How to Prepare for NEET MDS Entrance Exams – Chapter 1 – The Basic Infos and Doubts

Welcome to "All About NEET Series" first chapter - What is NEET? What are the Advantages and Disadvantages? The basic outline of NEET

Editorial precap for the NEET Series:

A warm welcome to all the young dental graduates. MDS is the ultimate educational dream for most of the young dental graduates right after they complete BDS/Internship. With the new system of NEET in place, the MDS entrance exams have streamlined a lot.

However, due to this new pattern, many students are getting confused as to what is the best way to approach the NEET exams. And in this confusion, they are coming across many advises and trying to follow them without putting much research on the exam preparation.


Therefore, in association with Brihapathi NEET MDS Academy brings you the ultimate article that will guide you and lead you to success in NEET exams. The NEET review report has been written in collaboration with Dr. Narendranatha Reddy, who has decades of teaching experience in the preparation of MDS Entrance exams.

From his vast experience, he has devised complete steps to prepare efficiently for NEET MDS Entrance exams and how to successfully qualify the exam. 

Without further ado, let’s start decoding the Myth of NEET. 

Here is the video how Dr. Reddy is decoding the NEET for students with a scientific and qualitative approach for students.

All About NEET Series

by – Dr.Narendranatha Reddy

Hello NEET MDS Warriors,

Hearty Welcome to the Journey of NEET MDS Preparation!!!

The battle instigates now, and our page is an initiative to help you through the driveway sound and smooth. You will find series of articles that will take you only to one door, and that is “ALL ABOUT NEET MDS.” My 10 years of MDS Entrance Coaching Experiences would be shared through this page.

One would notice the sea change in the MDS Entrance examinations, and vibrantly India is all geared up for the One Single Entrance – NEET MDS.

My voyage of MDS Entrance Coaching Experiences along with the contenders has been a true learning experience on a Rollercoaster. The aspirants of NEET MDS are still on the path of confusion on what is NEET, how to prepare, race and win this.

Students looking out for a smooth battle, sit down, and all you need is to spend a few minutes on my page for valued Tips and information on “ALL ABOUT NEET MDS.” My experiences as an Author, Mentor, and a Coach shall help you sail this journey safely.

Find the link to all the articles in the All About NEET Series below.
In this series ” All About NEET, Dr. Narendranatha Reddy will be covering the points under the following headings. Find the List of topics that would be covered in this series “ALL ABOUT NEET MDS”

  1. All About NEET MDS – An Outline & Scope (Click to Read Here)
  2. All About NEET MDS : 
    • How to Prepare – “My Experience” Clinic or No Practice & How to Plan – Monthly, weekly, daily schedules & How to Study. (Click to Read Here)
    • How to Study After Making Plans (Preparing for Theory & MCQs) (Click to Read Here)
    • How To Revise Topics For NEET Exams (Phases of Revisions) (Click to Read Here)
  3. All About NEET MDS – Self Study vs Coaching
  4. All About NEET MDS – Time Management for Interns, Working Dentists, Homemakers & Long Back Graduates

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or call him at +91 91644 76636

Let’s start with the Chapter 1 of this series

All About NEET- An Outline & Scope

 NEET MDS – can be expanded as National Eligibility and Entrance Test for MDS

  • It is a gateway for MDS courses – Mandatory for Govt/Private Quota Admissions
  • Remember the word “Eligibility” – It means you cannot step into MDS course unless you qualify in this exam
  • No other entrance examination, either at state or institution level
  • AIIMS, New Delhi is exempted from the NEET and will have its own exam
  • Exam will be conducted by National Board of Examinations – NBE (
  • Counselling will be organized by respective State Govt and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for All India Quota Seats

Advantages of NEET and How it is Good For You

  1. One Country, One Theme, One Syllabus, One Exam to grade them all
  2. Clarity in the Minds of Students and Parents – easier to decide on One Exam and One Score
  3. Avoidance of Syllabus Disparity
  4. Saves lot of Time and Effort
  5. Substantial financial savings for Parents
  6. Decreased Stress levels
  7. Get into any desired college irrespective of their domicile state
  8. Single window counseling at State and National level
  9. Reduced levels of manipulation.
  10. One can plan the Future right from the 1st year of the Course

The only Disadvantage of NEET
Just one examination

  • For some reasons, if you could not do well, you don’t have another exam to fall back on

Point to Note: NEET MDS Qualification is Mandatory for Many Govt Jobs – Especially for Army Dental Corps

The next most common question that every NEET MDS aspirant keeps asking is what should be the ideal rank or score to secure a good branch of MDS and a good or govt. dental college during the counseling

The truth is no one can reply to it with a definite answer as it varies from year to year depending on many other factors like the number of students appearing for the exam and the general quality of marks being scored.

Hence, rather than pondering too much on too much on the possible scoring or the ranking, your first goal should be to score as ahead as possible from the minimum cut off percentile. (applicable to you based on the category you belong to).

NEET MDS Eligibility Criteria

The NEET MDS eligibility criteria, to be considered for admission to MDS courses, are decided by Dental Council of India (DCI) with the approval of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). The basic requirements to appear for NEET MDS can be checked below:-

  • Candidates must hold BDS degree from a recognized institute to fulfill NEET MDS eligibility criteria.
  • Provisional/permanent registration with State Dental Council or DCI by March 31.
  • Completion of the one-year compulsory rotatory internship by March 31 of the academic year that a candidate is seeking admission is mandatory.

Tentative NEET Exam Related Dates

Please note these ate just tentative dates and subjected to change.

Always refer the NEET Official site for the most updated dates of events.

