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CTET Exam: Eligibility, Application Form, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Admit Card & Result

Updated On - Oct 5, 2021

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CTET is a national-level exam conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) is conducted twice a year to determine the eligibility of candidates for appointment as teachers for Classes 1 to 8. The CTET exam is held in two sessions for Paper 1 and Paper 2. The CTET Paper 1 is for candidates who want to teach Classes 1-5 and Paper 2 is for candidates who want to teach Classes 6-8. Candidates who wish to teach Classes 1-8 need to take both papers.

Latest updates:

The CBSE released the CTET notification 2021 on September 20, 2021, on the official website- ctet.nic.in. The CTET exam will be conducted from December 16, 2021, to January 13, 2022, in online mode. The notification contains important details pertaining to the exam including the exam dates, application process, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, and exam day guidelines.

CTET Highlights

Exam Name Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET)
Conducting Body Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
Exam Level National
Exam Frequency Twice a year
Exam Mode Online
Exam Duration 150 minutes
Language English and Hindi
Exam Purpose To determine the eligibility of candidates for appointment as teachers in Classes 1-8
No. of Test Takers 23,51,725 (In CTET January 2021)
No. of Test Cities 135 cities across India
Exam Helpdesk No. 011-22235774
Official Website https://ctet.nic.in/webinfo/Public/Home.aspx

Important Dates

CTET Events CTET Exam Dates Salient Features
Notification 20-Sep-2021 CTET 2021 notification was released on the official website of the exam on September 20.
Application form 20-Sep-2021 to 19-Oct-2021 CTET 2021 application form was released along with the notification. Candidates who want to appear for the exam need to fill the form online.
Last date to pay the application fee 20-Oct-2021 Registered candidates can pay the CTET application fee through Debit Card/ Credit Card/ Internet Banking till October 20.
Final verification of payment of fee by the candidates 21-Oct-2021 Candidates can verify the status of their application fee submission till October 21.
Application form correction window 22-Oct-2021 to 28-Oct-2021 Candidates can make corrections to the already filled CTET application form by visiting the official website.
Admit card The first week of December 2021 CTET admit card 2021 will release in the first week of December 2021 on the official website.
CTET exam 16-Dec-2021 to 13-Jan-2022 CTET exam is held in two shifts. Shift 1 is from 9.30 am to 12:00 noon and shift 2 is during 2.30-5:00 pm.
Official provisional answer key January 2022 The official provisional CTET answer key is released online after the conduct of the exam in order to invite objections from candidates.
Final answer key February 2022 The CTET final answer key 2021 will be released a few weeks after the release of the provisional answer key.
Result 15-Feb-2022 CTET result 2021 will be released by CBSE within six weeks of the conduct of the test. Candidates can access their results online from the official website by logging with their required credentials.

Vacancy details

To be announced.

Eligibility Criteria 2021

The Eligibility Criteria is different for selecting candidates for the post of teacher for Classes 1 to 5 and Classes 6 to 8.

Educational Qualification for Classes 1-5
  • A candidate who has completed their Senior Secondary or its equivalent exam with a minimum of 50% marks and cleared or appearing in final year exam of Diploma in Elementary Education (2 years duration)
  • OR

  • A candidate who has completed Senior Secondary or its equivalent exam securing a minimum of 45% marks and has cleared or appearing in final year exam of Diploma in Elementary Education (2 years duration), according to the NCTE Regulations 2002.
  • OR

  • A candidate who has completed Senior Secondary or its equivalent test with the minimum of 50% marks and has cleared or appearing in the final year exam of Bachelor of Elementary Education (4 years duration).
  • OR

  • A candidate who has completed Senior Secondary or its equivalent test with the minimum of 50% marks and has cleared or appearing in the final year exam of Diploma in Education (2 years duration).
  • OR

  • A candidate who has a Bachelor’s degree and has cleared or appearing in the final year exam of Diploma in Elementary Education (2 years duration).
Educational Qualification for Classes 6-8
  • A candidate who holds a Graduation degree and has passed or is appearing in the final year examination of Diploma in Elementary Education (2 years duration).
  • OR

  • A candidate who has completed his/her Graduation degree with 50% marks and has cleared or appearing in the final year exam of Bachelor in Education.
  • OR

  • A candidate who has completed his/her Graduation degree with 40% marks and has cleared or appearing in the final year exam of Bachelor in Education, according to NCTE regulations.
  • OR

  • A candidate who has completed Senior Secondary or its equivalent test with the minimum of 50% marks and has cleared or appearing in the final year exam of 4 years duration Bachelor of Elementary Education.
  • OR

  • A candidate who has completed Senior Secondary or its equivalent exam with 50% marks and cleared or appearing in final year exam of B.A.Ed/B.Sc.Ed or B.A/B.Sc.Ed.
  • OR

  • A candidate who has a Graduation degree with 50% marks and has cleared or appearing in B.Ed program of 1-year duration.

Exam Application

CTET Registration for CTET December 2021 has begun from 20th September 2021 onwards. The candidates who have been waiting for the CTET December 2021 Exam can now fill their registration form from the direct link which is given below.

A candidate belonging to either the General or OBC category is required to pay Rs. 1000/- (if applying for either Paper I or Paper II) and Rs. 1200/- (if applying for both the papers). The same amount is reduced to Rs. 600/- (if applying for either Paper I or Paper II) and Rs. 600/- (if applying for both the papers) for candidates belonging to SC/ST category.

