NIRF India Ranking 2018

The  National Institutional Ranking Framework was first evolved during 2014-15 by a 16 member Core Committee under the chairmanship of Secretary, appointed by the Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India. Keeping the vast landscape of higher education in mind, the NIRF devised separate rankings for different streams and categories. This led to the rankings of management, engineering, pharmacy, architecture as well as general colleges and universities. From 2017, an overall ranking was also introduced. Only institutes having more than 1000 students enrolled were considered for overall ranking.

Parameters for Ranking

The final framework was based on 15-18 parameters clubbed in 5 major groups. These parameters are similar to the ones which are glolbally accepted. The parameters which were originally identified in 2016 and then used in 2017, have been retained in 2018 as well. Minor changes have been made based on the feedback from the heads.

Changes Introduced in Rankings in 2018

  • Attempt to link AISHE database with the ranking effort
  • Public perception no longer followed
  • Perception from academic and industrial peers made more boradbased
  • Data on patents applied and earnings from patents discontinued
  • Score computation is now similar across categories
  • Weightage of some specific parameters like weight for research in general degree colleges have been cut down
  • Indian Citation Index discontiued

The parameters are:

Teaching and Learning Resourses (TLR)

  • Student Strength including Doctoral Students
  • Faculty Student Ratio
  • Combined Metric for Faculty with PhD and Experience
  • Financial Resources and their Utilisation

Research and Professional Practice (RPC)

  • Combined Metric for Publications
  • Combined Metric for Quality of Publications
  • IPR and Patents: Published and Granted 
  • Footprints of Projects and Professional Practice

Graduation Outcome

  • Combined Metric for Placement and Higehr Studies
  • Metric for University Examinations
  • Median Salary
  • Metric for Number of PhD Students Graduated

Outreach and Inclusive

  • Percentage of Students fron Other States and Countries
  • Percentage of Women
  • Economically and Socially Challenged Students
  • Facilities for Physicaly Challenged Students


  • Peer Perception: Employers
  • Peer Perception: Academic Peers

Ranking Methodology

Sept 2017 - Finalizing framework for India Rankings 2018

Sept-Oct 2017- Pre-registration and Registration

Oct-Dec 2017 - Data Capturing System and hosting of content on websites of institutions

February 2018 - Publication Data Integration

14th-26th February 2018 - Comments on Data from Stakeholders and Public for Data Validation

Jan-March 2018 - Data Correction based on feedback if any

February- March 2018 - Data Analysis and peer perception survey

3rd April 2018 - Announcement of Rank for 2018

Ranking of Various Streams of Indian Colleges 

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