(Below are the tentative dates for 2019)

Events Dates
NEET MDS 2019 exam December 14, 2018
Declaration of result Third week of January 2019*
Release of NEET MDS cut off Third week of January 2019*
Commencement of counseling Second week of March 2019*

Hence, as an overview, you should plan your NEET Preparation in such a way that you complete your syllabus of preparation by the month of November so that the last one month can be completely devoted to Revision.

NEET MDS Cut Off (Qualifying percentile)

Aspirants securing more than or equal to the minimum cut off of NEET MDS will be considered qualified. The qualifying cut off for general category students is 50 percentile, while that for SC/ST/OBC categories is 40 percentile.

The cut off marks equivalent to the percentile will be declared along with the NEET MDS result in the third week of January in online mode.

Category Qualifying             Percentile
General Category (UR) 50th            Percentile
OBC/SC/ST (Including PwD candidates of the respective category) 40th            Percentile
UR-PwD 45th Percentile


NEET MDS Results

The NEET MDS result faq specifies the qualifying status of the candidates. The result of NEET MDS will be released in the form of the scorecard by January 15 (or the third week).

NBE will also issue the cutoff marks along with the NEET MDS result.

The NEET MDS scorecard will contain the score, All India 50% Quota rank (overall rank) and All India 50% Quota category rank. 

The scorecard will be available in downloadable pdf format which can be accessed by entering NEET MDS roll no., date of birth and captcha code at the official NEET MDS website. The scorecard of NEET MDS will be valid in that particular academic year in which the candidate has appeared for the exam. 

As mentioned before, the cut off of NEET MDS is based on the official marking scheme under which 4 marks will be allotted for every correct answer, while 1 mark will be deducted for a wrong attempt and no mark will be given for unanswered questions. The other associated factors that may influence the cut off scores are as follows:

  • The number of candidates appearing for the test.
  • The difficulty level of the questions.
  • The number of seats available and others.
  • The overall quality of performance by the students. (For example, if the quality of performance is high, then the cut off marks will shoot up)

Understanding Percentile Vs Cut Off Marks

As discussed before, candidates who secure equal to or more than the minimum qualifying cut off will be considered eligible for admission. There are two keywords that are used in this context – Percentile and Cut Off marks

To qualify in NEET MDS, general category aspirants need to secure 50 percentile, while 40 percentile must be obtained by SC/ST/OBC students. For example, in NEET 2018, 50 percentile was equal to 233 cut off marks and 40 percentile was equaled to 204 marks out of a total 960 marks.

A percentile rank shows the performance of the candidate in comparison to others, while a percentage rank shows how well a candidate has performed.

Percentile ranks are commonly used to clarify the interpretation of marks on the standardized tests, whereas, the percentage of marks is simply calculated based on the marks obtained out of the total marks.

Based on the percentile scores, the All India merit list will be prepared. After that, the equivalent minimum cut off marks for each category is also published. 

For example, have a look at the approximate table of the Cutoff Percentile and the associated cutoff marks for NEET 2018

Category NEET MDS cut off percentile 2018 NEET MDS cut off scores (out of 960 marks) NEET MDS cut off percentile 2017 NEET MDS cut off scores (out of 1200 marks)
General 50 233 50 523.2461
SC/ST/OBC 40 204 40 491.2402
General-PH 45 219 45 507.4365

Based on the scorecard similar to above, counseling is undertaken for the various branches of MDS in the dental colleges of India.

But, towards the end of the first phase, there are always many vacant MDS seats in many dental colleges all over India.

Hence, In order to fill the sufficient number of vacant seats the Central Government in consultation of Dental Council of India can lower the NEET MDS cut off percentile and scores. For example, one of the previous years, the cut off percentile of each category was lowered by 29.735th percentile. It benefited the NEET MDS scores accepting dental colleges for filling their vacant seats. The cut off percentile for general category candidates was reduced from 50 to 20.265, followed by 10.265 percentile for SC/ST/OBC and 15.265 for general PwD categories.

Revised NEET MDS cut off – 2018

Category Revised cut off percentile Revised cut off scores
General category 20.265th percentile 149
SC/ST/OBC category 10.265th percentile 115
PwD category 15.265th percentile 133

NEET MDS Counselling

Mode of Counselling: Online, Offline

  • The counseling process is held after the release of the NEET MDS results. (in the month of March).
  • The candidates who qualify the exam by securing the required percentile and corresponding marks for their respective category will become eligible to participate in the counseling process.
  • All India 50% quota rank will be allotted to those candidates who are eligible to participate in the counseling for 50% All India quota seats.
  • The NEET MDS counseling is usually conducted by the centralized body, DGHS and state authorities for each state.
  • Jammu and Kashmir state will not participate in the central pool and therefore the counseling for the seats of government dental colleges will be held by the state body responsible.
  • After the release of NEET MDS counseling result, candidates can take admission to the colleges that are allotted to them.

Official Links for you to Review

There are many portals that will give you the information on NEET MDS and they are helpful too. However, always and consistently make it a habit to check/visit the official NEET MDS Sites for all the latest updates, information, and other frequently asked questions.

With this we conclude the chapter 1 of All About NEET Series aimed at just clearing some of the most common points about NEET.

In chapter 2 of the series you can find about How to Effectively Prepare for NEET to be successful in it: Read the article below (Opens in a new tab)

How to Prepare for NEET MDS – Chapter 2 – Preliminary Preparation with Monthly, Weekly & Daily Schedules

Welcome to the Chapter 2 of the series on NEET “All About NEET MDS Entrance Exams”.