Manipal Academy of Higher Education [MAHE], formerly Manipal University, is one of the premier institutes in India and it has considerable global influence. The university has ranked within the top 35 universities in India for the past five years. 

MAHE has steadily climbed the NIRF Ranking for the past few years and is now within the top 10 universities in the country according to the NIRF Ranking 2020. It was also ranked in the 26th position by the QS India University Rankings in 2020.

Agency Year Rank
NIRF 2020 8
QS World University Rankings 2020 #701-750
QS India University Rankings 2020 #26
QS BRICS University Ranking 2019 #120
Times Higher Education World Ranking 2020 1001+
Center for World University Rankings 2019 1495

On the global front, the QS World University Rankings has ranked MAHE at 701-750. As per QS BRICS University Ranking, the university has been ranked at the 120th position.

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Comparative Analysis

Taking a comparative view regarding the ranks attained by similar institutes, the following statistics can be observed-

NIRF Ranking

Manipal University is currently ranked in the 8th position in the NIRF University category out of 100 universities. Manipal University received the following scores for each of the respective NIRF parameters:

Parameter Score
Teaching, Learning and Resources 75.44
Research and Professional Practices 42.62
Graduation Outcomes 75.36
Outreach and Inclusivity 66.21
Perception 43.95
Overall Score 61.51

As per the data presented above, MAHE is amongst the top 10 institutes of India as suggested by the report published by the NIRF.

MAHE NIRF Year-wise Ranking

Manipal University has steadily improved its NIRF Ranking over the past years. It has jumped from 32nd position in 2016 to 8th position in 2020, beating other prestigious universities like Aligarh Muslim University and the University of Delhi. MAHE achieved the following ranks over the last four years:

Rank Year Score (100)
8 2020 61.51
9 2019 58.50
11 2018 57.37
18 2017 48.27 
32 2016 65.74

The NIRF has allotted the following ranks to the below-mentioned universities which happen to be at par with the MAHE

Name Rank NIRF Score
Indian Institute of Science, Karnataka 1 84.18
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi 2 70.16
Banaras Hindu University 3 63.15
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham 4


Jadavpur University 5 61.99
University of Hyderabad 6 61.70
Calcutta University 7 61.53
Manipal Academy of Higher Education 8 61.51
Savitribai Phule Pune University 9 61.13
Jamia Millia Islamia 10 61.07

QS India University Rankings

The QS India University Rankings are a ranking body that ranks the top universities in India. It also has a World University Ranking, BRICS Ranking list for the BRICS countries, as well as an Asia University Ranking for the most prestigious universities in Asia. 

Manipal University placed at #26 in the 2020 QS India University Rankings

Manipal University scored the following in the respective parameters in the QS India University Rankings:

Parameters Score Value
Overall score 40.6
Academic reputation 36.5
Employer reputation 42.6
Faculty Students 78.7
Faculty with PhD 2.4
International students 62.3
International faculty 7.1
Papers per Faculty 17
Citations per Paper 26.3

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QS World University Ranking

Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) emerged as the top ranked private university in India according to the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking 2020. 

In the 16th edition of the rankings, Manipal figures in the 701-750 band, up from 750-800 last year, among the 1620 considered universities and 1000 published universities from 82 countries. MAHE's performance was amongst the top 66 percent in the world rankings.

QS World University Rankings is one of the most reliable university rankings in the world as it judges the participating institutes by a series of factors namely-

  • Academic Reputation
  • Employer Reputation 
  • Student-to-faculty ratio 
  • Research Citations per Faculty Member 
  • Proportion of International Faculty 
  • Proportion of International Students

Manipal University ranked at #701-750 in the QS World University Ranking. The institution has significantly improved it’s global rank from previous year’s rank of #751-800

In the subject-wise QS World University Ranking announced earlier this year, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences was ranked in the 201-250 range in the Pharmacy and Pharmacology discipline. Kasturba Medical College, Manipal was ranked in the 351-400 range in medicine, an improvement of 50 ranks from the previous year's rankings.

QS BRICS Ranking

BRICS Ranking is a ranking list for the top universities of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). 

Manipal University was placed #120 in QS BRICS Rankings. This shows an increase from the previous year’s rank of #119

Parameters Score Value
Overall score 39.5
Academic reputation 33.5
Employer reputation 51.9
Faculty Students 70.7
International students 55.4
International faculty 6.4
Faculty with Ph.D. 1.1
Papers per Faculty 14.5
Citations per Paper 26.9

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Times Higher Education Rankings has placed MAHE in the rank of 1001+ for the year 2020. However, in the Young University Ranking list, the university has earned its position between the range of 301-400.

Manipal University ranks as the following in each respective ranking:

  • 1001+ in the World University Rankings 2020
  • 301-400 in the Impact Ranking 2020
  • 301+ in the Young University Ranking 2020

Manipal achieved the following score in each respective parameter of the World University Rankings 2020:

Manipal University Ranking

Center for World University Rankings

Center for World University Rankings, ranked Manipal University at 1495 out of 2000. MAHE gave a close competition to National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan which was ranked at 1494.

MAHE was ranked at 34 in the National Rank

Parameter Score
Alumni Employment Rank 962
Research Performance Rank 1440
Quality of Education Rank -
Quality of Faculty Rank -
Overall Score 67.8