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CTET Syllabus 2021 for Paper 1 and 2, Exam Pattern, Books and Preparation Tips

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Mar 19, 2021

CTET Syllabus is determined by CBSE comprising of Child Development and Pedagogy, Language 1 and Language 2, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Both languages 1 and 2 are compulsory. There are two Papers in CTET 2021 with different Exam Patterns, difficulty level, and syllabus. 

CTET Syllabus for Paper I is based on the topics prescribed for classes 1 – 5 and for Paper II, the syllabus is of the Elementary stage. Candidates scoring a minimum of 60% marks will be issued an Eligibility Certificate by the board.

  • Paper-I is for the candidates who intend to be a teacher for classes I to V.
  • Paper-II is for the candidates who intend to be a teacher for classes VI to VIII. Check  CTET 2021 Exam Pattern
CTET Paper 1 Syllabus

CTET Syllabus for Paper 1

CTET 2021 Paper 1 is conducted for aspirants willing to become teachers of primary classes. The syllabus for Paper 1 is as decided by CBSE every year. Section-wise distribution is tabulated below: 

Sections Name CTET Important Topics Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Child Development and Pedagogy

Child Development, Learning and Pedagogy

30 30

Language-I

Comprehension, Pedagogy of Language Development

30 30

Language-II

Comprehension, Pedagogy of Language Development

30 30

Mathematics

Geometry, Shapes & Spatial Understanding, Solids around Us, Numbers, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication, Division

30 30

Environmental Studies 

Family and Friends, Food, Shelter, Water, Travel

30 30

Nature and Standard of Questions

  • The Child Development and Pedagogy will focus on educational psychology of teaching and learning relevant to the age group of 6-11 years. They will focus on understanding the characteristics and needs of diverse learners, interaction with learners and the attributes and qualities of a good facilitator of learning.
  • Language I section will focus on the proficiencies related to the medium of instruction.
  • Language II section will focus on the elements of language, communication and comprehension abilities. Language II will be a language other than Language I. A candidate may choose any one language as Language I and other as Language II from the available language options and will be required to specify the same in the Confirmation Page.

List of Languages and Code are as follows:

Language Code Language Code Language Code Language Code
English 01 Gujarati 06 Marathi 11 Sanskrit 16
Hindi 02 Kannada 07 Mizo 12 Tamil 17
Assamese 03 Khasi 08 Nepali 13 Telugu 18
Bengali 04 Malayalam 09 Oriya 14 Tibetan 19
Garo 05 Manipuri 10 Punjabi 15 Urdu 20
  • Mathematics and Environmental Studies will focus on the concepts, problem-solving abilities, and pedagogical understanding of the subjects. In all these subject areas, the test items will be evenly distributed over different divisions of the syllabus of that subject prescribed for classes I – V by the NCERT. Read How to Prepare Mathematics for CTET 2021?
  • The questions on topics covered throughout classes 1 to 5 will be asked in this paper. However, participants should note that the difficulty level of questions may be up to the secondary school level.

The important topics for each section are mentioned below:

Sections Topics Number of Questions
Child Development and Pedagogy Development of a Primary School Child 15
Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs 5
Learning and Pedagogy 10
Language 1 and Language 2 (30 Questions each) Language Comprehension 15
Pedagogy of Language Development 15
Mathematics Content (numbers, solving simple equations, algebra, geometry patterns, time, measurement, data handling, solids, data handling, etc.) 15
Pedagogical issues 15
Environmental Studies Content (environment, food, shelter, water, family, and friends, etc.) 15
Pedagogical Issues 15
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CTET Paper 2 Syllabus

CTET Syllabus for Paper 2

Paper 2 of CTET 2021 is conducted for individuals willing to become teachers for Elementary classes. It will consist of 4 compulsory sections. They will have an option in the fourth section which aspirants should opt for as per the subject they wish to teach. Section-wise distribution is tabulated below:

Sections Name CTET Important Topics Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Child Development & Pedagogy Child Development, Learning and Pedagogy 30 30
Language I Comprehension, Pedagogy of Language Development 30 30
Language II Comprehension, Pedagogy of Language Development 30 30

Mathematics and Science (for Mathematics and Science teacher)
OR
Social Studies/ Social Science (for Social Studies/Social Science teacher)
OR
Mathematics, Science and Social Studies/Social Science (for teacher of any other subject)

Maths: Number System, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration

Science: Food, Materials, Natural Phenomena, Natural Resources

Social Science: History, Geography, Social and Political Life, Pedagogical Issues

60 60

Nature and Standard of Questions

  • Child Development and Pedagogy section will focus on educational psychology of teaching and learning, relevant to the age group of 11-14 years. They will focus on understanding the characteristics, needs, and psychology of diverse learners, interaction with learners, the attributes and qualities of a good facilitator of learning.  Know How to Prepare for Child Development and Pedagogy?
  • Language I & II section are the same as of Paper 1.
  • Mathematics and Science OR Social Studies/Social Science section will focus on the concepts, problem-solving abilities, and pedagogical understanding of the subjects. The test items of Mathematics and Science will be of 30 marks each while Social Science solely will carry 60 marks weightage. The test items will be evenly distributed over different divisions of the syllabus of that subject as prescribed for classes VI-VIII by the NCERT.
  • The questions in the test for Paper-II will be based on the topics prescribed in the syllabus of the NCERT for classes VI-VIII but their difficulty standard, as well as aptitude level, could be up to the Senior Secondary stage. 

