Top 10 Best Universities In India – Current Rankings For 2021

If you are looking for the top & best universities in India, you have landed on the right page.

There are many universities in India. Some are just spectacular. The education they provide is the kind of research they teach. All little things make a big difference. 

While researching for this article, we came across NIRF. This is a government-run body that helped us a lot with our research work in finding the top 10 universities in India.

Name of The UniversityEstablished inLocation
1. Indian Institute of Technology1950Multiple
2. Indian Institute of Science1909Multiple
3. Banaras Hindu University1916Banaras
4. All India Institute of Medical Science1956Multiple
5. Indian Institute of Management1947Multiple
6. Delhi University1922Delhi
7. BITS Pilani1964Rajasthan
8. Jamia Millia Islamia1998Delhi
9. Punjab University1882Punjab
10. Jawaharlal Nehru University1969Delhi
top best universities in india

Indian Institute Of Technology

IIT’s came into existence after the Second World War. The idea behind their formation was to help India prosper technologically. It was thought that technology as a force would take India further. 

Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru established the Indian Institutes of Technology and acted as a technological leader back then. Today we have a series of IITs across our nation that offer various degrees in technology. 

Namely, 

IIT Bombay established in 1958
IIT Madras established in 1959
IIT Kanpur established in 1959
IIT Delhi established in 1961
IIT Guwahati established in 1994
IIT Roorkee established in 2001
IIT Bhuvneshwar established in 2008
IIT Gandhinagar established in 2008
IIT Hyderabad established in 2008
IIT Patna established in 2008
IIT Jodhpur established in 2008
IIT Ropar established in 2008
IIT Indore established in 2009
IIT Mandi established in 2009
IIT BHU, Varanasi established in 2012
IIT Palakkad established in 2015
IIT Tirupati established in 2015
IIT (ISM) Dhanbad established in 2016
IIT Bhilai established in 2016
IIT Goa established in 2016
IIT Jammu established in 2016
IIT Dharwad established in 2016

To get in you need to clear JEE(Joint Entrance Examination), GATE(Graduate Aptitude Test), CEED(Common Entrance Examination for Design), JAM(Joint Admission Test) depending on the course you need. 

Note- The clearing of exams is a step in getting admission. It may be followed by group discussions, interviews, assessments

Get a brief about these courses here.

Indian Institute of Science

Indian Institute of Science was established in the year 1990. It came out of the partnership between the Indian Government and a royal family of Mysore. Covering almost 440 acres of land this structure has 6 divisions that diversify into 42 departments and centers. 

Listing as one of the top universities for science it delivers fundamentals in scientific research and engineering. There are at present seven Indian Institutes of science.

Namely,
IIS Banglore established in 1909
IISER Kolkata (West Bengal) established in 2006
IISER Pune (Maharashtra) established in 2006
IISER Mohali (Punjab) established in 2007
IISER Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) established in 2008
IISER Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) established in 2008
IISER Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) established in 2015
IISER Berhampur (Odisha) established in 2016

You can get admission if you clear JEE Main, KVPY, GATE, NEET, GMAT, etc. The different courses offered have different admission criteria over here. 

fee structure of indian institute of science

The fee structure seems nominal for students of Ph.D., MTech, MDes. The details can be viewed here.

For more admission-related information, you can reach their helpdesk at [email protected] or visit their site for admission.

Delhi University

Delhi University is one of the largest universities India has. Known for its excellence in education this university runs with over 16 faculties. Spread across Delhi it is concentrated in North and South campuses. Even if you don’t plan on enrolling do pay a visit to its north campus. 

It was established in 1992. Bifurcating in undergraduate, postgraduate, and M.Phil/Ph.D. it offers more than 500 programs. One of the most sought-after courses are English (honors), Economic (Honours) B.com(honors). 

There are 91 colleges at Delhi University. You may check into the website of the college of your preference here.

Some of the best ones are listed below.

Miranda House(for women), established in 1948 
Lady Shri Ram College for Women, established in 1956
St. Stephens College, established in 1881
Hindu College, established in 1899
Shri Ram College of Commerce, established in 1926
Sri Venkateswara College, established in 1961

fee of various courses in du

Admission into any program is based on merit. The Fee structure is pretty nominal. College-wise, course wise the given structure can be checked here

Banaras Hindu University

The foundation of Banaras Hindu University was laid by nationalist leader Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya and women’s rights activist Annie Besant in the year 1916. Spread across 1300 acres the campus breathes in greenery, sounds of bells from various temples, and great infrastructures.  

