NAAC Accreditation

NAAC Accreditation 2021-22 : A Complete Step by Step Guide for NAAC Accreditation

NAAC Accreditation 2021-22Why NAAC Accreditation is a serious deal? and how institutions need to take it seriously? are one of the biggest questions that need to be addressed correctly while starting off for NAAC Accreditation or NAAC Accreditation Process.

Well!  you must have downloaded the Manual and started referring the SoP too and must be thinking that if someone can explain you step by step everything so that you can do the process alone.

If you have not download the Manual & SoP then you can click here and download now!

Or if you are an experienced one, who have worked as IQAC or Criteria team before, you must be wandering to refer this document for more clarity.

We must state this very clearly that you are on the right page and suggest you to have a pen and paper handy to make all note of that you feel important.

The entire process has been explained below in structured, step by step way with PPT’s, screenshots, notes, relevant links, NAAC Official Notices etc.  so that you can refer and understand it easily.

NAAC Work becomes a bit difficult task along with daily working in institution and becomes tedious task while focusing on a higher grade of NAAC.

In simple words ‘Grade matters the most’ !

Since every mark is counted in scorecard of the institution and we must understand that CGPA 3.00 is ‘B++’ grade, while CGPA 3.01 is ‘A’ grade.

We have jotted down everything thing that all you want to know about NAAC Accreditation 2021-22 with all the latest update by ‘NAAC’ Time to Time.

Let’s begin to understand NAAC Accreditation …

NAAC AccreditationNAAC accreditation is serious deal. There is so much to refer to. There’s lots and lots of data gathering and compilation for last 5 consecutive years, report generation as per NAAC standard formats that has to go hand in hand with the process. It’s also important to analyse the weightage of all the above collected data and it’s concerning with 7 criteria and relevant key indicators.

Whatever robust the process is, we wish to help you get NAAC-ready. Our main intention is to make NAAC appear easy to you and also score high for a higher NAAC grade. We wish that this post will help you to understand the IN & OUT about NAAC from meaning of NAAC, its objectives, NAAC establishment, the vision behind NAAC, the theme on which it is built, NAAC assessment and accreditation process, its importance, grading systems, NAAC Committee, ways to check the NAAC accreditation status, NAAC checklist, NAAC criteria, Institution registration for NAAC portal, IIQA Submission , SSR  & Peer team.

What Is NAAC ?

NAAC means, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Which is an autonomous institution established by University Grand Commission of India (UGC) to assess and accredit higher education institution of india. It is an outcome of ‘National Education policy (NPE) 1986 and Plan of Action (PoA) 1992 which is advocated in establishment of an independent accreditation body. Consequently, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) was established in 1994 as an autonomous institution of the University Grants Commission (UGC) with its Head Quarter in Bengaluru.

In simple words NAAC is the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. It is an autonomous body funded by the UGC. The main purpose of NAAC is to accredit or give accreditation to higher education. NAAC aims for quality in higher education.

There are quality parameters based on which NAAC assess the institution and provide grades like A++, A+, A, B++, B+, B & C So on. They expect that minimum quality standards should be maintained in higher education. If any institute gets less than the CGPA > 1.50 the benchmark score, NAAC give them a “Not Accredited status” with D grade.

Earlier, no educational institution needed to be accredited by NAAC. But very recently, UGC has announced that every institution must get NAAC accreditation by 2022. Which is NAAC accreditation is made obligatory for all higher learning institutes by 2022.

The need is more when the state universities strive for UGC grants, financial aid, RUSA grants, as NAAC is linked to the funding for the government-run institutions. while for colleges it becomes more prominent for various grants & credit card students to pocket at the institution.

What is NAAC Mission :

To make quality , the determining element , instrumental in higher education through internal and external quality evaluation, promotion and sustenance initiatives.

There are some 5 missions on which NAAC works,

  • To arrange periodic assessment and accreditation of higher education and their units.
  • To stimulate the academic environment to promote Teaching, leaning & research in higher education.
  • To encourage self-evaluation, accountability and autonomy in higher education institution.
  • To undertake quality related research studies, consultancy and training program.
  • To collaborate with other stakeholder of higher education to quality evaluation, promotion and sustenance initiatives.

What is NAAC Accreditation?

