IELTS Exam 2021 - Dates, Full Form, Eligibility, Syllabus, Registration, and Result

Last Modified on : 13 Jan 2022


IELTS or the International English Language Testing System assesses the candidate’s language ability for studying or working in an English-speaking country. IELTS score is accepted by more than 10,000 employers, universities, schools, and immigration bodies across English-speaking countries viz. Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, and the USA. Some universities in non-English speaking countries also require an IELTS score if the medium of instruction of the course is English. The exam is jointly conducted by the IDP Education Australia, the British Council, and the Cambridge English Language Assessment. For candidates interested in studying abroad, here are the complete details related to the IELTS exam.

IELTS score is accepted in 100% of universities in the UK and Australia. It is also accepted in more than 3,400 institutions in the US and thousands of institutions in other English speaking countries.

IELTS Latest Updates

IDP will be the sole distributor of IELTS testing in India, as announced on 25th July 2021. IDP has acquired 100% stakes from the British Council recently. Hence, the council will no longer be administering the IELTS exam in India.

The exam conducting authorities have launched IELTS Indicator, an online English language test, for those affected by the COVID-19 and are unable to attend the test at designated centres. Students can take the test online from their homes.

Types of IELTS Exam

The IELTS exam is of two types -

  • IELTS Academic
  • IELTS General Training

IELTS Academic

This test is suitable for those looking forward to studying (higher education) in universities abroad. It is also taken for professional registration.

IELTS General Training

This test is suitable for those applying for training programmes, gaining work experience, or studying at secondary level (below degree level) in countries where English is the main language of communication. The test is also taken by those who want to migrate to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.

Both types measure the candidate’s ability in four basic English language skills viz. listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

IELTS Exam Overview

Exam Name

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Official Website

Conducted by

IDP Education Limited (in India)

Exam Mode

Online (Computer-Based) and Offline (Paper-Based)

Application Mode


Score Range

1 to 9

IELTS Contact

IDP Head Office

Call at 1800-102-4544

Email: [email protected]

Timings: Monday to Saturday (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM) 


Study, work, or migration to English speaking countries

IELTS Exam 2021 Important Dates

IELTS exam dates are available throughout the year. So, candidates can choose an exam date at their convenience. Candidates are advised to register for the exam well in advance as in the high season, the test dates fill up quickly. The computer-based test is conducted on all 7 days of the week with three sessions each day while the paper-based test is available four times a month. The Listening, Reading, and Writing tests are conducted on the same day and the Speaking test is conducted 7 days before or after the test. The exam dates for IELTS 2021 are as under:

January 2021

Test Dates

Test Types

21st January 2021

Academic and General

23rd January 2021


February 2021

Test Dates

Test Types

6th February 2021


20th February 2021

Academic and General

25th February 2021


27th February 2021

Academic and General

March 2021

Test Dates

Test Types

4th March 2021


7th March 2021

Academic and General

13th March 2021


20th March 2021

Academic and General

April 2021

Test Dates

Test Types

10th April 2021

Academic and General

17th April 2021


24th April 2021

Academic and General

29th April 2021


May 2021

Test Dates

Test Types

8th May 2021

Academic and General

20th May 2021


22nd May 2021

Academic and General

29th May 2021


June 2021

Test Dates

Test Types

5th June 2021

Academic and General

12th June 2021

Academic and General

17th June 2021


19th June 2021

Academic and General

July 2021

Test Dates

Test Types

2nd July 2021


11th July 2021

Academic and General Training

18th July 2021


25th July 2021

Academic and General Training

August 2021

Test Dates

Test Types

6th August 2021


8th August 2021

Academic and General

22nd August 2021

Academic and General

29th August 2021


September 2021

Test Dates

Test Types

5th September 2021


12th September 2021

Academic and General

17th September 2021

Academic and General

26th September 2021

Academic and General

October 2021

Test Dates

Test Types

10th October 2021


15th October 2021

Academic and General

24th October 2021

Academic and General

31st October 2021

Academic and General

November 2021

Test Dates

Test Types

7th November 2021


12th November 2021

Academic and General

21st November 2021

Academic and General

28th November 2021


December 2021

Test Dates

Test Types

3rd December 2021


5th December 2021

Academic and General

12th December 2021


19th December 2021

Academic and General

IELTS Exam 2021 Pattern & Syllabus

AS mentioned above, there are two types of IELTS tests. We will be discussing the pattern for both exams here.

Let's have a look at the common points.

Common Points

  • Listening and Speaking tests are common for both Academic and General Training.
  • Listening, Reading, and Writing will be completed on the same day with no breaks.
  • The speaking section test can be taken 7 days before or after the other tests.
  • The complete test will be of approximately 2 hours 45 minutes duration.

Pattern for IELTS Academic and General Training

The pattern of the exam is the same for both types. The only difference is that the listening and speaking sections are common while in the reading and writing sections, the questions are different.