The important topics for each section are mentioned below:

Sections Topics No. of Questions
Child Development and Pedagogy Development of an Elementary School Child 15
Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs 5
Learning and Pedagogy 10
Language 1 and Language 2 (30 questions each) Language Comprehension 15
Pedagogy of Language Development 15
Mathematics and Science Mathematics Number system, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Data Handling Pedagogical issues 20
Pedagogical issues 10
Science Food, Materials, The world of the living, Moving things, people and ideas, How things work, Natural phenomena and resources 20
Pedagogical issues 10
Social Studies History, Geography, Social and Political Life 40
Pedagogical issues 20

CTET Important Books

CTET 2021 Important Books

CTET Books 2021 for Paper 1

The important books to prepare for Paper 1 are:

CTET Paper 1 preparation books
Book name Publisher/ Author’s name
CTET Success Master Paper 1 Arihant Publications
CTET and TETs English Language Arihant Publications
Study Guide for CTET Paper 1 Disha Publications

CTET Books 2021 for Paper 2

Some of the important books that can help you in preparations are:

CTET Paper 2 Preparation books
Books Name Publisher/ Author’s name
CTET and TETs Solved Papers Arihant Publications
CTET Success Master for Paper 2 Arihant Publications
Child development and Pedagogy Shalini Punjabi
CTET Practice Workbook Disha Publications

Get More CTET 2021 Important Books

CTET Preparation Tips

CTET Preparation Tips for Paper 1 & 2

  • Aspirants must refer NCERT Books of class 1 to 5 to know the exact syllabus. They must read the ‘Note for Teachers’ given at the beginning of each textbook. This can help them in the child pedagogy section.
  • Candidates should be quick in solving questions related to comprehension and prose. For this, they must understand the content and draw inferences from it.
  • Solve mock papers to get an idea about the type of questions asked in the exam.
  • Solve mathematical problems regularly. Though the syllabus is up to class 5, the difficulty level may go up to class 10. Hence, remember formulae and work on your speed and accuracy.
  • Candidates are advised to read the pedagogy questions carefully. Sometimes, the questions are twisted to confuse them.
  • Revise mathematical concepts and formulae regularly. Devise short tricks to solve the problems in the least time possible. This will only be possible if aspirants practice a lot.
  • Stick to NCERT textbooks. Make pointers of concepts learned in science. Sometimes mere logic can also help us arrive at answers.
  • For historic events, remember the events that take place in a series.

Read Subject Wise Preparation Tips for CTET 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

CTET 2021 Syllabus FAQs

Ques: What is the marking scheme in CTET 2021?

Ans: In both papers each question is of 1 mark. There is no negative marking in the paper. In Paper 1 all the sections carry equal weightage that is 30. In Paper 2, the last section that is Mathematics and Science or Social Studies/Social Science carries maximum weighatge of 60 marks and other section carries the weightage of 30 marks each.

Ques: What is the major syllabus for CTET 2021?

Ans: CTET Syllabus is determined by CBSE comprising of Child Development and Pedagogy, Language 1 and Language 2, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

Ques: How many subjects are there in CTET that a candidate need to prepare?

Ans: 1. In CTET Paper-I: Child Development and Pedagogy, Language-I, Language-II, Mathematics and Environmental Studies.

  1. In CTET paper-II: Child Development and Pedagogy, Language-I, Language-II, and Mathematics & Science or Social Studies/Social Sciences.

Ques: Is there any difference in the syllabus of Paper 1 and Paper 2 of CTET?

Ans: CTET syllabus is almost same for both papers. However, the exam pattern and difficulty level of the questions asked in both the papers is different. Paper 1 judges the capability of candidates based on the syllabus of class I to V whereas Paper 2 syllabus is more focused on finding the suitable candidates for class VI to VIII. 

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

Comments


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ashwini reddy
I have completed b.ed 2nd sem am I eligible for ctet
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surendra

Hi Ashwini

Visit on our official website of CTET Eligibility to know the whole criteria of the exam. You will find the educational qualification required for the exam to check whether you are eligibile for the exam.

