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NRI Quota

India is becoming the prefered hub for students who dream of quality education. According to the reports on the All India Survey on Higher Education, there are 799 Universities, 39,701 colleges, and 11,923 standalone institutions in India. With more than 890 colleges, Bangalore tops the rank in the maximum number of colleges. With English as the medium of instruction for most of the courses, the colleges and institutions in Bangalore are globally recognised. The country has also become the second-largest higher education centre as international students are attracted towards the peaceful atmosphere and welcoming attitude of the country. To attract more and more students, the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India has a reservation of seats for Non-Resident Indians and Foreign Nationals.

What is NRI Quota?

NRI Quota is allotted to the Non-Resident Indians by the premier institute of India. NRI Quota can also be availed by Overseas Citizens of India (OCI), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Foreign Nationals.  

The NRI quota seats are available for all branches in Engineering, Medical, Law, Veterinary, Management, and other courses. Many private colleges in Bangalore reserve seats for admission to Non-Resident Indians for deserving students who wish to return and study in their country.

Supernumerary Quota:

Supernumerary Quota or SNQ is reserved quota that will allow NRI and Foreign students to get admission to some specific colleges for reduced tuition fees that are 30 - 40% less compared to the management seats. Apart from this, under normal NRI quota, the Government of Karnataka reserves 15% seats for Non-Resident Indian / Foreign students who want to pursue their higher education in India.

Eligibility criteria for NRI seats

As per the Supreme Court order, the eligibility criteria for NRI seat aspirants are:

  •  One of the parents of the student should be an NRI and shall ordinarily be residing abroad as an NRI

  • The person who sponsors the student should be a first-degree relation and should be residing abroad as an NRI

  • In case a student has no parents/near relatives and taken as a ward by some other relatives, then such students will be considered after the guardian has bona fide treated the student as award and filed an affidavit showing interest in the affairs of the student and relationship with the student and such a person should be an NRI and ordinarily residing abroad.

*  Nearest relative would be someone who is a real brother or sister of the student’s mother or father, maternal and paternal grandparents, first degree maternal and paternal cousins.

Academic eligibility

For medical/dental:

The student should also qualify for NEET conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).  After qualifying the exam, the student has to register for the counselling with the Karnataka Examinations Authority.


The admission offers will be done based on merit. Merit is determined by the NEET score obtained by the aspirants.

For engineering:

The students seeking NRI admission in engineering and technology courses in the college of Karnataka need to qualify the concerned entrance exam. The colleges approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) reserve a maximum of 5% seats in each course for NRI quota. 

Documents required

For NRI Candidates:-

Residential proof of parents
Resident certificate of candidate’s parents issued by the Embassy of the country they are residing and complying the Income Tax Rules
Identity proof of the candidate
Passport/Visa/ Resident Visa of the candidate
Employment proof 
Employment letter of either parent
Residential proof of the candidate
Citizenship of the candidate
Income proof  
Income Tax Documents required as per the Income Tax Act 1961
Education proof 
Study certificate of the candidate

For NRI sponsorship candidate:-

Residential proof of the sponsor
Resident certificate of the sponsor of the candidate issued by the Embassy of the country of residence complying with the Income Tax Rules
Identity proof of the sponsor
Passport / VISA/ Resident VISA of the sponsor
Residential proof of the candidate
Citizenship of the sponsored
Income proof of the sponsor
PAN/Tax document of the sponsor
Education proof of the candidate
An affidavit from the candidate
NRI Quota


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