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 :
- Teaching Learning & Resources
- Graduation Outcome
- Outreach & Inclusivity
- 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:
|Indian Institute of Science||Karnataka||1|
|Jawaharlal Nehru University||Delhi||2|
|Jamia Millia Islamia||Delhi||3|
|Jadavpur University||West Bengal||4|
|Banaras Hindu University||Uttar Pradesh||5|
|Manipal Academy of Higher Education||Karnataka||6|
|Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham||Tamil Nadu||7|
|Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)||Tamil Nadu||8|
|Aligarh Muslim University||Uttar Pradesh||9|
|University of Hyderabad||Telangana||10|
|University of Delhi||Delhi||11|
|Calcutta University||West Bengal||12|
|Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences||Tamil Nadu||13|
|Anna University||Tamil Nadu||14|
|Siksha O Anusandhan Bharathiar University||Odisha Tamil Nadu||15|
|Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology||Odisha||16|
|Homi Bhabha National Institute||Maharashtra||17|
|S.R.M. Institute of Science and Technology||Tamil Nadu||18|
|Savitribai Phule Pune University||Maharashtra||19|
|Birla Institute of Technology & Science -Pilani||Rajasthan||20|
|Bharathiar University||Tamil Nadu||21|
|Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology||Punjab||22|
|Institute of Chemical Technology||Maharashtra||23|
|Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy||Tamil Nadu||26|
|Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation University (K L College of Engineering)||Andhra Pradesh||28|
|Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education||Tamil Nadu||29|
|Alagappa University||Tamil Nadu||30|
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Top Private Universities in India 2024
The list of the top Private universities as per nirf in India are:
|Manipal Academy of Higher Education||Karnataka||1|
|Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham||Tamil Nadu||2|
|Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)||Tamil Nadu||3|
|Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences||Tamil Nadu||4|
|Siksha o Anusandhan||Odisha||5|
|Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology||Odisha||6|
|S.R.M. Institute of Science and Technology||Tamil Nadu||7|
|Birla Institute of Technology & Science||Rajasthan||8|
|Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology||Punjab||9|
|Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy||Tamil Nadu||10|
Top Engineering Colleges in India 2024
Here is the list of best engineering colleges in India as per NIRF rankings:
|Indian Institute of Technology Madras||Tamil Nadu||1|
|Indian Institute of Technology Delhi||Delhi||2|
|Indian Institute of Technology Bombay||Maharashtra||3|
|Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur||Uttar Pradesh||4|
|Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee||Uttrakhand||5|
|Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur||West Bengal||6|
|Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati||Assam||7|
|Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad||Telangana||8|
|Indian Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli||Tamil Nadu||9|
|Jadavpur University||West Bengal||10|
Top Management Colleges in India 2024
Here is the list of best Management colleges in India as per NIRF rankings:
|Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad||Gujarat||1|
|Indian Institute of Management Bangalore||Karnataka||2|
|Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode||Kerala||3|
|Indian Institute of Management Calcutta||West Bengal||4|
|Indian Institute of Technology Delhi||Delhi||5|
|Indian Institute of Management Lucknow||Uttar Pradesh||6|
|National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai||Maharashtra||7|
|Indian Institute of Management Indore||Madhya Pradesh||8|
|XLRI-Xavier School of Management||Jharkhand||9|
|Indian Institute of Technology Bombay||Maharashtra||10|
Top Medical Colleges in India 2024
Here is the list of best Medical colleges in India as per NIRF rankings:
|All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi||Delhi||1|
|Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research||Chandigarh||2|
|Christian Medical College||Tamil Nadu||3|
|National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences||Karnataka||4|
|Jawaharlal Institute of PostGraduate Medical Education & Research||Pondicherry||5|
|Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham||Tamil Nadu||6|
|Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences||Uttar Pradesh||7|
|Banaras Hindu University||Uttar Pradesh||8|
|Kasturba Medical College, Manipal||Karnataka||9|
|Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology||Kerala||10|
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.
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
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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.