Starting from the 1st day of BDS till finally completing MDS, a young and curious student goes through a lot of changes emotionally. Let me put it keeping myself in perspective. When I joined BDS, I particularly had no idea why am I doing it. I just knew that I couldn’t get the cut off needed for medicine and rest all was like a reaction to that action. In fact the day I was getting interviewed by the dean of the college … I was thinking about Newtons third law : ) and was trying to analyze the turn of events that led me from being a future software engineering student to being a student of managing the human pearl – the tooth. Any ways , days rolled and from the 1st day of BDS till today when am in to my 3rd year of MDS I have understood a lot about dentistry and how this field has changed over time. I have been sharing all my experiences and information since the day I created DentalOrg.Com in the hope that it might benefit some of you.
One of the most important thing lacking in dental students is information. You must realise that today dentistry is not like as it was a decade back. Ever increasing population, neglect of proper management by the authorities and increasing aspirations of students have created a lot of pressure on an average dental graduate who many times feels lacking in the social prestige. The reason being his/her friends and relatives who have started to earn more and quicker than him/her. So, now the time has come when instead of just finishing BDS/MDS , joining a college and opening a clinic , a dental student has started looking for other options. Options that can not only give financial security but some thing more.
We have got lots of mail asking about the possible government jobs available to a Dental Graduate (BDS/MDS). In this article we will discuss in detail about it.
WHAT ALL GOVERNMENT JOBS A BDS/MDS STUDENT IS ELIGIBLE FOR ?
BDS or MDS , are complete five year & three year graduate and postgraduate course approved by the Indian education system. So a dental graduate is eligible for all the Government jobs enlisted in government of India provided he/she fulfils criteria like age and certain specific criteria related to the job he/she is applying.
The various areas of employment are as follows :
Army Dental Corps
Territorial Officer in Indian Army
Joining Indian Navy & Airforce as contractual dental officer
UPSC Exams with a chance to join Indian Civil Service ( IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS etc.)
State Govt. Jobs as dental surgeons (in your native state)
Joining Indian Railway as a Dentist
Applying for jobs in Central Govt. Institutes like AIIMS , forensic labs , agricultural sector.
ARMY DENTAL CORPS : An Opportunity to join Indian Army as a Dentist
Army dental corps is the option for a dental student to join Indian Army as a dentist and serve the nation.
It’s a beautiful organization to start with and a fantastic career option for a fresh dental graduate/post graduate while looking onto the current state of dental jobs available and otherwise also in terms of patient exposure, challenging cases in challenging conditions, job satisfaction, financial aspects and much more. Its the one chance for a civilian student to be part of the Indian Army. It is the only organisation in India right now to provide so many dental jobs in a govt’ sector to dental graduates both UG and PG
How to Get Entry?
It can be through two modes:
(i) SSC(short service commission) or a,
(ii) DPC( Direct Permanent commission).
Of late SSC are being sought more by the Army Recruitment Board but the openings for permanent commission are also posted whenever the opening arises.
Direct Permanent Commission
Short Service Commission
Short service commission officers can opt for Permanent commission during their service.
SSC officers tenure- 05 years, further extendable to 05 years and another 04 years.
Three chances are given to serving SSC officers for grant of Departmental Permanent Commission.
Two chances can be availed after putting and active service of 2-4 years and the third chance can only be availed during extended tenure of service but before completion of 8 years of service.
There are many articles at Dentalorg.Com that will give you all the necessary informations and also prepare you to face the interview . Please read all the articles in the box below exclusively on Army Dental Corps.
TERRITORIAL ARMY IN INDIAN ARMY
If you have read all the articles above , then by now you know that cut off marks for the Army Dental Corps some times tend to be very high. And considering so many dental colleges and varying degree of marking in different states its difficult to get uniformly high marks in BDS graduation.
So does that mean if you have not scored very high marks , your chance of joining army is over . The answer is NO.
You still have a chance to join the Indian Army as a Territorial Officer. Unlike Army Dental Corps which is exclusively open for dentists only , territorial army officer is open for all the graduates from any stream.
*Only male citizens of India and Ex-service officers who are medically fit.
*Age – 18 to 42 years as on 31 Dec 2011.
*Qualification – Graduate from any recognized university.
*Employment – Gainfully Employed in Central Govt/Semi Govt /Pvt Firm/ Own business.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
• Commission is granted in the rank of Lieutenant.
• Pay and Allowances and privileges will be same as regular Army Officers when embodied for training and military service.
• Promotions upto Lt Col by time scale subject to fulfilling laid down criteria. Promotion to Colonel and Brigadier by selection.
• Officers commissioned in TA Infantry may be called out for military service for longer duration depending on requirement.
EMBODIMENT FOR TRAINING
One month basic training in the first year of commission.
Two months annual training camp every year including the first year.
Six months training of three each at TA training School and at IMA Dehradun within first two years of commissioned service.
All the training camps are aimed at improving the performance of the candidates.
