Teaching English in India

India Overview

As the third largest English-speaking country in the world, the English language is spoken throughout the nation. However, tuition remains important – particularly for Business English classes. There are lots of voluntary positions to be found online but it is surprisingly difficult to locate many well-paid positions from internet searches. Experienced TEFL teachers are encouraged to contact the British Council in India as the salaries and conditions are very good indeed. Because of the ubiquity of English in India, teaching opportunities are significantly less common than in other Asian nations.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres 500 – 1,000 (DOS) Various but often 6 days a week 2 weeks plus national holidays
British Council 1,700 – 2,500 Various – generally including weekend work 8 weeks plus national holidays
International schools 2,000 upwards 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs

Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp.

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1. Experienced teachers are advised to see if there are any vacancies at the British Council.

2. You may need to dip into savings to begin with as it can take time to find paid teaching work and the chances of saving money from a language centre salary are rather low.

3. Bear in mind that most ‘vacancies’ advertised online are voluntary positions only.

Red tape

Unless you have been offered a position with the British Council or an International School, chances are you will have to enter the country on a tourist visa before starting the arduous process of obtaining all the necessary paperwork.

Cost of living

The cost of accommodation and food in India is very low. Western food imported from abroad is generally expensive.

Tax and salary information

Salary is paid on a monthly basis. Tax is usually paid by employers.


The demand for Business English tuition in Indian cities is growing steadily Very few paid teach positions advertised online
There are many English speaking tuition opportunities for call centre staff in urban areas of India Cultural differences between the ‘West’ and India can cause significant strain
Lots of worthwhile voluntary opportunities in rural areas Females are advised to take extra care when out alone

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1 Comment

  1. satisfaction123 says:

    Good day

    I am a South African , interested in teaching English in India. I am a qualified teacher- 35 years experience including 2 years in the Middle East. I also have a Cambridge Celta qualification.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards
    Nad Govender

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