IIT Bombay shines as IITs leap in latest world university rankings

London, 6 June 2018: Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have begun to make consistent progress on the global stage, according to the latest release of the world’s most-consulted international university rankings.

The fifteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings, released today by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, sees six of India’s eight ranked IITs/IISCs improve their rank, with two remaining stable year-on-year.


IIT Bombay has been crowned as the Best University in India in the latest QS World University Rankings.  IIT Bombay  stands at 162nd spot globally, up 17 places, usurps IIT Delhi (stable in 172nd position).

Globally, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, remains the world-leader for a record-breaking seventh consecutive year. QS now rank the world’s top 1000 universities, which hail from 85 different countries, and their flagship website, www.TopUniversities.com is due to be visited over 65 million times this year.

The positive performance recorded by India’s most prominent institutions is symptomatic of a successful year for the country’s higher education system. 24 universities feature from India. 7 improve their rank, 9 remain stable, 5 are newly-ranked – and only three see their position drop.

IIT Delhi is relegated to 3rd in the country. It is also overtaken by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, which rises 20 places to 170th after two consecutive years of drops.

Indian improvements can be primarily attributed to improvements in QS’s reputational indicators, which account for the insights of 83,000 academics and 42,000 employers. 17 of India’s 24 ranked universities improve their rank for Academic Reputation, while 13 improve their rank for Employer Reputation.

IISc Bangalore can boast the world’s second-highest research impact per faculty member. It improves by four ranks in QS’s Citations per Faculty indicator, which measures this aspect of university performance.

In fact, research impact per faculty member is a strength of India’s Institutes of Technology. Four other IITs receive top-100 scores for Citations per Faculty. These are Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (89.5/100), Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (84.0/100), Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (76.8/100), and Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (75.6/100).

However, most of India’s other universities are struggling to improve their research impact, relative to global competitors: 12 see their rank for Citations per Faculty drop, while only 7 improve.

India’s universities are also struggling to internationalize in an increasingly-competitive international education market. 16 of 24 see their International Student Ratio rank drop year-on-year.

Top Universities in India as per QS World University Rankings 2019

2019 2018 Institution Name
  162   179= Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
  170   190 Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore
  172=   172 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
  264=   264= Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
  283=   293= Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
  295=   308= Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP)
  381= 431-440 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
  472= 501-550 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
  487 481-490 University of Delhi
591-600 601-650 University of Hyderabad
601-650 601-650 Jadavpur University
751-800 651-700 Anna University
751-800 Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
751-800 701-750 Manipal University
  801-1000   801-1000 Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh
  801-1000 Amity University
  801-1000 Amrita University
  801-1000   801-1000 Banaras Hindu University
  801-1000   801-1000 Birla Institute of Technology and Science
  801-1000   801-1000 Savitribai Phule Pune University
  801-1000 Thapar University
  801-1000 751-800 University of Calcutta
  801-1000   801-1000 University of Mumbai
  801-1000 Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)
Source:  https://www.topuniversities.com/.

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