National Dental Commission

The National Dental Commission is a statutory body formed to govern dental education and the practice of dentistry throughout India. It is funded by grant-in-aid from the Indian government through the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (Department of Health).

A bill that has been submitted to the Indian Parliament proposes the dissolution of the Dental Council of India, along with other regulatory bodies like the Medical Council of India, the Nursing Council of India, and the Pharmacy Council of India. The Dental Council of India would have been replaced by the National Dental Commission under the draft National Dental Commission Bill, which was made public in January 2020 by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The National Dental Commission’s mission is to promote impartial and worldwide oral healthcare which encourages a public health perspective and tends to make medical professionals’ facilities available to all citizens. It also aims to increase access to excellent dental education, ensure the availability of enough and high-quality dental healthcare professionals across the nation, and ensure that dental care is provided to all citizens.


Name of AuthorityNational Dental Commission
LocationNew Delhi
Type Of Authoritystatutory
Parent OrganizationGovernment of India 
Formerly Known AsDental Council of India
Objective Maintaining and monitoring the education for Dental education and healthcare in India 
Official Website

Functions of the National  Dental Commission (NDC)

  • The Dental Council of India has been given the duty of granting recognition to the dental degrees granted by the various Universities and of upholding uniform standards for dental education throughout the nation.
  • As part of its duties and responsibilities, the Council inspects various dental institutions and alerts the appropriate authorities to any deficiencies found so that appropriate corrective action can be taken.
  • upholding an identical standard for dental education, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • It calls for inspections and visits to dental colleges in order to grant permission for their establishment, an increase in seats, and the launch of new postgraduate programs.
  • to specify the requirements for and the required standard curricula for the training of dentists, dental hygienists, and dental mechanics.

National Dental Commission approved Syllabus And Course

For UG Course

1st Year BDS2nd Year BDs 3 rd Year 4th Year
General Human Anatomy including Embryology and HistologyGeneral Pathology and MicrobiologyGeneral MedicineConservative Dentistry and Endodontics
General Human Physiology and BiochemistryGeneral and Dental Pharmacology and TherapeuticsGeneral SurgeryOral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Oral HistologyDental MaterialsOral Pathology and Oral MicrobiologyOral Medicine and Radiology
Pre-clinical ProsthodonticsOrthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics
Pre clinical Conservative DentistryPediatric & Preventive Dentistry
Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge
Public Health Dentistry

For PG Courses

Courses Departments/Specialty 

Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge
Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics 
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Maxillofacial Pathology and Oral Microbiology
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral Medicine & Radiology 
Pediatric Dentistry
Public Health Dentistry

National Dental Commission

(Admission to the Dental Course-Eligibility Criteria)

For UG Courses

Age Limit

  • The candidate shall complete the age of 17 years on or before December 31st of the year of admission to the BDS course.


  • Every academic year, a single eligibility/entrance test, called the “National Eligibility/Entrance Test for Admission to BDS Course,” will be held.
  • To be eligible for admission to the BDS program for a specific academic year, a candidate must score at least 50 percent in the “National Eligibility cum-Entrance Test to BDS course,” which was held for that academic year. 
  • The minimum score must be at the 40th percentile for candidates who are members of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, or Other Backward Classes. 
  • The minimum score for candidates with locomotory impairment of lower amendments shall be at the 45th percentile. The All-India common merit list’s highest marks will be used to calculate the percentile for “National Eligibility-cum-Entrance.”
  • The Central Government, in consultation with the National Dental Commission, may at its discretion lower the minimum marks required for admission to the BDS Course for respondents belonging to the respective categories whenever an adequate number of applicants in the respective groups fail to obtain the minimum marks as recommended in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test held for any academic year for admission to the BDS Course.
  • iii. The reservation of seats in dental colleges for various categories shall be in accordance with the laws that are currently in effect in the States/Union Territories. a State-by-State merit list and an overall merit list of the


  • 10+2 Higher Secondary Examination after a period of 12 years of study, requires English at a level not less than the core course for English as recommended by the National Council for Education and Training after the emergence of the 10+2+3 years. 
  • The last two years of study must include physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics or any other elective subjects with English at a level not less than the core course for English.

For PG courses


Every academic year, a uniform NEET will be held in accordance with the rules established by the National Board of Examinations or any other body designated by the Central Government in this regard for admission to post-graduate dental programs.

The Council shall have overall responsibility for the supervision, direction, and control of the NEET.


(1) The candidate has to secure the following category-wise minimum percentile in NEET for admission to post-graduate courses held in a particular academic year. 

Category Percentile
General 50th Percentile
Person with locomotory disability of lower limb45th Percentile
Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes 40th Percentile

As long as the highest marks obtained in the All-India Common Merit List for NEET for post-graduate courses are used to calculate the percentile.


  • A candidate for admission to the Master in Dental Surgery program must hold a recognized Bachelor in Dental Surgery degree from an Indian university or institution,
  • Must be registered with the State Dental Council, and have either attained provisional or permanent registration.


  • Candidate must have completed a one-year mandatory rotational internship in a dental college that has been approved or recognized

National  Dental Commission (NDC) 

(Common Counselling structure)

For UG admission

  • Admission to BDS courses in all dental educational institutions will be based on a merit list from the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test.
  • The Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, shall be the designated authority for counselling for the 15% All India Quota seats of the contributing States and all BDS seats of the Central Government universities established by an Act of Parliament and the Deemed Universities.
  • The State/Union Territory shall conduct admissions counseling for BDS courses in a State/Union Territory, including Dental Education Institutions established by the State Government, University established by an Act of State/Union Territory Legislature, Trust, Society, and Minority Institutions.
  • If a dispute arises regarding such common counselling, the respective State Government shall refer the matter to the Central Government, whose decision shall be final in this regard.

For PG admission

  • On the basis of the NEET merit list, there will be common counseling for admission to all post-graduate courses (Diploma/MDS) in all dental educational institutions.
  • The Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, shall be the designated authority for counseling for the 50% All India Quota seats of the contributing states, as per the existing scheme for postgraduate courses. 
  • The State/Union Territory Government shall conduct admission counseling for post-graduate (Diploma/MDS) courses in all dental educational institutions in a State/Union or union territory, including those established by the state government, Universityuniversities established by an Act of State/Union state Legislature, Trust, Society, and Minority Institutions.
  • If a dispute arises regarding such common counseling, the matter shall be referred to the Central Government, and its decisions shall be final in this regard.

Frequently Asked Question

Q. What is the full form of NDC?

A. The Full name of the NMC is the National Dental Commission.

Q. What is the responsibility of the National Dental Commission?

A. The National Dental Commission is a governing body that regulates and imparts dental education and oral healthcare practices in medical institutions and healthcare centers all across India.

Q. When was the National Dental Commission established?

A. The National Medical Commission was established in 2020.

Q. Which governing body was in commencement before the National Medical Commission?

A. National Dental Commission took over the role and responsibilities of the Dental Council of India in 2020.

Q. What is the purpose of the Commission on Dental Accreditation?

A. The Commission on Dental Accreditation serves the public and the dental professions by creating and enforcing accreditation standards that promote and monitor the ongoing quality and improvement of dental education programs.

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