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Title of the programme:
The programme is called Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

Duration of the programme:
The undergraduate dental training programme leading to BDS degree is of five years with 240 teaching days in each academic year.

The medium of instruction and examination in the BDS programme is English. However, students are encouraged to learn the local language (Kannada) to communicate better with the patients during treatment process.


In the BDS curriculum, subjects are taught in the form of lectures and demonstrations. Students attend dental clinics from the third year onwards. In addition to this, students also attend lectures, demonstrations and clinics in General Medicine and General Surgery in Third year. This is mainly to orient them in the roles of dentists in general practice.

This course as a whole is an integration of Basic Sciences, Clinical Dentistry and Practical or Laboratory Skills. The undergraduate course consists of three main components:

The first component consists of subjects common to Medicine and Dentistry like Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry, leading to Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology and then General Medicine and General Surgery.

The second component runs concurrently with the first and deals with the special aspects of oral and dental tissues, Oral Anatomy and Oral Pathology.

Finally, the third component is based on the foundations of the first two, deals with the clinical and technical aspects of dentistry as is required for general dental practice.

Subjects of Study:

First Year

1. General Human Anatomy including Embryology and Histology
2. General Human Physiology and Biochemistry, Nutrition and Dietics
3. Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Oral Histology
4. Dental Materials
5. Pre-clinical Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge

Second Year

1. General Pathology and Microbiology
2. General and Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics
3. Dental Materials
4. Pre-clinical Conservative Dentistry
5. Pre-clinical Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge
6. Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology

Third Year

1. General Medicine
2. General Surgery
3. Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology
4. Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
5. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
6. Oral Medicine and Radiology
7. Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
8. Pediatric & Preventive Dentistry
9. Periodontology
10. Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge

Fourth Year

1. Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
2. Oral Medicine and Radiology
3. Pediatric & Preventive Dentistry
4. Periodontology
5. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
6. Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge
7. Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
8. Public Health Dentistry

Fifth Year

1. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
2. Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge
3. Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
4. Public Health Dentistry


A minimum of 75% in theory/ practical/ clinicals separately in all the subjects is mandatory at the end of each academic year. There shall be no condonation of shortage of attendance.

In case of a subject in which there is no examination at the end of the academic year (Non-exam going subject), the percentage of attendance shall not be less that 70% in theory/ practical/ clinicals separately.

If a candidate does not satisfy the requirements of attendance he/ she shall not be permitted to take the university examination during that year in any of the subjects.

If a candidate is detained for attendance shortage in any of the subject, he/ she cannot carry the subject to the next year until he/ she makes up the attendance in that subject.

A candidate who attends all the classes conducted in an academic year shall be awarded a certificate of excellence.

Pattern of examination:

Evaluation is a continuous process and is achieved by

  1. Formative or Internal Assessment
  2. Summative or University Examination

Evaluation is carried out by

  • Written test
  • Practicals
  • Clinicals
  • Viva voce

Internal Assessment:

Three sessional examinations per academic year are conducted periodically by the college in theory, practicals/ clinicals and viva voce in each subject and the marks obtained in these examinations are displayed on the notice board. An average of all the sessional examinations, in theory, practical and clinicals will be added to the marks obtained in the university examination. The university has the access to these academic records maintained in the institution.



CITIZENSHIP: Indian Nationals.

DATE OF BIRTH: Only those whose date of birth falls on or before 31.12.97 are eligible.

QUALIFICATION: Pass in 10+2, A Level, IB, American 12th grade or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English individually with a minimum of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology taken together.


GENERAL CATEGORY: Admissions are done on the basis of rank in the All India Manipal University Online Entrance Test (MU-OET) 2014.

NOTE: Only candidates who have secured minimum of 50% marks taken together in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in the All India Manipal University Online Entrance Test (MU-OET) 2014 will be considered for admissions.

FOREIGN/NRI CATEGORY: Candidates desirous of applying under this category can write to or call +91 820 2571000 / 2922400. Application form for Foreign/NRI category can be downloaded from  

Candidates can apply both under General and Foreign/NRI category. Change of category from Foreign/NRI to General after admission will not be entertained under any circumstances.

Manipal University Online Entrance Test(MU-OET) 2014
Test Syllabus:

Physics, Chemistry, Biology and General English includes questions based on the 10+2 syllabus followed by major 10+2 Boards/Universities. CLICK HERE for MU-OET syllabi.

Test Pattern:

Group 1: Applicable to MBBS/BDS/BPharm/PharmD courses, Duration 2.30 hours.
Questions- 200 (MCQ). The approximate distribution of questions is as follows: Physics-50, Chemistry-50, Biology-70, English and General Aptitude-30.


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The MU-OET will be held between 14.04.2014 and 15.05.2014. Candidates can select the test schedule of their choice in the Online Test Booking System. 

CLICK HERE for details on MU-OET schedule booking procedure, e-hall ticket and MU-OET guidelines.


Based on the marks obtained in MU-OET, Manipal University will declare a list of all candidates appeared for the entrance test on or before 24.05.2014 in the website. In case of two or more candidates obtaining equal marks, the inter-se merit of such candidates will be determined on the basis of higher marks in the order of preference as under:

• Biology in MU-OET 2014
• Physics in MU-OET 2014
• Chemistry in MU-OET 2014
• PCB marks in 10+2

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CLICK HERE for last date of application.

CLICK HERE for commencement of classes.

Laptops will be provided to enrolled students.