DASA 2019: Application, Exam Date, Pattern, Syllabus, List of Colleges, EligibilityDirect Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) is conducted for admission to Undergraduate courses of Engineering and Architecture programmes in premium B.tech colleges – NITs,IIITs,SPAs and CFTIs (Centrally funded & premier Technical Institutes).

The admission to Undergraduate courses is based on the SAT (Scholastic assessment test) scores and the aspirants should have a minimum of 1800 in SAT subject tests in aggregate.

This strategy has been led by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India for the candidates of – foreign nationals/persons of Indian origin (PIOs) / Nonresident Indians (NRI) /overseas citizen of India (OCI).

The Direct Admio of Students Abroad in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes is co-ordinated by the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur.

Information about Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)

The SAT is conducted by the College Board, Educational Training service to test the writing, critical reading and mathematical knowledge/skill of the students. The exam duration is about 3-4 hours at maximum.

Following is the list of Participating Institutes in DASA 2019 Undergraduate Programmes-

  1. National Institute of Technology, Agartala – Tripura
  2. Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad – Uttar Pradesh
  3. National Institute of Technology, Arunachal Pradesh
  4. Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal – Madhya Pradesh
  5. National Institute of Technology, Calicut – kerela
  6. National Institute of Technology, Delhi
  7. National Institute of Technology, Durgapur – West Bengal
  8. National Institute of Technology, Goa
  9. National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur – Himachal Pradesh
  10. Malaviya Nation Institute of Technology, Jaipur – Rajasthan
  11. National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar – Punjab
  12. National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur – Jharkhand
  13. National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra – Haryana
  14. National Institute of Technology, Manipur
  15. National Institute of Technology, Mizoram

School of Planning and Architecture (SPAs) participating Institutes-

  1. School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal
  2. School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi
  3. School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada

Other premier technical Institutions-

  1. PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh
  2. Delhi Technological University, Delhi
  3. Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi
  4. Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Longowal – Punjab
  5. National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology, Ranchi – Jharkhand
  6. Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar
  7. National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology, Aurangabad
  8. Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology, Delhi
  9. Tezpur University, Assam
  10. Indian Maritime University.

The students of Indian nationals will get admitted to the above-mentioned colleges on the basis of JEE conducted by CBSE.

Programmes offered by the DASA 2019 are-

  • tech in Computer science and engineering – 4 years
  • tech in Electronics Communication and engineering – 4 years
  • tech in computer science and engineering and Master of Science in computer science and engineering by research.
  • tech in Electronics and communication engineering and Masters of Science in Electronics and communication engineering by research
  • tech in computer science and Master of science in computational linguistics by research
  • tech in computer science and Master of Science in computational natural sciences by research.
  • tech in Civil Engineering and Master of Science in building sciences and engineering by research.

DASA 2019 Registration:

Firstly, candidates need to create an account to get themselves registered by filling in the following details –

  • Valid email ID to which a web link will be sent to complete the registration process – Username
  • Captcha code in the space provided
  • Enter the details asked therein
  • After entering the details, an email will be sent to the candidate’s email address with a link to complete the ongoing registration process.
  • After that, candidates need to enter ID given in the sent email.
  • Next is creating a password which should be a combination of uppercase, lowercase alphabets, numbers, and symbols.
  • Once the appropriate details are entered, the registration process is complete
  • Lastly, candidates are advised to note the Applicant ID and password for future logins for completion of Application Form filling procedure.

DASA 2019 Application Form Details:

The application form for Direct Admission of Students Abroad Undergraduate Programmes for foreign nationals/persons of Indian origin/ non-resident Indians/overseas citizens of India will be released by Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur.

Those seeking admission under DASA 2019 Scheme needs to apply online on the official website (http://www.dasanit.org)

Documents that need to be submitted along with the application form are as under-

  1. Latest passport size photograph in JPG format
  2. Scanned signature of the applicant in JPG format
  3. Scanned copies of
  • Applicant’s passport (nationals of Nepal who do not possess a passport can provide a copy of authenticated citizenship card)
  • Date of Birth proof (secondary education board/University certificate of Class X or equivalent/any certificate issued by government authorities)
  • Marksheet of 10th, 11th and 12th or equivalent exam.
  • Pass certificate of the 10th and 12th board.
  • Proof of last 5 years education in the foreign country in case of an NRI (school leaving certificate/mark sheet)
  • Details and proof of fee payment.

The form should be completed in all respects including the payment of fees. As after submission, no editing options will be provided.

Application fees details:

A total amount of US $ 4300 for General category candidates and the US $ 2300 for foreign nationals belonging to SAARC has to be paid.

The US $ 4000 – Tuition fee and the US $ 300 – Application fee

The US $ 2000 – Tuition fee and the US $ 300 – Application fee

The payment can be made through E-payment or SWIFT transfer.

Note – The applicants must note that application fee of US $ 300 is non – refundable.

* The original documents need to produce at the time of admission at the allotted Institutes.

DASA 2019 Eligibility Criteria:

    The candidates those who will be satisfying all the eligibility criteria for the courses offered by the Direct Admission of Students Abroad 2019 will only be considered appropriate for the admission.

Age – The applicant must be born on or after 1st October 1993, and date of birth according to the secondary education board/University certificate.

Academic –

  • Candidates must have passed the qualifying exam from a recognized institution (association of Indian University)
  • Applicant should have passed with the following subjects in secondary level – Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry/Biotechnology/Computer science/Biology.
  • Applicant must have secured a minimum of 60% marks in Aggy or 6.50 CGPA or equivalent in the qualifying examination.
  • Applicant should possess a minimum total valid score of 1800 in SAT subject test (Mathematics level 2, Physics and Chemistry)

Residential – 

  • All foreign nationals studying in India and vice versa fulfilling the academic and age criteria are eligible to apply.
  • Indian nationals shall be having at least 5 years of education in a foreign country inclusive of 11th and 12th or equivalent during the last 8 years and must pass the qualifying exams from Abroad.

