QS-ERA India Private Limited is a revolutionary joint-venture between QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. of the United Kingdom and India’s ERA Foundation. Conceived as an independent private-sector initiative, QS-ERA brings together the global expertise, experience and reputation of QS, and the deep local knowledge and partnership network of the ERA Foundation. Based in Bangalore, QS-ERA produces QS I-GAUGE college & university rating tools and school rating tools which capture the essence of the dynamic Indian education system and conforms to international standards and best practices.

QS maintains complete operational control and supervision on the processes. Each rating produced is strictly monitored for quality control by the QS Intelligence Unit in London. This is the same team that produces the authoritative QS World University Rankings (since 2004) and related regional and subject rankings, as well as the globally recognised QS STARS university ratings system. Close supervision by QS (IU) ensures the independence, quality and integrity of the ratings, leading to their global recognition.

As a not-for-profit organisation, ERA Foundation focuses on educational assessments, ratings and skills development in the Indian education sector. As part of this mission, ERA Foundation is continuously involved in consultation and cooperation with key higher education stakeholders, including students, policy makers and the private sector. The Foundation is currently most active in higher education entrance exams and produces the popular Uni-GAUGE and COMEDK entrance tests. ERA Foundation has lent support in bringing the QS I-GAUGE brand to India.

Vision of QS I-GAUGE

The leader in building world-class institutions in India through quality and excellence and a trusted partner to ambitious learners.


Aligned to the mission of QS which is to enable motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfil their potential through educational achievement, international mobility, and career development.

What is QS I-GAUGE?


QS I-GAUGE is a brand incorporated in India as an independent private-sector initiative specialised in rating colleges, universities and schools. It brings together the global expertise, experience, and reputation of UK based (QS) Quacquarelli Symonds, along with deep local knowledge of luminaries from Indian education.

Based on the globally recognised QS STARS University Rating System developed by QS, QS I-GAUGE has been adapted to capture the reality of the dynamic Indian education sector, while at the same time maintaining the strict quality standards that are synonymous with the QS brand.

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