So if you are thinking to have NAAC accreditation done means you are thinking for upgrading your institution in terms of better design and implementation of curriculum, improvising Teaching, leaning aspects, more focused on research & its outcome, High-tech classroom with ICT, well equipped & automated libraries & all around campus, more student centric proposition for an outcome based education system and many more for making the entire education system a quality process.

Now coming back to the point, the NAAC is an autonomous body.NAAC's main duty is to assess and accredit all higher education institutions across the country. Universities and deemed-to-be-universities. Back then in the 1990s, the NAAC was still an alien. But now in the year 2020-21, NAAC has been up on its grading line, much appreciated for its transparency in measuring institutes for their quality and grading on much related parameters for an outcome based education.

What is NAAC Core Values ?

  • Contribution to national development
  • Fostering global competencies among students
  • Inculcating value system
  • Promotion of use of technology
  • Quest for excellence

In Which Areas NAAC Facilitates the Institutions:

  • Strength, weakness & opportunities
  • Areas of planning & resource allocation
  • New sense of direction
  • Pedagogy
  • Collegiality
  • Funding agency
  • Society
  • Employer
  • Intra and Inter institutional interaction

Why NAAC accreditation is Important?

There are around 993 universities, 39931 colleges and 10725 standalone Institutions which makes a total of = 51649 Institutions and that is second largest higher education system in the world, catering to somewhat 37.4 millions of students, this is as good as population of Canada.

NAAC, MHRD and other stakeholders suggest every institute to focus on NAAC A&A (NAAC assessment and accreditation process) so that to provide students development through outcome based education and maintain quality in higher education with enormous accreditation benefits.

“If you are not updating it means you are degrading"

– by  NAAC adviser, National assessment and accreditation council, NAAC

What is NAAC eligibility for assessment & accreditation (A&A) ?

To appear for the NAAC, an institute should actually be considered eligible. Here are NAAC’s eligibility criteria;

  • Both Universities and Colleges can appear for NAAC, provided they comply with the following terms.
  • Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), if they have a record of at least two batches of students graduated or been in existence for six years, whichever is earlier, are eligible to apply for the process of Assessment and Accreditation (A&A) of NAAC
  • All Universities from Central, State, Private and Deemed-to-be and Institutions showing National Importance approved by MHRD/UGC
  • Provided that these institutions have regular students enrolled in to the full time teaching and Research programmes offered on campus. c. Provided further that the duly established campuses within the country, if any, shall be treated as part of the Universities / Institutions of National Importance for the A&A process. NAAC will not undertake the accreditation of off-shore campuses
  •  All Autonomous colleges/Constituent Colleges/ Affiliated Colleges (affiliated to universities recognised by UGC as an affiliating University)
  •  The institutions’ campuses should be very much in the country to proceed with the Assessment and Accreditation A&A process.
  •  They must have a record of at least two batches of students graduated or been in existence for five years,


Send us the query on :- [email protected] we shall let you know either you are eligible or not – 

NAAC Accreditation process or NAAC Process :

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NAAC’s process of quality assurance is similar to those that are followed by the other Quality Assurance (QA) agencies present worldwide.

According to the Revised Accreditation Framework (RAF) 2020-21 ( Latest Revision by NAAC)  the NAAC has a timely step-by-step ICT-enabled accreditation process. The new process Student Satisfaction Survey, Data Verification, and Validation that augments the whole objective of NAAC.

We could feel your pressure to get NAAC accredited. We, therefore, have broken down these three big processes into seven steps, without affecting its flow. We assume you find this easy and helpful to follow.

Here is the order of the nationally accepted NAAC Process,

  1. HEIs registration in the NAAC website
  2. Institutional Information for Quality Assessment (IIQA)
  3. SSR submission on acceptance of IIQA (On rejection, an institute has 2 attempts to RESUME the IIQA form within 1 year)
  4. Proceed to Data Validation & Verification (DVV) process and Pre-qualifier Score
  5. Preparation towards the Student Satisfaction Survey (SSS)
  6. Peer Visit by NAAC
  7. NAAC announces the Institutional Grading


Majorly there are 4 steps in which the entire NAAC Accreditation process is done, which are as follows,

  1. IIQA Submission
  2. SSR Submission
  3. DVV Process
  4. Peer Team Visit (PTV)

1st Stage is IIQA :

First of all an institution needs to get an Institutional  login Id from the NAAC Portal simply by registering institution on NAAC Portal. There are no charges for registering institution !

