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IELTS Application Form

Updated On - April 13th 2018

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)is a test that aims to evaluate the English language skills of the test taker. The test is jointly conducted by University of Cambridge ESOL, the British Council and IDP. Those wishing to pursue their studies or careers, in a country where English is the spoken language, are required to take IELTS exam.

There are 3 reasons for candidates to take the IELTS for study, for work and for migration purposes. For instance, if a person wishes to gain a job in an English-speaking nation, he will need to take the IELTS examto prove his language skills. This is also applicable in case, that the person wants to pursue his studies in such a country. Another circumstance, under which it is necessary to take IELTS, is if someone wishes to settle permanently in an English-speaking nation.

The IELTS exam aims to appraise the candidate’s English language skills in 4 areas – Listening, Writing, Reading and Speaking. The entire test may take around 3 hours to complete and there are sectional time limits applicable. IELTS is a task-based test where the applicant must finish several tasks of varied nature while writing the test.

The first step of the IELTS application process involves booking a test date and venue. After selecting and booking the IELTS test date and IELTS test centre, the candidate can proceed with filling out the application form. This can be done in either of the two ways – online or offline. The IELTS registration fee can also be paid by using either online or offline options.

The IELTS application form consists of several fields that the applicant will have to fill. It is very important to read through the form carefully before proceeding with form filling to understand the various nuances. If the applicant has chosen the offline method of application, the form must be submitted with specified documents.

Candidates must acquaint themselves with the IELTS Registration process before starting. The IELTS test is available in 2 formats – Academic and General Training – and candidates can choose to take the test in either depending on their requirements.

Why is IELTS Test Taken?

The IELTS can be taken for a variety of reasons. Depending on the motivation to take the exam, test takers can choose from the two versions of the IELTS exam format available. The Academic format is more suitable for those who are taking IELTS for study purposes. The General Training is for those who wish to migrate to another country or to have a job there.

The IELTS Academic version can be opted by all those who wish to pursue their under graduate or post graduate study in an English-speaking country. It can also be chosen for professional registration purposes.

The IELTS General Training version should be taken up by those planning to migrate to and reside permanently in countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and UK. It can also be taken by people wishing to train or study at below degree level.

For Migration purpose

To settle permanently in English-speaking countries, the IELTS is a requirement. It is looked for when people are applying for several visa categories including the permanent residence visa. Each country has its own specifications and applicants must check the relevant details.

For Study purpose

If the candidate wishes to gain admission in an institution located in English-speaking country, they will be required to appear for the IELTS test. IELTS scores are accepted by over 9000 institutions internationally, including some colleges in non-English speaking countries where English is the language of instruction.

For Work purpose

For those seeking professional registration in English-speaking countries, IELTS is a pre-requisite and acts as an assessment of the applicant’s English language skills. The version of IELTS exam required varies according to different companies.

The General Training format is usually needed for vocational training, such as in construction, hospitality and tourism industries. IELTS is accepted by a wide range of professional bodies, for instance, in healthcare, engineering, law, finance, government, energy and aviation.

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Countries Accepting IELTS Score

There are numerous nations that accept theIELTS score obtained in IELTS exam for evaluating the applicant’s English language skills. The details are discussed in the section below.

For Migration purpose

The IELTS score is required for residence visa of English-speaking countries, namely, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and UK.

For Study purpose

The IELTS score is accepted by nearly all universities in Australia, New Zealand and UK. It is also accepted by over 3000 institutions located in USA and almost all universities in Canada.

For Work purpose

In many countries, namely, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and UK, IELTS Scores are required for taking visa.

How to find organisations who accept IELTS score

Over 9000 organisations and educational institutions in over 140 countries all over the world accept IELTS scorefor ascertaining English language proficiency. Follow the steps given below to access the complete list.

  • Visit the official website –
  • In the search box of “Find out who accepts IELTS score”, type in a keyword such as education.
  • The list of all such organisations will be made available.
  • Alternatively, visit
  • Adjust the filters according to need, such as location, organisation type and brand score.
  • Hit the “Go” button and access the list of organisations.

How to Choose Which IELTS to Take?

It may be confusing to choose from the 2 available versions of IELTS exam. The applicant must clearly understand his purpose of taking the test in addition to the requirements of the organisation that he is applying to.

Different firms have their own specifications and candidates must refer to these before choosing their version. Further details regarding these formats can be found below.

  • IELTS Academic

This is required in case the applicant wishes to pursue a UG or PG course in a country abroad where English is the native language for communication. It can also be opted, if the candidate joins a professional organisation in an English-speaking country.  

  • General Training

This should be chosen if the applicant wants to train or study at below degree level, work or relocate to an English-speaking country.

Steps to Take The IELTS Test

The entire process of taking the IELTS exam is divided into 5 broad steps, as explained below:

  • Visit for details regarding the IELTS test centres.
  • Download the IELTS application form from the mentioned link.
  • Fill the applications form correctly, follwed by providing a recent clear photograph and identity number.
  • Submit the form to the nearest centre along with the application fee.
  • Confirmation of test date and time will be provided by the test centre.
  • Report to the test venue on time along with necessary documents.
  • IELTS Results will be available 13 days after the test taking.

IELTS Registration

Before registering for IELTS, the candidates must check the availability of test dates. There are 42 test centres in India that the candidate can choose from. It must be kept in mind that once a test centre has been fully booked then there will be no remaining sessions, and it will not be shown in the online registration system.

IELTS Exam Fee and Mode of Payment

The amount that needs to be paid as the IELTS exam fee is INR 11,100 up until the September 30, 2018. After 1st October 2018, the fee will be increased to INR 11,300.

There are two ways to register for IELTS online and offline - and hence two ways to make the fee payment. To pay the IELTS registration fee online, the applicant can choose either a credit card or a debit card. Visa, Visa electron and Master Card are also accepted.

If the applicant has opted for offline registration process, he will need to pay the fee using the offline mode. The IELTS registration fee offline can be done either by cash or a demand draft. If making cash payment, candidate should visit an ICICI bank branch and use the ICICI payment slip. To pay using a demand draft, the applicant must draw it in favour of “the British Council” and make it payable at New Delhi.


The IELTS Registration can be done both online and offline. For offline process, the application form would have to be downloaded from the official IELTS website, filled out correctly and then sent to the nearest test centre along with the fee.

In order to register online, the candidate can visit either one of the IELTS website or the British Council website. Both of them provide access to the registration portal. It must be noted that for Indian users, when accessing the registration system from the IELTS website, the applicant will be automatically redirected to the British Council website.

The steps for each method are described below:

  1. Offline mode
  • Visit the link – to download the application form.
  • Take a print out of the form and fill all the details carefully.
  • Choose a test date online by visiting the official website.
  • Make fee payment in either cash or by demand draft.
  • Send the form to the nearest test centre along with the proof of payment of application fee.
  1. Online mode
  • Visit the link – to register for IELTS.
  • Fill out the online application form correctly.
  • Make fee payment using a credit / debit card.
  • In case the fee is paid via an offline option, that is, in cash or by a DD, the candidate will be required to send a copy of the IELTS Test application acknowledgement along with proof of fee payment to the British Council office.

Particulars to fill in the form

There are a lot of details that the candidate will have to provide while filling out the IELTS application form. Following are the fields mentioned in the form:

  • Date of test of candidate’s choice
  • Test city
  • Name of the candidate
  • Version of the IETLS exam
  • Candidate’s address
  • Email and phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Identity document and number
  • Code and name of country of nationality
  • Code and name of first language
  • Sector and level of occupation
  • Reason for taking the test
  • Which country the candidate wishes to apply to?
  • Where is the candidate studying English?
  • Level of education
  • How many years has the candidate studied English?
  • Permanent disability
  • Details of organisations or agencies that the candidate would like to have his result sent to
  • Declaration, Signature and Date

For occupation details, there are certain codes for the level and sector that the applicant will have to refer to and choose from. These are given below:

Sector –

  • Administrative Services: 01
  • Agriculture, Fishing, Forestry, Mining: 02
  • Arts and Entertainment: 03
  • Banking and Finance: 04
  • Catering and Leisure: 05
  • Construction Industries: 06
  • Craft and Design: 07
  • Education: 08
  • Health and Social Services: 09
  • Installation, Maintenance and Repair Services: 10
  • Law and Legal Services: 11
  • Manufacturing and Assembly Industries: 12
  • Personal Services: 13
  • Retail Trade: 14
  • Technical and Scientific: 15
  • Telecommunications and the Media: 16
  • Transport: 17
  • Utilities (gas, water etc.) : 18
  • Wholesale Trade: 19
  • Other: 00


  • Self-employed: 1
  • Employer/Partner: 2
  • Employee (Senior level): 3
  • Employee (Middle or Junior level): 4
  • Worker in the home: 5
  • Retired: 6
  • Student: 7
  • Other: 0

For e.g., in case the applicant is a student, he should fill 7 as the level and since the sector is education, he should choose 08 as the sector.

Similarly, for the field regarding reason to be taking the exam, there are specified codes that the candidate will have to choose from. These are given below:

Reason for Taking IELTS

  • For higher education extended course(three months or more): 1
  • For higher education short course(three months or less): 2
  • For other education purposes: 3
  • For registration as a doctor: 4
  • For immigration: 5
  • For employment: 6
  • For professional registration (NOT medical): 7
  • For personal reasons: 8
  • For registration as a nurse (including CGFNS): 9
  • For registration as a dentist: 10
  • Other: 0

For e.g., If the applicant is taking theIELTS exam in order for employment purposes, he must fill 6 as the required detail.

Enclosures to be sent with the form

The documents to be sent with the application form vary according to the mode of application and mode of fee payment. The details can be found below:

  1. In case of online application and fee payment using a Credit or Debit card, there are
  • No documents required
  1. In case of online application and fee payment by Cash or Demand Draft, the following documents must be sent with the application form:
  • A copy of the IELTS Test application acknowledgement (to be received after registering online)
  • Proof of fee payment made (either the demand draft or the ‘British Council copy’ of the ICICI payment slip).
  1. In case of offline application and fee payment by Cash or Demand Draft, the following documents must be sent with the application form:
  • The completed IELTS application form
  • Proof of fee payment made (either the demand draft or the ‘British Council copy’ of the ICICI payment slip)

Post registration details

All candidates who have registered online will be sent an email confirming the receipt of payment and containing details regarding how to access the free IELTS online preparation course, called “Road to IELTS”. The applicant’s IELTS test date will be confirmed once the email has been received.

Such candidates who have registered by the offline mode (post / courier) will receive their confirmation receipt and access details for the preparation material via email within 7 days of receipt of their documents. Applicant must be careful to preserve this email as it would contain important information.

Fee Payment options

The IELTS registration fee can be paid in two ways and the candidate is free to opt for the payment method that he finds convenient. The methods are discussed below:

  1. Online Mode

Either a credit card or a debit card can be used for this purpose. Visa, Visa electron and Master Card are the ones that are recognised.

  1. Offline Mode

The fee can alternatively be paid offline either by cash or by a Demand Draft. For the purpose of cash payment, the applicant must visit an ICICI bank branch and use the ICICI payment slip. If paying by the option of DD, it must be drawn in the favour of “British Council” and be payable at New Delhi.

Cancelling The IELTS and Requesting a Transfer

If the candidate wishes to cancel his scheduled IELTS exam, he must keep in mind that he will be charged the full test fee if this is done within 5 weeks of the test date. Transfer of application fee will be granted only if the applicant manages to produce appropriate medical evidence, within 5 days of the test date.

In order to apply for cancellation and postponement of test date, the candidate must fil out the “Request for Postponement or Cancellation” form. After filling out the form, the candidate will need to send it by post or courier to the following address:

BC Examinations and English Services India Pvt. Ltd.,
6th Floor, One Horizon Centre,
Sector 43, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon - 122002.

The form must be sent up to five weeks prior to the IELTS test date. Any form received after this deadline will be accepted, only after retaining the complete application fee. No amount of the registration fee will be transferred to the candidate. Also, there is a cancellation fee that will be charged as well when processing the cancellation request.

Cancellation of IELTS test date

The cancellation fee will be deducted from the refund of the candidate’s application fee. Once the request has been made by the applicant, it may take about 2 weeks' time to process it. In case of refund for an online payment, the refund amount will be made to the card from which the original payment was received.

The candidate must attach the original payment receipt of test fee along with the form. The cancellation fee varies as given below:

  • INR 2750 for IELTS tests till September 30, 2018
  • INR 2825 for IELTS test dates after October 1, 2018
  • INR 4650 for IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration
  • INR 3480 for IELTS Life Skills A1 or IELTS Life Skills B1

Postponement of IELTS Test Date

If the candidate wishes to postpone his IELTS test date to a later time, he will be required to pay a postponement fee. This must be done through a DD. The Demand Draft must be drawn in favour of 'British Council', payable at New Delhi, and sent along with the postponement application form.

The candidate must attach a copy of the payment receipt of test fee along with the form. The postponement fee differs as given below:

  • INR 2750 for IELTS tests till September 30, 2018
  • INR 2825 for IELTS test dates after October 1, 2018
  • INR 4650 for IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration
  • INR 3480 for IELTS Life Skills A1 or IELTS Life Skills B1

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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HI Sir/Madam, Myself ravikumar, I Am from India, I want to learn IELTS and need to work in abroad for years.but i don't have much knowledge on IELTS and about the process also. can u help me?

26 Apr, 2017 00:20

Hi Ravi, to catch full details on the IELTS exam, please find the link

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