Top 20 Scientific Research Institutes in India

India has world class research institutes for various subjects in the discipline of Science. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is the chief of most of the scientific research activity in India. There are more than 30 premier research organizations working under the purview of CSIR. Apart from CSIR, Indian Council of Medical Research and DRDL supervise research activities in the institutions those comes under their purview.

In order to promote research orientation, the Govt. of India is generously offering various fellowships and scholarships to students who join in research courses at national level research organizations. UGC, CSIR, ICMR, DBT and other organizations offer fellowship schemes to students and research scholars of various science disciplines. The Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences and National Board of Higher Mathematics promote research activities in universities and other research institutions.

CSIR - UGC NET is the prestigious exam for these fellowships. Here are the Success Tips for CSIR - UGC NET Exam.

Also Read: Top 25 Universities for Science Research in India

Following are some of the top research institutions in India. Candidates with excellent academic record, high level research orientation and commitment to excel in academics shall try to join in these institutes.

1. Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore)
2. National Physical Laboratory (New Delhi)
3. Defence Research Development Organisation (New Delhi)
4. Institute of Physics (Bhubhaneswar)
5. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Mumbai)
6. Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (Pune)
7. National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (Pune)
8. Inter-University Consortium for DAE Facilities (Indore) Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (Bangalore)
9. Institute of Mathematical Sciences (Chennai)
10. Centre for Advanced Technology (Indore)
11. Indian Spare Research Organisation- (1) Physical Research Laboratory (Ahmedabad); and (2) Space Physics Laboratory (Thiruvananthapuram)
12. Mehta Research Institute of Mathematics and Mathematical Physics (Allahabad)
13. Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (Mumbai)
14. Physical Research Laboratory (Ahmedabad)
15. Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (Kolkata) S N Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences (Kolkata)
16. Raman Research Institute (Bangalore)
17. Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu)
18. Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (Hyderabad).
19. Indian Institute of Astrophysics (Bangalore)
20. Institute of Plasma Research (Gandhinagar)

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12 thoughts on “Top 20 Scientific Research Institutes in India

  1. Vijay

    Please add

    JNCASR, NCBS bangalore - They are the top 3 institutes in the country in citation indexes and impact.

    NCL Pune is far better than NPL Delhi and many other institutes listed above..These are gross errors of leaving such names

    1. admin

      Dear Vijay,
      There is no dearth of good research institutions in the country. All the institutions mentioned by you are reputed in their own research areas. The list given is just an indicative. Shall try to update the post soon with more institutions. Thanks for the observations.

  2. madhav shandilya

    TIFR MUMBAI-They are the top 1 institutes in the country in citation indexes and impact.

    TIFR BANGLOR is in 2nd position

    1. admin

      All the institutes will have different eligibility criteria. Please see the websites of respective institutes.

    1. admin

      Hi Nayan,
      Astrophysics, is quite an interesting subject. There are specialised institutions for astrophysics in India. IIST (Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology) is the best in the area and it is at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Please check the institute website for admission details.
      All the best


    I have qualified CSIR UGC NET (LS) in PHYSICAL SCIENCE. I want to join for research please suggest me how to get in these institutions.

  4. Dinabandhu Maharana

    Hi sir,
    I am a graduate in physics honors. I have a goal to research in Mechanical physics.
    So I need you suggestion what have to do as I belong to a poor family can't provide me such amount to go ahead .

    Maharana Dinabandhu


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