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IELTS Registration 2021: Test Dates, Test Centers, Registration Process, Documents Required for Registration

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Sayantani Barman

Study Abroad Expert | Updated On -Jun 10, 2021

IELTS registration 2021 can be easily completed within three steps – creating an account in the British Council or IDP, finding the availability and selecting the nearest test center, and paying the fee. IELTS exam registration can be attempted through online and offline methods by paying a fee of Rs. 14,000. There is a total of 48 IELTS Exam dates around the year. Documents required for IELTS registration are a passport or other National Identity Proof. IELTS paper-based exam has been conducted in the month of March.

IELTS Eligibility

For both IDP IELTS registration and British Council IELTS registration, the candidates need to follow the below points:

  • As per IELTS eligibility criteria, candidates should be above 16 years of age.
  • Candidates must have a valid passport.
  • There is no educational qualification required for taking the IELTS exam, but candidates need to decide between IELTS Academic or General Training depending on their purpose of travel. 

IELTS Exam Dates 2021

IELTS exam dates are available all around the year, you need to choose the date as per your application deadline. IELTS is conducted on 48 fixed dates a year, up to four times a month as per local demand. Candidates therefore can choose from various slots available for the test. Since IELTS is a very popular test, it is suggested that candidates book the IELTS test dates before the registration deadline.

IELTS Test Centers

IELTS test centers are there in 78 locations in India. Candidates from different states of India are able to pick IELTS test centers at their ease. Among the test center locations, the British council conducts IELTS at 40 locations and rests are associated with IDP IELTS. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, IELTS test centers were closed previously, but now, the centers are opening. 

IELTS Registration 2021

IELTS registration is conducted through British Council and IDP. The IELTS registration can be done in two ways: Online and Offline. Candidates can take the IELTS 4 times a month that adds to 48 fixed dates every year. IELTS can be rescheduled and retaken as well, though the complete fee of Rs. 14,000 needs to be paid for the second factor.

  • IELTS exam fee varies across countries. In India, the exam fee is INR 14,000.
  • Candidates can register for the IELTS exam via online or offline modes.
  • IELTS can be taken either in a paper-delivered format or IELTS computer-delivered format
  • Candidates can book their tests even 24 hours prior to the exam but in that case, the candidate may have the possibility of not getting the preferred slot of the day

So, booking the slot for IELTS earlier will be a better plan since the IELTS registration status processing also takes time. It is also recommended to book the IELTS registration in India or for other countries at least 3-4 months before the application deadline of the university

Below are two IELTS registration methods followed by IDP and British Council, candidates should study both of them and proceed with the method they want:

  1. Candidates can register through IDP for the IELTS at;
IELTS Registration IDP
  1. Candidates can register through British Council for British council IELTS at;
IELTS Registration(British Council)

IELTS Online Registration

Most of the candidates opt for online registration since it consumes less time to just follow three steps: Registering, selecting the preferred date and location, and ultimately paying the fee.

Step 1: Filling Basic Details

The first step of the IELTS application involves the selection of country, disability arrangement requirement, and month. The candidate has to select a date and country and module (Academic or General Training).

Filling basic details
selecting dates from the selected month

Selecting the IELTS date from the selected month.

Step 2: Registering

Register with british council

Candidates will come across the registration box where they need to fill in the mandatory details like email id, date of birth, and name.

Filling details

They will be moved on to the personal details section where they need to fill in their country, postal code, address, mobile number, and more.

Step: 3: Uploading ID Proof

The next step will require the candidate to upload the required document - Passport.

 Uploading ID Proof

Step 5: Filling Information about Nationality, Education, Occupation

 Filling Information about Nationality, Education, Occupation

Step: 6: Reviewing Application

In this step, candidates need to review the details one last time before finally making the IELTS fee payment. They will confirm the IELTS test date, center, module, and city.

Reviewing application

Step: 7: Payment of IELTS Exam fees

Finally, they will pay the IELTS registration fee. After the payment has been made, they will print the acknowledgment receipt. 

Payment of ielts exam fees

IELTS Indicator Registration

The IELTS Indicator is a product of the conducting bodies of IELTS that enables at-home exams during the pandemic. The process to register for the IELTS indicator is simple and very similar to the regular IELTS exam. Below are the steps to register for IELTS Indicator:

  1. Create an account
  2. Open the IELTS Indicator sites and head to the Registration page
  3. Choose your country
  4. Then you will notice the IELTS exam date available for listening, reading, and writing sections
  5. When selected, the date and the test starting time will be displayed
  6. Then you will need to select the speaking date which will not be on the same day as the other 3 sections
  7. Candidates need to select the speaking test time.
  8. Then pay the IELTS fee of $149

IELTS Exam Fee 2021

Registration fees for the IELTS exam can also be paid either online or offline mode. IELTS fee varies across countries due to the rate of currencies. For India registration India, the IELTS registration fee is INR 14,000. The fee payment process is discussed below.

