JLPT(Japanese-Language Proficiency Test) in India

What’s JLPT?

JLPT is a Japanese language proficiency test, which measures the proficiency of Japanese learners whose native language is not Japanese. The test is conducted worldwide and is necessary for those who want to move to Japan or want to work in a Japanese company.
This test is for non native speakers and covers language ability, which includes, speaking, reading, writing and listening. This test is held twice in a year (which is in July and December).
JLPT has five levels to measure the ability of Non native speakers i.e from (N5 – N1). The details of each level is next chapter.
【JLPT web site】→https://www.jlpt.jp/e/index.html

JLPT levels and study plan

1. N5 (Basic course)

N5 is the most basic level in Japanese language and is the beginning of your Japanese course. In this level we learn the connectors, basic grammar patterns, basic vocabulary, some easy kanji and basic conversation. As this is the base of next levels so it is important to complete this level without compromising it.
After learning this level, one will be able to understand and speak basic phrases.

Study plan

Learning hours – 150
Kanji – 100 approximately
Vocabulary – 800 words
Useful books – みんなの日本語(MINNA NO NIHONGO)(part – 1)
grammar patterns, reading and listening

2. N4 (Intermediate course)

N4 is the next level of N5 and we can totally say that these both levels are necessary to complete your basic intermediate level. N4 is the intermediate level and covers all the necessary grammar patterns, forms and vocabulary which are needed to speak on a daily basis.
After completing this level, you’ll be able to understand most of the Japanese conversation and even be able to speak.

Study plan

Learning hours – 300 hours approximately
Kanji – 300 approximately (including N5)
Vocabulary – 1500 words approximately
Useful books – みんなの日本語(MINNA NO NIHONGO)(part- 2)
grammar patterns, reading and listening

3. N3 (Pre-advanced course)

N3 is the level where you start focusing more on reading and comprehension. This is your advance level and at this level we start learning more of practical Japanese and those words and grammar which are necessary to read or understand the practical Japanese language. The main purpose of this level is to bridge a gap for the next level which is N2, which focuses more on writing than speaking.
After completing this level, one can start applying for jobs. So one should focus on this level if they want to start working.

Study plan

Learning hours – 450 hours approximately
Kanji – 600 approximately (including till N4)
Vocabulary – 3700 words approximately
Useful books – kanzen master and sou matome
grammar patterns, reading and listening

4. N2 (Advanced course)

N2 is the advance plus level, and gives you the most of grammar, vocabulary and kanji, which are necessary to understand written and spoken Japanese. This level focuses on more natural Japanese than bookish Japanese. The content we learn in this level is mainly can be seen in news, books and official ground.
After completing this level, you should be able to understand most of the native material, novels, common advertisements and notices etc. You should be able to write letters and should be able to express your thoughts and words in Japanese easily.
This level holds great respect and after completing this level, you can get good jobs in India as well as in Japan.

Study plan

Learning hours – 600 hours approximately
Kanji – 1200 approximately (including N5)
Vocabulary – 6500 words approximately
Useful books – kanzen master and sou matome
grammar patterns, reading and listening

5. N1 (highest level)

N1 is the king of all. Of course this is the last level and in order to pass this level one needs to know how to deal with a native on a day to day basis, which means one should be able to read, write and speak nearly to a native. This level comes with a lot of reading and listening which help you to come even closer to Japanese language. For clearing this level one should start to watch anime’s, Japanese movies and dramas or read newspaper, books and novels. Do as much listening as you can and try to communicate on a daily basis in Japanese language.
Most students complete this level while working after N2, as this level requires practical Japanese.

Study plan

Learning hours – 900 hours approximately
Kanji – 2000 approximately (including N5)
Vocabulary – 10000 words approximately
Useful books – kanzen master and sou matome
grammar patterns, reading and listening

JLPT history in India

The earliest Japanese language course in India was established by the Ministry of Defence which started offering the course with their affiliated foreign language school located in Lodhi road during the period of 1954 in New Delhi.

Then the first university in india which is Vishwa-Bharti established a Japanese department in 1954 in India. And then further somewhere in 1958, Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, JN Academy and new Delhi also started the Japanese Language courses. Moreover in 1969, the University of Delhi established their Japan studies center and then by following it the university of Pune established in 1977.
A very known and popular university which is New Delhi’s Jawaharlal University began Japanese language in 1982.

After this for the growth of Japanese Language and promoting it on a large scale, the Japanese government started the Japan Foundation organization in 1993 in New Delhi and started promoting the Japanese culture, to make everyone aware about the benefits of Japanese language and so on.

How to apply for JLPT

This is the biggest concern for every Japanese learner, how they can apply for JLPT. So for applying for JLPT, one needs to visit their particular city’s local test institutions near your city. In case of any query of doubt regarding the same, one can go on the following link and can contact directly to the incharge person.
【Applying page of JLPT】→https://www.jlpt.jp/e/application/overseas_list.html

Cities where you can find the JLPT test center

Today JLPT is actively used in every corner of the world and students can take the JLPT test in below mentioned cities once or twice a year as per their choice and pace of study.


How can I pay?

You can pay it online as the applicant needs to apply online for the JLPT test. after filling all of your required information, you’ll be asked for the payment gateway, where you can pay by selecting your payment mode.

How much does it cost?

Registration fees can cost you between (Rs.1000 ~ Rs.1600) per candidate depending on your level.

What’s the benefit of JLPT in India?

1. Great career scope

As we all are aware that Japan and India have a great relation and whenever we need each other, we do not hesitate to hold each other’s hand.
India has very big brands in Japan such as Sony, Honda, Panasonic, Hitachi, Toshiba, Casio, Canon, Pioneer, Nikon, Fujitsu, Suzuki, Toyota, Mitsubishi etc.
So being able to deal with their clients while understanding their needs, Japanese need potential Japanese speakers who can write, speak and understand well.
We have a huge market, which requires the Japanese translator, interpreter, trainer etc.
You can search on google and can find that today we have so many companies in India which are looking for “ Japanese Specialists ”. Japanese value your work, and will get a beautiful environment to work in, which helps you for your growth as well.

2. Helpful to study or work in Japan

If you want to go for study or want to work in Japan, you are required to learn Japanese.
As we have already discussed that India – Japan shares a special bond, and we are even planning to make it stronger further, so studying or working in Japan can be a great asset which will help you in your career and in a good employability.
Without speaking, if you plan to go to Japan, it will not only be inconvenient for you but you’ll also miss the true pleasure of Japan.

3. Low competition and better pay

So not so many pick this language, as this language is considered the 2nd most toughest language worldwide. Even if you pick it and leave it in the middle, you won’t be able to speak or understand properly. So this language has low competition and of course if you speak fluently and have a great knowledge of Japanese, you’ll be able to get a good job in India as well as worldwide. This language gives you less competition, better pay and more work with a good future prospect.

How many students have appeared for JLPT in india?

Till 2018 the number of students who have appeared for JLPT had exceeded 1 million. This test has become the most popular and widespread test worldwide.

Do JLPT certificates expire?

JLPT certificates do not expire and are valid over time. One can apply for a job anytime on the basis of the level they are holding.