Thousands of aspirants who are not born in the country are not authorized to appear for the Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE Main). Such student can’t apply to get higher studies in central or state institutes even if they have been learning in India for a few years.
JEE exams-both Main and advanced are conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and candidates have to clear the exam to get enrolment in the UG programs offered by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
Foreign students and students under the Person of Indian Origin (PIO) are not allowed to take admissions in IITs and other centrally-funded institutions throughout JEE. They can get admission only by means of Direct Admission to Students Abroad (DASA) along with their Scholastic Aptitude Test 2 (SAT 2) scores. IITs award admission on the basis of JEE advanced scores merely if the candidates list among top 1.5 lakh performers in JEE Main.
Non-Indian students have been paying a high fee (approx 9 times the amount paid by Indian students) for studies in state institutes and several talented students who perform well in SAT can apply for overseas universities or other institutes in India as the IITs are not for them.