CTET 2021 Notification, Exam Dates, Registration, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus, Books and Cutoff

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Conducted by CBSE, CTET 2021 (Central Teacher Eligibility Test) is a national level examination for all the candidates who aspire to become a school teacher after their graduation. This entrance exam is conducted twice a year, in the months of July and December. Talking of the pattern followed by the test; it has mainly a division of two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2. The qualified aspirants will be able to teach the students of class 1 to 8 of the government schools such as Navodaya Vidyalaya, Kendriya Vidyalaya etc. 

Practice CTET Paper II Mock Test free of cost

Paper 1- This paper is for those candidates who wish to be a teacher for standard 1st to 5th

Paper 2- This paper is for those candidates who wish to be a teacher for standard 6th to 8th specifically. Candidates who wish to teach all the 8 classes have to appear for both the papers; i.e. paper 1 and 2.

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Following the pattern of CTET 2020, the final date was July 5, 2020. It can be predicted that the CTET 2021 examination date will be somewhat around the first week of July only. The Application form can be filled in online mode at the official website - ctet.nic.in. The mode of CTET 2021 will be offline with a time duration of 150 minutes for each paper. There will be 150 MCQs, set in English and Hindi languages, of 1 mark each. There will be no negative marking in both the papers. CTET 2021 Syllabus for Paper 1 includes Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I, Language II, Mathematics and Environmental Studies while Paper 2 includes Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I, Language II, and Mathematics & Science OR Social Studies/Science. The qualifying marks for CTET 2021 is 90 for General and EWS candidates and 82.5 for reserved categories. CTET Eligibility Certificate is issued to qualified candidates with a validity of 7 years.

CTET 2021 Highlights

Exam name Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET)
Conducting body Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
Frequency Twice a year in July and December
Application mode Online
Exam mode Offline (Pen and Paper mode)
Official website ctet.nic.in

Important Dates of CTET 2021

Events Dates (Tentative)
Online registration will commence from February 2021
Closing date of registration March 2021
Last date for payment of application fee March 2021
Correction/modification window March 2021
Availability of status of application form March 2021
Release of admit card April 2021
Date of Exam May 2021
Announcement of result June 2021
Issuance of CTET certificate and mark sheet July 2021

Scope and Applicability of CTET 2021

CTET in itself is a deal to crack and is considered quite tough as compared to other teaching examinations. Getting the minimum eligibility will open up ‘n’ number of doors for the candidates about which they aren’t even aware completely. So, to simplify all this for once, here’s a list where candidates can apply after qualifying CTET.

  1. Candidates can apply to all the government schools for teaching.
  2. State government teaching jobs are also an option available.
  3. Getting to teach in reputed schools like KVS.
  4. Private schools are also an available option as many specifically mention qualified CTET teachers in their eligibility criteria.
  5. Setting up their own coaching centers or becoming a tutor.

CTET 2021 Applicability

Moving to the applicability, a CTET qualified candidate is always on the greener side as they are always preferred by eminent government schools and many private institutes as well.

After qualifying the exam, candidates are open to apply to any central government school, like KVS, NVS, etc.

CTET 2021 Salary offered

The teaching profession is amongst the prestigious career options. With the growing experience and respect, a teacher can also see the salary increment with the gradual years. After becoming a CTET qualified teacher, a person can expect a starting salary of 25000 - 28000 per month; which is almost 3.3 LPA.

A point to note here is that primary teachers come under the state government. Every state government has its own set percentage of HRA and DA, so it is very normal to find varied pay scales in every other state within India.

Check and practice Sectional Tests: Paper I during the preparation as much as possible

CTET 2021 Eligibility

CTET 2021 Eligibility

Eligibility criteria for both the papers are laid down separately by the authorities. A relaxation of 5% is provided to all the candidates from reserved categories.

