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HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal releases 5th edition of NIRF Rankings 2020; IIT Madras tops the list of ‘overall category’

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IIT Madras, IISc Bangalore and IIT Delhi emerge as top three institutionsOn June 11, 2020, The Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has virtually released 5th edition of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2020.The ranking was to be announced in April 2020 but was postponed due to to coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis and lockdown.


A total of 3771 unique institutions participated themselves in this ranking & 5805 applications for ranking were made by these institutes.

NIRF Rankings 2020:   

The rankings are being announced for India’s best universities and institutions in 10 categories namely- Overall, Universities, Engineering, Colleges, Management, Pharmacy, Medical, Dental Architecture, and Law.‘Dental’ category has been included for the first time this year.Earlier there were only 9 categories.

i.In the same way last year (i.e 2019), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras (Tamil Nadu) has topped the list of ‘overall ranking’ category with a score of 85.31 followed by Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru (2nd with a score of 84.18) and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (3rd with a score of 81.33).

ii. IISc Bangalore has been declared as the top Indian university followed by Jawaharlal Nehru University and Banaras Hindu University.

iii.Minister of State for HRD,Shri Sanjay Dhotre. Additional Secretary (Higher Education),ShriRakeshRanjan, MHRD;Chairman UGC,Prof. D. P. Singh; Chairman, AICTE Anil Sahasrabudhe; Chairman NBA, Prof. K.K. Aggarwal;Member Secretary NBA,Dr. Anil Kumar Nassa, and representatives of Higher Education Institutions witnessed the release through video conferencing.

List of top 3 India Rankings 2020 is as follows:


Rank No. Name of Institute Score
1 Indian Institute of Technology Madras 85.31
2 Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru 84.18
3 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi 81.33


1 Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru 84.18
2 Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 70.16
3 Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 63.15


1 Indian Institute of Technology Madras 89.93
2 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi 88.08
3 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay 85.08


1 Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad 82.75
2 Indian Institute of Management Bangalore 81.32
3 Indian Institute of Management Calcutta 80.39


1 Miranda House, Delhi 77.23
2 Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi 72.08
3 Hindu College, Delhi 70.44


1 JamiaHamdard, New Delhi 80.50
2 Panjab University, Chandigarh 79.80
3 National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Mohali 74.73


1 All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi 90.69
2 Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 80.06
3 Christian Medical College, Vellore 73.56


1 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur 80.46
2 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee 79.75
3 National Institute of Technology Calicut 69.24


1 National Law School of India University, Bengaluru 78.66
2 National Law University, New Delhi 74.02
3 Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad 73.12


1 Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, Delhi 82.51
2 Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Udupi 78.17
3 Dr. D. Y. PatilVidyapeeth, Pune 76.37

About NIRF Ranking:

  • This ranking is released every year since September 2015 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India (GoI).
  • The NIRF rankings are awarded to institutions based on 5 Categories viz.Teaching, Learning, and Resources (TLR), Research and Professional Practices (RP), Graduation Outcomes (GO), Outreach and Inclusivity (OI) and Perception (PR) with the aim to help guide to students looking for higher educational institutions in India.


NIRF has created an institution for ranking universities, engineering, management and pharmacy institutes of the country. Earlier there was no government organization for ranking as only private institutions used to issue ranking, which raised various questions. But now government and private institutions are ranked by the government on the basis of different standards.

About Ministry of Human Resource Development:

Headquarters– New Delhi
Minister of State– Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre