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Jun 17, 2023

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To determine a person's level of English proficiency for the purposes of employment, immigration, or education, the IELTS is required. IELTS Academic and IELTS General are the two types of exams that are offered. Candidates must decide on an appropriate exam centre and date before registering for IELTS. The approximate IELTS exam fee for a pen-and-paper IELTS is INR 16,250. The test lasts for a total of two hours and forty-five minutes. The test may be taken up to four times each month by candidates.

IELTS: Highlights of the Exam

IELTS Full FormInternational English Language Testing System
Mode of IELTSPaper and Computer Delivered Test
Official Website of IELTS
FeeINR 16,250
IELTS Score Range1-9
Accepted ByMore than 10,000 universities
Conducted ByIDP and British Council

Reasons Why You Should Take the Exam

More than 11,000 employers, institutions, and government immigration organisations around the world accept IELTS scores. The UK, Canada, the USA, and New Zealand are English-speaking nations that place a high value on practical communication abilities. Access to international employment prospects, admission to foreign higher education programmes, and eligibility for immigration and permanent residency are all benefits of taking this exam.

Which IELTS Exam Should You Consider Taking?

This exam is available in two distinct formats, Academic and General Training, each with a different goal. Both tests include the same Listening and Speaking components, however, they have different reading and writing sections. Most academic institutions accept the results of the IELTS Academic test, which is designed for people seeking higher education or professional certification in an English-speaking nation. Contrarily, candidates who want to immigrate to or work in English-speaking nations like Australia, Canada, and the UK typically take the IELTS General Training test, which focuses on the abilities needed to thrive in the workplace.


IELTS is open to candidates of any age, race, or nationality. The table below lists a few requirements for IELTS eligibility:

Minimum Age16 years
ID ProofValid Passport of the candidate
IELTS Eligible CountriesUSA, UK, Canada New Zealand and Australia
Minimum Score6.5 Each Band Score(Depends largely on the universities the candidate applies)


Candidates can register for this exam online or offline by going to the local IDP office. Candidates can select a readily accessible test centre from 80 IELTS test centres spread all throughout India. There are no precise requirements for IELTS eligibility. No matter their gender,   religion, or nationality, anyone can take it. The IELTS test is not open to anyone under the age of sixteen. Following is a description of how to register for the exam in both online and offline mode:

  • Registration (Online)

    IELTS registration has become quick and simple. The exam can be scheduled in three stages. Candidates must first access the official IELTS registration page, after which:
    • They have to create a profile
    • Determine a suitable time slot based on what is offered at the closest exam locations.
    • Finish the registration by making an online payment.
  • Registration (Offline):

The registration form for this exam must be downloaded from the official website by candidates. Fill out the form's additional IELTS prerequisites and manually choose the exam date. The candidate must then pay either by demand draft or by cash. On the registration form, the candidate must specify the proper address for the Blue Dart courier to arrive and collect the form.

Fee: How To Pay

Candidates have two options for paying the exam fee: either online through net banking or offline at an ICICI bank. Candidates must check for cancellation and rescheduling fees prior to making payment. The exam fee may be paid with a Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card, through net banking, or with a Demand Draft.

Computer Delivered IELTS for UKVIINR 16,500
Pen and Paper-Based IELTSINR 16,250
IELTS Test Center Change FeeINR 3312
IELTS Rescheduling FeeINR 3312
IELTS Cancellation Charge25% of the test fee
IELTS UK Visas and ImmigrationINR 16,500
IELTS Rechecking FeesINR 8475
IELTS Life Skills(A1 and B1)INR 15,350
IELTS Score Sending FeeINR 250 (Per University)
Computer Delivered IELTSINR 16,250


Four dates for this exam are made available to international students each month. There are 48 IELTS test dates each year, and registration is based on space. The candidate has a total of 48 days in which to take the Academic part of the exam, and 24 dates in which to take the General Training section. Candidates are advised to schedule their IELTS test at least three to four months prior to the application deadline. Candidates have three options for booking the dates: British Council, IDP, or IELTS (official website). 

Tips For IELTS Preparation

Many times, applicants struggle to find the appropriate study guides and practice tests. For IELTS preparation, the majority of tools and practice materials are available online. Additionally, candidates can enrol in IELTS preparation classes, which are offered in both classroom and online formats. Exam preparation online apps can be installed by applicants for quick access to the study materials. A number of organisations, including IELTS IDP and IELTS LIZ, provide IELTS practice assessments or mock tests for an affordable price. Below are a few pointers to help you prepare:

  • Read books, periodicals, newspapers, and manuals in English to get a firm command of the language.
  • Consider your pronunciation in order to comprehend words clearly.
  • Balance listening and scanning with your queries.
  • The candidate for the exam can increase their writing speed by adhering to a rigid time schedule.
  • Gain vocabulary awareness by learning new terms.
  • Make sure you use grammar correctly.
  • Take your time and concentrate on the questions at hand.
  • Try to relax and maintain your composure during the exam.
  • Learn to write on a regular timetable.
  • Start speaking in front of a mirror to gain language fluency.

Along with these study ideas, candidates should start taking IELTS mock tests and sample sheets as assessment exams. The exam is taken by thousands of overseas students each year who are looking to further their education or find jobs. As a result, acquiring the right language (English) is the first step.


The exam results are made to be simple for everyone to understand. IELTS scores are valid for two years. Without reference to the test-taker's gender, IDP IELTS found that candidates score highest in listening and lowest in writing. It is fairly simple to analyse an argument by listening to the recordings provided in the test because, in India, one learns English by listening to electronic media from an early age. 

Writing, on the other hand, receives the lowest score. Writing has the lowest grades due to poor language usage and grammatical problems. Candidates should begin writing practice as soon as possible to correct all of these errors. The writing band has the narrowest range of scores for both male and female applicants when compared to other bands. On a scale from 1 to 9, IELTS band scores are computed.  


Indian students can now apply for the British Council's IELTS scholarship, which offers financial support for studying overseas. The IELTS exam fee scholarship, according to the British Council, covers the whole cost of this exam, AEO or any other IELTS test-taking organisation rates. Candidates must have an offer letter from a UK university and 6.5 scores on each band in order to be eligible for the scholarship. At the official university websites, students can also get an overall idea of the IELTS scholarships and fellowships available for Indian students. The British Council offers candidates who achieve a minimum band score of 6.5 an amount that ranges from 3000 GBP to 10,000 GBP (Great Britain Pound).


The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) was created to help anyone in the nation who wishes to work, study, or relocate to countries where English is the official language. The exam goes well if you are well-prepared, can manage time well and have been in practice by attending mock tests and sample papers. The experts at KC Overseas can help you learn more about IELTS and how to prepare for it to get better marks.

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