Kerala University - [KU] Rankings


Ranked 42 for Overall by NIRF 2020
Ranked 35 for Overall by NIRF 2019
Ranked 56 for Overall by Outlook 2019
Ranked 49 for Overall by QS 2020
Ranked 48 for Overall by QS 2019
Kerala University - [KU], Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala University - [KU], Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala UGC Estd 1937 State University NAAC Grade A Ranked 42 for Overall by NIRF 2020+4 more

Kerala University Ranking 2020 for NIRF, QS & Times Higher Education Ranking

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University of Kerala (UOK) is an affiliated University located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The university offers various courses in Engineering, Architecture, Law, Management, Basic Sciences, Arts, Commerce, and Education.

Kerala University has been ranked by various recognized platforms. In the country-wide ranking, the University ranks 42th in the overall category and 23nd in the universities category as per the NIRF (National Institutional Ranking Framework).

It also made an appearance in the Outlook I-CARE TOP 100 rankings in 2019 as 56th, with a score of 74.03, narrowly beaten by the Mahatma Gandhi University. 

RankingYearRanked at
NIRF- University Ranking202023
NIRF- Overall Category202042
OUTLOOK – ICARE Ranking201956
QS BRICS Ranking (Asia)2020351 - 400
QS BRICS Ranking (India)201949
Times Higher Education World Ranking20191001+
Times Higher Education Asia Ranking2019301 - 350

In terms of international ranking, Kerala University was at 1001+ by Times Higher Education World Ranking. The university secured a position between 351-400 as per QS BRICS Ranking Asia.

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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

Presently, University of Kerala is ranked (Universities) in 22nd position in the year 2019 which was eight places ahead from its position of 30th in the previous year. In the overall NIRF Ranking, Kerala University was ranked in 35th position in the year 2019.

NIRF ranks Universities under the following parameters displayed in the below tabulation.

ParametersScore (Out of 100)
Teaching Learning and Resources (TLR)74.80
Research and Professional Practices (RPC)18.84
Graduation Outcomes (GO)85.70
Outreach and Inclusivity (OI)51.20
Total score51.21

As per the data provided above, the university secured a total score of 51.21 out of 100.

University of Kerala Ranking

Following are the rankings of top 25 Universities in NIRF (University-wise Category) which happen to be at par with the Kerala University-

RankNameNIRF Score
1Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore84.18
2Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi70.16
3Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi63.15
4Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham62.27
5Jadavpur University61.99
6University of Hyderabad61.70
7Calcutta University, Kolkata61.53
8Manipal Academy of Higher Education61.51
9Savitribai Phule Pune University61.13
10Jamia Millia Islamia61.07
11University of Delhi60.10
12Anna University58.71
13Bharathiar University58.30
14Homi Bhabha National Institute56.04
15Birla Institute of Technology & Science55.79
16Vellore Institute of Technology55.22
17Aligarh Muslim University54.30
18Institute of Chemical Technology54.10
19Andhra University53.82
20Siksha `O` Anusandhan54.10
21Jamia Hamdard52.60
22University of Madras52.55
23Kerala University, Thiruvanandhapuram52.35
24Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology52.33
25Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy52.22

The NIRF list of universities for 2020 is headed by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, as it has since 2016.  The rankings of the Kerala University over the past 3 years are as given below:

YearUniversity RankOverall Rank

QS Ranking

QS India Universities have been ranked on the basis of multiple parameters. These include:

  • Academic Reputation
  • Employer Reputation
  • Faculty Student
  • International Students
  • Faculty Staff with PhD
  • Papers per Faculty
  • Citations per Paper

These parameters are also used in the rankings of BRICS, as well as QS World Universities Rankings. For Kerala University, the QS World University ranking is between the range of 351- 400th position among the Asian Universities and 49th position among the universities in India.

As per QS BRICS University Rankings, Kerala University was ranked at the 189th position.

The following tabulation shows the parameters and score values secured by University of Kerala in QS ranking.

ParametersIndia RankingBRICS Ranking
Overall Score3130.9
Academic reputation24.522.8
Employer reputation18.923.5
Faculty students2420.6
Faculty with phD96.797.2
International students6.26.2
Papers per Faculty22.720.6
Citations per paper52.657.6

OUTLOOK – ICARE University Ranking

Outlook – ICARE India Rankings has ranked University of Kerala at 56th position in 2019. The following tabulation shows the parameters which the ranking forum considers.

ParametersAccounts forScore
Faculty Student Ratio (FSR)15%84.8
Faculty with PhD (FWP)15%81.4
Papers Per Faculty (PPF)30%72.3
Citations Per Paper (CPP)30%78.4
Inclusiveness & Diversity (ID)10%38.9

The following tabulation shows the ranking of some of the top Universities that were ranked in 50-60th position and their overall scores in the year 2019.

RankNameOverall Score (100)
51Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad75.95
52North Eastern Hill University75.17
53Visva Bharati University75.14
54Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology74.79
55Mahatma Gandhi University74.65
56Kerala University74.03
57Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology73.44
58Birla Institute of Technology73.10
59University of Sagar73.00
60Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences72.37

Kerala University was ranked at the 56th position by the Outlook India I-CARE magazine, it was succeeded by MGU which received a score of 74.65.

Times Higher Education Ranking

Times Higher Education World Rankings has placed Kerala University in the rank zone of 1001+ for the year 2019. The University secures the 301-350th position in the Times Higher Education Asia Ranking 2019. 

Times Higher Education’s Asia Ranking parameters are given below with numerical scores for Kerala University.

Industry Income34.2
International Outlook13.8



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