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National Institute Ranking Framework:

GS Paper 2

Topics Covered: Issues related to education.



The Education Ministry recently launched the sixth edition of the NIRF.

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Highlights of the sixth edition:

  1. IIT-Madras, IISc-Bangalore, and IIT-Bombay have emerged as the country’s top three higher education institutions.
  2. Under the best college category, Miranda House has again topped the list this year.
  3. In the university category, IISc Bengaluru was the best-ranked varsity.


What is NIRF?

  • It is the first-ever effort by the government to rank higher education institutions (HEIs) in the country.
  • Launched in 2015.
  • Participation in the NIRF was voluntary in the initial years; it was made compulsory for all government-run educational institutions in 2018.
  • This year, roughly 6,000 institutions have participated in NIRF — about twice the number in 2016.


How are they ranked?

  1. In order to be ranked, all education institutions are assessed on five parameters: teaching, learning and resources, research and professional practices, graduation outcomes, outreach and inclusivity, and perception.
  2. NIRF lists out best institutions across 11 categories – overall national ranking, universities, engineering, college, medical, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, dental and research.


Insta Curious:

Did you know that the idea of NIRF has its roots in the global rankings? The union government and government-run HEIs were quite upset about their standing in QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Ranking. Know more about these reports here and here.



Prelims Link:

  1. What is NIRF?
  2. Parameters used for ranking.
  3. Top institutions in various categories.
  4. Performance of various institutions this year vs last year.
  5. What is Institutions of eminence scheme?
  6. Institutions in Top 200 list of QS World University Rankings.

Mains Link:

Discuss the significance of Institutions of Eminence scheme.

Sources: Indian Express.