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New Delhi: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras is the best educational institute in the country, as per the National Institutional Ranking Framework Rankings (NIRF) India Rankings 2020 of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru took the second spot while IIT Delhi was in the third position in this year’s NIRF India Rankings.

In 2019, IIT Madras had topped the overall rankings list followed by Indian Institute of Science (Bengaluru) in the second position and IIT Delhi in the third place.

Odisha’s NIT Rourkela (32), SoA University (38), KIIT University (44) and IIT Bhubaneswar(57) have scored ranks in the best 100.

This year, a total of 5,805 applications have come in for participation in the process of the rankings.

Here is a list of institutes that topped the list in NIRF Rankings 2020:

Overall ranking:

IIT Madras

IISc Bengaluru

IIT Delhi

Best university:

IISc Bengaluru

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi


IIT Madras

IIT Delhi

IIT Bombay


Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

IIM Bangalore

IIM Calcutta


Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi

Punjab University, Chandigarh

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali


Miranda House, New Delhi

Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi

Hindu College, New Delhi


National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore

National Law University, New Delhi

National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad

Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank released the latest rankings over a live broadcast on social media. He said that all the 1,000 plus universities and 45,000 plus colleges across India must be encouraged to take part in the rankings.

Initiated by MHRD, the framework uses several parameters for its ranking like Teaching, Learning, and Resources (TLR), Research and Professional Practices (RP), Graduation Outcomes (GO), Outreach and Inclusivity (OI) and Perception (PR). Institutions across the country are divided in nine different categories.

There is a proposal to link the funding of institutes across India to their NIRF Rankings.

These rankings were launched in September 2015 and till now the list has been published in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. These rankings are expected to act as a guide to students looking for  higher educational institutions in India.