Courtesy its ever-growing population and fast developing economy, India’s higher education system has undergone rapid expansion over the last few years.
We also have some of the best universities in the world today, which includes a mix of government-run and private universities.
There are literally thousands of reputed colleges and universities in India for students to choose from, offering a variety of courses, specialisations and advanced degree options.
To help you make the right choice, we have created a list of the top 20 universities in India (based on the NIRF (National Institutional Ranking Framework) 2018 University Rankings, released by the Ministry of Human Resources, India, earlier this year), with all the relevant details that will be useful for you.
Top 20 Universities in India
Brief Background: IISc aims to be among the foremost academic institutions in the world, in the pursuit of excellence and innovation. Over the years, it has built a formidable reputation as the top institute in India for science and technology, by imparting world-class higher education and conducting high impact research.
Academic Faculties: Science, Design, Engineering and Management.
Admission Criteria: For UG programs, Class 12 pass with minimum 60% aggregate marks or equivalent grade, with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. For PG programs: Candidates need to possess a bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology.
Hostel Facility: Yes. Available for both male and female students. Married students can also avail of limited accommodation.
Other Student Facilities: Convenience store, bookshop, sports complex, gym, hospital, music-room and library.
Accreditation & Recognition: UGC approved and member of Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
Brief Background: Established in 1969, JNU rates amongst the top universities in India. It has collaborated with global universities for research projects and conferences. JNU has active MoUs with foreign & Indian universities for faculty and student exchange programs and hosts the Indian segment of some global degree programs.
Courses on Offer: All major courses at the undergraduate, post-graduate and doctorate level.
Academic Faculties: Humanities & Social Sciences, IT & Software, Science and Law. It also offers courses in International Studies, Molecular Medicine and Sanskrit Studies.
Annual Tuition Fees: Approx INR 500-1,000 (plus applicable taxes) – for Indian students. Approx $500-750 (per semester) for foreign students, plus $100 (per semester) for incidentals.
Admission Criteria: For UG programs, 10+2 passed from a recognised board. For PG course admissions is such that candidates should have a bachelor’s degree from a recognised college/university.
Hostel facility: Yes. But subject to availability. 18 spacious, well-furnished hostels which can accommodate 5500 students, plus one complex for married students.
Other Student Facilities: Library, Cafeteria, Sports Complex, hospital, convenience store, auditorium and well-equipped labs.
Accreditation and Recognition: University Grants Commission (UGC) approved. Member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
Brief Background: Another best university in India was founded by Pandit. It includes 3 Institutes, 14 faculties 140 departments, 4 Inter-disciplinary centres, a constituent college for women's and three constituent schools. BHU also has six centres of Advanced Studies, ten departments under the Special Assistance Program and a large number of specialised research centres.
Courses on Offer: all significant courses covering Undergraduate & post-graduate programs, Special Courses (PG), Research Programs (PhD), UG/PG Diploma programs.
Academic Faculties: Arts, Commerce, Education, Law, Performing Arts, Social Sciences & Visual Arts.
Annual Tuition Fees: 3,000-5,000 p.a (for Undergraduate & Post Graduate courses). INR 5,000-15,000 p.a for Ph.D., M.Phil, M.Sc (Bioinformatics). For foreign students, the fee structure is divided into four components, Processing Charges (INR 3,000 for students from SAARC countries & INR 6,000 for Non-SAARC nations), Additional Charges ( INR 25,000 – 2,00,000 depending on course & nationality), Course Fee (-INR 25,000-45,000) & Hostel Fee (INR 7,000-10,000).
Admission Criteria: For UG program, 10+2 examination pass from recognised board. Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university for PG course admissions.
Hostel Facility: There is a separate hostel facility for boys and girls.
Other Student Facilities: Library, cafeteria, sports complex, music room, shuttle service and dance room.
Accreditation and Recognition: UGC approved. Accredited Grade A by NAAC.
