NIRF Ranking 2023: List Of Top 20 Institutes In All Categories

Indian Ministry of Education's NIRF unveils comprehensive rankings for universities, colleges and research institutions, showcasing IIT Madras as the top institution in overall category and Indian Institute of Science's stellar performance in research

The National Institution Ranking Framework (NIRF) of the Ministry of Education of India released the 8th edition of Indian rankings for 2023. The report was released by the Minister of Education, Dharmendra Pradhan on  5th June 2023.

The comprehensive report provides the ranking of institutions in various categories - overall, top universities, colleges, research institutions, engineering colleges, management, pharmacy, medical, dental, law and architecture. 

India Rankings continues to be a colossal and an arduous exercise involving experts with in-depth knowledge of the higher education system in India, nuances of bibliometric & citation analysis, new trends and advances in data science and data crunching, reads the preamble of the NIRF report 2023.

The parameters 

Before going through the list of the top university and colleges in India, let’s understand on what basis NIRF ranks to institutions. As per NIRF, they provide ranking for institutions in five broad generic group of parameters, namely; Teaching, Learning and Resources, Research and Professional Practice, Graduation Outcome, Outreach and Inclusivity and Perception.

Teaching, Learning & Resources: In this parameter, NIRF primarily checks these five things in an institution; student strength of the institution, faculty-student ratio, faculty with PhD, financial resources and utilisation and availability of online education. 

Research and Professional Practice: In the second parameter, the ranking body simply calculates the number of publications, citations, patents and research projects done by the institution.  

Graduation Outcome: In this, NIRF checks the number of placements and higher studies, participation in the university examination, the median salary of the faculty and the number of PhD students in an institution. 

Outreach and Inclusivity: This parameter is to understand in what amount the institute has regional diversity, women diversity and the percentage of economically & socially challenged students and physically challenged students. 

Perception: It checks the employees’ and academic peers’ perceptions. 

Top institutions in overall category

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai is at the top of the list in the overall ranking of institutions, followed by the Indian Institute of Science and IIT Delhi. While IIT Bombay acquired the 4th position and IIT Kanpur stood at the 5th position among the top-ranking institutes.  Here is the list of the top 20 institutes in India. (Table-01)

Top Universities

The Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru holds the top position among the 100 leading universities in the top university category. While JNU and Jamia Millia Islamia stood in second and third position respectively. Jadavpur University, Kolkata acquires the fourth position and Banaras Hindu University grabbed the fifth rank. Look at the table below for other top 20 universities. (Table-02)

Top Colleges

NIRF offers separate rankings for top colleges. In the category of top colleges, Miranda House in Delhi secured the first position, followed by Hindu College, also in Delhi, in second place. Presidency College in Chennai and PSGR Krishnamal College for Women claimed the third and fourth positions respectively. St. Xavier's College, Kolkata secured the fifth position. Look at table 03 for the top 20 colleges. 

Top Research Institutes

NIRF provides rankings for institutions in the research category. In the top research institutes category, the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru holds the first position. Following closely, IIT Madras, IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay and IIT Kharagpur secured the second, third, fourth and fifth positions respectively.

Apart from these categories, NIRF also provides the ranking to the Engineering colleges, Management, Pharmacy, Medical, Dental, Law and Architecture. For all the detailed rankings, the complete report is available on the official website of the NIRF. 

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