Direct Admission of Students Abroad is a scheme of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India for Admissions to Premier Institutions of India. Under this scheme, admissions is given to various UG programmes of premier Institutes of India. For admission through DASA, candidate must have valid SAT test scores.

UG Admission

Based on DASA Scheme, admission is offered for Undergraduate programmes in Engineering / Architecture to National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), Schools of Planning and Architecture (SPAs), and other premier Technical Institutions in India. 

Eligibility Criteria

Academic Eligibility

Applicant must have passed the qualifying examination, i.e. Senior Secondary [10+2] or equivalent from any system of education as recognized by the Association of Indian Universities. 


Applicant should have completed successfully Mathematics, Physics and one of the subjects from (Chemistry, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Biology) in 11th AND / OR 12th, as applicable in the respective boards. 


Applicant must have secured a minimum of at least 60% aggregate marks (average of all subjects of qualifying examination taken together) or 6.50 CGPA (on a 10 point scale) or equivalent in the qualifying examination. In case, CGPA on a different scale is awarded OR if only grades are awarded, percentage / CGPA equivalence provided by the principal examination authorities will only be considered. Applicants appearing for the qualifying examination may also apply. 


Applicant should have a minimum total valid score of 1800 in SAT Subject Tests (Subjects: Mathematics Level 2, Physics and Chemistry) i.e SAT-II.

Application Form

Application Form can be accessed from official website. Before applying, candidates must ensure their eligibility criteria and all other details carefully. Candidates are requested to fill the application form on or before its last date.

Merit List

A merit list of all the eligible applicants is drawn on the basis of total SAT Subject Test scores only. If the SAT Subject Test scores (total) of two or more applicants are same, the inter se merit of such applicant shall be determined as follows:

  • By Marks obtained in SAT Subject Test for Mathematics Level 2 followed by Physics. In case the tie is not broken by the above consideration then the date of birth of the applicants will be compared and older applicant will be given higher merit.

Seat Allotment Process

Seat allotment is strictly based on valid SAT Subject Test scores and the choices given by the applicant in the order of their merit and priority taken together. The candidates belonging to CIWG category are entitled to get only CIWG seats and other candidates will get only non-CIWG seats.

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 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.

In case, Institute/course of first preference indicated by the applicant is not available, he/she will be allotted the 2nd preference (Institute / course) and so on. Such of those applicants who have not been allotted any seat will be indicated as Not allotted in the allotment list. In such cases, the applicants will be eligible for Round 2, Round 3 and Round 4 of allotment against vacancies.

All selected Foreign nationals must obtain a valid student visa as applicable to their category issued by the Indian Missions abroad. The visa can be obtained by producing the Provisional Admission offer letter and other required documents at the Indian Missions located in their respective country. It will be the responsibility of the candidate to arrange appropriate visa.

Provisional admission letters and reporting to allotted Institutions

Only the list of applicants, who are allotted specific Institutions/ courses as per the allotment list and from whom the acceptance of the seat allotment has been received within the specified time frame, will be forwarded to concerned Institution for granting provisional admission. Applicants are strongly advised to check the status of their allotment on the specified dates without fail. Provisional Admission Letter is to be submitted to the Allotted Institute at the time of Admission.

All admissions would be subject to the verification of original certificates / documents and satisfactory physical fitness as prescribed by the concerned Institutes during the time of admission. Not reporting at the allotted Institute during the specified period entails cancellation of the allotted seat.

Official Website of DASA