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DASA: Eligibility Criteria, Application process, Fee Structure, Latest Changes and Updates

All about DASA 2021

The admissions to various UG and PG programmes of premier Institutes of India under the DASA scheme will be coordinated by Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, India for the year 2021-22.


The admissions in B.Tech. programs of NlTs and other CFTIs (excluding llTs) under DASA scheme will not be made on the basis of valid SAT scores from Academic Year 2021-22 onwards, rather through JEE Mains.


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.


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

Participating Institutes of DASA 2021
Participating Institutes of DASA 2021


The Foreign Nationals (FN) studying in any country including lndia, Persons of Indian origins (PIO), overseas citizen of India (OCI) and Non-resident of lndia (NRl) who fulfill prescribed admission criteria are hereby informed that admission in B. Tech. Programs of NIT Kurukshetra under DASA scheme shall be made on the basis of rank/merit in JEE (Main) examination conducted by NTA for Academic Year 2021-22 onwards.

Important Updates – DASA 2021

  • At least 2years of education, inclusive of 11th and 12th or equivalent(not beyond), in a foreign country during the last 8 years
  • Admissions shall be based on the rank / merit secured by students in Joint Entrance Examination (Main) instead of SAT
  • Number of seats reserved for this category shall be nearly 15% of the total seats offered for admission
  • Registration / Apptication Fee is US$ 300 and the Tuition Fee is US$ 8000
  • Nationals of SAARC countries (excep tlndia) are eligible for 50% tuition fee waiver

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.

DASA 2021 Eligibility criteria

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.

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). Tuition fee for CIWG is of Rs.1,25,000/- per annum either in lndian Rupees (lNR) or equivalent US Dollars at existing exchange rate.

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 (click)

DASA application registration details

Create an account at 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:

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:

Details for Electronic Payment (E-Payment):

Details for NEFT/RTGS:

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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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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12 thoughts on “DASA: Eligibility Criteria, Application process, Fee Structure, Latest Changes and Updates”

  1. For year 2021-22 CIWG if parent visa is valid till Aug.21, is that OK?
    Can he get the admission through CIWG?

    Secondly 12th exam CGPA 6.5 or 60% min score reqd condition will be applicable in 2021-22?

  2. very interesting, good job and thanks for sharing such a great article. your article is so convincing that i never stop myself to say something about it. you are doing great job. keep it up.

    1. Hi,

      The SAT has two big sections—Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW), and Math. You can earn a scaled score of between 200 and 800 points on each section, for a total of 1600 possible points on the SAT.
      The scaled score of between 200 and 800 is converted from the raw score you earn on each section. Your raw score is simply the number of questions you answered correctly. Skipped or wrong questions do not add or subtract from your raw score.

  3. Hello, would you please share the link of DASA website, I am not able to visit it. I want to register my son for admission. The application form is supposed to open this week, but I am not getting it. Please help. Thanks a lot.

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