India has an important position in the global education industry and has one of the largest higher education institution networks in the world. India has a population of around 500million in the age bracket of 5-24 years, which is providing a great opportunity for the education industry to flourish. The total number of colleges and universities in India were 39,050 and 903 respectively in 2018. Additionally, India had 36.64 million students enrolled for higher education in 2018. 

The Indian education industry was estimated at USD91.7 billion in 2018. India higher education market is expected to grow at a steady CAGR during the forecast period. Growing demand from the population and increasing FDI in the education sector are the key factors driving the India higher education market. Additionally, supportive government policies such as the National Accreditation Regulatory Authority Bill for Higher Education, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, among others are further expected to drive the market during forecast period.

The India higher education market is segmented based on type, affiliation, courses offered, mode of education, gender and region. Based on mode of education, the market can be categorized into regular, part-time, distance and others. The regular mode of education dominates the higher education market in India since the regular college degrees have their own recognition and are accepted worldwide. Additionally, students can opt for many different types of courses which are generally not available in any kind of correspondence or distance or online courses.

Years considered for this report:

Historical Years: 2015-2018

Base Year: 2019

Estimated Year: 2020

Forecast Period: 2021–2025

Objective of the Study:

  • To analyze and forecast the market size of India higher education market.
  • To classify and forecast India higher education market based on type, affiliation, courses offered, mode of education, gender and regional distribution.
  • To identify drivers and challenges for India higher education market.

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TechSci Research performed both primary as well as exhaustive secondary research for this study. Initially, TechSci Research sourced a list of renowned government/public universities and private colleges in India. Subsequently, TechSci Research conducted primary research surveys with the identified companies. While interviewing, the respondents were also enquired about their competitors. Through this technique, TechSci Research could include the other stakeholders which could not be identified due to the limitations of secondary research. TechSci Research analyzed the number of universities, segmentation by type of universities, and regional presence of all major universities across the country.

TechSci Research calculated the market size of India higher education market using a bottom-up approach, wherein number of colleges and their volume share data for type were recorded and forecast for the future years. TechSci Research sourced these volumes from the industry experts and externally validated through analyzing historical data of respective ministries and associations to arrive at the overall market size. Various secondary sources such as secondary source directories, databases such as Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, World Bank, industry magazines, government databases, news dailies, credible paid databases, proprietary database, white papers and investor presentations were also studied by TechSci Research.


Key Target Audience:

  • Colleges, Universities, Deemed Universities and other stakeholders
  • Government bodies such as regulating authorities and policy makers
  • Organizations, forums and alliances related to higher education
  • Market research and consulting firms

The study is useful in providing answers to several critical questions that are important for the industry stakeholders such as colleges, universities, deemed universities, etc., besides allowing them in strategizing investments and capitalizing on market opportunities.

Report Scope:

In this report, India higher education market has been segmented into following categories, in addition to the industry trends which have also been detailed below:

  • Market, By Type:
    • Deemed-To-Be-Universities
    • Central Universities
    • State Universities
    • State Private Universities
    • Autonomous Colleges
    • Institutes of National Importance
    • Others
  • Market, By Affiliation:
    • University/University Level Institutions
    • Colleges/Institutions - affiliated/recognized with University
    • Standalone Institutions - not affiliated/recognized with University
    • Others
  • Market, By Courses Offered:
    • Graduate
    • Post-Graduate
    • Diploma
    • Certifications
    • PhD
    • Others
  • Market, By Mode of Education:
    • Regular
    • Part-Time
    • Distance
    • Others
  • Market, By Gender:

o   Male

o   Female

  • Regions:

o   North

o   South

o   East

o   West


Competitive Landscape

Company Profiles: Detailed analysis of the major companies present in India higher education market.

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Company Information

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1.     Product Overview

2.     Research Methodology

3.     Executive Summary

4.     Voice of Customer

5.     India Higher Education Market Outlook

5.1.   Market Size & Forecast

5.1.1.  By Volume

5.2.   Market Share & Forecast

5.2.1.  By Type (Deemed-To-Be-Universities, Central Universities, State Universities, State Private Universities, Autonomous Colleges, Institutes of National Importance, Others)

5.2.2.  By Affiliation (University/University Level Institutions, Colleges/Institutions - affiliated/recognized with University, Standalone Institutions - not affiliated/recognized with University, Others)

5.2.3.  By Courses Offered (Graduate, Post-Graduate, Diploma, Certifications, PhD, Others)

5.2.4.  By Mode of Education (Regular, Part-Time, Distance, Others)

5.2.5.  By Gender (Male, Female)

5.2.6.  By Region (East; West; North; South)

5.2.7.  By Company (2018)

5.3.   Product Market Map

6.     North India Higher Education Market Outlook

6.1.   Market Size & Forecast

6.1.1.  By Volume

6.2.   Market Share & Forecast

6.2.1.  By Type

6.2.2.  By Courses Offered

6.2.3.  By Mode of Education

7.     East India Higher Education Market Outlook

7.1.   Market Size & Forecast

7.1.1.  By Volume

7.2.   Market Share & Forecast

7.2.1.  By Type

7.2.2.  By Courses Offered

7.2.3.  By Mode of Education

8.     South India Higher Education Market Outlook

8.1.   Market Size & Forecast

8.1.1.  By Volume

8.2.   Market Share & Forecast

8.2.1.  By Type

8.2.2.  By Courses Offered

8.2.3.  By Mode of Education

9.     West India Higher Education Market Outlook

9.1.   Market Size & Forecast

9.1.1.  By Volume

9.2.   Market Share & Forecast

9.2.1.  By Type

9.2.2.  By Courses Offered

9.2.3.  By Mode of Education

10.  Market Dynamics

10.1.              Drivers

10.2.              Challenges

11.  Market Trends & Developments

12.  Policy & Regulatory Landscape

13.  India Economic Profile

14.  Strategic Recommendations

15.  About Us & Disclaimer

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