DELF-DALF – Rules and Regulations

General Rules and Regulations

  • Exam Fees : On verification, if an External Candidate is found to have paid the Fees reserved for Internal Candidates, they will be expected to pay the difference in the fees immediately. Failure to do so will result in the candidate being declared as non-admissible and their examination fees will NOT be refunded/transfered.
  • Refunds : Kindly note that the DELF/DALF Examination Fees once paid will NOT be refunded or transfered under ANY circumstances.
  • Examination Schedule : Please note that candidates are NOT allowed to choose/change the time slot for the written/oral exam. The allocated time slot(s) for the written/oral examination schedule have to be scrupulously respected under all circumstances. Candidates will NOT be allowed to appear for the examination at any slot apart from their allocated time. Failure to do so – including arriving late for the written/oral exam – will result in the candidate being declared non-admissible and their examination fees will NOT be refunded/transfered.
  • Examination Centre : Please note that the Examination Centre is randomly allocated – candidates are NOT allowed to choose/change their examination centre for the written/oral exam. NO requests on this front will be entertained.
  • General Guidelines : If you haven’t done so already, please go through the General Guidelines via this link. It is MANDATORY to respect the same.
  • Documents Needed : On the day of the exam, candidates are expected to carry ALL of the following items :
  1. their original (hard copy/physical document) National Photo Identity Card ( Passport / Aadhar Card / Voter ID / Driving Licence )
  2. their original (hard copy/physical document) of the DELF/DALF Examination Fee Receipt sent by Alliance Française de Bombay following online registration. Soft Copies/Digital Copies of the Fee Receipt will NOT be accepted.

Please note that candidates will NOT be allowed to appear for the DELF/DALF Examination if they do not have EVEN A SINGLE ONE of these documents. Any such candidates will be declared non-admissible and the examinations fees will NOT be refunded/transferred.

Rules and Regulations outlined by the Embassy of France in India for DELF-DALF Examinations

1 – SCOPE OF APPLICATION

The general conditions of this document apply to all candidates appearing for the DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue française), DELF Junior (DELF version junior), DELF Pro (DELF option Professionnelle), DELF Prim (DELF for primary school pupils) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) examinations, hereinafter referred to as DELF/DALF, at any of the examination centres officially approved by the Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques in India (Complete list of centres available on this link).

2 – VALIDITY OF DELF / DALF DIPLOMAS

The DELF / DALF diplomas are given the same recognition as all official diplomas/degrees issued by the French Ministry of National Education and have lifelong validity.

3 – ELIGIBILITY FOR APPEARING FOR DELF / DALF EXAMINATIONS

3.1. Any person wishing to enhance their French language skills may appear for DELF / DALF without any pre-requisites, except for those holding a French degree in secondary or higher secondary public education.
3.2. Appearing for DELF Junior is restricted to candidates aged between 11 to 17 years of age as on the day of the examination. 3.3 Appearing for DELF Prim is strictly restricted to primary school pupils aged between 8 to 12 years old.
3.4. Appearing for other versions of DELF / DALF (Tout Public, Pro) is restricted to candidates aged at least 17 years on the day of registration.
3.5. The DELF / DALF diplomas are independent: it is not necessary to be the holder of the former diploma to appear for an examination to obtain either of the two degrees.
3.6. A candidate may appear for several examinations during the same session, but may not appear for two versions at the same level (e.g. DELF A2 and DELF Pro A2).
3.7. A candidate may appear for the same examination as many times as may be necessary for obtaining the desired diploma. However, they may not appear for a diploma they already hold, except if they surrender the already acquired diploma in a formal written letter duly submitted at least four months prior to the examination session (Cf. process given below). A candidate who fares unsuccessfully in the second attempt shall lose the first diploma.

4 – PROCEDURE FOR APPEARING FOR DELF / DALF EXAMINATION

4.1 The candidate must register online on the designated registration dates.
4.2. If any candidate had registered for DELF / DALF during a previous session, they must indicate the candidate number that had been allotted to them, regardless of the examination centre.
4.3. The registration fees for each diploma are fixed by the l’Institut français en Inde for all the examination centres in India for one calendar year. For information on the fees, please contact the examination centre of your choice.

