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NIRF Ranking 2023

NIRF Ranking 2023


  • The NIRF is a methodology to rank institutions across the country based on various parameters.
  • NIRF was approved by the Ministry of Education (Erstwhile Ministry of Human Resource Development) and launched on 29th September 2015.
  • It is the first-ever effort by the government to rank Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the country.
  • Parameters for NIRF Ranking: The weightage for each parameter varies depending on the category of the institution.


  • Areas of Ranking: The ranking exercise for the year 2023 continues with the practice of providing a common “Overall” rank in addition to a separate rank for Universities, Research Institutions, Degree Colleges, and discipline-specific ranks in Engineering, Management, Pharmacy, Law, Medical, Dental and Architecture & Planning.
  • Three Distinct Additions of the 2023 Edition of India Rankings:
    • Introduction of a new subject, namely Agriculture & Allied Sectors
    • Expansion of scope of “Architecture” to “Architecture and Planning” to include institutions imparting courses in Urban and Town Planning.
    • Integration of the “Innovation” ranking previously executed by the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) into the India Rankings to reduce the burden on institutions of providing similar data to two different agencies.
  • Participants: While the total number of Higher Educational Institutes that participated in the ranking exercise in various categories and subject domains have increased from 3565 in 2016 to 8686 in 2023, the number of categories and subject domains have increased from 4 in 2016 to 13 in 2023.

Current News:

  • The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Ranking 2023 was announced recently, showcasing the excellence and achievements of various educational institutions in India.
  • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, secured the top spot in the overall ranking for the fifth consecutive year. At the same time, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, was ranked as the best university.


  • Quality Enhancement: NIRF rankings have incentivised universities and colleges to improve the quality of education and infrastructure. Institutions strive to excel in various parameters evaluated by NIRF, such as teaching, research, graduation outcomes, and perception. This has led to a positive impact on the overall quality of education being provided by institutions across the country.
  • Increased Competition: NIRF rankings have intensified the competition among higher education institutions. Institutions aim to improve their rankings by enhancing their academic programs, research output, faculty quality, and student experience. This competition encourages institutions to constantly innovate and raise their standards to stay ahead in the rankings.
  • Reputation and Branding: Higher rankings in NIRF contribute to an institution’s reputation and brand value. A higher ranking enhances an institution’s visibility and credibility, attracting more students, faculty, and research collaborations. 

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