Study in India: Know all about best universities
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Top universities in India: The idea of studying in India can seem daunting to many at first but it will offer you a chance to reside and study in one of the most exciting countries in the world. India enjoys this reputation for its quality education and an increasingly influential economy. It is no surprise then that the country has undergone rapid expansion in recent years, boasting one of the largest higher education systems across the globe. The country enjoys a respectable 24th rank in the world, in the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings and boasts of some of the top universities in India for domestic as well as international students including IITs, AIIMS and IISc, to name a few.

Top universities in India

Source- QS World University Rankings

 

Here we bring you a brief description of each of these top universities along with information like application timeline and the application process.

 

Indian Institute of Science, BangaloreIndian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Founded in 1909, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc), boasts of 40 departments, including Earth Sciences, Nano Science and Engineering, Organic Chemistry and Aerospace Engineering, to name a few. The institute was one of the first to introduce integrated PhD programme for science graduates. For foreign nationals- GRE score is optional. No wonder then that it ranks 1st in the list of top universities in India, 6th in the QS BRICS ranking and 152 in the QS world university rankings.

 

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Postgraduate

1st Week of February

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Postgraduate

Online application

Exams accepted:

GRE (optional)

*Certain departments have different entry requirements, so the candidate is requested to get in touch with their perspective departments to get a clear picture.

 

Indian Institute of Technology, BombayIndian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Located in one of the most popular and biggest cities in India, Mumbai, IIT Bombay is one of the 23 IITs spread across the country and also one of the top universities in India.   Established in 1958, the institute comprises 14 departments spread across Mathematics, Physics and Earth Sciences, among others. The institute enjoys the 219th position in the list of QS World University Rankings.

 

IIT Bombay has signed numerous MoUs with universities across the globe, including University of New South Wales, Monash  University, University of Toronto and Nanyang Technological University, to name a few. This allows smooth exchange of international students as well as faculty.

 

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Postgraduate

Autumn- 15 Jan every year ( Mtech, MPhil and PhD)

Spring- 15 July every year (PhD only)

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

By Post

Postgraduate

By Post

Exams accepted:

English Proficiency
JEE

TOEFL, IELTS (95 IBT, 6.5)

(UG and PG)

Indian Institute of Technology, KharagpurIndian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

IIT Kharagpur, the largest IIT campus with a mammoth campus size of 2100 acres, ranks 313 in the list of QS World University Rankings. The institute comprises 19 departments, 7 centres and 8 schools. IIT Kharagpur proudly boasts some of the world renowned alumni including Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, Arvind kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi, and Arun Sarin, former CEO of Vodafone, to name a few. It is, therefore, no surprise the institute enjoys the status of one of the top universities in India.

 

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

Not yet started

Postgraduate

Not yet started

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

Online application

Postgraduate

Online application

Exams accepted:

JEE Advanced

UG

Indian Institute of Technology, MadrasIndian Institute of Technology, Madras

One of the top universities in India, IIT Madras is ranked 249 on QS World University Rankings. The institute was established in 1959, carved out of Guindy National Park adjacent to IIT Madras. It offers wide range of programmes for Undergraduates, Graduates and Doctor of Philosophy. IIT Madras has approximately 8000 students, 16 departments and more than 100 laboratories.  The institute has collaborations with some of the top foreign universities, including University of Melbourne, University of Southern California, University of Manchester and Nanyang Technological University, to name a few.

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

Sem 1- Mid of May

Sem2- Mid of November

Postgraduate

 Sem 1- Mid of May

Sem2- Mid of November

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

Online application

Postgraduate

Online application

Exams accepted:

JEE Main

UG

Exams varies as per programme

PG

Indian Institute of Technology, DelhiIndian Institute of Technology, Delhi

The list of top universities in India is spearheaded by IITs and here is another IIT jumping into the top universities in India’s list. IIT Delhi is located in the heart of South Delhi. The popular institute was established back in 1963 and it holds a respectable 185 rank among the world’s top universities. It has 13 departments, 11 centres and three schools.

 

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Postgraduate

By posts

Exams accepted:

GRE

Optional

English Proficiency*

TOEFLs

*Exam requirement may vary.

 

University of Hyderabad, HyderabadUniversity of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

Established in 1974, University of Hyderabad is one of the top universities in India among IITs. The university is a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and Association of Indian Universities (AIU). University of Hyderabad is home to more than 5000 students, 400 faculty members, 46 departments and 12 schools. The university offers approximately 150 programmes ranging across masters to doctoral’s including short-term courses.

 

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Postgraduate

 Throughout the year

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Postgraduate

By Post or Email

Exams accepted:

GRE

PhD

GATE (optional)

MTech

English Proficiency 

IELTS or TOEFL- 6.5 and IBT 80 respectively

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New DelhiAll India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

According to Outlook magazine, AIIMS Delhi ranks 1 in the list of top medical colleges in India. Founded in 1956, the eminent institute is governed by AIIMS Act 1956 with its branches spread across the country including Patna, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur, Rishikesh, Bhopal and Raipur. AIIMS Delhi has an extension to its Delhi campus in Jhajjar, Haryana. Good news for international students -- not required to sit for the competitive entrance examination.

 

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

End of February

Postgraduate

 End of February

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

By Post to Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

Postgraduate

By Post to Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

Indian Institute of Technology, KanpurIndian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

You are likely to find IIT Kanpur whenever you are in search of top universities in India which ranks 302 in the QS World University Rankings. After coming into existence in 1959, the institute has repeatedly made it to the list of top universities in India. IIT Kanpur has MoU with regions across the world, including 5 universities from Oceania, 23 from Europe and 16 from North America.

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate/ Postgraduate

 Throughout the year

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

By Post

Postgraduate

By Post

Jadavpur University, KolkataJadavpur University, Kolkata

Coming into existence in 1906, the university attracts many foreign national students from across the globe. Currently, one of the top universities in India, Jadavpur University has 40 international students from 15 different countries. The university offers both domestic and international students internship opportunities at foreign universities across Europe and USA. Apart from this, Jadavpur University also has collaboration with some international universities -- Staffordshire University, Leeds Metropolitan University and Virginia Tech, to name a few.

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

End of April

Postgraduate

 End of April

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

By Post

Postgraduate

By Post

Exams accepted:

SAT (Preference given), IELTS, TOEFL

UG

GRE, IELTS, TEOFL (optional)

PG

Banaras Hindu University, VaranasiBanaras Hindu University, Varanasi

Spread across 1300 acres, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has gained a strong foothold in the higher education system in the country. Interestingly, the land it was built on was donated by the then ruler, Kashi Naresh- Kashi an alternative name for Banaras. Being one of the top universities in India, BHU boasts of more than 132 departments, 14 streams (faculties) and six institutes. Currently, more than 30,000 students are enrolled in the university from different nations.

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

End of April

Postgraduate

 End of April

(Anytime of the year for PhD & Short term courses)

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

By Post

Postgraduate

By Post

**Certain departments have different entry requirements, so the candidate is requested to get in touch with their perspective departments to get a clear picture.

 

Stay tuned to www.studyabroad.careers360.com for more news and updates on India

 

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