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QS Ranks IIT Bombay 1st In India, 172 In World

10 Jun 2020

IIT Bombay has secured first position in India and 172nd rank this year in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings (2021).

The results were released on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 by QS, a British company. IIT Bombay ranks 1st in India, with an overall score of 46 out of 100. The Institute has a score of 50.4 in academic reputation, 74.2 in employer reputation, 53.1 in citation per faculty, 36.2 in faculty student ratio, 3.9 in international faculty and 1.6 in international students, all scores out of a maximum of 100 points. Among these six parameters, Employer Reputation is the strongest one for IIT Bombay. 

The Director of the Institute, Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri in his remark said “While IIT Bombay is pleased to have retained the number 1 position in India, we strive to be competitive globally. The drop in global rankings is certainly something we are concerned about and it appears to be linked to the Academic Reputation (AR) portion of the rankings which constitutes 40% of the weight. 

AR is based on some kind of global survey done by QS. One is expected to show an improvement every year to keep at the same rank. IITB's AR score remained close to that of the past year resulting in the drop in ranking. IITB will explore ways of improving the AR score. 

Additionally, there seems to have been a drop in faculty to student ratio, which we speculate may have been caused by an enhanced student intake last year related to the EWS reservation. As the trend of increased student intake via EWS will continue next year also, we are interested to see the effect of this on the rankings in subsequent years. 

Finally, while IITB appreciates the value of the data used for rankings, regardless of the actual ranking by any agency, we will continue to strive for excellence”.