Top Universities in India

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Top Universities in India

One of the largest democracies in the world and renowned for its cultural diversity, India is home to well-known academic institutions that are notable for offering quality education programmes across varied fields of study. The current education system in India has come a long way since the ancient learning system which was actually rooted in the Vedas. The modernised educational apparatus of the country now follows a grading system that gradually replaced the percentage system. Through this blog, we aim to bring you a comprehensive list of top universities in India as well as a streamwise list of institutions that you can explore to find the best university for your chosen programme.

Best Universities in India

Here is a list of top universities in India as ranked by the National Institute of Ranking Framework (NIRF) for the year 2020:

Top Universities in India NIRF 2020 Rankings
Indian Institute of Science 1
Jawaharlal Nehru University 2
Banaras Hindu University 3
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham 4
Jadavpur University 5
University of Hyderabad 6
Calcutta University 7
Manipal Academy of Higher Education 8
Savitribai Phule Pune University 9
Jamia Millia Islamia 10
University of Delhi 11
Anna University 12
Bharathiar University 13
Homi Bhabha National Institute 14
Birla Institute of Technology & Science 15

As the aforementioned ones are for the overall rankings of top universities in India, glance through the next sections which enlist the major academic institutions in the country for different streams of study.

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Top 10 Public Universities in India

Here are the top public universities that can apply for in India:

University Ranking 2020
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 1
Jawaharlal Nehru University 2
Banaras Hindu University 3
Jadavpur University 4
University of Hyderabad 5
Calcutta University 6
Savitribai Phule Pune University 7
Jamia Millia Islamia 8
University of Delhi 9
Anna University 10

Top 10 Private Universities in India

Here are the top private universities that you can apply in India:

University Ranking 2020
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham 1
Manipal Academy of Higher Education 2
Birla Institute of Technology & Science 3
Vellore Institute of Technology 4
Siksha `O` Anusandhan 5
Jamia Hamdard 6
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology 7
Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy 8
Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology 9
JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research 10

Top 10 Distance Education Universities in India

Here are the top universities in India that provide distance education:

University NIRF Ranking 2020
Indra Gandhi National Open University 1
Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning 2
Sikkim Manipal University 3
IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute 4
Madhya Pradesh Bhoj (Open) University 5
Dr B.R. Ambedkar Open University 6
Netaji Subhas Open University 7
Maharshi Dayanand University 8
Karnataka State Open University 9
Acharya Nagarjuna University 10

Top Universities in India for Engineering Courses

Engineering one of the most sought-after career options amongst the Indian youth as it is a vast domain filled with a multitude of specialisations. The notable mention amongst the top universities in India for Engineering goes to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) which offer a wide range of bachelor’s and master’s level programmes in different sub-fields such as Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Marine Engineering etc. Here is a list of top 10 Engineering colleges in India which you must consider for pursuing your chosen course in Engineering and Technology:

Institutions NIRF 2020 Rankings
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras 1
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi 2
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay 3
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur 4
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 5
Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee 6
Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati 7
Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad 8
National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli 9
Indian Institute of Technology Indore 10

Also Read: List of IIITs In India

Aeronautical Engineering Colleges in India

Now that you are familiar with global colleges offering various courses in Aeronautical Engineering, now let us take a look at some of the popular institutions of India. Here are the top Aeronautical Engineering colleges in India: 

Aeronautical Engineering Colleges in India Location
Indian Institute of Technology [IIT] Kanpur
Indian Institute of Aeronautical Engineering Dehradun
Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvanthapuram
Punjab Engineering College Chandigarh
Manipal Institute of Technology Manipal
Madras Institute of Technology Chennai
Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science Chennai
School of Aeronautics Delhi
Kerala University Thiruvanthapuram

Best College for MBBS in India

Medical Science is another prominent discipline that is frequently opted by Indian students aspiring to take the noble path of a medical practitioner. However, getting admission into the top medical colleges in India is quite a cumbersome process because of the cut-throat competition for the Medical Science courses such as MBBS, BDS, etc. Here are the top universities in India for programmes in Medicine and Surgery:

Institutions NIRF 2020 Rankings
All India Institute of Medical Sciences 1
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research 2
Christian Medical College 3
National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences 4
Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences 5
Banaras Hindu University 6
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research 7
Kasturba Medical College 8
King George`s Medical University 9
Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences 10

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Top Private Medical Colleges in India 

India has some of the best private medical schools. Getting into public/ government schools for Medical is very tough due to the cut-throat competition. However, the competition is not less in the private schools either. Let’s check out the top private medical colleges in India:

Ranking Institute Score
#1 Christian Medical College 73.56
#2 Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research 64.39
#3 Kasturba Medical College 62.84
#4 Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences 61.58
#5 Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education And Research 57.90
#6 St. John’s Medical College 57.83
#7 Christian Medical College 55.01
#8 JSS Medical College 54.32
#9 Kasturba Medical College, Mangluru 53.83
#10 Jamia Hamdard 52.87

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Top 10 Institutes in India for Dentistry

Here are the top 10 institutes in India for the course of Dentistry:

University NIRF Ranking 2020
Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences 1
Manipal College of Dental Sciences 2
Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth 3
Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences 4
A. B. S. M. Institute of Dental Sciences 5
Manipal College of Dental Sciences 6
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education And Research 7
Nair Hospital Dental College 8
SRM Dental College 9
JSS Dental College and Hospital 10

Best Law Colleges in India

When it comes to the best law colleges in India, the most eminent names include the National Law School of India University and the National Law University. In order to establish your career in Law, the two major degrees imparted by the Indian academic institutions are LLB and LLM. Check out the top universities in India which are renowned for their Law programmes.

Institutions NIRF 2020 Rankings
National Law School of India University 1
National Law University 2
Nalsar University of Law 3
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur 4
National Law University 5
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences 6
Gujarat National Law University 7
Symbiosis Law School 8
Jamia Millia Islamia 9
The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law 10

NOTE: The National Law University at the 2nd rank and at the 6th position corresponds to two separate institutions under the same name.

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Best Colleges for Architecture in India

If you are interested in learning the intricacies of how physical structures are designed, then Architecture is the field you need to consider. When it comes to studying Architecture in India, the major degree programmes offered in this field are BArch and MArch. Here are the best architecture colleges in India which are acclaimed for their specialised programmes, state-of-the-art facilities, experienced faculty as well as immense industrial exposure they offer to budding architects:

Institutions NIRF 2020 Rankings
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 1
Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee 2
Indian Institute of Technology, Calicut 3
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University 4
School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi 5
Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology 6
School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal 7
National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli 8
School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada 9
Jamia Millia Islamia 10

Best Commerce Colleges In India

The best Commerce institutions in the country are compiled in the list below.  The best four subjects on which cut-offs are based include – One language, 2 elective courses, and one subject. For every college, the cut-off standards differ, and every year cut-offs are changed.

Rank College Name and Location Cut-Off for B.Com
1 Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi 97.37% (B.com Hons)
2 Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi 98% (B.Com Hons)
3 Loyola College, Chennai 90-95%
4 Christ University, Bangalore ISC Board – Boys – 85%, Girls – 88%Other State Boards– Boys- 94.50%; Girls- 96.16%
5 St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai 80%
6 Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai 83%
7 Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, Pune 75%
8 St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore 90%
9 Hans Raj College, New Delhi 88 – 91%
10 Madras Christian College, Chennai 60%

Best Arts Colleges in India

Here are the best arts colleges in India that you must know about: 

  1. Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi
  2. Loyola College, Chennai
  3. Christ University, Bengaluru
  4. St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
  5. Miranda House, Delhi
  6. Hansraj College, Delhi
  7. Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi
  8. Hindu College, Delhi
  9. Ramjas College, Delhi
  10. Madras Christian College, Chennai
  11. St.Xavier’s College, Kolkata
  12. Fergusson College, Pune
  13. Presidency College, Kolkata
  14. Stella Maris College, Chennai
  15. Symbiosis Society’s College, Pune

Best Psychology Colleges in India

Mentioned below is a list of best psychology colleges in India:

  • Lady Shri Ram College
  • St. Xavier’s College
  • Christ University
  • Fergusson College
  • K. J Somaiya College of Arts and Commerce
  • Jai Hind College
  • Kamla Nehru College for Women
  • Kishinchand Chellaram College
  • Indraprastha College for Women
  • Mithibai College

Best Economics Colleges in India

Listed below are the top colleges for those who wish to pursue MA Economics in India-

  • Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi
  • Fergusson College, Pune
  • Miranda House, Delhi
  • Madras Christian College, Chennai
  • Loyola College, Chennai 

Top Universities in India for Management Courses

Management is an extensive stream of study which encompasses varied interdisciplinary specialisations and lucrative career opportunities. BBA, BMS, MBA, PGDM and MIM are the renowned degrees offered with striking specialisations that one can gain expertise in. Following are the top universities of India for Management programmes:

Institutions NIRF 2020 Rankings
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad 1
Indian Institute of Management, Banglore 2
Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta 3
Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow 4
Indian Institute of Management, Kharagpur 5
Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode 6
Indian Institute of Management, Indore 7
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi 8
Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) 9
Management Development Institute 10

Top 100 Universities in India

Here are the top 100 universities in India according to NIRF Ranking:

University/ Institutes Ranking
Indian Institute of Science 1
Jawaharlal Nehru University 2
Banaras Hindu University 3
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham 4
Jadavpur University 5
University of Hyderabad 6
Calcutta University 7
Manipal Academy of Higher Education 8
Savitribai Phule Pune University 9
Jamia Millia Islamia 10
University of Delhi 11
Anna University 12
Bharathiar University 13
Homi Bhabha National Institute 14
Birla Institute of Technology & Science 15
Vellore Institute of Technology 16
Aligarh Muslim University 17
Institute of Chemical Technology 18
Andhra University 19
Siksha `O` Anusandhan 20
Jamia Hamdard 21
University of Madras 22
Kerala University 23
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology 24
Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy 25
Panjab University 26
Mysore University 27
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education And Research 28
Osmania University 29
Mahatma Gandhi University 30
Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology 31
King George`s Medical University 32
JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research 33
Tata Institute of Social Sciences 34
S. R. M. Institute of Science and Technology 35
Alagappa University 36
Amity University Noida 37
Sri Venkateswara University 38
Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology 39
Tezpur University 39
Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation University 41
Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences 42
Symbiosis International 43
Gujarat University 44
Delhi Technological University 45
Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth 46
Gauhati University 47
University of Kashmir 48
North Eastern Hill University 49
Visva Bharati 50
Guru Nanak Dev University 51
University of Jammu 52
Bharathidasan University 53
Calicut University 54
Banasthali Vidyapith 55
Shiv Nadar University 56
SVKM`s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies 57
Pondicherry University 58
Bharath Institute of Higher Education & Research 59
Madurai Kamaraj University 60
Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences 61
Cochin University of Science and Technology 62
Bharati Vidyapeeth 63
Punjabi University 64
Mumbai University 65
Birla Institute of Technology 66
Mizoram University 67
Bangalore University 68
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University 69
KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research 70
Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management 71
Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Higher Education 72
Kuvempu University 73
NITTE 74
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning 75
Maharshi Dayanand University 76
Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth 77
Lovely Professional University 78
International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad 78
Visvesvaraya Technological University 80
Goa University 81
Dayalbagh Educational Institute 82
Periyar University 83
Dibrugarh University 84
Jain University 85
Yenepoya University 86
Central University of Punjab 87
Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth Mahatma Gandhi Medical College Campus 88
Kalyani University 89
Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences 90
The Gandhigram Rural Institute 91
The University of Burdwan 92
Maharishi Markandeshwar 93
Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology 94
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University 95
Utkal University 96
Graphic Era University 97
Chettinad Academy of Research and Education 98
Kurukshetra University 99
Vignan’s Foundation for Science, Technology & Research 100

Thus, we hope that this blog on top universities in India helped you explore the best academic institutions in your field of interest. Apprehensive about choosing the right course and university to actualise your career aspirations? Sign up for an e-meeting with our Leverage Edu experts and we will guide in selecting the best programme and university that aligns with your interests, preferences and aspirations and equips you with the necessary knowledge and exposure to build a successful career in your chosen field of interest.

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