University has 14 faculties and 140 departments. It has 6 institutes under its name.

Namely,
Institute of Science
Institute of Medical Sciences
Institute of Agricultural Sciences
Institute of Management Studies
Institute of Environmental and Sustainable Development
Indian Institute of Technology (BHU)

It offers undergraduate, postgraduate, special courses and research (Ph.D.) programs. The fee falls in the groups. Approx 3-5k per semester is charged. For details, you can check the link.

To get admission one has to clear the entrance exam. For those details go bhuonline.in For any further information, you can mail at [email protected] or check the directory.

All India Institute of Medical Science

Jawahar Lal Nehru’s dream AIIMS is a public hospital based in the capital of India. Along with that, All India Medical Science is also a medical research university. It came into existence in 1956 via an Act of Parliament. 

A lot of top-notch government medical universities fall under its umbrella. Naming a few here.

AIIMS Delhi established in 1956
AIIMS Rishikesh established in 2012
AIIMS Bhubaneshwar established in 2012
AIIMS Jodhpur established in 2012
AIIMS Raipur established in 2012
AIIMS Patna established in 2012
AIIMS Bhopal established in 2012
AIIMS Raebareli established in 2013
AIIMS Nagpur established in 2018
AIIMS Gorakhpur established in 2019
AIIMS Kalyani Established in 2019

It conducts various entrance exams like NEET-UG(National Eligibility Entrance Test- Undergraduate), INICET(Institute of National Importance Combined Entrance Test), AIIMS MSc Nursing Exam, etc. 

The fee structure at AIIMS is very affordable if we compare it to any other medical college. The range stays between 1k-2-k for any program that is being offered there at any of its campuses. This Institute isn’t just affordable but the best in its line.  

Check out the hostel fees, courses offered, syllabus. Or reach out to the helpdesk for any further details. You can even email them at [email protected]

Indian Institute of Management

Stepping out of school and looking for a management institute. Look no further. The Indian Institute of Management is a renowned and very promising institute. 

IIM was born post-independence in 1947. It was created under the Societies Act, has 20 IIM’s in it. Accredited by famous European management foundations this is considered the best management school. 

The list goes with some top IIMs mentioned below. 
IIM Ahmedabad, established in 1961
IIM Bangalore, established in 1973
IIM Calcutta, established in 1961
IIM Indore, established in 1996
IIM Kozhikode, established in 1997
IIM Lucknow, established in 1984
IIM Raipur, established in 2010
IIM Ranchi, established in 2010

The exam that you need to clear in order to get admission here is IPMAT(Integrated Program in Management Aptitude Test). You can get into coaching for such a test to prepare well. 

Unlike other universities mentioned here, this one charges a heavier amount. It is approximately over 25 lakhs for any program offered there. But then they offer placements that can cover this cost in one year alone.
You can visit the pages and check the fee structure, programs, PGPX brochure, elective courses. Or you can directly reach them at [email protected].ac.in. 

BITS Pilani

The Birla Institute of Technology and Science is based in Pilani, Rajasthan. It finally came into existence in 1964. 

It has 3 campuses located in India.

BITS Pilani Goa, established in 2004
BITS Pilani Hyderabad, established in 2008
BITS Pilani Rajasthan, established in 1964

There is no test to get admission in undergraduate programs though they take into consideration your 10th and 12th performance.

You can visit for details in eligibility criteria, admission overview, fee structure, and placement, or contact the helpdesk [email protected]

Jamia Millia Islamia

Founded in 1998 Jamia Millia Islamia University is known for its literates and scholars in every discipline they offer. 

Eligibility criteria is 50% aggregate of 10th and 12th grades and 50% of the core in the entrance exam (JMI exam)  conducted at their end. 

You can visit for details in the list of faculties, courses offered, distance programs, admission details. Or directly reach their helpdesk at [email protected]

Punjab University

Established in 1882, Punjab University is one of the oldest and most reputed universities.

Spread on 550 acres in Chandigarh’s lush area, it has an accredited CGPA of 3.35.

This university comprises 5 campuses.