Second institution go for IIQA  Submission. For the Submission of IIQA ( Institutional Information for Quality Assessment)  mainly the documents required are,

(i) SRA ( Statutory Regulatory Authority ) like UGC / AICTE  Extension of Approval (EoA) for Current Academic Year (CAY)

(ii) University affiliation letter for current academic year (CAY) for all programs,

(iii ) All  India Survey of  Higher Education (AISHE) Registration Certificate,

(iv) Self Declaration regarding programs and courses by Principal          

(v) Registration fee: Online through portal – Rs. 25,000 + GST as applicable.

Key Points

  • Upload first IIQA  during the year starting from June; along with  prescribed registration fee  – Link is open throughout the year.
  • If IIQA  is rejected, two more chances within the same fees – NAAC will communicate reasons f or rejection – overcome deficiencies and upload  again,
  • If  IIQA  is accepted , upload the SSR on the NAAC Portal  within 45 days from the date of acceptance of  IIQA along with  50% of  the prescribed  fees.
  • In case of failure to upload SSR within 45 days; you will have to start the process afresh along with registration accreditation fees
  • SSR uploading is now  open throughout the year
  • No hard copy of  IIQA & SSR – submission only ONLINE


2nd Stage: Self Study Report (SSR)

NAAC AccreditationSSR Format needs two sets of documents – Qualitative and Quantitative. 41 Metrics for affiliating and 38 for Autonomous Colleges – mostly write-ups. Documents will depend on the claims of attainment we make in our write ups.

In case of Quantitative Metrics, list of documents required are listed  in the NAAC Manual  and  the Standard  Operating Procedure (SOP), also available on the NAAC Website. They need to be arranged as per  list contained  in each  Metrics or respective SOP. Physical documents to be made in to e­-verifiable documents.

Some Key points for DATA & DOCUMENTATION of NAAC

  • Institutions will have to gather information and corresponding documents year-wise for 5 years. For this, it is important to institutionalise a structured Data/ Documentation MIS Portal for ready availability of data and documents
  • Make it mandatory for faculty/staff to compile and upload Annual /Semester/Monthly Performance Report, for ready availability of data.
  • Data Gaps negatively affects averages and  weighted  score and finally on NAAC Grade !

NAAC GURU with NAAC SSR Software could help you in faster report generation and improve your NAAC grade and the CGPA points. The institution not only gets to collate and upload the complicated NAAC documents easily but also gets to evaluate itself on various parameters and find ways for improvement for that we provide consultancy contact points as well along software.

3rd Stage: DATA Validation & Verification (DVV) :

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This process is simply for 'DOCUMENTS VERIFICATION' in short,

Every claim made by the institution needs to be verified and validated thats why it is called as data validation and verification. Verification is important particularly when claims could be doubtful, manipulated,  exaggerated in the SSR. As members of Peer Team, we have come across a lot of even understatement of claims in large number of colleges.

When we talk about prior to 2017, most of the claims used to get verified during PT interaction with faculty/departments/office etc. Yet there was physical verification of relevant documents for which one session was provided during PT visit, when all documents used to be arranged in the institution to facilitate formal verification.

Instructions in the form of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for DVV are available on the NAAC Website to avoid any confusion. You may refer  your institution SOP with Manual as per the category, i.e. General Institution, Health Science Institution etc..

SOP has listed all the relevant documents and supporting evidence needed for each of the Matrices.

The Physical Documents to E-Documents:

Any institution seeking accreditation will have to convert the relevant documents from physical to electronic format for online submission and e-verification.The size of data and the documents to be uploaded may vary from institution to institution; but the NAAC Portal may have restrictions.

In case the documents size is more than what NAAC Portal will take, the same may  be uploaded  on the institutional  website with a link to NAAC Portal.For this purpose, colleges will have to make the Website facilitative and dynamic.  This will also help colleges to accelerate shift to e-governance and paperless administration.

DVV Timeline & Some other Important Key Points:

  • Timeline : No flexibility in deviation with respect to Quantitative Data Metrics.
  • Every claim needs to be supported with documents, such as minutes of meetings,  decisions, statements of  accounts , letters/ orders/notifications, certificates, approvals, etc as specially mentioned. they are in bulk, hyperlink to the appropriate website may be given.
  • There is fixed timeline for  the  entire  DVV  process, which  is to be strictly followed. If not responded  with in the stipulated  time, whatever values uploaded  before expiry of  timeline, will be taken as final – no extension of  timeline.
  • Failure to upload full data/documents  will adversely affect institutional score. Wherever  Asterisk  Red Mark* appears,  it should be understood  as mandatory  requirement.

