Comparison between CTET & TET Exam

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Jun 7, 2020

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Many candidates confuse between TET and CTET exam. These two exams are conducted for the purpose of recruiting eligible candidates in the post of teachers in the schools under both the Central Government and State Government. Even though both the tests are conducted for the same reason, but the job vacancies, the schools and the applicability of the test vary between the two tests.

In this article, we will clarify the role of CTET and TET along with the similarities and differences between them.

What is CTET?

Central Teachers Eligibility Test ( CTET) is a test that is conducted by the Central Government. It is organized for the purpose of recruiting eligible teachers for primary or elementary education in India. CTET Certificate will help candidates to establish themselves as teachers’ positions in one of the Kendriya Vidyalayas or any other Centrally-run Government Schools.

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What are TET Exams?

Teachers Eligibility Test(TET) is a test that is conducted by the state governments of each state. It is organized to recruit worthy candidates for the schools under the state government. The state government through TET, depending on the ranks of the candidates, recruits teachers as per the vacancy in the state schools.

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Similarities between CTET and TET Exams:

For a better understanding of the CTET and TETs Exam, in the following paragraph, we will give you a detailed list of similarities between CTET and TETs exams.


TETs and CTET eligibility criteria in terms of educational qualifications are usually the same. Aspiring candidates of primary and elementary schools as teachers must satisfy these criteria:

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Educational Qualification for Primary teachers

  • Candidates must have passed Higher Secondary or equivalent with at least 50% marks as well as have passed or appearing in the final year of 2- year Diploma in Elementary Education.


  • Aspiring candidates must have passed senior secondary or equivalent with at least 45% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of 2- year Diploma in Elementary Education, in accordance with NCTE.


  • Aspirants must have passed senior secondary or equivalent with at least 50% marks and pass or appear in the final year of 4- year Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed).


  • Candidates must have passed senior secondary or equivalent with at least 50% marks and also have the certificate of 2- year Diploma in Education (Special Education)*.


  • Any graduation degree is required and also possesses a certificate of two-year Diploma in Elementary Education (by whatever name known).

Educational Qualification for Elementary Teachers

  • Any graduation degree in the relevant discipline already obtained and passed or appearing in the final year of 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education (by whatever name known).


  • A bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks must be acquired as well as 1-year Bachelor in Education (B.Ed).


  • Graduation with at least 45% marks must be done in a relevant discipline and a year in Bachelor in Education (B.Ed), in accordance with the NCTE (Recognition Norms and Procedure) Regulations issued from time to time in this regard also has completed.

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Exam Patterns of CTET and TET

Both CTET and TETs follow the same exam pattern. They consist of two papers: paper-I and paper-II. The aspirants can appear for both the papers or for a single paper. Moreover, candidates who are appearing for both the papers, are considered for teaching jobs from class I-VIII based on the vacancies available.

Those who only want to secure a job in the primary schools should appear for paper-I and those who want to join the elementary schools should sit for paper-II. Here we are providing a table containing the information about exam pattern

Facts Paper-I ( Primary Teaching Exam) Paper-II (Elementary Teaching Exam)
Exam Mode Offline(on OMR Sheet) Offline(on OMR Sheet)
Exam Duration 150 Minutes 150 Minutes
Marking 1 marks for each Question 1 marks for each Question
Negative marking No negative marking for wrong attempts No negative marking for wrong attempts
Total Marks 150 Marks 150 Marks
Sections Child Development and Pedagogy (compulsory)
Language 1 (compulsory)
Language 2 (compulsory)
Environmental Science
Child Development and Pedagogy (compulsory)
Language 1 (compulsory)
Language 2 (compulsory)
Mathematics and Science or
Social Studies
  • All questions will be in the form of MCQ.
  • The candidates are required to bubble the correct answer

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CTET and TET salary and career prospects

  • CTET cutoff marks are 60%. Candidates who obtained 60% or above will receive the CTET eligibility certificate. The primary teachers receive about INR 1.50 lakh per annum salary while the elementary school teachers receive about INR 2.30 lakh per annum as salary.
  • Again, TET cutoff marks are 60% with 5% relaxation for the candidates under reserve category. In the state-run primary and elementary schools, the teachers are paid about Rs 1.50 lakh and Rs 2.30 lakh per annum.

Differences between CTET & TET

Now the time for clearing the confusions and myths of CTET and TETs. in the following part of the article we will discuss the major differences between CTET and TETs:

  • Conducting body:
    • CTET is conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSC).
    • TETs are conducted by the education boards of different state governments.
  • Exam frequency:
    • CTET Exam is scheduled twice a year.
    • But TETs depend on the availability of vacancies in the different state government schools. There is no fixed number of the exam each year.
  • Eligibility of Age:
    • For CTET, There is no age restriction, however, the candidate must be minimum 17 years of age.
    • For TET, The age of the applicant must be between 18 Years and 35 Years though there is some age relaxation depending on the rules of the state.
  • Application fee:
    • CTET Application Fees for candidates in a single paper (primary or elementary) is INR 1,000/- and for candidates to give both the papers is INR 1,200/-.
    • TETs’ application fees vary from state to state. Usually, the application fee for the Generals is INR 400-500/- and for reserved category candidates is INR 200-250/-.
  • Medium of Exam:
    • Candidates can give CTET in any language they prefer.
    • Candidates appearing for TETs need to be fluent in the state language.
  • Jobs opportunities:
    • After clearing CTET, candidates have an enormous opportunity of securing teaching jobs in centrally-run government schools as well as UT Schools.
    • Cracking TETs, gives you an opportunity to become a teacher of state government schools depending on the available vacancies.
  • Certificate validation:
    • The CTET cleared candidates will get the certificate of CTET, valid for 7 years from the day of declaring the result.
    • All candidates qualifying TET exams will receive eligibility certificates that are valid typically for a period of 5 years.

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Salary can depend on the school and the government of the school. The salary of the teachers increases with the number of years as they gain experience and expertise in this post of teaching. Candidates also can contact the conducting authority for any issues in the certificate or the application form. We genuinely hope that your confusion about CTET and TETs are cleared. If you want to know more about CTET Exam click here.


Ques. Is CTET equivalent to KTET?

Ans. No, CTET is held by the CBSE and KTET is hold by the Kerala government. KTET is scheduled at least once a year depending on the rate of vacancies.

Ques. How many attempts are there in the TET exam?

Ans. there will be no restriction on the number of attempts a person can take for acquiring a TET Certificate.

Ques. Is D.El.Ed compulsory for TETs?

Ans. Yes, B.ED or D.EL.ED is mandatory but not for Assam TET, but the candidate must be a citizen of Assam to apply for Assam TET.

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