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Wish to study Architecture/Engineering/Planning programmes in India’s premier institutions? Then Direct Admission of Students Abroad or DASA is the way to go!

DASA 2021 scheme offers Foreign Nationals/ Persons of Indian Origin/ Non-Resident Indians/ Overseas Citizen of India to take admission in premier Indian institutions in architecture/ engineering and planning programs. Leading institutes are Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), National Institute of Technologies (NITs), School of Planning and Architecture (SPAs) and other Premier Indian Technical Institutions. 

In this article, you will get all the latest updates and detailed information on Direct Admission of Students Abroad/ DASA 2021. 

So let’s jump right in!

Before you dig deeper into the details of the DASA exam, make sure you do not miss out on these latest updates

DASA 2021 important dates (Tentative)

As per the public notice issued by the National Testing Agency (NTA), the selection for Admission of students under Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA-2019) will be through JEE (Main) and may be applicable from academic year 2021-22 onwards.

DASA 2021 tentative dates for admission to undergraduate courses are as follows:

CategoryTentative dates for DASA 2021
Application release date1st week of April
Last date of application submission2nd week of June
First Round of Seat Allotment & confirmation4th week of June
Second Round of Seat Allotment & confirmation4th week of June-1st week of July
Third Round of Seat Allotment & confirmation2nd – 3rd week of July
Reporting and admission of applicants to institutes (only who have been allotted seats in Rounds 1,2,3) {Candidates to confirm which mode- online/offline- would be applicable}4th week of July
Announcement of vacant seat matrix for Spot round1st week of August
Spot Round against vacant seats & Spot Round Allotment1st week of August
Reporting to allotted institute by candidates of spot round2nd week of August

Important: Applicants must note that the above dates are tentative and are based on 2019 dates. For updates on DASA 2021-22 please keep a track on this article.

Important changes for DASA 2021-22

Hey there, some of the changes in the admission process you should keep in mind for DASA 2021-22:

  • As per the NTA press release, the admission for DASA 2021 and CIWG will no longer be based on SAT Test Scores.
  • The academic year 2021-22 onwards, admission under DASA 2021 will be done on the basis of the applicants’ rank obtained in JEE (Main).
  • The applicants’ JEE Main examination scores will be considered for admission under DASA scheme.
  • The Merit list for admission under DASA 2021 will be prepared by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

Now that you are aware of all the important changes for the forthcoming DASA 2021-22, let’s now understand what exactly the DASA scheme is and who all are eligible under this scheme.

What is DASA scheme?

Direct Admission of Students Abroad or DASA is a Ministry of Human Resources and Development scheme which offers Foreign Nationals/Persons of Indian Origin/ Non-Resident Indians/ Overseas Citizen of India to undergraduate programmes in premier Technical Institutions.

DASA scheme provides admission to courses in Architecture/ Engineering, and planning programmes in India. 

Indian premier technology institutes where applicants can get admission through DASA 2021 are Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), National Institute of Technologies (NITs), School of Planning and Architecture (SPAs) and other Premier Indian Technical Institutions. (You can find the list of all the participating institutes below).

DASA 2021 Eligibility criteria

Age eligibility for DASA 2021

Applicants born on or after 01 October, 1995 are eligible for DASA 2021.

DOB recorded in the Secondary Education Board or University of class 10th or equivalent or any other certificate issued by the government authorities.

Academic Eligibility for DASA 2021 (Revised)

The academic eligibility requirements for DASA 2021 are as follows:

  • The applicant must have passed senior secondary (10+2) examinations or equivalent from any education system recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.
  • Applicant should have completed successfully Mathematics, Physics and one of the subjects from Chemistry, Biotechnology, Computer Science, and Biology in 11th AND / OR 12th, as applicable in the respective boards.
  • Applicants appearing for the final term/ qualifying examination with the above-mentioned subjects in the academic year 2021-22 and those expecting final results are also eligible for DASA 2021.

Important update: Please note that the prior eligibility condition of 60% aggregate marks or 6.50 CGPA in the qualifying examination from the academic eligibility criteria under the DASA Scheme, for the academic year 2020-2021, has now been removed.

  • Applicants should have a minimum total valid score of 1800 in SAT Subject Tests. The subjects including Mathematics Level 2, Physics and chemistry.
  • For admission to architecture courses, applicants must mandatorily have passed 10+2 scheme examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics OR passed 10+3 diploma examination with Mathematics as a compulsory subject.

Please note that, academic eligibility for SAT Score is as per the latest information by the DASA 2020, however you must visit the official website for updates for the upcoming academic year.

Residential Eligibility for DASA 2021

  • To be eligible for DASA 2021, the applicant must have at least studied in any foreign country for two years (including class 11th and 12th)
  • All foreign nationals studying in any country including India or Indian nationals studying abroad, who fulfil the prescribed DASA eligibility criteria, are eligible.
  • The prescribed eligibility for Indian nationals is at least 2 years of education (including class 11th and 12th or that which is considered equivalent, in a foreign country during the last 8 years and must mandatorily pass the qualifying examination from abroad.

