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JEE & SAT Guide for NRI, Indian & Foreign Students

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Having seen the growth & betterment of technology & education in India, most international superpowers have acknowledged the potential of College Grads (from India) to be ideal for various renowned organizations across the world.

This is attracting more number of international & NRI / PIO students to take interest in engineering, architecture & other courses from the top ranked Technical Institutes of India. On the other hand, this is getting positive response from the government of India as well, because in the past few years, the govt. has improved the schemes & criteria for NRIs & foreign candidates to take admission in top Universities of India.

Also, each year, a large number of Indian residents move to foreign countries for higher education.

This article comprises of the key features of the following entrance exams – SAT (General & Subject Tests) & JEE (Main & Advanced). It will help you understand these exams & UG (Under Graduate) admissions through these exams from an international / NRI student’s perspective & also from the point-of-view of Indian students looking to study abroad.

JEE Main & Advanced:

JEE is the most popular Engineering Entrance Exam in India for UG Courses. Students, who are currently in the final year of high school (equivalent to Grade 12th) or those who graduated high school, can only apply for JEE Main / Advance.

The subjects for JEE Exams are:

  • Paper 1 (B.E. / B.Tech): Physics, Chemistry & Maths
  • Paper 2 (B.Arch / B. Planning): Maths, Aptitude & Drawing Test

For NRI & PIO Students:

Such JEE Aspirants must apply for JEE Main firstly. If they qualify this exam, i.e. their JEE Main Rank is above the released cutoff for JEE Advanced eligibility, then only they can appear for JEE Advanced. Only the students who then qualify JEE Advanced can take admissions IITs by participating in the JoSAA Counseling & Seat Allotment Process. There is no reservation/ quota for NRIs in IITs.

Else, with JEE Main Rank, NRI/ PIO/ OCI students can take admissions in NITs, IIITs, CFIs & SPAs under the DASA Scheme (active from year 2021 onwards). Based on the cutoffs for the particular year, they will be participating in DASA / CIWG Counseling Rounds for Seat Allotment Process.

Session 2020-21 will be the last year when SAT 2 scores will be considered for DASA/ CIWG Scheme as JEE Main Rank is mandatory from 2021 onwards.

What is DASA / CIWG Scheme?

DASA, it is an MHRD governed scheme & it acts like a Reservation Quota for NRI, PIO, OCI, & Foreign Nationals. A subset of DASA is the CIWG Scheme for NRI Students from Middle East. Under this, NRIs from 8 Gulf Countries get more benefits with reduction in College Fees.

For Foreign Candidates:

(Students who are non-Indian, non-NRI, non-PIO & non-OCI):

Foreign IIT Aspirants must directly apply for JEE Advanced Exam, qualify it & participate in JoSAA Seat Allotment Process, if they wish to take admissions in IITs. In such case, they do not need to need to appear for JEE Main.

Those who wish to take admissions in NITs & CFIs, they must apply for JEE Main & participate in JoSAA / CSAB Counseling & Seat Allotment Process.

List of Best Engineering Institutes accepting JEE Ranks:

Institute Number of its branches in India
IITs 16
NITs 31
CFIs + SPAs 20
IIITs 23

Apart from these, Private Technical Institutes in the top 200 NIRF India Rankings also intake students for UG Engineering Courses through the CSAB-SFTI Counseling (Self funded Technical Institutions). CSAB-SFTI Counseling is conducted right after JoSAA & CSAB Counseling are over.

Few other renowned & research oriented Institutes of India such as RGIPT, IIST, IISc, IISERs also admit students through their JEE Ranks.


When & how to prepare for JEE?

For thorough preparation on JEE Main or Advance, students must start their prep at least 2 to 3 years in advance, i.e. when they are in Grade 11th or 10th. Ideal preparation mode for students residing away from India would be to take JEE Online Classes.

For NRI students who are in Grade 10th in the year 2019, it is highly recommended to take proper guidance if you are looking to apply under the DASA / CIWG Scheme in the year 2021-22.


SAT General & Subject Tests:

Abbreviated for Scholastic Aptitude Test, SAT tests are entrance exams for college admissions popular mainly for Universities in the USA. SAT Tests are paper based standardized tests & are conducted 6 to 7 times a year.

These tests are taken by high school graduates (& Grade 12th equivalent students) who wish to take admission in various Universities across USA, UK & many other countries worldwide (for Under Graduate Courses).

SAT can be categorized into 2 types:

  • SAT General (SAT 1)
  • SAT Subject Tests (SAT 2).

SAT General (SAT 1):

SAT General Test comprises of following subjects:

  • Maths Level 1 (Calculator & No-Calculator)
  • EBRW (Evidence based Reading & Writing)
  • Essay (optional)

SAT Subject Tests (SAT 2):

SAT 2 is a college admission entrance exam for specific subjects. Students can choose the subjects they want to appear for, depending on the criteria of admissions into their choice of UG Courses.

SAT Subject Test comprises of 20 Subjects as listed below:

  • Maths: Level 1 / 2
  • Biology: Physics / Chemistry / Biology
  • English
  • History: U.S. / World
  • Languages: 12 Languages

Top Universities that admit students through SAT Scores:

Stanford University Princeton University
Harvard University Yale University
University of Chicago Columbia University
MIT Duke University
University of Pennsylvania Cornell University
Brown University Dartmouth University
Caltech National University of Singapore
Nanyang Technological University Oxford University

Every year, thousands of Indian Students as well as NRI Students from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc. appear for SAT. The candidates with good SAT Scores usually opt to apply for admissions into top Universities in the US, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, etc.

Some but not all European Universities also accept SAT Scores for admissions.

But to get into the best Universities, they must score above 1300 which is the perfect SAT Score range. Hence, a well structured preparation must be taken up as students from all over the world compete for it.

With systematic guidance & counseling, perfect SAT Scores can empower the SAT Applicants to aim for their UG Courses of choice from the best Universities in the world.

Useful Tips & Facts for SAT Applicants:

Being of highly competitive nature, students must give their best during their preparation of SAT Tests. Few facts & tips are listed below:

  • Because SAT is conducted 6 to 7 times a year, applicants can choose to take the SAT Tests in installments i.e. 1 or 2 or 3 subjects in a single go. You can take tests for the remaining subjects few months later, during the next SAT Test (in the same academic year/session).
  • If the result of any particular test is not good, students can reappear for that subject’s tests a few months later when the next SAT Tests occur. This way, students won’t have to appear for multiple tests during the same month. Also remember to not take all the difficult subjects in a single go. This will reduce the load of appearing for multiple tests at the same time.
  • You can not appear for SAT General Tests & SAT Subject Tests on the same day. Also note that you can’t take more than 3 SAT Subject Tests in 1 day.

More such tips / counseling or even SAT Online Coaching, can boost the chances & confidence of a SAT Applicant to get a perfect SAT Score.

This concludes the at a glance information for JEE & SAT for students looking to come to India for Technical UG Courses as well as students looking to go abroad for higher education.

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