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Top Two IITs: IIT Delhi Vs IIT Bombay

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All of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are held in high esteem – but IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay consistently stand out as some of the leading institutions, albeit by a narrow margin.

In the latest edition of the QS Asia University Rankings, IIT Bombay is ranked 34th in the region, closely followed by IIT Delhi in 41st place, and in the QS BRICS University Rankings 2018 – a comparison of the top universities in the five fast-developing BRICS countries – they appear in ninth and 17th place respectively, with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore in between them at 10th.

These two institutions also fairly closely matched in terms of overall size and course offerings. In keeping with the IIT group’s tendency towards smaller intakes, each has around 8,000 students, and they both specialize predominantly in the engineering and technology disciplines.

Read on for a closer look at how these two top IITs compare, and their current positioning in the international rankings tables.

IIT Delhi vs IIT Bombay in the BRICS rankings

Comparison based on the QS BRICS University Rankings 2018

 

IIT Delhi

IIT Bombay

Academic reputation

14th

13th

Employer reputation

10th

8th

Faculty/student ratio

201+

117th

Staff with a PhD

8th

35th

Papers per faculty

3rd

21st

Citations per paper

47th

60th

International faculty

201+

144th

International students

201+

201+

Overall ranking

17th

9th

 

As the table above shows, IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay are closely matched across the board, scoring similarly in many of the eight indicators assessed in the QS BRICS University Rankings. Within the BRICS nations, both are among the best-reputed institutions in the eyes of both academics and employers, reflecting the overall strong international brand the two top IITs have attained.

As is the case for many Indian universities, the number of academic staff members employed relative to student enrolments is a comparative weak point, as is the international diversity of the student body and faculty. However, academic qualification levels are high, as are research production rates, particularly at IIT Delhi.

Overall, the top IITs remain some of the nation’s strongest representatives on the world stage, beaten only by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, which is currently ranked sixth in the BRICS countries and 33rd in Asia.

IIT Delhi vs IIT Bombay in the subject rankings

True to their name and the IIT ethos, both institutions focus primarily on scientific and technical subjects. However, they also each have highly reputed schools of management, as well as offering a number of courses in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Both claim a strong presence in the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, particularly within the engineering disciplines. Both are ranked among the world’s top 100 institutions for chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, and also for computer science.

They’re also both ranked as world leaders in the fields of mathematics, chemistry, statistics, physics, and business and management studies. IIT Bombay also appears in the rankings for environmental sciences, materials sciences, pharmacy and art and design.

IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

 

IIT Delhi

IIT Bombay

Engineering & technology

(broad subject area)

 =71st

 78th

Computer science

51-100

51-100

Chemical engineering

51-100

51-100

Civil & structural engineering

51-100

51-100

Electrical & electronic engineering

49th

51-100

Mechanical engineering

51-100

51-100

Life & natural sciences

 

 

Biological sciences

301-350

301-350

Chemistry

201-250

101-150

Environmental sciences

-

151-200

Mathematics

201-250

101-150

Materials sciences

-

51-100

Pharmacy

-

251-300

Physics & astronomy

201-250

101-150

Statistics & operational research

101-150

101-150

Other

 

 

Art & design

-

51-100

Business & management studies

151-200

151-200

 

So, at the end of this closely matched race, which of these two top IITs would you choose? Or are you headed for another of the Indian Institutes of Technology, or one of India’s larger comprehensive universities? Let us know in the comments below…

This article was originally published in July 2015. It was updated in August 2016 and again in November 2017.

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Written by Laura Bridgestock
The former editor of TopUniversities.com, Laura oversees the site's editorial content and student forums. She also edits the QS Top Grad School Guide and contributes to market research reports including How Do Students Use Rankings?

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