ticket will be available on this page, when released. In order to download the admit card, candidates need to enter their candidate ID and password in the space provided. It is advised to cross-check the details mentioned in the NEET MDS hall ticket 2020 and also paste the latest passport size photograph. In case of any discrepancy in the NEET MDS admit card, applicants are required to contact the authority immediately and rectify the mistakes. The admit card should be carried at the exam centre along with the valid ID proofs.
The regulatory body will specify the paper pattern of NEET MDS 2020 through the information brochure. NEET MDS 2020 entrance exam will be a computer based test containing a total of 240 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The exam will be conducted in three hours from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM only. The detailed NEET MDS 2020 exam pattern is provided below for the candidates.
Mode of exam – Computer-based mode/Online
Duration of the exam – 3 hours (180 minutes) from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Types of questions – Objective type questions
Total questions asked – 240 multiple choice question with four options each
Total marks – 960 marks
Medium of questions asked – English language only
Marking scheme – +4 marks for every correct answer; -1 mark for a wrong attempt; 0 mark for the unanswered question
Syllabus – Subjects taught in BDS programme (Pre-Clinical, Clinical and Para-Clinical)
NBE prepares NEET MDS 2020 syllabus on the basis of subjects studied in BDS programme curriculum. The syllabus comprises of three subjects of Pre-Clinical, Clinical and Para-Clinical. The subject-wise distribution of syllabus for NEET MDS exam is mentioned in the table below.
NEET MDS 2020 – Subject-wise distribution of questions
General Anatomy including embryology and histology
General Human Physiology and Biochemistry
Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Oral Histology
General Pathology and Microbiology
General and Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology
Oral Medicine and Radiology
Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge
Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Public Health Dentistry
NBE will not publish the official NEET MDS 2020 answer key as the exam will be conducted in online mode. As per the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), the test takers are also not allowed to discuss the questions or any other information related to the examination in any mode. The answer key will include the solutions of the questions asked in the exam. Aspirants can match their marked answer with the solutions provided in NEET MDS answer key 2020. In case any other coaching institute will release the answer key, it will be provided in this article.
NBE will announce the NEET MDS 2020 result on January 15, tentatively. The result of NEET MDS 2020 will be declared online in the form of PDF. Candidates who will secure the minimum qualifying percentile will be considered qualified in the entrance test. NEET MDS result 2020 will include the roll numbers, marks obtained out of 960 and NEET MDS overall rank. The result can be downloaded by using the link which will be available on this page when released. Last year, the result of NEET MDS 2020 was revised due to lower of cutoff percentile on April 4, 2019.
The scorecard of NEET MDS 2020 will be available for qualified candidates only. Aspirants can download the scorecard by entering their User ID and password. NEET MDS scorecard 2020 will mention the name of candidate, roll number, rank, category rank, marks scored, qualifying status, AIQ rank and other details.
The cutoff is the minimum percentile which must be secured to qualify the NEET MDS entrance test. NBE will release the minimum NEET MDS 2020 cutoff along with the official brochure. The qualifying percentile of NEET MDS for general category is 50th percentile, while for SC/ST/OBC, it is 40th percentile. The marks corresponding to the cutoff percentile will be announced along with the result. Candidates who will obtain the marks equivalent to the NEET MDS 2020 cutoff will be considered eligible to participate for the counselling process. NEET MDS cutoff 2020 will be determined on the basis of various factors which includes number of aspirants took the entrance test, difficulty level of exam, seats available under each specialty among others.
NEET MDS qualifying percentile and score
Cut off percentile
Cut off scores 2018
General PH candidates
Revision of NEET MDS Cutoff 2020
When the sufficient number of candidates appeared for postgraduate national level entrance examination fails to secure the minimum qualifying marks as declared by NBE, the Central Government in consultation with the Dental Council of India (DCI) may lower the NEET MDS 2020 cut off minimum marks belonging to respective categories. In the year 2019, the regulatory body had lowered the minimum cut off percentile and scores. The cutoff for candidates belonging to reserved category was lowered to 25.835 percentile. Whereas, reserved category and PH aspirants had to secure at least 15.385 and 20.385 percentile, respectively. Check the NEET MDS revised cutoff percentile 2020 and their equivalent scores from the table below.
