CTET Preparation Tips 2021, Important Topics and Books

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Apr 3, 2021

CTET is the most sought exam and the only gateway for getting a teaching job in the schools at the junior and elementary level. Qualifying the exam is the minimum eligibility requirement defined for teachers who are working at any government, public or private school. To crack the exam, candidates must have a proper strategic plan based on their abilities. A good preparation plan provides a defined path to the candidates. Therefore, we have come up with some tips and tricks that candidates can follow to crack the exam.

The exam is conducted at two levels on a single day in separate sessions in over 2935 CTET Exam Centers. The exam is of two and a half hour duration and the question paper will be bilingual (Hindi and English). CTET qualifiers will get recruited in various schools run by the central government, schools under the control of UT’s, private schools, schools owned and managed by the state government/local bodies. CTET Eligibility Certificate will be valid for 7 years from the declaration of the result which will be given to candidates scoring more than 60%. Candidates can check CTET CutOff according to which they can further plan.

Steps to Prepare & Crack Exam

How to Prepare & Crack CTET 2021?

Know the CTET 2021 Exam Pattern

  • CTET 2020 will be held in offline mode.
  • The question papers will be bilingual (Hindi & English) which will carry Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
  • Both papers - I and II will carry 150 marks each.
  • Each question will carry 1 mark.
  • There will be no negative marking.
  • The time duration to attempt both papers - I and II will be 2 hours 30 minutes each.

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CTET Syllabus

  • The syllabus of CTET 2020 for papers I and II will have topics prescribed in the syllabus of the NCERT for classes I to V and V to VIII respectively.
  • The difficulty level and linkages can be up to the level of the senior secondary stage.
  • Candidates will be tested for two languages, one as a medium of instruction and another language that they can choose.
  • For language II, aspirants will be tested on the elements of language, communication, and comprehension abilities.
  • CTET syllabus for Child Development and Pedagogy section will include topics related to teaching ability and students that they will be teaching after qualifying CTET and recruitment as teachers in primary and elementary schools in India.

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Tips for Child Development

CTET Preparation for Child Development and Pedagogy

  • 15 questions from each of the subsections will be asked from the child development section.
  • The questions will be asked related to the ideology and principle of thinkers under the child development section.
  • The concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs is important as 5 questions are asked from the topic.
  • Preparation of topic thinkers' thoughts and principles well.
  • Revise the CTET Previous Year Question Papers.  Download Now

Important topics for Child Development and Pedagogy:

  • Theories of Intelligence
  • Theories of Child Development
  • Learning theories
  • Intelligence theories
  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • Concepts of Psychology

CTET Books for Child Development and Pedagogy:

ctet books child development
Book name Publisher
A Complete Resource for CTET: Child Development and Pedagogy Pearson Education
Child Development & Pedagogy: Paper 1 & 2 of CTET By Shalini Punjabi (Disha Publications)
CTET & TETs Child Development & Pedagogy (Paper I & II) Arihant Publications
Child Development & Pedagogy for CTET & STET (Hindi) Disha publications

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Tips for Language I & II

CTET Preparation for Language I and II

Usually, language 1 is the Local Language used by you, and Language II is the Second Language used by people for Communication.

How to Prepare for CTET Language I?

  • The medium of instruction (language which is used to give instructions in classes) proficiency will be checked in the language I section.
  • A lot of practice is needed to master the language I section.
  • The language I is usually the regional language, in our case, it is Hindi selected by most of the candidates.
  • Online test series must be practiced to excel in the section.
  • Time management and planning must be done to improve the performance of the section.
  • Two unseen passages will be asked- one will be prose and the other the drama. Prose question can be literally, scientific, narrative or discursive.
  • One question will come on the basis of a poem given in the question paper.
  • Inference based questions will be asked.
  • Questions on grammar and verbal ability.

How to Prepare for CTET Language II?

  • Language II is the second primary language used in the region.
  • Questions will be similar in pattern to the language I.
  • Questions will be asked to test the grammatical skills in language II.
  • Two unseen prose questions will come, which can be discursive, literary, narrative, or scientific.

Common Tips for Both Languages

CTET Books for Language I and Language II:

ctet books language

CTET Preparation for Mathematics Paper I and II

As mathematics questions are asked in both paper I and paper II, thus a planned strategy must be made on the basis of the important guidelines defined for the teachers. The basic questions will be asked from the syllabus and the following must be used for preparation. 

