More Indians are taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), a globally standardised English language proficiency test for non-native English language speakers, the first step towards leaving India for studies or work.
According to official figures by IDP Education limited, the number of candidates appearing for the IELTS exam has increased by up to 15 per cent since the pandemic.
IDP Education Limited owns the IELTS in India.
“The growth in the current year IELTS numbers versus the pre-pandemic normal year is in the range of 10-15 per cent,” said Piyush Kumar, regional director (South Asia and Mauritius), IDP Education.
In January, IDP has opened 23 new offices across India, including in Gandhinagar, Anand, Raipur, Shimla, Kurukshetra, Jammu, Trichy, Thrissur, Patna, Guwahati, Calicut and Goa.
“Students will now have access to world-class counselling services both via virtual and in-person mode through these new offices to study in prestigious universities and institutions across Australia, USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland,” Kumar said.
“From course and university selection, application submission, offer acceptance, visa assistance, to finding accommodation, applying for health insurance, opening bank accounts, etc., these new offices have dedicated study abroad experts to help students in their entire study abroad journey,” he said.