The fee structure is variable for various programs offered here. The eligibility for undergraduate programs is based on 12th’s merit. You can check for other faculties, courses, fee structures, syllabus, and eligibility on this PDF link. Or simply reach the helpdesk at [email protected]

Jawaharlal Nehru University

Located in New Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University was established in the year 1969. This is a worldwide renowned university. 

What makes it so special is the 10:1 student-teacher ratio. That helps in delivering exceptional results. 

JNU is preferred by graduates who go for further studies. Eligibility is a minimum of 55% in the previous discipline. You can refer to the prospectus for undergraduate, postgraduate, Ph.D. programs and their fee structures and respective eligibility criteria.

NIRF

National Institutional Ranking Framework is a Government body of India that works on the methods adopted by the Ministry of Education to rank institutions of higher education. Its first issue came out in the year 2016. 

Almost all the universities covered in this article are put in compliance with the aforesaid ranking framework. Some universities are listed below according to the subject they are known for.

Top Universities in Medical Science

India is home to many top-notch universities in medical science. Have listed three of them for you over here. 

1. Christian Medical College, Vellore

Standing tall for 100 years, The Christian Medical College, Vellore is a high-quality health care center. Ranked as one of the top colleges in medical science, the structure has over 78 specific departments. 

The college charges a nominal fee for almost every course they offer. The details are provided in the college prospectus. Along with that the information about the faculty members, infrastructure, seats available is provided. 

To get directed to their Admission Page click here. For any further details, you can reach them at [email protected]

2. Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh

Postgraduate Institue of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh is one of the top institutes of medical science. It is considered of national importance. That’s how valuable this is. 

The fee structure ranges between 6,000 and 25,000 depending on the level of program you choose. Which is pretty nominal if compared to private universities. 

They offer courses and training in medical, paramedical, nursing, residency, and more. Or you can directly reach [email protected]

3. National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences

National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences is globally known for its research and training in mental health, neurosciences education. Located in Bangalore, this institution came into existence in the year 1847. 

Eligibility is based on a 10+2 PCB score and an entrance exam that is conducted by the institute. The fee structure is around 1.8 lakhs, which is affordable if compared to other institutes of this faculty. 

All the departments like neurology, clinical psychology are well designed and filled with relevant links on the website for newcomers’ ease. Also, you can easily reach them at [email protected]

Top Universities in Law

A career as a lawyer or judge is one of the most sought careers selections. India has a long list of universities that work to provide world-class education in law. 

1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore

Founded in 1986, the National Law School of India University, in Bangalore was the first law university our country had. Find the different courses they offer. 

The fee structure is approximately over 2 lakhs per year for the BA, LLB program. Different courses are subject to different fee structures that can be accessed here. The details like eligibility, admission related, courses, fee, and faculty are provided on the website.

2. National Law University

National Law University is based in New Delhi. Was established in 2008 and has already become one of the best universities for studying law. 

Affiliated with top centers in law research this university is offering different courses like BA.LLB, LLM. You can check their curriculum for BA.LLB(h) program, LLM. The fee structure is approximately 1.2lakhs and over. Which is pretty nominal. 

3. Symbiosis 

Symbiosis International University is one of the most sought-after universities for education in Law.

It has over 30 institutes across the country. It has been educating over 40,000 students every year since 1971.

With 8 faculties it is running with 43 institutions. Eligibility here is assessed by SET scores.

There are undergraduate, postgraduate programs being offered. The details about the course, fee structure, and others can be easily accessed. 

FAQ’s about Best Universities In India

Name the first law university that was set up in India.

The National Law School of India was the first-ever law university that was set up in India.

Name the top 3 universities in architecture.

As per NIRF Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, National Institute of Technology Calicut, and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur are the top 3 universities for architecture. 

Which is the best University in India in 2021?

In 2021 the University Of Delhi is ranked as the best university.

Which is the biggest University in India?

GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology is the biggest university in India.

Which is the Largest University of Asia?

Indira Gandhi National Open University is the biggest university in Asia.

Conclusion: Best and Top Indian Universities

The article is covering the top universities in India. The choice of university should be made keeping in mind the courses that are being offered. The affordability, the location. Most government-based universities have a placement cell for the top scorers.

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Disclaimer: The names of universities have been mentioned as per our knowledge and research. The reader is advised to do their own research before opting for any university.

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