DASA 2020 – NITK Surathkal has announced dates of Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA). The registration and submission of application form start from April 02, 2020, on dasanit.org. DASA is for admission of the foreign nationals in NITs, IIEST, IIITs, SPAs, central universities and other centrally funded & premier technical institutes. Admission is offered in UG engineering & architecture programmes and in M.Tech./M.Arch./M.Plan./M.Des./MURP & MBA courses. For the academic session 2020 – 21, admission via DASA is based on SAT scores. For more details on DASA 2020 like eligibility, admission process, how to apply, list of institutes, seat matrix, cutoff, etc, read below.
Latest: DASA 2020 dates are out, check the schedule below.
2020 is the last academic session when the admission is being granted to the foreign nationals based on Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores under the DASA scheme. From the next upcoming year, 2021-22 onwards admission will be based on JEE Main ranks. For the academic session 2020-21, DASA 2020 will be held as per the schedule below:
|Registration starts||02 Apr 2020|
|Last date to register and submit form||05 Jun 2020|
|Last date for receipt of SAT scores||05 Jun 2020|
|1st seat allottment round||15 Jun 2020|
|Confirmation of seats by candidates||15 – 18 Jun 2020|
|2nd seat allottment round||23 Jun 2020|
|Confirmation of seats by candidates||23 – 27 Jun 2020|
|3rd seat allottment round||30 Jun 2020|
|Confirmation of seats by candidates||30 Jun – 3 Jul 2020|
|Choice refilling and new applicants registration||15 – 18 Jul 2020|
|4th seat allottment round||22 Jul 2020|
|Confirmation of seats by candidates||22 – 24 Jul 2020|
|Reporting to allotted institutes by students|
who have been allotted seats in rounds 1, 2 , 3 and 4
|25 – 29 Jul 2020|
|Internal Sliding||30 Jul 2020|
|Announcement of vacant seats for spot rounds||01 Aug 2020|
|Choice refilling and new applicants registration for Spot Round||02 – 04 Aug 2020|
|Spot rounds||06 Aug 2020|
|Reporting to allotted Institutes by candidates|
who have been allotted a seat in Spot Round
|07 – 11 Aug 2020|
- To check the official schedule of DASA 2020 – Click here and download PDF
DASA 2020 Eligibility Criteria
The candidates can check below whether or not they are eligible to apply for admission under the DASA scheme:
The candidates must be born on or after October 01, 1995. The date of birth as mentioned in the Secondary Education Board / University Certificate (Class X or equivalent) will be only considered as DOB for eligibility.
- Students must have passed 10+2 from any system of education as recognized by the Association of Indian Universities. The 10+2 boards that are equivalent to 10+2 system are:
- In class 11 and / or 12, candidates must have studied Mathematics and Physics, also any one subject from Chemistry, Bio-technology, Computer Science, Biology.
- The minimum marks in the qualifying exam must be 60% in aggregate or 6.50 CGPA out of 10.
Some exceptions: For admission in B.Arch courses, 50% marks is needed in P, C and M individually and also 50% marks is needed in total in 10+2. the students with 10+3 diploma with mathematics as compulsory subject cand also apply for admission. They also need atleast 50% marks aggregate.
- Students must have SAT scores of Mathematics Level 2, Physics and Chemistry
- The minimum SAT score needed is 1800.
Note: The candidates who have taken multiple attempts in SAT Subject Tests can send all their valid scores to NITK Surathkal directly through College Board, USA. The best scores out of all the attempts are taken into consideration for calculating the total score for merit list preparation.
- All foreign nationals studying in any country including India can apply
- Indian nationals studying abroad who fulfill prescribed admission can apply. The Indian nationals must at least have two years of education, class 11 and 12 included from abroad.
DASA 2020 Application Process
The application form of DASA 2020 is made available in the online mode at dasanit.org. To apply for DASA 2020, candidates need to follow a 2 stage process.
A) Fill the online DASA 2020 application form
B) Sending in SAT subject test score
A) Fill the online DASA 2020 application form
To fill in the DASA 2020 application form, the candidate must follow the given steps.
Step 1: Create an account at dasanit.org by completing the registration process.
Step 2: Application filling and submission. In this stage candidates have to upload scanned copies of all relevant documents.
Application Fee: As per the last years data the application fee to submit the DASA application form is
|Admission Category||Registration Fee|
|Children of Indian Workers in Gulf Countries (CIWG)||US $ 300/-|
|DASA (Non -SAARC)||US $ 300/-|
|DASA (SAARC)||US $ 300/-|
The specification of images to be uploaded in the online form:
Uploading images and documents is an utmost important step in the registration process. Candidate can check the image specification criteria from the given table.
|Passport size photo||JPG||Less than 100 kB||3.5 cm x 3.5 cm|
|Scanned signature||JPG||Less than 100 kB||–|
|Scanned copies of relevant documents||JPG/JPEG||Less than 500 kB||Colour/B&W/Gray Scale|
Documents to be scanned and uploaded with the online application form:
- Applicants Passport
- Date of Birth proof
- Class 10th, 11th, and 12th mark-sheet
- Class 10th, 11th, and 12th certificate
- Proof of last 2 years of education in a foreign country in case of NRI
- Latest passport size photograph in JPG format
- Scanned signature of applicant in JPG format
- Scanned copies of relevant documents
In case, 12th standard or equivalent is not completed yet, the candidate has to give an undertaking in the online application.