5 – CANCELLATION / REIMBURSEMENT

The DELF / DALF registration fees are neither refundable nor transferable.

6 – PROOF OF IDENTITY OF THE CANDIDATES

The candidate must produce a photo identity card ( Passport / Aadhar Card / Voter ID / Driving Licence ) at the beginning of each oral and written examination. The examination centre reserves the right to verify the identity of the candidate at any time during the different examination stages.

7 – DELAY

Any candidate arriving late on the date of the DELF / DALF examinations shall be declared non-admissible and shall be refused entry to the examination halls. Registration fees shall neither be refunded nor transfered.

8 – USE OF UNFAIR MEANS

Using unfair means during examinations constitutes an offence under the French Law of December 23, 1901 on the prevention of the use of unfair means in public examinations and competitions.

Any candidate caught in the act of using unfair means or attempting to use unfair means, shall be debarred from appearing for DELF / DALF examinations for 5 years.

9 – DECLARATION OF RESULTS

Once available, the results will be declared by each of the examination centres in accordance with their respective procedures. Detailed results will NOT be conveyed by telephone. The grades obtained by candidates in DELF / DALF examinations are confidential and CANNOT be made public by the examination centre or conveyed to a third party.

10 – REVIEW OF RESULTS OBTAINED

As DELF / DALF are State diplomas, the general rules and regulations of French examinations are applicable to them. Thus, the jury of examiners of the examination centre are sovereign (Conseil d’État – SEBAN – 29.07.83) and no review is allowed against decisions taken in application of this regulation.

11 – COLLECTION OF DELF / DALF CERTIFICATES

11.1. DELF / DALF certificates may be collected at the examination Centre once they are available. Requests for sending the attestation of success in examinations, DELF / DALF certificates or their copies by post or e-mail will NOT be entertained.
11.2. If a candidate is unable to collect their DELF / DALF certificate in person, they may designate a person to do so through an authorisation letter which MUST include ALL of the following details :

  • the Full Name and the Signature of the Candidate who appeared for the DELF Exam along with their 12-Digit Candidate Number
  • The Session ( Month and Year ) of the DELF Exam along with the level appeared for ( A1, A2, … etc. )
  • the Full Name and the Signature of the Person coming to collect the Certificates
  • A photo identity card ( Passport / Aadhar Card / Voter ID / Driving Licence ) of the Person coming to collect the Certificates
  • the ORIGINAL hard copy/printed copy of the DELF/DALF Exam fee receipt sent by Alliance Française de Bombay following online registration

12 – CHANGES TO DELF / DALF CERTIFICATE

On the day of the DELF /DALF examination, the examination centre circulates a sheet with the candidates’ personal information as declared by them during registration (surname, given name(s), date and place of birth, nationality, etc.). By signing this sheet, the candidate attests to the accuracy of the given information. If a candidate detects any error on this sheet, they must immediately inform the examination centre. Any request for change after the day of the examination will attract a fee and delay the issue of the attestation of success and the DELF /DALF certificate.

13 – REQUEST FOR CANCELLATION OF DELF / DALF DIPLOMA

Any candidate desirous of re-appearing for the examination for a diploma they have already obtained must submit an official written request (in English or French) addressed to the President of the DELF /DALF National Jury. The letter must specify that the candidate is giving up the benefit of the diploma already obtained of their own free will and must enclose the original diploma for destruction. After due consideration of the request and in the event of a positive reply notified in writing by the competent authorities, the diploma will effectively be destroyed. Given the procedures involved, the request must reach the president of the DELF / DALF national jury at least three months prior to the examination session for which the candidate desires to appear. The candidate shall bear the diploma cancellation fees.

14 – RESPONSIBILITY, ACTS OF GOD

The responsibility of the examination centre and its employees shall be limited to wilful misconduct or serious negligence. The centre shall NOT be responsible in any manner whatsoever in the event that any examination is interrupted due to an act of God (natural calamities, fire, flood, war, administrative instructions independent of the Examination Centre etc.).

15 – FINAL PROVISIONS

15.1. The general conditions herein laid down are an integral part of the DELF/DALF registration form signed with the examination centre.
15.2. These general conditions are subject to French law and any dispute arising from these shall be referred to the competent French authorities.