Statistics on Indian Higher Education

What are the different types of degree-granting institutions (universities/colleges) in India?
What is the enrollment of Indian students by level of education?
What are the top fields of study for Indian Students?

These are some of the frequently asked questions about data and statistics related to the size and scale of Indian higher education system. Given below is the latest information available from University Grants Commission of India.


With 700 universities and more than 35,000 affiliated colleges enrolling more than 20 million students, Indian higher education is a large and complex system. The structure of degree-granting institutions is cumbersome primarily due to “affiliation” and funding sources. More than 85% of students are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs with majority enrolling in three-year B.A., B.Com. or B.Sc. degrees. One-sixth of all Indian students are enrolled in Engineering/Technology degrees.

Higher Education Institutions (Universities and Colleges) in India
Type of Institution Number E.g.
Central Universities (Public) 44 University of Delhi
State Universities (Public) 306 University of Mumbai
State Universities (Private) 154 Amity University
Deemed Universities (Private or Public) 129 Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Institution of National Importance (Public) 67 Indian Institute of Technology
Total Degree-granting Institutions 700
Affiliated Colleges (Public or Private) 35,539
 Enrollment of Indian Students by Level of Education
Level Number (‘000) % of Total
Graduate (Bachelor’s) 17,456 86%
Post-Graduate (Master’s) 2,492 12%
Research (Doctoral) 161 1%
Diploma/Certificate 218 1%


Enrollment of Indian Students by fields of study
Field Number (‘000) % of Total
Arts 7,539 37%
Science 3,790 19%
Commerce & Management 3,571 18%
Engineering & Technology 3,262 16%
Education 733 4%
Medicine 716 4%
Law 373 2%
Others 218 1%
Agriculture 97 0%
Veterinary Science 28 0%
20,327 100%

(copyright) Dr. Rahul Choudaha


  1. The Enrollment of Indian Students by fields of study except agriculture and Veterinary science is very miserable situation as much students don't want to peruse these two courses.

  2. Hello Rahul!

    Its nice data for my PhD topic "HRD practices in Education Sector"

    Any idea need to provide in connection to above mentioned topic

    Thanks a lot
    MBA Faculty
    CSVTU, Chhattisgarh

  3. HI Dr. Rahul, I am currently searching of number of finance graduates in India for my research. I tried all possiblities ( researching in Statistics of India) bu i cant find the details i needed. Kindly help me where can i get the data needed? Thanks.

  4. Hi Rahul Choudaha !!

    The data you shared here is speaks a lot in itself. It is predictable that in near future there would be more colleges are opening in India with great infrastructure which in turn increase the employment in India.

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