Master of Dental Surgery

M.D.S. Regulations:-
1. Title of the Course:
It shall be called ” Master of Dental Surgery “
2. Branches of Study:
The following are the subjects of specialty for the MDS degree:

Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology

Department Of Public Health Dentistry

Department of Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgery

Department of Prosthodontics & Crown and Bridge

Department of Periodontics

Department Of Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics

Department Of Paedodontics & Preventive Dentistry

Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

Department of Oral & Maxillo-Facial Pathology

3. Eligibility:
A candidate for admission to the MDS course (Master of Dental Surgery) must have a degree of BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) from a college and University recognized by Dental Council of India or an equivalent qualification recognized by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, (RGUHS) and the Dental Council of India. Candidates not possessing a recognized Dental qualification for the above purpose should secure the prior approval of his/her qualifications by the Dental Council of India before admission to the MDS course.

4. Criteria for Selection for Admission:

Students for MDS Course shall be admitted based on performance at the competitive examinations held by central government/state government/Universities or institutions.
5. Eligibility certificate from RGUHS:
No candidate shall be admitted to any postgraduate MDS course unless the candidate has obtained and produced eligibility certificate issued by University. The candidate has to make an application to the University with the following documents along with the prescribed fee:

BDS pass/degree certificate issued by the University.

Marks cards of all the University examinations passed (I to IV BDS year course).

Attempt certificate issued by the Principal.

Certificate regarding the recognition of the Dental college by the Dental council of India.

Completion of paid rotator internship certificate from a recognized College.

Registration by any State Dental Council and

Proof of SC/ST or Category I, as the case may be.

Candidates should obtain the Eligibility certificate before the last date for admission as notified by the University.A candidate who has been admitted to postgraduate course should register his/her name in the University within a month of admission after paying the registration fee.

6. Duration of the Course:
The course shall be of three years duration. All the candidates for the degree of MDS are required to pursue the recommended course for at least three academic years as full time candidates in an institution affiliated to and approved for Postgraduate studied by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, and recognized by the Dental Council India.
7. Method of Training:
The training of Postgraduate for degree shall be full time graded responsibilities in the management and treatment of patients entrusted to his/her care. The participation of the students in all facets of educational process is essential. Every candidate should take part in seminars, group discussions, grand rounds, case demonstration, clinics, journal review meetings, CPC and clinical meetings, every candidate should participate in the teaching and trainings programme of undergraduate students. Training should include involvement in laboratory and experimental work, and research studies.
8. Scheme of Examination:

Eligibility:The following requirement shall be fulfilled by every candidate to become eligible to appear for the final examination.

Attendance:Every candidate shall have fulfilled the attendance prescribed by the University during each academic year of the postgraduate course.

Progress and conduct:Every candidate shall have participated seminars, journal review meetings, Symposia, conferences, case presentations, clinics and didactic lectures during each year as designed by the concerned department.

Work dairy and Logbook:Every candidate shall maintain a work dairy and logbook for recording his/her participation in the training programmes conducted by the department. The work dairy and Logbook shall be verified and certified by the Head of the Department and Head of the Institution.(please see section IV Model Checklist and Logbook)

The certification of satisfactory progress by the head of the department and head of the institution shall be based on (i),(ii) and (iii) mentioned above.

Schedule of Examination:

The examination for M.D.S. courses shall be held at the end of three academic years (six academic terms). The University shall conduct two examinations in a year at an interval of four to six months between the two examinations. Not more than two examinations shall be conducted in an academic year.

9. University Examination:
M.D.S. Degree examinations in any branch of study shall consist of dissertation, written paper (theory), practical/clinical and Viva Voce.

Dissertation:Acceptance of dissertation shall be a precondition for the Candidate to appear for the final examination.

Written examination (theory):Written examination shall consist of four question papers. Each of three hours duration. Each paper shall carry 100 marks. Out of the four papers, one shall be on applied basics Subjects, three shall pertain to the concerned specialty. The type of questions in paper I, II and III will be two long essay questions carrying 20 marks each and six short essay questions each carrying ten marks. The fourth paper will be to write an essay. Questions on recent advances may be asked in any or all the papers. Distribution of topics in each paper is shown in section III along with course description of the concerned specialty, and as clause 14 in this section.

Practical/Clinical Examination:In case of practical examination, it should be aimed at assessing competence and skills of techniques and procedures. It should also aim at testing student’s ability to make relevant and valid observations, interpretation and inference of laboratory or experimental or clinical work relating to his/her subject for undertaking independent work as a specialist.

The actual format of clinical examination in various specialties is given in section III. The total marks for practical/clinical examination shall be 200.

Viva Voce:Viva -Voce examination shall aim at assessing depth of Knowledge, logical reasoning, confidence and oral communication skills. The total marks shall be 100 and the distribution of marks shall be as under:

For examination of all components of Syllabus

For (PEDAGOGY) demonstration of teaching skills


There shall be at least four examiners in each branch of study. Out of four, two shall be external examiners and shall be internal examiners. The qualification and teaching experience for appointment as an examiner shall be as laid by RGUHS and Dental Council of India from time to time.

10. Criteria for Declaring as pass:
To pass in the University examination, a candidate shall secure in both theory examination and in practical /clinical including Viva examination, independently, an aggregate of 50% of total marks allotted ( 200 marks out of 400 allotted for theory and 150 out of 300 for clinical and Viva-Voce together).