IELTS Exam Registration 2022: How to Register for IELTS Exam in India


Piyush Kohli

Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

Updated on Feb 11, 2022 06:38 IST

IELTS Registration: Among the language exams required for admissions to universities abroad, IELTS is the most popular exam among Indian students. It is available in two formats: IELTS Academic and IELTS General. Students are required to take the Academic test, while all other applicants who need IELTS scores for Visa purposes need to take the General test. Here in this article, we will look at how to register for the IELTS Academic test. We will inform you everything about the IELTS Registration step by step. As per the latest update, IDP in India will be conducted by IDP and not British Council. Candidates can do the IELTS exam registration either online or offline mode.

Computer-delivered IELTS is available 3 times a day, 7 days a week. Computer-based IELTS is the same in content, structure, and format. Those who prefer typing can go for Computer-based IELTS there you can take the Reading, Writing, and Listening tests on a computer while the Speaking test would be with a certified IELTS examiner. The biggest advantage of taking the IELTS on the computer is one gets the results in 3-5 days. While those opting for paper-based IELTS can take the Reading, Writing, and Listening sections on paper with an HB pencil or a pen. The Speaking test will be face-to-face with a trained IELTS examiner. The results of the paper-based IELTS are announced after 13 calendar days from the test date. Earlier candidates were able to book their slot through British Council IELTS registration but now they are required to book the exam through IDP registration.

IELTS Eligibility

IELTS exam is open for all and there are no specific eligibility criteria. The respective institutes may have a different eligibility criterion but the IELTS has no specific selection criteria. IELTS test is recommended for candidates who are 16 years and above.

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IELTS Registration

IELTS test is available on 48 fixed dates per year (up to four times a month), depending on local demand. The candidates have the liberty of giving the exam on any of the 48 days in as per their convenience. Apart from this, candidates can also reattempt the exam whenever they want. Also, there is no limit for giving the IELTS test, candidates can give the IELTS exam as many times as they want or till they reach their dream score. However, every time the candidate has to pay the exam fee of Rs. 14,700.

Steps to register for the IELTS exam

Step 1: Visit the official IELTS India website.

Step 2: Go to 'Register for Test' option.

Step 3: Select your preferred test, Test type, and available Test Date in the city.

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Step 4: Give your personal details.

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Step 5: Give your registration details.

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Step 6: Upload copies of your Passport.

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Step 7: Select the list of colleges where you want to send your Score Report.

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Step 8: Review your details one last time before making payment.

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Step 9: Pay the test fee.

Step 10: Once the payment has been made. Candidates can take a printout of the acknowledgment receipt.

After online registration, you will receive an acknowledgment on the registered email/phone number. For paper-based IELTS you can book a slot online as per your preferred date and time. In case you will not get a preferred slot then automatically, a time slot will be allocated to you.

Other methods to register for the IELTS Exam

Online – You need to go to the IDP IELTS registration page and create an online profile. Then you will be required to pay the exam fee (Rs. 14,700). Through the online method, you can register anytime and on any day. You will be required to pay with a credit/debit card. IDP IELTS registration is the fastest and easiest method to book an IELTS slot. 

In-person – You can register in person at the IDP India office. You may download the online form or fill in a paper application at the office. You will be required to pay the fee through credit card/debit card, demand draft, or ICICI bank deposit slip. You will receive an instant confirmation of your reservation.

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IELTS Exam Slot Booking

For booking a slot for the IELTS exam, the aspirant needs a valid passport and a debit/credit card to pay the registration fee of INR 14,700.

Some important points to remember while registering for the IELTS exam:

  • The aspirant must be above the age of 16 for taking the IELTS exam.
  • The information provided by the aspirant while registering should match the information in the passport.
  • The candidates need to carry their passports while going for the test.
  • The aspirants need to keep their debit/credit cards handy while registering for the IELTS exam.

Test Schedule

British Council Global Schedule has allocated 48 days per year for the IELTS exam. You can choose any one date according to your convenience. After you decide on when to start preparing for IELTS, you should choose a date at least three to four months before the college application deadline. Doing this should give you plenty of time to retake the exam if you feel the first attempt wasn’t great.

IELTS Test centers

The IELTS India exam is conducted and offered on-demand around the year at the following test centers in India: 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.

IELTS India Contact information


IELTS Test Location - New Delhi
Flat No. 516-520, 5th Floor,
International Trade Tower, Nehru Place,
New Delhi- 110019
Tel: 91-011-44118888
Email: Web:

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IELTS Registration FAQs

Still, have more questions about IELTS? Check out IELTS frequently asked questions and learn more about the test and IELTS exam registration.

Candidates can pay through the following methods:
  • Net banking: You can pay via net banking, debit or credit card, or E-wallets
  • Cash: You can pay cash at any ICICI bank branch, here you just need to fill the ICICI payment slip and deposit the registration fee
  • Demand draft: You can pay through a Demand draft (DD) that must be in the name of 'British Council' payable at Delhi

How soon I can take IELTS retest?

You can take the IELTS retest again anytime.

How to register for IELTS?

Follow these steps for IELTS registration Step 1: Visit the official IDP IELTS registration page Step 2: Create an account Step 3: Find your nearest test center and book the slot Step 4: Register for the test and pay online For a detailed IELTS exam Registration description, please go through the above post.

What is the minimum age limit to appear for the IELTS test?

IELTS test is not recommended for candidates below 16 years.

How to change the IELTS Speaking test date?

The schedule for the speaking test is system generated, hence, it is not possible to change the speaking test date.

What all do I need to bring on the test day?

Candidates should bring the original ID card i.e. passport/National Identity card which you have used for registration.

Am I allowed to carry a watch to the IELTS test center?

Candidates are not allowed to take the watch or any kind of gadget inside the test center.

Can I score 8 band score in the IELTS exam?

In order to secure an 8 band score you need to answer at least 36 questions correctly in the Reading and Listening section. Both these sections have 40 questions each, so candidates need to score at least 89% score to get an 8 band score.

Can anyone register for the IELTS test without a passport?

No, as per the guidelines by IDP, candidates need valid ID photo proof to register for the test. Also, test takers need to bring a valid passport/national identity card whichever they have used to register for the test. Without a valid ID, they will not be allowed to sit in the exam.

How many days before the test date we can register for IELTS?

Candidates can register as early as three months before the IELTS test date and latest by one week before the exam date. This is subject to the availability of seats in your city/test center where you are looking to register for the exam. If there are more number of applicants than the available slots then you need to book for any other date or look for a different location.

When do candidates receive venue details for the IELTS exam?

Candidates will receive an email and SMS at their registered email ID and mobile number confirming their venue details and schedule 2 days before the test date.



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