Paper I eligibility requirements- Any of these 5 criteria has to be satisfied:

  1. Candidates must have cleared their 12th standard with a minimum of 50% marks overall. Must have a diploma in elementary education. OR
  1. Candidates must have cleared their 12th standard with a minimum of 45%marks overall. Must have a diploma in elementary education as per the regulations of NCTE, 2000. OR
  1. A minimum of 50% overall in 12th standard. Must have B.El.Ed. (Bachelors in Elementary Education) OR
  1. A minimum of 50% overall in 12th standard. Must have a 2-year diploma in Special Diploma. OR
  1. Graduation diploma in the same field. Diploma in elementary education.

Paper-II eligibility requirements- All the requirements are same except one and that is:

Along with all the mentioned above, candidates must have passed or appeared in the final year of 4- year BA/B.Sc.Ed or B.A.Ed/B.Sc.Ed. Check CTET Eligibility Criteria

CTET 2021 Application Form

CTET 2021 Registration/ Application Form

The registration process is easy and simple as other usual entrance exams. The process involves:

  • Visit the official website and click on ‘Apply for CTET 2021’.
  • Register by entering your basic personal details, mobile number, and email ID.
  • Upload the photo and signature in the required size and form.
  • The third step is to pay the application fee as per your category and the number of papers applied.
  • Take a print out of the confirmation page as proof for the future.

Application Fee

  • The General and the OBS aspirants will need to pay Rs. 700 and Rs. 1200 for CTET Paper I and Paper II exam respectively.
  • On the other hand, the SC/ST/PwD candidates have to pay Rs. 350 and 600 for CTET Paper I and Paper II exam respectively.
  • In the case of online payment, the candidate can pay the fees by using debit/credit card, e-challan, or through net banking.
  • The application fees will not be refunded. 

CTET 2021 Exam Pattern

CTET Admit Card 2021

At least two weeks before the exam date, CBSE will release the CTET 2021 admit card on its official website. To download the admit card, the aspirants have to provide the registration number and date of birth. The CTET Admit card 2021 will include the below mentioned essential information:

  1. Name of the aspirants
  2. Roll number
  3. Exam Date
  4. The venue that is exam center
  5. Other exam day guidelines.

Do not forget to keep a print out of the admit card. All the aspirants should remember that they will need to carry the admit card on the exam date along with the other essential documents for further verification purposes. 

CTET 2021 Exam Pattern

The pattern of the exam is clear and is divided into two papers. Paper I (Primary Stage) is for those candidates who wish to teach classes 1 to 5. Paper-II (Elementary stage) is for those candidates who wish to teach classes 6 to 8. The duration of the exam will be 2.5 hours. One mark will be carried for each question. Detailed CTET 2021 Exam Pattern for both the papers are tabulated below:

Exam Mode Offline (pen-paper based) Offline (pen-paper based)
Duration 150 Minutes 150 Minutes
Section 5 (Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I, Language II, Mathematics, Environmental Studies) 4 (Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I, Language II, Mathematics and Science/ Social Studies)
No. of Question 150 150
Marks 150 150
Negative Marking No No
Medium of exam English and Hindi English and Hindi

CTET 2021 Syllab​us

Practice Previous Years’ Sample Papers of Paper I 

Subject Wise Question Distribution for Paper I Primary Level:

Subject Section No. of questions Marks
Child Development & Pedagogy 30 30
Language I (compulsory) 30 30
Language II (compulsory) 30 30
Environmental Studies 30 30
Mathematics 30 30
Total 150 150

Subject Wise Question Distribution for Paper-II Elementary Level:

Subject Section No. of questions Marks
Child Development and Pedagogy (compulsory) 30 30
Language I (compulsory) 30 30
Language II (compulsory) 30 30
Mathematics and Science (for Maths and Science Teacher)

OR

Social Studies/Social Science (for Social Studies/Social Science Teacher)

