Top 10 Universities in India in 2022

  • By Bhavya Thakkar
  • 12 July 2022
Top 10 Universities in India in 2022 | Sunstone Blog

With admissions season just around the corner, many aspiring applicants are looking for the best colleges to apply to. 

It's important to know all about the best universities to which they can apply. This is why the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) list of the top 10 universities in India can help applicants pick their best options. 

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore stands first on the list, followed by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), Jadavpur University, and Amrita Vishwa Vidhyapeetham.

Here's a list of the top universities in India in 2022, compared to their rankings in the previous two years - 

Universities (as ranked in 2022) 

Ranking in 2021

Ranking in 2020

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore

1

1

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)

2

2

Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI)

3

3

Jadavpur University

4

7

Amrita Vishwa Vidhyapeetham

5

4

Banaras Hindu University (BHU)

6

10

Manipal Academy of Higher Education

7

8

Calcutta University

8

5

University of Hyderabad

9

6

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)

10

17

In the following sections, we discuss the important details of each of the top 10 universities in India in 2022.  

1. Indian Institute of Science Bangalore

NIRF Score: 82.67 

State: Karnataka

City: Bangalore 

The IISc Bangalore has remained the no. 1 university in India on the NIRF's (National Institutional Ranking Framework) list of best universities in India for three years. 

This top ranking university in India offers some of the country's best technological and scientific education and research courses. 

The university offers courses across a range of divisions, including 

  • Chemical Sciences
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Electrical Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Research

2. Jawaharlal Nehru University 

NIRF Score: 68.47

State: Delhi

City: New Delhi

Jawaharlal Nehru University stands second among the top ten universities in India this year. 

It is a sought-after option for humanities students, with several departments named the centres of excellence. 

Here's a list of the several schools that offer postgraduate and undergraduate courses at JNU: 

  • Arts and Aesthetics
  • Biotechnology
  • Computational and Integrative Sciences
  • Computer and Systems Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • International Studies, Language
  • Literature and Culture Studies
  • Life Sciences, Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Physical Sciences
  • Sanskrit and Indic Studies 
  • Social Sciences

3. Jamia Millia Islamia

NIRF Score: 65.91

State: Delhi

City: New Delhi

Located in Delhi, Jamia Millia Islamia is a central university that the NAAC has been given an A accreditation. 

It offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs across 

  • Art History
  • Arabic
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering 
  • Economics
  • Foreign Languages
  • Hindi
  • Islamic Studies
  • Physics
  • Sanskrit
  • Sociology
  • Urdu
  • Architecture
  • Biosciences
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • English
  • Geography
  • History and Culture
  • Management
  • Political Science
  • Applied Science and Humanities
  • Biotechnology
  • Commerce
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

4. Jadavpur University

NIRF Score: 65.37

State: West Bengal

City: Kolkata

Jadavpur University in Kolkata is among the top universities in India and ranks fourth on the list. 

The university has campuses in Jadavpur as well as Salt Lake. It offers several courses in science, technology, engineering and arts. 

The departments at JU include:

  • Bengali
  • Comparative Literature
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Library Sciences Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Sanskrit
  • Sociology
  • Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Geography and Life Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

5. Amrita Vishwa Vidhyapeetham

NIRF Score: 63.40

State: Tamil Nadu

City: Coimbatore 

The Amrita Vishwa Vidhyapeetham in Coimbatore is fifth on the list, scoring 63.40. 

The university has six campuses across Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. 

It is considered among the best research institutions in India, offering courses across several disciplines, such as 

  • Allied Health Sciences
  • Arts and Science
  • Ayurveda
  • Biotechnology
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Nanosciences
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Social Work

6. Banaras Hindu University

NIRF Score: 63.20 

State: Uttar Pradesh

City: Varanasi

Banaras Hindu University ranks sixth on the list of top 10 private universities in India and offers several renowned humanities and science courses focused on research. 

One of the best universities in India, it has six advanced studies centres, ten special assistance programmes and several specialised research centres. 

It also boasts the largest residential campus among Asian universities.

7. Manipal Academy of Higher Education

NIRF Score: 62.84

State: Karnataka

City: Manipal

Manipal Academy, earlier called Manipal University, ranks seventh on the list of the top 10 universities in India. It is a deemed-to-be university with campuses in Mangalore, Bengaluru, Dubai and Malaysia.

The university offers medicine courses, with dental, nursing and medical courses on the Mangalore campus. 

The Bengaluru campus offers regenerative medicine courses. The Malaysia campus offers dentistry and medicine degrees. The Dubai campus, however, has architecture, management and engineering courses.

8. Calcutta University

NIRF Score: 62.23

State: West Bengal

City: Kolkata

Calcutta University is among the oldest universities on the list of top universities in India, offering a wide range of programmes. 

Here are the various departments and institutes at Calcutta University: 

  • Agricultural Science
  • Arts
  • Commerce
  • Social Welfare
  • Business Management
  • Education, Journalism
  • Library Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Fine Arts
  • Music
  • Home Sciences
  • Law
  • Science

9. University of Hyderabad

NIRF Score: 61.71

State: Telangana

City: Hyderabad 

Hyderabad University ranks ninth with 61.71 points. 

It offers undergraduate, postgraduate and research courses across 

  • Integrated Studies
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Arts & Communication
  • Humanities, Social Sciences
  • Economics, Life Sciences
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Medical Sciences
  • Management Studies
  • Engineering Sciences and Technology
  • Social Studies

10. Aligarh Muslim University

NIRF Score: 58.97

State: Uttar Pradesh

City: Aligarh

Sir Syed Ahmed Khan established AMU, an Indian University ranking tenth in the list, and its precursor was the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College. 

It offers courses across these departments:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Management
  • Arts
  • Engineering
  • Theology
  • Medicine
  • Commerce
  • Social Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Law
  • Unani Medicine
  • Science
  • International Relations

Conclusion

This was the list of top universities in India. Hope this makes it easier for you, as an aspiring applicant, to make decisions, apply to the appropriate university, and get admitted to one of the best universities in India. 

Ensure you apply on time and prepare well for admission tests or interviews. 

If you require help getting into one of the best private universities in India, you can study at Sunstone Education and avail yourself of our benefits from the top 50 universities in India

FAQs

  • How many top universities are there in India?

Typically, when top universities are listed, only the top ten universities in India are counted.

But when it comes to the total number of universities, there are 1047 universities in India as of June 2022. 

  • Which is the biggest university in India?

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is the largest in India in regard to the number of students enrolled. On the other hand, the GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology is the largest in campus size.

  • Which is the cheapest University in India?

Most government universities are cheaper than their private counterparts. However, the fee varies depending on each course.

  • Who is the number 1 university in India?

As per the NIRF ranking 2022, IISc Bangalore is the no. 1 and amongst the best universities in India.

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