Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), as one of the Institutions of National Importance in India has been holding the top position in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) of Higher Educational Establishments since 2016. IIT Madras has not only featured in the top-10 of most of the national ranking publications of repute, the institution is also visible prominently in several international ranking systems like the QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education Rankings, US News Best Global University Rankings etc. 

IIT Madras Ranking Highlights

Ranking  Year Rank
NIRF 2020 1
The Week 2019 3 out of 126
Outlook India ICARE 2019 3 out of 100
Jagranjosh 2018 6 out of 150
QS BRICS University Rankings 2020 17
Times Higher Education Asia Rankings 2019 120 
US News Best Global University in Asia 2020 129

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IIT Madras NIRF Ranking

National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), under the guidance of the MHRD, follows a fixed methodology to rank higher education institutions across India. The parameters considered for rankings purposes range from quality of teaching, research practices, graduation outcome, diversity in the student body, and overall perception of students as well as employers.

IIT Madras has stayed put in the first position of the NIRF Engineering Ranking since 2016. Its latest composite score, considering all the ranking parameters is 89.05.

Let us see how the institution fared in the individual parameters of the 2019 edition of NIRF Ranking. Please note that the maximum score of each parameter is 100.

Now, let us see how the other institutions in the top-10 of the NIRF Engineering Ranking for the year 2019 fared:

NIRF Parameter score for IIT Madras

2020 Rank


NIRF Composite Score
2020 2019 2018 2017
1 IIT Madras 89.93 89.05 88.95 87.96
2 IIT Delhi 88.08 85.36 82.18 81.08
3 IIT Bombay 85.08 84.4 84.82 87.87
4 IIT Kanpur 82.18 77.57 75.24 76.83
5 IIT Kharagpur 80.56 79.41 77.78 81.93

Evident from the table above, IIT Delhi has been the major gainer over the past three years while IIT Bombay has lost several points. The graph of IIT Kharagpur, Kanpur, and Roorkee has fluctuated considerably since 2017, though 2019 saw all the three institutions gain a couple of points in terms of composite score. 

IIT Madras Outlook-ICARE Engineering Ranking

Outlook-ICARE India Top University Rankings 2019 edition places IIT Madras in the Third position considering the key parameters Faculty Student Ratio, Faculty Qualification, Published Papers, Citations Per Paper, and Inclusiveness & Diversity. 

In Outlook's annual ranking, 201 institutions were evaluated on five key parameters: Institute Profile & Selection Process, Academics, Personality Development & Exposure, Infrastructure & Facilities, and Placements & Graduating Outcome. 

IIT Madras topped the list while IITs Delhi, Bombay, Kharagpur and Kanpur trailed behind. The only private institution featuring in the top-10 of Outlook’s 2019 Engineering Ranking is BITS Pilani. Incidentally, IITM did not participate in the Outlook survey in 2018. The top-10 institutions in the Outlook’s 2019 Engineering Ranking and their 2018 positions is tabulated below: 

2019 Rank Institute Name Overall Score (1000)
1 IIT Madras 932
2 IIT Delhi 928.38
3 IIT Bombay 925.52
4 IIT Kharagpur 918.77
5 IIT Kanpur 910.32

As per Outlook India’s Engineering Colleges Snapshots 2019, IIT Madras tops the Government Colleges list as well as Placements and comes only second to IIT Kharagpur in academic excellence. Industry Interface and Infrastructure-wise the institution ranks second and fourth respectively.

IIT Madras QS World University Rankings

QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings, is a highly regarded annual publication of university rankings conducted across international borders. The said ranking is categorized as World University, Asian Universities, and BRICS Nations.  IIT Madras holds the following position in QS World University Rankings.   

Ranking Agency Category Rank
QS World Ranking World University Ranking 271
India 4
BRICS Ranking 17

The QS rankings are measured on the basis of a few set criteria: Academics, Faculty Student Ratio, Ranking,Citations per Faculty, International Faculty, International Student, and Employer Perception. Let us see how IIT Madras stands as per each of these criteria in the QS World University Rankings:

IIT Madras QS World Ranking

IIT Madras Times Higher Education Ranking

Times Higher Education Rankings placed IIT Madras in the 120th position in its Asia University Rankings 2019 while in the World University Rankings 2020, the institution features in the 601 – 800 rank zone. The institution dropped from its 2017 World ranking in the 401 – 500 rank zone to 601 – 800 rank zone in 2018 and has remained in the zone till the most recent rankings in 2020. Country-wise, the institution is tied at the 10th rank with 13 other institutions of repute.

The scores attributed to IIT Madras on the different ranking parameters by THE is graphically represented below:

IIT Madras THE Ranking

IIT Madras US News Best Global Universities Ranking

The latest U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings, IIT Madras is tied at 654th position globally, with a regional rank of 129 and a country rank of 5. Some of the key indicators that were considered to attribute the ranking to the institution is as follows:

Global score  44.1
Global research reputation  #198
Regional research reputation  #60
Normalized citation impact  #1,077
Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited  #721
Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited  #1,248
Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited #816
Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited  #1,183
International collaboration - relative to country  #211
International collaboration  #1,151

In the US News Best Global University in Asia Rankings IIT Madras is tied at the 129th position with IIT Delhi. Let us see how the Indian Institutes feature in the list along with IIT Madras.

Asia Rank World Rank  Country Rank  Name of Institute  Global Score
78 513 1 IIT Bombay 48.6
84 530 2 IISc Bangalore 48
84 530 2 University of Panjab 48
123 630 4 Visva Bharati University 44.8
129 654 5 IIT Delhi 44.1
129 654 5 IIT Madras 44.1

IIT Madras The Week Ranking

In its Best Colleges of India Survey for the year 2019, The Week ranked IIT Madras third in the country among engineering colleges. The institution has gained one position from its last year ranking.

Name of the Institute 2019 Ranking 2018 Ranking
IIT Delhi 1 1
IIT Mumbai 2 2
IIT Chennai 3 4
IIT Kanpur 4 5
IIT Roorkee 5 6

Except for BITS Pilani, all other institutions featuring in the top 10 of The Week’s Engineering college listing are government establishments. Majority of the top-10 institutions have gained position in 2019 in comparison to the previous year, except for IITs Delhi, Mumbai and Varanasi, which have maintained their earlier ranking.