60 60
Total 150 150

CTET 2021 Syllab​us

Child Development and Pedagogy 30 Questions 

  1. a) Child Development (Primary School Child) 15 Questions 
  • Concept of development and its relationship with learning 
  • Principles of the development of children 
  • Influence of Heredity & Environment 
  • Socialization processes: Social world & children (Teacher, Parents, Peers) 
  • Piaget, Kohlberg, and Vygotsky: constructs and critical perspectives 
  • Concepts of child-centered and progressive education 
  • Critical perspective of the construct of Intelligence
  • Multi-Dimensional Intelligence 
  • Language & Thought 
  • Gender as a social construct; gender roles, gender-bias and educational practice 
  • Individual differences among learners, understanding differences based on diversity of language, caste, gender, community, religion etc. 
  • The distinction between Assessment for learning and assessment of learning; School-Based Assessment, Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation: perspective and practice 
  • Formulating appropriate questions for assessing readiness levels of learners; for enhancing learning and critical thinking in the classroom and for assessing learner achievement. 
  1. b) Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs 5 Questions 
  • Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged and deprived 
  • Addressing the needs of children with learning difficulties, ‘impairment’etc. 
  • Addressing the Talented, Creative, Specially abled Learners 
  1. c) Learning and Pedagogy 10 Questions 
  • How children think and learn; how and why children ‘fail’ to achieve success in school performance. 
  • Basic processes of teaching and learning; children’s strategies of learning; learning as a social activity; social context of learning. 
  • Child as a problem solver and a ‘scientific investigator’ 
  • Alternative conceptions of learning in children, understanding children’s ‘errors’ as significant steps in the learning process. 
  • Cognition & Emotions 
  • Motivation and learning 
  • Factors contributing to learning - personal & environmental

The language I 30 Questions 

  1. a) Language Comprehension 15 Questions 

Reading unseen passages - two passages one prose or drama and one poem with questions on comprehension, inference, grammar and verbal ability (Prose passage may be literary, scientific, narrative or discursive) 

  1. b) Pedagogy of Language Development 15 Questions 
  • Learning and acquisition 
  • Principles of language Teaching 
  • Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool 
  • A critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form 
  • Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders 
  • Language Skills 
  • Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing 
  • Teaching-learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom • Remedial Teaching 

III. Language - II 30 Questions 

  1. a) Comprehension 15 Questions 

Two unseen prose passages (discursive or literary or narrative or scientific) with question on comprehension, grammar and verbal ability 

  1. b) Pedagogy of Language Development 15 Questions 
  • Learning and acquisition 
  • Principles of language Teaching 
  • Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool 
  • Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form; 
  • Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders 
  • Language Skills 
  • Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing 
  • Teaching-learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom 
  • Remedial Teaching 

Mathematics 30 Questions 

  1. a) Content 15 Questions 
  • Geometry 
  • Shapes & Spatial Understanding 
  • Solids around Us 
  • Numbers 
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication 
  • Division 
  • Measurement 
  • Weight 
  • Time 
  • Volume 
  • Data Handling 
  • Patterns 
  • Money 
  1. b) Pedagogical issues 15 Questions 
  • Nature of Mathematics/Logical thinking; understanding children’s thinking and reasoning patterns and strategies of making meaning and learning 
  • Place of Mathematics in Curriculum 
  • Language of Mathematics 
  • Community Mathematics 
  • Evaluation through formal and informal methods 
  • Problems of Teaching 
  • Error analysis and related aspects of learning and teaching 
  • Diagnostic and Remedial Teaching 
  1. Environmental Studies 30 Questions 
  2. a) Content 15 Questions 
  3. Family and Friends: 

1.1 Relationships 

1.2 Work and Play 

1.3 Animals 

1.4 Plants ii. Food iii. Shelter iv. Water v. Travel vi. Things We Make and Do 

  1. b) Pedagogical Issues 15 Questions 
  • Concept and scope of EVS 
  • Significance of EVS integrated EVS 
  • Environmental Studies & Environmental Education 
  • Learning Principles • Scope & relation to Science & Social Science 
  • Approaches to presenting concepts 
  • Activities 
  • Experimentation/Practical Work 
  • Discussion 
  • CCE 
  • Teaching material/Aids 
  • Problems

