IIRF Ranking Methodology 2021

The Ranking of Institution

Indian Institutional Ranking Framework (IIRF), India, presented by Education Post, a monthly magazine on Higher Education, is a non-government body working on ranking of various institutions on a periodic basis. There are separate ranking surveys for Indian Universities, Indian B-Schools, Indian Engineering Colleges, Indian Executive MBA offering institutes etc. This organization has experts from education, academics, statistics and management, who discuss and develop ranking methodology and approach. Currently, IIRF is conducting a survey to rank the top universities of India. This document is pertaining to this research and cover methodology and approach.

The Ranking of Institution

Knowledge Partner

IIRF expert team has a research tie up with Maction Consulting Pvt. Ltd., Ahmedabad, to support them as their dedicated knowledge partner for these ranking surveys.  Maction Consulting is a full services research organization in India, and has branches in US and Canada. Maction Consulting in association with IIRF, conducts the survey. Maction Consulting associates with IIRF for data collection, analysis and reporting. Primary research data collection from the institutes, Secondary research / literature review from various education related websites, institute websites, academic publications, reports, statistical data publications etc. are conducted by Maction Consulting. The methodology is jointly developed by IIRF and Maction Consulting, and all statistical analyses and report on research findings are carried out by Maction Consulting.

Knowledge Partner

Data Collection

The survey form is open and available through Maction Consulting. Institutions provide their respective institutional data for use in the rankings. Institutions, those do not provide data in any rare occasions, we enter a conservative estimate under the performance indicator of External Perception. Also, available secondary research data about the institute will be collected to validate their details and add additional relevant details in the report.  By doing this, IIRF and Maction Consulting avoid penalizing an institution too harshly with a “zero” value for data that it overlooks or does not provide, but we do not reward it for withholding them.

Data Conclusion

Data Conclusion

It is planned to apply the standardization approach for each indicator and then combine indicators in the proportions indicated in the weightage table given above.

The standardization approach is based on the distribution of data within a particular indicator (attribute). A cumulative function is arrived and then analyzed where a particular institution’s indicator ranges within that function.

The Methodology

The broad seven parameters considered for ranking are these:

  • Placement Performance indicates how good the institute students are getting employment.
  • Teaching Learning Resources & Pedagogy explains about faculty, their qualifications, Guest lectures, accreditations etc..
  • Research covers the details about research influence and reputation of institution.
  • Industry Income and Integration covers the details about corporate leaders visit, revenue generation from knowledge transfers and tie-ups, internship for students etc.
  • Placement Strategies & Support provides the details about support from institute to the students to get job, alumni support for placements etc.
  • Future Orientation includes the details about Incubation centre availability for start-ups and entrepreneurs, Idea developed by professors and students etc.
  • External Perception & International Outlook covers the details about clarity of vision and mission, investing in development activities, public views on the institute in various aspects, number of international students and staff and other collaborations.
  • All the data are pertaining to the year 2019-20 (April 2019 to March 2020).
  • All the data are for the full time courses /programmes only. (Distance education, part time courses, online courses are not accounted here).

Methodology Details: Broad Level Parameters

Though IIRF has assigned maximum marks for these seven parameters as 100 each, the institutes are also asked to assign their marks out of 100 for the seven parameters to understand their importance order among these seven attributes.

Finally a weighted Index will be arrived.  Total value of Index 1000 is the maximum.

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Final Weighted Index Score =

[(mark 1x 0.2)+(mark 2 x 0.2)+ (mark 3 x 0.2)+ (mark 4 x 0.2)+ (mark 5 x 0.05) +  (mark 6 x 0.05)+ (mark 7 x 0.1)]  x  0.75
+ [(mark 1x WX1)+ (mark 2 x WX2)+ (mark 3 x WX3)+ (mark 4 x WX4)+ (mark 5 x WX5) + (mark 6 x WX6)+ (mark 7 x WX7)] x 0.25

Methodology Sub-Level Attributes

The following portion explains about the different sub-level attributes under these seven parameters and marks for each attribute.

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The Ranking methodology for Indian Institutional Ranking Framework (IIRF) is audited independently by professional service assigned to partner agency of global repute Maction Consulting Pvt. Ltd., to make this ranking to a global acceptance subject to independent scrutiny in nature. The publisher of IIRF holds no responsibility to occur any misprint or error. 

In case an institute does not provide any data for any broad level parameter and sublevel attributes, Maction Consulting will do secondary research to collect the same and also refer to own knowledge depository.  All the scoring and ranking is based on the data provided by the institutions and collected from other reliable sources.