National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II – Education reforms 


  • NIRF is an annual report card on the performance of the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). 
  • It was launched in 2015, outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country. 

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The NIRF ranks institutions based on five parameters: 

  1. Teaching Learning and Resources (TLR), Research and 
  2. Professional Practice (RP), 
  3. Graduation Outcome (GO), 
  4. Outreach and Inclusivity (OI) and 
  5. Perception.  

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  • For institutions to improve their ranking, they should ensure cent per cent enrolment of students, adequate experienced and qualified faculty (with a faculty:student ratio of 1 : 15), enrolment of students from other states and countries, increased number of women students and faculty, scholarships, more quality research publications and funded research projects, higher pass percentage in the exams, facilities for physically-challenged and good reputation among employees and academic peers. 

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