Education is said to be the key to eradicate poverty and help in the growth of any country’s economy. It is the key to success. Educating the child properly will help in developing the future of any nation. And higher education is an even more important part of the overall development of personality, skill and knowledge. Mostly, higher education is done at three levels, that is, Bachelor’s, Masters and PhD. All these can be done in various study fields such as Arts, Social sciences, Sciences, Humanities, Law, and many more.

In India, higher education is of high importance. Students are majorly involved in the fields of science and engineering. India has some of the world’s most capable colleges. There are about 40,000 colleges and institutions in India and many of them have a very good international ranking. Though we mostly talk about the Universities in India, the performance of individual colleges is very important. The national ranking and performance of these colleges are administrated by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD). The official list of rankings is made by the NIRF, that is, the National Institutional Framework. If you want to know about the best ranking colleges and the most popular ones among the Indian youth, we have the following list just for you.

Top 10 Popular Colleges in India:

1. St. Stephen’s College

Beautiful campus of Stephen's

St. Stephen’s College is presently one of the most popular colleges in India and is considered to be the best for arts and sciences. It is a part of the University of Delhi and is present in the North Campus. Also, the campus of St. Stephen’s College is among the most beautiful and well-maintained in the country. It has been ranked among the best colleges in the overall ranking by the NIRF. Stephen has also produced many notable alumni such as Khushwant Singh.

2. Miranda House

Beautiful garden of Miranda House

Miranda House is also one of the top colleges in the country and has had a great student output in the last few years. Miranda House is an all-girls college and is a part of the University of Delhi. It has been ranked as one of the top colleges for sciences & liberal arts in India. The King’s College London and Miranda House have allegiance and students often go to study at King’s College for Summer School. Miranda House has Sheila Dikshit & Neeti Mohan as notable alumni.

3. Hindu College

Main Entrance

Hindu college is a part of the University of Delhi. The Ministry of Science and Technology of India has presented the status of ‘Star College‘ to the Hindu college. The college has a very selective process of admitting students. It has been ranked as one of the best colleges in India by NIRF. It offers courses in sciences, social sciences, commerce and humanities. The most notable alumni are Imtiaz Ali, Gautam Gambhir and many more.

4. AIIMS, Delhi

central lawn at AIIMS

If we talk about the best medical college in the country, All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is undoubtedly the best and most popular choice among students. Every year about 3 lakh students appear for UG entrance but only 1.7% qualify, thus shows how difficult the level of acceptance is. None the less, only the best students get accepted. It has produced many great doctors and notable alumni as Roman Saini, Ramesh C. Deka etc.

5. Presidency College

Main building entrance

Having produced some of India’s most notable contributors such as C. V. Raman and Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, the Presidency college has become a very popular choice for students. This college is among the oldest art colleges in India. The Presidency college is among the most prestigious colleges and has a admits students only selective one. It has main departments as sciences, law and arts. It is also among the oldest government arts colleges in India.

6. Shri Ram College of Commerce

Beautiful infrastructure of SRCC

If we talk about the best college for commerce in India, Shri Ram College of Commerce is the indisputable king. Students who want to excel in the field of commerce aim for Shri Ram College as their first choice because of the excellent faculty, beautiful campus notable alumni. They incorporated many exchange programs to help make it a college of global status. The most notable alumni are Arun Jaitley, Rajat Sharma and many more honorable people.

7. Lady Shri Ram College for Women

Full view of LSRC garden

Lady Shri Ram College for Women is the sister college of Shri Ram College and is the best all-women college for commerce in India. It also ranks among the best for Arts and Education and also great for Mass Communication. The LSRC is a part of the University Of Delhi and is present in Lajpat Nagar, Delhi. The department for journalism and mass communication has gained a great reputation. The college has many notable alumni such as Aung San Suu Ki, Aditi Rao Hydari.

8. St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai

Second Quadrangle Arches

The next college which is a popular choice among Indian students is the St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. It has an affiliation with the University of Mumbai. The campus of the college is very beautiful and has been a part of many movies such as Main Hoon Na, Satyame Jayate and many more. Also, many public figures such as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton have been here. They have notable alumni as Anil Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Mukesh Ambani and many more.

9. BITS, Pilani

Beautiful view of BITS

If we talk about engineering colleges, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani is undoubtedly among the most popular options. While the IITs are of institutional importance only, BITS has been granted the status of a complete college. The government of India has given the title of ‘Institute of Eminence‘ BITS and 5 other colleges only. BITS has given many notable alumni to the country such as Sabeer Bhatia, Baba Kalyani and many more.

10. Loyola College, Chennai

College of excellence

The last very popular college is the Loyola College which is an independent Jesuit college and a constituent of the University of Madras, Chennai, India. It provides degree programmes in various fields such as natural sciences, social sciences, commerce, and arts. The Loyola College has received the status of ‘College of Excellence because of its brilliant results, infrastructure and alumni. Some of the most notable alumni are Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Viswa Nathan Anand.

Top Colleges in India

Shreya Singh


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  3. Great List of colleges St. Stephen is my favourite and one of the best college i have ever scene. Also Really happy to spot on number 1 Position 😉

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