CTET Exam

CTET Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification

CTET Exam
CTET Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification
September 13, 2021
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Central Teacher Eligibility Test or CTET is a bi-annual exam. Candidates take the CTET to become qualified for the role of teaching across the country. Hiring boards regard it as the minimum qualification a person has to hold to become a teacher in India. A CTET certified teacher can teach in standards I to VIII.

The Government of India to start holding a minimum qualifying examination for teachers across the country for a certain reason. This reason is explainable in three points:

  • Firstly, the recruitment boards now hire teachers for grades I to VIII in better standards. Thus, this ensures quality.
  • Secondly, both teachers and students in teacher education institutions have to look within themselves. Thus, they increase their effort and quality of performance.
  • Thirdly, the stakeholders in the education system will no longer have to worry about the teachers. Certainly, the newly recruited teachers are have gone through adequate and rigorous quality checks. So, the education system is now free of hiring by other means.

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History of CTET

The Central Teacher Eligibility Test was formed according to the provisions made in the Right to Education Act in 2011. Then, it became really important for the education system in the country to ensure the highest standards of quality.

Subsequently, the Ministry of Education relegated the overseeing of the CTET to the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE). Thus, CTET qualified individuals can apply for the schools that come under the umbrella of CBSE. For instance, some of such schools are Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, NPS International School, Gurukul Grammar School, etc.

All in all, the CTET exam is held in two papers: Paper I and Paper II.

You can find out more about the Central Teacher Eligibility Test on the official website www.ctet.nic.in. Also, you can find more about the CTET on www.cbse.gov.in.

 

Abbreviation CTET
Type Central Teacher Eligibility Test
Conducting Organization Central Board of Secondary Education or CBSE
Purpose To ensure as well as uphold the standard of quality in the recruitment of teachers for grades I to VIII
Location Shiksha Kendra, Delhi
Chairman of CBSE Sh. Manoj Ahuja, IAS
Current Director of CTET Sh. J. K. Yadav, Head of Department
Official Website www.ctet.nic.in

 

 

CTET Exam Notifications and News

The Central Board of Secondary Examination releases notifications about the various developments about the CTET via the official portal of the Board, www.cbse.gov.in. Additionally, it also releases the same on the website www.ctet.nic.in.

Certainly, the notification for the CTET examination covers important details such as the tentative schedule of events. It also has the eligibility criteria to appear for the exams in addition to the details regarding the application fee structure according to various categories. Moreover, it contains details about the awarding of the CTET certificate. Also, it has guidelines to acquire the Admit card to sit for the CTET. It also has the procedure to use the OMR sheet during the examination, a list of documents to be produced during the exam, the procedure for re-checking and re-evaluation, etc.

Concerned candidates can always check out the following websites to keep track of the latest notifications and news regarding the CTET exam dates.

Date
Notification
December 2020 Official Central Teacher Eligibility Test Notification
13.01.2021 Public Notice about CTET Admit Card
January 2021 Covid-19 Guidelines for CTET
19.02.2021 Public Notice about CTET Scanned Images of OMR Sheets and Challenging Answer Keys
26.02.2021 Provision of the Calculation Sheet along with the CTET OMR Sheet
26.02.2021 Notification about the Announcement of CTET Results
21.06.2021 Public Notice about the Validity of the CTET Qualifying Certificate
30.07.2021 Press Release about the next CTET exam to be held in December 2021 or January 2022

Both new and previous CTET qualifying candidates have a reason to rejoice. According to the June Notification, CBSE no longer restricts the validity of the CTET qualifying certificate to seven years in totality. Instead, the new Notification ensures that the qualifying certificate will now be valid for life. Unless, of course, the Government of India issues statements about otherwise.

The newest CTET Notification/Press Release has laid down certain changes to the exam. The CBSE has always wanted to promote computer literacy both among the new and existing brands of teachers. Thus, CBSE has decided to hold the examination in online mode. In addition to this, another benefit is the prevention of the sheer wastage of paper used to print the OMR sheets.

