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NIRF Ranking 2021 Updates: IIT-Madras sweeps rankings

NIRF Ranking List 2021 Updates: IIT Madras remains the best institute in the country, IISc Bangalore has topped the university category while University of Delhi's Miranda House has been ranked first in the college category. The complete list is available at

By: Education Desk | New Delhi I |
Updated: September 10, 2021 12:34:56 pm
NIRF, NIRF rankings 2021This is the first time Dharmendra Pradhan announced the NIRF Ranking. (Graphic by Abhishek Mitra)

NIRF Ranking List 2021 Updates: The Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today released the National Institute of Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2021. The list was revealed through a webcast on the official website of the ranking platform IIT-Madras has managed to retain its number one position in the overall educational institutes and engineering categories. The institute has bagged the second position in the newly introduced ‘research’ category.

Similarly, IISc Bangalore remains the top university in India and number 1 in the research category.  

The ranking framework judges institutions under five broad generic groups of parameters of Teaching, Learning and Resources (TLR), Research and Professional Practice (RP), Graduation Outcomes (GO), Outreach and Inclusivity (OI) and Perception (PR). Ranks are assigned based on the total sum of marks assigned for each of these five broad groups of parameters.

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“Rankings are the measure of the quality and excellence of an institution. We must develop regional ranking frameworks and also work to ensure that our ranking framework emerges as a benchmark not only in the country, but also globally, especially for the developing economies,” Pradhan said.

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NIRF Ranking 2021: Check the best university, top engineering, MBA, law, architecture, pharmacy and medical colleges

17:23 (IST)09 Sep 2021
JMI performance improves

Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) secured 6th rank among the ‘Top 10 Universities’ of the country in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)-2021 Rankings. The varsity improved its position from 10th last year in the NIRF. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Najma Akhtar said, “ this achievement is all the more significant because of the challenging time the country and university has been facing due to Covid-19 pandemic and also in the light of increased competition in the ranking.” The Vice Chancellor also attributed the achievement to the improved perception about the university with regard to teaching, placements, research etc. and hoped to do better in the coming years.  

JMI also improved its performance in the ‘overall category’ where it has been ranked 13th, improving from 16th last year. The IITs, IIMs, IISc and other top technical institutions and universities are included in overall category.

17:21 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Here's what Mamata Banerjee has tweeted

In the latest rankings, colleges and universities from West Bengal have performed well. Here's what the chief minister has tweeted.

15:36 (IST)09 Sep 2021
NIRF Ranking 2021 remains more or less same

Apart from JNU, universities such as Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) and Hyderabad Central University (HCU), which have been at the centre of the student pushback against the union government, are also among the top 10 in the country. While JMI has improved its rank from the tenth position last year to the sixth rank, HCU slipped a few places from rank six to nine. Read detailed report

15:08 (IST)09 Sep 2021
IIT-Guwahati retains its' position

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati has retained its position in National Institutional Rankings Framework (NIRF) achieving 7th rank in the ‘Engineering’ category this year and ranked 8th in the ‘Overall’ Category in NIRF 2021. Congratulating the Institute on its performance, Prof. T. G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati, said, “This is a reflection of the dedicated effort by the institute faculty, staff and students despite the pandemic. This is clearly reflected in both overall and engineering ranks over the past several years and seen in international rankings as well.”

14:28 (IST)09 Sep 2021
IIT Madras sweeps top honours in NIRF Ranking 2021

IIT Madras has been ranked as the number 1 institute in India in both ‘Overall’ and ‘Engineering’ Categories in NIRF 2021. IIT Madras has bagged the Top Rank in the ‘Overall’ Category for the third consecutive year and No. 1 in the ‘Engineering’ category for the sixth consecutive year. Congratulating students, faculty members and other employees for their hard work that has resulted in such extraordinary performance, Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, said, “We are delighted to maintain our pre-eminent position in the NIRF rankings yet again. IIT Madras continues to excel in teaching, research, and innovation, and has launched several new initiatives to implement the NEP. ”

12:41 (IST)09 Sep 2021
IIT Roorkee clinches top spot in architecture category

IIT Roorkee has been ranked as the top institute in the architecture category, followed by NIT Calicut and IIT Kharagpur at second and third ranks, respectively. 

12:33 (IST)09 Sep 2021
AIIMS Delhi ranked first in medical category

AIIMS Delhi has been ranked as the top institute in the medical institutes' category.

Rank 1: AIIMS Delhi
Rank 2: PGIMER
Rank 3: CMC. Vellore
Rank 4: NIMHANS, Bangalore
Rank 5: Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences,  

12:24 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Union education minister launches this year's NIRF ranking

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has released the NIRF Rankings 2021. Here's what Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has to say: 

12:22 (IST)09 Sep 2021
New category of research institutes has been added this year

In the new research institutions category, the first rank has been obtained by IISc Bangalore, followed by IIT Madras and IIT Bombay at second and third ranks, respectively. IIT Delhi and IIT Kharagpur are at the fourth and fifth ranks. 

12:20 (IST)09 Sep 2021
IITs dominate engineering category in NIRF 2021 ranking

Eight out of the top ten engineering institutes are IITs. NIT Tiruchirapalli and NIT Surathkal have secured ninth and tenth ranks, respectively. 

12:18 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Miranda House College tops the college category

Delhi University's Miranda House college has retained the top spot in the college category, followed by LSR College for Women at second rank and Loyola College, Chennai at third rank 

12:08 (IST)09 Sep 2021
e-Release of NIRF 2021 rankings begins

The Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has begun the online webcast to declare the sixth NIRF ranking. Here's a direct link to watch the LIVE address. 

11:57 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Number of participants increased in 2020

The number of Indian institutes registered for the NIRF ranking 2020 increased by 20 per cent as compared to 2019. In 2020, 3,800 institutes participated in NIRF Rankings. The institutes were given scores based on – teaching, learning and resources (TLR), research and professional practice (RP), graduation outcomes (GO), outreach and inclusivity (OI), peer perception.

11:41 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Top-10 management institutes as per NIRF 2020

IIMs have a monopoly in the B-school rankings. Last year six out of the top 10 spots were secured by IIMs. 

Rank 1: IIM Ahmedabad

Rank 2: IIM Bangalore

Rank 3: IIM Calcutta

Rank 4: IIM Lucknow

Rank 5: IIT Kharagpur

Rank 6: IIM Kozhikode

Rank 7: IIM Indore

Rank 8: IIT Delhi

Rank 9: Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) (Jharkhand)

Rank 10: Management Development Institute (Haryana)

11:31 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Parameters for ranking institutes in NIRF

The education institutes and universities all over India are ranked across several parameters including teaching, learning and resources, research and professional practices, graduation outcome outreach and inclusivity, and perception.

11:19 (IST)09 Sep 2021
What all categories are included in NIRF 2021?

Besides the overall rankings, NIRF also lists out best institutions across another nine categories — college, university, medical, engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture and dental.

11:08 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Top universities in India

Last year, Jamia Millia Islamia, which was at the centre of the student pushback against the Union government, made it into the top 10 universities of the country. Its ranking improved from 19 to 16 under the overall category. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which witnessed student protests over fee hike, also maintained its position as the second-best university in the country, after IISc-Bangalore. 

10:54 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Here's last year's top medical and pharmacy colleges

In the pharmacy category, the top institute was Jamia Hamdard in New Delhi followed by Panjab University, Chandigarh, according to the ministry ranking. The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research, Mohali stood third.

In the medical colleges' category, AIIMS Delhi retained its' top position followed by PGI, Chandigarh and CMC, Vellore.

10:51 (IST)09 Sep 2021
Last year's NIRF Ranking 2021

Last year, IIT-Madras, IISc Bangalore and IIT-Delhi ranked as top three institutions in NIRF annual ranking. In the B-school rankings, IIM-Ahmedabad bagged top position followed by IIM-Bangalore and IIM-Calcutta at the second and third spot. 

The top three universities in annual ranking include IISc Bangalore, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU).

10:41 (IST)09 Sep 2021
NIRF Ranking to release at 12:30 pm

The NIRF 2021 will be announced by Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in a virtual event. Last year, the rankings were too were announced in virtual mode due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ranking was first initiated in 2016 and since then every year, the government releases a list of top universities, colleges, best engineering, medical, law and management institutes. Last year, the overall category was added where IIT-Madras bagged number 1 position.

IISc has remained one of the top-ranking universities in the country in the NIRF Ranking

The top two ranks in the university ranking remained same in 2019 and 2020. The Indian Institute of Science (IISC) obtained the top rank in the University category followed by Jawaharlal Nehru University and Banaras Hindu University at second and third rank, respectively in the NIRF rankings 2020.

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