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Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main Paper 1)

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All the NRI aspirants who are willing to take admission in Indian Engineering Institutions like NITs, IIITs, and other CFTIs can take the admission under DASA Scheme.

There is a DASA Quota that is applicable to all the NRI, OCI, PIO, and FN students through which they can take admission in Indian Premium Engineering Colleges. There is a total of 3942 seats are available for admission in NITs, IIITs, SPAs, and CFTIs.

What is DASA Scheme?

DASA is known as Direct Admissions of Students Abroad. DASA scheme was launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, India (MHRD) for NRIs (Non-Residential Indians)/PIO (Persons of Indian Origin)/OCI (Overseas Citizen of India)/Foreign Nationals who want to take admissions in the premier Institutes of India.

Admissions will be provided in UG & PG Programs for Engineering, architecture design, management courses through Scores/Rank obtained in JEE Main, GRE/GMAT entrance exams.

In other words, MHRD gave an opportunity to all the Indian citizens to pursue graduation who are residing abroad. Hence, DASA Scheme made it easier for the engineering aspirants to apply for the UG (Under Grad.) Courses in NITs, IIITs, SPAs & CFIs of India, apart from the IITs.

DASA Scheme has two categories 1 is called DASA General Scheme and the 2nd was CIWG Scheme for those who live in gulf countries. 

What is the CIWG Scheme?

CIWG stands for Children of Indian Workers in Gulf Countries. CIWG is a scheme generated by the Ministry of India for the children of Indian expatriates in Gulf countries looking for admissions at the premier Indian Institutes through the DASA scheme.

According to the CIWG scheme, there will be 1/3rd reservation of seats of DASA for the Children of Indian workers in the Gulf countries (CIWG). However, any vacant seats out of the 1/3rd category of CIWG shall be reverted to the 2/3rd quota seats meant for other different categories of DASA. The 1/3 reserved category of CIWG will be reverted to the 2/3rd quota if not filled within the spot round.

NRI Quota For JEE Main

Then, let's dig into the Eligibility Criteria to know what makes you eligible. DASA Scheme Quota for NRIs/ PIOs /OCIs.

DASA scheme is an initiative launched by MHRD, India for NRIs/PIO/OCI/Foreign Nationals.If you're an Indian residing abroad and you don't know what category you absolutely fall into, check the below stuff to know what stream you fall into;

Non-Resident Indians – NRI, also known as Indian Diaspora, are the people who were born in India or are the descendants of Indians that reside apart from India.

 Person of Indian Origin – PIO is also known as Overseas Indians. They are the ones who were born in India or are the descendants of Indians that reside apart from India. You can’t be a PIO, if you’re a citizen of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Iraq, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and/or Nepal.

 Overseas Citizen of India – OCI is an immigration status authorized for a foreign citizen of Indian origin to live and work in the Republic of India indefinitely. Visit DASA Scheme for NRIs/OCI/PIO for more details.

DASA Eligibility

You have to meet all 3 types of requirements to apply under the DASA scheme. The eligibility list is as follows:

  • Age Eligibility
  • Academics Eligibility
  • Residential Eligibility


Age Eligibility: There is no restriction for the age limit in DASA. The student has to be 12th pass only. There should be a date of birth issued by any Government authority.

Academics Eligibility: Applicant must qualify 12th grade or equivalent grade from Universities recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) & applicants must have successfully completed 3 subjects - Mathematics, Physics & one of the subjects from Chemistry, Bio-Technology, Computer Science or Biology in 11th and 12th grade.

Applicants must have scored at least 60% aggregate or 6.5 GPA (10 point scale basis) & they must have finished 12th grade or are expecting results in the JEE exam attempting year. 

Residential Eligibility: All Foreign Nationals residing in any country including India or Indian Nationals studying abroad that fulfilled the above-mentioned admission criteria shall be eligible. An NRI/PIO/OCI student is eligible for the DASA scheme if he/she finishes his 11th and 12th grade in any foreign country in the last 8 years. If you hail from any of the below-mentioned Gulf Countries, you are eligible for the CIWG Scheme as well (a subset of the DASA Scheme).

The list of countries under the CIWG Scheme is as follows:

  • Bahrain
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Oman
  • Kuwait
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates

Documents Required During The Admission Process Under DASA/CIWG:

  • Copy of the Passport of the Paren.
  • Visa of the Parent.
  • Work Permit of the Parent.
  • Company/Organization Proof of the Parent to show that you’re working in the Gulf.
  • Any change in the tuition fee from competent authority from time to time will be applicable to CIWG also.
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