To all the details about the previous openings on Territorial Army See the article in the box below :
INDIAN CIVIL SERVICE EXAMS TO JOIN AS IAS, IFS, IRS and GOVT POSTS
One field of job & employment that most of the dental students overlook is the Central Govt. or UPSC job openings. UPSC provided a wide range of job opportunities for dental students who are courageous and have conviction. Problem is being a dentist most of the times a dental student doesn’t look at these options. But jobs in this sector are very well paying and gives you real prestige and power to bring about real changes in the society you live in.
So, don’t stop yourself to prepare and explore these job sectors just because you are a professional dentist. Being a dentist proves that you are a balanced and smart person with all the capabilities to clear the civil service exams. There are many stories of such determined dental students who after BDS or MDS decided to prepare for civil service and succeeded also.
AM I ELIGIBLE FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE EXAM AS A BDS/MDS GRADUATE ?
IAS stands for Indian Administrative Services and to become IAS Officer you have to cracked the UPSC Civil services examination (CSE).
This examination is Conducted by UPSC Every year and this examination is Conducted into 2 stages :
>> Preliminary examination
>> Main examination.
But to apply for this examination, you have to complete your Graduate degree course first and then you are eligible to apply for UPSC CSE. Graduation is the minimum Eligiblity criteria to apply for this examination.
Final year graduate candidates are also apply for this examination. So, If you have completed your Graduate degree course in any discipline from a recognised University, then you are eligible to apply for UPSC Civil Services examination.
Thus , if your are BDS graduate or about to complete your internship or you are doing MDS or completed MDS, then you are eligible to apply for all govt. UPSC exams& civil service exams.
STATE GOVERNMENT JOBS TO JOIN AS DENTIST IN YOUR NATIVE STATE
All the state governments have state openings for dental graduates. The openings are published every year depending on the availability. Any dental graduate who qualifies for the post is posted in Government health centres and government colleges. So its up to you to keep a track when the openings are published in the papers. In the mean time you can keep working in private practice and private colleges.
AS TEACHING FACULTY IN STATE & CENTRAL GOVERNMENT COLLEGES
As a qualified dental surgeon , your are fully eligible to join as a teaching staff in Sate & Central Govt. Dental Colleges. Both BDS & MDS graduates can join as staff. Now a days teaching staff jobs are also being provided on contractual basis. So, here also you need to keep a track of all the openings that are available in your native state.
The premier Medical Institute of India AIIMS provides openings for both BDS & MDS professionals. BDS students can join as seniors resident with a salary of 20 K per month. Also posts are there for MDS in different streams. One draw back is that posts are very limited in number and the competition is very tough.
There are also the posts of hospital administrator in AIIMS and plans are there to soon open it for Dental Graduates. Joining Indian Railway as a Dentist
SEE THIS OLD FORM THAT TALKS ABOUT PAID JUNIOR RESIDENCY IN AIIMS. Its perfect for fresh passed out doctors who are preparing for exams. Opening for JuniorDental Resident last year http://www.aiims.edu/aiims/academic/ADVERTISEMTNJANUARY2012_JR.pdf
JOINING INDIAN RAILWAY AS DENTIST
Indian Railway also time to time recruits Dental Surgeons. Some time the appointments are part time and after the fixed period it gets promoted to permanent slots.
As far as I know there is a Part time Dentral Surgeon jobs in Indian Railways. Part Time Dental Surgeons are hired on 1 year contract basis by the Indian Railways. This contract can be extended 2 additional years.
Therefore with BDS degree you can certainly apply for this part time job in Indian Railways. The exact number of vacancies are not mentioned. However what I know is that different zones like Central, Southern, Western, Eastern etc. The job is given in the Railway Hospital. For example in the western railway, the job is given at Railway Main Hospital in Dahod, Gujarat.
Unfortunately there are very few government jobs opening for Dentists. It is kind of shocking considering that every second Indian is suffering from dental problems. Below are the details for Part Time Dental Surgeon Job in Indian Railway.
1. A BDS degree from a recognized university in India.
2. At least 3 years of working experience in the field.
3. Candidates with PG degree don’t require working experience.
4. The maximum age limit is 59 years.
Candidate will be selected on the basis of Interview.
The monthly salary would be Rs. 19,400/-
How to Apply
- Firstly you will have to wait for official job post by the Indian Railways. If you meet the requirements above then download the application form from the Indian Railways website. You would have to attest the documents below with the application form.
- 1. A valid ID Proof like PAN Card, Voters Id etc.
- 2. Latest passport size photograph.
- 3. Age Proof
- 4. Educational Certificates with Marks sheet of BDS/MDS
- 5. Rotary internship completion document
- 6. Experience certificates
- 7. Dental Association of India registration certificate.
We tried to inform about all the possible Govt. jobs that could we could know of. But if you (the reader) come across any more openings do inform us so that we can update the article.
Also don’t forget to read one of the most popular article on career options after BDS/MDS and dental course. It covers all the possible job sector both private and government.
DISCLAIMER: All the informations are collected from the experiences of the past students. Always verify with the govt.agencies and the official govt websites for the posts, openings & eligibility. The openings are posted in all the leading employment news papers.