Top Universities in India in Arts, Science and Commerce Streams

By Super

India Today partnered with the Nielsen Company and conducted the fourth consecutive survey to determine the top universities in India in the Arts, science and commerce streams.

In order to determine the ranks, a formula based on a perception score (from a structured interview conducted among academic experts) and an objective score (factual data furnished by universities) was evolved.

 Top Varsities in Arts, Science& Commerc


The research was conducted to draw up a list of 170 universities eligible for the survey. Only those universities were considered which offer at least two postgraduate courses in arts, science and commerce. The list was drawn up using published reports, expert recommendations and the Association of Indian Universities handbook.

The parameters for which each universities is judged were then drawn drawn up after consultation with academics and experts from across India. The parameters include university reputation, quality of academic input, faculty, research strengths, student care, infrastructure, innovation, admission procedure, placement record. This year, along with all these the colleges are also judges based on the security arrangements made for students and global exposure.

From February to May 2013, 347 experts (deans, registrars, heads of departments and professors) from different streams across India were shown the list of 170 universities and were asked to rate them on the identified parameters. Each parameter was assigned a weight based on the average importance given by the experts. Hence the most important parameter got the maximum weight and the least, the minimum.

The top 5 colleges across 4 regions are listed as following:

1. Northern Universities

Rank No.University Name
1Delhi University, New Delhi
3Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
4Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
8Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
9Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi

2. Southern Universities

Rank No.University Name
6University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
7Osmania University, Hyderabad
10Pondicherry University, Puducherry
11University of Mysore, Mysore
12Andhra University, Hyderabad

3. Eastern Universities

Rank No.University Name
2University of Calcutta, Kolkata
14Visva Bharati, Santiniketan
27Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar
34Gauhati University, Guwahati
36Burudwan University, Bardhaman

4. Western Universities

Rank No.University Name
5University of Mumbai, Mumbai
20Goa University, Panaji
24SNDT Women's University, Mumbai
28Gujarat University, Ahmedabad
35Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune

To drive the overall score for the universities, a weightage of 50% was applied to the overall perceptual score and 50% to overall factual scores. After assigning these weights, the overall score was indexed to 100. Thus the methodology of ranking, based on both perception and factual data, provides a comprehensive picture of each university rated.

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