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Top 100 Engineering Colleges in India by Major Engineering College Rankings!

According to a report by the Times of India, engineering is the most favoured discipline in Indian students. According to the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), there are 3,393 engineering colleges in India with a capacity of 14.85 lakh seats across 36 courses!

Indian engineering colleges offer courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and can be primary classified as government colleges and universities and private-run engineering colleges.

Top 100 Engineering colleges in IndiaSome of these colleges are located in metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai but several others are based in Tier II and Tier III cities too – like Roorkee, Guwahati, Pilani, Kharagpur, Allahabad, Vellore and Kanpur. Interestingly, there are 35% engineering colleges in the North and 65% in the South.

Naturally, this leads to confusion in students about which engineering college to choose to pursue the course of their choice.

The original 7 IITs continue to be among the premier engineering institutions in India for offering high-quality technical education and having world-class infrastructure. They can often be seen ranked among the Top 10 Engineering Colleges in India in all the major rankings.

But there are other colleges too that have build up a blazing portfolio over the years. IIT BHU is one of the oldest universities offering engineering courses in India while the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS), Pilani is often crowned as one of the best private engineering colleges India has.

Time and again, allegations have been made that most college rankings have loopholes and that engineering colleges buy their place in these rankings to be in the ‘Top’ lists. Hence, one should take a look at all the recent major Engineering College Rankings in India, understand the ranking methodology and then taken an informed decision while seeking admission in a certain engineering college. These include:

  • DQ-CMR Top T-Schools Survey 2012 by Dataquest
  • India’s Best Engineering Colleges 2013 by India Today
  • Top Engineering Colleges of 2013 by Outlook India
  • The Week-Hansa Research Survey – Engineering Colleges 2013 by The Week

Top 20 Engineering Colleges in India

Top 20 Engineering Colleges in India 2013 according to India Today are:

  1. IIT Delhi
  2. IIT Kanpur
  3. IIT Kharagpur
  4. IIT Chennai
  5. IIT Roorkee
  6. BITS Pilani
  7. IIT BHU
  8. VIT Vellore
  9. DTU Delhi
  10. IIT Guwahati
  11. PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore
  12. SRM Engineering College, Kanchipuram
  13. NIT Trichy
  14. NIT Surathkal
  15. College of Engineering, Pune
  16. MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore
  17. NSIT Delhi
  18. Thapar University, Patiala
  19. NIT Calicut
  20. VJTI Mumbai 

India Today Ranking Methodology:

Step 1: Short-listing Colleges

The Nielsen Company drew a comprehensive list of over 1,500 eligible colleges in 11 disciplines. Engineering colleges from that list across India were shortlisted for Engineering College rankings.

Step 2: National Perceptual Ranking

Academic experts, Deans and Principals across India were given a structured questionnaire for each college. They had to distribute 100 points to the college across five parameters:

  • Infrastructure,
  • Job Prospects of Graduating Students,
  • Quality of their Academic Input,
  • Reputation of Colleges, and
  • Student Care.

To avoid any biases, experts were asked not to rate their own colleges.

These results were then used to determine the Overall Perceptual Score of each college.

Step 3: Factual Ranking

Top 25 Engineering Colleges based on the perceptual scores were contacted for the factual data. Each college was asked to fill up a questionnaire where they had to state their achievements in each of the above-mentioned parameters and provide evidences to support it.

Colleges that refused to provide this data were not included in the final rankings.

Step 4: Final Overall Rankings

Final Rankings were calculated by giving a 50:50 weightage to Factual Scores and Perceptual Scores of a college.
Top 50 Engineering Colleges in India