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Brief Background: Established on September 4, 1978, Anna University is all one of the top ranking universities in India which were named after Late Dr.C.N. Annadurai, former CM of Tamil Nadu. Its main campus extends over 189 acres. Its second campus at the Madras Institute of Technology at Chrompet is over 52 acres. The third campus of over 5 acres is located at Taramani, Chennai.
Courses on Offer: It offers 29 UG and 90 PG programs in various disciplines in the University Departments and 41 UG and 57 PG programs in affiliated institutions.
Academic Faculties: It offers higher education in Engineering, Technology, Architecture and Applied Sciences.
Number of Students: About 16007 students are presently pursuing their degree program in the University Departments with another 7, 21, 276 students engaged in seeking their degree program in affiliated institutions. AU also has 14023 PhD scholars on its rolls in Science, Engineering and Technology.
Admission Criteria: For UG programs, candidates who have cleared Class XII or its equivalent from a recognised board. For PG programs, a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university.
Hostel Facility. Includes a new hostel for students admitted under CIWGC / NRI / FN categories.
Other Student Facilities: Wi-Fi Campus, cafeteria, hospital, library, sports complex, auditorium, convenience store.
Accreditation and Recognition: Approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
Brief Background: This leading Indian University for postgraduate teaching and research was established by an Act of Parliament on October 2, 1974, as a Central University at Gachibowli, the IT hub of Hyderabad. It is wholly financed by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Courses on Offer: PG/M.Phil/M.Tech./Ph.D and Integrated PG courses.
Academic Faculties: This University has Twelve Schools of Study - Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Management Studies, Arts & Communication, Engineering Sciences & Technology, Medical Sciences, Economics and Computer/Information Sciences.
Annual Tuition Fees: INR 5,000-1,50,000 (depending on the course) for Indian students. From $400-$7700 per semester, for international students from SAARC nations and $800-$6600 for students from other countries and NRIs.
Admission Criteria: Selection is made strictly on the basis of merit at the entrance examination. For postgraduate degree courses, a student should have completed a three-year Undergraduate Degree through an examination conducted by a recognised University/Autonomous College.
Reservation Criteria: 15% of seats in each course for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and 7.5% for those belonging to the Scheduled Tribes. 27% of the seats are reserved for OBC (non-creamy layer category) candidates.
Hostel Facility: Yes. It has ten hostels on campus. Of these seven are for men, and three are for women.
Other Student Amenities: Shopping Centre, food court, post office, BSNL Office & SBI ATM.
Accreditation and Recognition: The University has been rated A***** by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of the UGC. It is also a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).
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Brief Background: The government of West Bengal established this University on December 24, 1955. It was ranked 84th among the 200 best Asian universities in the Times Higher Education Asia University rankings 2016. It also stood 11th in EDU RAND (Engineering College Rankings 2015).
Courses on Offer: Undergraduate, Masters and M.Phil courses.
Academic Faculties: Advanced Masters and Doctorate degree courses in the field of Arts, Science, Engineering and Technology.
Annual Tuition Fees: Jadavpur University is a government-aided autonomous institution; hence the fees are highly subsidised. Concessions in fees, (full and a half- freeship) are also awarded to needy but deserving students. There is also a provision to cover a maximum of 10% of students with full-freeship.
Admission Criteria: For UG courses through the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination, conducted by an independent body. For PG courses, students with high scores in GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) results and scholarships are eligible. Students sponsored by the industry as well as self-sponsored students are also admitted.
Accreditation and Recognition: University Grants Commission, National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Association of Indian Universities.
Hostel Facility. Yes. There are 13 hostels on campus – 4 for girls and 9 for boys. Charges INR 3,000 (all inclusive). Separate hostel facility for Research scholars.
Other Student Amenities; Bookstore, Open Air Theatre.
Information Office Contact Number: 2457 - 2227
Brief Background: Established in 1922, the University of Delhi is a premier university in India which draws students and faculty from India and abroad. It has grown to be one of India’s largest universities with 16 faculties, over 80 academic departments, an equal number of colleges and over seven lakh students.