CIWG Quota: Reservation Criteria for Applicants under the Category of Indian Workers in Gulf Countries (CIWG)

Under the DASA reservation quota, 5% of the total or 1/3rd of the total seats are reserved for Children of Indian Workers in Gulf (CIWG).

List of countries that come under CIWG are:

  1. Bahrain
  2. Iraq
  3. Iran
  4. Kuwait
  5. Oman
  6. Qatar
  7. Saudi Arabia
  8. United Arab Emirates

Documents required for CIWG Quota

In order to be eligible for DASA reservation quota/ CIWG quota, candidates have to produce a proof of either parent working in the gulf country. The following documents are required for the same:

  1. Copy of the passport of the parent working in the gulf.
  2. Copy of Parent’s visa with validity on any date in the year 2021.
  3. Copy of Parent’s Work Permit with validity on any date in the year 2021.
  4. Certificate from the company/organization as proof that parent is working in gulf country as per Appendix III of UG Brochure.

Points to be remembered:

  • The applicant has to submit a certificate (appendix III) from the company/ organization as a proof of their parent working in Gulf country. The date till which the applicant’s parent has worked in the gulf country should be carefully stated.
  • The eligibility criteria of Category of Indian Workers in Gulf countries (CIWG), is same as that of the Non-Residents of India (NRI).
  • The vacant seats out of the supernumerary seats reserved under CIWG quota shall be reverted to the other category of DASA 2021.

DASA 2021 Application Form

The application form for admission under DASA Scheme is to be filled online.

Step 1: Fill the online DASA application form on the official website of DASA.

Step 2: Complete the application for DASA 2021 by making the online payment through SWIFT / E-Payment/ NEFT/ RTGS transfer on or before the due date.

Step 3: Upload the online application and documents on the DASA website through the portal

Step 4: Send SAT Test Scores directly from College Board, USA, to National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal

The applicant must send the SAT scores at the given below address:

National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal (Institute Code: 6530) DASA 2021, DASA Office, Admission Cell, Office of the Dean (Academic), National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal – 575025 (Karnataka), INDIA.

DASA application registration details

Create an account at www.dasanit.org by entering the following details to register:

DASA 2021 Online Application process
DASA 2021 Online Application process
  1. Add a valid Email ID. Please remember that this email ID would be used for further registration confirmation details, must be your own email ID.
  2. Enter the correct sequence of Captcha words, enter on create account.
  3. Confirm the email by verifying the link sent to your registered email ID and voila! Your account is created.
  4. The email would include your login ID and password, which will be used for future logins. 
  5. Enter the login details and set up your password credentials. Once your details are entered, your DASA registration is completed.

List of Documents required for DASA Application form

Applicants are required to upload the following documents during the submission of online application:

  1. Latest passport size photograph in JPG format (size approx. 3.5cmx3.5cm, file size < 100kB).
  2. Scanned signature of applicant in JPG format (file size <100 kB).
  3. Scanned copies of relevant documents in JPG /JPEG format (the size of each such file <500 kB
  4. Colour/ B&W/ Gray Scale)

Applicant is required to upload the scanned copies of the following documents:

  1. Applicant’s Passport (Nationals of Nepal who do not have a passport, copy of Authenticated Citizenship Card has to be submitted*).
  2. Proof for date of birth (Secondary Education Board / University Certificate [Class X or equivalent] or any certificate issued by the Government authorities).
  3. Mark Sheet of 10th, 11th and 12th (or) Equivalent examination(s).
  4. Certificate from School authorities (in the format given in Appendix-II on letter head of the school) as proof of completion of 11th and 12th Standard or equivalent.
  5. Percentage/CGPA equivalence provided by the principal examination authorities, in case CGPA on a different scale than that specified is awarded OR if only grades are awarded.
  6. Proof of 2 years of education (11th and 12th or equivalent ) in foreign country in case of NRI
  7. (School leaving certificate/Mark sheets/Study Certificate as in appendix IV).

The applicants must ensure that their name should be exactly same in the passport, qualifying exam SAT Score card and other certificates.

DASA 2021: Fee structure

As per the official website, the revised fee structure for DASA 2021 is as follows:

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The above table lists the registration fee and first semester tuition fee which is payable to DASA 2021 before submission of the online application for different categories.

Foreign Nationals, who are nationals of SAARC countries, are eligible for 50% Tuition Fee waiver provided they have passed the qualifying examination in SAARC countries. They are required to pay an amount of US$ 2,300 along with the application form (i.e. US$ 2,000 towards first semester tuition fee and a non-refundable registration fee of US$300).