Total Questions

Total Duration



30 minutes



60 minutes



60 minutes



11 to 14 minutes

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IELTS Exam Syllabus

The IELTS exam syllabus involves the topics asked in the four sections. Here are the details:

Listening: Matching lists or phrases, Plan/ Map/ Diagram labelling, short answer questions, note completion.

Reading: Note completion, Matching headings, identifying information, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, flow-chart completion. The reading paragraphs are from newspapers, journals, books, magazines.

Writing: Write 150 words for the 1st task and 250 words for the 2nd task.

Speaking: The speaking test is to be given face-to-face with a certified IELTS examiner. The duration of speaking is 11 to 14 minutes.

IELTS Exam 2021 Eligibility

There are no specific eligibility requirements as per the IELTS testing bodies in terms of upper age limit or educational qualification. However, some of the understood conditions are as follows:

  • The minimum age limit for appearing in the IELTS exam is 16years.
  • As the students are looking forward to studying in a foreign university where the medium of instruction will be English. So, he must have a basic understanding of English.
  • He must also check the minimum educational qualification required for the course he is interested in. This may vary from institute to institute.

IELTS Exam 2021 Application Process

Candidates can appear for the IELTS exam on pre-fixed dates in any month of the year. For appearing in an IELTS exam, they need to register for the same. There is no limit on reattempts. However, fresh registration is required every time the test is to be taken. Here are the steps to be followed:

Steps for IELTS Exam Registration

  • Visit the official website.
  • Go to the registration option.
  • Select your preferred test, test type, and available test date.
  • Provide your personal details viz. Name, email ID, mobile number, ID document, date of birth, etc.
  • Enter registration details such as country, first language, reason for taking the test, country you intend to go to.
  • Upload copies of your passport.
  • Select the colleges where you want to send your score.
  • Review all the details carefully.
  • Pay the registration fee.
  • After successful fee payment, take a print of the acknowledgement slip.

In-Person Registration - Registration can also be done in person at the IDP India office. You can download the application form or fill in the paper application form at the office and submit it along with the registration fee.

Registration Fee

The fee for the IELTS test is ₹ 14,700 (inclusive of all taxes). In the online mode of application, the fee can be paid using a credit or debit card. If you decide to register in person, the fee can be paid using a credit or debit card, through a demand draft or ICICI bank deposit slip.

Other Details

IELTS Result 2021

The IELTS result is announced 13 days after the test date. Candidates can check the scores through online mode only for 28 days. The printout of the online result will not be accepted as the final IELTS result. The final result is made available in the Test Report Form (TRF) format. Each candidate will receive one TRF through the mail. It will show the scores obtained by candidates in all four sections and the overall scores. All five scores are given on a 9 band scale. Here are the details of each band:


Skill Level

Band 9

Expert User

Band 8

Very Good User

Band 7

Good User

Band 6

Competent User

Band 5

Modest User

Band 4

Limited User

Band 3

Extremely Limited User

Band 2

Intermittent User

Band 1


Band 0

Did not attempt the test

The IELTS score can be sent to up to five organizations free of charge. After that, there is a fee for sending the scores to additional institutions. You can request your IELTS centre to send your result as long as the scores are valid.

IELTS 2021- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are the frequently asked questions related to the IELTS exam. The answers provided here will help you in understanding the exam better. Scroll down to have a look.

Question 1: What is the minimum percentage required in the qualifying exam to appear for the IELTS exam?

There are no set minimum percentage marks in the qualifying exam for appearing in the IELTS exam.

Question 2: Can I clear the IELTS exam by self-study?

Yes, you surely can. Just check out the exam pattern and syllabus and see if you can cover it. Else, it's not a bad idea to go for IELTS coaching.

Question 3: Is there any dress code for the IELTS exam?

No. It is advised to wear comfortable clothes as the exam will be of 3 hour duration.

Question 4: Will the interviewer repeat the question in the speaking test?

Yes, the interviewer will repeat the question but only once. So, have a good listening ability to understand the question in one go.

Question 5: What do I need to carry to the examination center?

You need to carry your original ID card i.e. National Identity Card/ Passport which is used at the time of online registration.

Question 6: Is there any negative marking in the IELTS exam?


Question 7: What if I am unable to take the test on the scheduled day?

If you are not able to take the test on the selected day, you will lose the exam fee. In case you provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, the fee will be refunded after deducting the local administrative cost.

Question 8: Can the Speaking test be rescheduled?

No. It is a system-generated test which cannot be rescheduled.

Question 9: If my passport has expired on the exam date, will I be able to take the test?

No. You need to renew the passport and then reschedule the test.

Question 10: Can I get the IELTS result via SMS?

Yes. You can check the IELTS result via SMS by sending a message to 9289892898 after 12 noon on the result day. The message to be sent is - RESULTCandidate NumberPassport Number.