Top 5 Universities in India

For those students who want to enroll to their college education or in masters we have created this list of Top 5 universities in India. This list is also useful for general knowledge. The education sector of India is booming, and after the initiative of “Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan” more and more students are enrolling to colleges and universities for higher education.

It’s not fair to compare Indian universities in Global benchmark as quality of education in India is still not upto the global standard. Except one or two IIT’s no other Indian university is in the TOP 100 universities in the world. Due to that we have excluded IIT’s from our list as those are considered as island’s in Indian education system.

While preparing this Top Five Indian Universities list we have taken several factors in consideration such as quality of education, research facilities and scope, no. of patents registered, infrastructure, quality of faculty, reputation, global exposure, job opportunities etc.

Top 5 universities in India

In the year 2005 UPA Govt. appointed National Knowledge Commission in 2005, Chairperson Sam Pitroda recommended several changes in higher education. Effect of that we can see in current status of Top 5 Indian Universities. So let’s begin the countdown of Top Indian Universities.

5. University of Mumbai, Mumbai

Top 5 Universities in India : University of Mumbai
Top 5 Universities in India : University of Mumbai

University of Mumbai (Mumbai University) is one of the oldest and premier university of India. After being founded in 1857, it has faced several ups and downs. University of Mumbai was always under state control (after independence), and it’s chancellor is Governor of Maharashtra.
Previously UoM used to follow percentage grading system, after academic year 2011-12 it has introduced 7 point grading system for Science, Arts and Commerce subjects.
Several world famous personalities in different fields got their education from Mumbai University some of them worth mentionable are B.R. Ambedkar, L.K Advani, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Zakir Naik, Vidya Balan, John Abraham, Madhuri Dixit and several others.
In the year 2012 Business Insider ranked UoM 42nd among Top 50 Engineering Schools in India. Along with that UoM got ranked in several other lists in Indian, Asian and World perspective. For more info visit

4. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

Top 5 Universities in India : Banaras Hindu University
Top 5 Universities in India : Banaras Hindu University

Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is a central university located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Main campus of this university is spread across 1250 acres of land. BHU is also one of the largest residential university in the world with 20,000 students(Largest in Asia).
Banaras Hindu University has more than 14 streams and 140 departments. This university tops in teaching many subjects such as agriculture, law, medical science, journalism & mass communication etc. Recently in 2012 Engineering wing of BHU got IIT status and it’s now called IIT (BHU). BHU is an autonomous body hence it gets it’s own budget allocation from central Govt.

The research facilities of BHU is among the best in India, and several external bodies such as DBT, DST, ICAR and ISRO funds this institute for research. Students from countries all over the world takes admission to BHU for their study. Some of it’s notable alumni are Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Moti Lal Dhar, Ashok Agarwal etc. Official website of BHU

3. University of Calcutta, Kolkata

Top 5 Universities in India : University of Calcutta
Top 5 Universities in India : University of Calcutta

University of Calcutta also known as Kolkata University (Bengali : কলকাতা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়). Like University of Mumbai, University of Calcutta also established in the same year 1957. At that time this was the only secular western style university. Due to its glorious past, present and future University of Calcutta is 3rd among Top 5 universities in India.

Now a day University of Calcutta is treated as Five star university. UGC and NAAC recognized this as centre with potential excellence. NET clearance rate of Calcutta university student is highest among all state universities. Visit official website of CU

2. University of Delhi, New Delhi

Top 5 Universities in India : University of Delhi
Top 5 Universities in India : University of Delhi

University of Delhi also known as Delhi University (Hindi दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय), is one of the premier public central university in India. It was established in 1922 wholly by central Govt. Vice-president of India is the Chancellor of this university and pro-chancellor is the chief justice of Supreme Court.
Delhi University offers courses at UG and PG level in various subjects. Amitabh Bachchan, Mira Nair, Aung San Suu Kyi, Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, Kapil Sibal, Arnab Goswami are among the notable persons who attended Delhi University. Visit Delhi University website for more info

1. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New delhi

Top 5 Universities in India : Jawaharlal Nehru University
Top 5 Universities in India : Jawaharlal Nehru University

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) ranks first among Top 5 universities in India. This university was founded in the year 1969. Main objective of this university was to create a premier institute for research and development, and due to that JNU always gets a healthy funding from the Central Govt. In the year 2012 JNU received an additional funding of 250 Crores to furnish it’s infrastructure.

In the year 2012 NAAC awarded grade of 3.9/4, this is the highest grade ever awarded to an Indian university. Visit JNU website

Indian Universities are still going through the process of changing it’s system. And in near future we expect that the overall quality of education and global exposure will increase. We are also sure that some other State Govt. and Union Govt. sponsored universities will fight for the Top 5 spots. So until then work hard and keep furnishing your knowledge to get admitted in these Top 5 universities in India.


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