Documents required if applying for admission under Children of Indian Workers in Gulf Countries (CIWG) category:
- Copy of the passport of the parent working in the gulf.
- Copy of Parent’s visa.
- Copy of Parent’s Work Permit (If any).
- Certificate from the company/organization as proof that the parent is working in the gulf country.
B) Sending in SAT subject test score NITK Surathkal through College Board, USA
The candidates must send in their SAT scores to NITK Surathkal through College Board, USA before the last date. There are 3 deadlines to apply with SAT scores in DASA.
Deadlines to send the SAT scores for DASA 2020
|For DASA round 1, 2 and 3||05 Jun 2020|
|For DASA round 4||17 Jul 2020|
|For DASA spot round||03 Aug 2020|
If the candidates are unable to send in their SAT score before the first deadline they are not considered for round 1, 2 and 3. Such candidates are eligible for 4th seat allotment round if the scores reach NITK Surathkal before the second deadline.
DASA 2020 Reservation Criteria
5% supernumerary seats are reserved for Children of Indian Workers in Gulf (CIWG) i.e., 1/3rd seats from DASA quota is reserved for CIWG candidates.
Countries under CIWG are:
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
- Eligibility of CIWG will be same as that of NRIs.
- NRI candidates who are eligible for CIWG Category will have the option to be considered for other seats of DASA as well.
DASA 2020 Seat Matrix
Seat Matrix 2019 represents the number of seats offered by all the participating colleges for a particular course and category. Candidates can check the DASA 2020 seat matrix in order to know the number of seats offered by DASA 2020 participating institutes. The last years seat matrix can be checked following the link below:
DASA 2020 Merit List
A merit list of all the eligible applicants would be drawn on the basis of total SAT Subject Test scores only. If the SAT Subject Test scores in total of two or more applicants are same, then a tie breaking rule is applied which is as follows:
- First by Marks obtained in SAT Subject Test for Mathematics Level 2
- Then by Marks obtained in SAT Subject Test for Physics
- Then by age, older candidates are given higher rank.
DASA 2020 Seat Allotment
Allotment of the institution and course will be made as per the choices indicated by the applicant in his/her application form. If the candidate’s first preference course or institute is not available, then in such a case, the candidate are asked to share their second preference. Candidate whose names are there in the merit list and to whom seats are not allocated in the first round shall not worry as they are eligible for round 2, 3 and 4.
Candidates have three options in rounds 1 and 2 of seat allotment, check them below:
Accept: If the allotted seat is accepted in all manner by the students, then this option must be selected.
Accept and Upgrade: If a candidate is accepting the allotted seats but is also interested to be considered in further round allotment for upgradation of institute/course, then this option is for them.
Decline: If candidates do not wish to accept the allotted Institute/Course, they must select this option. This options leads to loss of right for any further seat allotment in Round 2, Round 3 and 4.
Candidates have four options in round 3 of seat allotment, check them below:
Accept: Press Accept if you are accepting the allotted Institute/Course
Round 4 with choice change: This is for the candidates who are accepting the currently allotted seat but are also interested to be considered in Round 4 allotment for up gradation of Institute/ courses.
Round 4 without choice change: This option is when candidates are interested to change the original choices given at the time of filling the application and are willing to be considered in the Round 4 of seat allotment.
Decline: Press Decline if allotted Institute/Course is not accepted.
Candidates have two options in round 4 of seat allotment, check them below:
Accept: Select Accept if you are accepting the allotted Institute/Course
Decline: If a candidate is unhappy with the allotted Institute/Course, select this option. Candidates can register for spot round of counselling.
DASA 2020 Provisional Admission Letters
The candidates who accept the seat get an auto-generated Provisional Admission Letter. This letter must be submitted to the allotted institute at the time of admission. The admission letter must be carried in a printed format.
Reporting at the center: The allotted center for admission is mentioned in the provisional admission letter. Asper the reporting date and time candidates must appear for admission. The document verification is done at the center and admission is based on the verification. Not reporting at the allotted Institute during the specified period entails the cancellation of the allotted seat.
DASA 2020 Fee Structure
Candidates can check the first-semester tuition fee from the table given below. However, the fee data is collected from the 2019 brochure and hence, there is a change that fee gets changed this year.
