Punjabi University, Patiala, has kept up its spree of winning the highest "A" grade on a four-point scale amongst over 350 universities in the country. The status is awarded by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which is an autonomous institution of the University Grants Commission, for a period of five years. The rare status is given by the NAAC on the basis of overall performance of a University during a space of five years.

Sr. No. Cycle Grade CGPA Year of Accreditation Validity Upto
1 1st Cycle Five Star 2002 2002-2007
2 2nd Cycle A 3.11 2008 2008-2013
3 3rd Cycle A 3.34 2016 2016-2021

In the year 2016, 11 member NAAC team had visited the University from 20.01.2016 to 23.01.2016 and scanned the activities and achievements of its various departments to review the accomplishments at micro and macro levels. Disclosing the "prestigious honour" bestowed upon the University, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Jaspal Singh said that NAAC team had made a special mention about the fact that the University has not deviated from its statutory and fundamental responsibility of promoting the cause of Punjabi language, art and culture. The carrying forward of the utilitarian and qualitative research and use of innovative techniques by various department were the other major factors which contributed towards its retaining the highest status, he said. The grading, he added, was important for any University in ways more than one as it helped it in getting enhanced grants from various funding agencies for the promotion of academic and research activities and establishing tie-ups with prestigious institutions and organizations of national and international standing.