Spanish Proficiency Test in India

If you’re learning Spanish, you might be aware of the Spanish proficiency test. Here, you’ll find everything about 2021 DELE exams, centers, fees, and benefits associated with it.
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If you’re learning or interested in pursuing a Spanish course. Then, you might be aware of the official Spanish language proficiency test in India.

Here, you’ll find all the details about the Spanish 2021 DELE exams in India, centers, fees, and why you should take the official Spanish exam recognized and accepted worldwide.

In the age of globalization and the evolving world, there are plenty of careers in Foreign languages.

If you’re unsure which foreign language to learn for Jobs, then Spanish is an excellent choice.

But Why Learn Spanish of all choices?

With 20 Spanish-speaking countries, there is currently over 500 million Spanish speakers globally.

While there are many perks of learning Spanish, job opportunities are the biggest motivation to attract people from far and wide.

What is the Spanish Proficiency Test?

Spanish Language Proficiency Test is a standardized test that assesses someone’s Spanish ability.

The exam determines whether you have the language abilities necessary to succeed. It is a way of proving the competency of a person’s ability to speak Spanish.

Benefits of the DELE Exam

Spanish Language Proficiency Test in India

First, we can use them as evidence of competence for job applications and advanced studies in Spanish-speaking nations.

Spanish Language tests are well known throughout the world. The associated certificates and diplomas are accepted as a qualification by employers and further education institutions in many countries.

The DELE is recognized worldwide by public and private educational institutions, governments, and corporations.

It is also a prerequisite for many undergraduates and postgraduates in university courses.

DELE opens doors to a wide range of career and recreational opportunities worldwide and supports career advancement.

There are few more benefits like boosting one’s confidence, improving the odds if you’re planning to immigrate to Hispanic countries, and traveling.

Besides, a career in Spanish, and of course, confirmation of your Spanish proficiency level are some other benefits.

What is DELE Exam?

DELE stands for Diplomas de Español Como Lengua Extranjera.

DELE is administered on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education & Science by Instituto Cervantes.

The examination adheres to the strict standard of the CEFR — Common European Framework of Reference for Language.

What are the DELE Levels?

The test has six different levels from which you can choose at will.

From A1 (Breakthrough or Beginner), A2 (Waystage or Elementary) to B1 (Threshold or Intermediate), B2 (Vantage or Upper-intermediate), C1 (Effective Operational Proficiency or Advanced), and C2 (Mastery or Near-native).

The A1 level is the most basic, and the C2 level is the most advanced.

DELE Exams in India

Each of these Spanish diplomas is strictly independent of one another.

It means that candidates are free to register and sit for the course of their choice.

You can choose beforehand which test you would like to take.

The Diplomas you will obtain from DELE are valid for a lifetime.

The minimum age is 16 for these DELE exams.

There are also DELE exams for young learners or schoolchildren (aimed at students from 11 to 17 years old). There are only two levels, namely A1 and A2/B1.

Exam structure & Passing marks

Like all other European Language tests, you will have to undergo four different proficiency tests at each level, including reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Depending on the competency scale, Spanish DELE exams last between two to five hours (including breaks).

Every level has a different exam structure that you should know before you sit for the exam.

To pass, you need a 60% or more score in writing and reading sections combined and a 60% or more in the listening and verbal sections combined.

DELE Exams in India

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2021 DELE Exam Centers in India

For 2021 DELE Exams, According to the official DELE website, the test will be conducted at four designated testing centers in India — New Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, and Kolkata.

However, all exams are not conducted at every center. Check the table below.

