BTET 2021 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

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Jun 10, 2021

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BTET 2020 Exam will be conducted on November 7, 2020. Students who wish to work as primary or upper primary school teachers in the government/private/public schools of Bihar must apply for the exam by September 18, 2020. The exam will be conducted in two shift and students have to write both the exams in the offline mode. Students will be awarded marks according to the marking scheme.

  • No negative marking for incorrect answer
  • 1 mark awarded for every correct answer
  • The total time duration of BTET exam 2.5 hours
  • Students must attempt all 150 questions in the time duration specified.
  • BTET has a common syllabus for all the subjects as it for the primary level and upper primary level teachers.
  • BTET paper 1 is compulsory for all the candidates.
  • Students can choose between mathematics and social science in paper II.

Students must prepare according to BTET 2020 exam pattern as it gives an overview of BTET syllabus, marking scheme and important topics. No significant changes have been announced by the BSE (Bihar School Examination) board in regard to the exam pattern.

BTET 2020 Pattern Highlights

Exam mode Offline
Number of papers 2
Number of sections 4
Question paper type Paper -1 MCQ type, Paper-2 MCQ type
BTET 2020 total marks 150+ 150
Exam duration 2.5 Hours Each
Exam language English and Hind
BTET Paper-I Exam

Bihar TET (BTET) paper-I exam pattern 2020

BTET 2020 exam pattern Child development and pedagogy for paper I:

  • Total 30 questions are there in this section.
  • Maximum time allotted to complete the section is 30 minutes.
  • All questions are MCQ type.
  • There is no negative marking

BTET 2020 exam pattern Language I for a paper I:

  • Maximum 30 questions will come in the section.
  • Questions can have subparts, but the total will be around 30.
  • All the questions can be attempted in 30 minutes.
  • Marking scheme generally says 1 mark for every correct answer; subparts have the same marking scheme.
  • Questions on roots and basics of grammar like verbs, adjectives, etc, can come.

BTET 2020 exam pattern Language II for paper I:

  • 30 questions of MCQ type.
  • Maximum marks in the section are 30 which are distributed uniformly among the questions.
  • The descriptive passage can come and marks will be allotted to the subparts.

BTET 2020 exam pattern Environmental studies for a paper I:

  • 30 Questions of MCQ type.
  • 30 minutes time allotted to the section.
  • Every question will have 4 responses and 1 answer to be marked.
  • 1 mark is allotted to each question in the section.
Subjects No. Of questions Marks Time (minutes)
Child Development and Pedagogy 30 30 30
Language I 30 30 30
Language II 30 30 30
Environmental studies 30 30 30
Total 150 150 150

BTET exam pattern child development and pedagogy paper II:

  • Maximum 30 questions will be asked in the section of MCQ type.
  • Questions will be of moderate - difficulty level.
  • Only 1 answer has to be marked as a response from the 4 choices given.
  • Maximum 30 minutes are required to work with the section i.e. 1 minute per question.

BTET exam pattern language I paper II:

  • All questions are MCQ type designed on advanced skills of grammar and comprehensions.
  • 30 questions are to be answered in 30 minutes.
  • The question of moderate and higher difficulty level.

BTET exam pattern language II paper II:

  • The difficulty level is higher than the paper I.
  • Mostly questions are comprehensions based.
  • 30 questions are totally designed in this section.
  • 30-35 minutes must be invested to attempt all the questions of this section.

BTET exam pattern science & mathematics/ social science:

  • A total of 60 MCQ type questions will be asked in this section.
  • Questions have an easy-moderate difficulty level.
  • Students will be given question paper on mathematics & science/ social science on the basis of the initial selections made by the candidate.
  • Approximately 60 minutes to 90 minutes are needed to attempt all the questions in this section.
  • Mixed nature of questions, both numeric and non- numeric.
BTET Paper-II Exam

BTET (BTET) Paper- II Exam pattern 2020

Subject No. Of questions Marks Total time (minutes)
Child development & Pedagogy 30 30 30
Language I 30 30 30
Language II 30 30 30
Science & Mathematics OR Social science 60 60 60
Total 150 150 150 (minutes)

Note: Candidate can choose two Language from given language subject Hindi, Urdu, Bangla, Maithali, Bhojpuri, Sanskrit, Arabic, Farsi, English.

Marking Scheme

BTET 2020 Marking Scheme

A common marking scheme is applicable to both the BTET paper I and Bihar TET paper II. Students who appear for a paper I and miss paper II will not be considered eligible for the exam. A common marking scheme is applicable to all the candidate, and no special marking scheme is designed for candidates of reserved categories.

Marking scheme remains same for the sections.

As per the BTET marking scheme following observations can be made:

  • For every correct answer, marked properly in the OMR sheet 1 mark is awarded.
  • For every wrong answer, or incorrect answer 0 or “zero” marks will be awarded or deducted.
  • Questions that are not attempted will not be counted; no marks are deducted/ awarded for incorrect answers.
  • It is best to answer all the questions as no negative marking is there.
BTET Syllabus

Bihar TET Syllabus

Bihar school education board has clearly defined syllabus for the BTET Exam. Students must stick to the syllabus defined by BSE if they wish to excel in the exam. The syllabus includes all the important headers that have to be covered.

