DASA Scheme: FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on

DASA Scheme

Part- A   General Questions about DASA

Part-B  Academic Eligibility

Part-C Residential Eligibility

Part- D   SAT Subject Tests (for Undergraduate Courses)

Part- E    Fee Payment (for Undergraduate Courses)

Part- F   Application Form Filling

Part- G     Miscellaneous queries

Part-H  Children of Indian Workers in Gulf Countries (CIWG)

Part- I: Real Life Queries (Choice-Fillng by CIWG etc)

 Part- A   General Questions about DASA

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 one of the NIT by rotation under HRD Ministry. Just for clarity, IITs are not covered under DASA Scheme.

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?

It is to be noted that the following institutes have their own separate schemes for NRIs or International Students and the application for the same has to be completed on the respective Institute’s website:

IIIT-Hyd, BITS-Pilani (Pilani, Goa, Hyd camps), 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 preference 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?

NIT-Trichy, NIT-Surathkal, DTU, NIT-Warangal, IIIT-Delhi, NSIT, NIT-Calicut, VNIT- Nagpur, SVNIT-Surat, MNNIT-Allahabad, IIIT-Allahabad, IIIT-Kancheepuram are the 12 most popular institutes per previous years preference by NRIs/PIOs. These are followed by NIT -Jaipur, NIT-Delhi, PEC, MANIT-Bhopal, NIT-Jamshedpur, NIT-Kuru, NIT-Rourkela, NIT-Goa, NIT-Durgapur and NIT Hamirpur.

5)    Which are the most popular institutes for CSE?

  1. IIIT-Hyd
  2. DTU=NITK=NITT=NITW=IIIT-D=NSIT (choose anyone depending on convenience)
  3. NIT Calicut=MNNIT (choose anyone depending on convenience)
  5. NIT-Kuru, NIT-Rourkela, NIT-Durgapur and NIT Jalandhar.


6) Which are the most popular institutes for ECE?



7) Which are the most popular institutes for Mech?

  1. DTU

8) Which are the most popular institutes for Other Branches?

Please choose in the order of SAT2 Cut-off score for 2016-17 provided at the website.  (higher SAT 2 cut-off being better institute). Generally,



9)    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.

10)    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%). In case of a tie, the Date of Birthis used as tie-breaker where older applicant is favored

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

SAT II Subject Tests: Everything About It

11)    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.

12) What is the fee for DASA admissions

As of 2016, the fee per year is $8000. CIWG applicants (Children of Indian Workers in Gulf) need to pay about $1400 per year (equal to resident Indians on merit).


Part-B  Academic Eligibility (for Undergraduate Courses)


  1. Question : What is the minimum requirement to qualify for application?

Answer            : Applicant must have passed the qualifying examination, i.e. Senior Secondary [10+2] or equivalent [See Appendix-I of Brochure] from any system of education as recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (www.aiuweb.org).

  1. Question : What is the minimum requirement in +2 /qualifying examination?

Answer            : A candidate should have a minimum of 60% aggregate (or 6.50 CGPA on a 10 point scale or equivalent) in the qualifying examination. The qualifying examination, shall include all subjects as mentioned in qualifying examination Mark sheet.

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DASA Scheme 2013-14 Allotment Announced

Update: 7 JulyJune 2013

DASA Scheme 2013-14 Allotment List- 4th Round has been declared.


Update: 8 June 2013

DASA Scheme 2013-14 Allotment List- 2nd Round has been declared. Following are the cut-offs for few institutes


DASA Scheme 2013: Actual SAT 2 Score (PCM) Cut-off  (2nd List)
DASA-Institute ECE CSE Mech EEE Elect Instr Chem Civil Arch IT Aero
NIT-K (Surathkal)- 1st Round 2320 2370 2340 2280 NA NA 2250 1940 NA 2170  
NITK-2nd Round Same 2360 Same 2250     2220 Same   2140  
NIT-T (Trichy)-                  1st Round 2280 2330 2280 2220   1900 2130 1800 1810 NA  
NITT-2nd Round 2270 same same     same same same Same    
NIT- W (Warangal) 2140 2260 2120 2000     2030 1800      
NITW-2nd Round 2130 2210 2100 same     same 1790      
NIT-C (Calicut) 2120 2180 2150 2110     2070 1880 2070    
NITC-2nd Round 2110 Same Same 2100     2040 1860 Same    
PEC- Chandigarh 1880 2190 1850   1570     1530     2260
PEC-2nd Round 1830 Same 1840   Same     Same     Same
MNNIT-Allahabad 1590 1970 1910   1540   1660 1460      
MNNIT-2nd Round 1460 1930 Same   Same   Same 1480   1490  
VNIT Nagpur 1830 2070 1920 1620     1580   1680    
VNIT-2nd Round 1560 2010 1860 Same     Same 1440 Same    
NIT Delhi 1980 2100   1560              
NIT-Delhi- 2nd 1900 1850   1530              
NIT Jaipur 1620 1600 1600   1510   1840 1470 1720    
NIT-Jaipur- 2nd Same 1550 1560   Same   Same Same Same    
IIIT-Allahabad 1710                 1520  
IIIT-A- 2nd Same                 Same  
SVNIT Surat 1530 1720 1640       1540 1520      
SVNIT-2nd 1540 Same Same   2120   Same Same      

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