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Step-by-Step IELTS Registration Process In India for 2023

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International English Language Testing System is the most popular exam among Indian students for admission to an abroad university. The IELTS exam is available in two formats: IELTS Academic and IELTS General.

If you’re planning to go abroad for study purposes, you will have to take the IELTS Academic Test, and If you need it just for visa purposes, you may take IELTS General Test.

Since 25th July 2021, the IELTS registration & exam in India has been delivered by IDP and not by British Council.

The IELTS registration process is a simple process and has been explained step-by-step below. Ideally, starting your IELTS prep at least 3 months before the exam date is best. Keep this in mind while you register!

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Step-by-Step IELTS Registration Process In India for 2023
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IELTS Registration 2023

You can appear for the IELTS test on any of the 48 fixed dates every year. If you are not satisfied with your result, you can reattempt the exam, as there is no limit to giving the IELTS test. The IELTS test fee can go up to Rs. 15,750. Therefore, you are suggested to prepare hard for the exam to clear it in one go. The test fee depends on the IELTS test you are applying for. The latest fee is given below:

IELTS Test typeFee (INR)
Computer-Based IELTS for UKVIRs. 15,750
IELTS for UK Visa & ImmigrationRs. 15,750
Computer-Based IELTSRs. 15,500
Pen & Paper based IELTSRs. 15,500
IELTS Life Skill (A1 & B1)Rs. 14,600

Latest IELTS Test Distributor in India

IDP in India has solely distributed IELTS Testing since 25th July 2021. Previously it was conducted by: the British Council, Cambridge English For Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and the International Development Program (IDP).

After you crack your IELTS exam, you can study, work, or migrate to an English-speaking country.

IELTS Exam Application Process

You can either apply for IELTS through an online process or in an offline mode.

Offline IELTS Registration 

For offline registration, you must follow the steps below:

1. Download the IELTS registration form from the official website of IDP 

2. Select your preferred test date and time. 

3. Manually fill out the registration form. Remember to add an address that is courier serviceable.

4. To make the payment:

  • Pay by cash to the nearest ICICI bank and acquire the proof of payment.

5. You can also visit the IDP India office and fill in the application form at the office. Here, you will receive the confirmation of your reservation instantly.

Online IELTS Registration

The process through online IELTS registration is quite easy. Follow the following steps:

  1. Visit the official website of IELTS.
  2. Go to the Register option.
  3. Next, you must select the test date and type it according to your preference.
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4. Fill in your personal details as asked in the form.

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5. In this step you need to give all your registration details.

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6. Upload a copy of your passport

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7. Select all the colleges you wish to send your IELTS score to

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8. Review all your details carefully before making the final payment.

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9. Make the payment through your credit/debit card

10. Download/Print the acknowledgement slip once the payment is made

Personal InformationName of the applicant
Email address
Phone number Gender
Identification ProofIdentity document
Identity proof number
Nationality InformationName & code of the country
Nationality Code & First language
Occupational InformationOccupation sector & Occupation level
Educational QualificationLevel of education
Number of years of studying English
Current studying level on English
Reason for IELTSHigher Education
Employment Purpose
DisabilityIf any

It would be best if you filled in the occupational sector and its code for your occupational details. Refer to the table to find out your code:

Occupational SectorCode 
Administrative services1
Agriculture, Fishing, Forestry, Mining2
Arts and Entertainment3
Banking and Finance4
Catering and Leisure5
Construction Industries6
Craft and design7
Health and Social Services9
Installation, Maintenance and Repair Services10
Law and Legal Services11
Manufacturing and Assembly Industries12
Personal Services13
Retail Trade14
Technical and Scientific15
Telecommunications and Media16
Wholesale Trade19

Along with the occupational sector, the candidate has to fill up an occupational level as well with code

Occupational Level Code
Employee (Senior level)3
Employee (Middle or Junior level)4
Worker in home5

In the Reason for taking the IELTS exam section, you need to fill in your reason along with its code. Check below:

Reason for IELTS examCode
For higher education, extending 3 months or more1
For higher education extending 3months or less2
For other educational purposes3
For registration as a doctor4
For Immigration5
For employment6
For professional registration (other than medical)7
For personal reasons8
For registration as a nurse (including CGFNS)9
For registration as a dentist10

Process After the IELTS Registration

  1. The candidates who have registered in online mode will receive a mail about the confirmation of the payment. It also contains Free IELTS preparation material, “Road to IELTS”.
  2. After receiving the mail, your IELTS test date will be confirmed.
  3. The candidates who applied through the offline mode will receive the confirmation receipt, access details and the preparation material within 7 days via mail.
  4. You are required to keep these documents safe.