What if Reconstruction of Documents Required ?

Data unaccompanied by relevant  e-verifiable  documents will make  the  data  redundant . If the documents are not available with the primary external sources (like university, government), institution will have to reconstruct the document  from internal  sources (office or recipient faculty) – as all the correspondence from the external agencies must have been received  by the teacher  or college office Such documents will have outward numbers, date and address of the issuing authority along with copy endorsement. Gather missing documents from endorsed entities and upload on your website for e-verification.


4th Stage: Peer Team Visit (PTV)

NAAC AccreditationKey Points :

  • This stage is called as Pre-qualifier stage (eligibility) for PT visit if :

–  DVV is accepted, and Institution scored a minimum 25%   score (163/650 Marks) on the  Quantitative Matrices (excluding SSS) earlier it was  30 % (195/650 Marks)

  • PT visit is organized with in 30 days from the date of clearing the  pre-qualifier stage
  • It may be of 1 or 2 days for Affiliated / Autonomous Institutions and 2-3 days for University
Mode of PTV:
Now PTV can be opted by the institutions in Two Modes:
1st Conventional Mode : Onsite Visit
  • PT will confine to the 30% Qualitative Aspects & the institutional SWOC
  • PT will interact with stakeholders, verify documents, facilities and any other issues which may be referred to NAAC 
2nd Hybrid Mode : Onsite + Online Visit
Now HEIs have options either to have on-site face-to-face peer team visit with full Peer Team as it exists or hybrid peer team visit due to COVID-19 pandemic. Hybrid visit means with 1 (or) 2 members of the peer team visiting the HEI premises on-site face-to-face and 1 (or) 2 members joining online.
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NAAC accreditation is a robust process , dealing with 7 criteria and several key indicators (KI's) is more complex. NAAC’s criteria require a lot of Data & reports—reports of the big five years as per NAAC required standard formats, which is seems to be a tough and time consuming task. Those oodles of data and documentation are sure to take your time allot. Compiling all of them by yourselves might seem a possible task But be watchful of that whether the data is in formats as required by NAAC or not, Whether the reports could be generated as per required formats or not. Your NAAC accreditation is a serious deal and we deal it seriously and You seriously cannot risk here with NAAC grade.

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We have simplified NAAC accreditation process by developing a NAAC software based on robust 7 criteria and all the relevant Key Indicators (KI's) since technology is the key in all the aspect. 

 The whole of the NAAC process, if done manually, could wreck your time and efforts. As we mentioned earlier, this is why most institutions go for NAAC Accreditation Software or NAAC SSR Software.

The NAAC Accreditation Software that you choose should streamline and improve the whole institutional process towards getting accredited step by step. Right from the filling of Extended profile to fill data In every criteria and sub-criteria of NAAC, upload supporting document and generate the report as per NAAC standard format as and when required by one click.

Especially here in the NAAC process, in steps like IIQA and SSR, a software’s intervention could help you most. Right here in the IIQA’s data submission to check for the Statutory Regulatory Authority (SRA) compliance and while uploading the supporting documents, NAAC GURU could help. The same goes while uploading Self-study Report (SSR) files and data and while preparing to submit documents related to the Annual Quality Assurance Report (AQAR) as per the proper guidelines and parameters of the NAAC.

NAAC GURU could help you in faster report generation and improve your NAAC grade and the CGPA points. The institution not only gets to collate and upload the complicated NAAC documents easily but also gets to evaluate itself on various parameters and find ways for improvement for that we provide consultancy contact points as well along software.

Why NAAC Focus on Quality ?

Back to the point that we understood earlier that there are around 993 universities, 39931 colleges and 10725 standalone Institutions which makes a total of = 51649 Institutions and that is second largest higher education system in the world, catering to somewhat 37.4 millions of students, this is as good as population of Canada.

NAAC is to focus on Quality in every aspect  for NAAC’s A&A assessment and accreditation) process so that to provide students outcome based education and maintain quality in higher education with enormous accreditation benefits.

