CTET stands for Central Teacher's Eligibility Test which was introduced in 2011. This test is governed by NCTE and conducted by CBSE. It is mandatory to qualify this test as per regulations laid by the governing body if you wish to become a teacher. In current scenario, only qualified candidates are considered for government jobs but in the long run, even private schools would also execute this criteria of requirement. Any aspirant with completion of their D.Ed or B.Ed has to qualify CTET in order to become eligible to pursue a teaching career.
CTET is conducted twice a year in the months of Jan-Feb and Jul-Aug sessions. It happens to be an objective type test which covers portions from pedagogy and course contents from standard 1st to 8th.
The test has been designed on the parameters of classes given. D.Ed qualified candidates are considered for primary level teaching and termed under paper – l whereas B.Ed qualified candidates are eligible for lower secondary classes and termed under paper – ll.
The syllabus for paper – l covers contents from child development pedagogy, English, Hindi and Environmental Studies up to class V.
In paper – ll, science, maths and social studies are there apart from languages as there are two streams (Arts & Science) available as per the choice of the candidate.
Aspirants pursuing under Arts stream will be getting questions from SST whereas those who are under Science stream, should have knowledge in the domain of science and mathematics.
What is the eligibility for CTET exam?
Eligibility for paper-I (PRT) : 12th (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks OR graduation and passed or appearing in final year of JBT / D.Ed.
Eligibility for paper-II (TGT/PGT) : Graduation with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in final year of B.Ed. OR 12thstandard (or its equivalent) with minimum 50% marks and passed or appearing in final year of 4-year B.Ed integrated program.
Exam structure of CTET :
There will be 150 MCQs with four alternatives in answer carrying one mark each. There is no negative marking in CTET exam. A candidate who wants to be PRT & TGT both level teacher, will have to appear in both papers.
Highlights of CTET :