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DASA: Get Into NITs Without Writing JEE

Apparently YES! If you are a foreign national or an NRI the DASA scheme will help you to get into NITs, IIITs.

WHAT IS DASA?

DASA

Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) is a scheme by the Indian government to help non-resident Indians (NRI’s) and foreign nationals get admission into the National Institutes of Technology (NIT) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT).

Difference Between DASA and JOSAA

For DASA, NRI’s have to write the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) which is considered simpler than the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE).

For JOSAA, students need to write JEE.

SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST (SAT)

SAT is a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) based examination conducted by “The college board, USA” which consists of many subjects. However, the subjects required for admission via DASA scheme are MATHEMATICS-II, PHYSICS, and CHEMISTRY.

Each subject has a Total score of 800. Students will be rewarded with 1 mark for every correct answer and for every incorrect answer will face a penalty of 0.25 marks.

MATHEMATICS-II CONTAINS 50 QUESTIONS IN TOTAL.

PHYSICS CONTAINS 75 QUESTIONS IN TOTAL.

CHEMISTRY CONTAINS 85 QUESTIONS IN TOTAL.

RAW SCORE IS CALCULATED AS (TOTAL NUMBER OF CORRECT QUESTIONS) – (TOTAL NUMBER OF INCORRECT QUESTIONS x 0.25)

Required MINIMUM RAW SCORE to score 800 in each subject are as follows:

  • MATHEMATICS-45
  • PHYSICS-69
  • CHEMISTRY-81

STEPS TO FILL THE DASA APPLICATION FORM FOR UG STUDENTS

•Visit the DASA website

•Select “Application for UG in engineering/architecture”.

•Create an account.

•Fill your personal details as required.

•You will have to upload your documents along with a scanned copy of the payment proof.

•Choice filling has to be done only after thorough research is done on colleges and the courses they offer.

FAQ’s

FAQs on DASA
Q1. WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA?

•For UG admission for the year 2020, applicant has to be born on or after October 01 1995.

Q2. IS IT NECESSARY TO SEND A HARD COPY OF THE DOCUMENTS?

•Students need NOT send a hard copy of the documents/application form to the DASA office.

Q3. WHEN WILL MONEY BE REFUNDED FOR CIWG STUDENTS?

•CIWG students will receive their refund AFTER COLLEGE BEGINS.

Q4. CAN THE CHOICE LIST BE EDITED AFTER SUBMISSION?

•If the applicant wishes to change the preference list after submitting the application, he/she has to contact the DASA office responsible for admission in that academic year. (NITK for the year 2020).

  • The applicant has to send an email to the DASA office. (NITK for the year 2020).
  • Upon confirmation, an additional fee of (US $300/-) has to be paid.
  • Thereafter the application will be unlocked.
Q5. IS IT NECESSARY TO ATTEMPT AND CLEAR ALL SUBJECTS IN A SINGLE ATTEMPT?

•It is not necessary that the applicant clears all three subjects in one attempt as the scores will be SENT INDIVIDUALLY.

Q6. HOW TO SEND SAT SUBJECT TEST SCORES?

•To send scores:

  • Visit the college board website and select ‘SCORES>SEND YOUR SCORES‘.
  • Further select country as India and select the college which is responsible for DASA admission (NITK for the year 2020) (INSTITUTE CODE: 6530)
Q7. CAN I GET ADMISSION INTO IIT’s THROUGH DASA?

•IIT’s DO NOT accept SAT scores. For now, JEE is the only option to get admission in IIT’s.

Q8. WHAT QUALIFICATION IS REQUIRED?

•Candidate must either have an aggregate of 60% in the qualifying exam (all subjects taken together) or a CGPA of 6.50 to apply.

Q9. IN THE CASE OF TWO STUDENTS HAVING THE SAME SAT SCORE, ON WHAT BASIS WILL THEY BE SELECTED?

HIGHER PREFERENCE will be given to the ELDER candidate if their SAT scores are equal.

Q10. WHAT IS THE MINIMUM REQUIRED SCORE?

