Nature Ranking Index- 2020: CSIR tops in the rank


  • The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) topped the Nature Ranking Index 2020. 
  • The rankings are based on the output of the total research that was carried out from 1 December 2018 to 30 November 2019 in all the institutions.
  • The total research output indicated: counts which mean total citations in numbers,shares which mean the sharing percentage per article.
  • The top subjects associated with the research work include Chemistry, Physical Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Life Sciences.
  • CSIR, New Delhi scored 142 counts and a share of 87.74%.
  • Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, has ranked second. 
  • It scored 211 counts and a share of 83.61% in share percentage.
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR-Mumbai) secured the third position with a research count of 232 and a share percentage of 62.18.
  • CSIR was established in September 1942 by GoI.
  • CSIR has 3 Innovation Complexes, 38 national laboratories, 39 outreach centres, and 5 units. 
  • Over 4600 active scientists and about 8000 scientific and technical personnel are involved in CSIR’s R&D. 
  • It covers areas including radio and space physics, chemicals, drugs, genomics, oceanography, nanotechnology, aeronautics, instrumentation, information technology, among others.