CTET or Central Teacher Eligibility Test organized by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) has been in news off late for more reasons than one. Though the official notification for the current year’s edition of CTET has not been announced yet by CBSE, the media is abuzz with several yet unsubstantiated news about the test going the online mode or the question pattern being modified drastically with changes in the syllabus and also about the exam to be held once a year instead of twice a year as was the practice until recently.
Let us take the speculations regarding CTET 2018 that are doing the rounds one by one and examine them to find whether there is any truth in them.
There is ongoing chatter about CTET being delivered as an online, computer-based test, starting in 2018. In fact, it was published in several media that CBSE will be conducting the CTET 2017 in the online format. Talking about the amendment, A S Mathew, Chairperson of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) had confirmed that the changes will be applicable to all papers of CTET. It was reasoned that such changes were being planned to be implemented in order to improve upon the quality of the teachers by evaluating them on the basis of overall Attitude-Skills-Knowledge rather than just teaching skills and knowledge, as is the current practice.
The exam pattern as well the syllabus of CTET is also expected to change, 2018 onwards and to that effect, NCTE is also said to be working on the examination structure to incorporate the aforementioned change in the evaluation criteria of CTET. However, it should be noted here that CBSE indeed is planning to bring about a change in the overall syllabus the students have to study from standards 1 till 10 and has made announcements in this regard on its official website. Now, since CTET is an eligibility test for appointment as teachers into the Kendriya Vidyalayas, Central Schools or the Navodaya Schools and aspirants have to follow the NCERT books of their respective subjects in preparation of the exam, it is evident that if the overall syllabus changes, the syllabus that the CTET candidates have to follow would also change, be it in the 2018 edition of CTET or later. Check Here CTET Syllabus
As in with all other competitive examinations, CTET is also expected to be an annual affair, 2018 onwards, instead of being administered twice a year – all the competitive examinations in India are conducted on an annual basis. Moreover, examinations of such enormous scale, held pan-India, requires huge resources. Holding the exams twice a year doubles the deployment of resources. As such, in order to establish parity in the way competitive exams are organized in the country, it totally makes sense that all exams are conducted at the same frequency.
However, it is very important to note here that none of the above speculations have been confirmed by CBSE and no formal information has been released on its official portal www.cbse.nic.in or the CTET website www.ctet.nic.in in this context. Check Here CTET Practice Papers
Please note that CBSE is expected to release the official notification for CTET 2018 by March 2018 and the exams are expected to be held in May or June of the current year. It is worthwhile to mention here that there were certain unscrupulous elements that spread incorrect information regarding the conduct of the exam in 2017. In the current year as well, there is a lot of deliberation going on regarding the structure, frequency, mode of the exam which can be put to rest only once the official notification is released by CBSE. Till then, CTET aspirants are advised to prepare for the exam on the basis of the existing structure and syllabus.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.