How Many Marks Are Required In NEET For BDS?

The medical entrance test in India, NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) regulated by the NTA (National Testing Agency) is conducted for admissions to medical programmes across the country. This prestigious test in addition to facilitating admissions to MBBS courses also provides seats for admissions to BDS and AYUSH courses in India. For this, students must qualify the NEET cut-off specified for that year.

Along with the declaration of results, the officials announce NEET cut-off for each category and corresponding marks. Candidates must ensure to secure this minimum score in order to successfully seek admissions to a BDS seat. Once done, students can register for counselling rounds to seek seats under AIQ (All India Quota) and state quota conducted by the respective officials.

Based on previous year trends, it has been observed that to attain a BDS seat in a government dental college, a candidate is required to score a minimum of 450 marks in NEET. A minimum of 50th percentile under general category for those who seek admissions in private dental colleges is a requirement.

NEET Cut-off For BDS From Previous Year

Candidates must compulsorily obtain the minimum qualifying marks to qualify this national level entrance test conducted in the offline mode. NEET 2020 was conducted on 13th September and 14th October and the results were declared on 16th October. Dates for NEET 2021 is soon to be announced. Along with results, cut-off for NEET is also specified. Take a look at the table below to get an idea of NEET 2021 cut-off declared for each category along with the corresponding percentile and marks for MBBS/BDS.

Category Minimum Qualifying Percentile Corresponding Marks
General 50th percentile 720-147
SC/ST/OBC 40th percentile 146-113
General – PH 45th percentile 146-129
SC/ST/OBC – PH 40th percentile 128-113

Furthermore, candidates must ensure to clear the minimum eligibility criteria to take up a BDS seat in medical institutes.

Basic Eligibility Criteria For BDS Through NEET

The NTA specifies basic criteria for eligibility to take up a medical seat in India. Some of these are as specified below:

  • Candidate should have taken up Physics, Chemistry and Biology as their mainstream subjects in class 12
  • Candidate must have passed class 12 exams under a recognized board with a minimum aggregate of 45% in subjects
  • Candidate must qualify the NEET percentile and corresponding marks declared for that particular year

This was a brief on the requirement of marks for admissions to BDS through NEET. Go to BYJU’S NEET for more details on the same.

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