DASA 2021: Direct Admissions of Students Abroad is abbreviated to DASA. It is a scheme through which students who live abroad like foreign nationals, Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), and NRIs (Non-residential Indians) can take admission in various undergraduate courses.

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Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India for admissions to premier institutions of India conduct DASA. Every year, the Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad, India conducts DASA. Eligible candidates can take admission in 4 – year Engineering & Architecture degree programs from NITs, IIITs, SPAs, and Other Centrally Funded & Premier Technical Institutes (CFPTIs).

From 2021 session onwards, DASA will consider the JEE Main 2021 scores for the selection of the students.

DASA Exam Dates 2021

All the appearing candidates must make sure to note down all the dates of DASA 2021 events given in the table below.

Opening of application formJune/ July 2021
Last date to fill online application form
Last date for submitting SAT Test Score
First round of seat allotment
Seat Confirmation of Round 1
Second Round of seat allotment
Seat Confirmation of Round 2
Third Round of seat allotment
Seat Confirmation of Round 3
Physical reporting to allotted Institutes for admission by candidates who have been allotted a seat in Rounds 1, 2 and 3. In case the situation does not permit physical reporting at the admitting institutes, then reporting and admission would be done online
Internal Sliding

DASA Eligibility Criteria 2021

All candidates must make sure that they fulfill all the eligibility criteria set for DASA 2021. Failing to fulfill the criteria will lead to the cancellation of the candidature.

  • Candidates applying must be a foreign national, PIO, NRI, or OCI.

For UG Courses

  • Only applicants born on or after October 01, 1996, are eligible. Date of birth as recorded in the Secondary Education Board / University Certificate [Class X or equivalent] or any certificate issued by the Government authorities only will be taken as authentic.
  • The Applicant must have passed the qualifying examination or equivalent.
  • He/she should have successfully studied Mathematics, Physics and one of the subjects from (Chemistry, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Biology) in 11th and/ or 12th, as applicable in the respective boards.
  • Candidates must score a minimum of 60% marks or 6.50 CGPA in the equivalent examination.
  • Admission criteria for Indian Nationals shall be at least two years of education, inclusive of 11th & 12th or equivalent (not beyond), in a foreign country during the last 8 years and must pass the qualifying examination from abroad.

DASA Application Form 2021

DASA application form 2021 will release on the official site of DASA. Candidates must make sure to fill in only the correct information in the DASA application form 2021. You have to fill the application form in the online mode. Candidates have to upload the scanned images of documents and fill in the preference of participating institutions/courses. You will be required to pay the application fee to complete the application form. DASA application fee 2021 has to be filled through E-payment (credit/ debit card) and SWIFT transfer. The registration fee is non-refundable.

DASA Application Fee 2021

Check the DASA 2021 registration fee here:

CategoryApplication Fee
Registration Fee (US $)Tuition Fee (for 1st semester only) (US $)Total Fee (to be submitted at the time of filling application form) (US $)
Foreign Nationals of SAARC Countries30020002300

DASA Merit List 2021

The merit list of DASA 2021 will be prepared after receiving the application forms of all candidates. Separate merit lists will be prepared for each course. Ranks will be allotted to the candidates based on the entrance exam and the choices filled in by the candidate. In case two or more candidates secure the same rank, inter-se merit will be prepared. The selection of candidates for the counselling round will be done on the basis of the merit list.

DASA Selection Procedure 2021

  • Candidates whose names appear on the merit list have to participate in the counselling and seat allotment procedure.
  • The counselling procedure takes place in the online mode only.
  • Seat allotment list will be released after each round of counselling.
  • Once the seat is allotted, an aspirant can either accept the seat or file for an upgradation.
  • In case a candidate is not satisfied with his/her seat, they can participate in other rounds of counselling.

DASA Cutoff 2021

The DASA 2021 cutoff will be released by the authority that is in charge of preparing the cut-off. The cut off of DASA will be based on JEE Main 2021 scores. Cut off is the minimum score that the candidate requires to take part in counselling procedure. Each candidate will be able to check the SAT cutoff score for allotment of seats into participating institutes of DASA 2021.

DASA Admission Procedure 2021

All the candidates who find their names on the merit list will be participating in the counselling and seat allotment procedure. Seats will be allotted on the basis of preferences of choice of the candidate. After the seat allotment, each candidate has to download the provisional seat allotment letter. Further, candidates need to head to the institute for document verification.

