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10 Surprising Stats About Education System In India

The first thing that comes to mind while talking about a nation’s strength is the quality of its education system along with the use of technology.

India is increasingly becoming one of the favorite educational hubs for international students closely behind the USA and China. The education system in India has been growing leaps and bounds with tremendous strides over a couple of decades.   

There is no second thought that India is soon going to become the largest of all hubs offering a huge budget for research work and doctoral degrees. The education system in India is well known for offering transparency as well as accountability to students. With the involvement of the private sector, there have been some major advances and that has completely disrupted the whole education system in India.     

Have a look at some surprising stats about education system in India which will leave you totally flabbergasted.

1.   World Class Universities

There are more than 900+ top class universities in India offering diverse courses and specializations. There are around 39,050 affiliated colleges and 10,011 deemed Institutions. Around 343 are private universities and 357 universities located in rural vicinity.  

2.      Institutes for Women

In India, there are around 15 Universities that enroll female students only. These universities are located in Rajasthan (4), Tamil Nadu (2), Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Odisha, Karnataka and Assam. Talking about percentage, around 61% of colleges are located in Rural areas and 39% in city limits. Around 11% of colleges enroll female students only.

In India, of all the graduate colleges, 36.4% offer a Postgraduate degree programs and 3.6% colleges offer doctoral degrees (Ph.D.).

3.   Enrollment Figures

In India, only 3.6% of colleges have a strength of more than 3000. Also, in 18.5% of the colleges, less than  100 students are being enrolled.

4.   Women Power

Considering postgraduate degree programs and graduate programs, around six million people are enrolled. Out of which there are 19.2M boys and girls closely follow them at 17.4M. Girls share equal opportunities in Indian Universities and Colleges. Out of the total enrollment in Indian Universities/ colleges, girls have a share of 47.6%.

5.      Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER)

GER in India after post-secondary studies is 25.8%. The age group which constitutes this figure is between 18 and 23 years. For females, GER is 25.45 and for boys, it is 26.3%. For other sections of the society such as Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, it is 21.8% and 15.9% respectively.  

Around 79.2% of students enroll for different undergraduate programs every year after passing out their higher secondary. Every year 1,61,412 students are enrolled in Undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

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6.   Humanities Group Roosts at UG Level

Out of all the streams, humanities roosts all others at Undergraduate level. Students enrolled in arts/  social sciences or humanities constitute 36.4%, followed by science group (17.1%), then Commerce (14.1%) and last but definitely not the least, Engineering and technology (14.1%).  

Most of the science students prefer to enroll in research work or Ph.D. programs. This trend is closely followed by students from engineering and technology background.  But when we talk about postgraduate level, management and social sciences bag the first rank. The top three states known for the maximum number of enrollment are Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

7.   Enrollment Figures For Other Classes of Society

Total enrollment for SC and ST students is 14.4% and 5.2% respectively. For OBC (other backward classes), it’s 35%. The Muslim minority comprises of 5% enrollment and 2.2% from other minority communities.

8.   International Students Enrolment

Every year around 50,000 students get enrolled in Indian universities and colleges. The education system in India is able to pitch international students from around 166 countries throughout the world. The maximum number of students come from the neighboring countries such as Afghanistan (9.5%), Nepal (24.9%), Bhutan (4.3%), Nigeria (4%) and Sudan (4.8%).

9.      Educators for Higher Education in India

There are around 12,84,755 instructors/ teachers in various universities and colleges in India. Out of that, there are 42% female teachers and 58% male teachers. For the education system in India, particularly higher education, there are around 72 female teachers per 100 male teachers.  

10. Student-Teacher Ratio (PTR)  

On average, the PTR for Indian Universities is around 30.

India is a perfect destination if you are planning to study abroad. The education system in India is currently diversifying and is in high demand. Facing problem in University selection? Connect with our Career Coach or you can email us your queries at

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