IELTS Exam Registration 2024: Steps to Register for IELTS Exam (Online & Offline)

International English Language Testing System ( IELTS )

Updated on Jun 17, 2024 17:48 IST

IELTS Registration: Students looking to study abroad are required to go through the IDP IELTS exam registration process to take the IELTS exam. Candidates can register for the IELTS exam online or offline. IELTS registration online requires candidates to visit the official IDP IELTS website. Offline IELTS registration involves candidates having to register at the nearest IELTS test centre by filling out the IELTS registration application and paying an IELTS exam registration fee of INR 17,000. IELTS is one of the most popular English language exams for Indian students looking to study abroad. It is available in two formats: IELTS Academic and IELTS General.

Students who are looking to pursue higher education abroad are required to register for the IELTS Academic exam, while all other applicants who need IELTS scores for migration and work purposes need to take the IELTS General Training exam. Read IELTS Academic vs General Tests. In this article, we will look at how to register for the IELTS Academic test and related IELTS registration details.

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Q:   Can I take the IELTS exam without my passport?

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No. All candidates are required to bring their original valid Indian passport at the IELTS center on the test date, a copy of which was submitted during the IELTS registration process. Candidates who fail to bring their valid passports to the test center will be refused entry to the test.

 

Q:   Can I book IELTS exam 2 days before the test?

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No. Candidates looking to take the IELTS exam are required to book their IELTS exam dates at least 3 days before the test date. As part of the IELTS registration process, candidates would need to keep their valid passport and credit/debit cards handy to complete the IDP IELTS registration process. It is usually advised that candidates book their IELTS exam at least 1 – 2 months in advance to ensure availability of test dates and give yourself enough time to prepare.

 

Q:   How many attempts are possible in the IELTS exam for students looking to study abroad?

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Students looking to study abroad can take the IELTS exam as many times as they wish. There is no specific limit on the number of attempts for the IELTS. However, it is important to note that frequent retesting without adequate preparation may not yield the desired results. Each attempt requires payment of the exam fee, and test dates are subject to availability. It is advisable for students to focus on improving their English language skills before attempting the exam again, rather than relying solely on multiple attempts. Preparation, practice, and understanding of the test format are key to achieving the desired scores for studying abroad.

 

IELTS Registration 2024 (online)

IELTS Registration details: In this section, we are going to be looking at the IELTS exam registration process in detail. The IELTS Paper-delivered 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 taking the exam on any of the 48 days at their convenience. Candidates who are looking to attempt the IELTS Computer-delivered test would be glad to know that the test is available seven days a week and up to 3 times a day to accommodate the large number of IELTS registrations. 

How to Register for IELTS Exam 2024 (online)?

In this section, we are going to be discussing the steps involved in the IDP IELTS exam Registration process.

Step 1: Candidates are required to log into their official IDP Registration page

Step 2: They would be then required to select: 'Register for IELTS' to create their IDP IELTS Login

Step 3: Candidates would be required to select their preferred test – computer-delivered / paper-based IELTS exam

Step 4: Candidates would be then required to select their test type/module – Academic or General Training for IELTS

Step 5: Candidates will then be required to select their desired test location/city (from the available IELTS test centres in India)

Step 6: On completion of the above-mentioned steps, candidates will find a list of dates available for their preferences. Select your desired date and time slot

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Step 7a: Candidates will be required to fill up their details and complete their online application. Remember, you will also have to upload a clear, scanned colour copy of your passport to complete the process

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Step 7b: Give your registration details.

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Step 7c: Upload copies of your Passport.

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Step 8: Select the list of colleges where you want to send your Score Report.

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Step 9: Review your details one last time before making payment.

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Step 10: Pay the IELTS exam registration fee of INR 17,000.

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Step 11: Once the payment has been made. Candidates can take a printout of the acknowledgement receipt.

After online registration, you will receive an acknowledgement 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.

Q:   How many years is the IELTS exam valid for?

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The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam results are generally valid for a period of two years from the date of the test. This means that your IELTS scores can be used for admission or immigration purposes within this two-year period. After the validity period expires, the scores are considered outdated and may no longer be accepted by institutions or immigration authorities. It is important to note that individual institutions or organizations may have their own policies regarding score validity, so it is always advisable to check with the specific institution or immigration body to confirm the acceptability of your IELTS scores beyond the two-year period.