Top 50 Engineering Colleges in India 2013 by Outlook India

  1. IIT Kharagpur
  2. IIT Delhi
  3. IIT Mumbai
  4. IIT Kanpur
  5. IIT Chennai
  6. IIT Roorkee
  7. IIT-BHU Varanasi
  8. BITS Pilani
  9. DTU Delhi
  10. NIT Trichy
  11. ISMU Dhanbad
  12. College of Engineering, Anna University Guindy
  13. BIT Mesra
  14. NIT Surathkal
  15. NIT Warangal
  16. IIIT Hyderabad
  17. NSIT Delhi
  18. IIIT Allahabad
  19. PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore
  20. JNTUH College of Engineering, Hyderabad
  21. Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal
  22. NIT Hamirpur
  23. PEC University of Technology, Punjab University, Chandigarh
  24. College of Engineering, Pune
  25. BIT Sindri
  26. Harcourt Butler Technology Institute, Kanpur
  27. Thapar University, Patiala
  28. Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
  29. ABV-IIIT, Gwalior
  30. Institute of Technology, Nirma University, Ahmedabad
  31. University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Chandigarh
  32. PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore
  33. National Institute of Engineering, Mysore
  34. VJTI Mumbai
  35. Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai
  36. RVCE, Bangalore
  37. University College of Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad
  38. SSN College of Engineering, Chennai
  39. SGSITS, Indore
  40. Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi
  41. Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana
  42. PES College of Engineering, Mandya
  43. Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
  44. Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai
  45. DJ Sanghvi College of Engineering, Mumbai
  46. Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore
  47. Government Model Engineering College, Kochi
  48. Government College of Engineering, Amravati
  49. MIT College of Engineering, Pune
  50. BMS Institute of Technology, Bangalore
  • Only institutions offering BE or B.Tech courses with have been taken into consideration by Outlook for rankings.
  • Ranking was done only for the institutions that provided the objective data on time. Hence, some important institutes like IIT Guwahati have not been ranked here.
  • ABV-IIIT or ABV International Institute of Information and Technology offers five-year Integrated Courses only.

Outlook India Ranking Methodology:

Step 1: Short-listing Colleges

Extensive secondary research was done to select the Master List of Colleges. Institutes were included in the list only if they had:

  • Government accreditation or affiliation, and
  • At least three passed-out batches by 2011.

Step 2: Key Parameters and Sub-Parameters in Questionnaire

A detailed questionnaire was sent to the colleges and also put up on Outlook and MDRA websites. It measured colleges on five key parameters and sub-parameters, which were decided with the help of a panel of experienced experts in 2010. The weightages to all the parameters were also determined at the time.

Overall, an Institute can score a maximum of 1,000 points, which are distributed as:

  • Selection Process carries 227.3 points,
  • Academic Excellence carries 213.6 points,
  • Infrastructure & Facilities carries 206.4 points,
  • Personality Development & Industry Exposure carries 172.7 points, and
  • Placements carry 180 points.

Sub-parameters have been defined as follows:

Selection Process

  • Type of Entrance Exam carries 59.7 points,
  • Number of Applications to Selected Ratio carries 50 points,
  • Fee Structure carries 59.8 points, and
  • Age or Establishment of the Institute carries 57.8 points.
    • Student-Faculty Ratio carries 30.6 points,
    • Quality of Permanent Faculty carries 69.1 points,
    • Low Attrition Rate of Faculty carries 18.3 points,
    • Number of Patents held by the Institute carries 21 points,
    • Faculty Exchange Programmes carry 19.5 points,
    • Research and Consulting Opportunities for Faculty carry 11.7 points,
    • Publication of Research papers and Books by Faculty carry 21.7 points,
    • Postgraduate and PhD Programmes carry 10 points, and
    • Salaries of Professors carry 11.7 points.
    • Physical Infrastructure carries 38.5 points,
    • Laboratories carry 38.5 points,
    • Knowledge Facilities for Faculty and Students carry 40.2 points,
    • Residential Facilities for Faculty and Students carry 31 points,
    • Sports Facilities carry 27.2 points, and
    • Industry-sponsored Laboratories carry 31 points.
    • Co-curricular Activities carry 29.2 points,
    • Student Exchange Programme carries 38.3 points,
    • Industry Interaction carries 38.3 points,
    • Number and Type of Live Projects carry 40.2 points, and
    • Entrepreneurship Programmes carry 26.7 points.
  • Percentage Placed carries 61.6 points,
  • Number of Recruiters carries 37.3 points,
  • Salary offered in Campus Placement carries 50.9 points, and
  • Return on Investment carries 30.2 points.

Academic Excellence

Infrastructure & Facilities

Personality Development & Industry Exposure


Step 3: Perceptual Survey

A separate perceptual survey was conducted among students, faculty, recruiters and professionals in:

  • Ahmedabad,
  • Bengaluru,
  • Bhubaneswar,
  • Chennai,
  • Delhi,
  • Hyderabad,
  • Kolkata,
  • Kota,
  • Lucknow,
  • Mumbai,
  • Patna, and
  • Pune.

Field researchers conducted questionnaire-based interviews with 300 senior faculty members, 337 final-year students from different engineering streams and 254 recruiters and professionals.

Step 4: Final Overall Rankings

Final Rankings were calculated by giving equal weightage to the Perceptual Scores and Objective Scores for each college.

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