No. of Students: Over 132,000 regular students and 261,000 non-formal students.
Courses on Offer: Undergraduate, postgraduate, M.Phil, PhD and other courses.
Academic Faculties: Arts, Commerce & Business Studies, Education, Law, Management Studies, Mathematical Sciences, Medical Science, Music & Fine Arts, Open learning, Science, Technology and Applied Social Sciences and Humanities.
Admission Criteria: For UG courses, aspirants need to have cleared their 10+2 examination. For PG courses, a bachelor’s degree is required in their field of study.
Hostel facility: Yes. It has 15 hostels at its North campus and three at its South campus for both male and female students.
Other Student Facilities: Computer centre, international guest house, conference centre, National Knowledge Network (NKN), community radio.
Accreditation and Recognition: DU is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Association of Indian Universities, and Universitas 21, a global network of research-intensive universities, UGC & NAAC.
Brief Background: This multi-campus, multi-disciplinary research academia institution has been accredited 'A' by NAAC and is rated as one of India’s leading institutions for research. It has six campuses spread across Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and is managed by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math – a global charitable organisation.
Campus Locations: Coimbatore, Amritapuri (Kerala), Bengaluru, Mysore, Chennai and Kochi.
Courses on Offer: Undergraduate (BTech/ BAMS/ BCom/ BCA/ BSc: Biotechnology/Microbiology), post-graduate (MTech/ MBA/ MA Philosophy/ MCA/MSW/ MCom/ M.A. English/ MSc: Biotechnology/ Microbiology/ Bioinformatics/ Chemistry/ Physics & Mathematics) and doctoral programmes (PhD in Engineering/ Sciences/ English/ Computational Neuroscience/ Cyber Security Systems & Networks/ Biotechnology/ Earth Sciences/ Philosophy/ Communication & Management).
Academic Faculties: Engineering, Business, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Journalism, Biotechnology, Information Technology, Arts and Sciences, Health Sciences, Teacher Education, Microbiology, Hospital Management, Visual Media Studies, Mass Communication, Social Work, Nanosciences and Ayurveda.
Admission Criteria: For UG courses, aspirants need to have cleared their 10+2 examination. For PG courses, admissions are based on scores in national level exams such as GATE and CAT.
Hostel Facility: Yes. It has a separate hostel facility for male and female students with a total capacity for approx. 3500 students.
Other Student Facilities: Cafeteria, Library, Gym, auditorium, convenience store, guest house, bank & ATM facility.
Email Contact ID: [email protected]
Other Contact Details: Coimbatore (+91 (422) 2685000), Amritapuri (+91 (476) 280 1280), Bengaluru (+91 (080) 251 83700), Kochi (+91 (484) 280 1234) and Mysuru (+91 (821) 234 3479).
Brief Background: Established in 1949, SPPU is spread across 411 pristine acres in Pune, which is also referred to as the Oxford of the East. This Indian university houses 46 academic departments. It has about 307 recognised research institutes and 612 affiliated colleges.
Courses on Offer: Undergraduate, graduate and doctorate programs across all major streams.
Academic Faculties: Arts, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Management, Commerce, Physical Education, Pharmaceuticals Science, Law and Science.
Admission Criteria: For UG, minimum 50% marks in Class 12 from a recognised board. For PG courses, minimum 50% in graduation from a recognised university.
Hostel Facility; Yes. The University has seven Boys' hostels and six Girls' hostels which accommodate more than 1221 students. It also has a comfortable and well-furnished 34-room Guest House with dining facilities.
Other Student Facilities: SPPU also has a Health centre – with round-the-clock medical facilities, a jogging track, inter-city bus service, international student’s centre and a student’s facilitation centre.
Accreditation & Recognition: UGC approved. Accredited Grade A by NAAC.
Admission Information Contact Number: 020-25601260.
