NRI Quota in Engineering Colleges: Eligibility | Admission Process | List of Colleges | Document Required

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  • February 26, 2024

NRI Quota in Engineering Colleges: NRI Quota is applicable in both government and private engineering institutes across India. While private institutes often entail additional fees for seats under the NRI quota, government colleges implement specific schemes, like DASA and its subset CIWG scheme, offering reserved admission for NRI students. These schemes provide opportunities for NRI/PIO/OCI candidates to secure admissions in esteemed technical institutes, including NITs, IIITs, SPAs, and other premier technical institutes with defined provisions and guidelines.

The Joint Entrance Examination, also known as the IIT-JEE, is a crucial engineering test in India for admission to various engineering colleges. It is an exam conducted by the Indian Government for admission to prestigious engineering colleges such as IITs, NITs, IIITs, and others across India.  As an NRI student, you may have concerns and questions regarding quotas, admission procedures, and criteria to secure your spot in these prestigious institutes. We will provide you with all the necessary details about exam eligibility, IIT admission for NRI students, exam preparation, and eligibility criteria that will assist you in planning to appear in the JEE Exam.

How to apply for admission to Engineering Colleges in India:

To apply for undergraduate courses in the different engineering colleges in India, you have different exam options. These options include appearing for:

  • JEE Main Exam + Advanced Exam: IITs, NITs, IIITs & Government Colleges.
  • Some other exams are BITSAT, VITEEE, etc.

Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) Admission Process:

Admission to the prestigious IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) is the dream of every NRI student. The only way to secure admission to an IIT is by appearing for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). Therefore, it is highly recommended that you take the JEE exam if you aspire to study in one of the 23 IITs in India. This will increase your chances of getting admission into your desired IIT colleges.

Eligibility Criteria for Exam:

It is mandatory for every student who wishes to apply for an exam to fulfil the eligibility criteria set for that particular exam. To get admission to the top IITs, appearing in the JEE Exam is necessary. Therefore, it is important to understand the eligibility criteria before applying for the exam. The students can apply for the exam only if they have met all the eligibility requirements. Given below are all the important details that one should keep in mind.

  • Candidates should have been born on or after October 1, 1999.
  • A candidate should have appeared for the Class XII (or equivalent) examination for the first time in either 2023 or 2024 with the subjects Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects.
  • The Candidates must satisfy at least one of the following two criteria with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as compulsory subjects in the year of first appearance in the Class XII (or equivalent examination):
  • Must have passed class XII (or equivalent) Board examination with a minimum of five subjects and secured at least 75% aggregate marks.
  • Must have passed the Class XII (or equivalent) Board examination with a minimum of five subjects and be within the top 20 percentile of successful candidates in their respective Class XII (or equivalent) board examination.

Note: NRIs aiming for IITs must take the JEE Examination; no special quotas or alternatives are available.

Documents Required:

  • Parents’ resident certificates issued by the embassy of the residing and IT-compliant country are proof of the parents’ residency.
  • Passport/ Visa/ Resident Visa for identity proof of the candidate.
  • Employment Letter of either parent for employment proof.
  • Citizenship of the candidate for residential proof.
  • Income tax documents as per the IT Act 1961 are used for income proof.
  • Class X & XII marksheets.

Note: Please ensure that all the documents are valid and up to date.

Admission Process in NITs & CFTIs:

NITs (National Institute of Technology) and CFTIs (Centrally Funded Technical Institutions) are esteemed engineering colleges in India and highly reputable.

DASA Scheme:

The MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) launched the Direct Admission to Students Abroad (DASA) scheme in 2001 to cater to the interest of NRIs worldwide in NITs in India.

Eligibility for DASA/CIWG Scheme:

To qualify for the DASA scheme:

  • Students must complete at least two years of education, including their 11th and 12th grades, in a foreign country within the last eight years.
  • A minimum score of 60% is required in the 12th grade.
  • NRIs, PIOs, and OCIs living and studying abroad for the past two years are eligible.
  • There is no age limit for appearing in the JEE Main exam.
  • Students awaiting their class 12th exam results can also apply.

Documents Required for Admission:

During admission, candidates must produce originals and photocopies of various documents, including allotment letters, pass certificates, scorecards, passports, etc.

Reserved Seats for CIWG Candidates:

5% of supernumerary seats are reserved for the CIWG category, i.e., 1/3 seats from the DASA quota.

DASA Fee Structure for NITs and IIEST Shibpur:

Admission Stream Registration Fee (Non-Refundable) Tuition Fee (for 1st Semester Only)
DASA (Non-SAARC) 300 USD 4000 USD

CIWG Fee Structure for NITs and IIEST Shibpur:

Admission Stream Registration Fee (Non-Refundable) Tuition Fee (for 1st Semester Only)
CIWG 300 USD 62, 500 INR
Note: Fee may vary depending on the college, so it is advised to visit the official website once.

List of Top Private Engineering Colleges:

Private engineering colleges are also good options for NRI students. There are no of top private engineering colleges from which students can choose. Below we are sharing the list of top private engineering colleges.

