Mumbai: In the first independent QS ranking of India’s higher education institutions, the top three positions have been bagged by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Mumbai and Madras and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru, Indian Express reported.

The first place has been occupied by IIT-Bombay, while the second and the third have been bagged by IISc Bangaluru and IIT-Madras respectively. The table reflects the country’s top 75 institutions, the newspaper reported.

“Performance criteria used for the Indian University Rankings is the same as we use for the QS BRICS Ranking. In the global tables, academic reputation carries 40 per cent weightage, in the Indian edition it carries 30 per cent. The World University Rankings focus on research impact (citations per faculty) and the domestic league looks at research productivity (number of papers per faculty),” Simona Bizzozero, communication director told Indian Express.

Other names that feature in the list are IT-Delhi, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Kanpur, Hyderabad Central University, Delhi University, IIT-Roorkee and IIT-Guwahati.

On June 7, the QS World University Rankings released its latest edition, which declared IIT-Bombay as India’s top-ranking institution. As per the QS World University Rankings, IIT-Bombay took the 162nd rank and thus moved up 17 places this year to displace IIT-Delhi as India’s top-ranked institution. IIT-Delhi was also dethroned by IISc-Bangalore, which stood at the 170th rank moving ahead 20 places.

It’s only been a year since IIT-Bombay made a comeback in the top 200 ranks. IIT-Bombay has been performing dramatically over the period of two years and has been improving its performance overall. From 219th rank in 2016, 179th rank in 2017 to 162nd rank this year, IIT-B has been performing consistently. IISc which was earlier in the top 150 institutions in the World University Rankings failed to get back in to it’s former position which it was two years back.