Mode of Payment of IELTS Exam Fee

It is mandatory for IELTS aspirants to pay the fees by using either of the three methods:

  1. Credit/Debit card (Master or Visa) and net banking;
  2. Demand Draft: The fee needs to be drawn in favor of "IDP EDUCATION INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, Payable at New Delhi" or 'British Council', payable at New Delhi and made from the acceptable list of banks;
  3. Bank transfer: Pay by cash at either ICICI/Allahabad bank branches with the help of a customized deposit slip that can be downloaded from IDP or the British Council’s website.
Mode of Payment of IELTS Exam Fee

IELTS exam fee for registration can be paid either via online (credit card) or offline payment options. If the applicant has chosen an offline mode of application, the form must be submitted with the required documents.

Cancellation or Rescheduling for IELTS exam

Due to any kind of unavoidable situation, candidates cancel or reschedule for the IELTS exam. Candidates must keep in mind the amount of cancellation fee that will be charged depending on the duration left for the test taken.

  • Full test fee will be charged if cancellation happens within 5 weeks of the test date
  • Transfer of registration fee will be granted only if the applicant manages to produce appropriate medical evidence within 5days of the test date
  • Candidate must fill out “Request for Postponement or Cancellation” form if needs to apply for cancellation or postponement of the test date
  • After filling out the form, the candidate will have to send it via post or courier to the following address

British Council: BC Examinations and English Services India Pvt. Ltd.,

6th Floor, One Horizon Centre,

Sector 43, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon - 122002.

IDP:IDP Education India Private

Limited, 6th Floor, Plot No.32, Global Business Square, SECTOR44, GURGAON-122003 (Haryana),India.

PH: +91-124-4445999

  • The form must be sent 5 weeks before the IELTS test date
  • Any form received after the deadline will be accepted but the registration fee will not be transferred.
  • A cancellation fee will also be charged while processing a cancellation request

Cancellation of IELTS Exam

  • The cancellation fee will be deducted from the refund of the application fee
  • It takes 2 weeks to process cancellation request made by the candidate
  • In case of refund for online payment, the amount will be transferred to the original card from where payment is initiated
  • Candidates must attach the original payment receipt of the test fee along with the form.
  • If a candidate cancels it prior five-week before the test date, then a refund will be initiated after deducting 25% of the administration fee of the test fee.
  • It will take 4-6 weeks to process the amount.

Postponement of IELTS Registration Date

If a candidate wishes to postpone the IELTS date to a later time, then it is necessary to request a change in date 5 weeks prior to the exam date. For the postponement of the exam date, the candidate will not be charged any fee. If postponement happens due to medical issues, the candidate needs to submit medical evidence.

IELTS registration dates should be carefully checked before applying as they should sync with the university application deadlines. ETS IELTS registration can be done either online or offline methods depending on the requirements of the candidate.

  • Candidates can register through British Council for British council IELTS at
  • The first step of the IELTS application involves booking date and venue
  • The candidate has to select a date and country and module (Academic or IELTS General Training). After choosing options, available dates will appear on the screen. The candidate has to choose available date slots. After choosing dates, the candidate has to fill up necessary fields like personal details, educational qualification, occupation, identification number, identity proof, etc. IELTS exam registration can be done either online or offline. It is necessary to read through each field consciously before proceeding with form fill-up. Registration should be completed with concentration without any nuances.
  • If the applicant has chosen the offline mode of application, the form must be submitted with the required documents
  • IELTS exam fee for registration can be paid either via online (credit card) or offline payment options.

IELTS Offline Registration

IELTS registration can be done by person or courier too. 

IELTS Registration by Person:

Besides the above-mentioned online mode, candidates can also opt for offline mode to register for the IELTS exam. Candidates can head to the IDP branch. The application form for the offline process can be downloaded from the official site. Registration forms are also available on either IDP or British Council website as well. Fill out the form correctly and send it to the nearest test center along with the fee.

The candidate has to follow each method prominently to register for the IELTS exam in offline mode.