Address: Inaword, No 26, Teachers Colony, Kasturba Nagar, Adyar, Chennai
Contact: 044 – 24455077, 99629 35152. Email:
Person In-charge: Sra. Dª. Zenobia Irani
Website: LINK

Address: Genesis Group, 84/260, Roondla Plaza, Madhyam Marg, Mansarover Plaza, Near K.V. – 5, Jaipur
Contact: 98284 59107. Email:
Person In-charge: Sra. Dª. Dimple Gudhaneia

Address: RMIC, School of Languages, Golpark, Kolkata
Contact: 033 – 2464 1303/07, Email:
Person-In-Charge: Sr. D. Dibyajoti Mukhopadhyay
Website: LINK

Address: Woodstock School, Tehri Road, Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
Person-In-Charge: Dr. Carlos Izquierdo Tobías

Address: Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, New Delhi
Contact: 011 – 4368 1900 / 1999. Email:
Person-In-Charge: Sra. Dª María José Lobón López
Website: LINK

Address: Hispanic Horizons, Vas Chambers Building, 18 Hill Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai
Contact: 022 – 2640 9039, 80826 47938. Email:
Person-In-Charge: Sra. Blanca Dean
Website: LINK

DELE Test Dates for 2021

The DELE exams are conducted FOUR or FIVE times a year — April, May, June, and November.

The registration procedure starts 6-8 weeks in advance.

Exam Dates in 2021LAST DAY OF ENROLLMENTLevels Offered and Test Centers
9th April 2021 (Fri)10th February 2021General (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1). Centers – Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur.
21st May 2021 (Fri)17th March 2021Young Learners: (A1 and A2/B1). Centers – New Delhi and Mumbai.
22nd May 2021 (Sat)17th March 2021General (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). Centers – New Delhi and Mumbai.
9th July 2021 (Fri)12th May 2021General (A2, B1, B2, C1). Centers – Delhi, Jaipur.
8th October 2021 (Fri)25th August 2021 General (A2, B1, B2). Centers – Mumbai.
12th November 2021 (Fri)6th October 2021Young Learners: (A1 and A2/B1). Centers – New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata.
13th November 2021 (Sat)6th October 2021General (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). Centers – New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata.

Schedule of the exams (oral and written)

The written exams usually start at 9:00 a.m. In contrast, the timing of oral tests varies depending on the number of candidates appearing for that particular level of the DELE test.

They will send the timing details to all candidates through email around one week after the close of the registration period by email.

How much does it cost?

The dele exam price will depend on the level you sign up for and the country you decide to take it.

For 2021 DELE Exams in India, Fees are ₹ 4,400 (A1), ₹ 5,000 (A2), ₹ 5,800 (B1), ₹ 7,000 (B2), 7,500 (C1) and ₹ 8,000 (C2).

In the next article, I will cover another Spanish proficiency test, i.e., the SIELE Exam in India.

Our Spanish course contents are designed and customized as per international standards and guidelines like CEFR, DELE, SIELE.

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Vikash Gupta
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123 thoughts on “Spanish Proficiency Test in India”

  1. Hello sir, my name is Payel and I am from Kolkata. Sir, I had enrolled for A1 in 2021 which was about to be conducted on May 22nd (Saturday) in Kolkata but due to the pandemic the both the written and oral exams got cancelled. So sir my question is that can I apply for A2 in November, and can I recover the enrolment fees of A1 and enroll for A2 again.

    1. Yes, you can apply for A2 in November. To my understanding, If any exam is canceled, they refund the money. Contact RMIC.

    2. Hello sir,
      I am Diptish I want to know about the schedule of the DELE examination in 2021 and for 2022 for A1 and A2 levels.

      1. The 2021 schedule is already mentioned in this article. The next exam dates are 8th October and 13th November. They are yet to announce 2022 dates.

    1. DELE and SIELE are official certifications. DIE, on the other hand, is offered by a Spanish NGO called FIDESCU, which is registered under the ministry of culture and education, Spain. Go with DELE or SIELE as both are more widely accepted and recognized.

      1. Hello sir. My name is Dushyant Lawaniya, and I live in Agra. I have a doubt regarding the Spanish language. So I want to consult with you. Sir, I had completed my 10+2 in 2019, and I want to make a career in Spanish. Currently, I am doing ba without Spanish subject. Suppose I learn Spanish from a private institute and do a 1-year diploma in Spanish after that. How can I get that diploma certificate?
        1. Are there different fees for a different level of the Spanish language?
        2. If I appear in the dele b1 exam and pass it, how can I find a job.
        3. Can I get a job in bpo on behalf of dele b1 certificate with a 10+2 mark sheet without any experience.