 

Q:   How much is the IELTS exam fee?

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Candidates looking to take the IELTS Academic are required to pay INR 16,250 as a registration fee. Candidates who are looking to take the IELTS General Test are required to pay INR 16,500 as registration fees.

 

Q:   How can I register for IELTS?

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To register for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam from India, prospective test takers are required to follow these steps:

  • Candidates are required to log into their IDP IELTS India website
  • They would be then required to select: 'Register for IELTS' to create their IDP IELTS Login
  • Candidates would be required to select their preferred test – computer-delivered IELTS/ paper-based (IELTS, IELTS for UKVI or Life Skills)
  • Candidates would be then required to select their test type/module – Academic or General Training for IELTS, IELTS for UKVI, A1 and B1 for Life Skills (be extremely careful while choosing the module you wish to take)
  • Candidates are required to pick their desired test location/city (from the available IELTS test centres in India)
  • On completion of the above-mentioned steps, candidates would find a list of dates available for their preferences. Select your desired date and time slot
  • Candidates would be required to fill up their details and complete their online application. Remember, you will also have to upload a clear, scanned colour copy of your passport to complete the process
  • Candidates would be then required to pay the IELTS exam fee of INR 16,250
  • Once your test date is booked, candidates will receive an acknowledgement on their registered email/phone number. For the Speaking test, you can book a slot online on your preferred date and time (Only applicable for Paper-based IELTS). If you fail to choose a slot within the stated time period, a time slot will be automatically allocated to you.
 
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How to Register for IELTS exam - Offline

How to apply for IELTS exam: Maximum test takers opt for the online IELTS exam registration process. Candidates can also book their IELTS exam in person by opting for offline methods of IELTS exam registration as mentioned below. 

IDP IELTS Registration Details: in-Person

Students wanting to take the IELTS exam can walk into any IDP Branch/head office and register using either of the following methods:

IDP IELTS Registration Method - 1

  • Candidates can register online using the computer at the IDP Branch/head office and pay the IELTS test fee. They would get an immediate confirmation of their seat (this is identical to online registration)
  • Candidates would also be required to submit a photocopy of their Passport (first and last page), and observation pages, if any
  • Submit the duly signed Terms & Conditions document. Do read it properly before handing it over
  • Pay the IELTS exam registration fee
  • Receive your instant acknowledgement letter that confirms your seat in the test

IELTS Exam Registration Method - 2

  • In the second method, candidates would be required to fill out the application form available at the IDP office/ Input Node
  • They would be then required to sign the Terms & Conditions document provided with the application form
  • Append a photocopy of their Passport (first and last page), and observation pages, if any
  •  Pay the IELTS registration fees
  • Upon payment, request the staff (IDP branch / Input Node) to submit your application form in the online registration system and provide you with the acknowledgement slip of your test booking along with a tentative seat reservation.

IELTS IDP Registration Details by Courier

  • In this alternative method, candidates would be required to download the application form from the official website or collect the application form from their nearest IDP branch office or Input Node.
  • test takers would be required to fill out the application form and submit the duly signed Terms & Conditions document. Do read it properly before handing it over
  • Submit a photocopy of your Passport (first and last page), and observation pages, if any
  • Pay the IELTS registration fees, and
  • Send the duly filled completed application form with all necessary documents and test fee to:

IDP Education India Pvt. Ltd. Contact Information

IDP Head Office

Global Gateway Towers, Tower-B, 5th Floor,

Sikanderpur Ghosi, Sector-26, M.G. Road,

Gurugram -122002 Haryana, India

Phone: 1800-102-4544 (Mon to Sat - 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM)

Your application will be processed upon receipt of the documents and test fee. Please note that the seat allotment for your selected date will be subject to availability.

Q:   Can a student get 6.5 Bands in IELTS in one month of preparation?

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Achieving a specific band score in the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam within a month of preparation depends on various factors, including your starting level of English proficiency, the amount of time and effort you can dedicate to studying, and your ability to grasp and apply new language skills. While it is challenging to guarantee a specific score, it is possible to make significant progress in one month with focused and consistent preparation. To increase your chances of reaching a 6.5 band score in one month, consider the following tips: Familiarize yourself with the test format and requirements; Assess your current level; Create a study plan; Practice with official materials; Focus on target skills and Seek feedback and guidance. Remember that individual results may vary, and success ultimately depends on your effort, focus, and dedication to studying. Consistent practice, targeted preparation, and a positive mindset can greatly enhance your chances of achieving your desired band score in the IELTS exam.