•A MINIMUM score of 1800 is required in the SAT SUBJECT TEST to apply. (MATHEMATICS-II, PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY)

MY PREPARATION FOR THE EXAMINATION

MATHEMATICS:

I recommend studying Barron’s for MATHEMATICS-II as the various types of questions which you will come across in the examination have been discussed in this book. Most importantly, you will need a graphical calculator for this examination.

I studied Barron’s (recommend book) first. My practice test score was really bad. After completing the book my average score went up to 770/800. Besides that, I also studied ‘The Princeton’s Review’. My score in the practice test was 740/800. Consequently, after completing the book I scored an average of 790/800 in the practice tests.

In the final week I solved question papers from this SITE (you will find this site very helpful as it has got plenty of question papers).

PHYSICS:

Most of the concepts are well explained in Kaplan’s and ‘The Princeton’s Review’. Studying from Barron’s is not recommended as the level of questions are really low, moreover all the concepts have not been covered. For question papers, refer to this SITE. The time I wrote my examination, 27 questions were repeated as is from the question papers I solved from here. Therefore this site is highly recommended.

Physics paper is more challenging as compared to chemistry and mathematics and as a result, you will have to be thorough in all the concepts.

For physics I went through ‘The Princeton’s Review’ and later went with Kaplan’s. However, as I felt my preparation was not enough, I studied both of these books for the second time. In the third week I started solving question papers from this SITE. Questions are not direct in physics and so you will have to think before selecting your answer.

CHEMISTRY:

My preparations had begun 3 weeks in advance. Formerly I started with Barron’s. On the first day I attempted the practice test and scored a mere 390/800 which was horrible. Within a week I completed the book and attempted the practice tests again and scored an average of 770/800.

In the next week I studied Kaplan’s which according to me was harder than Barron’s. My score was 680/800 in the practice test. After completing the book, I scored an average of 740/800 in the practice tests at the end of the book.

Finally, I solved 17-20 question papers from this SITE. You will find that many questions, from this site will repeat in the examination. Note that in chemistry you will have to score at least 81 out of 85 to get a perfect score.

PRO-TIPS:

•Solve at least 15-20 question papers.
•Try to correct those solved question papers and furthermore REVIEW and RESOLVE the mistakes.
•On the previous night before the examination, ALL SOLVED question papers have to be REVIEWED.
•A total of 60-80 hours of FOCUSSED study will definitely get you a HIGH score.
TIME will be a constraint in the examination.
•A GRAPHICAL calculator will help you in solving MOST of the QUESTIONS in MATHEMATICS-II.

IMPORTANT LINKS:

FOR DETAILS OF QUALIFYING EXAMINATION: CLICK HERE
SIMILARLY FOR REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: CLICK HERE
LIKEWISE FOR ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA 2020: CLICK HERE
PARTICIPATING INSTITUTE LIST 2020: LIST

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Vineesha

    It is such an informative article!!!
    I have learnt new things regarding DASA and JOSSA
    And difference between them and about process of SAT examination…
    Indian government has launched new scheme for non Indians and nri’s…
    It’s an useful article and helps many people…

  2. PARAG

    Very interesting and informative article. Lot to know about JOSSA and DASA. Government policies to attract foreign students well written and looking forward to see more such educational articles.

  3. Omkar Narvekar

    I had never heard about DASA and JOSSA before. The article was informative. It was also a kind of preparation guide for the interested students. Many students are unaware about this scheme so it was a great attempt from your side to spread awareness about it!

  4. Monisha.K

    Before entering this article I don’t have any idea about it but after reading this I can gain some information.

    1. Kishalay Goswami

      My concept was not cleared about DASA nad JOSAA. But after reading this now now i have no doubt about it …such informative article. Thank you so much

  5. Nandhini M

    Informative article. It gives information about sat exams

  6. SAURAV

    The way you explained the difference between “Difference Between DASA and JOSAA” is soo good. I had no idea about these before. Thanks for sharing the information I have gained from you.

  7. Roshan Singh

    This is an amazing informative and helpful article. Earlier I had very less idea about DASA but after reading this article I come to know many things about DASA.

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