The Best Engineering Colleges In India: Engineering Colleges Ranked By An Engineering Student

The following article contains a list of the best engineering s of India. The article first analyzes about the credibility and relevance of engineering college rankings and then gives justification over the author's approach in compiling the qualitative standings of the top engineering colleges of India. The last part of the article focuses on the grouped engineering college rankings.

Engineering is undoubtedly the most popular career option in India. Every year thousands of young minds compete amongst themselves for seats in the best engineering colleges of India. In 2011, the number of candidates appearing in IIT-JEE (the combined entrance exam for all the IITs with BHU-IT and ISM Dhanbad) about four lakhs and seventy thousand; and the number of candidates appearing in the largest engineering entrance exam in the world, AIEEE, was around ten lakhs and sixty five thousand; BITSAT-2011 had around ninety seven thousand candidates appearing for its online test; and besides IIT-JEE, AIEEE and BITSAT there are also numerous state level engineering entrance exams, and even they account for lakhs of registration every years. Under-graduate entrance tests for no other courses attract these many candidates; this itself proves that engineering is the most popular career option in India. To know about the reasons as to why engineering courses are this much popular, you may proceed to the following article.

Why is engineering the most popular career option in India?

The validity of engineering college rankings published by the media

Well, in my opinion, most of the times the annual engineering college rankings published in various newspapers, magazines or other periodicals are fair enough. They give the reader a fair idea of the standings of the best engineering colleges of the country. But sometimes, the opinions of these lists, rankings or analyses seem to be bit skewed or titled to favor some private engineering colleges. But most of the times the rankings of the government engineering colleges are well justified in these lists. But still, I feel that while choosing a college for oneself, a student should have first-hand experiences before making any decisions. Although the rankings published in various media outlets are based on some great analysis of the engineering education phenomena in India, but still it won't be logical enough to base entry into a particular engineering college solely based on engineering college rankings.

My approach to compile engineering college rankings

I myself have been quite a spectator of the hustles and bustles surrounding admission to a good engineering college. My credibility of publishing a qualitative analysis of the top engineering colleges in India comes from the fact that I have been a participant four of the major engineering entrance processes namely IIT-JEE, AIEEE, BITSAT and CEE (the former entrance procedure to admission to engineering courses in University of Delhi). Although I qualified for IIT-JEE, but I couldn't get a rank to guarantee a course that suited my interests in any of the IITs. So, participating in the counseling process was just customary. I later managed to get admitted into one of the most reputed NITs, got upgraded into an even better ranked NIT, but I ultimately took admission into Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT), University of Delhi after being upgraded from Delhi College Of Engineering, University of Delhi. So the bottom line is that, after personally being admitted to four of the top most colleges, and experiencing the counseling process of the best engineering institutes of India, I have seen enough to comment on their relative qualitative positions.

Frankly speaking I don't believe in quantized rankings, I rather support grouped rankings. I don't think that it is possible to arrange each and every college in some order of precedence until you have visited each of the listed colleges and scrutinized them on every aspect. I have tried to analyze the groups on the basis of factors such as intellectual capital, infrastructure, engineering college placements, HR perception, personality development potential for students and academic focus.

My grouped rankings of the top engineering colleges of India

Note that the groups have been formed considering that all the colleges in a particular group are more or less on the same level and admission to any one of them would give a student equivalent platform and render her/him similar opportunities to excel.

Group 1- The elite category

These are best among the best or the cream of engineering education in India. Obviously all of them are the best IITs. The list goes as follows.

IIT Bombay
IIT Delhi
IIT Madras
IIT Kanpur
IIT Kharagpur

Group 2

IIT Roorkee
BITS Pilani
IIT Guwahati
Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU), Varanasi
Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad

Group 3

National Institute of Technology (NIT), Tiruchirappalli
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Surathkal
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal
Delhi Technological University (DTU), Delhi
Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT), University of Delhi, Delhi
IIIT, Hyderabad
College of Engineering, Anna University, Guindy

Group 4

National Institute of Technology (NIT), Allahabad
PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh
BIT Mesra, Ranchi
IIIT Allahabad
Jadavpur University (JU), Kolkata
College of Engineering, University of Pune, Pune
PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore

Group 4

National Institute of Technology (NIT), Calicut
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Surat
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Kurukshetra
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Nagpur
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Jaipur
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Bhopal
Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI), Kanpur
Thapar University, Patiala
Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai University, Mumbai
Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur

Group 5

Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Durgapur
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Jamshedpur
ABV-IIIT, Gwalior
BIT Sindri, Jharkhand
P.E.S. Institute of Technology, Bengaluru
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad
Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology

These are some of the finest technology schools of India. Although I have tried to compile the above list with the best of my knowledge, but still, due to the limited scope of individual awareness, I could have missed a few of them. I would appreciate any kind of comments to my analysis, both positive and negative. The readers are free to comment on any particular college, institute or university, which they feel is missing from this list of the best engineering colleges of India.

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Author: sreemoy28 Jul 2011 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 1

Thanks for providing such a valuable information, as searching for colleges is the toughest work. It provides the list of good colleges which help a student to find his or her college.

Author: Aditya28 Jul 2011 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

I am more than happy to help, Sreemoy. Thank you for your positive response.

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