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Top Universities in India

The top Universities in India lists country’s top Public and Private Universities. Besides this, Top Universities in India also offers ranking of universities under different dicipline including Engineering, Medicine, Agricultural and Specialized programmes. The list of university here brings you a fair picture on how the academic institutions are placed within and across clusters.

List of Top University in India

Indian Institute of Science (IISc)

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) , a public university for scientific research and higher education, is located in Bangalore, India. Established in 1909 with active support from Jamsetji Tata and H.H. Sir Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore, it is also locally known as the “Tata Institute”. It acquired the status of a Deemed University in 1958. IISc is widely regarded as India’s finest institution in science. The foundation stone was laid in 1911, and the first batch of students started their studies in the same year.

The Institute was the first to introduce masters programmes in engineering. It has also started integrated Ph.D. programmes in Biological, Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences for science graduates.

Degrees Offered

Degrees offered by the institute may be broadly classified into two categories:

  • Degrees by Research (PhD, integrated PhD, BS (core science and interdisciplinary topics) and MS (Engg.)), and
  • Degrees by coursework (ME/MTech/M.Mgt/MDes).


Admission into IISc is highly competitive. Usually, only the top 0.01 percent candidates qualifying the GATE examination are able to clear the cutoff for ME/M.Tech admissions.

Candidates are called for interviews based on the entrance test of the Institute or GATE or any other test recognised by the Institute.

  • For course oriented degrees – ME and M.Tech. – the admission is done through the GATE examination conducted every year.
  • For research oriented degree – Master of Science that is similar to MS with Thesis—the admission is done through the GATE.
  • For Master of Management (M.Mgt), which has a strength of only 25 seats across India, the admission is done through CAT (Common Admission Test).
  • Admission to MDes is done through the GATE or the CEED (Common Entrance Examination for Design). Bachelor of Science graduates can get admission to IISC through the JAM exam.

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Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU ) is a public central university in New Delhi, the capital of India. In 2012 The National Assessment and Accreditation Council gave the university a grade of 3.9 out of 4, the highest grade awarded to any educational institution in the country. It is one of the top universities in the country, ranking third according to the National Institutional Ranking Framework. It is known for intense student activism and providing a liberal democratic space for students in India.

Jawaharlal Nehru University was established in 1969 by an act of parliament. It was named after Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister. G. Parthsarthi was the first vice-chancellor.

The Jawaharlal Nehru University constituted under the Jawaharlal Nehru University Act 1966, (53 of 1966) came into existence in 1969. Its objectives, as defined in the First Schedule to the Act, are as follows:

“The University shall endeavour to promote the principles for which Jawaharlal Nehru worked during his life-time which included national integration, social justice, secularism, democratic way of life, international understanding and scientific approach to the problems of society.

No candidate shall be eligible to register himself/herself for a full-time programme of study if he/she is already registered for any full-time programme of study in this University or any other University/Institution.

Degrees Offered

Degrees offered by the institute may be broadly classified into two categories:

  • M.A. Courses and
  • M.Phil/Ph.d Courses

Admission Notice

The Admission Announcement for admission to various programmes of study is published in Employment News & various newspapers all over India. The applications for admission to various programmes of study are invited from the intending candidates from first week of February and the last date for submission of filled in application forms is third week of March every year.

The Entrance Examination for admission to various programmes of study is held all over India in the third week of May every year on the dates determined each year by the Standing Committee on Admissions and subject to availability of Kendriya Vidyalayas. One question paper of three hours duration is set for the each programme of study or each set of programmes of study. The Entrance Examination is held for four days with two three-hour sessions on each day. This enables the University to have a far wider regional reach giving opportunity to a far larger number of candidates to seek admission in JNU. The University always reserves the right to change/cancel any Centre of Examination without assigning any reason. Any additions or deletions in the list of Centres of Examination are discussed in the meeting of the Standing Committee on Admissions and then placed before the competent
authority for approval.

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Banaras Hindu University (BHU)

Banaras Hindu University is a public central university located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. BHU is one of the largest residential universities in Asia, with over 20,000 students. The university comprises all castes, creeds, religions and genders, and is on the list of Institutes of National Importance. This Creative and innovative university was founded by the great nationalist leader, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, in 1916 with cooperation of great personalities like Dr Annie Besant, who viewed it as the University of India. Banaras Hindu University was created under the Parliamentary legislation – B.H.U. Act 1915.


Banaras Hindu University conducts national level undergraduate (UET) and postgraduate (PET) entrance tests usually during May–June for admission. Admissions are done according to merit in the entrance tests, subject to fulfilling of other eligibility requirements.

Courses Offered

Admissions to B.Tech./B.Pharm., M.Tech./M.Pharm. are done through JEE and GATE respectively. Admission to MBA and MIBA are done through IIM-CAT score. Admissions for PhD are done on the basis of either qualification of National Eligibility Test (NET) by the candidates or through the scores of CRET (common research entrance test). Admissions in IMS are done through PMT exam.

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Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS Pilani)

Birla Institute of Technology & Science is an Indian institute of higher education and a deemed university under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956. The university focuses primarily on undergraduate education in engineering and the sciences and on its management programme. It is widely known as the best private engineering institute and stands among the top Engineering and B-schools of India.

The institute was established in its present form in 1964. During this period, the institute’s transformation from a regional engineering college to a national university was backed by G.D. Birla. BITS has established centres at Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad and Dubai.

The Birla Education Trust was founded in 1929; the intermediate college became a degree college and later offered postgraduate courses. The masters programme in electronics began in 1955.

Courses Offered

BITS Pilani offers four-year integrated first-degree programs in engineering, technology and pharmacy, a Master of Arts program and Master of Science programs in science and technology.

BITS Pilani offers master’s degrees in engineering, pharmacy, public health and business administration. The Department of Management at BITS Pilani was established in 1971. Its objective is to improve management for engineers seeking to work in the emerging industrial world. BITS-Pilani has also started a 3-year Integrated Master of Engineering program in Computer Science with specialization in Information Security in their Hyderabad campus. This program targets Bachelor of Science students who have majored in Physics, Mathematics or both.


Admission to BITS is based on student performance on the all-India Entrance Examination, the BITS Admission Test (BITSAT). The test, for which applications are submitted in December, is conducted online in May and June in cities all over India. The exam tests the candidate’s knowledge, reasoning and analytical abilities in English, physics, chemistry, mathematics and logical reasoning, and is based on higher secondary curricula in India and abroad. To be eligible for admission, students are required to obtain a minimum average grade of 75 percent in physics, chemistry and mathematics in their higher secondary examination.

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Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur)

The Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur), a public engineering institution, is established by the government of India in 1951. It is the first of the IITs to be established, and is recognized as an Institute of National Importance by the government of India.

As part of Nehru’s dream for a free self-sufficient India, the institute was established to train scientists and engineers after India attained independence in 1947. It shares its organisational structure and undergraduate admission process with sister IITs. The students and alumni of IIT Kharagpur are informally referred to as KGPians. Among all IITs, IIT Kharagpur has the largest campus (2,100 acres), the most departments, and the highest student enrollment. IIT Kharagpur is known for its festivals: Spring Fest (Social and Cultural Festival) and Kshitij (Asia’s largest Techno-Management Festival).

The name “Indian Institute of Technology” was adopted before the formal inauguration of the institute on 18 August 1951 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. On 15 September 1956, the Parliament of India passed the Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur) Act declaring it an Institute of National Importance. Prime Minister Nehru, in the first convocation address of IIT Kharagpur in 1956, said:

Here in the place of that Hijli Detention Camp stands the fine monument of India, representing India’s urges, India’s future in the making. This picture seems to me symbolical of the changes that are coming to India.

Courses Offered

Candidates who qualify for admission through IIT-JEE can apply for admission in four-year BTech (Bachelor of Technology), five-year BArch degree, five-year Dual Degree (Integrated Bachelor of Technology and Master of Technology) and five-year integrated MSc (Master of Sciences) courses at IIT Kharagpur.

IIT Kharagpur offers postgraduate programmes including Master of Technology (MTech), Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Master of Sciences (MSc). Some specialised post graduate programmes offered by IIT Kharagpur include Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM), Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (PGDIT), Master in Medical Science and Technology (MMST), Master of City Planning (MCP), LL.B in Intellectual Property Law (LL.B Honors in IP Law), and Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Operation and Management (PGDMOM). The institute offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) as part of its doctoral education programme.

The institute offers the Continuing Education Programme (CEP) for qualified engineers and scientists to learn technologies and developments in their academic disciplines.


Admission to most undergraduate and postgraduate courses in IIT Kharagpur is granted through written entrance examinations. Admissions to M.S.(by Research) and PhD programmes are based on written tests followed by personal interviews.

Admission to undergraduate programmes in all IITs is tied to the Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE). The admissions to postgraduate programmes (MTech) are made primarily through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). Other postgraduate entrance exams include Joint Admission to MSc (JAM) for MSc, and Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by IIMs for management studies.

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Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is a public university funded by the Government of India. It was originally established by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan as Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College in 1875. The Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College became Aligarh Muslim University in 1920. The main campus of AMU is located in the city of Aligarh. AMU offers more than 300 courses in both traditional and modern branches of education. The university comprises all castes, creeds, religions and genders, and is a Institute of National Importance provided under Seventh Schedule of the Constitution at its commencement. It was established as Madrasatul Uloom Musalmanan-e-Hind in 1875. The college started on 24 May 1875.

Courses Offered

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is one of the oldest Central Universities in India. AMU offers around 325 undergraduate, post graduate and diploma courses. Various courses offered are such as M.B.B.S, BDS, B.Tech., B.Arch., B.A. (Hons.), B.Sc. (Hons.), B.Com, B.Com(Hons.), M.A., M.Sc., LLB, Senior Secondary School Certificate, Diploma in Engineering, etc.

Eligibility Criteria for Admission in AMU

The eligibility criterion for all the courses is different. You must have at least 50% marks in aggregate to apply.

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