|Admission Category||Tuition Fee |
For First Semester only)
|Total Amount paid along with the Application Form||In case the payment is done in INR total amount to be paid with Application Form|
|CIWG||INR ₹ 62,500/||INR ₹ 62,500/- + US $ 300/-||₹ 83,800/-|
|DASA (Non -SAARC)||US $ 4000/-||US $ 4300/-||₹ 3,05,300/-|
|DASA (SAARC)||US $ 2000/-||US $ 2300/-||₹ 1,63,300/-|
DASA 2020 Participating Institutes
The participating institutes of DASA are among the top-ranked institutions in the country. NITs and IIITs are declared as Institutes of National Importance by an Act of Parliament. All these institutes are autonomous and a degree from any of these Institutions opens up wonderful opportunities for pursuing international careers in architecture, engineering, and technology. Check below the list of participating institutes of DASA 2020:
National Institute of Technology – NITs
|Name of NIT||Short Name||Located in|
|NIT Agartala||NITA||Agartala, Tripura|
|NIT Allahabad||MNNIT||Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh|
|NIT Arunachal Pradesh||NITAP||Yupia, Arunachal Pradesh|
|NIT Bhopal||MANIT||Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh|
|NIT Calicut||NITC||Calicut, Kerala|
|NIT Delhi||NITD||New Delhi, Delhi|
|NIT Durgapur||NITDGP||Durgapur, West Bengal|
|NIT Goa||NITG||Farmagudi, Goa|
|NIT Hamirpur||NITH||Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh|
|NIT Jaipur||MNIT||Jaipur, Rajasthan|
|NIT Jalandhar||NITJ||Jalandhar, Punjab|
|NIT Jamshedpur||NITJSR||Jamshedpur, Jharkhand|
|NIT Kurukshetra||NITKKR||Kurukshetra, Haryana|
|NIT Manipur||NITMN||Imphal, Manipur|
|NIT Mizoram||NITMZ||Aizawl, Mizoram|
|NIT Meghalaya||NITMN||Shillong, Meghalaya|
|NIT Nagpur||VNIT||Nagpur, Maharashtra|
|NIT Patna||NITP||Patna, Bihar|
|NIT Puducherry||NITPY||Karaikal, Pondicherry|
|NIT Raipur||NITRR||Raipur, Chhattisgarh|
|NIT Rourkela||NITRKL||Rourkela, Odisha|
|NIT Sikkim||NITSKM||Ravangla, Sikkim|
|NIT Silchar||NITS||Silchar, Assam|
|NIT Srinagar||NITSRI||Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir|
|NIT Surat||SVNIT||Surat, Gujarat|
|NIT Surathkal||NITK||Mangalore, Karnataka|
|NIT Trichy||NITT||Trichy, Tamil Nadu|
|NIT Uttarakhand||NITUK||Srinagar, Uttarakhand|
|NIT Warangal||NITW||Warangal, Telangana|
Indian Institutes of Information Technology – IIITs
|Name of IIIT||Located in|
|Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Allahabad||Allahabad, UP|
|Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM) Jabalpur||Jabalpur, MP|
|Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design & Manufacturing, Chennai||Chennai, TN|
|Indian Institute of Information Technology, Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Gujarat||Gnadhinagar, Gujarat|
|Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management||Gwalior, MP|
|Indian Institute of Information Technology||Guwahati, Assam|
|Indian Institute of Information Technology||Lucknow, UP|
|Indian Institute of Information Technology Sri City||Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh|
|Indian Institute of Information Technology||Una, Himachal Pradesh|
|Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology||Shibpur, WB|
|Indian Institute of Information Technology||Kottayam, Kerala|
|Indian Institute of Information and Technology||Sonepat, Haryana|
Schools of Planning and Architecture – SPAs
|Name of SPA||Located in|
|School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal||Bhopal, MP|
|School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi||Delhi, Delhi|
|School of Planning & Architecture, Vijayawada||Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh|
Other Premier Technical Institutions
|Name of NIT||Located in|
|Punjab Engineering College||Chandigarh, Punjab|
|Delhi Technological University||Delhi, Delhi|
|Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology||Delhi, Delhi|
|Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology||Longowal, Punjab|
|National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology||Ranchi, Jharkhand|
|Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University||Gandhinagar, Gujarat|
|National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology||Aurangabad, Maharashtra|
|Netaji Subhas University of Technology Delhi||Delhi, Delhi|
|Tezpur University||Tezpur, Assam|
|Indian Maritime University||Jaipur, Rajasthan|
|Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University||Katra, Jammu and Kashmir|
|The University Institute of Engineering of Technology (UIET), Punjab University||Chandigarh, Punjab|
|The University Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology(UICET), Punjab University||Chandigarh, Punjab|
|UIET Panjab University Swami Sarvanand Giri Regional Centre (UIET PUSSRC)||Hoshiarpur, Punjab|
DASA 2020 Admission Frequently Asked Questions
Ans : Candidate can apply for DASA UG through the official website, dasanit.org
Ans : For Undergraduate courses, only applicants born on or after October 01, 1995 are eligible.
Ans : Candidate must have qualified 12th standard with at least minimum of 60% of the aggregate marks.
Ans : The submission of the application form is possible in online mode only.
Ans : Yes. As long as you hold a valid foreign passport/visa etc., you are eligible for DASA.
Ans : No. Once mandatory fields are filled and application submitted, it cannot be changed.
Ans : Yes, you have the option to be considered for other seats of DASA. In order to avail this option, you have to deposit the same initial fee as applicable to DASA (Non- SAARC) Category.
Formore information download DASA information brochure from last year – click here
Official Website: dasanit.org
To get fastest exam alerts and government job alerts in India, join our Telegram channel.