Revised NEET MDS cut off
Minimum qualifying criteria
Cut off scores
Revised minimum qualifying percentile
Revised cut off scores
NEET MDS Merit List 2020
NBE will release the merit list of NEET MDS 2020 on the basis of scores obtained in the online test. NEET MDS 2020 merit list will be available online in the PDF format. The rank list will be released in the first week of March 2020. The merit list will display NEET MDS All India Rank (AIR) for 50% quota, All India Rank and category of candidates. Only the dental graduates included in the merit list can are eligible to participate for the counselling process. A separate NEET MDS 2020 merit list for 50% AIQ seats will be prepared for the allotment to AIQ seats.
DGHS on behalf of MCC will conduct the counselling of NEET MDS 2020 for 50% AIQ, all seats of deemed/central and ESIC colleges. NEET MDS 2020 counselling will be held in online mode only. NEET MDS seat allotment for AIQ seats will be completed in two rounds, while a mop-up round will also be conducted for deemed/central and ESIC institutes. The dental graduates qualifying PG entrance test are eligible for the counselling process.
In order to appear for NEET MDS counselling 2020, aspirants will be required to register themselves through the link which will be made available on this page, when released. Along with it, they have to pay the prescribed application fees in online mode. Once the registration is done, the registered candidates have to provide their preferences of colleges and specialties in which they wish to get admission into. Based on the NEET MDS All India Rank (AIR), preferences of colleges as well as courses, availability of seats in a particular college, reservation criteria and other factors, the AIQ/deemed/central seats will be allotted.
The counselling of remaining 50% state quota seats and MDS seats in private colleges will be done by designated counselling committee of respective states either online or offline modes. NEET MDS seat allotment process for each state varies due to total intakes, number of domicile candidates applied for admission. The eligible candidates must fill the application form to register and will be allotted seats as per the preferences of colleges as well as courses, NEET MDS AIR, seats available, criteria of reservation and other aspects. After allotment of seats, the candidates must report at the allotted college for document verification, completion of admission and payment of fees.
The participating institutes of NEET MDS 2020 are the list of colleges which grants admission to MDS courses on the basis of rank obtained in the exam. A total of 170 colleges including deemed, central universities and colleges which provides admission for 50% AIQ seats. Check top 10 participating institutes in the table below.
Top 10 NEET MDS Colleges
Name of college
Regional Dental College, Guwahati
Patna Dental College and Hospital, Patna
Maulana Azad Institute and Dental Science, New Delhi
University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi
Goa Dental College and Hospital, Goa
Government Dental College and Hospital, Ahmedabad
Post Graduate Institute of Dental Sciences, Rohtak
Government Dental College and Hospital, Shimla
Government Dental College and Research Institute, Bangalore
Government Dental College, Kottayam
The core eligibility criteria of NEET MDS 2020 includes the following:
Candidate must not be younger than 20 years of age.
Candidates must have completed Bachelors of Dental Surgery (BDS) from a recognised university or institute in India.
Candidate must have completed the 12 months compulsory rotatory internship on or before March 31, 2020.
In the year 2019, NEET MDS was conducted in 51 exam cities located across the country. The list of updated exam centres of NEET MDS will be revealed along with the information brochure.
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.
In the second week of October, candidates will have to fill the online registration form in order to be able to appear for NEET MDS.
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The basic eligibility criteria mentioned below must be fulfilled by aspirants. Candidate cannot be less than 20 years of
are eligible for the test. Aspirant must possess a recognized degree of Bachelors of Dental Surgery (BDS) from a University or Institute in India.
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