The Assessment & Accreditation (A&A) process of NAAC is based on 7 letters of Quality:

  • Q – Quest for Excellence
  • U – Understanding the concept
  • A – Action Orientation
  • L – Learning Centric Approach
  • I – Innovation for Change
  • T – Training for Competencies
  • Y – Year around activities

Back to the point from where we left, NAAC takes a clear peep into the quality aspect of the HEIs.

The Assessment and Accreditation (A&A) have outlined well-strategized quality initiatives, quality sustenance and quality enhancement measures that keep NAAC’s vision focused and intact.

There are on-site observations to monitor and evaluate the institution’s functioning, the self-evaluation process, the involvement of all stakeholders in SSR submission, all show NAAC’s focus on quality assessment.

What are NAAC Criteria and weightages ?

 NAAC critically focuses on getting a criteria-based assessment into the following seven areas of higher education.

  1. Curricular Aspects 

  2. Teaching & Learning, Evaluation

  3. Research, Consultancy, and Extensions

  4. Infrastructure and Learning Resources

  5. Student Support and Progression

  6. Governance, Leadership, and Management

  7. Institutional Values & Best Practice


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(Uni.=University, Auto.= Autonomous, UG = Undergraduate, PG= Post Graduate)

All these criteria have a list of key indicators and metrics under them.

We would like to repeat here that NAAC has grouped HEIs into University, Autonomous, and Affiliated/Constituent colleges. NAAC has distributed different weightages to these seven categories of institutions based on their focus and types.

• The image below explains the NAAC Assessment Criteria with their scores for Affiliated/Constituent colleges. NAAC has revised its ‘Accreditation Framework for 2020’ and made changes as follows, Total number of Key Indicators (KIs) is reduced to UG-31 & PG-32 from  34 (Previously).

• For Affiliated/Constituent colleges total number of Qualitative Metrics (Ql) is reduced to UG-35 & PG-36 from  41 (Previously) .

• For Affiliated/Constituent colleges total number of Quantitative Metrics (Qn) is reduced to UG-58 & PG-60   from 80 (Previously).

NAAC AccreditationIn short, 121 Metrics were reduced to UG-93 & PG-96.

Also Separate Manual is prepared for affiliated Institutes running UG and PG programs with weightage changes in criteria 3 & 5 while for university and autonomous have no changes.

For Affiliated/Constituent colleges :
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What is the NAAC Grading System ?

70% evaluation is done through an online mechanism. From this devised online mechanism, the moment the institution submits the report, it completely runs through the whole process of the online software and 70% evaluation is done there itself. The rest 30% evaluation is done by the peer team.

The quantitative metrics are judged by the mechanical system i.e. by this software and the marks are generated over there. While the qualitative metrics are judged by the peer team. So 30% weight-age is given to the peer team and then they compile the whole result. Also, there is one feature that checks how authentic your information is when they run this report in the software and when they generate marks over there.

This entire process is known as data valuation and validation (DVV). This DVV report shows how much deviation is there in the information with you.

So if the information provided has more than a 15% deviation from the real information, then the particular Institute will be declared as blacklisted for one year. And the fees that they have submitted will also be confiscated.


For understanding NAAC Grading System we need to first understand what is NAAC Outcome Report. The final result of the Assessment and Accreditation exercise will be an ICT based score, which is a combination of evaluation of qualitative and quantitative metrics. This will be compiled as a document comprising three parts.

Peer  Report will not  be given to Institution at the end of  the visit (unlike in the past). It will be now sent to NAAC directly.

NAAC will integrate the Reports and Grade given by PT with the System  and declare the results and that is called NAAC Outcome Report.

Three parts Accreditation Outcome Report includes: 

Part  I: Assessment Outcome (Peer Team Report) 350 Marks:

  • General Info of institution and its context
  • Criterion wise analysis of Qualitative Indicators (descriptive)
  • Overall Analysis + SWOC
  • Recommendations for Q Enhancement (not  more  than  10 major  ones


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 Part  II:Graphical representation based on Quantitative  Metrics (590 Marks)

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Part  III: Institutional  Grade  Sheet

The below image helps you understand the NAAC Grading system better.

As you may see in the above image, there are a total of 8 letter grades namely A++, A+, A, B++, B+, B, C, and D. Universities & Colleges with “A” series grades are believed to impart outstanding quality standards in terms of academics, facilities,develop prospective students & placements.