 

Q:   Can I crack the IELTS exam in 15 days?

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The duration of the IELTS preparation would depend on the English knowledge of the candidates. Candidates who have a good understanding of the English language would require less duration as compared to weak candidates. During the 15 days of IELTS preparation, make sure that you solve as many sample questions and sample PDFs as possible. Since the time is short, you must understand how to attempt the test. The task is achievable, and with hard work and focus, you will be able to crack the IELTS in 15 days. Candidates can take the IELTS Academic from an IELTS-designated test center or opt for the IELTS Online exam. Candidates would be required to pay an IELTS exam fee of INR 16, 250.

 

Q:   Is it easy to score 8 Band score in the IELTS exam?

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Scoring an 8-band score in the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam is considered a high level of proficiency and is not easy to achieve. To score an 8-band, test takers need to demonstrate a high level of accuracy, fluency, and complexity in their language use. They should have a strong command of vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structures. Additionally, they need to comprehend complex academic texts, effectively express their thoughts in writing, and engage in fluent and articulate conversations during the speaking test.
Scoring an 8-band requires dedicated and focused preparation, regular practice, and a deep understanding of the test format and requirements. It is recommended to use official IELTS preparation materials, take practice tests, seek guidance from tutors or enroll in preparatory courses to enhance your language skills and test-taking strategies. The IELTS exam is designed to assess a wide range of English language skills across the four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Each section is graded on a scale of 0 to 9, and achieving an overall band score of 8 requires consistent excellence across all sections.
 

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IELTS Slot Booking 2024

IELTS exam registration: IDP IELTS Booking is where candidates are required to select the IELTS center that is most convenient to them, select an IELTS exam date from the available pool of IDP exam dates and go ahead with the IDP IELTS Booking.  Aspirants would require a valid passport and a debit/credit card to pay the IELTS registration fee of INR 17,000. 

IELTS Slot Booking (step-by-step)

  1. Candidates are required to find an IELTS Test Center in their preferred location. Test takers can visit our IELTS test centre page or the official website to learn about the authorized centres responsible for conducting the IELTS exam in India.
  2. Test takers would be then required to check the available test dates at the test centres. Test dates may vary depending on the location and demand. It is advisable to plan and choose a date that allows sufficient time for preparation.
  3. Candidates would be then required to fill out the online registration form on the official IELTS website, provide the required personal details, including identification information (e.g., passport), and contact information, and select the test type (Academic or General Training).
  4. Test takers would be then required to make the payment for the IELTS exam registration fee online of INR 17,000. The payment can be made through various online modes such as credit/debit cards, net banking, or other designated payment methods.
  5. Once the registration is complete and the payment has successfully gone through, candidates will receive a confirmation email or receipt containing their test date, time, and venue. It is important to keep this information safe for future reference. Remember to book your IELTS slot well in advance to secure your preferred test date and location, as popular dates can fill up quickly.
  6. Candidates are required to prepare for the IELTS exam using credible IELTS preparation materials, practice tests, and other resources. Familiarize yourself with the test format and content to improve your chances of success.
  7. IELTS exam registration last date: The IELTS computer-based test dates are available throughout the month and the IELTS registration last date is 72 hours before the test date. When we talk about the IELTS on paper, the IELTS exam registration last date for the paper-based test is six days before the test or till the time the test centre is not out of seats. Candidates should be quick when opting for paper-based tests as seats tend to fill up fast. 

Note:

  • 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.

Documents Required for IELTS Registration

The only document required in the IELTS registration process is a valid Indian passport. Candidates would be required to provide details of their passports during the IDP IELTS registration process along with a scanned copy of the front and the back at the time of the IELTS exam registration process. And more importantly, IELTS test takers would have to carry their passports to the test centre on the test day. 

Q:   How many days before can I register for the IELTS exam?

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The registration period for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam opens several months in advance, allowing candidates to secure their preferred test date and location. It is recommended to register for the exam as soon as possible to ensure availability and to provide sufficient time for preparation. Test centers often have limited seats, particularly during peak periods, so early registration increases the likelihood of securing a spot on the desired test date. To find the specific registration details and timelines for the IELTS exam in your location, you can visit the official IELTS website or contact the test center where you plan to take the exam.

