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Top 10 Dental Colleges in India | List of Best Dental Colleges

Top 10 Dental Colleges in India: From the early days, we hear that a smile is a curve that always wins over a friend. When a person smiles, he becomes more beautiful. What makes one’s smile more beautiful? Of course…Teeth. A person whose job is to look after people’s teeth is called a dentist or dental professionals. Dental professionals deal with all the problems related to people’s mouths. The diseases which hamper teeth and other facial tissues are cured by the dentist.

Top 10 Dental Colleges in India

Their main aim is to ensure oral health, which includes surgeries and treatment of teeth like-  removal and implants, replacement, treatment of gum and jaw, correcting misaligned teeth and jaw, treating dental tissues,  cosmetics, etc. In India, we emphasize study and research. It is the home of many top-rated colleges and universities, and there are more than 300 dental colleges offer different courses full-time and part-time. Even distance learning courses are also there which provide degree, diploma, and certification. So, if you are also interested in becoming a dentist, here is the list of the top 10 dental colleges in India.

Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Science

Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Science, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Delhi MAIDS (Maulana Azad Institute of Medical Science) was established in 1983. This is the number one College of Dental Science in India. The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts  NEET for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in India. The candidate scoring above the NEET cut/off percentile becomes eligible to participate in the counseling process for the allotment of seat. In this college, 85% of seats are reserved for the state quota, and the rest 15% of the seat are reserved for the All India Quota (ATA). There are two general and one mop-up round for seat allotment in the All India Quota (ATA). However medical /Dental Council of India can increase or decrease the cut/off if seats are left vacant.

  • Rank: 1
  • Ownership: Public/Government
  • Admission: NEET UG
  • Course Fee: 4 K (BDS)
  • Average Salary: 9 LPA


Manipal College of Dental Science, Manipal

Manipal College of Dental Science Manipal was established in the year 1965. Its accreditation was received in 1970 by DCI. It is India’s first private and 14th Dental College. It is a college of Manipal University. MODS which offers  BDS (Bachelor of Surgery) and MDS (Master of Dental Surgery) in 9 specialties of dentistry and 4 PG certificate course by qualifying the NEET-UG examination conducted by NTA, candidates get admission in BDS courses. Admission to this college is completely based on the merit of the entrance test.

  • Rank: 2
  • Accepted exam: NEET UG
  • Courses offer: MDS, BDS, Certification
  • Course Fee: 28 LPA(BDS)
  • Average Salary: 3.4 LPA

    Institute of Medical Science (BHU), Varanasi

Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS)  is the medical college affiliated with BHU( Banaras Hindu University) in Varanasi, UP. The college was established in 1960. It offers three fields – Medicine,  Ayurveda, and Dental Sciences. The institute is accredited by the Medical Council of India (MCI). It is ranked sixth by NIRF. To join the admission process candidate must score over the NEET cut-off percentile. The NEET cut-off percentile varies from the candidate belonging to reserved and unreserved categories. The NTA prescribes the standard NEET cut-off. However, this can be changed as per the availability of seats.

  • Rank: 3
  • Exam: NEET
  • Course offer: BDS
  • Course Fee: 1.19 LPA(BDS)
  • Average Salary:5 LPA

Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai

Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical science was established in 2005. It is a private college situated in Chennai. It is famous for offering quality education in many fields such as Dentistry, Law, Nursing, Medicine, Allied Medical Education, etc. NAAC has awarded grade “A” to Saveetha  Institute. All its courses are recognized by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Medical Council of India. The institute provides a comprehensive environment of education through its high-end classrooms and libraries.

  • Rank: 4
  • Ownership: Deemed
  • Accepted exam: NEET
  • Course Fee:  40 LPA (BDS)
  • Average Salary: 5.5 LPA

A. B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore

ABSMIDS ( A. B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Science)  was established in the year 1985. The institute accredited grade “A “ by NAAC. It is situated in Mangalore city. The institute is approved by DCI (Dental Council of India), the Government of India.  This Institute is affiliated with Nitte Deemed to be University.  The institute offers various courses in Dental Science, which are BDS, MDS, Certification, followership, and Ph.D.