The July Notification has also stated that the CTET examination will be held either towards the end of December 2021 or at the beginning of January 2022.

 

CTET Exam Date

CBSE has yet to release a list of the tentative dates relating to the application process and examinations for the next Central Teacher Eligibility Test.

Events

Dates

Commencement of the Application process for CTET Not declared
Paper I Not declared
Paper II Not declared

 

CTET Exam Application Fee

The CTET Application fees are different according to the category a candidate belongs to. Moreover, the Application fees might also differ according to the number of CTET papers one applies for. Since a candidate can apply for more than one paper, their fee to be paid will also be higher than someone who is appearing only for Paper I or Paper II.

The Application fees are accepted via two modes:

  • E-Challans through any Syndicate Bank or Canara Bank
  • Online

The registration fees can be paid via your Credit or Debit card, Internet Banking, in addition to wallets. Moreover, candidates may also be charged extra GST according to the conditions set by specific banks. The Application Fee structure for CTET according to category and number of papers applied for are as follows:

Category Either Paper I or Paper II Both Paper I and Paper II
General

Or

OBC (Non-cream Layer)

1000/- 1200/-
SC/ST

Or

Differently Abled Person

500/- 600/-

Some candidates may wish to apply for a photocopy of their OMR Sheet. Then, they will have to pay an additional 500/- per OMR sheet to the concerned authority.

 

CTET Exam Eligibility Criteria

Candidates hoping to appear for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test need to make sure they check the box of minimum requirements so that their application is accepted. Moreover, the eligibility criteria differ according to the grade level one wants to teach at. Additionally, the eligibility criteria will also differ according to the paper they are applying for:

  1. Basic Qualifications for a Teacher of Classes I to V/Primary Level:
  • Either Senior Secondary with at least 50% marks or passed from a Government-recognized institution.
  • Appearing in a two-year Diploma course in Elementary Education
  • Either Senior Secondary with 45% marks or appearing in a two-year Diploma course in Elementary Education according to the NCTE Regulations.
  • Senior Secondary with at least 50% marks. Either passed or appearing in the final year of a four-year Bachelor of Elementary Education course.
  • Senior Secondary with at least 50% marks. Either passed or appearing in the final year of a two-year Diploma course in Education with emphasis on Special Education.
  • Graduation with at least 50% marks. Additionally, they must have a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed).
  1. Basic Qualifications for a Teacher of Classes VI to VIII/Elementary Level:
  • Graduation accompanied by either passing or appearing in the final year of a two-year Diploma in Elementary Education.
  • Graduation with at least 50% marks. Either passed or appearing in a one-year Bachelor in Education (B.Ed) course.
  • Graduation with at least 45% marks. Either passed or appearing in a one-year Bachelor in Education (B.Ed) according to NCTE Regulations
  • Senior Secondary with at least 50% marks. Either passed or appearing in the final year of a four-year Bachelor in Elementary Education course.
  • Senior Secondary with at least 50% marks. Either passed or appearing in the final year of four-year courses of B.A./B.Sc.Ed or B.A.Ed/B.Sc.Ed
  • Graduation with at least 50% marks. Either passed or appearing in a one-year B.Ed. on Spl. Education.
  1. Other things to keep in mind regarding CTET Eligibility
  • Anyone who has qualified B.Ed. Program from a recognized Institution by the NCTE is eligible to appear in the Central Teacher Eligibility Test
  • Anyone who is pursuing teacher education courses recognized by NCTE is qualified to appear for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test.
  • Anyone belonging to reserved categories like SC/ST or Differently-Abled people are eligible to receive up to 5% relaxation in qualifying marks in their respective educational exams.
  • A candidate must be 18 years of age. However, there is no upper age limit to appear for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test

 

Vacancies

The Central Board of Secondary Education does not release an official notice about vacancies in the teacher recruitment process. But, the number of available posts is released throughout the year by the specific schools. Additionally, the CTET qualified candidate can apply for various posts in private schools and public schools as members of the faculty and staff.