        1. 1. You can study at any private institute and then take the DELE or SIELE exams to earn a diploma. Yes, there is a small difference in fees for courses and exams.
          2. You can find jobs through job portals, consultants or send your resume directly to many companies.
          3. Yes, you can get a job in BPO as a fresher.

  2. Hello sir,
    I am Vikram from Hyderabad, I am going to write DELE B2 exam in may and I chose Delhi as my center for this attempt. Can you please help out regarding how to enroll for the exam, I mean any website or link can you suggest? I have a B2 certification from my institute which is CEFR, and presently I am working on the Spanish domain in a very good company. I am very serious about DELE attempt in May.

    Hope I will get a reply from you.


    1. The last date for the May test is 17th March. You can apply online by submitting the form and exam fees. Here is the link — Form. If you face any problem, get in touch with Cervantes, New Delhi.

    2. I am working as a school teacher in Himachal. From where can I start to learn the Spanish language, and get the required certifications through online mode?

      1. DELE or SIELE are offline exams, and the only way to gain the diploma is to take the test at authorized test centers. You can, however, learn Spanish online by taking any course.

  3. Hello sir, As I was reading this article, I saw that the Mussoorie part is cut in the exam centres paragraph. Does that mean that there’s no exam center in Mussoorie for DELE 2021 exams? I live close to it, so that it would’ve been good for me.

    1. As per the latest updates regarding DELE test centers in India, Mussoorie and Chennai are missing. Thus, I crossed it. Once they add these centers, I will update it accordingly.

  4. Hello Mr. Vikash Gupta,

    This is Shilpa, from Hyderabad. I have been learning Spanish for the past 6 months with the help of a mobile app – Duolingo. I am interested in taking the DELE exam sometime next year. I want to know if it is a good idea in the first place. Do I have to take up a course separately to attempt the exam of a certain level or directly approach the Institute for attempting the test? I know that there are no learning or exam centers in Hyderabad, so I will have to travel either to Chennai or Delhi to take the test. Is there any possibility that the tests can be taken online from Hyderabad?

    1. Duolingo is OK to get some basic Spanish knowledge. But it is not enough for DELE. Yes, DELE is a worthy addition to your C.V. I’d suggest finding a Spanish institute or any teacher who can help you prepare. Online DELE exam is not possible. You have to visit the nearest test centers to take the test. Before that, you have to apply for the same as per dates. Instead of DELE, you can take SIELE. They have two test centers in Hyderabad, and it is equally recognized and reputed like DELE. The only caveat is validity, which is of 5 years.

  5. Hello Sir, I have already cleared 4 levels (not DELE levels) from an Institute and I want to appear for DELE B2 directly. So can I clear DELE B2 only through self-study since I already know the language partially? Also, kindly let me know what parts should I focus on.

    1. It is hard to say, as I don’t know your current level. Yes, you can prepare for B2 on your own provided that you follow the right approach and resources. Since there is no precise syllabus, you need some guidance other than books and audio lessons. I’d suggest finding a Spanish teacher who can guide you on every step to achieve B2.

  6. Hello Sir,
    Thanks for such a helpful article.
    I wanted to ask do we need to be enrolled in some institute to appear for this exam? Or we can give it even if we study on our own? Hoping to get a reply.

      1. Hi,
        I hope you can help me out with this. Do we need to join an Institute, or can we directly give the DELE exam?
        Thank you

        1. The DELE test can be taken no matter how you study. If you can prepare on your own, you can give directly.

  7. Hello sir. Do you think one year of study (a few hours a day and on weekends daily) will be sufficient to take and successfully clear the DELE B1?

    1. There is no special eligibility criteria. Anyone at age 18 or above can take the DELE exam. Between age 11-17, learners can take DELE for young learners.

  8. Hello Sir! I want to appear for A1 level, can you suggest to me how can I prepare on my own? Which books or apps should I refer to?

    1. There is no specific book. You can follow any book that covers A1. You can check some options on Amazon and Flipkart. Still, I’d suggest learning through a teacher as it will be more effective.

