NEET MDS - How to prepare for Community Dentistry?

Community dentistry is becoming one of the most sought-after fields in dentistry. But owing to the sapid nature of the subject, the students tend to keep away from it or leave it for last ending up indulging in guess-work during the exam. But, if studied properly, Community Dentistry can prove to be high scoring for NEET MDS exam.

This article will shed light on the standard books to refer & most important topics from the subject and share the preparation tips to help you ace your NEET MDS exam with flying colors.

Given below are the list of Questions MERITERS experts will answer that are essential for an effective and efficient preparation:

  1. What is the subject wise Weightage?
  2. Which Books to refer?
  3. How much Time should be allocated to the subject?
  4. How much Time should be allocated to each Topic?
  5. How many times should the subject be Revised?
  6. What is the Ideal time to Start the subject?
  7. What are the Important Topics for NEET MDS?
  8. Types of Questions asked?


What is the subject wise Weightage?

13-18/240 Questions (7%)


Standard books to refer:


How much Time should be allocated for the Subject?

  • Theory reading 3-5 Days
  • MCQ Practice- 15-20 Days

How much Time should be allocated to each Topic?

  • Theory reading 4-6 Hours
  • MCQ Practice-  8-10 Hours

How many Times should the subject be Revised?

  • 4-8 times revision is required

What is the Ideal time to Start the subject?

  • 2nd quarter of the preparation 
  • After completing 5-7 subjects


Community Dentistry - Important Topics

Data variables and scales 
Measures of central tendency
Distribution Normal and skewed
Probability and odds
Statistical test
Correlation and regression
Errors and P value
  • Introduction to concept of health and objectives of achieving health
  • Concept of control and causation 
  • Programme and Types of evaluation 
  • Levels of prevention 
  • Terminologies in disease pattern
Measures in epidemiology
  • Measures in epidemiology ; Qualitative and Quantitative data
  • Classification of epidemiological studies
Descriptive epidemiology 
Analytical epidemiology 
Experimental epidemiology 
Epidemiology of various disease
  • Classification of Indices
  • DMFT
  • PHP and PDI index
  • Russel's index
  • Dean's Index
Preventive Dentistry Preventive dentistry 
Caries Activity Tests Caries activity test
Topical fluoride
Systemic fluoride
Fluoride toxicity
Historical background
Waste disposal
Different methods of waste disposal 
Hospital waste management
Oral hygien Methods and Dental health education 
Oral hygien Methods
  • Principles of health education
  • Typical dentrifices components
  • Brushing Techniques
Dental health education
  • Educational aids used in health education
  • Group discussion
Dental Fee payment
Dental fee payment
  • Different mechanism of fee payment
Auxillary health workers
Auxillary health workers
  • Classification of health auxillaries
  • Registered auxillaries in India
Community medicine
Community medicine
Forensic odontology, jurisprudence and Ethics
Forensic odontology, jurisprudence and Ethics

What Type of Questions were asked in NEET?

1. Single best answer
  • Fact Based (Memory)
  • Concept based
  • Numerical/Value Based

2. Image based questions

3. True or false type questions


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We hope this blog will assist you in preparing this subject meticulously for MDS entrance exams.
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Updated Feb 07, 2021.