CTET qualified candidates can apply for the role of a teacher in the following schools:

  1. Schools that fall under the affiliation of the Central Government. For example, Kendriya Vidyalaya and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya.
  2. Schools that fall under the jurisdiction of Union Territories
  3. Private schools which factor in the CTET score in their recruitment process
  4. Lastly, schools that fall under the jurisdiction of states. These schools accept both TET and CTET scores.

 

Salary

The basic salary of a CTET qualified teacher ranges from 9,300/- to 34,800/-. Apart from the basic salary, a CTET qualified teacher may also receive:

  • Travel Allowance
  • House Rent Allowance
  • Yearly Increments, etc.

 

Syllabus

Candidates wishing to prepare for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test are advised to study according to the paper they are appearing for. There are two sets of syllabi for each paper.

Paper I (For candidates wishing to be a teacher for grades I to V):
  1. Child Development and Pedagogy
  2. Language I
  3. Language II (A candidate must choose a different language than the one tackled in Language I)
  4. Mathematics
  5. Environmental Science
Paper II (For candidates wishing to be a teacher for grades VI to VIII)
  1. Child Development and Pedagogy
  2. Language I
  3. Language II (A candidate must choose a different language than the one tackled in Language I)
  4. Mathematics and Science (For teachers specializing in Math or Science) or
  5. Social Studies or Social Science (For teachers specializing in Social Studies or Social Science)

Candidates who wish to appear for both the CTET papers should prepare both syllabi. Moreover, if a candidate does not specialize in the subjects specified in (iv) and (v) in Paper II, they may prepare for any of the subjects provided.

 

Exam Pattern

The Central Teacher Eligibility Test has provided the Exam Pattern in its notification. The CTET exam consists of two papers in its structure:

  • Paper I for candidates who wish to teach classes I to V (Primary Level)
  • Paper II for candidates who wish to teach classes VI to VIII (Elementary Level)
CTET Paper Total Marks Duration
Paper I 150 150 minutes or two and a half hours
Paper II 150 150 minutes or two and a half hours

For CTET Paper I, the exam structure is as follows:

Topic Number of Questions (out of 150) Marks Carried
Child Development and Pedagogy 30 30
Language I 30 30
Language II 30 30
Mathematics 30 30
Environmental Science 30 30

For CTET Paper II, the exam structure is as follows:

Topic Number of Questions (out of 150) Marks Carried
Child Development and Pedagogy 30 30
Language I 30 30
Language II 30 30
Mathematics and Science

Or

Social Studies/Social Science

60 60

 

Admit Card

Once a candidate has registered for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test without any errors, they should be able to download their Admit cards from the official website www.ctet.nic.in.

After the successful filling up of the form, the candidates are required to visit the official website to download their official admit cards, failure to do which would not let them appear for the online exams. It is through the admit card along with a confirmation SMS or mail that the students are notified about their respective venues and times for their exams.

 

Exam Result

CBSE has announced the results of the 2021 Central Teacher Eligibility Test. All in all, the qualifying candidates should have a minimum of 60%.

Candidates can check their results by visiting the official website www.ctet.nic.in and clicking on the link provided on the left side of the webpage. They will then need to log in by entering their registration number, password, and date of birth. Doing so will lead them to the page stating their result or the cut-off.

The Board responsible for conducting the CTET has stated that the mark sheets of the qualifying candidates are stored in DigiLocker. The candidates can access the DigiLocker by following the procedure mentioned above.

How to Apply?

Candidates who wish to register for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test are required to do so via the official website www.ctet.nic.in. The steps for online registration are as follows.

