General information on ranking

Name of the ranking (in English) National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)
Name of the ranking (in original) National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)
Scope of the ranking general ranking, ranking by subject
Website of the ranking
First year of publication 2016
Most recent year of publication 2022
Date of last update 2023-05-07
Publication frequency annual
Ranking organization Ministry of Education in India
Methodology website

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) was approved by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) and launched in 2015. This framework outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country. The methodology draws from the overall recommendations broad understanding arrived at by a Core Committee set up by MHRD, to identify the broad parameters for ranking various universities and institutions. With regards to ranking indicators, five areas are considered, with 100 marks each. However, the methodology differs slightly between the categories with regards to indicators and/or weights assigned to them. For each ranking category the separate document describing its methodology is published on the ranking website.

The methodology for overall classification includes 16 indicators grouped in five criteria:

Teaching, Learning & Resources – Ranking weight: 0.30, Marks: 100

  • Student Strength including Doctoral Students – 20 marks
  • Faculty-student ratio with emphasis on permanent faculty – 25 marks
  • Combined metric for Faculty with PhD (or equivalent) and Experience – 20 marks 
  • Financial Resources and their Utilisation – 20 marks
  • Online Education: Online Completion of Syllabus & Exams and Swayam – 15 marks 


Research and Professional Practice – Ranking weight: 0.30, Marks 100 

  • Combined metric for Publications – 35 marks
  • Combined metric for Quality of Publications – 35 marks
  • IPR and Patents: Published and Granted – 15 marks
  • Footprint of Projects and Professional Practice – 15 marks 


Graduation Outcomes – Ranking weight: 0.20, Marks 100 

  • Metric for University Examinations – 60 marks
  • Metric for Number of Ph.D. Students Graduated – 40 marks 


Outreach and Inclusivity – Ranking weight: 0.10, Marks 100 

  • Percentage of Students from Other States/Countries (Region Diversity) – 30 marks
  • Percentage of Women – 30 marks
  • Economically and Socially Challenged Students – 20 marks 
  • Facilities for Physically Challenged Students – 20 marks 


Peer Perception – Ranking weight: 0.10, Marks 100 

  • Peer Perception: Academic Peers and Employers – 100 marks 


Apart from the overall ranking NIRF Ranking considers also other ranking lists including top institutions in the following Categories and Subject Domains:

  • University Ranking
  • Engineering Ranking
  • Management Ranking
  • Pharmacy Ranking
  • Medical Ranking
  • Law Ranking 
  • Architecture Ranking
  • Dental Ranking
  • Research Ranking (published in 2021 for the first time). 

Additional information

  • Main target groups: students and parents, higher education institutions
  • Level of comparison: institutional: between 30 and 300 (depending on the ranking); subjects: 7
  • Major dimensions covered: reputation, research, teaching, outreach and inclusivity
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