Top Universities in India 2021: Rank, Fees, Cutoff, Placements
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  • Last Modified 08-06-2022
  • Written By Vaibhav_Raj_Asthana
  • Last Modified 08-06-2022

Top Universities in India 2021: University Ranking by NIRF

Top Universities in India 2021: As per UGC guidelines, the new semester and admission process will start on 1st August 2021. Students interested in getting a seat in one of the top universities in India must check all the notices and circulars released by the University Grants Commission. Since the COVID-19 cases are still rising there is a chance that these dates might get further extended.

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Rankings of Best Universities in India

Embibe brings the list of the top-ranking universities in India to help students choose their colleges wisely. In this article, we have covered the list of top Universities in India as per NIRF, Outlook India, and The Week. The rankings are provided based on various parameters.

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List of Top 100 Universities In India

Here we have provided the list of top 100 Indian Universities. The list is based on parameters such as courses offered, placements, number of students enrolled, quality of education, infrastructure, courses fee, etc.

1University of DelhiNew Delhi
2Indian Institute of Technology KanpurKanpur
3Indian Institute of Technology BombayMumbai
4Indian Institute of Technology DelhiNew Delhi
5Indian Institute of Technology MadrasChennai
6Indian Institute of Technology KharagpurKharagpur
7Savitribai Phule Pune UniversityPune
8Lovely Professional UniversityPhagwara
9VIT UniversityVellore 
10Anna UniversityChennai
11Amity UniversityNoida
12Birla Institute of Technology and SciencePilani 
13Tata Institute of Social SciencesMumbai
14Indian Institute of Technology GuwahatiGuwahati
15Narsee Monjee Institute of Management and Higher StudiesMumbai
16SRM Institute of Science and TechnologyChennai 
17Baba Ghulam Shah Badhshah UniversityRajouri
18Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical UniversityLucknow
19Indian Institute of ScienceBangalore
20Manipal Academy of Higher EducationManipal
21Tata Institute of Fundamental ResearchMumbai
22All India Institute of Medical Sciences DelhiNew Delhi
23Amrita Vishwa VidyapeethamCoimbatore
24Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew Delhi
25University of MumbaiMumbai
26Kurukshetra UniversityKurukshetra
27Indian Institute of Technology GandhinagarChandkheda
28Gujarat Technological UniversityAhmedabad
29International Institute of Information Technology, HyderabadHyderabad
30Indian Institute of Technology RoorkeeRoorkee
31Christ UniversityBangalore
32Cochin University of Science and TechnologyKochi
33Tamil Nadu Agricultural UniversityCoimbatore
34National Institute of Technology, TiruchirappalliTiruchirappalli
35Panjab UniversityChandigarh
36Chandigarh UniversityMohali 
37University of CalicutTenhipalam
38Banaras Hindu UniversityVaranasi
39National Institute of Technology, RourkelaRourkela
40Visvesvaraya Technological UniversityBelgaum
41University of RajasthanJaipur
42Indian Statistical InstituteKolkata
43Aligarh Muslim UniversityAligarh
44Pondicherry UniversityPuducherry
45Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarh
46Jamia Millia IslamiaNew Delhi
47Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, West BengalKolkata
48Osmania UniversityHyderabad
49University of MadrasChennai
50National Institute of DesignAhmedabad
51University of CalcuttaKolkata
52Mahatma Gandhi UniversityKottayam
53Shiv Nadar UniversityDadri
54University of Petroleum and Energy StudiesDehradun
55National Institute of Fashion TechnologyNew Delhi
56Delhi Technological UniversityNew Delhi
57Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj UniversityKalyanpur
58University of KeralaThiruvananthapuram
59University of LucknowLucknow
60Chaudhary Charan Singh UniversityMeerut
61Birla Institute of TechnologyRanchi
62Sikkim UniversityTadong
63Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology AllahabadAllahabad
64Bharathidasan UniversityTiruchirappalli
65Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki VishwavidyalayaBhopal
66Indian Institute of Technology HyderabadEddumailaram
67Devi Ahilya VishwavidyalayaIndore
68Gandhi Institute of Technology and ManagementVisakhapatnam
69Jadavpur UniversityKolkata
70University of BurdwanBardhaman
71Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and ResearchPuducherry
72University of HyderabadHyderabad
73Jain UniversityBangalore
74Sharda UniversityGreater Noida
75Bangalore UniversityBangalore
76KIIT UniversityBhubaneswar
77Chitkara UniversityPunjab
78Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha UniversityNew Delhi
79Malaviya National Institute of Technology, JaipurJaipur
80National Institute of Technology, CalicutCalicut
81Thapar Institute of Engineering and TechnologyPatiala
82Annamalai UniversityChidambaram
83National Institute of Educational Planning and AdministrationNew Delhi
84Indian Institute of Information Technology AllahabadAllahabad
85ITM University RaipurRaipur
86Nirma UniversityAhmedabad
87Ranchi UniversityRanchi
88Indian School of MinesDhanbad
89K L UniversityVaddeswaram
90APJ Abdul Kalam Technological UniversityThiruvananthapuram
91University of MysoreMysore
92Ashoka UniversitySonipat
93The Maharaja Sayajirao University of BarodaVadodara
94Gujarat UniversityAhmedabad
95Andhra UniversityVisakhapatnam
96M.J.P. Rohilkhand UniversityBareilly
97All India Institute of Medical Sciences Rishikesh
98Saurashtra UniversityRajkot
99SASTRA UniversityThanjavur 
100Shivaji UniversityKolhapur

