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Discover the top universities in India in 2019 here

There are 65 top Indian universities featured in the QS BRICS University Rankings 2018, an annual ranking of the most prestigious institutions in the five major emerging economies of the BRICS countries: (BrazilRussiaIndiaChina and South Africa).

Read on for an overview of the 10 top universities in India this year, including information on each university’s strengths in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, and how they performed in the QS World University Rankings® 2018.

1. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)

 IIT Bombay

Leading the way for India at ninth in this year’s BRICS, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) overtakes the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore as the highest-ranked university in India in BRICS this year. Also ranked joint 179th in the world rankings, IIT Bombay is the second Indian Institute of Technology to be founded (in 1958) and is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of engineering education and research. It’s also noted for its innovative short-term courses and its links with peer universities and institutes both inside and outside India, to enhance its programs.

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay is currently featured in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 16 subjects, including the global top 100 for computer science, chemical engineering, civil engineering, art & design and more.

2. Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore

IIT Bangalore

The Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc Bangalore) is ranked 10th in the BRICS ranking, receiving the highest score in the ranking for the papers per faculty indicator, and the second-highest score for its proportion of staff with a PhD. Established in 1909 and known locally as the Tata Institute, the university currently enrolls around 3,750 students, most of whom are postgraduates. The campus is located in the north of the city and spread over more than 400 acres, and is close to other research institutes.

The Indian Institute of Science Bangalore is ranked among the world’s best for 12 subjects, including the global top 100 for electrical engineering, chemical engineering and materials science. 

3. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi)

Ranked 17th in this year’s BRICS and 172nd in the world, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) was founded in 1961 with a vision to contribute to India and the world through excellence in scientific and technical education and research. Today it has 11 interdisciplinary centers in which science and engineering overlap, and has a 325-acre campus in the affluent Hauz Khas area of New Delhi, located close to other educational institutions.

The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi is internationally ranked for 11 subjects, appearing in the worldwide top 100 for chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering as well as computer science.

4. Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)

 Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras)

Next in our list of the top universities in India this year is the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), which is placed 18th in BRICS and joint 264th in the world this year. Recognized as an Institute of National Importance by the Government of India, IIT Madras was established in 1959 and today has almost 9,000 students. Much of IIT Madras’ large campus is a protected forest, located next to the Guindy National Park in Chennai (formerly known as Madras).

Ranked globally for 11 subjects, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras achieves top-100 positions for electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and materials science.

5. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Also founded in 1959 by the Indian government, the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) is ranked 21st in this year’s BRICS ranking and joint 293rd in the world. Most of IIT Kanpur’s 6,500 students live on its large 1,055-acre campus just outside the city of Kanpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh. IIT Kanpur has a strong research orientation, and achieves very high scores for the papers per faculty and staff with PhD indicators in the BRICS ranking. 

The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur is ranked among the world’s best for 12 subjects, with positions in the global top 150 for mechanical, civil, electrical and chemical engineering and materials sciences.

6. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP)

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Ranked 24th in BRICS and joint 308th in the world, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) was the first Indian institute of technology to be founded. It was originally established in 1951 to train scientists and engineers following India’s independence four years earlier. IIT Kharagpur’s unusual motto, Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam, translates to "Excellence in action is Yoga", signifying that working well is true yoga and urges you to acquire equanimity, a state of psychological stability and composure.

As well as sharing its organization structure and admissions process with its sister institutes of technology, IIT Kharagpur shares similar subject strengths, appearing in 15 subject rankings, including the top 50 for mineral and mining engineering and the top 150 for all other engineering branches.

7. University of Delhi

University of Delhi

The first non-IIT institution to feature in this list of top universities in India, the University of Delhi retains its position of 41st in the BRICS ranking this year and is also ranked within the top 500 in the world rankings.  The largest of these top Indian universities (with 132,435 regular students), the University of Delhi receives top-20 scores for its reputation among both academics and employers, and is considered one of the best multidisciplinary institutions in the country.

Ranked among the world’s best for 15 subjects, the University of Delhi earns its highest scores for development studies (16th) and anthropology (51-100).

8. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee)

The Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) only gained the status of IIT as recently as 2001, having previously been the University of Roorkee (founded in 1847 as an engineering college and given university status in 1949). In 1955, IIT Roorkee became the first university in India to offer postgraduate programs in engineering and technology. The university has an entrepreneurial culture, with many of its alumni founding technological and social ventures in India and beyond.

The Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee is internationally ranked for nine subjects, including a place in the global top 150 for civil engineering.

9. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)

IIT Guwahati

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati) is up two places in this year’s BRICS to now rank 52nd. The sixth institute of technology to be founded (in 1994), IIT Guwahati’s 700-acre campus is considered the most beautiful in the country, located on the banks of the river Brahmaputra, just outside the city of Guwahati, northeast India. Also ranked within the top 550 in the world rankings, the university has 10 research centers and currently educates almost 4,000 students.

The Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) features among the world’s best for six subjects, achieving its strongest score for mechanical engineering (in the top 200).

10. University of Calcutta

University of Calcutta

Closing our look at the top universities in India in 2018 is the University of Calcutta, ranked 64th in BRICS and within the top 800 in the world rankings. Founded in 1857 in Calcutta (now called Kolkata) on the model of the University of London, the university now has 14 campuses spread across Kolkata and its suburbs, and educates about 22,500 students. One of the most distinguished Indian universities, the University of Calcutta has produced many notable alumni in different walks of life, including Kadambini Ganguly, one of the first female graduates and the first qualified female physician of the British empire.

The University of Calcutta is internationally ranked for three subjects: modern languages (ranked 251-300), chemistry (401-450) and physics and astronomy (451-500).

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No wonder so many Indians send their children to Australian universities. (Those that can afford it!) No disrespect intended for the universities of India but the highest world ranking I can find for any Indian University is in the 300 - 500 range. And from there, they all seem to slip way below 500 and most into the thousands. Compare this with The University of Melbourne in Australia, which is number 38 in the world. Something needs to be done about your education system! Indians are very very smart people and deserve to have the opportunity to attend world class universities in their own country. Obviously, only the very rich can afford to send their kids to Australian universities (and they do - our campus at The University of Melbourne is full of Indian International students, but they have to pay upfront fees of between $150,000 and $3,5000 as they don't qualify for any governmental assistance. The world should not the this unequal. You need to pester your government so that education is available in your own country at a competitive level with the rest of the world

I think orwen D that you have got your best answer by Apoorva G. I want to tell you that Indian students who do not qualify for IIT, then he goes to Australia, or any other countries. Why don't you try to solve JEE Advance paper of IIT and just compare to your university paper..

Then it's a matter of much bigger shame that the students which IIT rejects are selected at top universities of the world and end up doing big things.

India has world class universities which can be proved by the fact that Google headed by sundar pichai, microsoft headed by satya nadella, PepsiCo ceo is a indra nooyi, Adobe ceo shantanu narayan and many more.
The fact of the matter is that the acceptance rate in indian universities such as in iit comes down to .01%. around 3.38 million people applied for 55000 seats in the delhi university itself . All of these point out that the competition rate in india is very high .Only the top cream of the students get into these premier university leaving behind many . Out of those left out ,some who are financially stable opt for foreign universities such as in Australia. So basically the reason they go to australia is because of low acceptance rate and low availability of seats in india. Whatever u said is a travesty of truth. And another important thing to be noted is that indians getting admitted Into such australian universities by defeating Australians in their own country shows the prowess and worth of indian education
system. Otherwise why would have your colleges accepted us.

All of them(Sundar, Nadella, etc.) have foreign degrees. IITs had no role in their success. Pichai studied Metallurgy in IIT Kharagpur. He did MBA from Waterloo after which he got into Google. No IITian has impacted the world. IITians are just workers for MNCs. Those who want to make an impact have to go outside and attend foreign universities.
So don't try to prove how Indian Education system is great. We have a population of 1.35 billion, and you are jumping only when we have 3-4 MNC CEOs, that too of foreign companies.

haha how many people from your university of Melbourne are recognized all aver the world and ask me i can give you a list of people who are bringing about a change in this world, take for example the ceo of google Sundar Pichai, he is from iit Kharagpur and another cool fact for you is that 1,5000,000 student appear for jee which is the entrance exam from iit and out of which only 10,000 get selected and the ones which go to Australia are the ones who could get into the prestigious universities of india.

What change had Sundar brought in this world? Can YOU tell me?

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As i have read your article, you have shared a list of great college with us. But, i think we can not miss colleges like Thapar Institue of Engineering and Technology, Manipal Institute of Technology, Delhi College of Engineering, Punjab Engineering College etc. which are also a good options to pursue your engineering studies.

They didn't included these colleges becuase they wanted to include institutes having top QS World Ranking from India.

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