Brief Background: AMU was established in 1920 and is spread over 467.6 hectares in the city of Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. It is also one of the top universities in India which offers more than 300 courses in traditional and modern branches of education and draws students from across India and Africa, West Asia and Southeast Asia.
Courses on offer: Undergraduate, Post-graduate, doctoral programs, advance diploma, part-time diploma and certificate courses.
Academic faculties: It has 12 Faculties namely, Agricultural Sciences, Arts, Commerce, Engineering & Technology, Law, Life Sciences, Medicine, Management Studies & Research, Science, Social Sciences, Theology and Unani Medicine.
Admission Criteria: For UG courses, aspirants need to have cleared their Class 12. For PG courses, a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university.
Hostel Facility: Yes. AMU offers 19 Halls of Residence (a cluster of hostels administered by a Provost) and one Non-Resident Students Centre (NRSC). This includes 13 Halls of Residence for boys and 4 for Girls.
Other Student Facility: Each Hall maintains a Common Room with facilities for indoor games, a Reading Room, Library, Sports Clubs and a Literary & Cultural Society.
Accreditation and Recognition: UGC approved. Accredited Grade A by NAAC.
Admission Help Desk: 0571-2700935 / 0571-2706152 / 0571-2900926 (Ext. 1161).
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Brief Background: The Manipal Academy of Higher Education boasts of over 28,000 students from 57 countries who live, learn and play in this pristine University town, in Karnataka’s Udupi district. It has off-campuses in Mangalore and Bangalore, and off-shore campuses in Dubai (UAE) and Melaka (Malaysia).
Courses on offer: Undergraduate, post-graduate, doctoral, diploma and super-speciality courses across, health, Communications, Architecture, Dentistry, Engineering, European Studies & foreign languages, hospitality, Travel & Tourism, Humanities, Life Sciences, Management, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy.
Academic faculties: The Mangalore campus offers medical, dental, and nursing programs. The Bangalore Campus offers programs in Regenerative Medicine. The Dubai campus offers programs in engineering, management and architecture, and the Melaka campus offers programs in medicine and dentistry.
Admission Criteria: For UG courses, aspirants need to have cleared their 10+2 examinations or equivalent with minimum 45% marks. For PG courses, a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% marks from a recognised university is required.
Hostel Facility: Yes. It offers a separate hostel facility for both, boys, girls and international students depending on the program applied for and room availability.
Accreditation and Recognition: UGC approved. It has been accredited Grade A by NAAC.
Other Student Facilities: Manipal Academy of Higher Education Philately and Numismatic Club (MUPNC), Volunteer Services Organization (VSO) - a platform that helps the needy. It also has technical clubs for students and cultural clubs for those inclined towards fine arts, music, dance and theatre.
Brief Background: Made a central university by a Special Act of Parliament in December 1988, JMI offers several UG and PG courses across nine faculties in addition to a large variety of IT courses. The Jamia also has a campus-wide network connecting its many departments and offices.
Courses on Offer: UG, PG, diploma, advanced diploma, PG diploma, doctoral, certificate courses and distance learning programs.
Academic Faculties: Architecture & Ekistics, Engineering & Technology, Law, Dentistry, Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, Education, Humanities & Languages, and Social Sciences.
Admission Criteria: Minimum 45% marks in 10+2 examination (for UG programs), Bachelor’s degree (for PG programs) & JMI entrance test.
Hostel facility: Yes. It offers a Hall of Residence for boys and girls.
Other Student Facilities: Library, Learning Centre for Differently Abled, Sports Complex, well-equipped labs.
Learning Centre for Differently Abled: University Grants Commission approved and accredited A Grade University by NAAC.
Brief Background: A top-rated state university in India which is located in Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), it’s named after Tamil poet Subramania Bharathiar. It was established in February 1982 and recognised by the University Grants Commission in 1985.
Courses on offer: UG, PG, diploma, PG diploma and certificate courses in various subjects through its 13 schools and 33 study departments.
Academic Faculties: Science, Arts, Commerce, Physical Education, Business Administration, Social Work, Computer Applications, Library & Information Science.
Admission Criteria: 10+2 examination (for UG programs), Bachelor’s degree (for PG programs) & TANCET (Tamil Nadu Common Entrance test).
Hostel facility: Yes. It has four hostels namely, Ladies Hostel (for research scholars and PG students), Men's Hostel (mainly for research scholars) and MBA & Additional Hostel (mostly for PG students).
Other Student Facilities: Travel desk, internet centre, bank, post office, canteen, university hospital, fitness centre, common computing centre, youth Red Cross and an SC/ST welfare cell.
Accreditation and Recognition: Bharathiar University has been awarded an A Grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of the University Grants Commission.
Brief Background: This state university was established on January 24, 1857. It is recognised as a leading university in India and accredited A Grade by National Assessment and Accreditation Council and a known as a Centre with Potential for Excellence by the UGC.
Courses on Offer: UG, PG, Doctoral, Diploma, PG Diploma and Certificate courses.
Academic Faculties: Agriculture, Arts, Commerce, Social Welfare & Business Management, Education, Journalism & Library Science, Engineering & Technology, Fine Arts, Music and Home Science, Law and Science.
Admission Criteria: 10+2 exam (for UG courses) and a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised University for PG courses.
Hostel Facility: Yes. There are 16 Halls & Hostels under the University of Calcutta which provide accommodation to about 1550 students.
Other Student Facilities: Library, Sports Complex (cricket, football, volleyball, athletics), gymnasium, hospital, auditorium.
Accreditation and Recognition: UGC approved. Accredited A Grade University by NAAC.
Brief Background: Formerly called Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, this medical school is located in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. It became a university by an act passed by the state government in 2002.
Courses on Offer: MBBS, BDS, B.Sc (Nursing) and DM/DH courses in various disciplines.
Admission Criteria: 10+2 or equivalent with PCB and English with an aggregate of at least 50% marks in aggregate. Admission to MBBS and BDS courses on the basis of NEET UG score.
Hostel Facility: Yes. They offer hostel facilities for both male and female students.
Other Student Facilities: Cafeteria, Post office, Bank, coffee shop, underground car park and a free shuttle service.
Accreditation and Recognition: Recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC) & Medical Council of India.
Brief Background: Founded in 1984, VITS is a top ranking Indian University which is spread across a 360-acre eco-friendly campus with over 50.83 lakh sq.ft. Built-Up space at Vellore. It also has a 170-acre eco-friendly second campus at Chennai. VIT has been accredited TCS, Wipro and Cognizant for academic collaboration and placements.
Number of Students: Over 35,000 students, with nearly 1/3rd of the women from across 60 countries including India. Over 2, 23, 000 students appeared for the VIT Engineering Entrance Examination (VITEEE) in 2017.
Courses on Offer: The institution offers 36 Undergraduate, 31 Postgraduate, 4 Integrated and 3 Research programs. Full-time/part-time Ph.D., M.Tech (BY RESEARCH) Degrees in Engineering and Management Disciplines, Ph.D., in Science and Languages, Integrated PhD programs are also offered for engineering disciplines in selected schools.
Academic Faculties: Engineering, Architecture & Planning, Law, IT & Software, Accounting & Commerce, Business & Management studies and Hospitality & Travel.
Admission Criteria: For UG courses, a minimum of 40-50% overall aggregate marks in 10+2, depending on the program. For PG, a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate in an undergraduate degree from a recognised University or Institution.
Hostel Facility: Yes. VITS has a total number of 23 hostels, 17 for boys which accommodate 13000 students in single, double, three, four bedded and six bedded rooms.
Other Student Facilities: Badminton/basketball court, cricket/football ground, squash court, swimming pool, tennis court, four handball courts and gymnasium.