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Transparency:  Mandatory Disclosure

  • To ensure transparency, upload IIQA & SSR (after DV V process only, in .pdf format) on institutional Website by creating a NAAC Link
  • Data Templates (in password  protected mode, wherever  needed)
  • AQAR year-wise
  • Accreditation Outcome Report (Certificate, Grade Sheet etc)

What if Institution withdraws SSR ?

Those institute which submitted or does not complete the A&A  process, may be allowed  to withdraw from the process:

  • Such  institutions will  be allowed  to apply  for A&A only after a period of  one year 
  • Shall host  the  information that  has been withdrawn or  not  completed the process on institute's and  NAA C website

The fees paid for A&A process so far will  be forfeited.(NAAC: Resolution dated 17'h August  2018)


  • Quantitative Info will be Third  Party System Evaluated  and  Qualitative evaluated  by Peer Team
  • If there is deviation in the system evaluation/ verification, the institution  is liable for penalty or legal  action (f or  ex: 'claim' could  not  be verified or sustained  at the source mentioned  etc)
  • Penalty includes forfeiting of the accreditation fees paid  and that the name of  the institution will  be sent to statutory authorities for appropriate action

What is Appeal & Re-Assessment ?

  • If not satisfied : Letter of intent f or appeal with a request to provide Criterion-wise  Scores to reach  30 days from the date of  receipt  of  accreditation report from  NAAC
  • Application for appeal in the prescribed  format  should reach  NAAC with  in  30 days from the date of  receipt  of Criterion  wise report from  NAAC (a long with a non-refundable fee of Rs.1 Lacs + Taxes)
  • Appeal Committee will consider and make Recommendations to EC, whose decision will  be final and binding.

What is Re- Assessment ?

Those who want an improved  accreditation status  may apply f or  Re-Assessment after one year or before three years. The procedure will  be same as fresh accreditation.

When to apply for Renewal ?

Institutions are request to Initiate the process  during the  2nd half  of  4th year .

 What to do 2ND Cycle Onwards ?

The methodology for subsequent cycles of  accreditation remains the same. Due consideration would be given to the post­ accreditation activities resulting in quality  improvement, quality sustenance and quality enhancement.

In the SSRs institutions opting for subsequent cycles of accreditation need  to highlight the significant quality sustenance and enhancement  measures undertaken during the last four years (narrative not exceeding 10 pages).

 A functional Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) and timely submission of Annual  Quality Assurance Reports (AQARs) are the Minimum Institutional Requirements (MIR) to volunteer  for second, third or fourth cycle accreditation and so on.

Institutions intending to be assessed to continue their accreditation need to apply of fresh  by submission of  A&A application during the last six months of  their validity period.

What is the NAAC accredited A++?

NAAC’s new grading system qualifies the Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) with a grade status.

With the time-tested metrics, patterns, and procedures, it is indeed tough for all higher education institutes to aspire to get A++ grade from NAAC. While the evidential data submission adds to 70% of the total score, the physical verification gives a qualitative contribution of 30%.

To be more precise, HEIs with their Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) ranging between 3.76 and 4.00 achieve grade A++. They are said to have achieved their highest grade of accreditation in the seven criteria

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10 Changes in NAAC’s New Format for Higher Education Institutions (2020) 


  1. Weightage of Student Satisfaction Survey (SSS ) is increased to 60 from 50 Marks.
  2. Weightage of Optional Metrics is reduced to 30 from 50 Marks.
  3. Peer Team Visit Pre-qualifier 25% in Quantitative Metrics (QnM) i.e. DVV instead of 30%. (Instead of195 Marks, now the institute will need 163 Marks.)
  4. File upload size increased to 5MB from 3MB.
  5. Total number of Key Indicators (KIs) is reduced to UG-31& PG-32 from 34.
  6. Total number of Qualitative Metrics (Ql) is reduced to UG-35 & PG-36 from 41 .
  7. Total number of Quantitative Metrics (Qn) is reduced to UG-58 & PG-60 from 80.

In short, 121 Metrics were reduced to UG-93 & PG-96.

  1. Separate Manual is prepared for Institutes running UG and PG programs.
  2. An Appeals Committee constituted for the purpose will consider the appeal and make recommendations to the Executive Committee (EC). The decision of the EC shall be binding on the institution. Generally the recommendations may be

Re-DVV, Re-Visit, No Change, etc.

