This paper proposes a method for separation of broken rotor bar failures from low-frequency load torque oscillation in direct torque control (DTC) induction motor drives by using v(q) voltage and i(q) current components' spectra. The effect of load torque oscillation should be considered in induction motor drives for reliable broken bar fault detection. Induction machine drivers are run in DTC mode to control its torque and speed. In practice, the presence of load torque fluctuation may sometimes cause false positive alarms on stator current spectrum. However, discerning of broken rotor bar failure from low-frequency load variation for DTC drives remains unexplored. Experimental results show that by using the proposed method broken rotor bar failure can be reliably detected in the presence of low-frequency load torque oscillation in DTC induction motor drives.