DASA Counselling 2021

Check 4 rounds of DASA Counselling.

DASA 2021 Round 1 Counselling

The counselling procedure will take place online. Only those who have their names on the merit list are eligible for counselling procedure.

After accepting the seat, a provisional seat allotment letter will generate. Students need to sign it, download it, and submit it to the institute at the time of admission. All qualifying foreign nationals must obtain a valid student visa as applicable to their category by the Indian Missions Board.

  • In case a candidate wishes to decline and does not wish to accept the allotted institute/course, a seat cancellation/ withdrawal letter will be generated. By clicking on Decline your seat will be withdrawn and you will lose any right for any further seat allotment in Round 2 or Round 3. You will be eligible for Round 4 or Spot Round.
  • If you are satisfied with your preference allotment and do not want your higher preference choices to be considered in round two allotments, then click on Accept. The provisional allotment letter will be generated in this case.
  • Click on Accept and Upgrade if you are willing to accept the allotted seat but wish to upgrade your seat and want to consider it in the second round of allotment. The provisional allotment letter would be generated. If an applicant gets a seat in 2 rounds with higher preference, his/her claim on the previously allotted seat will be automatically reclaimed. In a case where no up-gradation takes place, the seat allotted in Round 1 will be retained.

DASA Round 2 Counselling 2021

Similar to Round 1, the options of Accept, decline, and upgrade will follow. After each round of counselling, the seat allotment list will display on the official website. Candidates must keep checking the website to know more about the updates on DASA rounds.

DASA 2021 Round 3 Counselling

Round 3 of Direct Admission for Students Abroad 2021 will follow the same procedure as the previous two rounds.

DASA 2021 Round 4 Counselling

This will be the last round of DASA counselling 2021. There will be only two options left for the candidate that is, accept and decline. In case a candidate clicks on Decline, then he/she will be able to re-register for the spot round of counselling.

Spot Round of DASA Counselling

The spot round is for those candidates who have either declined their seats or have not been allotted any seat during DASA 2021 admission. Applicants who are allotted a seat in Spot round as per their choices and do not accept the allotment (decline or no response within the prescribed time limit) will not be considered for any refund of the tuition fee component paid along with the application.

Candidates who have declined their allotments or withdrawn/ cancelled their applications are eligible to re-register for the Spot round after paying a re-registration Fee of US$ 300 (US Dollars Three hundred only). Applicants who have got admitted to the allotted Institute have to withdraw their admission before internal sliding if they would like to participate in Spot Round. New applicants who meet the academic and residential eligibility requirements are also eligible to apply. Interested applicants who wish to participate in this Spot round must send SAT scores through College Board to MNNIT Allahabad.

DASA 2021 Reservation Criteria

There is a certain number of seats that are reserved for a certain section. In DASA 2021, there is a reservation for Children of Indian Workers in Gulf Countries (CIWG). 5% supernumerary seats (within 15% of the supernumerary quota of DASA) are reserved for Children of Indian Workers in the Gulf (i.e., 1/3rd seats from the DASA quota is reserved for CIWG). The fee applicable for this category will be at par with the fee prescribed for Indian nationals i.e Rs. 1,25,000/- per student per annum either in INR or equivalent USD.

Participating Institutes in DASA 2021

Candidates who are seeking admission through DASA 2021 must make sure to check the list of participating institutes given below. There are around 46 institutes that will be participating in the DASA UG 2021 admission program. This list is on the basis of the previous year’s session.

DASA Fee Structure 2021

Registration Fee and First Semester Tuition Fee for different admitted categories are as follows:

Admission CategoryRegistration Fee (Non-Refundable) (US $)Tuition Fee (For First Semester only)Total Amount paid along with the Application FormIn case the payment is done in INR total amount to be paid with Application Form
CIWG300INR Rs. 62,500/-INR Rs. 62,500/- + US $ 300/-Rs. 62,500/- + Rs. 20,000/- = Rs. 82,500/-
DASA (Non-SAARC)300US $ 4000/-US $ 4300/-Rs. 2,66,680/- + Rs. 20,000/- = Rs. 2,86,680/-
DASA (SAARC)300US $ 2000/-US $ 2300/-Rs. 1,33,340/- + Rs. 20,000/- = Rs. 1,53,340/-

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