Introduction: Dental school education must prepare their graduates for competence in general practice, which in turn will equip them to deal with the challenges of the future. The curriculum must encourage students to reflect on learning experiences and self - assessment.
Aim: To assess the competence of dental graduates in general practice.
Materials & Methods: A questionnaire study was conducted on 125 dental students of Mathura city who filled an 18 variable questionnaire which included variables to assess self-perceived competency for general dental practice.
Results: The mean age of respondents was 25.4 years. The variable to render dental education proficiently had the highest mean score (4.80) while ability to manage an anxious patient on the dental chair had the lowest mean score of 2.80.
Conclusion: Evidence based learning in dental education needs to be practiced to improve the competency among dental graduates.