Ahmedabad University features at the top of the table surpassing many other private universities in the country. The India Today - Nielson rankings were a part of a nationwide perceptual survey across multiple parameters. A total of 500 universities were considered based on secondary data sources such as Internet, Published reports and the Handbook of the Association of Indian Universities.
600 experts comprising of deans, registrars, department heads, professors and senior intellectuals across the country were asked to rank these universities (except their own). The experts evaluated the universities across 11 parameters, such as the reputation of the university, quality of academic input, faculty research publications, student care, infrastructure, innovation and governance, admission procedure, placement opportunities, enrollment for higher education, global exposure and security for students.