NEET MDS Exam 2024

NEET-MDS is an eligibility-cumulative-ranking examination that is used as a single entrance examination for admission to various MDS courses. No other entrance test, whether it be at the state or institutional level, shall be acceptable for enrollment in MDS courses. For admission to MDS programs at various universities and institutions across the nation, a NEET-MDS qualification is required. National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS) administered the NEET MDS exam in order to admit students to postgraduate dentistry courses in various dental governments and private colleges all across India.

According to the official announcement, the NEET MDS 2024 exam, initially scheduled for February 9, 2024, has been rescheduled. The new date for the examination is March 18, 2024.

About National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS)

The National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS) was established by the Government of India in 1975 with the goal of enhancing the standard of medical education by establishing high and uniform standards for postgraduate examinations in contemporary medicine on an All India Basis and making use of the already-existing healthcare infrastructure for capacity building.

A common national standard for assessing the minimum level of knowledge and skills required for postgraduate and doctoral training is provided by NBEMS. NBEMS administers various tests. The main goals of NBEMS are to raise the bar for postgraduate medical education in modern medicine and to hold rigorous exams across all of India.

NEET MDS Exam Overview

Particulars Details
Exam NameNational Eligibility cum Entrance Test for MDS Course
Exam Conducting Authority National Testing Agency 
Exam Level National 
Courses MDS and dental postgraduate courses
Academic Level Post graduate 
Application mode Online 
Exam frequencyOnce a year
Age limit 17 years +
Application fees Rs. 1600/-
Exam fees Rs. 4250/-
Exam mode Online (CBT)
Exam time 3 hours 
No. of Questions240
Official Websites


EventsImportant Dates
Online Submission of Applications30 January 2024 to 19 February 2024
Edit Window for All Payment Success Applications22nd February 2024 to 25th February 2024
Deficient/Incorrect Images (No further opportunity shall be given)5th March 2024 to 7th March 2024
Issue of Admit Card13th March 2024
Examination Date18 March 2024
Declaration of Result31st March 2024
Cut-off date for completion of internship towards eligibility for NEET-MDS 202431st March 2024

NEET MDS Exam Eligibility Criteria

For National Candidates.

Particulars Details
QualificationCandidates in possession of an BDS degree or Provisional BDS Pass Certificate
RegistrationProvisional registration certificate of BDS qualification
Internship Candidate must have completed one year of internship or are likely to complete the internship on or before 31st March 2024

For Foreign Nationals

Particulars Details
QualificationTheir basic Dental Qualification equivalentto BDS should be recognized by the Dental Council of India
Security ClearanceCandidates are required to have security clearance as per the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) requirement
Internship Candidate must have completed one year of internship or are likely to complete the internship on or before 31st March 2024

NEET MDS Exam Pattern

Particulars Details
Mode of examinationcomputer-based examination
No. of Questions240
Obtained marks per question4 marks
Marking SchemeCorrect Answer- 4 MarksIncorrect Answer-1 MarksUnattempted Question- Zero
Duration for examinations3 hrs. 30 minutes

NEET MDS Exam Allocation of time 

Allow Candidates to enter the examination center and Commence Registration for the test 07:00 AM
Entry closes at Examination Center08:30 AM
Grant access for Candidate Login08:45 AM
Candidates log in to read instructions08:50 AM
Exam Start Time09:00 AM
Exam End Time12:00 PM

NEET MDS Exam distribution of Questions (Subject-wise)

SubjectNo. of Questions
Part A
General Anatomy including embryologyand histology14
General Human Physiology and Biochemistry14
Dental Anatomy, Embryology & Oral Histology14
General Pathology and Microbiology14
General and Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics 14
General Medicine15
General Surgery15
Part B
Dental Materials14
Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology14
Oral Medicine and Radiology14
Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry14
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics14
Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge14
Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics14
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery14
Public Health Dentistry14
Total 240

Download NEET MDS Syllabus –
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NEET MDS Exam Application Form

Candidates can apply for exam to various postgraduate courses by filling up the  application form on official website (

(Instructions to fill Application Form)

Step 1: New User Registration

All candidates interested in applying for NEET MDS Exam must create an online profile in order to generate a UserID and password.

Step 2: Applicant Login

This newly created User ID and Password will enable the candidate to login as an applicant for the NEET MDS Exam session and register an online application. The “Go to Application” link allows the applicant to continue with the application submission as soon as the user is created.

Step 3: Filing the Necessary Information

Candidates are requested to thoroughly go through the application form and fill up the necessary personal and academic pieces of information. Information such as the name of the candidate, gender, date of birth, registered phone number, email ID, and nationality will be used to create the user ID.

Step 4: Uploading Documents

Candidates are requested to recent passport-size photograph, along with the necessary documents mentioned on the application form and candidates are requested to upload a scanned copy of their signature. Candidates also upload a scanned photo of their thumb impressions

(After uploading the all necessary documents candidate can further proceed to the Test City option.)