Private College Name NRI Admission Quota Fee Structure
BITS, (Birla Institute of Technology and Science) Available* ●       Non-SAARC Students: 15 Lakh

●       SAARC Students: 10 Lakh

Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi Available ●       NRIs Under DASA: YSD 4000 / Per Sem

●       NRIs Under CIWG: INR 62500 / Per Sem

VIT University, Vellore Available ●       4800 USD
Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal Available ●       31, 100 USD (Full Courses)
Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala Available ●       6, 800 USD (Annual)
BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore Available ●       9, 000 USD
Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore Available ●       7, 000 USD
SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai Available ●       7, 000 USD
(KIIT)Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University Available ●       Non SAARC Students: $10000 per annum

●       SAARC Students: $8000 per annum

This concludes the admission process and other details for the students and parents seeking admission to IITs, NITs, IIITs or other institutions in India. Although we tried to cover all the important information, if you have any questions about NRI Quota in Engineering Colleges, feel free to reach out. We hope the above information will help you.

Stay connected, and all the best for your future endeavours!

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  1. My son is in 12th grade for AY2024-2025 in Muscat, Oman. He studied in Indian school at Muscat from 8th grade to 12th grade. He is interested to take Computer Science Engineering either in Germany or India. Kindly share the recommended colleges in both India & Germany & share the procedure for taking the admission in 2025.

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    1. Thank you for connecting with us!
      Pursuing engineering in the Computer Science branch is a good option. In our blog, we have provided all the details and a list of top engineering colleges in India. We hope this will help you!

  2. I intend to enquire about DAASA admissions , My daughter is studying in India for last 3 years i.e. 10th – 12th . before that she was also studying abroad i.e. outside India and i am an NRI for last 17 years. i want to get the eligibility

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    1. Thank you for reaching out to us!
      Below, we are sharing the eligibility criteria:

      – Age limit: Only applicants born on or after October 01, 1999 are eligible.
      – Academic Eligibility: The applicant must have secured a minimum of 60% aggregate marks or equivalent in the qualifying examination.
      – Residential Requirement: All foreign nationals studying in any country, including India, PlOs, OCls, and NRls, who fulfil prescribed admission criteria are eligible.

      Prescribed 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.

  3. Hello Sir,
    My daughter has completed 10th from USA in 2024. And my son has completed 10,11,12 from USA this year.
    I am planning to come back to India next month. My son will be eligible for Nri seat .
    But Will my daughter be NRI ?

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    1. Greetings from ALLEN Overseas!
      Your daughter must fulfil the eligibility criteria to be eligible for the NRI category to appear in pre-engineering and medical exams in India. She must have completed at least two years of education in a foreign country, including 11th and 12th grades, within the last eight years.
      Hope this will help you!

  4. My daughter was scored JEE main 85 percentile, I am living in UAE, but my daughter studied from LKG to Plus 2 in india she can eligible to apply in CWIG? or NRI sponser quota If can please advice me required documents with fee structure and possible to get college

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    1. Thank You for writing to us!
      No, your daughter is not eligible for the DASA CIWG quota. As per the DASA/ CIWG eligibility criteria, your daughter must have completed her 11th & 12th from outside India.

  5. My son has done entire education from India and i am NRI working abroad for last 3 yrs . is he eligible for any any NRI sponsored seat in any govt engineering colleges across india

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    1. Thank You for writing to us!
      Unfortunately, your son is not eligible for the NRI-sponsored seat. To eligible for NRI-sponsored seats in any engineering college, your son must have completed at least two years of education in a foreign country, including his 11th and 12th grades, within the last eight years.

  6. For BITSAT- there is no NRI quota- a student who has studied out of INDIA must compete in the general quota
    am i right?
    If yes, are there any Top institutes where we need to compete in the Non NRI/MGMT quota
    I don’t want to try in NRI/MGMT quota
    we are in KSA with INDIAN passport.

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    1. Greetings from ALLEN Overseas!
      Yes, there is no NRI Quota for BITSAT. Candidates who have citizenship other than India can apply under the BITS International Students Admissions Scheme. Many engineering colleges conduct entrance exams, which you can apply for and get admitted to under the general quota.

  7. My son stays with me in Saudi Arabia, and he completed is 11th from International Indian School Jeddah. For Class 12 th exam he went to india as it was Open Schooling (NIOS) just to give the exams. He is still under NRI category according to Indian Tax law. Just because his 12 th exam is not in abroad. Please clarify.

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    1. Greetings from ALLEN Overseas!
      Your son has passed his 12th exams from NIOS, so he is eligible for the JEE Exam and can proceed with JoSAA counselling. However, he still needs to fulfil the other eligibility criteria.

      However, when we talk about the DASA scheme, he is not eligible to apply to Indian engineering colleges under this scheme.
      We hope this will help you!

  8. Hi, Will my daughter consider in NRI quota or regular quota in college if she completes up to 10th grade in US and joins 11th grade in India?

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    1. Greetings from ALLEN Overseas!
      Completing 10+2 from outside India is mandatory to be eligible for the NRI quota. If your daughter joins 11th grade in India, she will not apply under the NRI Quota.

  9. Hi Sir,
    My son did the schooling till 9th grade in India, He did year 10,11 in Australia, he is currently studying 11th . We might be come back to India after his 12th grade. Is WAASE certificate provided by Australis is enough to get the admission in Engineering College. He is doing maths, Chemistry and physics subjects. Can you please suggest the required document/certificate to get the any engineering college in India

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    1. Greetings from ALLEN Overseas!
      Please find the below documents list:
      1.Passport/ Visa/ Resident Visa for identity proof of the candidate.
      2.WASSA Certificate
      3.Class X & XII Marksheet
      4. An employment letter from either parent is required for proof of employment.
      5.Citizenship of the candidate for residential proof.
      These are some important documents; for more, please contact the college administration, which you have shortlisted for other documents.
      Thank You!

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