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Top Universities in India (Govt, Private) Rankings 2024: Best Engineering & Medical Colleges

The rankings for the top universities in India for 2024 are finally here! Discover the leading institutions in various categories.

India is one of the world’s largest higher education hubs, ranked 3rd in the world after the USA and China. The higher education in India is provided by the universities & colleges that are approved and recognised by various statutory bodies under the ministry of higher education. 

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Latest – NIRF 2023-24 Rankings for top educational institutions has been released on 5th June, 2023.

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The University Grant Commission (UGC) is the regulatory body under the ministry of education to provide recognition to the universities in India. The accreditation for higher learning in colleges & universities is overseen by various autonomous statutory institutions, some of which are listed below: 

  • All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
  • National Medical Commission (NMC)
  • Bar Council of India (BCI)
  • Indian Nursing Council (INC)
  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
  • Dental Council of India (DCI)
  • Council of Architecture (COA)
  • National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE)
  • Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI)
  • Pharmacy Council of India (PCI)
  • National Commission for Homoeopathy (NCH)

India is home to 1000+ universities, with 54 central universities, 416 state universities, 125 deemed universities, 361 private universities and 159 Institutes of National Importance (INI’s). The Institutes of National Importance include IITs, AIIMS, IIITs, IIMs, IISERs, and NITs.

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Top Universities Ranking Criteria 2024

The ministry of education with the aim & objectives to rank the best educational institutions in the country, formed National Institutional of Ranking Framework (NIRF) in December, 2015. The NIRF functions under UGC and ranks education institutions on the basis of several parameters including :

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

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Top Ranked Universities in India 2024

As per the NIRF Rankings 2023-24, the top 30 ranked universities in India are:

University NameStateRank
Indian Institute of ScienceKarnataka1
Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityDelhi2
Jamia Millia IslamiaDelhi3
Jadavpur UniversityWest Bengal4
Banaras Hindu UniversityUttar Pradesh5
Manipal Academy of Higher EducationKarnataka6
Amrita Vishwa VidyapeethamTamil Nadu7
Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)Tamil Nadu8
Aligarh Muslim UniversityUttar Pradesh9
University of HyderabadTelangana10
University of DelhiDelhi11
Calcutta UniversityWest Bengal12
Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical SciencesTamil Nadu13
Anna UniversityTamil Nadu14
Siksha O Anusandhan Bharathiar UniversityOdisha Tamil Nadu15
Kalinga Institute of Industrial TechnologyOdisha16
Homi Bhabha National InstituteMaharashtra17
S.R.M. Institute of Science and TechnologyTamil Nadu18
Savitribai Phule Pune UniversityMaharashtra19
Birla Institute of Technology & Science -PilaniRajasthan20
Bharathiar UniversityTamil Nadu21
Thapar Institute of Engineering and TechnologyPunjab22
Institute of Chemical TechnologyMaharashtra23
Kerala UniversityKerala24
Panjab UniversityChandigarh25
Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research AcademyTamil Nadu26
Chandigarh UniversityPunjab27
Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation University (K L College of Engineering)Andhra Pradesh28
Kalasalingam Academy of Research and EducationTamil Nadu29
Alagappa UniversityTamil Nadu30
Top universities in India as per NIRF 2024

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Top Private Universities in India 2024

The list of the top Private universities as per nirf in India are:

University NameState Rank
Manipal Academy of Higher EducationKarnataka1
Amrita Vishwa VidyapeethamTamil Nadu2
Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)Tamil Nadu3
Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical SciencesTamil Nadu4
Siksha o AnusandhanOdisha5
Kalinga Institute of Industrial TechnologyOdisha6
S.R.M. Institute of Science and TechnologyTamil Nadu7
Birla Institute of Technology & ScienceRajasthan8
Thapar Institute of Engineering and TechnologyPunjab9
Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research AcademyTamil Nadu10
Top Private universities in India as per NIRF 2024

Top Engineering Colleges in India 2024

Here is the list of best engineering colleges in India as per NIRF rankings:

Institute NameState Rank
Indian Institute of Technology MadrasTamil Nadu1  
Indian Institute of Technology DelhiDelhi2  
Indian Institute of Technology BombayMaharashtra
Indian Institute of Technology KanpurUttar Pradesh
Indian Institute of Technology RoorkeeUttrakhand 
Indian Institute of Technology KharagpurWest Bengal
Indian Institute of Technology GuwahatiAssam
Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad Telangana
Indian Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu
Jadavpur UniversityWest Bengal10 
top engineering colleges

Top Management Colleges in India 2024

Here is the list of best Management colleges in India as per NIRF rankings:

Institute NameState Rank
Indian Institute of Management AhmedabadGujarat1  
Indian Institute of Management BangaloreKarnataka2  
Indian Institute of Management KozhikodeKerala
Indian Institute of Management CalcuttaWest Bengal 
Indian Institute of Technology DelhiDelhi
Indian Institute of Management LucknowUttar Pradesh
National Institute of Industrial Engineering, MumbaiMaharashtra
Indian Institute of Management Indore Madhya Pradesh
XLRI-Xavier School of ManagementJharkhand
Indian Institute of Technology BombayMaharashtra10 
top management colleges

Top Medical Colleges in India 2024

Here is the list of best Medical colleges in India as per NIRF rankings:

Institute NameState Rank
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, DelhiDelhi1  
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarh2  
Christian Medical CollegeTamil Nadu
National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro SciencesKarnataka
Jawaharlal Institute of PostGraduate Medical Education & ResearchPondicherry
Amrita Vishwa VidyapeethamTamil Nadu
Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical SciencesUttar Pradesh
Banaras Hindu UniversityUttar Pradesh
Kasturba Medical College, ManipalKarnataka
Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and TechnologyKerala10 
top medical colleges

Eligibility Criteria for Admission in Top Universities of India

The eligibility criteria varies from university to university and depend upon the programme one is opting for admission. For B.Tech and M.Tech the admission is offered on the basis of JEE Mains & GATE scores. Some universities also admit students on the basis of state level or university specific entrance exams like VITEEE, SRMJEEE etc.

  • For applied sciences, humanities, law & commerce programmes the admission is offered on the basis of CUET UG and CUET PG scores.

    The eligibility criteria for the top universities accepting CUET 2023 score:
  • Students must be the citizen of India
  • For UG courses, candidates must have passed class 12th or equivalent examination from a recognised board of school education.
  • Candidates who failed in one or two subjects of Class 12th will not be considered eligible to apply for CUET 2023
  • Candidates have to meet the eligibility requirement of the course that a candidate is applying for and also the individual eligibility criteria set by the university.

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Top Entrance Exams for Admission

For admission in the UG & PG courses of these top universities, candidates have to appear in the entrance exams related to the programmes for which a student is applying. Some of the popular entrance exams are:

  • CUET UG
  • CUET PG
  • JEE Mains
  • JEE Advanced
  • NEET
  • GATE
  • VITEEE
  • CAT

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Admission Process

The admission in UG and PG programmes of central universities is done on the basis of CUET UG & CUET PG exam. The Central University Entrance Test (CUET) is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) every year for admission to participating CU’s, Private and many other state universities.

The Admission process in the top ranked universities varies from programme to programme. For admission to UG B.tech programmes candidates have to appear in JEE Main, state level or any other university level exam like VITEEE.

Admission process start with registration followed by entrance test and then counselling process. Seats are allocated to the candidates as per their score/rank in the entrance test like CUET, JEE Main etc.

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