  • Take a printout of the form and fill up necessary details correctly
  • Visit the official website to find out available dates for the exam. Choose a test date after availability
  • Make payment for the IELTS exam fee either via cash or by demand draft

IELTS Registration by Courier:

You can either download the application form from the concerned website or collect it from the nearest branch. Proceed by completing the form, and acknowledging the terms and conditions attached with the form. Attach your Passport’s photocopy. Either attach the demand draft test fee or the authentic customer copy of the ICICI deposit slip depositing the cash in your nearest bank. Lastly, deliver the form along with the test fee.

Post IELTS Registration

  • A candidate who has registered online will be sent a confirmation mail about the reception of the payment
  • It also contains details regarding free access for IELTS exam preparation online course called, “Road to IELTS”.
  • IELTS exam date will be confirmed once the candidate receives an email
  • The candidate who has registered offline will receive a confirmation receipt and access details for preparation material via mail within 7days of receiving the documents
  • Candidates should be careful in preserving this mail as it would contain important information.

IELTS Documents Required for Registration

Before registering for IELTS, test-takers should have a clear idea between the IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training exams and the main objectives behind both of them. After they have gained that particular information, the documents required for IELTS exam registration India are stated below:

Find out the enclosures to be sent for those who have registered online and make payment by Cash or Demand Draft below:

  • Copy of IELTS test application acknowledgment received after registering online
  • Proof of fee payment made either via demand draft or “British Council Copy” of ICICI bank payment slip

A candidate who makes an offline application for the IELTS exam and makes fee payment via Cash or Demand Draft has to send the following details

  • Complete IELTS application form
  • Proof of fee payment made either via demand draft or “British Council Copy” of ICICI bank payment slip
Personal Information Name of the candidate; Email address; Date of Birth; Address; Phone number; Gender
Identification Proof Identity document; Identity proof number
Nation related information Code and name of the country; Nationality Code and name of first language
Occupational details Occupation sector; Occupation level
Educational Qualification Level of education; Number of years studying English; Current studying level on English
Reason for IELTS For Higher Education or for Employment purpose
Disability If any
Important dates Declaration; Signature; date

For occupational details, candidates have to fill up other occupational sectors along with code. Below the table is given along with code:

Occupation Sector Code
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 Media 16
Transport 17
Utilities 18
Wholesale Trade 19
Other 00

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

Occupational Level Code
Self-employer 1
Employer/partner 2
Employee (Senior level) 3
Employee (Middle or Junior level) 4
Worker in home 5
Retired 6
Student 7
Other 0

Codes used for IELTS

If you are taking IELTS in India or opting for IELTS registration in Australia, a valid reason has to be mentioned behind your motive to take the IELTS apart from the occupational details. Reasons have been mentioned in the drop-down list, candidates have to choose an option along with code in the registration form.

Reason for IELTS exam Code
For higher education extending 3months or more 1
For higher education extending 3months or less 2
For other education purposes 3
For registration as a doctor 4
For immigration 5
For employment 6
For professional registration (other than medical) 7
For personal reasons 8
For registration as a nurse (including CGFNS) 9
For registration as a dentist 10
Other 0

IELTS registration needs to be done at least 2 to 3 months prior to the deadlines since the preparation takes time. 

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


HI, I registered for the british council ielts academic exam but didnot mentioned code for occupation sector, level and reason for writing ielts. Is there any issue assosiated with this while appearing for exam ? From where i can get student number for ielst exam and from where i can download application form for reference ?
puja sao
During the registration, what are the specifications required for photograph and signature?
diya suresh

There is no specific mention for the photograph and signature dimensions, but the relevant and valid documents must be uploaded in the space provided to complete the registration process. You can register in both online and offline mode and the exam can be taken in both online and offline mode.

Do I need to submit financial statement during registration of GATE?
diya suresh

No for GATE registration financial statement is not required. The list of documents that needs to be uploaded while registering yourself is as follows:

  • Passport size photograph in white background: 5 kb -200 kb
  • Signature in running handwriting: 5 kb-200 kb
  • Category Certificate wherever applicable: 10 kb -300 kb
  • PwD Certificate wherever applicable: 10 kb – 300 kb

Check more details at GATE 2021 application process.

md hussain ansari
Do all the papers take place on the same day?
manisha malik

Reading, writing, and listening paper of IELTS take place on the same day without any time interval. All the sections must be attempted within the time span of 2 hours 40 minutes. Only the speaking takes place on a different day, either before these sections or after this.