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preetika
Hello done with my B.ed degree this year with maths and english as special subjects.So in ctet I have to select paper as per my special subjects ..? Books for same...to study ..
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arvind kumar

Hi Preetika, Greetings from Collegedunia. CTET exam is conducted by Central Board of secondary education. You can select your special subjects as per your choice. There are various books to study. For more details visit: CTET PREPARATION

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saima bashir
Hello when will be forms for CTET exams out.
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arvind kumar

Hi Saima, the forms will be probably out in february 2021. For details visit: CTET EXAM

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sajid shafi
Hi sir/ma'am I am a grad with 51% and Masters in English with 60% currently I'm pursuing B.Ed am I eligible for CTET. I have never applied before so kindly guide me. Regrds
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vinod

Hi Sajid. In your final year of BEd you will be eligible to apply for CTET exam.

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anjili koti
Am I eligible of this CTET exam.i complied b.ed in social and english ,
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vinod

Hi Anjili. Yes, you are eligible to appear in CTET exam.

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kirtee athya
Hy mem, CTET EXAM ki exam 1 year mai kab aaati hai?or hm kitni baar exam dae sakte ?mai B ed ki student hu or muche isme kya 2 karna hogha muche ap bhata sakti pls help medam/ sir ????
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kapila.gandrola

Hello Kirtee,

The CTET examination is conducted twice in a year, roughly in the months of July and December. This year, however, the examination has been delayed due to the ongoing Pandemic. There are no attempt or age limit to give the CTET examination, you can give the examination as many times as you want and your score will be valid till 7 years. 
If you have completed your graduation with 50% or more and have completed or appearing (in the final semester) of B.Ed, then you can apply for CTET examination. 
To know about the details of forms and eligibility, kindly visit – CTET Eligibility, CTET 2020 Examination Information

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anu ku
Sir/mam mane nios se d.el.ed kiya hu to May ctet ke liye eligible hu ya nahi?
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Anu, yes, you are eligible for CTET exam.
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md asad perwez
I am a student of final year B. Tech Computer Science and I want to apply for CTET. I want to be a computer science teacher. Please tell me the process.
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shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Asad, as per now, you are not eligible for this exam as candidate must have pursued either of B.Ed/B.El.Ed/D.Ed/D.El.Ed to be eligible for CTET exam. You can check the eligibility criteria of the exam in detail from here: CTET Eligibility Criteria

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vijaya girish bajaj
Hi.. I have completed PGDFM
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Vijaya, sorry but you are not eligible for this exam as candidates appearing in this exam must have passed either of B.Ed/B.El.Ed/D.Ed/D.El.Ed from a recognized university along with graduation or post graduation.
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umesh dabas
ctet exam prepation paper 2 subject mathe n science.how I prepare ctet paper 2
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shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Umesh, you can check some of the preparation tips from here: CTET Preparation Tips

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virender kumar thakur
Hi I have completed my graduation in 2014 with 65% in B.sc botany honers and now I have applied for b.ed as well so next year can I apply for ctet exam and after clearing the exam how much time it will take for getting a posting in school.
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Virender, yes, you may apply for CTET next year. CTET makes you eligible to apply for teaching posts but does not guarantees you a job.
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renuka
Am I Eligible for CTET exam if i have enrolled and got college allotment ??
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shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Renuka, no, allotment to college would not satisfy the eligibility criteria for CTET exam. You can check the Eligibility Criteria in detail for the exam from here.

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nazneen shaikh
l have passed my graduation by 40% $ BEd by 57% Can l apply for CTET
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akhil pasanth

Hi Nazneen, Please refer to this Eligibility Criteria link related to your query.

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shyma r
I have Done MSc /( regular course) but have BEd (distance education} Can I apply for CTET
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Shyma, yes, you are eligible to apply for the exam.
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vikas bhamu
Sir ,i am from rajasthan...i have passed graduation 48% with B.ed...can i apply CTET ...plz sir..reply
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Vikas, yes, you are eligible for CTET.
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uzma rana
Sir Maine paper 1 k liye apply kiya hai.. Isme minimum qualification me 5 option diya hua hai.. Konsa choose Krna hai..plz guide.. Main B.Sc ki hun aur B.ed 2 nd year me hun.. Plz help me
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garima bansal

Hi Uzma, To get information regarding to query you may check this link:- Ctet Eligibility.

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rohita sahu
Good service
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athira ramadas
SIR I AM AN MCA GRADUATE,ACCORDING TO MY INFO AS PER RULES WE DOESN'T NEED A ADDITIONAL B.Ed QUALIFICATION.SO WHETHER IT IS COMPULSORY TO ATTEND C-TET FOR COMPUTER TEACHER PGT ,IF SO WHAT WILL BE THE SYLLABUS?WHAT ARE PAPERS SHOULD I APPROACH BOTH 1&2?
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garima bansal
Hi Athira,The basic eligibility for CTET 2018 is a graduation or a 2-year diploma in elementary education with minimum 45-50% marks.for other information please check the official website.
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neha
Is ctet available for xth also?
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akansha expert

Hi Neha, Please check this Link for getting the information about the CTET Eligibility.

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nidhi arora
kindly provide answers to the sample questions given for CTET