The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, has been ranked the “world’s top research university,” in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Rankings 2022, an annual publication of university rankings. According to the Citations Per Faculty (CPF) indicator, when universities are adjusted for faculty size (the size of the institution is taken into account for calculating the CPF), IISc Bangalore is the world’s top research university, achieving a perfect score of 100/100 for this metric, a press statement issued by QS stated.


  1. A citation per faculty is one of the six broad parameters on which the QS rankings are based and measures research impact.
  2. It divides the total number of citations received by a university’s research papers over a five-year period by the number of faculty at an institution.
  3. In overall rankings, however, IISc has been judged the third best institution in India, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and Delhi being in first and second positions, respectively.
  4. All three Indian institutions have made it among the top 200 in the world, according to the rankings released 9 June 2021.
  5. The top three institutions globally are — Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Oxford and Stanford University ranked at number one, two and three respectively.
  6. The other Indian institutes that have made it to the top 500 in the ranking are IIT Madras, which has improved 20 places from its last year rank and now ranks in the 255 bracket.
  7. IIT Kanpur, Kharagpur, Guwahati and Roorkee are the other institutes in the 500 bracket, in that order.