NIRF Ranks Top Universities In India – Previous Year NIRF Ranks

The National Institute of Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranks universities by calculating scores based on 5 pre-defined parameters. The NIRF is regulated by the Ministry of Research and Development Department. The 5 parameters are:

  1. Education quality
  2. No of graduates
  3. Types and the total number of students
  4. Reviews from student and placement firms
  5. College facilities
List of Top 30 Universities in IndiaNIRF AIR 2020NIRF AIR 2019
Indian Institute of Science 1 1
Jawaharlal Nehru University 2 2
Banaras Hindu University 3 3
Anna University 4 7
University of Hyderabad 5 4
Jadavpur University 6 6
University of Delhi 7 13
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham 8 8
Savitribai Phule Pune University 9 10
Aligarh Muslim University 10 11
Manipal Academy of Higher Education 11 9
Jamia Millia Islamia 12 12
Bharathiar University 13 14
Calcutta University 14 5
King George`s Medical University 15 25
Vellore Institute of Technology 16 19
Birla Institute of Technology & Science    17 23
University of Madras 18 20
Institute of Chemical Technology 19 15
Panjab University 20 21
Bharath Institute of Higher Education & Research 21 36
Andhra University 22 16
Jamia Hamdard 23 18
Siksha `O` Anusandhan 24 24
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University 25 44
Homi Bhabha National Institute 26 17
Alagappa University 27 28
Osmania University 28 26
Tezpur University 29 29
Kerala University 30 22

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Outlook India Ranking Of Best Universities In India

Outlook India is one of the top magazines in the country. It publishes a variety of content online as well as produces hard copies. They are in sports, entertainment, business, education, etc. The Outlook India rankings are based on a few parameters such as the number of students, reviews from recruitment companies, surveys, quality of education, infrastructure, and other things. The Outlook India ranking for top universities in India is given below:

University Name Rankings
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay 1
Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore 2  
Indian Institute of Technology Madras 3  
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi 4  
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur 5  
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur 6  
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee 7  
University of Delhi 8  
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati 9  
Jadavpur University 10  
Manipal Academy of Higher Education 11  
Indian Institute of Technology Indore 12  
Anna University 13  
Calcutta University 14  
Birla Institute of Technology & Science 15  
Banaras Hindu University 16  
Jamia Millia Islamia 17  
Jawaharlal Nehru University 18  
University of Hyderabad 19  
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham 20  
Savitribai Phule Pune University 21  
Indian Institute of Technology Ropar 22  
Institute of Chemical Technology 23  
Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar 24  
Aligarh Muslim University 25  
Vellore Institute of Technology 26  
Jamia Hamdard 27  
Homi Bhabha National Institute 28  
Andhra University 29  
Panjab University 30

The magazine also produces a list of Top private universities in India. Check it below:

Manipal Academy of Higher Education 2
Bharath Inst. of Higher Education & Res. 4
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham 5
Jamia Hamdard 8
Thapar University 10
AMITY University 11
S.R.M. Inst. of Science and Tech 12
Homi Bhabha National Institute 13
Symbiosis International University 14
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Tech 15
Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Univ. 16
Nirma University 17
Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth 19
Sathyabama University 20
Sikkim Manipal University 21
Banasthali Vidyapith 22
Saveetha University 23
Lovely Professional University 25

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Admission Process Of Best Universities In India

Most of the universities mentioned in the article, organize their own entrance exams for admission to various programs. There are also other state entrance exams and other exams through which one can get admission. For example, all the IITs take admission through JEE Mains followed by JEE Advanced. Similarly, all the IIMs intake students through CAT. Below we have tabulated some entrance exams through which one can join a course at these universities.

University Entrance Test
Dr. Rammanohar Lohia Avadh University RMLAU
Jamia Millia Islamia JMI
State Common Entrance Test Maharashtra MHT CET
Christ University Christ University entrance test
National Entrance Screening Test NEST
Manipal University MET
Tata Institute of Social Sciences TISS BAT
Aligarh Muslim University AMU Entrance Exam
Siksha O Anusandhan  SAAT
All India Management Association UGAT
English and Foreign Languages University EFLU
Delhi University DU Entrance Test
University of Hyderabad UOH Entrance Test
Banaras Hindu University UET
South Asian University SAUET
Pune University SPPU – PUEE
UP UniversitiesUPSEE

Top Universities in India: Best Colleges in India

Embibe has also created a list of various colleges city-wise and in general:

  1. Top 100 Engineering Colleges In India
  2. Top Engineering Colleges In India: Govt & Pvt.
  3. List of NATA Colleges
  4. List Of Best PUC In Bangalore
  5. MAT Colleges
  6. Top Engineering Colleges in Bangalore
  7. Top Engineering Colleges In Hyderabad
  8. Top Engineering Colleges in Mumbai
  9. Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai
  10. Top BBA Colleges In India

Some of the frequently asked questions related to Top Universities are as under:

Q1: Which is the No 1 university in India?
Ans: The ranking of the top university in India depends on various parameters. The ranking by some agencies is given below:

  • a) NIRF No 1 University in India – IISC Bangalore.
  • b) Outlook India – Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  • c) The Week – Jawaharlal Nehru University 

Q2: What is the best university in India?
Ans: A per NIRF 2021 Rankings, the best universities in India are: 

  • a) Indian Institute of Science 
  • b) Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • c) Banaras Hindu University
  • d) Anna University
  • e) University of Hyderabad

Q3: Is JNU better than DU?
Ans: Both universities provide different experiences and are equally good. However, DU is famous for UG courses and JNU is preferred for PG courses.

Q4: Which is the toughest university in India to get into?
Ans: As per the National Institute of Ranking Framework, the IITs are one of the toughest to get into other than IISC Bangalore which is at the top.

Q5: What are the top 5 universities in India?
Ans: The top 5 universities in India as per Outlook India are: 

  • a) Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • b) Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore
  • c) Indian Institute of Technology Madras 
  • d) Indian Institute of Technology Delhi 
  • e) Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Q6: Which is the biggest university in India?
Ans: The biggest university in India is Indira Gandhi National Open University.

Q7: Which is the largest university in Asia? 
Ans: Banaras Hindu University – BHU is the largest university in Asia with  2 campuses of 1300 and 2700 acres respectively.

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