Candidates should have the following documents at hand:

  1. The candidate must have a scanned signature in the JPEG format and the file size should be between 3 kb and 30 kb.
  2. The dimensions of the scanned signature must be 5 cm in width and 1.5 cm in height
  3. The candidate must have a scanned and recent/latest passport size photograph and the file size must be within 10 kb to 100 kb in JPEG format.
  4. The dimensions of the scanned photograph must be 5 cm in width and 4.5 cm in height
The steps for registering for the CTET are as follows.
  1. Visit the official website ctet.nic.in.
  2. Click “Apply Online”
  3. Then you will need to enter your basic information such as your contact number. The website may generate a unique registration number and password. You will receive a copy of the same. You will receive it via SMS and/or Email. It is through this number and password that you can log in to your CTET profile to check your results or other developments.
  4. Then, you should upload your documents which include
  • A current photograph
  • A copy of your signature
  • Educational Qualification certificate if needed.
  • Permanent Residence Certificate if required.
  • Any other verification certificates to claim the reservation quotas for categories such as that of the Ex-Servicemen or Extraordinary Sportsman quotas.
  1. Carefully fill up the particulars. Then you will find redirections to the payment gateway whereby you will have to pay the registration fees. You can use your Credit card, Debit card, Internet Banking, or mobile wallet.
  2. After completing your transaction, please do not hit the “Back” or “Refresh” button. Because if you do so, the process may charge you twice.
  3. Lastly, you will receive a link to download your Confirmation page. Although you shouldn’t send this copy to the CTET office, this Confirmation page will serve as a way to record your application.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Q1. What is the basic salary of a CTET qualified teacher?

A. The basic salary of a CTET qualified teacher ranges from 9,300/- to 34,800/-. Apart from the basic salary, a CTET qualified teacher may also receive:

  • Travel Allowance
  • House Rent Allowance
  • Yearly Increments, etc.

Q2. Can I appear for the online tests in Hindi?

A. The mode of the CTET exam is bilingual. Thus, you can take the test in Hindi.

Q3. Can I appear for both the CTET papers exam if I only have a two-year Diploma in Elementary Education?

A. As a candidate with a two-year Diploma in Elementary Education, you are eligible to appear for only Paper I in the CTET.

Q4. My subject of specialization is Hindi. Can I still appear for the CTET?

A. Provided you have the minimum educational qualification to appear for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test, the area of specialization is unimportant.

Moreover, you have the option of studying either for Mathematics and Science or Social Studies/Social Science if you are appearing for the second paper in CTET.

Q5. I have lost my Application/Registration number. Can the Board help me out?

A. Unfortunately, the Central Board of Secondary Education does not deem itself responsible in case of a lost Application/Registration number. The Board explicitly states that it will not entertain any grievances regarding a lost Application or Registration number.

Q6. When is CBSE holding the next Central Teacher Eligibility Test?

A. According to the official Notification released in July, authorities have stated that they will either hold the next CTET examination towards the end of December 2021 or at the beginning of January 2022

Q7. Will recruitment boards directly appoint me as a teacher if I qualify for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test?

A. No, the CTET only confers an eligibility check upon a qualifying candidate.

Q8. What are the dimensions of the scanned photograph which I should upload during the application process?

A. The dimensions of the scanned photograph must be 3.5 cm in width and 4.5 cm in height. The file should be in JPG or JPEG format and the size should be within 10 kb and 100 kb.

Q9. Will the CTET conducting Board offer relaxations in qualifying marks for those belonging to reserved categories?

A. Anyone belonging to reserved categories like SC/ST or Differently-Abled people are eligible to receive up to 5% relaxation in qualifying marks in their respective educational exams.

Q10. What is the passing mark for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test?

A. The passing mark for the CTET is a minimum percentage of 60%. Although the awarding of the CTET certificate is subject to change according to the difficulty of the examination and the highest marks scored.

Q11. Should the qualified candidates attend a training program?

A. A person with D.Ed (Special Education) will have to undergo an NCTE recognized six-month Special Programme in Elementary Education after their appointment.

Q12. Can I sit for the CTET in my hometown/home state?

A. The Central Board of Secondary Education holds the CTET in various centers across the country. You will be able to see your examination center in your Admit Card.

Q13. What is the validity period of the Central Teacher Eligibility Test certificate?

A. According to the June Notification, CBSE will no longer restrict the validity of the CTET qualifying certificate to seven years in totality. Instead, the new Notification ensures that the qualifying certificate will now be valid for life.

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