Questions of easy to moderate difficulty level, with exceptional high difficulty questions will be created from the syllabus.

Bihar TET for Pedagogy and Development of Child Syllabus

Inclusive Education concept and to understand the special needs of children: Addressing disadvantaged & deprived learners from various backgrounds, Addressing the Talented, Creative, Specially abled Learners, Addressing children needs with their difficulties in learning, Learning & Pedagogy :to understand children learning and thinking process; how & why children ‘fail’ to accomplish success in their performance at school, Basic processes of teaching and learning, children’s strategies of learning; learning as a social activity, learning social context, other concepts of learning in children, understanding children’s ‘errors’ as significant steps in the learning process, Cognition and Emotions, Motivation & learning, contributing Factors to learning :personal and environmental, Child Development related to primary school.

Bihar TET Syllabus for Environmental Studies

  • Basic Primary and Elementary level EVS fundamentals,
  • Pedagogical Issues: EVS Concept & scope,
  • Environmental Education & Environmental Studies,
  • Presenting concepts Approaches,
  • Importance of Environmental Studies and Integrated Environmental Studies,
  • Learning Principles,
  • Activities,
  • Scope & Relation to Science & Social Science Material of Teaching,
  • Aids, Experimentation,
  • Practical Work.

Bihar TET Syllabus for Language I & Language II

  • Language Development Pedagogy: Acquisition and Learning,
  • Listening role and speaking,
  • Principles of Language Teaching,
  • a Critical aspect of grammar,
  • Remedial Teaching,
  • teaching challenges in the classroom,
  • to evaluate proficiency in language comprehension,
  • the material of teaching-learning,
  • Language Skills,
  • Language Comprehension: Reading unseen passages,
  • verbal ability,
  • Grammar,
  • Inference

Bihar TET Syllabus for Mathematics

  • Basic Primary & Elementary level mathematics fundamentals,
  • Pedagogical issues: Nature of Mathematics,
  • Place of Mathematics in Curriculum,
  • Evaluation through formal & informal methods,
  • Error Analysis & Related Aspects of Learning and Teaching,
  • Language of Mathematics,
  • Community Mathematics,
  • Problems of Teaching,
  • Diagnostic and Remedial Teaching.
Recommended Books

A good preparation can be done only with the help of right kind of books as they provide ample amount of practice material. Some good books for BTET exam are as follows:

Book name Publisher ISBN
BTET Practice Sets Paper I Arihant Publication 9311126519
BTET Practice Sets V I-VIII Maths & Science 2017 ARIHANT 9789311126524
A Complete Resource of CTET Pearson Education 9332582645
BTET Practice Sets V I-VIII Maths & Science (Hindi) Arihant Publication 9311126527
BTET Paper II Class VI-VIII Maths & Science Arihant Publication 9311126500
Guide to Child Development and Pedagogy Ramesh Publishing House 9789350123096
Wiley's CTET Exam Goalpost, Paper II, Maths / Science, Class VI – VIII Wiley India Pvt Ltd 9788126565566
Wiley's CTET, Paper II, Social Studies / Social Science: Solved Papers & Mock Tests with Wiley 9788126560714
Teacher Eligibility Test Environmental Studies (For Classes I-V) Upkar Prakashan 978935013337
Important Instructions

Important instructions while working with the OMR sheet

  • Students need to mark answers in the OMR sheet using the black ballpoint pen.
  • Fill the details on the OMR sheet with the black/blue ball pen.
  • Do not color bubbles with a pencil.
  • The pen must be used for filling the bubbles.
  • Color only one bubble corresponding to a question.
  • The bubbles must be completely filled and not partially else, your answers marked will not be evaluated.
  • If there are more than one correct options marks will be awarded only if all the options have been marked.
  • Bubbles crossed after filling will not be counted.
  • If found any pattern resemblance between two answer sheets of different students sitting near to each other or in the same exam hall, such students will be asked to come for a personal meeting.
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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


nafisa khatoon
What is BTET exam pattern for science & mathematics or social science?
kavita rani

A total of 60 MCQ type questions will come in the exam, questions will have an easy-moderate difficulty level. Students will be given question paper on mathematics & science/ social science on the basis of the initial selections made by the candidate.

kashish tomar
What is BTET exam pattern for Environmental studies?
kavita rani

There are 30 Questions in the MCQ type asked in the exam, 30 minutes time will be given to complete the section. Each question will have 4 responses and 1 answer to be marked.
1 mark is allotted to each question in the section. Further details are here.

puja sao
Can I submit the answers online?
kavita rani

Hi Puja. Answers need to be marked in the OMR sheet using a pen/pencil as per the directives were given by the authorities.

jatin sharma
What is the minimum cutoff percentage in BTET?
kavita rani

The cut off for BTET is usually 60%. Those candidates who make it to the merit list will get to be teachers in the government schools of Bihar. You can get more information here.

arushi thankur
How many subjects are there in BTET paper II?
kavita rani

There are a total of four subjects in BTET paper II including Child Development & Pedagogy (compulsory), language 1 and language 2, and compulsory subjects. Further details are mentioned here.

shruti verma
Is BTET conducted online and what about the application form?
kavita rani

BTET is conducted in offline or pen-paper mode where candidates have to mark their answers on the OMR sheets with a pen. But the application form has to be filled in the online mode only.