  • No Changes in Re-DVV (2020 – 21 ):-The clarification process and time lines for Re-DVV is the same as DVV process.
  • No Changes in Re-Visit (2020 -21 ):-The process of Re-Visit is the same except that the logistic expenses will be borne by the NAAC.
  1. Institutions, which would like to make an improvement in the accredited status/Grade, may volunteer for re-assessment, after completing at least one year, but not after the completion of three years.
  • The option can be exercised only once in a cycle.
  • The current procedures, methodology, fee structure and other process including   the manual for the Assessment and Accreditation applicable for all institutions applying for re-assessment will be same.

Criteria Wise Changes in NAAC's New Format (2020 -21)

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Criterion 1 : ( Changes 2020-21)

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Criterion 2 : ( Changes 2020-21)

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Criterion 3 : ( Changes 2020-21)

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Criterion 4 : ( Changes 2020-21)

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Criterion 5 : ( Changes 2020-21)

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What is the NAAC Accreditation validity period?

Now, this is an important point you should know of all:

According to a new enhancement made in the year 2017, the Assessment and Accreditation (A&A) have extended its five year period validity to a further two years. But not to all. This is for A+ & A++ accredited institutions

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NAAC Official Old fee structure 

NAAC Official Fees: –

  1. 1 to 10 departments = 4,42,500/- (inclusive of 18% GST)
(1st fees at the time of SSR=2,21,250/- and 2nd fees=2,21,250/- at the time of visit)
  2. Logistics Fee (Peer Team Visit) = 1,77,000/- (inclusive of 18% GST)

Total Fees Payable to NAAC for Assessment and Accreditation (A&A) Sum (A+B) =6,19,500

> 10 departments Rs. 7,50,000/-** + GST18% Rs.3,75,000/-** + GST18% (50% of Total fee along with the SSR) (Non-refundable)

Professional Institutions: Fees will be charged as per the fee structure applicable to Universities, i.e. Engineering and Technology, Management, Law, Health Sciences (Allopathy, Homoeopathy, Ayurveda, Dental, Pharmacy, Nursing etc.)

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NAAC Revised Fee Structure :

NAAC slashed the fee to a great extent so that each and every institution may go for the quality process.

The Revised Fee is applicable from April 1, 2021 for all those institution which are afresh applying for A& A process. This will not be applicable for the institution those  are already under Assessment & Accreditation Process.

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How to apply for NAAC?

HEI's applying for the Assessment and Accreditation review process should be aware of the complete how-to-apply process.

You could read the NAAC official website carefully that explains the registration process with a step-by-step flowchart.

Before you get started, we would like you to be aware of the two window systems, which accepts the applications at two different points in the year, i.e, May 1st – June 30th & November 1st – December 31st. These Timelines for A&A Process in Inaugural window update are as per the Revised Accreditation Framework.

Do not worry, if there are any changes with reference to the dates, we would be updating them right here.

The next is to check their eligibility through the Institutional Information for Quality Assessment (IIQA), online.

We would like you to get back to the NAAC accreditation process once again in this post as the rest of the steps follow the usual Assessment and Accreditation (A&A) process

How to check your Naac accreditation results post PTV ?

NAAC results can be viewed by clicking here on the NAAC official website.

Which is better, NBA or NAAC Accreditation?

The differences between NAAC and NBA accreditations are worth mentioning here.

The major difference lies in the fact that the NAAC accredits the institute, whereas NBA the program(s). Each of their processes and scoring patterns are different too.

NBA is for program(s). It is not for the institution as a whole. If suppose engineering courses are running, for every program of engineering like computer science engineering, Mechanical Engineering etc they can have accreditation by the NBA but having NBA for particular programs even difficult to grab since many institutions are not able to get ahead of pre qualifiers being difficult.

But NAAC is for the institution as a whole. The whole institution is assessed by NAAC. Well, there are some preconditions for the assessment. Also, a minimum of two batches should be passed out of each course. Otherwise, that will not come under the purview of any of the accreditation.

We recommend first to have NAAC accreditation so that institutions are able to establish a quality process and Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) all across the institution first being the stepping stone.

What are the Benefits of NAAC Accreditation ?