DASA 2019 Exam Dates:

The Direct Admission of Students Abroad has announced the tentative schedule of the upcoming examination to be held in 2019. All the candidates who are appearing for the examination must understand the important dates provided. So, following is the complete schedule for Candidates –

Events Tentative Dates
Online application form availability 2nd week of April 2019
Last date to apply a 2nd week of June 2019
Last date to receive SAT subject test scores 2nd week of June 2019
Seat allotment round 1 3rd week of June 2019
Candidates confirmation for round 1 3rd – 4th week of June 2019
Seat allotment round 2 Last week of June 2019
Candidates confirmation for round 2 1st week of July 2019
Seat allotment round 3 1st week of July 2019
Candidates confirmation for round 3 1st – 2nd week of July 2019
Choice filling 2nd week of July 2019
Reporting to allotted Institutes who have been allotted a seat 3rd – 4th week of July 2019
Release of vacant seat matrix spot round Last week of July 2019
Spot round against vacant seats & spot round allotment Last week of August 2019
Reporting to allotted Institutes by Candidates of spot round Last week of August 2019.

DASA 2019 Exam Pattern:

Examination Details Particulars
Mode Online
Total marks 2400
Type of questions MCQs – objective type
Subjects Reading – 52
Writing and language – 44
Mathematics – 20 and 38
Essay – 1
Language English
Examination duration 3 hours 45 minutes
Marking scheme Right answer + 1 mark
Wrong answer – 0.50 mark

DASA 2019 Syllabus:


The reading section has questions related to reading passages, and each passage consists of 10-11 questions. There are 5 of them in total, and the length of the passages vary. The primary purpose of the section is to assess the candidate’s ability to understand and assimilate written text. The candidate is expected to know the meaning of words in context, along with associated variations in implied meanings and impact due to the exact word usage.

Candidates with long-standing reading habit usually perform well in this section, and getting the overall idea of the passage is paramount for scoring high. It is always a good idea to restate the whole idea of the passage in your own language/words, as it makes the elimination process easier. Answer choices can be confusing, and a candidate is expected to know why a particular answer is wrong among the choices given (not-stated assumption, opposite true, too specific/broad assertion etc.) It is generally a good idea to skim the passage once and get into the details only while answering a particular question as it might save some valuable time.


Writing section has 4 passages, with each passage associated with 10-11 questions. A candidate is expected to spot errors, rephrase marked/highlighted sentences with better alternatives etc. Main focal point revolves around the usage and understanding of grammar.

As in reading, smart work is required to ace the section, especially given the fact that the correct answer needs to be marked in less than a minute. It is a good idea to read only the relevant parts of the passage, rather than focusing on getting into the details. Smart eliminating of choices is also a good-to-have skill, and the right answer is usually the most relevant choice within the context. Brushing up on punctuation rules is also a good idea, as some questions can be eliminated purely on the basis of incorrect punctuation use. Understanding of connecting words can also come in handy, especially to delineate and establish relationships between ideas. ‘However’, ‘Therefore’, ‘Afterwards’ etc. have usage which varies and signals different transitions among sentences.


  • linear equations and linear inequalities
  • Interpreting linear functions
  • Linear inequality and equation word problems
  • Graphing linear equations
  • Linear function word problems
  • Systems of linear inequalities word problems
  • Solving systems of linear equations
  • Solving quadratic equations
  • Interpreting nonlinear expressions
  • Quadratic and exponential word problems
  • Radicals and rational exponents
  • Operations with rational expressions and polynomials
  • Polynomial factors and graphs
  • Nonlinear equation graphs
  • Linear and quadratic systems
  • Structure in expressions
  • Isolating quantities
  • Functions
  • Ratios, rates, and proportions
  • Percents
  • Units
  • Table data
  • Scatterplots
  • Key features of graphs
  • Linear and exponential growth
  • Data inferences
  • Center, spread, and shape of distributions
  • Data collection and conclusions
  • Volume word problems
  • Right Triangle word problems
  • Congruence and similarity
  • Right triangle geometry
  • Angles, arc lengths, and trig functions
  • Circle: Equations and theorems
  • Complex numbers

Essay (Optional)

The time allotted for this task is 50 minutes, and it is meant to assess your understanding of the given data/case and the quality of your writing. 650-700 is the expected length of the essay, and the candidate should take a stance on the issue at hand. However, expounding on personal opinions is not expected and the purview is limited to the given data. Precise language in a logical and consistent manner fetches good marks.

Direct Admission of Students Abroad 2019 Preparation Tips:

Firstly, Candidates needs to make a detailed note of all the topics included in the Direct Admission of Students Abroad 2019 examination and should prepare every topic thoroughly. Knowing the syllabus will help students prepare efficiently

Here are few helpful tips for the students to prepare for the Examination –

  • Download previous years question papers and sample papers for the exam preparation.
  • Always make a study schedule and follow it regularly.
  • All formulae, concepts, equations and key points should be on the students fingertips.
  • Candidates should also try to recapitulate all the topics frequently.
  • Regular discussions on relatable topics with friends are very helpful.
  • Candidates should not ignore the topics in which they are weak if they have ample time for preparation. In case of less time, they can do the vice-versa.
  • Candidates should focus more on notes instead of textbooks as they are more effective.
  • If they face any problem/issue he/she should clear it out with their guide in order to secure good rank.
  • Always be healthy.