NRI Quota in Engineering Colleges of India
Are you an NRI and anxious about the NRI quota to get admission in the top-notch engineering colleges of India?
Then, you’re halfway there. We’ll walk you through the aspects you should be familiar with the NRI quota in Indian engineering colleges.
What is NRI Quota?
The supernumerary quota which is allotted by the premier institutes of India for the Non-Resident Indians is known as NRI quota. In this NRI quota, Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), Overseas Citizens of India (OCI), and Foreign Nationals (FNs) can also apply for the NRI quota.
Is NRI Quota Applicable to NITs, IIITs, CFTIs?
Every NRI’s dream is to get admission in the well-versed IITs and NITs in India. It would be great if NRIs can find NRI quota to get into the IITs, NITs, IIITs, CFTIs and other premier engineering colleges.
Let's first talk about IIT-
Indian Institute of Technology’s (IITs):
Unfortunately, IITs doesn’t offer any NRI quota for International Students.
National Institute of Technology’s (NITs)/Centrally Funded Technical Institutes(CFTIs)/Indian Institutes of Information Technology(IIITs)
NRI students prefer NITs as their second choice after opting for IITs. Luckily, there’s an NRI quota for all undergraduate NRIs/PIO/OCI/FNs to get into NITs (National Institute of Technology’s) and CFTIs (Centrally Funded Technical Institutes) and IIITs for their UG Courses.
NRI Quota is provided under the DASA Scheme. In 2001, MHRD launched the DASA scheme by acknowledging the concern of NRI students who want to return to India for UG Courses to have the Bachelor’s degree from the top-notch NITs, IIITs, SAPs and CFTIs. DASA Scheme doesn’t covers IITs because IITs don’t encourage NRI Quota & they only take admissions based on JEE Advanced Scores.
Now Let’s discuss about DASA and CIWG scheme:
DASA (Direct Admission for Students Abroad):
DASA Scheme is applicable for NRIs that are aiming to have Bachelor’s degree from Engineering/Architecture streams in top-tier engineering colleges of India.
Here’s the list of DASA participating colleges & the seats reserved under both DASA & CIWG schemes:
Note: It’s to be addressed that the DASA seats in the table are of DASA alone (including 1/3rd of CIWG). These seats are the total available seats in the DASA scheme, whereas CIWG seats are of Gulf Quota alone.
CIWG Scheme (Children of Indian Workers in Gulf):
CIWG is the subset of DASA. That is, 1/3rd of seats from DASA are reserved for CIWG Quota.
CIWG scheme is applicable for the undergraduate students that are residing in the below-mentioned Gulf countries:
United Arab Emirates
Benefits of CIWG:
Gulf Quota: CIWG scheme is also known as Gulf Quota and One-Third seats (5% seats) are allotted to Gulf Quota/CIWG scheme from DASA scheme.
Economical: If you hail from a Gulf based country, you will need to pay just 6 lakh to accomplish the 8 semesters. But, a student admitted through DASA Quota pays 22 lakh to finish the same graduation from NITs, IIITs and CFTIs.
Competition: Competition for CIWG scheme is immense. So, you have to work pretty hard to get admission in these prestigious engineering colleges.
Admission Process under DASA Scheme:
Till Academic year 2020-21:
Academic year 2020-21 will be the last year when DASA scheme would require you to submit 3 SAT Subject Test scores before the registration deadline of DASA. If you fail to submit the SAT Subject Test scores in time, you won’t be able to attend the first 3 rounds.DASA also wants you to submit other documents such as transcripts, residence documents etc. So, get ready with all those documents. Familiarity with DASA colleges and registration isn’t adequate; you should also be familiar with DASA fees, Programs under DASA, Admission Dates, Seat Allotment, Cutoff. In order to know more about DASA, check DASA scheme here.
From Academic year 2021-22:
From year 2021, JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) Main Scores are compulsory to get admission under DASA scheme. JEE is an entrance exam conducted for admission to various engineering colleges in India. It is constituted by two different examinations-
JEE Mains, is to get admissions in to NITs, CFTIs, IIITs, SPAs and and various other prestigious engineering colleges. Scores of JEE mains are required to avail DASA/CIWG scheme for NRIs. It is held twice a year (January & April). For more details about DASA/CIWG for NRI check here.
JEE Advanced, is to get admission into the IITs,IIST,IISERs and ISM Dhanbad. Only the students selected in JEE Mains are eligible for appearing in JEE Advanced Exams.
Both JEE Mains and JEE Advanced exams are of the objective pattern (except for JEE Mains paper 2’s Drawing Skills Test).
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