Teaching English in India

Teaching English in India

India Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai,
Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata
$500 – $2000

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.

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Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?Experience?
YesYes1-2 Years

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

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 center salary are rather low.

Bear in mind that most β€˜vacancies’ advertised online are voluntary positions only.

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.

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

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

Pros and Cons of Teaching in India


  • The demand for Business English tuition in Indian cities is growing steadily
  • There are many English speaking tuition opportunities for call centre staff in urban areas of India
  • Lots of worthwhile voluntary opportunities in rural areas


  • Very few paid teach positions advertised online
  • Cultural differences between the β€˜West’ and India can cause significant strain
  • Females are advised to take extra care when out alone