Some Important Points for IELTS Booking

  1. The candidate must be above 16 years old to take the IELTS exam.
  2. The information in your registration form and your passport should match exactly.
  3. You are required to carry your passport while appearing for the test.
  4. You should select a date for the exam at least 3-4 months before your desired college application deadline. The reason is that you can reattempt the exam if your first attempt didn’t go well.

Rescheduling or Cancellation of IELTS Examination Date

  1. You can still change the preferred exam date or cancel the examination after payment. 
  2. You can change the date or file for cancellation through an email, an official letter, or visit the council in person. 
  3. If you change the exam date 5 weeks or more from the date of culmination, you will be required to pay an additional fee
  4. You can choose a new date within 3 months of the original date. 
  5. If you wish to take the IELTS examination after several months, you must cancel the exam and re-register for a future date. 
  6. To get a refund, you need to cancel the exam at least 5 weeks before the date
  7. If you cancel your examination in the last 5 weeks, no refund will be paid

Also, remember that late arrival to the examination might be considered a cancellation without a refund. Hence, try to reach the examination hall well on time for the IELTS exam, so there is no delay. 

Also read:Dates of IELTS Exam 2023: Check IELTS Test Dates & Locations in India! (

Eligibility for IELTS Exam

The IELTS examination is open to all without discrimination for age groups, gender, race, or nationality. The exam council recommends this test for anyone above the age of 16 with no upper age limit for the examination. Additionally, you can take the exam as many times as you want. Most colleges and universities require a score of 7 or higher for admission to their college. Some universities also accept a score of 6.5, but it is preferred to have a score of 7 for a wide range of options.

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How to Get IELTS Exam Results?

The IELTS examinations are evaluated very quickly. The results of the exam will be available to you within 2 weeks.

  • In the case of online examination:

The results are available within a week of undertaking the exam. The test centre will send you an email informing you about the declaration. You can log into your account using your ID, password, test date, and passport number. The results are available on the online forum for 28 days after the declaration. Ensure to collect a copy within the time frame.

  • In the case of an offline examination:

The results for the IELTS exam in an offline mode require a little more time to evaluate. The evaluation and declaration of the results are carried out within 13 days from the date of the culmination of the test.

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Now that you have registered start your preparation! Here are some tips to get you started: How To Crack IELTS Exam In 15 days? IELTS Tips in 2023 (

IELTS Test Centers All-over India

There are almost 78 test centres for conducting the IELTS exam. The following are the locations where the IELTS exams are conducted:

Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Bhatinda, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Calicut, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Kochi, Kolkata, Kottayam, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Patiala, Pune, Raipur, Rajkot, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Trichy, and Vijayawada.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is IELTS difficult to pass?

Ans: IELTS assesses your ability for English language proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test is not so difficult. The test can be completed within 3 hours.

Can I write IELTS without a degree?

Ans: There is no required degree or qualification to give the IELTS test.

What is the passing score for IELTS?

Ans: There is no pass or fail score for IELTS. It has a band score of 1.0 as the lowest and 9.0 as the highest.

Can I change my test date or location after I have registered?

Yes, you may, but you will have to pay an administrative fee. If you cancel/reschedule in the last 5 weeks, you will not get any refund.

How soon can I retake the IELTS exam?

You can retake the IELTS exam as soon as you would like. However, we highly recommend taking some time to prepare for the test before you re-sit.

What if I am absent or sick on the IELTS test day?

If you miss the exam due to illness, you must provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test. You will receive a refund for the same, minus the administrative fee.

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