Mathematics and Science 60 Questions 

(i) Mathematics 30 Questions 

  1. a) Content 20 Questions 

Number System • 

Knowing our Numbers • 

Playing with Numbers • 

Whole Numbers • 

Negative Numbers and Integers 

  • Fractions Algebra 
  • Introduction to Algebra 
  • Ratio and Proportion Geometry 
  • Basic geometrical ideas (2-D) 
  • Understanding Elementary Shapes (2-D and 3-D) 
  • Symmetry: (reflection) 
  • Construction (using Straight edge Scale, protractor, compasses) 
  • Mensuration 
  • Data handling 
  1. b) Pedagogical issues 10 Questions 
  • Nature of Mathematics/Logical thinking 
  • Place of Mathematics in Curriculum 
  • Language of Mathematics 
  • Community Mathematics 
  • Evaluation 
  • Remedial Teaching 
  • Problem of Teaching 
  1. i) Science 30 Questions 
  2. a) Content 20 Questions 

Food 

  • Sources of food 
  • Components of food 
  • Cleaning food Materials 
  • Materials of daily use: The World of the Living

 Moving Things People and Ideas How things work 

  • Electric current and circuits 
  • Magnets 

 Natural Phenomena Natural Resources 

  1. b) Pedagogical issues 10 Questions 
  • Nature & Structure of Sciences 
  • Natural Science/Aims & objectives 
  • Understanding & Appreciating Science 
  • Approaches/Integrated Approach 
  • Observation/Experiment/Discovery (Method of Science) 
  • Innovation 
  • Text Material/Aids 
  • Evaluation - cognitive/psychomotor/affective 
  • Problems 
  • Remedial Teaching
  1. Social Studies/Social Sciences 60 Questions 
  2. a) v Content 40 Questions 

History 

  • When, Where and How 
  • The Earliest Societies 
  • The First Farmers and Herders 
  • The First Cities 
  • Early States 
  • New Ideas 
  • The First Empire 
  • Contacts with Distant lands 
  • Political Developments 
  • Culture and Science 
  • New Kings and Kingdoms 
  • Sultans of Delhi 
  • Architecture 
  • Creation of an Empire 
  • Social Change 
  • Regional Cultures 
  • The Establishment of Company Power 
  • Rural Life and Society 
  • Colonialism and Tribal Societies 
  • The Revolt of 1857-58 
  • Women and reform 
  • Challenging the Caste System 
  • The Nationalist Movement 
  • India After Independence v
  • Geography as a social study and as a science • 

Planet: Earth in the solar system 

  • Globe 
  • Environment in its totality: natural and human environment 
  • Air 
  • Water
  • Human Environment: settlement, transport and communication •

 Resources: Types-Natural and Human 

  • Agriculture v Social and Political Life 
  • Diversity 
  • Government 
  • Local Government 
  • Making a Living 
  • Democracy 
  • State Government Geography 
  • Understanding Media 
  • Unpacking Gender 
  • The Constitution 
  • Parliamentary Government 
  • The Judiciary 
  • Social Justice and the Marginalised 
  1. b) Pedagogical issues 
  • Concept & Nature of Social Science/Social Studies 
  • Class Room Processes, activities and discourse 
  • Developing Critical thinking 
  • Enquiry/Empirical Evidence 
  • Problems of teaching Social Science/Social Studies 
  • Sources - Primary & Secondary 
  • Projects Work 
  • Evaluation

CTET Previous years’ Question Papers

Revising from previous year question papers is the most helpful technique to score well in the current year. Previous year exams papers not only help you to analyze the pattern but also manages your time in solving all the questions.

CTET Books 2021

There are multiple publishing houses and authors available in the market and online. It is up to the candidate whose book they choose after all the research and understanding. We have a list of books that are tried and tested and have shown great performance.

