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Journey of a Dentist for ADC Exam


This story of a dentist tells about the journey of a dentist for ADC exam and the mental, physical and economic sufferings full family went through after his failure.

Ganesh was a general dental practitioner with a nice practice in a class two city. Isha was a tutor in a Dental college in the same city. The couple had been living a happily married life with their 5 years old son and their parents in a joint family.

Traveling towards Dream


As every couple in India has its own dream, they also had one. They wanted to settle abroad with a decent earning and a bit of respect among their relatives. They decided to try their luck and settle in Australia. So, the plan decided between them was, Isha will be working as usual along with taking care of the home while Ganesh will study hard to pass ADC licentiate examination. Once Ganesh will get a registration as a GP and a job in Australia, Isha will also qualify the ADC exam and will start working there.      

The plan seemed very natural.

The Preparations for ADC Exam

Ganesh started preparing though an Online Course, worked very hard and sat in the part 1 examination in 2008 in New Delhi center for his second attempt. The result of the preliminary examination came positive and the couple was elated for the first time in the last three years. They even started to plan further as to how and where they would prefer to settle in Australia. 

Ganesh left for Australia for part 2 practical examination. The examination center was in Adelaide in Royal Adelaide Hospital. The part 2 examination was spanned in two weeks. Ganesh enjoyed giving the exam in day time and enjoyed the evening in the Rundle Mall area and along the northern terrace with his friends as he was confident about his exam result.      

The post examination week was full of adventures as he went for a tour in the outback and tasted the great wine in the wineries of Barossa valley. What he didn’t assess was the economics of the trip. 

All the time, effort and money were wasted as the result showed a “Fail” with few remarks after a few weeks back in India. 

The pair got a huge shock. The parents came forward to console and again, Ganesh decided to take a second chance. He was determined to pass it in the second attempt. Father was ready to spend all his life savings for the great future of his Son. 

The Courage

After one year, in the Westmead Hospital, Sydney, the second take of the part 2 practical exam of ADC went well. Although, he was doubtful about his performance at a few moments of the exam, but confident that the examiners would be considerate about his overall performance. 

He enjoyed his second trip as much as the previous trip a lot and saw the eastern coast extensively, collected a lot of sweet memories with his friends and even decided as to where he will settle in Sydney. He liked eastern coast a lot. 

Back to India, his wife and he started thinking of preparing to pack up. His parents were also highly optimistic of their future and happy even their life time savings had been drained out.   

They were full of confidence about refilling the coffer within a year of working in Australia.

The waiting period ended and the long-awaited letter came. His heart missed a beat looking at the weight and thickness of the envelope. The words of his friends started swirling around in his head, ‘thick envelope means more papers-that again means papers having a lot of suggestions about the future course of action.

The Apocalypse

The world around him started revolving, Ganesh felt dizziness for a while and lost his senses.

He and his whole family lost all hopes of the life they had been dreaming of just.

Financially, they were broke. Neither was there courage nor finance to try out one more attempt. 

The coming years were very much stressful. He did not realize the moment when he became a chronic alcoholic. The strain between the couple remained for years. The marriage was at the stalk. Chronic depression settled in the whole family. His planned journey for settling in Australia resulted in apocalypse.

There always remained the guilt of losing so many years of life, lost family time, hard earned life time savings of father and permanent loss of hope for a life the pair dreamt of.    

Years afterwards, he used to think, had I taken the help I was constantly offered from so many experienced successfully passed out dentists, life would have been happily going on a different path.   

This story will continue. I shall write the second part of the story-Painful Journey of a Dentist for ADC Exam after a while. 


  1. Sir i want you to help me chalk out the plan and direct me of how to make through the ADC exams.
    I am a third year dental student currently, but i want to start preparing now onwards.
    Suggest me what material i should refer to and what books to follow.
    Please guide me.

    • Dear Damanpreet
      I am very happy to see that you are very much dedicated to achieve your final goal. I have sent you a mail in this regard. Please go through it.
      Should you need any further help, do write us.
      Renu Singh

  2. Respected Sir/Ma’am,

    I am a fresh graduate from Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore and have concluded my mandatory rotating internship on 15 March, 2021. I am interested in appearing ADC exam in the month of September, 2021. Could you please guide me in this aspect? Thanking you

  3. Hello sir this is jahnavi , I am currently doing internship and I am intrested in giving ADC exam . Pls guide regarding the coaching and which exams to refer

    • Dear Dr. Jahnavi
      Thank you for writing us.
      We have “Platinum course” for freshers that includes everything needed for the preparation. The early birds always get the best reward. You have decided your goal early in your career progression and the time is in your favour. Do well by taking the “Platinum course” and start your job in Australia at your bright age.
      Keep your spirit high and remain motivated.
      Dr. Ajai Mohan Singh

  4. I am currently in third year. I want to start preparing for ADC from now on. Can you suggest me reference materials and a plan I should follow to pass this exam

    • Hello Harsh
      You will be needing our “Platinum course” for the preparation of ADC examination. The best positive factor you have is the “time”. You have many years for the preparation and you will pass it in first attempt. So maximum by the age of 23-24, you will be doing your dream job at your favourite location.
      Keep the spirit up
      Dr. Ajai Mohan Singh

  5. Hi I am a 3rd year student of bds , would you please guide me how do I start studying for adc from now onwards .this would we really helpful .

    • Hello Ms Akanksha
      Thank you for writing to us.
      You need to reinforce your theoretical knowledge and apply them when you treat your patients. In simple terms, you have to study well the subjects/topics like restorative dentistry and fixed prosthodontics, General medicines and dealing with emergencies, oral Pathology and OM. Its good that you started thinking early about ADC. Along with your study, you can start practicing the scenario based, multiple option best answer questions which are available in our Diamond Course.

  6. Hi sir.. what’s the remaining story… It’s interesting… Because me and my wife are planning the same .. did he succeed ?

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