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India Rankings 2021 instituted by the NIRF

Union Education Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan released the India Rankings 2021 instituted by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) on 09 September 2021. This is the sixth consecutive edition of India Rankings of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in India.

    • The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) was launched by the Ministry of Education in November 2015.
11 Categories for Ranking:

India Rankings 2021 has been released for all the premiere institutions across India in their respective categories— Overall, Universities, Engineering, Management, College, Pharmacy, Medical, Architecture, Law, Dental and Research institutions. This year, research institutions have been ranked in India Ranking for the first time.


There are five Broad categories of parameters used for ranking of HEIs:

    1. Teaching, Learning & Resources
    2. Research and Professional Practice
    3. Graduation Outcomes
    4. Outreach and Inclusivity
    5. Perception

Each of these five parameters have 2 to 5 sub-parameters. A total number of 16–18 sub-parameters are used for ranking of HEIs in different categories and subject domains.

In addition to parameters used for Overall category, the following two additional sub-parameters were included in methodology developed afresh for ranking institutions under “Research Institutions”:

    1. Research Papers published in journals covered in the First Quartile of Journal Citation Report (JCRQ1)
    2. H Index
Increase in number of applicants from 2016 to 2021:

This year, the number of unique applicants and the total number of applications for ranking in various categories have increased from 2016 i.e., total increase of 1604 (66% increase) in unique institutions and 2707 (76% increase) in total applicants.

India Rankings 2021:

As a matter of practice, the number of HEIs ranked:
  • 100 in Overall Categories
  • 200 institutions are ranked in engineering discipline
  • 100 each, in University and College categories
  • 75 each, in Management and Pharmacy
  • 50 each, in Medical and Research Institutions
  • 40 in Dental, 30 in Law, 25 in Architecture

» The additional rankings are suitably bunched in rank bands.

Highlights of India Rankings 2021:

Overall Category:

» Indian Institute of Technology Madras has retained the first position in overall category.

Engineering Category:

» Indian Institute of Technology Madras has retained the first position in Engineering for the third consecutive year.

Management Category:

» Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad tops in Management subject.

Architecture Category:

» Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee takes the top slot for the first time in Architecture subject displacing IIT Kharagpur.

Dental Category:

» Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal, secure first position in “Dental” category.

Law Category:

» National Law School of India University, Bangalore retains its first position for in Law for the fourth consecutive years.

Pharmacy Category:

» Jamia Hamdard tops the list in Pharmacy subject for the third consecutive year.

Medical Category:

» All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi occupies the top slot in Medical for the fourth consecutive year.

Colleges Category:

» Miranda College retains first position amongst Colleges for the fifth consecutive year.

University Category:

» Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru tops in the University category.

Research Institution Category:

» Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru tops in the Research Institution category.

Top Five HEIs in the Overall Category:
RanksHigher Education Institutions
1Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai
2Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
3Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai
4Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi
5Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur
Source: PIB

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