  • Mathematics and Pedagogy- Arihant
  • Child development and pedagogy (Paper I & II)- Arihant experts for child development and pedagogy
  • Child development and pedagogy- Pearson Education
  • A complete resource for CTET: Child development and pedagogy- Sandeep Kumar

Check the Teachers Eligibility Tests for free before the exam

CTET Result and cut-off

CTET Result and cut-off

CTET Result is displayed on the official website along with the answer key to cross-check. The candidates who qualify the cut-off are awarded a certificate of being CTET qualified. Also read CTET Result

The qualifying percentage is as follows:

  • General category- 60%
  • Reserved category (SC/ST/OBC)- 55%

CTET 2021 Cutoff

The cutoff varies with candidates’ category as mentioned below: 

Category

Qualifying cut-off

General/ EWS

90 

SC/ ST

82.5 

OBC

82.5

PwD

82.5 

CTET 2021 FAQs

CTET 2021 FAQs

Question: What is the CTET?

Answer- CTET is a national level teaching exam for all those candidates who aspire to be a primary or an elementary teacher up to class 8th.

Question:What is the age limit to apply for CTET?

Answer- The minimum age limit to apply is 18 years. There is no maximum age bar for the same.

Question:How many years the CTET certificate is valid?

Answer- The CTET certificate after qualifying the exam stays valid for 7 years from the date of issue.

Question:What next after qualifying CTET?

Answer- After qualifying the CTET, a candidate is eligible to apply for all the government teaching jobs. They can apply for vacancies at varied government schools.

Question:Is B.Ed. compulsory for CTET?

Answer- YES, B.Ed. or any other elementary education diploma is compulsory to apply for CTET.

Question:Is CTET difficult?

Answer- CTET exam level is considered moderate to high. So, it can be said that it is quite difficult as compare to other exam levels.

Question:Who conducts CTET?

Answer- CBSE conducts the CTET exam every year as entrusted by The national ministry of Human resource and Development.

Question:Is CTET compulsory to be a teacher?

Answer- If a candidate aspires to be a government teacher and that to under central government, he/she has to qualify CTET. Many private schools also now ask for CTET qualification as it is considered as a mark of a quality teacher.

Question:Does CTET have negative marking?

Answer- No, CTET does not have any negative marking. + 1 is awarded on each correct answer.

Question:What is the benefit of CTET?

Answer- By appearing and qualifying CTET, candidates can implant new and integral ways of teaching which is truly a need of the hour in our educational system.

Question:What is the age limit to apply for CTET?

Answer- The minimum age limit to apply is 18 years. There is no maximum age bar for the same.

Question:How many years the CTET certificate is valid?

Answer- The CTET certificate after qualifying the exam stays valid for 7 years from the date of issue.

Question:What next after qualifying CTET?

Answer- After qualifying the CTET, a candidate is eligible to apply for all the government teaching jobs. They can apply for vacancies at varied government schools.

Question:Is B.Ed. compulsory for CTET?

Answer- YES, B.Ed. or any other elementary education diploma is compulsory to apply for CTET.

Question:Is CTET difficult?

Answer- CTET exam level is considered moderate to high. So, it can be said that it is quite difficult as compare to other exam levels.

Question:Who conducts CTET?

Answer- CBSE conducts the CTET exam every year as entrusted by The national ministry of Human resource and Development.

Question:Is CTET compulsory to be a teacher?

Answer- If a candidate aspires to be a government teacher and that to under central government, he/she has to qualify CTET. Many private schools also now ask for CTET qualification as it is considered as a mark of a quality teacher.

Question:Does CTET have negative marking?

Answer- No, CTET does not have any negative marking. + 1 is awarded on each correct answer.

Question:What is the benefit of CTET?

Answer- By appearing and qualifying CTET, candidates can implant new and integral ways of teaching which is truly a need of the hour in our educational system.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

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