CTET Exam

Central Teacher Eligibility Test Exam

What is CTET Exam?

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 in order to improve standards in teaching. For teachers already working, they are supposed to clear this entrance exam in two years time.

In accordance with the provisions of sub-section (1) of Section 23 of the RTE Act, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) vide Notification dated August 23, 2010, and July 29, 2011, laid down the minimum qualifications for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher for class I to VIII.

The CBSE is responsible for releasing the CTET notification. CTET is going to be conducted twice a year for teaching positions from class 1 to 8 in central government schools such as Kendriya Vidyalaya, Central Tibetan Schools and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya besides schools under the administrative control of the Union Territories.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), Govt. of India has entrusted the responsibility of conducting the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) to the Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi.

TET is going to be conducted by both Central Govt. and State Govt. in India. Most of the states conduct their own TET. The main aim of the test is conducted in order to fulfil and achieve the goals of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act.

Supreme Court On CTET Reservation 

In 2019, Rajneesh Kumar Pandey along with others filed a petition regarding 10% quota for the economically weaker section in CTET examination. The petitioners claim that the CTET 2019 notification issued by CBSE violates the rights guaranteed under the Constitution. 

The bench of Judges Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna made it clear that the reservation of any class will be applicable at the time of admissions. The reservation cannot be provided for the qualifying examinations. The reservation will come into effect during admission. 

The reservation is not provided for SC and ST either. The 103rd Constitution Amendment was passed by Parliament that provides 10% reservation to the general category belonging to the economically weaker section of the society in addition to the existing reservation for the benefit of other reserved categories such as SC, ST, OBC and PH. 

The rationale for including the CTET as a minimum qualification for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher is as under:

  • CTET would bring national standards and benchmark of teacher quality in the recruitment process
  • CTET would induce teacher education institutions and students from these institutions to further improve their performance standards
  • CTET would send a positive signal to all stakeholders that the government lays special emphasis on teacher quality

CTET Exam Highlights 

Exam Name  Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET)
Organised by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
Exam type  National 
Frequency  Twice a year (July & December)
Mode of application  Online 
Duration   150 minutes 
Negative marking  No
Exam papers  2
Question type  Objective 
Official website  www.ctet.nic.in 
E-mail  ctet@cbse.gov.in 

CTET July 2020 Important Dates 

Event Date
CTET notification  Januray 24, 2020
Last date to apply CTET online March 2, 2020
Online corrections, if any February 28 to March 7, 2020
CTET admit card  January 2021 
CTET exam date  January 31, 2021
CTET result  6 weeks from the CTET Examination 

CTET Exam Date Announced 

The CBSE has announced the exam date of 14th edition of Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET). The exam schedule to be held on July 5 in 112 cities across the country will now be held on January 31, 2021. The Board has also increased the CTET examination cities to maintain social distance and other safety measures. 

The official notice reads, "The examination will be conducted in 135 cities. The new examination cities are Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Begusarai, Gopalganj, Purnia, Rohtas, Saharsa, Saran, Bhilai/Durg, Bilaspur, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Ludhiana, Ambedkar Nagar, Bijnor, Bulanshahar, Deoria, Gonda, Mainpuri, Pratapgarh, Shahjahanpur, Sitapur and Udham Singh Nagar.

CTET Examination City Change Option 

The Board has also mentioned about an option to change the examination city due to COVID-19 pandemic. It will allow one time chance to candidates to change their examination city. 

Examination city change option - November 7 to 16, 2020 upto 11.59 PM

The official website reads, "Every effort will be made to accommodate the candidates in the cities opted by them but if the situation arises, they can be allotted any city other than the four cities opted by the candidates. All the registered candidates may also visit CTET website www.ctet.nic.in for further details, if any." 

CTET Eligibility 

Aspirants have to meet the eligibility requirements set by the CBSE to apply online. The minimum age to appear for CTET examination is 18 years. The educational qualification is given below.

Qualifications for Classes I-V: Primary Stage (Paper-I)

Candidates should have Senior Secondary or its equivalent with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in final year of 2- year Diploma in Elementary Education
(or) 
Graduation with at least 50% marks and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed).