      1. Can you suggest how to find a tutor, considering I am in a very remote location? Also, how much could it cost? I have been going through content from some books and mainly on Duolingo. I have recently started reading grammar. I hope to take A1 this november. Kindly shed some light on the way ahead.

        1. You can find a tutor by contacting a language learning center in nearby cities. There are plenty of online and classified sites also through which you can search for a Spanish teacher.

  9. Hello sir,
    What are the job perspectives after passing of C1 level of DELE or SIELE in Delhi, India? I have been wanting a job in D.U after this, is it possible?

    1. After C1, you can explore job possibilities in MNC, export houses, BPO, educational institutions, or Indian companies that do business with Spanish-speaking countries. You can get a temporary job at DU as a guest or visiting faculty. But for a permanent position like Assistance professor, you need a Ph.D. in Spanish.

  10. Hello sir,
    As you say, to focus more on speaking and listening, how to improve these two skills especially for exam purposes. Please guide me.

    1. Take the help of a teacher, talk with those who already know Spanish, practice audio lessons, watch videos on YouTube, etc.

  11. Hello Sir,

    Apart from Delhi and Mumbai locations as exam centers for DELE, does Chennai have its exam center? Because I am planning to appear for my Spanish A2 in the month of November 2020.

  12. Hello sir,
    I’m 28 yrs old as of now and I want to learn Spanish at the max level possible. I’m also looking to appear for dele exams in near future. is it possible for me to learn the language by heart and grow a career in this field keeping in mind my age?

      1. Hi. I’m currently in 12 and I want to pursue BA HONS in Spanish. Many colleges have entrance exams. So, how to prepare for that entrance test?

        1. Not all Colleges require you to sit for an entrance test. Some offer based on the 12th score. Also, the syllabus varies, but in most cases, it covers General English, G.K., reasoning, and knowledge related to the countries where the target language is spoken. You have to check the prospectus for the concerned Universities.

      2. Hello sir,
        I want to learn Spanish and Japanese language. Which is the best center for both languages in Gujarat? And what about the fee structure according to level. I want to learn at least A1, A2, and B1. What about the Japanese level and fee structure. Can you suggest to me the best institute for the above? Thank you. 😊

  13. Hi Sir,
    Is it possible to learn a language on your own online and just appear for the exam without attending a 2/4/6 months course with any institute?

    1. Yes, you can do that for the beginners’ level. Find an online Spanish teacher to help you out. Beyond A2, it would be tricky to cover the curriculum without taking the regular offline classes at any institution.

      1. Sir, can we directly apply for the C2 level without giving any other exams like will we pass if we are really good? Or should we apply for all of them one after another, and also can we give all the tests at the same time?

        1. Yes, you can give any level you want without going one-by-one. You can only appear for one level at a time since all exams from A1 to C2 are usually conducted on the same day.

        2. Hi sir. I have two questions
          1. Will the exam in November 2020 happen? Due to the pandemic, all the exams are getting canceled.
          2. Can I give b2 directly? Without giving a1 and a2?

      1. Hi Vikash sir,
        I want to know the syllabus for B1 level Spanish, & what is young learners B1 & General B1. which should I use and why? Moreover, I m having doubts and fear. Could you please advise Do’s and Don’t for preparing the DELE B1 exam. It’s my first time and never ever given the only test related to foreign language. So kindly advise me. Can an average person clear that exam.

        1. The young learner test is for school going students, whereas General is for 16+. DELE is like any other international test. First, you have to give speaking, then listening, followed by reading and writing. You can check the syllabus on the DELE website, but there won’t be any topic mentioned. It’s generic. Three things to remember

          (i) Focus more on the Speaking and Listening part. Most people fail in these two exams.
          (ii) Instead of spending too much time on grammar exercises, try to write on various topics by using grammar and new vocabulary.
          (iii) Take the help of a teacher. Self-study is useful, but sometimes it slows down and is less ineffective. Be positive and good luck!

  14. Sir,
    I’m from Bangalore and want to take up the A1 exam. Is there any centre in Bangalore? If not, Is there a new centre starting soon in Bangalore?

    1. No. There is no DELE test centers in Bangalore. Cervantes might add in 2021, but difficult to predict.

    1. No. There is no online option for the DELE exam. They will postpone the dates for May 15th & 16th tests if things won’t improve by then.

  15. Anup Chakraborty

    Namaskar Sir,
    Can I take the exam for both A1 and A2 for the Spanish language on the same date on 18th November 2020 in Golpark institute? Please inform me. Regards Anup Chakraborty.

    1. Yes, I guess. But there is no need to give A1 if you are planning to give A2. Besides, sometimes the oral test timing/dates may clash. You can contact the respective center for confirmation.

    1. That depends on how you prepare. The duration varies from one person to another. So, yes you can clear A1 in 1.5 months provided that you work really hard. Take the help of a Spanish teacher.

  16. Hello sir,
    My name is Pooja. I am a graduate from DU, and I have done a B2 level in Spanish from Instituto Cervantes. I want to do a Ph.D. So, from which college I should enroll for the same?

    1. For a Ph.D. in Spanish, the minimum eligibility criteria is MA or M.Phil in Spanish. First, you should complete an MA after clearing an entrance test of DU, JNU, Doon, or any other University. Then After MA, you can appear for the Ph.D. entrance exam.

  17. I have completed regular graduation (without having any foreign language as a subject). But I have an interest in Spanish learning and have done some self-study to learn beginners Spanish. Am I eligible for the DELE (A1) exam? And should I give this exam?

    1. Anyone can appear for the DELE exam. If you think you’re ready for A1, then you can apply for the April test when the forms will be available in February.

  18. Sir, I’m living in Spain, and I want to get Spanish nationally. Which type of exam I have to clear for that and can I get a test in New Delhi? I’ll come on 17th Oct 2019 to 8 of Jan 2020 in India. Can you suggest any best institution in Delhi who prepare the exams and books for Spanish citizenship? Thanks

    1. While I’m not sure, but to apply for Spanish nationality, you need to be a resident of Spain for 10 or more years. I’m not aware of any particular Spanish exam for that; it could be DELE, SIELE, or different. You can consult some immigration experts regarding this. For courses, you can read Spanish Institutes in Delhi

  19. Hello Sir,
    I want to appear for Dele and have done a BA (Spanish as the primary language) and also did A1. 2 levels from the online course of Cervantes. I am revising Spanish as it’s been some years since I left it. I couldn’t continue with Spanish as I started to work in the HR dept after PGDM in management. Now I have taken a break from work and want to complete my Spanish studies.

    But I can only study at home due to personal reasons (or online) or just on Sundays for outside classes. Please advise the best option to clear Dele and to become a teacher later on. I found many institutions in the Gurgaon area but don’t know which institute can help in Dele prep only on Sundays. Is it possible to learn and clear Dele with online courses of Cervantes? Waiting for your valuable advice.

    1. I’m not sure if there is any good institute with only Sunday classes. Beyond elementary levels (A1, A2), I won’t recommend online or self-study mode. Maybe you can try a quasi method (self-study + offline classes). You can try Lexcios, Berlitz, or Inligua in Gurgaon.

    1. For the November exam, you can visit one of the 4 test centers. And then apply by filling the form, choosing the level and exam fee.

        1. You can contact the Jaipur Test center. The contact details, including exam dates and last dates to apply, are mentioned in this article.

      1. Sir, I am from Bihar and it’s not possible for me to visit one of those centres for registration. Can I register myself for the A1 exam online?

      1. Hi. I am learning the basics of Spanish from online apps. Will that help me clear up to B1/2 levels DELE exams?

        1. Difficult, but no harm in trying. Most of the apps only help to learn beginners’ level, i.e. A1. Beyond that, you need some other resources like a teacher, books, audio lessons, etc.

  20. Hello Sir,

    I have completed my Spanish Diploma through Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, and I want to crack the M.A language entrance of JNU. Could you please suggest me on this? I am not getting any study material from anywhere! What should I do?

    1. A diploma from BVB may not be enough for JNUEE. You can read my article JNU Language Courses. At the end of it, you will find the link of E-prospectus (Syllabus is mentioned), and also previous year question papers. Everything is there 🙂

  21. Can anyone advise me any alternate on how to register for DELE B2 since I am a Cervantes student and I am enrolled in B2.3 that’s why the institute doesn’t allow me to register for dele b2 exam from the Delhi center, i.e. Instituto Cervantes?

