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IIT Roorkee displaces IIT Kharagpur as top architecture school in India

In a major surprise IIT Roorkee has secured the first rank in Architecture sector in National Institutional Ranking Framework, 2021 announced yesterday by the Union Education Minister, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan. Incidentally, last year’s topper, IIT Kharagpur has been pushed to the third spot. National Institute of Technology Calicut has taken the second position.

Top 10 Architecture Schools in India

Indian Institute of Technology RoorkeeUttarakhand82.651
National Institute of Technology CalicutKerala76.502
Indian Institute of Technology KharagpurWest Bengal76.143
School of Planning and Architecture, New DelhiDelhi70.124
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology UniversityGujarat66.775
School of Planning and Architecture, BhopalMadhya Pradesh65.586
National Institute of Technology TiruchirappalliKerala65.147
School of Planning and Architecture, VijayawadaAndhra Pradesh64.278
Indian Institute of Engineering Science and TechnologyWest Bengal61.769
Jamia Millia IslamiaDelhi57.2310


This is the sixth consecutive edition of India Rankings of HEIs in India. During its maiden year in 2016, rankings were announced for University category as well as for three domain-specific rankings, namely Engineering, Management and Pharmacy institutions. Over the period of six years, three new categories and five new subject domains were added to bring the total tally to 4 four categories, namely Overall, University, College and Research Institutions and 7 subjects, namely Engineering, Management, Pharmacy, Architecture, Medical, Law and Dental in 2021. Research institutions have been ranked for the first time in India Rankings 2021.

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), launched in November 2015 by the Ministry of Education, was used for this edition as well as for the past five editions of India Rankings released for the years 2016 to 2021.

Each of these five parameters have 2 to 5 sub-parameters. A total number of 16 – 18 sub-parameters are used for ranking of HEIs in different categories and subject domains. Ranks are assigned based on total sum of marks assigned for each of these five broad groups of parameters. In addition to parameters used for Overall category, the following two additional sub-parameters were included in methodology developed afresh for ranking institutions under “Research Institutions”: i) Research Papers published in journals covered in the First Quartile of Journal Citation Report (JCRQ1); and ii) H Index.

Besides, sourcing data on various parameters from applicant institutions, third party sources of data have also been used, wherever possible. Scopus (Elsevier Science) and Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) were used for retrieving publications and citations data. Derwent Innovation was used for retrieving data on patents. Data retrieved from these sources was shared with the institutions for transparency with a provision to give their inputs.

A total number of 4030 unique institutions offered themselves for ranking under “Overall”, category-specific and / or domain-specific rankings for India Rankings 2021. In all, 6272 applications for ranking were made by these 4030 unique applicant institutions under various categories / domains including1657 in Overall Category, 1143in Engineering, 659in Management, 351 in Pharmacy, 120in Law, 111in Medical, 78in Architecture and 1802in General Degree Colleges. A noticeable increase in institutional participation in the rankings exercise this year indicates its recognition amongst institutions of higher education in India as a fair and transparent ranking exercise. Number of unique applicants to India Rankings have increased from 2426 in 2016 to 4030 in 2021 whereas total number of applications for ranking in various categories have increased from 3565 in 2016, to 6272 in 2021i.e. total increase of 1604(66% increase) in unique institutions and 2707(76% increase) in total applicants.

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