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Top 20 Universities in India for Postgraduate Study

Written by Ben Taylor

India is home to one of the largest higher education systems in the world, with over 1000 universities. It’s unsurprising, then, that many of these institutions feature at the top of the main global ranking tables.

On this page we’ve compared how Indian universities perform on the world stage, using rankings data from three of the most reputable league tables. We’ve also looked at the Indian government’s own National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF).

Top ranked Indian universities and Institutes of National Importance

The table below shows how Indian universities are ranked according to the latest figures released by three major ranking systems: Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

It’s worth bearing in mind that each of these rankings uses different metrics to quantify the prestige and reputation of universities, emphasising the importance of particular measures. Not all of these will be of complete significance to postgraduates, but it’s likely that most prospective Masters students will be particularly interested in the research output of a university.

Check out our guide to university rankings for more information and advice on how they work.


Top 20 Indian Universities in 2024
University THE 2024 QS 2024 ARWU 2023
Indian Institute of Science201-250225301-400
Anna University501-600427-
Jamia Milia Islamia501-600951-1000-
Mahatma Gandhi University501-600--
Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences501-600771-780-
Alagappa University601-800--
Aligarh Muslim University601-8001001-1200801-900
Banaras Hindu University601-8001001-1200701-800
Bharathiar University601-800--
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati601-800=364-
Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad601-800--
Indian Institute of Technology Patna601-800--
International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad601-800--
Jamia Hamdard University601-8001201-1400-
Jawaharlal Nehru University601-800601-610701-800
KIIT University601-800--
Malaviya National Institute of Technology601-800--
Manipal Academy of Higher Education601-800951-1000801-900
National Institute of Technology Rourkela601-800--
National Institute of Technology Silchar601-800--
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

So, how good are Indian universities for Masters study?

As the above table illustrates, there are many Indian universities among the top 1,000 in the world, with a few institutions considered among the best 500. Although the number of Indian universities ranked among the very best isn’t quite as high as traditional heavy hitters like the USA and the UK, this isn’t a reflection on the quality of the education offered by Indian institutions.

India has a well-earned reputation for excellence in STEM subjects, helped by the prestigious Institutes of National Importance (INI). These are hotbeds for scientific and medical innovation, offering some of the most competitive Masters programmes in India.

Domestic rankings for Indian universities

Other useful rankings to consider when choosing a university are domestic league tables. These offer more of a ‘level playing field’ for comparing institutions, whereas international rankings are comparing very different higher education systems around the world.

In the case of India, a good place to start is the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), an initiative by the Indian government to rank domestic universities.

As well as offering an overall ranking, the NIRF produces discipline-specific league tables. For more information on the metrics that the NIRF uses, check out the National Institutional Ranking Framework website.

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Last updated: 10 November 2023