NIRF Ranking 2021 for Higher Educational Institutions

NIRF Ranking 2021 for Higher Educational Institutions

Recently the Ministry of Education (MoE) has released the ‘India Ranking 2021’ for ‘Higher Educational Institutions’.

  • This is the sixth consecutive edition of the rankings awarded to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in India.
  • It has been released by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF).
  • NIRF was approved by the Ministry of Education (erstwhile Ministry of Human Resource Development) in September 2015. The framework outlines a methodology for providing rankings to institutions across the country.
  • This is the first attempt by the Government of India to rank HEIs in the country. Prior to NIRF, HEIs were generally ranked by private entities.
  • In the year 2018, it was made mandatory for all government educational institutions across the country to be part of the ‘National Institutional Ranking Framework’.
  • All educational institutions are evaluated on five parameters namely – Teaching, Learning and Resources, Research and Professional Practice, Graduation Outcomes, Expansion and Inclusiveness and Experience.
  • NIRF lists the best institutions in a total of 11 categories – overall national ranking, universities, engineering, colleges, medicine, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, dentistry and research.

Top Five Educational Institutions


  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras)
  • Indian Institute of Science (ISC)
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai (IIT Bombay)
  • Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT Delhi)
  • Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur)


  • Indian Institute of Science (ISC)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
  • Banaras Hindu University (BHU)
  • Calcutta University
  • Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham


  1. Miranda House, Delhi
  2. Lady Shree Ram College for Women Delhi
  3. Loyola College, Chennai
  4. Xavier’s College, Kolkata
  5. Ramkrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Howrah

Source – PIB

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