Central Teacher Eligibility Test is one of the entrance exams which is conducted by the Central Board Secondary Education (CBSE) for getting teaching jobs in government schools from Class I to Class VIII.

TET was held for the first time in 2011 which was introduced by the Government of India to improve teaching standards. For teachers already working, they are supposed to clear this entrance exam in two years time.

 

What is CTET?

Central Teacher Eligibility Test is one of the entrance exams which is conducted by the Central Board Secondary Education (CBSE) for getting teaching jobs in government schools from Class I to Class VIII.

TET was held for the first time in 2011 which was introduced by the Government of India to improve teaching standards. For teachers already working, they are supposed to clear this entrance exam in two years time.

Minimum educational qualifications for becoming the teacher for Classes I-V:

  • Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of 2 years Diploma in Elementary Education OR
  • Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 45% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of 2 years Diploma in Elementary Education (by whatever name known), in accordance with the NCTE (Recognition Norms and Procedure), Regulations, 2002 OR
  • Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of 4- year Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed) OR
  • Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of 2- year Diploma in Education (Special Education) OR
  • Graduation with at least 50% marks and Bachelor or Education (B.Ed). A). Who has acquired the qualification or Bachelor of Education from NCTE recognised institution shall be considered for appointment as a teacher in classes I to V provided the person so appointed as a teacher shall mandatorily undergo a six month Bridge Course in Elementary Education recognized by the NCTE, Within two Year of such appointment as a primary teacher".

Minimum educational qualifications for becoming the teacher for Classes VI-VIII:

  • Graduation and passed or appearing in the final year of 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education (by whatever name known) OR
  • Graduation with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in 1-year Bachelor in Education (B.Ed) OR
  • Graduation with at least 45% marks and passed or appearing in 1-year Bachelor in Education (B.Ed), in accordance with the NCTE (Recognition Norms and Procedure) Regulations issued from time to time in this regard OR
  • Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of 4- year Bachelor in Elementary Education (B.El.Ed) OR
  • Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in final year of 4- year B.A/B.Sc.Ed or B.A.Ed/B.Sc.Ed. OR
  • Graduation with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in 1-year B.Ed. (Special Education) OR
  • Any candidate having qualified B.Ed. The programme recognized by the NCTE is eligible to appear in TET/CTET. Moreover, as per the existing TET guidelines circulated vide NCTE letter dated 11-02-2011, a person who is pursuing any of the teacher education courses (recognised by the NCTE or the RCI, as the case may be) specified in the NCTE Notification dated 23 August 2011 is also qualified to appear in the TET/CTET.

CTET Exam Pattern - Paper I

CTET Paper-I exam is divided into 5 sections. Total number of questions and marks distributions for Paper-1 is given below:

Subject Total Number of Questions Total Number of Marks Duration
Child Development and Pedagogy 30 30 2.5 hours
Language I (compulsory) 30 30
Language II (compulsory) 30 30
Mathematics 30 30
Environmental Studies 30 30
Total 150

150

CTET Paper-I exam is divided into 4 sections. Candidates have to choose between Mathematics & Science and Social Studies in Paper 2. Total number of questions and marks distributions for Paper-2 is given below:

Subject Total Number of Questions Total Number of Marks Duration
Child Development and Pedagogy 30 30 2.5 hours
Language I (compulsory) 30 30
Language II (compulsory) 30 30
A. Mathematics & Science 30 Each 60
B. Social Studies & Social Science 60 60
Total 150 150

There is no penalty for wrong answers in CTET 2021 Exam.

How to prepare for CTET:

Prepare a Time Table 

Another pro CTET preparation tip for aspirants who wish to excel in the CTET exam is to make a timetable for their practice and revision. Set your priorities and daily tasks a day before and accordingly prepare a timetable for the next day which can be easily followed and completed. 

Revise, Revise and Revise 

This is probably one of the least talked about CTET preparation tips. It is important for aspirants to revise the studied concepts and topics on a daily or weekly basis. During the revision, try to memorise the concept, essential theories, and formulae. Don’t merely cram; instead, attempt to comprehend the core concepts of the subject.

Solve Practice Tests Before Exam 

One of the golden CTET preparation tips that aspirants must keep in mind is to inculcate the habit of practising CTET mock tests before the actual exam. It is essential to prepare with the CTET practice tests on a regular basis if you want to do well in the real exam. GKP has come up with CTET Guides and Practice Papers in order to enable the aspirants to prepare in the best way.