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CTET Books for Mathematics Paper I & II:

ctet books maths
Book name Publisher
CTET Central Teachers Eligibility Test CBSE Syllabus Teachers from Classes VI to VIII Mathematics & Science Sura College of Competition
Class Notes of Maths Rakesh Yadav Publication
A Complete Resource for CTET: Mathematics and Pedagogy Pearson Education
CTET/STETs: Paper-II Ramesh Publishing House

Tips for Environmental Studies

CTET Preparation for Environmental Studies

  • The questions asked will be General and basic, study the NCERT books of Class I to V and Geography books of Class VI to VIII.
  • Watch the Daily News Clips and read the newspaper every day.
  • Prepare for the previous year’s sample papers and question papers available online.
  • Join online test series where the questions are asked related to the topic.
  • Take a random quiz on General awareness and environmental studies to perform well in the exam.
  • Time management is important to attempt the questions, as they all appear easy but answering can be tricky sometimes as proximate data is available.
  • Join online test groups for preparation and keep referring to the blogs related to CTET.

CTET Books for Environmental Studies:

ctet books environment
Book name Publisher
CTET & TETs Environmental Studies & Pedagogy Arihant
Environmental Studies (EVS) WILEY
UPTET & CTET ENVIRONMENTAL Studies Youth Competition Times
Teacher Eligibility Test Environmental Studies Upkar Prakashan

Tips for Science

CTET Preparation Tips for Science

  • Only 30 questions will be asked in this section of MCQ type which will be from basic class VI to VIII syllabus.
  • NCERT books from class I to VIII must be studies to perform well.
  • Solve all problems given in Science books from class VI to VIII.
  • Questions on pedagogy and practical problem-solving questions will be asked.
  • Solve the practice problems in the online test series and sample papers defined for CTET.
  • Join online test groups to prepare for the science section.
  • Questions on unit conversion and basic of cell formation will be asked.
  • Very few questions on chemistry.

CTET Books for Science:

ctet books science
Book name Publisher
CTET & TETs for Class VI-VIII Arihant Publications
CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test ) Paper II (Mathematics & Science) Sura College of Competition
CTET & TETs Paper-II for Class VI-VIII MATHS & SCIENCE Arihant Publications
CTET Success Master Paper-II Teacher Selection for Class VI-VIII Social Studies/Science 2020 Arihant publications
CTET Success Master Science Arihant Publications
A Complete Resource for CTET: Science and Pedagogy Pearson

Tips for Social Science

CTET Preparation Tips for Social Science Paper-II

  • Class I- VIII syllabus defined under environmental science and social science must be covered.
  • Questions will be asked on fundamental concepts of cultural, economic and political skills.
  • Social science questions will be designed on how our society works.
  • Prepare micro notes on ancient history, medieval history, and modern history to excel in the history section.
  • To enhance the performance of the economy and polity sections, one must regularly read newspapers and see news on news channels.
  • Basic questions can be asked on the constitution of India.
  • Make short notes of the historical data especially the dates and the era.
  • Do a lot of online practice to identify your weak areas and to perform well in the section.
  • A mock test designed especially for the section must be done.
  • A lot of hard work is needed to perform well in the section as plenty of data is available.

CTET Books for Social Science:

ctet books social science
Book name Publisher
CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test) Paper II: Social Science Teacher Selection (For Class VI - VIII) Access Publishing
15 Practice Sets CTET Central Teacher Eligibility Test Paper II Social Studies/Science Teacher Selection for Class VI-VIII Arihant
Wiley's CTET Exam Goalpost, Paper II, Social Studies / Social Science, Class VI-VIII, 2020: Solved Papers & Mock Tests with Complete Solutions Wiley
CTET Success Master Paper-II Teacher Selection for Class VI-VIII Social Studies/Science 2020 Arihant

CTET 2021 Preparation Tips: FAQs

Q.1) Is it necessary to refer to any standard book before attempting practice tests?

Ans.: No. It is not required. You can attempt a practice test first to check your level and then start the preparation accordingly.

Q.2) How many practice papers should I attempt before appearing for the exam?

Ans.: There is no such number defined. However, generally, 40 papers are sufficient to attempt before appearing in such CTET.

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deep jyoti das
how to prepare for ctet exam paper 2?
kavita rani

Hi Deep. Candidates are suggested to read the CBSE books as it helps improve their skills and knowledge. Also, solving more quizzes and mock tests that are extremely helpful for you to get familiar with the exam pattern. Other useful tips are here.

a kashyap
Thanks to Collegedunia Ctet Information is very good
priyanka mondal
HII i am graduate with 50% avobe and appearing b.ed 1st sem,can i apply for ctet both paper or any one?
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Priyanka, you are not eligible for the exam if you are from general category as these candidates need to score at least 55% in graduation in order to be eligible. However, it is 50% for candidates belonging to reserved categories. You can check the Eligibility Criteria for the exam in detail from here.

lalit raj
I didn't fill ctet form yet so can you please tell me which minimum qualification code is for a graduate btc candidate cause after bed inclusion option 5 is exculded from minimum qualification code.
garima bansal
Hi Lalit, You may check the official website to get information regarding the minimum qualification code.
sowmya naidu
Good one