DASA / CIWG Quota
DASA (Direct Admission of Students Abroad)
Did you recently got introduced to the DASA Scheme or the updates in it? Well, here we, Testprepkart, will walk you through the DASA Scheme step-by-step in detail.
Before we get into detail about DASA, let me alert you with the latest official update for admissions under DASA 2021. The recent notification (according to the official website of DASA) is that from session 2021-22 onwards, JEE Rank will be considered mandatory instead of the SAT 2 scores. And for 2020-21 admissions, it will be the last year when SAT scores will be considered for DASA or CIWG Eligibility.
So now, let’s take you through what actually the DASA Scheme is & the benefits that NRIs can get from this Scheme.
CIWG & DASA App To Keep You On Track:
What is DASA Scheme exactly?
DASA is the abbreviation for ‘Direct Students of Admissions Abroad’. The DASA Scheme was launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, India (MHRD) for NRIs (Non-Residential Indians), PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin), OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) & Foreign Nationals who want to take admission in the renowned Technical Institutes of India like NITs/IIITs/CFIs/SPAs/IISERs.
This scheme made it easy for the students to apply for the UG (Under Grad.) Courses in NITs, IIITs, SPAs and other CFIs of India, apart from the IITs. In other words, MHRD gave an opportunity to all the Indian citizens to pursue graduation who are residing abroad.
DASA 2021 (Latest DASA Update- JEE Mandatory):
From 2021 onwards, all eligible applicants would be drawn on the basis of JEE Main Scores only. Earlier, only the scores of SAT Subject Test Scores were required for an NRI student to be eligible for taking admission in Top Indian Institutes based on DASA Scheme. But according to the latest official notification from DASA (given in April 2019), SAT Scores will no longer be required (from 2021) for DASA Quota Eligibility.
Hence, NRI students preparing (preparing from 2019 or 2020) to take admission in Top Indian Engineering Colleges of India must rigorously practice on JEE Exam Pattern in order to avail the benefits of DASA Scheme or CIWG Scheme.
Speaking of CIWG, Children of Indian Workers in Gulf Countries, is a scheme generated by MHRD, India for the children of Indian expatriates in Gulf countries looking for admissions at the premier Indian Institutes through the DASA scheme. CIWG is the subset of DASA scheme i.e. CIWG is 1/3rd quota of DASA.
If you are an Indian residing abroad and you don’t know what category you fall into, check out the information below know what stream you fall into: Who is eligible for DASA & CIWG:
- NRIs (Non Residential 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.
- PIOs (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.
- OCI (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 on for NRIs/OCI/PIO for more details.
- Age Eligibility: You should be born on or after October 1, 1996 if you’re aiming to apply to the DASA 2021. The Date of Birth (DOB) card should be issued by any Government authority else the Secondary Education Board / University Certificate [Class X or equivalent] are considered as genuine as well.
- Academics Eligibility: Applicant must qualify 12th grade or equivalent grade from the Schools/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 by September 2021. The students must have scored JEE Marks above the cut-off (may vary according to JEE Marks percentile of 2021 JEE Exams). Applicants are to submit their JEE Scores before the deadline, else you won’t be able to attend for the Round 1, 2 & 3 of DASA Scheme or CIWG Scheme. DASA still has to update on the medium that will be used for submitting the JEE Scores to DASA for 2021 session.
- 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 NRIs/PIOs/OCI is eligible for DASA scheme if he 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.
The countries list of CIWG is as follows: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.
You can avail the benefits of CIWG Scheme. If you fail to get admission under CIWG scheme, you can get admission by DASA Quota because Gulf Indian Students will fall under the eligibility of both CIWG and DASA Schemes.
DASA categorized the fees into 3 admission streams on the residence basis. The three admission streams are - DASA (Non-SAARC), DASA (SAARC) & CIWG. Here's the tuition fee you must pay a semester in all the 3 admission streams:
DASA 2021 Colleges & Programs: Here's the list of programs that is offered by Institutes (NITs/IIITs/CFTI and SPAs) that take admissions under DASA / CIWG.
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