NEET MDS 2023 Exam Pattern, Recommended Books, Syllabus, etc.

NEET stands for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test and MDS stands for Masters of Dental Surgery. NEET MDS is the postgraduation national level entrance examination for the candidates who want to pursue a master’s degree in Dentistry. The candidate who passes the entrance examination will become eligible to take pursue an MDS course in various educational institutions in India. To participate in the entrance examination, the candidate must prepare well as the examination is very competitive. In this article, we will discuss NEET MDS 2023 Exam Pattern, Recommended Books, Syllabus, etc.

NEET MDS 2023 Exam Pattern, Recommended Books, Syllabus, etc.

NEET MDS Examination Pattern

The following are the examination pattern for the NEET MDS entrance examination-


SubjectsSubject-wise weightageTotal Marks
General Anatomy including embryology and histology1456
General human physiology and Biochemistry1456
Dental Anatomy, Embryology & Oral Histology1456
General Pathology and Microbiology1456
General and Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics1456
Dental Materials1456
General Medicine1560
General Surgery1560


SubjectsSubject-wise weightageTotal Marks
Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology1456
Oral Medicine and Radiology1456
Prosthodontics and Preventive Dentistry1456
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics1456
Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge1456
Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics1456
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery1456
Public Health Dentistry1456
Dental Materials1456

NEET MDS Syllabus

The following are the syllabus subjects for the NEET MDS examination-


  • General Anatomy including embryology and histology    
  • General human physiology and Biochemistry
  • Dental Anatomy, Embryology & Oral Histology   
  • General Pathology and Microbiology
  • General and Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics       
  • Dental Materials
  • General Medicine           
  • General Surgery


  • Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology    
  • Dental Materials
  • Oral Medicine and Radiology      
  • Public Health Dentistry
  • Prosthodontics and Preventive Dentistry              
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics            
  • Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
  • Periodontology Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge

NEET MDS Recommended Books

The following is a list of books recommended to prepare for the NEET MDS entrance examination-

NEET MDS Section A Recommended Books

  • Dental Pulse (Vol- 1,2 & 3), 15th edition
  • MCQ in Dentistry
  • Essentials of Dental Anatomy,
  • Histology and Oral Physiology with Short Questions and Answers
  • Essential Pathology for Dental Students with Practical Pathology for Dental Students
  • Pharmacology and Dental Therapeutics

NEET MDS Section B Recommended Books

  • Text Book for Oral Medicine
  • White and Pharaoh’s Oral Radiology: Principles and Interpretation: Second South Asia Edition
  • Peterson’s Principle of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Geoffrey Howe – Extraction of Teeth
  • Melamed’s – Hand-Book of Local Anaesthesia
  • Carranza’s – Clinical Periodontology

NEET MDS Preparation Tips

The following are the preparation tips for the candidates wanting to pursue the NEET MDS examination-

  • Prepare a timetable and follow it without any deviation, you have to finish the syllabus on time and a timetable can be a very handy tool for that
  • Choose the right study material to prepare for the examination, and don’t follow a lot of books, only one book per subject would be sufficient
  • Try to find someone who has cracked the NEET MDS before you and discuss the strategy you can adopt to prepare well
  • Participate in a lot of mock tests this will put you in the state of examination and help you in coping up with the tense environment of the examination by familiarising you with the situation
  • After each mock test, evaluate yourself and try to improve upon yourself


In which mode NEET MDS 2022 will be conducted?

NEET MDS will be conducted in a Computer Based Test (CBT) mode. The questions will be MCQ Based and there will be negative marking for the examination.

What is the total time given to the candidates to finish the NEET MDS examination?

A total of 3 hours will be provided to the candidates and the test will be held from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

How many sessions of examination will be held for the NEET MDS entrance test?

NEET MDS examination will be held in a single session only within a single day across the country.

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