IIT Delhi and Mumbai have ranked highest from India in the global top 50 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. IIT Delhi has ranked 42nd in electrical engineering and IIT Mumbai has ranked 49th in civil engineering and 50th in civil engineering. IIT Madras was 49th in civil engineering and Indian institute of science was 46th in materials science.
There are two Indian institutions which figure in five life sciences discipline. No Indian institutions figure in six of the eight social sciences disciplines. Five Indian institutions— IIT-D, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Kanpur, Indian Statistical Institute and IIT-B figure in the list for statistics. Jawaharlal Nehru University appeared in the rankings between 101-150.
Four courses of IIT-B made it to the rankings. The QS head of research Ben Sowter has said the IITs continue to perform well in their specialist areas. Inclusion of three of IITs in the global top 50 in the engineering disciplines shows that they are achieving genuine international recognition.