    1. Anyone can appear for any DELE exam even if you’re not a student of Cervantes. For the 22nd November exam, the last date to apply is 9th October. So, I guess you can if seats had not been filled up. You still have to contact Cervantes because that is the only option in Delhi.

  22. Hello sir, I am a housewife and have a keen interest in languages. I want to learn Spanish through distance learning from JNU. Please suggest me the procedure required.

    1. JNU, or for that matter, no University offers distance learning language courses. Avoid IGNOU. If you just want to study the beginners level as a hobby, you can try on own through books and online resources. If your goal is a career, you have to enroll in regular classes or find a teacher.

  23. Namaste sir.
    Planning to give Spanish A1 level. so how many days it requires to prepare for exam and which book to refer.

    1. A1 is quite easy. You can cover through books like AULA A1 HERE and HERE. I’m not sure how you are studying but if you’re doing on own, sooner or later find a teacher or Join any Spanish Institute.

  24. Sir, I am a student of 3rd yr and my hons. subject is aihc & arch in bhu but I want to study Spanish and want to do it from Jnu so tell me what I need to do.

    1. JNU does not offer any part-time Spanish course. If you wish to study at JNU, you have to appear for an entrance test for BA in Spanish next year. In addition, BHU also offers a 2-year part-time Diploma in Spanish, and the BHU admission procedure will begin in August. Read — BHU Spanish Courses.

  25. Bhavana sharma

    sir my daughter is learning Spanish from the cervante institute, New delhi. can she apply for diploma course from JNU this year? what are the requirments for that? kindly tell me about the entrance exam, fee, duration etc. Thanks


    Namaskar Sir, I am Rabin Chakraborty and live in Kolkata and working in railway. I have completed intermediate in Spanish and want to appear for DELE. Please tell me sir, how can I get a part-time Spanish job in Kolkata.

    1. There are not many part-time jobs. One such option is teaching beginners level Spanish at an educational institution or individual classes. You may get some voice-based work or as a freelance translator or interpreter but for these jobs, you need higher level proficiency like DELE C1.

    1. While A1 is just a beginners level, 15 days aren’t enough to prepare. I’m not sure how you are studying. Take the help of any institute or Spanish teacher if you’re studying on own.

  27. Hello sir, I have keen interest in languages of world and want to learn many language as much as I can. Sir, can I able to give exam of languages without joining any Institute but by self study?

    1. While one can learn any language through self-study but in most cases, it is not very effective. A good learning center or foreign language teacher will show you the right way and speed up the learning process through interactive classes, assignments, activities, and time-tested language methodology.

      Motivation and discipline are also missing in self-study mode. If possible, enroll in any center for regular classes otherwise you can try to learn on your own. At least there is no harm. Good Luck!

  28. Hello sir, i can speak a little Spanish, but i am not sure what my level is. I had learnt spanish years ago from an institute in Jaipur. I don’t have any certificate. But i want to obtain all certificates regarding business Spanish. I just want to give exam to try my level, not to join for any course. Is there any procedure?

    1. Yes. If you feel you know some Spanish but not sure about the level. You can appear for SIELE. Like DELE, the SIELE exam also consists of Speaking, Writing, Listening, and Reading test. In SIELE Test, you’ll score on a scale from 0 to 1000.

      So without passing or failing, you just find out which level you are. The certification is valid for 5 years only. If you want certification for life, which will be helpful in your career, then DELE is the best option. You have to choose the level and need to study properly.

  29. Hello Vikash. I just saw the dates to register for the DELE exam for Jaipur. Is there a procedure o fill the forms with late fees also. This is for the month of May 2019.

    1. There are 100’s Education institutions offering a wide range of Spanish course. Without knowing your affordability, where you want to learn, purpose, etc., it would difficult suggest anything.

  30. Kishan Kannayya

    Do we have any coaching center for Spanish (I mean any authorized center like, Alliance Française for French) in Hyderabad.

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