Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) 2016: The Eligibility, Dates & Forms

Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) happens to be the primary way of obtaining admissions in premier engineering and architecture colleges in India by children of Foreign Nationals, Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Non-­Resident Indians (NRI). Do you know what is it? This blog post would tell you what is DASA and how to apply for it.

What is DASA:
DASA (acronym for Direct Admission of Students Abroad) is the admission process for Under-Graduate/Post-Graduate program in Engineering, Architecture & Planning courses in Indian institutes and is meant only for the NRI, PIO & Foreign Nationals. This is a scheme of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India.

It is organized every year and is coordinated by one of the participating institutes. DASA 2016 is being coordinated and organized by National Institute of Technology ,Srinagar, Hazratbal, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. Admission process through DASA starts through submission of online application in the 1st week of April and ends in the month of July, when the students have to report to institutes after counseling.

DASA enables you to choose UG degree programs from 42 disciplines in 40 odd institutes. There are more than 2300 seats (2282 Bachelor degree seats and 63 Dual Degree Seats in DASA 2015) each year through DASA. How many seats are there for each discipline and in which colleges?

Cost of education through DASA:
Registration fees: USD 300.
Tuition fees: USD 8000 per annum.

Selection Methodology in DASA:
DASA selection process consists of SAT Subject Tests only. The merit List for allotment of seats is based on total of three SAT Subject Tests: Mathematics Level 2, Physics and Chemistry. If there is a tie of SAT scores, the merit positions would be decided on the basis of marks obtained in SAT Subject Test Maths and then Physics. In case the tie is still not resolved, older candidates (i.e. date of birth) will be given higher merit.

Your SAT score has to be send directly through College Board to the organizing institute. Internet downloaded score cards would not be acceptable.

How to send SAT scores for DASA 2015:
MNIT, Jaipur is the coordinating institute for DASA 2016 (i.e. for the admissions in year 2016-17). Hence you have to send the SAT scores from College Board to NIT, SriNagar. You can do this by choosing the Institute code 7283 at the time of registration for SAT Subject Tests.

You can attempt SAT Subject Tests any number of times. You can send each valid score to NIT, Srinagar through College Board, USA. Only the best valid score in each subject will be considered while deciding the merit list. SAT Subject Test scores received till 1st June, 2016 only will be considered.

Eligibility required for DASA 2016:
1.0 Age: Maximum 25 years on 1st October of admission year. For example for DASA 2016, Date of Birth should be 1st October, 1990 or later.
2.0 Must have passed Senior Secondary [10+2] with Mathematics, Physics and one of the subjects from Chemistry, Bio-technology, Computer Science or Biology.
3.0 Foreign Nationals/PIO can complete the qualifying exam in any country including India. But if you are an Indian National studying abroad, you must have completed the qualifying exam from outside India.
4.0 Minimum CGPA required is 6.50 in above qualifying exam (i.e. 10+2).
5.0 Minimum SAT Subject Test Score: 1440.  Subjects to be taken in SAT: Mathematics Level 2, Physics and Chemistry.

Steps for getting admission through DASA 2016:
1.0 Appear in the three SAT Subject tests well before 1st June, 2016 to prevent last minute hiccups.
2.0  Apply online for DASA 2016 and make fee payment through SWIFT transfer / E-payment.
3.0  Submit the signed hard copy of the online form along with necessary documents DASA Office, NIT, Srinagar.
4.0 Appear in the DASA counseling process – Round 1, 2, 3 and may be Round 4 and Spot Round depending on your merit.

DASA 2016 Important Dates:
Submission of Online Form: 1st April to 1st June, 2016.
Last date for receipt of SAT Scores: 1st June, 2016.

Seat Allotments Dates:
First round: 8th June, 2016.
Second round: 16th June, 2016.
Third round: 24nd June, 2016.
Fourth round: 8th July, 2016.
Spot round: 29th July, 2016.

DASA 2016 Online Application Form:
At this stage, only the dates for DASA 2016 have been declared and the detailed notification for DASA 2016 (i.e. information brochure) has still not been uploaded. You can therefore go through this DATA 2016 Information Brochure to know what is the process for submission of online form for DASA. Go through section "2.4 Submission of Application" in page-8 and "2.2 Application Fee payment" in page 6 of this brochure. 

In short, DASA 2016 application consists of  two stages:
1.0  Apply online for DASA 2016 and make fee payment through SWIFT transfer / E-payment.
2.0  Submit the signed hard copy of the online form along with necessary documents DASA Office, NIT,Srinagar.

Procedure for submission of Online Application Form for DASA 2016 is expected to be identical.

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