Qualifications for Classes VI-VIII: Elementary Stage (Paper-II)

Graduation and passed or appearing in final year of 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education.
(or) 
Graduation with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in 1-year B.Ed. (Special Education). 

Note: The above educational qualification is not detailed ones. Candidates are advised to visit our CTET Eligibility to explore all the details meticulously.

CTET Application Form 

Candidates need to apply online for the CTET examination. Candidates are advised to get ready with the soft copies of the photograph and signature to apply online. The CTET application process includes filling the application form, uploading of necessary documents, application fee payment, and printing the confirmation page. Here are the steps to apply online for CTET examination. 

Step 1: Visit the official website of CTET – www.ctet.nic.in

Step 2: Click on the ''Fill Online Application Form for CTET.'' 

Step 3: If you are a new candidate, start with the online registration. 

Step 4: Fill the online application form.

Step 5: Upload scanned photograph and signature.

Step 6: Pay the prescribed application fee.

Step 7: Submit the details. 

Step 8: The confirmation page will be displayed. 

Step 9: Download the confirmation page and take a printout for future reference. 

Click here to apply online for CTET examination

CTET Application Fee

Category Only Paper-I or Paper-II Both Paper-I and Paper-II
General/OBC Rs. 1000/- Rs. 1200/-
SC/ST/Differently Abled Person Rs. 500/- Rs. 600/-

*Once the payment is done, it shall not be refunded or adjusted for the future test under any circumstances.

CTET Exam Pattern 

This Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) consists of two papers. Candidates who choose the Paper-I will teach the Classes I to V whereas Paper-II for Classes VI to VIII. Aspirants can also apply for both the papers. The duration of each paper is two hours and thirty minutes. The exam consists of 150 objective-type questions. 

Paper-I Primary Stage (Class I to V)

Topics Total Questions Total Marks
Child Development and Pedagogy 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Language I (Compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Language II (Compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Mathematics 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Environmental Studies 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Total 150 MCQs 150 Marks

Paper-II Elementary Stage (Class VI to VIII)

Topics Total Questions Total Marks
Child Development & Pedagogy(Compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Language I (Compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Language II (Compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Mathematics & Science
(For Mathematics and Science Teacher)
60 MCQs 60 Marks
Social Studies/Social Science
(For Social Studies/Social Science Teacher)
60 MCQs 60 Marks
Total 150 MCQs 150 Marks

Note: Candidates will be provided with an option to choose the language. Explore the complete CTET exam pattern here. 

CTET Syllabus

Aspirants can appear for both papers depending upon their desire. However, the syllabus will be different for one to another. 

CTET Syllabus – Paper I 

Child Development and Pedagogy

  • Child Development (Primary School Child)
  • Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs
  • Learning and Pedagogy 

Language – I

  • Language Comprehension
  • Pedagogy of Language Development

Language – II

  • Comprehension
  • Pedagogy of Language Development

Mathematics

  • Content
  • Pedagogical issues

Environmental Studies

  • Content
  • Pedagogical issues

CTET Syllabus – Paper II

Child Development and Pedagogy

  • Child Development (Primary School Child)
  • Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs
  • Learning and Pedagogy 

Language – I

  • Language Comprehension
  • Pedagogy of Language Development

Language – II

  • Comprehension
  • Pedagogy of Language Development

Mathematics & Science 

  • Content
  • Pedagogical issues

Social Studies/Social Sciences

  • Content
  • Pedagogical issues

Click here for detailed CTET syllabus

CTET Admit Card 2020

The admit card is the most important document required to take the CTET examination. The CBSE will release the CTET admit card at least 15 days prior to the examination. The registered candidates are advised to visit the official website regularly to download CTET admit card. 

Candidates need to enter their login credentials such as registration number or application number to download the CTET admit card. After download CTET admit card, candidates should check whether the details are correctly printed or not. In case of any discrepancy, candidates should immediately contact the CTET Unit for necessary corrections.

One should also read all the instructions printed on the CTET admit card. The most important point is candidates should report at the examination centre at least 90 minutes before the commencement of the examination. Candidates should also carry a photo identity card issued by the central or state government along with CTET admit card to the examination centre for verification. 