 

Q:   IELTS exam and registration dates. US Colleges with less tuition fee.

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Hi, registration for the IELTS exam is available throughout the year. You can select the timing of your IELTS exam as per your convenience. This exam is basically conducted 48 times a year. The latest IELTS exam (academic) will be conducted on January 28, 2023. You can visit this Shiksha page to know about upcoming dates in February month and IELTS process: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/exams/ielts/important-dates In the United States, the following colleges have lower tuition fees: 1. Southeast Missouri State University 2. Arkansas State University 3. Northwest Missouri State University 4. Dakota State University 5. California State University, San Bernardino To learn in detail about the affordable universities in the USA, you can go through this page: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/affordable-and-cheap-universities-in-usa-articlepage-2679.

 

Q:   Is IELTS a difficult exam?

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The exam consists of four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Each section has its own unique requirements and demands. However, with focused study, practice with sample questions, and familiarity with the test format and scoring criteria students can effectively prepare for the exam. The difficulty level of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam can vary depending on an individual's English language proficiency and their level of preparation. While the IELTS exam may present some challenges, it is designed to assess a wide range of language skills and is considered manageable with proper preparation.

It is important to allocate sufficient time for preparation, work on improving English language skills, and familiarize oneself with the specific requirements of the desired band score. Additionally, seeking guidance from tutors, attending preparatory courses, and utilizing official IELTS study materials can greatly enhance performance. Ultimately, success in the IELTS exam depends on the individual's effort, dedication, and commitment to improving their English language skills through consistent practice and preparation.

 

IELTS Exam Dates 2024

IDP IELTS India has allocated 48 days per year for the IELTS paper-based exam. Candidates who would be opting for the IELTS computer-based test would be glad to know that the test is available seven days a week and up to 3 times a day. You can choose any one date according to your convenience.

What is the best time to appear for the IELTS exam?

Candidates are advised to select an IELTS exam date at least three to four months before the first college application deadline. Doing this should give them plenty of time to retake the exam if they feel the first attempt was not great.

IELTS Center

IELTS Exam Centres: The IELTS India exam is conducted and offered on-demand around the year at the following IELTS centres 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

Vijayawada

n/a

n/a

IELTS Partners have also launched the IELTS Indicator, an online English language test for students who are affected by COVID-19 and are not able to attend the IELTS test center. The IELTS Indicator will assess the student's English language skills in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Students can take the test online from their homes. 

Cancellation or Rescheduling of IELTS Exam

In this section, we are going to be discussing the Cancellation and Rescheduling of the IELTS Exam.

Rescheduling your IELTS Exam

Candidates who wish to change their test date or reschedule their IELTS registration are required to raise a request for a test day transfer at least five weeks before their already booked test date. Also, the new test date must be within three months of the original test date. Candidates need to pay an administrative charge of INR 3,300 inclusive of all taxes for the transfer of the test date.

IELTS Cancellation

  • If you cancel your IELTS application more than five weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus a 25% administrative fee.
  • If you cancel the IELTS exam less than five weeks ahead of the test date, you will receive no refund.
  • In case you fail to appear for the test, then you will not receive any refund. This is also considered a cancellation.

Those who can produce a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date can receive a refund after deducting the local administrative cost.

IELTS Re-Attempts

Apart from this, candidates can also reattempt the exam whenever they want. As there is no limit to giving the IELTS test, candidates can take 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 IELTS registration fee INR 17,000. Candidates need to go through the IDP IELTS registration every time they want to take the test. 

Q:   Can I know the procedure to cancel my slot in IELTS exam?

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Candidates looking to cancel their IELTS exam fee can check out the charges below:

  • If you cancel your IELTS application more than five weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus a 25% administrative fee.
  • If you cancel the IELTS exam less than five weeks ahead of the test date, you will receive no refund.
  • In case you fail to appear for the test, then also you will not receive any refund. This is also considered a cancellation.

Those who can produce a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date can receive a refund after deducting the local administrative cost.

 

Q:   Can I reschedule my IELTS exam?

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Candidates can reschedule their IELTS test only if the test date is at least 15 days from the date on which they are applying for transfer. IELTS exam dates that are 34 days and beyond can be rescheduled without stating any reason. Candidates would be required to pay a fee for the same. 

