UAE: Admissions to IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi now open; eligibility, deadline, all you need to know

The first batch of students will be admitted in August or September

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Ashwani Kumar

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IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi campus
IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi campus

Published: Fri 17 May 2024, 2:40 PM

Last updated: Sun 19 May 2024, 8:13 PM

The much-awaited admission process for undergraduate courses at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi Abu Dhabi has kicked off.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up an IIT-Delhi campus in the UAE capital was inked between the Indian Ministry of Education and Abu Dhabi’s Education and Knowledge Department (ADEK) during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the country last year.


IIT-Delhi is a premier technical and research institute funded by the Indian government.

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In the the academic year 2024-25, the IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi campus is offering two bachelor’s programmes -- B. Tech. in computer science and engineering, and B. Tech. in energy engineering.

There are a total of 60 seats available, with each programme offering 30 seats. The first batch of students will be admitted in August or September.

Admission process

The admissions for the academic programmes will be through two modes: Combined Admission Entrance Test (CAET) 2024 and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE–Advanced) 2024. The eligibility criteria and other details/ requirements of JEE (Advanced) can be found at https://jeeadv.ac.in/index.html.

Eligibility criteria for CAET

Indians residing in the UAE, Emiratis, and international students may be eligible to appear for CAET based on the five qualifying criteria:

  • Candidates must have secured at least 75 per cent aggregate marks (or its equivalent) in the Class/Grade XII (or equivalent) board examination, or must be in the top 20 percentile in their respective Class/Grade XII (or equivalent) board examination.
  • Candidates should have been born on or after October 1, 1999. Two-year age relaxation may be applicable as per UAE national policy.
  • They can attempt the test a maximum of two times in two consecutive years.
  • A candidate should have appeared for the Class/Grade 12 (or equivalent) examination for the first time in either the current year or the year immediately preceding.
  • A candidate should not have been admitted to any IIT earlier, irrespective of whether or not the candidate continued in the programme or was accepted and then vacated an IIT seat.

Shortlisting criteria for CAET

Another criterion to be eligible for CAET 2024 requires the applicants residing in the UAE to secure a valid score either in EmSAT OR SAT.

Who is eligible to apply?

Indian nationals who are children of UAE residents living in UAE for at least the past five years and have completed their Class/Grade 10 to 12 schooling in the UAE. Other than UAE and Indian nationals, candidates who have secured a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card on or after March 4, 2021, shall be considered international students.

The marks scored in the following five subjects will be considered for calculating the aggregate marks and the cut-off marks for percentile: physics, chemistry, mathematics, a language, and one more subject other than the above four.

Lastly, a one-year relaxation will be given to UAE nationals who have served one year of compulsory military service supported by a valid certificate.

Important dates of CAET

May 16: Start of online registration

June 3: End of online registration

June 14: Admit card available for download

June 23: Entrance test

July 7: Declaration of result

July-August: Seat allocation process

For further details regarding eligibility tests, centres and submission of applications, visit https://abudhabi.iitd.ac.in or write to adadmissions@abudhabi.iitd.ac.in.

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