DASA Scheme: Admissions to Engineering Colleges for NRIs/PIOs

General Info

1)    What is DASA Scheme?

DASA stands for Direct Admission of Students Abroad. Under this scheme, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)/ Foreign Nationals/Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)  are admitted to Undergraduate Courses in Engineering in National Institutes of Technology (NITs), IIITs and other premier Technical Institutions in India. DASA scheme is centrally coordinated  by NIT-Surathkal under HRD Ministry. Just for clarity, IITs are not covered under DASA Scheme.

Please refer to following useful documents for DASA scheme

DASA Scheme 2014-15 Admission to NITs for NRIs-Brochure

Excellent-Presentation on-DASA-Scheme-NIT-For-NRI






IIIT Hyderabad-DASA-Scheme-NRI-PIO


2)    Is there is any DASA-like scheme for medical (MBBS) admissions?

No. However, the NRIs/PIOs can get admissions to private medical colleges as about 15% seats are allocated for NRI admissions. Please refer following article for more info on medical admissions

MBBS Options in Top Private Medical Colleges in India under NRI Quota

3)    What are the options in Govt/Private technical institutes other than DASA  scheme administered by NIT-Surathkal for NRIs/PIOs?

IIIT-Hyd, BIT-Mesra, Thapar Univ,  VIT Vellore, DA-IICT Ahmedabad, COE-Pune, HBTI-Kanpur, MIT-Manipal, Nirma, COE Guindy, Amrita, SRM, MS Ramaiah, RV College, Jaypee Inst of IT. So, if you have prefererce for a particular city, location or a private college, there are many other options for NRIs, other than DASA scheme.

4)    Which are the most popular institutes under DASA scheme administered by NIT-K?

DTU, NIT-Surathkal, NIT-Trichy, NIT-Warangal, NIT-Calicut, IIIT-Delhi, PEC, MNNIT-Allahabad and IIIT-Allahabad are the most popular per previous years preference by NRIs/PIOs. These are followed by NIT -Jaipur, MANIT-Bhopal, VNIT-Nagpur, NIT-Kuru, NIT-Rourkela, SVNIT-Surat, NIT-Durgapur and NIT Jalandhar.

The above listing basically is in order of popularity of the institutes under DASA scheme for NRIs.

DTU and IIIT-Delhi were added in DASA Scheme from year 2014-15.

5)    Which are the most popular institutes for CSE?

IIIT-Hyd >NIT-Trichy=NITK=NITW=DTU=IIIT Delhi=MNNIT=IIIT-A> NIT-Calicut=MNIT= PEC. These are followed by MANIT-Bhopal, VNIT-Nagpur, NIT-Kuru, NIT-Rourkela, SVNIT-Surat, NIT-Durgapur and NIT Jalandhar.

For real learning of computer science discipline, I personally like a reputed IIIT (Hyd, Delhi, Allahabad, Bangalore, Gwalior) rathar than a NIT. Typically, NITs start real CSE discipline learning in 4th semester, IIITs do the same from 1st day. However, as on date, many students/parents are not yet ready to realize this difference and still prefer a reputed NIT for CSE as well. Frankly, IIITs are like IITs for IT branch.

6)    Are NRIs eligible to compete to get merit seat (at normal resident fee) for Engg and Medical Colleges?

NRIs are fully eligible to give competitive exams like JEE-Main and JEE-Advance for engineering colleges and AIPMT/NEET for medical colleges and pay normal resident Indian fee if they qualify in the exam.

Academic Eligibility for DASA Scheme

1)     What is the minimum requirement in +2 /qualifying examination?

A candidate should have a minimum of 60% aggregate in qualifying examination,

shall include all subjects as mentioned in qualifying examination Mark sheet.

Candidates must have passed the qualifying examination, i.e. Senior Secondary [10+2] or equivalent from any system of education as recognized by the Association of Indian Universities with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects and any one of these as optional subjects Chemistry, Bio-technology, Computer Science, Biology.

 2)    What shall be the basis of preparing Merit List for the scheme?

Merit list shall be prepared on the basis of SAT Subject Test (SAT II) aggregate scores of Maths Level 2, Physics and Chemistry. While a total score of 2400 in PCM would guarantee a seat in the preferred college and the branch, a minimum score of 1440 (60%) is required for the year 2014.

SAT II Subject Tests: Everything About It

SAT Subject Tests (SAT II/ SAT2): Syllabus for Maths, Physics and Chemistry

www.collegeboard.com is the official agency to administer SAT II tests

To get some idea of what SATII score can get you which college/branch, please refer to below merit lists for DASA 2011 merit lists



3)    Do I need to appear for SAT I (Aptitude Test) before SAT II (Subject Tests)

No. Only SAT II (Subject Tests) are required to be given for DASA.


Residential Eligibility

1)    What type of document to be submitted to show the proof of 3years study

abroad (for Indian Nationals studying abroad)

Candidates must be Foreign Nationals / Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) studying in any country (including India) / Indian Nationals studying abroad. In case of Indian Nationals studying abroad they must have 2( two) years of education in a Foreign country, ie. must pass the qualifying examination (inclusive of 11th and 12th standard or equivalent) from abroad only.

Residential Eligibility: DASA has relaxed the residential eligibility to 2 years (previously 3 years)- Only for NRIs, this means passing of 11/12 from abroad.

A certificate on the school letter head duly signed by the Headmaster/ Headmistress/ Principal with the seal of the school where the student last studied giving the details of the total number of years and the classes studied.

2)     I am a foreign national studying in India. Am I eligible for DASA?

YES. As long as you hold a valid foreign passport/visa etc.., you are eligible for

DASA. However you should satisfy other mandatory conditions.

3)     Proof of residential requirement (For Foreign Nationals )

A copy of the passport issued by their respective countries.


Fee Structure:

 1)    What is the Registration Fee and First Year Tuition Fee:

 An amount of US$ 7250 [US Dollars Seven Thousand Two Hundred Fifty only] is required to be paid along with the application form. This is towards non-refundable

Registration fee of US$ 250 [US Dollars Two Hundred Fifty only] and first year Tuition Fee of US$ 7,000 [USDollars Seven Thousand only].

The Tuition Fee remains fixed for entire 4 years course under DASA Scheme. However, regular fee revisions are done for fresh admissions.

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