Accreditation & Recognition: NAAC has re-accredited VIT with an 'A' grade.
Brief Background: BITS is known for providing the highest quality of technical education in fields like engineering, science and commerce to students from all over India.
Courses on Offer; Undergraduate, Post-graduate, diploma, PG diploma and doctoral programs.
Academic Faculties: Business & Management studies, Design, Engineering, IT & Software, Medicine & Health Services, Science, Humanities & Social Sciences.
Admission Criteria: For UG programs, 10+2 examinations with minimum 75% marks. For PG programs, minimum 60% marks in preceding three-year degree examination are required.
Hostel Facility: Yes. BITS offers eleven fully-furnished hostels for boys and one hostel complex for girl students.
Other Student Facilities: Swimming pool, cricket, water polo, gym, library & fully-equipped labs.
Accreditation & Recognition: BITS, Pilani has been accredited by the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC) with 'A' grade with a CGPA of 3.45 on a four-point scale.
Brief Background: Established in the year 1857, this State University is one of the oldest universities in India. It was organised on the model of the London University. It imparts both UG and PG education through its affiliated institutions spread across Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram.
Courses on Offer: UG, PG, doctoral, diploma and certificate programs across its 68 departments of study spread over four campuses.
Academic Faculties: Mass Communication & Media, IT & Software, Business & Management studies, Design, Engineering, Teaching & Education, Law and Science among others.
Admission Criteria: For UG programs, 10+2 or equivalent exam from a recognised Board with minimum 55% marks. For PG programs, a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised University/Institution.
Hostel Facility: Yes. For both male and female students.
Other Student Facilities: Library, Sports Complex and fully-equipped labs.
Accreditation & Recognition: NAAC has accredited it with an A rating. The UGC has also recognised it as one of the centres for - the potential for excellence - in the country.
Brief Background: Known as the Department of Chemical Technology when it was launched on 1st October 1933, ICT has created over 500 first generation entrepreneurs. Courtesy its academic excellence performance; it was granted Deemed University status by the MHRD in 2008, with all provisions of the UGC for funding and support as the state-owned deemed university.
Courses on Offer: ICT offers undergraduate (UG), postgraduate (PG) and doctorate (PhD) level courses.
Academic Faculties: Engineering and Science.
Admission Criteria: For UG programs, at least 50% marks in 10+2 examinations (with Science). For PG programs, Bachelor’s degree in the science stream with minimum 55% marks from a recognised college/university.
Hostel Facility: ICT has five hostel blocks on the campus including three boys and two girls’ hostels.
Other Student Facilities: Library, sports complex, bank, bookshop and fully-equipped labs.
Accreditation & Recognition: The ICT is rated as Number One Deemed University with “A” grade by the Ministry of Human Resources. It is the only one among 4 in Maharashtra State, the other three being centrally funded TIFR, TISS, and CIFE.
Brief Background: It was first established in 1882 as the University of Punjab at Lahore, but is now located at Chandigarh. Spread across a lush 550-acre campus, this university has 78 teaching and research departments and 15 centres/chairs for teaching and research at its main campus.
Courses on Offer: UG and PG programs, diploma, PG Diploma, Certificate and other professional courses across a host of disciplines.
Academic Faculties: Business & Management Studies, Accounting & Commerce, Arts (Fine/ Visual/Performing), Design, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, Law, Medicine & Health Sciences, and Science.
Admission Criteria: A minimum 50% aggregate marks in the 10+2 examinations from a recognized board for seeking admission to its UG courses. A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 50% marks is required for admission to PG courses.
Hostel Facility: Yes. Available for both boys and girls. Each hostel has a dining hall and canteen, Wi-Fi facility several deserts and water coolers and a visitors' lounge.
Other Student Facilities: Cafeteria, sports complex, convenience store, auditorium, shuttle service, gym and hospital facilities.
Accreditation & Recognition: This state university is UGC approved and accredited with Grade A status by NAAC. It is also a member of the AIU.
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