  • Rank: 5
  • Ownership: Deemed /Collaborations
  • Accepted exam: NEET  
  • Course Fee:  20.7 LPA
  • Average Salary: 1.8 LPA

Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai

SRIHER (Sri Ramachandran Institute Of Higher Education and Research) is an Institute established by Sri Ramachandran Educational and Health Trust in 1985.  It is located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.  SRIHER is a Deemed  University recognized by UGC and is also a member of AIU (Association of Indian Universities). NAAC  has accredited grade “A” to  SRIHER. The institute was designated as a WHO collaborating Centre for Research and Training purposes in Operational Health.

  • Rank: 6
  • Ownership: Deemed
  • Admission:  NEET
  • Accepted Exams: NEET
  • Course Fee: 30 LPA(BDS)
  • Average Salary: 2.40 LPA


Nair Hospital and Dental College, Mumbai

Nair Hospital and Dental College is a dental college situated in Mumbai. It is one of the reputed dental colleges in Maharashtra. It was established in the year 1951-52. The college is affiliated with the Maharashtra University of Health Science, Nashik. The Dental Council approves this dental college of India. The admission in this Nair College Mumbai is based on the NEET scorecard. College provides ten courses across one stream.

  • Rank: 7
  • Admission: NEET
  • Course offered: BDS,  MDS
  • Ownership: Government
  • Course Fee: 2.84 LPA(BDS)
  • Average Salary: 51 KPA

Government Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Government Dental College and Hospital was established in the year 1938. This is affiliated with the Maharashtra University of Health and Sciences (MUHS). College is also approved by DCI (Dental Council of India).  Admission to BDS program in this college under State Quota is conducted by Maharashtra in NEET counseling; there are two general and two to the mop-up round of the counseling on which the cut-off is released.  NEET Council of Maharashtra releases a merit list based on which the admissions are conducted in this college.

  • Rank: 8
  • Ownership: Government
  • Accepted exam:  NEET
  • Course Fee:  3.02 LPA (BDS)
  • Course offered: BDS, MDS
  • Average Salary:5 LPA


Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana (Top 10 Dental Colleges in India)

CMC  Ludhiana was the first Medical College in Asia for women.  The Christian Medical College is situated in Ludhiana. The college is Educational, and Research Institute established in 1894. The college is affiliated with Baba Farid University of Health Science, Faridkot, Punjab. It has 47 departments consisting of medical, Dental, Physiotherapy, Nursing, etc. The college is recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI). It offers  57 courses across two streams. To get admission to this college, a candidate must clear the NEET exam.

  • Rank: 9
  • Ownership: Private
  • Accepted Exams: NEET
  • Course Fee (BDS): 17.55 LPA(BDS)
  • Average Salary: 6 LPA


Dr. R. Ahmed Dental College and Hospital, Kolkata (Top 10 Dental Colleges in India)

With the motto of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Dr. R. Ahmed Medical College and Hospital stand in Sealdah, Kolkata. It is a government medical college and Hospital. The college was established in the year 1920. The founder of this Institute is Rafiuddin Ahmed.  The college is affiliated with the West Bengal University of Health Sciences.  It is recognized by DCI (Dental Council of India). The institute offers BDS and MDS program in various specializations. The admission in this college is entrance based on the result of NEET.

  • Rank: 10
  • Ownership: Government
  • Courses offered: BDS, MDS
  • Course Fees (BDS) : 31.2K PA(BDS)

FAQs (Top 10 Dental Colleges in India)

Which is the best dental college in India?

Maulana Azad Institute of Dental science.

What are the criteria for admission to BDS?

The candidates must score higher in the NEET cut-off, and admission is based on a merit list.

Can I do BDS without NEET?

No, a NEET score is required.

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