Dentist are very apt candidates for Civil Service Exams. With their aptitude and hard working nature they will be very good Civil Officers and working for the development of the society.

Hi , to all my fellow dental students. Myself Dr.Deb and at Dentalorg.Com we have covered many articles that precisely gives the answer to the question that most of the hard working dental students have ” What after BDS ?

Few years back MDS was the premier option after passing BDS. There were ample teaching posts for MDS pass outs. There was always the option of joining a college as a staff. This provided job security and a steady source of income. Also the market of commercial dental practice had limited number of dentists. Therefore, it was relatively easy to start a clinical set up and run it profitably.

So, for a BDS/MDS student the question of ” What After BDS ” was not so confusing.

Coming back to the present time … the situation has drastically changed.

Population has increased exponentially putting tremendous pressure on the always reducing resources. As far as dentistry is concerned BDS seats have increased all over India. On an average around 25,000 dental graduates are passing every year.

Compared to that MDS seats are almost less than half. So , even if half of the passed out BDS students join MDS , that makes a huge number of MDS pass outs . And there are not enough colleges to accommodate them as an employ. Government jobs are already limited in number.

This high rise in the number of BDS & MDS professionals all over India ( mostly in the major cities) has made the market of professional clinical practice also very competitive and expensive.

The situation is becoming more like ” What After BDS+MDS ????

For a BDS graduate who comes from a financially modest background ( without much back up) this whole scenario creates a situation of social and financial pressure. Just like any another young graduate, a BDS graduate is also very ambitious.

He/She wants to earn fast.He/She wants to make a name. He/She wants to have the power to change the things for better. He/She wants to go beyond the regular norm and do some thing different. 

But dentistry as a career is reaching to a point where it is not able to fulfill the aspirations of the students in a quick time. A dental graduate is pitted against other relatives and friends ( non dentists ) who start to make a decent earning in the time he/she was still trying to complete internship. The pressure and constant comparisons come from family members. This affects the confidence a great deal. It many times create a situation where the student questions ” Did I make the correct career choice ? And how should I move forward from here ? So, a BDS/MDS graduate has started looking for options that can take him/her beyond dentistry.

One field of job & employment that most of the dental students overlook is the Central Govt. or UPSC job openings. 

It’s really surprising that – instead of being hard working and intelligent – most of the BDS / MDS students completely overlook this opportunity citing many reasons like no time to prepare. When you are young and in the quest to achieve more, then that is the best time. 

Hit When the Iron Rod in Hot – and give it a Shape. 

It’w worth it. If you have determination and you crack the exam – then the benefits are immense !

In this series of articles we will be looking in detail about How a BDS graduate can try for civil service exams.

Its a long article that talks about most of the things that you must know about Civil Service Exams in relation to dentistry. So gather all your attention and read on the article.


  1. For the simple fact that it brings in a lot of security, respect and power.
  2. A civil servicer( IAS/ IPS/ IFS etc) has the power to make some real positive changes. And todays youth want change.
  3. Previously people from health services very rarely used to try out for Civil Service Exams. But now every year we keep hearing MBBS, BDS , BPT graduates clearing the exams.
  4. Many health professionals who want to widen their horizon or look beyond their regular profession are now aiming for civil service exams.
  5. Doctors being hard working are the perfect candidates for these exams.


  1. You should know from the beginning its not an easy exam. Perhaps its one of the toughest exams in India and its justified.
  2. People clearing the exams are some of the smartest & sharpest persons in India. It needs lot of hard work, dedication, perseverance.
  3. Its has a preliminary exam and upon clearing that you go for the main exam. After clearing the main exam you are called for interview. If you clear the interview ,you are part of Indian Civil Service.
  4. Being BE confident, being a doctor you are already smart enough and you are used to hard work and long hours of being with books.

So Just Go for it !


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 Eligibility 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.


As per CSE Rules, 2013, a candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the upper age of 30 years may apply for the civil service examination to choose IAS, IPS and IFS among others.

However, the upper age limit is relaxable upto a maximum of five years for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe categories and upto a maximum of three years for candidates of OBC category among others.

The upper age limit is also relaxed upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in Jammu Kashmir during January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989.

It can also be relaxed upto a maximum of three years in the case of defence services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof.

There is also a relaxation in upper age upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped candidates besides other categories, the rules said.


The competitive examination comprises two successive stages:

  1. Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (ObjectiveType) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination

  2. Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various services and posts.


This Concludes the 1st Part of the article. If you feel interested & Motivated to know more then read the second part of the article in the part 2 


Hi , to all my fellow dental students. Myself Dr.Deb and at Dentalorg.Com we have covered many articles that precisely gives the answer to the question that most of the hard working dental students have ” What after BDS ? Few years back MDS was the premier option after passing BDS.