Step 5: Test City

The test city can be chosen from a list of available options on a first-come, first-served basis. While the city will be chosen by the candidate at the time of online application form submission, NBEMS will assign the test center/venue in the chosen city.

Step 6: Payment

After selecting a test city, the candidate must pay the prescribed examination fee online. The fee cannot be paid in any other way than through the payment gateway provided in the online application form.

( Candidates will be prompted to preview the entire application before submitting it in order to make any necessary corrections. After agreeing to the “declaration,” they must submit the application. This will conclude the application submission process.)

Step 7: Acknowledgement of Application Submission

An email will be sent to the candidate’s registered email address confirming the submission of an application. Only after successfully paying the examination fee will the application be submitted. The candidate should confirm the payment status in the application form PDF, where ‘S’ stands for “Successful” and “F” stands for “Failed.”

EDIT Window

Candidates who successfully submitted payment for their application during the Application Submission window will only be able to edit their applications from January 30th to February 3rd, 2024.

(No new application can be registered during edit window or payment can be made during the window.)

Information entered in the application form can be changed during the “Edit Window”. However, the following fields in the application form shall remain non-editable:

Name of the Candidate

• Email ID

• Mobile number

• Nationality

• Test City

NEET MDS Exam Fees

Category of CandidateGeneral, OBC and EWSSC, ST, PWD
Examination FeeRs. 4250/- Rs. 3250/-

NEET PG Exam Participating Institutions

  • All India 50% quota seats for MDS courses (all states).
  • State quota seats for MDS courses for all States/Union territories of India.
  • MDS courses at all Private Dental Colleges, Institutions & Universities all across the country.
  •  MDS courses at Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions.
  •  Screening exam for dental surgeons (BDS & MDS) for Short Service Commission in Army Dental Corps

The following Medical institutions are not covered by centralized admissions for MD/MS seats through NEET- PG for 2023-24 session: 

  • AIIMS, New Delhi

NEET MDS Exam Admit Card

  • On February 2024, the National Board of Examination in Medical Sciences website,, will publish the admit cards. Before the exam is held, candidates who are found to be ineligible will not be given admit cards.
  • Candidates will be alerted via SMS/Email notifications and website notices when the admit card is available on the NBEMS website. The candidates will not receive an admit card via mail or email.
  • Candidates must download their admit cards from the NBEMS website and firmly paste their most recent (not older than three months) passport-size photo in the designated space on the card.

NEET MDS Exam Centers

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Counselling And Reservation

All India Quota MCC NEET Counseling (AIQ) 50% 

For PG Admission

The All India Quota, which includes OBC and EWS reservations, applies to only 50% of total PG seats in government dental colleges across the country. The remaining 50% of seats under the All India Quota is reserved for candidates with state domicile. Except for Jammu and Kashmir, candidates from any state can seek admission into government colleges located in any part of the country for 50% of AIQ seats.

State Quota NEET Counseling 50%

  • The 50% state quota seats point out that seats in all govt. colleges of the states/union territories respectively. The respective state authorities will likely carry out counseling for such seats.
  • To apply for state quota seats, candidates should fulfill the NEET 2024 eligibility criteria set by every state or union territory authority and embrace domicile conditions.
  • Admission to personal medical and dental colleges will even be a topic of the insurance policies of the State/ Union Territory.

NEET MDS Exam Reservations

Schedule Caste (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
OBC- (Non-Creamy Layer) as per the Central OBC list27%
EWS- as per Central Government norms10%
PwD- Horizontal Reservation as per NMC norms5%

Documents Required

Candidates must bring the documents listed below in original for verification during admission, and candidates must submit one attested copy set of the following documents during counseling.

  • NEET PG admit card – revised date
  • NEET PG result
  • Mark Sheets of MBBS/BDS professional examinations
  • BDS Degree Certificate
  • Internship Completion Certificate
  • MCI issued a registration certificate
  • Date of birth proof
  • Valid ID proof
  • Caste certificate
  • Disability Certificate

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who is eligible for NEET MDS Exam?

A. The NEET PG is an All-India level of examination. The candidates appearing for the examination must have a BDS degree from an MCI-recognised institution.

Q. What is NEET MDS Exam?

A. The National Eligibility Cumulative Entrance Test (MDS) is a qualifying and ranking examination in India for students wishing to study various postgraduate Dental courses in the country’s government or private medical colleges.

Q. NEET MDS Exam occurs how many times a year?

A. NEET MDS Exam Occurs once a year for admittance to Dental postgraduate courses in all across India’s dental government and private colleges

Q. In which month NEET MDS is conducted?

A. The NEET MDS 2024 exam, was held on March 1 in computer-based mode.

Q. What is NEET MDS 2024 date?

A. On March 18, the NEET MDS 2024 exam will held. The exam was administered via computer.

Q. Who conducts NEET MDS exam?

A. NEET MDS exam is conducted every year by the National Board of Examinations (NBE)

Q. In how many attempts candidate crack NEET MDS Exam ?

A. Candidate has total of 3 attempts to crack NEET MDS Exam.

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