Tuition fee for subsequent semesters in NITs and IIEST Shibpur:

Tuition fee for subsequent semestersINR ₹ 62,500 (or as applicable to the candidates taking admissions in Institutions other than NITs and IIEST Shibpur under CIWG category) / US$ 4,000 / US$ 2,000
Hostel and other expensesUS$400 – US$800 per annum and may vary from Institute to Institute

Hostel accommodation and other expenses are to be paid by the applicant directly to the institution at the time of admission.

Applicants are advised to visit the websites or contact concerned authorities of the respective Institutes for detailed information regarding hostel accommodation, its availability and other expenses.

DASA 2021 Fee payment process

Details of payment through SWIFT transfer:

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Details for Electronic Payment (E-Payment):

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Details for NEFT/RTGS:

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For details regarding refund of the fee, check the official website document link. (Mentioned under the useful links section at the end of this article)

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DASA 2021: Seat Allotment details

  • DASA 2021-22 onwards, the seat allotment would be on the basis of the applicant’s JEE Main examination score.
  • Applicants must note that the merit list of all the eligible applicants would be drawn on the basis of their JEE Main scores only.
  • A separate merit list will be prepared by NTA for the admission of applicants under DASA 2021.
  • Based on the merit list drawn as above, the allotment of Institution and course would be made as per the choices indicated by the applicant in his/her application form.
  • An applicant appearing 1 higher on merit list would get higher priority in allotment of course / Institution of his / her choices as compared to an applicant appearing lower in the merit list. The similar seat allotment pattern would be followed for Round 2 and Round 3.
  • Applicants must also note that the selected foreign nationals must obtain a valid student visa as applicable to their category issued by the Indian Missions abroad.
  • Applicants must keep a tab on the official website of NTA and JEE Main examinations for latest notifications on DASA 2021.

DASA 2021 Merit list procedure

In the previous academic years, the merit list for all eligible applicants was made on the basis of the SAT Test scores. With the changes implicated by NTA for the academic session for DASA 2021-22, the merit list will be based on applicant’s JEE Mains scores. The list will be created separately by NTA.

Applicants are requested to visit official website of NTA for regular updates.

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List of participating institutions for DASA NITs

  1. National Institute of Technology, Agartala, Tripura
  2. Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad
  3. National Institute of Technology, Arunachal Pradesh
  4. Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
  5. National Institute of Technology, Calicut, Kerala
  6. National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, West Bengal
  7. National Institute of Technology, Goa
  8. National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh
  9. Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, Rajasthan
  10. National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, Punjab
  11. National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
  12. National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, Haryana
  13. National Institute of Technology, Manipur
  14. National Institute of Technology, Mizoram
  15. Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  16. National Institute of Technology, Patna , Bihar
  17. National Institute of Technology, Puducherry, Karaikkal
  18. National Institute of Technology, Raipur , Chhattisgarh
  19. National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, Orissa
  20. National Institute of Technology, Sikkim
  21. National Institute of Technology, Silchar, Assam
  22. National Institute of Technology, Srinagar
  23. SardarVallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, Gujarat
  24. National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, Karnataka
  25. National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu
  26. National Institute of Technology, Warangal, Telangana
  27. National Institute of Technology, Meghalaya
  28. National Institute of Technology, Uttarakhand
  29. Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

List of participating institutions for DASA Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs)

  1. Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, UP
  2. Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Jabalpur, MP
  3. Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design & Manufacturing, Chennai
  4. Indian Institute of Information Technology, Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
  5. Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
  6. Indian Institute of Information Technology Sri City, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh
  7. 36. Indian Institute of Information Technology, Una, Himachal Pradesh
  8. Indian Institute of Information Technology, Kottayam
  9. Indian Institute of Information and Technology, Sonepat

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List of participating institutions for DASA Schools of Planning and Architecture (SPAs)

  1. School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal
  2. School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi
  3. School of Planning & Architecture, Vijayawada

List of other premier technical institutions for DASA 2021

  1. Punjab Engineering College (Deemed to be University) , Chandigarh
  2. Delhi Technological University, Delhi
  3. Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi
  4. SantLongowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Longowal, Punjab
  5. National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology, Ranchi, Jharkhand
  6. PanditDeendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar
  7. National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology, Aurangabad
  8. Netaji Subhas University of Technology Delhi
  9. Tezpur University, Assam
  10. Indian Maritime University
  11. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, Jammu and Kashmir
  12. The University Institute of Engineering of Technology (UIET), Punjab University,
  13. The University Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology(UICET), Punjab University, Chandigarh
  14. UIET Panjab University Swami SarvanandGiri Regional Centre (UIET PUSSRC), Hoshiarpur, (Punjab)
  15. Charotar University of Science and Technology (CHARUSAT), Gujarat
  16. Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women, New Delhi
  17. Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, Karnataka
  18. School of Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Summing up

In this article we discussed in details about the DASA 2021 scheme, eligibility criteria, and DASA application registration form and fee structure. For more update about the DASA 2021 admissions, keep checking this page for regular updates and notifications. Do let me know in the comments section in case I missed anything or you want some more clarity.

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