 

Q:   What is IELTS One Skill Retake?

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IDP IELTS has recently introduced IELTS One Skill Retake to allow test takers a more improved testing experience. How does IELTS One Skill Retake work? Candidates who may not have been able to perform well in one of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing, or Speaking) on test day can utilize the benefit of the IELTS One Skill Retake and get their overall score back on track. The IELTS One Skill Retake will allow candidates to re-take any one skill on the IELTS exam within 60 days of their original test day.

Candidates would be issued a second Test Report Form (TRF) with the updated IELTS scores of the IELTS One Skill Retake along with the scores for the other three skills in the original test. Candidates can choose to either send the new Test Report Form or the original one. When we talk about IELTS One Skill Retake cost. You would have to check that with your local test centre for more information The official IELTS IDP website does not have any cost mentioned. The IELTS One Skill Retake is available for both IELTS Academic as well as IELTS General Training exams in select test centres. However, the IELTS One Skill Retake is only available in Australia and will be rolled out to other countries in a phased manner. 

 

IELTS on Computer vs IELTS on Paper (CBT vs PBT)

The IELTS exam is available in two formats Computer-delivered IELTS and paper-delivered IELTS Exam. Candidates looking to opt for the IELTS Computer-based test (CBT) should note that the test 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. Read: Difference Between IELTS on computer vs IELTS on paper Earlier candidates were able to book their slot through British Council IELTS registration but now they are required to do the IELTS exam registration through IDP. 

IELTS Eligibility 2024

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

IELTS Exam Eligibility: Age Criteria 

As such, there is no age limit set by the IELTS administrators (IDP or British Council), however, it is not recommended for candidates below 16 years.

IELTS Eligibility: Educational Eligibility

As such, there are no IELTS eligibility criteria set by the IDP, the conducting body of IELTS. Anyone who wishes to pursue higher studies abroad or wants to work abroad can attempt the IELTS IDP exam (both Academic and General Training). However, candidates should always check the eligibility criteria set by the educational institution or organization to which they are applying.

IELTS India Contact information

IDP Head Office

Global Gateway Towers, Tower-B, 5th Floor,

Sikanderpur Ghosi, Sector-26, M.G. Road,

Gurugram -122002 Haryana, India

Phone: 1800-102-4544 (Mon to Sat - 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM)

Email: ielts.india@idp.com

IELTS Exam Registration:

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

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Tajkia Sultana

2 months ago

Hii, I want to complete my Bachelors in Malaysia from Bangladesh. But I am not understanding which books to choose for taking preparation as I want to take preparation at home.Pls help me to choose the best books and let me know if there is any free-student scholarship in Malaysia.

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Rahul Singha

2 months ago

Hello Tajkia. I would highly recommend that you opt for books/ study material that is available on the official website of IDP - the conducting body of the IELTS exam. The books would have the latest syllabus and cover everything you would need to know to ace your IELTS exam.

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TOM Titus

7 months ago

Hi I have a query. I completed my 12th on 2017 and I been working from 2018 to 2023 can I get admission on Diploma course

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Rahul Singha

6 months ago

Hello Tom. Admission processes are university-specific. And since you have been working from 2018 to 2023 - this would only add to your resume as work experience. You can also look for assistance with university admissions from our counsellors here.

Hello shiksha I just finish my B A in political science. I want to study abroad now? Can I complete MA here. And then what kind of work will I get. I would be very happy if you answer. Thank you

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Rahul Singha

a year ago

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Aditi

a year ago

Hi Shiksha Study Abroad, I have a query, I completed my bachelors in the year 2020 with first division, so can I apply on the basis of MOI?

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Rahul Singha

a year ago

Hello Aditi. Thank you for writing in. A Medium of Instruction Certificate (MOI) is accepted proof of English proficiency. However, whether your preferred university/ college would be considering the MOI is something you will have to check. This is entirely at the discretion of the university and th

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Pratham

a year ago

I am 10th pass , I want to check my efficiency in english I am eligible

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Rahul Singha

a year ago

Hello Pratham. You can go ahead and take the IELTS exam to check your proficiency in the English language. However, do note that the IELTS exam is for candidates who are looking to study or migrate to countries that use English as their first language. You can opt for other English proficiency tests

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