As of the 2001 India census, Dera Bassi had a population of 15,690. Males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%. Dera Bassi has an average literacy rate of 76%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80% and, female literacy is 72%. In Dera Bassi, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.
The main engineering institute in Dera Bassi is the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering & Technology (SSIET) founded in 1998.