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The Dental Council of India (DCI) has lowered the eligibility criteria for those applying for postgraduate course. From the minimum of 50 percentile, the criteria has been brought down to a new base of 42.5 percentile as seats for MDS are going abegging. The matter was discussed at the DCI general body meeting as colleges had complained there were few complained there were few candidates meeting the eligibility criterion. Last year, several seats in PG dental programmes across the country remained unfilled.

Accordingly , the qualifying percentile for NEET MDS 2017 now stand lowered at 42.5 percentile for general. For SCST OBC it's 32.5 percentile, and for persons with locomotory disability of lower limbs it is 37.5. India has 309 dental colleges, which churn out around 26,000 dentists every year. Interestingly , there are merely 3,500 seats at the PG level which institutes are finding difficult to fill.

Rough estimates suggest that India has 3 lakh dentists and but there is an imbalance in their spread. In 2004, India had one dentist per 10,000 people in urban areas and one dentist per 2.5 lakh people in the rural areas. It was not long ago that the good times were rolling for dentists. It is now, however, estimated that there will be a surplus of more than 1 lakh dentists in India by 2020.

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