INDIA'S TOP INSTITUTES: Government's NIRF Rankings For Universities, Engineering, Colleges, Innovation And MBA Schools Out. Read Here

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Published:


  • IIT-Madras has topped the overall institutions' list in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2019, overtaking IISc Bangalore for the first time.
  • The Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation achievements (ARIIA) introduced this year, too IIT-Madras topping the list followed by IIT-B

In a major boost to Maharashtra Board of Education, Mumbai University was ranked 81 in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)  released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on Monday. This was the first time that the University had cracked into India's top 100 universities. In the overall institutions' category, Mumbai University was ranked in the 101-150 bracket.

The NIRF is an initiative by the MHRD launched in 2015, is the only national ranking framework for institutes and universities in India to rank educational institutes across the country mainly based on teaching standards, research work, placements, and outreach programmes.


Topping the overall institutions' list, for the first time is IIT-Madras, overtaking last year's top-ranked institution IISc-Bangalore- which was ranked second this year. IIT-Delhi, IIT-Bombay and IIT-Kharagpur followed IISc, securing rank 3,4 and 5 respectively.

Mumbai institutions like Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), jumped three positions to 27 in overall rankings. While, Homi Bhabha National Institute jumped from last year's rank 41 to 30, this year. TISS dropped from 49 last year to 56. NMIMS and National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) managed to retain last year’s rank. With Mumbai University’s addition, total city institutes in the Top 200 in the overall category have risen to seven this year from last year’s six.

Here are the top 10 institutions:

1.    Indian Institute of Technology Madras
2.    Indian Institute of Science
3.    Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
4.    Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
5.    Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
6.    Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
7.    Jawaharlal Nehru University
8.    Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
9.    Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
10.  Banaras Hindu University


In the universities section, IISc retained its top rank followed by JNU, BHU, University of Hyderabad, Calcutta University and Jadavpur university securing the top five ranks. Anna University (Chennai) and Jadavpur University exchanged ranks 4 and 6. While Anna University fell from rank four to six, Jadavpur rose from six to four.

Here are the top 10 Universities:

1. Indian Institute of Science

2. Jawaharlal Nehru University

3. Banaras Hindu University

4. University of Hyderabad

5. Calcutta University

6. Jadavpur University

7. Anna University

8. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

9. Manipal Academy of Higher Education

10. Savitribai Phule Pune University


In the engineering sphere, dominating the top five ranks are all Indian Institute of Technology. While the top five engineering colleges remained the same with Madras topping the list. Bombay and Delhi exchanged ranks with Bombay securing rank 2 and Delhi rank 3 this year. Kharagpur and Kanpur retained their ranks at 4 and 5 respectively.

Four Mumbai engineering institutes including IIT-B were listed in the top 100 namely - Institute of Chemical Technology (10), National Institute of Industrial Engineering (44), and Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (95). These colleges were also listed last year and had secured the same rank.

Here are the top 10 engineering colleges:

1. Indian Institute of Technology Madras

2. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

3. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

4. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

5. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

6. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

7. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

8. Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad

9. Anna University

10. National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli


Among Colleges, Miranda House (Delhi) has topped list just like last year. Four out of last years' top five were featured in this year's list too namely Hindu College, Presidency College and St.Stephen's college apart from Miranda House. Bishop Heber College dropped from rank 4 to rank 44 this year. While Lady Shri Ram College rose from rank 8 to secure rank 5 this year. Meanwhile, St Xavier’s is the only from Mumbai in the Top 100. The college’s rank, though, dropped to 96 from 74.

Here are the top 10 colleges:

1. Miranda House

2. Hindu College

3. Presidency College

4. St. Stephen`s College

5. Lady Shri Ram College for Women

6. Loyola College

7. Shri Ram College of Commerce

8. Rama Krishna Mission Vivekananda Centenary College

9. Hans Raj College

10. St. Xavier`s College, Calcutta


This year's additional ranking was the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation achievements (ARIIA) with two categories- Public funded institutions and Private Institutions. While IIT-M, IIT-B, IIT-D, IISc and IIT-Kharagpur secured the top five ranks for innovation in the public category, in the private category the five winners were - Vellore Institute Of Technology, Kalinga Institute Of Industrial Technology Khordha, S.R.M. Institute Of Science And Technology, Jss Academy Of Higher Education & Research and Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R & D Institute Of Science And Technology. All the above-listed institutions are engineering college with the exception of IISc. ICT was the only other Mumbai college to be ranked in this category, securing rank six in the public category.


Among Management colleges, the top five ranks were secured by IIMs - Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Calcutta, Lucknow and Indore. In the top 100 B-schools, five from Mumbai made it to the list—IITB’s Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, NITIE and KJ Somaiya. 

1. Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

2. Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

3. Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

4. Indian Institute of Management Lucknow

5. Indian Institute of Management Indore

6. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

7. Xavier Labour Relations Institute

8. Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode

9. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

10. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay