IISc, which is placed 33rd this year, had emerged as the top Indian institute last year as well when it was ranked 34th. IIT-Mumbai has been ranked 35th, closely followed by IIT-Delhi (36th), IIT-Madras (43rd) and IIT-Kanpur (48th).

IIT-Kharagpur was placed 51st and two other IITs -- Roorkee (78) and Guwahati (94) -- made it to the top 100. Delhi University (DU), which had got 91st position last year, has jumped several steps and was ranked 66th.

University of Calcutta was ranked 108th, a big jump from 149th last year, University of Mumbai 145th, while Banaras Hindu University is placed at 155th position. Panjab University is in the 251 to 300 bracket.

Overall, like last year, National University of Singapore (NUS) has been ranked the best university in Asia, followed by University of Hong Kong.

India's performance in these rankings is the fifth best among the 17 countries that feature in the ratings. While India has 23 universities in the list of 350, it is outperformed by Taiwan (34), South Korea (54), Japan (72) and China (82), who also dominate the list of top 10 institutions.

Other Indian institutions which figure in the rankings are Amrita University (169), University of Pune (176), Amity University (195), Manipal Academy of Higher Education (200) and Anna University (251-300 band).

Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, Pondicherry University and Andhra University are in the 301st-350th band. QS had evaluated 920 universities from the Asia region for this year's rankings.

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