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.

CTET Result 2021 Declared

The CBSE has declared the CTET January 2021 result on February 26. Candidates should use their roll number to check the CTET result 2021. It is advised to download the CTET result 2021 and keep the hard copy of the same for future reference. One access the result link - http://cbseresults.nic.in/ctetJan21/ctetJan21.htm

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 Answer Key 2021 Released 

The CBSE has released the CTET answer key 2021 for the July session on February 19. Candidates who have appeared for the written exam held on February 4 can check the official website to download the answer key. The Board has also released the CTET OMR sheet 2021 along with the answer key. It has also provided an option to challenge the answer key until February 21, 2021. 

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
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.
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


  • 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 Certificate And Scorecard Valid For Lifetime: CBSE

The CBSE has extended the validity of the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) certificate or scorecard to the lifetime from the existing 7 years with retrospective effect from 2011.

The official notice reads, "The Validity Period of TET qualifying certificate for the appointment, unless otherwise notified by the appropriate Government, would remain valid for life."

Earlier, the Union government has decided to extend the validity of Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) certificate to life. 

23 June 2021
CTET Application Form 2021 For July Session To Be Released Soon

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to release the CTET 2021 information brochure for the July 2021 session soon. Aspirants are advised to keep visiting the official portal for the latest information. 

The online application process for CTET July 2021 session delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The CTET is conducted twice a year in July and November. 

11 June 2021
Now, CTET Certificate Will Be Valid For A Lifetime

Union Government has decided to extend the validity of the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) certificate to a lifetime. It has revised the existing 7 years of the TET certificate validity period to life in view of benefiting candidates who are aspiring to make a career in the teaching field.

Union Education Minister, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' has confirmed that the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) certificate or scorecard will now be valid for life. The move will be positive news for teacher aspirants that increases employment opportunities. 


4 June 2021
CTET 2021: Apply For Answer Copy Before March 30

Candidates who had appeared for the CTET January 2021 exam can apply for the calculation sheet and answer copies till March 30. One should pay Rs 500 for obtaining the copies. 


The official notice reads, "Candidates must mention their roll number, name and address correctly in their application. The roll number and name should also be mentioned on the backside of the bank draft. The application addressed to the Director CTET with bank draft should be sent by speed post or by hand at CTET unit, CBSE, PS 1-2, IP Extension, Patparganj, New Delhi-110092." 

23 March 2021
CTET Result 2021 January Released

The CBSE has released the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) January 2021 result on February 26 at ctet.nic.in. Candidates who have appeared for the written exam held on January 31 can check their CTET 2021 result using their login credentials such as roll number.


CTET Result 2021 Link

A total of 16,11,423 candidates have registered for paper 1. The total number of registered candidates for Paper 2 is 14,47,551. 

26 February 2021
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