Click here for CTET July 2020 admit card

CTET July 2019 Exam Analysis 

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be conducted the 11th edition of the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) at more than 2100 centres across the country on January 31, 2021. Around 17 lakh candidates will be appeared for CTET 2019, which is one of the biggest teaching examinations in the country. According to the responses from the test takers, the difficulty level of the exam was moderate. 

The exam was organised in two sessions (paper 1 and paper 2). Candidates who want to teach classes I-V have to appear for paper-I whereas paper-II is for candidates who want to teach classes between VI and VIII. 

The CTET 2020 exam level overall was between moderate and easy as compared to the previous year's paper which was easy. Many questions were asked from the learning and pedagogy topics from the child development section. The questions were moderate in science and mathematics. However, a number of questions came from arithmetic and biology. 

Many test takers felt that the questions were easy to moderate in the social studies and a number of questions were asked from political science and geography. The passages in the English language section were lengthy. However, the Hindi language was easy compared to the previous year. 

CTET Paper 2 Difficulty Level & Good Attempt 

Subject  Difficulty Levels Good Attempt 
Child Development and Pedagogy  Moderate 22-24
Hindi Language  Easy to Moderate 23-26
English Language  Moderate 22-24
Mathematics and Science  Easy to Moderate 43-48
Social Studies/Social Science Moderate 46-52
Overall Moderate 112-120
CTET July 2020: Exam City Correction Window Begins

The CBSE has started the CTET July 2020 exam city correction window. Candidates who have registered for the exam now change their exam city. The Board has taken the decision in the wake of COVID pandemic. 

Candidates should enter their application number and password to change their exam city. The CBSE has also informed that CTET July 2020 session exam will be conducted on January 31, 2021.

9 November 2020
CTET 2020 Exam Date Announced

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced the new exam date for Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTE) 2020 exam. The Board has also provided an option to change the examination city. The CTET exam will be held on January 31, 2020. 

The official notice reads, "The examination will be conducted in 135 cities. The new examination cities are Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Begusarai, Gopalganj, Purnia, Rohtas, Saharsa, Saran, Bhilai/Durg, Bilaspur, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Ludhiana, Ambedkar Nagar, Bijnor, Bulanshahar, Deoria, Gonda, Mainpuri, Pratapgarh, Shahjahanpur, Sitapur and Udham Singh Nagar."

Candidates can change the examination city from November 7 to 16, 2020 up to 11.59 PM. The Board has provided this option because of the COVID pandemic. 

5 November 2020
CTET Exam: NCTE Extends Validity Of Pass Certificate To Life From 7 Years

The National Council of Teacher Education has announced that the validity of CTET will now be valid for lifetime. Earlier, the validity of CTET passing certificate which is 7 years. The NCTE has taken the decision in its 50th General Assembly meeting held on September 29.

CBSE conducts the CTET exam twice every year in July and December. The entrance exam is conducted for teacher recruitment in Classes 1 to 5 and Classes 6 to 8. Every year over 25 lakh candidates appear for the CTET exam. 

21 October 2020
CTET July 2020 Session Exam Date To Be Announced When Its Conducive To Conduct Exam

The Central Board of Secondary Education has decided to announce the CTET July 2020 session exam dates when it's conducive to conduct the exams. The Board has revealed the information to a reply on twitter regarding the CTET 2020 exam date.

CBSE has replied that “the date of CTET exam will be informed on the website only when the situation is favorable for conducting the examinations. Candidates can check related details on ctet.nic.in.”

The CTET 2020 exam was postponed a couple of times due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

14 October 2020
CTET 2020 To Be Held When Situation Is More Conducive: CBSE

The organising body, CBSE, will be conducting the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) 2020 exam when the situation is more conducive.

In a reply to a question, the Board has announced that the CTET examination will be intimated when the situation is more conducive for the conduct of examinations. 

The CTET 14th edition of the exam was notified on January 24 and accepted the application forms. The exam is held twice a year for teaching posts. 

10 October 2020
CTET 2020 Postponed
CTET July 2020: Important Update
CBSE Releases CTET Previous Year Question Papers
CTET July 2020 Admit Card Likely To Be Released Soon
CTET July 2020 Exam Likely To Be Postponed
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