To the students:

  • Expands placement opportunity with international companies and industries showing high preference during placement
  • An edge over other university students in terms of Teaching Learning process
  • Gives an instant recognition to alumni that they hail from a credible institute, which ultimately improves the admissions for institution
  • A definite chance for better academics, exposure with different peers, labs, workshops, opportunities, projects, etc
  • Accelerates exchange programs with tie-ups from other reputable universities abroad
  • Win Win for students and faculties for Better intake, Teacher quality, Teaching learning process, Infra & other ICT facilities and resources , eventually a fine tune placements.

To the Institute:

  • Ease on Fund Mobilization
  • Allocation of delegation of authorrity
  • Mainly Research funding agencies gain confidence and allocate projects to professors gets an extra edge
  • Betters its areas of planning and resource allocations.
  • brand value
  • Gains recognition by UGC, which further boosts the research aspect
  • Offers a positive impact on the institution with its better admissions, superior faculty hiring and brings more efficient employers
  • Quality & Set procedures for daily institutional activities
  • Win Win Win situation for Institute, Students, Parents , Alumni & Employers in every aspect

Overall Improvement in the Quality of Education

  •  The quality has increased and improved because NAAC also does internal quality assessment assurance.
  •   Self IQAC is also a must; every college should have an IQAC centre, which will ensure the quality of every process that takes place and that it is managed.
  •   Then mandatory internal audit has also been made. Administrative audits, an academic audit is mandatory.
  •    Transparency also has increased. Everything has to be uploaded on the website, hence manipulations are less. 

Did you know ?

“NAAC has Changed it Accreditation Framework"

NAAC's New Accreditation Framework (2020-21) : Latest 

  1. Process starts with IIQA
  2. SSR is integrated with Qualitative/Quantitative Matrices & DVV
  3. No hard copy –  submission only online
  4. IIQA I SSR open for submission throughout the year now
  5. Introduced Optional (Non-applicable) Metrics (Appendix 3 & 4) subject to a maximum of 30 Weightage. Such institutions will be accredited out of  970 weighted score instead  of  1000.
  6. Introduced almost 70% online verification of documentary evidences by third  party
  7. UG-PG distinction is made in a few metrics and Weightage
  8. Introduced pre-qualifier f or peer team visit: as 25% of system generated  score (excluding SSS).
  9. Introduced system generated scores with combination of online evaluation (about 70%) and peer judgment (about 30%)
  10. Student Satisfaction Survey directly administered by NAAC
  11. concurrently with DVV
  12. Introduced time-lines (limits) and penalties
  13. Institutions under 12B too will have to now pay accreditation fees which will  be reimbursed  on submission of  UGC letter of  sanction of Development grant, but only when NAAC receives grants from UGC (details of  fee structure in the Manual)
  14. AISHE (Code) – Reference No. is made mandatory for Registration ( llQA) / NAAC
  15. AQAR is mandatory from 2nd Cycle onwards, and to be uploaded online before 31st December every year in the new format from 1st Jan 2019
  16. Manual differ for different types of institutions and are available on the NAAC Website. Use the one that applies to your institution

Did you know ?

The Colleges that could not submit documents due to lockdown, can do so within three months after commencement of academic schedule !

Extension of revised timeline to submit pending AQARs
(Considering COVID 19 pandemic) (New Notice)

It is hereby notified that the revised timeline is extended from 31st August 2021 to 31st December 2021 for online submissions of pending Annual Quality Assurance Reports (AQARs) of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to NAAC due to COVID 19 pandemic.

The last date for online submission of the academic year 2020-2021 AQAR remains 31st December 2021. 

Read the Notification

Source : NAAC Official Website

Which data to be considered for the Academic Year 2019-20 & 2020-21 (Considering COVID 19 pandemic)

In continuation to NAAC notification dated 10th July 2020 notified in the NAAC website which is available in the following web link And in continuation to NAAC notification dated 31st December 2020 notified in the NAAC website which is available in the following web link

It is hereby notified to all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that the definition for the academic year 2020-2021 is from 1st June 2020 to 31st December 2021 for NAAC SelfStudy Report (SSR) and Data Validation Verification (DVV) purposes only, due to COVID 19 pandemic.

However, If the HEI submits the SSR before 31 December 2021 then the data submitted in the SSR will be frozen as on date of submission of SSR and HEI can not include the activities conducted beyond the date of submission of the SSR.

Source: NAAC Official Website


NAAC extends accreditation validity for Higher Education Institutions (Considering COVID 19 pandemic) ! (Old Notice)