CTET 2018 Exam Pattern

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Jul 11, 2017

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CTET 2018 will be conducted at two levels, Paper 1 and Paper 2. Candidates who wish to teach classes 1 to class 5 will have to appear for Paper 1 and those who wish to teach class 6 to class 8 must appear for Paper 2. In case candidates wish to qualify for recruitment at both levels, he/she can appear for both the papers.

  • Both papers will have questions of Multiple Choice type (MCQs)
  • Every question will have 4 alternatives out of which one will be correct
  • A correct response will gain 1 mark whereas there is no negative marking for an incorrect response.
  • A separate question paper will be provided for visually impaired candidates.
  • The duration is 2 hour 30 minutes for each paper.
  • Differently abled candidates will be given a compensatory time of 50 minutes.
  • A person with more than 40% disability will be allowed to keep a scribe.
  • All sections are compulsory in Paper 1 whereas candidates can choose between 2 sections in Paper 2.
  • Candidates can choose between Mathematics & Science and Social Science in Paper 2.

CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test) is the minimum qualification for a person to be eligible to be appointed as a teacher in various government and private schools. CTET is conducted by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) twice a year. CTET 2018 Exam Pattern and Syllabus related details can be read from this article.

CTET 2018 Exam Pattern Highlights

CTET is conducted for recruitment of teachers for classes 1 to class 8 in central/state/UT /CBSE affiliated schools. CTET certificate is valid up to seven years from the date of release of result. The exam consists of two papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2. Other details regarding CTET 2018 are highlighted below:

Paper 1 is conducted for Class 1 to Class 5
Paper 2 is conducted for Class 6 to Class 8
Time duration of Paper 1 and Paper 2 150 minutes
Medium Hindi and English
Type of questions Objective type questions
Syllabus As recommended by CBSE

CTET 2018 Exam Pattern in Detail

CTET comprises 2 papers for Primary and Elementary Stage teacher eligibility test. The exam pattern has been given below for both the papers:

Paper 1

All questions in paper 1 are compulsory. Marks are equally distributed among each section.

Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions
Duration of Exam 2.5 hours

Child Development and Pedagogy (30 marks)

Language I (30 marks)

Language II (30 marks)

Mathematics (30 marks)

Environmental Studies (30 marks)

Total marks 150 marks
Marking scheme 1 mark for correct response
Negative Marking No deduction

Paper 2

All questions in Paper 2 is also compulsory but candidates get to choose between section iv and v as per the subject one chooses to teach.

Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions
Duration of Exam 2.5 hours

Child Development and Pedagogy (30 marks)

Language I (30 marks)

Language II (30 marks)

Mathematics & Science or Social Studies/Social Sciences (60 marks)

Total marks 150 marks
Marking scheme 1 mark
Negative Marking No deduction

CTET 2018 Marking Scheme

CTET Paper 1 comprises 150 questions to be asked from five sections. Paper 2 covers five sections from which, 150 questions are asked. Details pertaining to subjects covered and number of questions asked from each of them have been tabulated below with marks allotted as well.

Paper 1: Teacher for Class I to Class V

Subject No.of Questions Marks
Child Development and Pedagogy 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Language I (compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Language II (compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Mathematics 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Environmental Studies 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Total 150 Questions 150 Marks

Paper 2: Teachers for Class V to VIII

Subject No.of Questions Marks
Child Development & Pedagogy(compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Language I (compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Language II (compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Mathematics and Science (for Mathematics and Science teacher) 60 MCQs 60 Marks
Social Studies/Social Science (for Social Studies/Social Science teacher) 60 MCQs 60 Marks

Read more about CTET 2018 Syllabus

Use of Optical Response Sheet

There are certain set of instructions which must be followed while handling the Optical Response Sheet. Candidates must abide by the instructions given and follow the rules stated regarding Optical Response Sheet. Given below are few facts and guidelines related to it.

  • Candidates will find OMR Sheet placed inside the sealed test booklet. Seal must be opened only after the announcement by the invigilator.
  • Code like A, B, C or D printed on OMR sheet will be same as mentioned in the test booklet.
  • OMR Sheet will be scanned on an optical scanner. Candidates should ensure that OMR Sheet is not folded.
  • Do not write your Roll number anywhere except in specified space in OMR sheet.

Side 1 of OMR sheet contains following columns which are to be filled clearly and accurately with ball point pen (blue/black). Use of pencil is strictly prohibited.

  1. Roll Number
  2. Name of the candidate
  3. Father’s Name
  4. Centre Number
  5. Name of the Examination Centre
  6. Subject offered for Paper-II (Only in case of Paper-II)

Side 2 of OMR Sheet contains the following columns:

  1. Roll Number
  2. Main Test Booklet Number
  3. Language Supplement Booklet Number
  4. Language Supplement Booklet Code
  5. Subject offered for Paper-II(Only in case of Paper-II)
  6. Language in which you have attempted the questions
  7. Signature of the candidate

Instructions for Marking Responses on OMR Sheet

There are specific requirements which must be kept in mind while marking answers and other particulars in OMR Sheet. Instructions regarding marking responses on OMR sheet are as follows:

  • Circle only one of the four options given to provide correct answer. Darken the option completely with ball point pen.
  • Bring your own ball point pen (blue/black) of good quality.
  • The answer/circle marked/darkened once by the candidate is final and not to be changed.
  • Use of pencil is strictly prohibited.
  • A light, faintly and incomplete darkened circle is a wrong method for marking and liable to be rejected by the Optical Scanner.
  • Candidate can skip the question which they do not want to attempt.
  • Folding of Answer sheet is not allowed.
  • Use of eraser or correction fluid on OMR Sheet is not allowed as OMR Sheets are machine gradable.
  • All rough work is to be done in space provided in test booklet.

CTET 2018 Exam Day Instructions

Instructions for candidates prior to examination are listed below. Candidates must carefully go through them before sitting for CTET 2018:

  • The test will start exactly at the time mentioned on Admit Card.
  • Candidate will be asked to open the seal of the Test Booklet five minutes before the commencement of paper.
  • Check carefully that Test Booklet Code printed on Side 2 of OMR Sheet is same as printed on Test Booklet.
  • Immediately report the matter to invigilator for replacement of both the Test Booklet and OMR Sheet in the case of any discrepancy.
  • During the examination, invigilator will check admit card to verify the identity of a candidate.
  • Candidates must use ball point pen (Blue/Black) only. Use of pencil is strictly prohibited and will be rejected.
  • Candidates will mark the answers on OMR sheet only after the announcement of the invigilator.

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