How many times am I allowed to register for the exam in a year?
diya suresh

There is no limit to the number of attempts and no limit to age as well. The exam is conducted 4 times in a month i.e. once every week and the result is declared in 13 days on the official website. The test timings are from 1 pm to 4 pm.

azeba sultana
Hisir/ madam my passport is with the Home office because of the pending decision. buy mistake I have written the general ILTES which is not valid as per the spouse criteria  I am attending my exam on 3 December 2020 IELTS life Skills A1. The home office sends me an email and informs me to send VALID IELTS  Certificate 10 working days and submit the result what another id can I bring the time of exam what other relevant documents please sir. on the time of the exam, I bring my PAN CARD, VOTER ID AND COPY OF XEROX PASSPORT, EMAIL send buy home office, and application form which I have sent on the time application and my passport is with VFS is there any other alternative please I appreciate your time and hard work helping us to resolve the query. THANK YOU 
swati srivastava

Hi Azeba, Greetings from Collegedunia. You can carry any valid ID proof which is acceptable by the authorities. Also please contact the authorities in order to resolve this issue. For more details visit: IELTS EXAM

ankur jain
Can I apply twice in a month?
diya suresh

Hi Ankur, yes in a month you can apply for IELTS exam 4 times. For more details of IELTS exam and registration click here.

vanshika chandra
Can I apply from my PC?
manika gupta


You can now take IELTS on computer too!

Multiple test sessions, faster results, and various test locations across India – computer -delivered IELTS gives you more convenience and flexibility! Tthis option also gets your results faster, within 3-5 days.

Can I correct the mistakes after registering for the exam?
manika gupta

Hi, Yes, You can correct the mistakes once the edit window of the application form opens.

arushi thankur
Do I need to have my passport to apply for the exam?
aniket ranjan

Hii Arushi, Greetings from collegedunia. For IELTS registration passport is must as passport is only ID proof of identification which is considered valid.

Is there any fee reduction this year?
diya suresh

Hi Priya,

Yes the revised fee for IELTS is INR 14000. For details of IELTS fee 2020-21, click here.

vikram dewan
Can you please tell me about IELTS centres in West Bengal?
devnath tiwary

Dear Vikram Dewan

Greetings from Collegedunia. There are 3 Test Centres for IELTS Exam in West Bengal. You can choose the appropriate one for your IELTS Test. For more information, kindly go through this link – IELTS Test Centers in West Bengal

What can I take inside exam centre?
aditi arun

Hello Riyaz,

You can take your ID Proof, A Pencil and a pen, an eraser and preferably a transparent water bottle. Apart from this, in view of the pandemic, you will have to wear a face mask and you can take sanitizer in a small transparent bottle.

While submitting the form is it necessary to pay online or is there any other method available?
aditi arun

Hello Pradeep,

Online payment is the only acceptable mode of payment for the registration fee of IELTS.

nafisa khatoon
Can I apply for IELTS exam for admission in different countries at the same time?
aditi arun

Hello Nafisa,

Yes, you can use your IELTS score to apply for any university around the globe if that university accepts IELTS score.

saurav kumar
What is the good score to get admission in any of the Universities in the US?
manika gupta

Hi Saurav, Considering the fact that IELTS is an exam which tests your english skills, the score 7.5 on 9 is a pretty decent one. As mentioned in the previous answers it all depends on the purpose for which you had given the examination. If it is for higher studies, most of the universities do very well accept this score.

rinki mahapatra
If is necessary to submit a Statement of purpose along with registration?
manika gupta

Hi Rinki, A Statement of Purpose (SOP) is one of the most important documents in your admission process. A Statement of Purpose, or Personal Statement, is an essay that many universities require you to submit as part of your application. There are some Universities that required SOP while some of them do not.

If is necessary to submit a Statement of purpose along with registration?
devnath tiwary

Dear Naman

Greetings from Collegedunia. You have to just fill-up the Registration Form online and there is no need to submit a Statement of Purpose document for the IELTS Test. For more information, kindly go through this link – IELTS Application and Registration 2020

Can I give IELTS exam at my home?
devnath tiwary

Dear Harssham

Greetings from Collegedunia. Yes, you can give IELTS Test with the IELTS Indicator facility due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information, kindly go through this link – IELTS Overview

rohan bharti
Can I get any fee reduction this year?
devnath tiwary

Dear Rohan Bharti

Greetings from Collegedunia. It is not possible this year because due to Covid-19 Pandemic, the fee has been amended and increased up to 14000 INR for IELTS Test. For more information, kindly go through this link – IELTS Overview