Application fee

Category Only Paper I or II Both Paper I & II
General/OBC Rs.1000/- Rs.1200/-
SC/ST/Diff. Abled Person Rs.500/- Rs.600/-

Admit Card 2021

Candidates can download the CTET 2021 admit card from the official website of the exam. The admit card for the CTET exam contains relevant details related to the aspirant and exam. It also mentions the candidate’s test center details as well as reporting time for the exam.

Exam Centre

States & UT Cities
Andaman & Nicobar Island Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Anantapur, Bhimavaran, Chirala, Eluru, Guntur,Kadapa, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nandyala, Narsaraopeta, Nellore, Proddatur, Rajahmundry, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Viziannagaram
Assam Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur
Bihar Bhagalpur, Bhojpur, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea,
Chhattisgarh Bhilai Nagar, Bilaspur, Raipur
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu Daman
Delhi New Delhi
Goa Panaji
Gujarat Ahmedabad, Anand, Bardoli, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Valsad, Vapi
Haryana Ambala, Faridabad, Gurugram, Karnal, Hisar, Kurukshetra
Himachal Pradesh Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Una
Jammu Jammu, Samba, Srinagar
Jharkhand Bokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
Karnataka Belagavi, Bengaluru, Hubballi, Kalaburagi, Mangaluru, Mysuru, Shivamogga, Udupi
Kerala Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kannur, Kasaragod, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur
Lakshadweep Kavaratti
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain
Maharashtra Ahmednagar, Amravati, Aurangabad, Baramati, Chandrapur, Dhule, Jalgaon, Kashti, Kolhapur, Kopragaon, Latur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pandharpur, Pune, Ratnagiri, Sangmner, Sangli, Satara, Sindurpur, Solapur
Manipur Imphal
Meghalaya Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Dimapur, Kohima
Odisha Balasore, Berhampur- Ganjam, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, Sambalpur
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Amritsar, Bhatinda, Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Pathankot, Patiala, Sangrur
Rajasthan Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
Sikkim Gangtok
Tamil Nadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Erode, Kanchipuram, Karur, Mahurai, Kanyakumari, Namakkal, Salem, Thanjavur, Thoothukhudi, Tiruchirappali, Tirupur, Vellore, Villupuram, Virudhunagar
Tripura Agartala
Uttar Pradesh Agra, Aligarh, Bareilly, Basti, Bijnor, Bilaspur, Faizabad, Firozabad, Ghaziabad, Ghazipur, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Mathura, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Noida, Prayag Raj, Sitapur, Varanasi
Uttarakhand Almora, Dehradun, Haldwani, Pauri Garhwal, Roorkee, Rudrapur
West Bengal Asansol, Burdwan, Durgapur, Howrah, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri, Siuri

Exam Pattern-

CTET 2021 Exam will be conducted in two phases:

  • Paper I
  • Paper-II

Paper I is conducted for candidates who have been looking forward to becoming teachers for Class 1 to 5 and Paper II is conducted for candidates who aspire to become teachers for Class 6 to 8. Candidates also have the option to apply for both Paper-I and Paper-II. Questions asked in both Paper I and Paper II are Objective Multiple Choice Questions. A candidate is required to score a minimum of 60% to qualify CTET 2021 Exam. One major thing to note is that the CTET score is now valid for a lifetime as announced by CBSE.

CTET Paper I Exam Pattern
Subject Number of Questions Total Marks
Language I (compulsory) 30 30
Language II (compulsory) 30 30
Child Development and Pedagogy 30 30
Environmental Studies 30 30
Mathematics 30 30
Total 150 150
Nature and standard of questions
  • The test items on Child Development and Pedagogy will focus on the 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.
  • The Test items in Language I will focus on the proficiencies related to the medium of instruction.
  • The Test items in Language II 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.

Opt two languages in which you wish to appear for CTET:

The list of languages and code are as follows:

Code No Language Code No Language Code No Language
Code No Language
01 English 06 Gujarati 11 Marathi 16 Sanskrit
02 Hindi 07 Kannada 12 Mizo 17 Tamil
03 Assamese 08 Khasi 13 Nepali 18 Telugu
04 Bengali 09 Malayalam 14 Oriya 19 Tibetan
05 Garo 10 Manipuri 15 Punjabi 20 Urdu
  • The Test items in Mathematics and Environmental Studies will focus on the concepts, problem-solving abilities, and pedagogical understanding and applications 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.
  • The questions in the test for Paper I will be based on the topics prescribed in the syllabus of the NCERT for classes I - V but their difficulty standard as well as linkages, could be up to the Secondary stage.

Syllabus

  • The revised CTET Syllabus has been released along with the CTET 2021 Notification. When preparing to attempt for the upcoming CTET, the detailed Syllabus is the first and foremost step for a candidate, to begin with. CTET Syllabus 2021 is lengthy and revolves around Child Development and Pedagogy which is one of the most important parts of the CTET exam.
  • Other sections asked in CTET 2021 include Mathematics, Science/Environmental Science, and Languages. Besides these, the candidate has to be prepared with any 2 languages (from the list mentioned in the notification)
  • Syllabus For CTET Paper-I: This covers topics of Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I & II, Mathematics, and Environmental Science.
  • Syllabus For CTET Paper-II: This covers topics of Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I & II, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies. The candidate has to choose any one from Maths/Science or Social Studies as per their respective subjects.

Selection Process

Candidates appearing for Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) will be shortlisted based on their score in the CTET Online Exam. CTET is an eligibility test only which means, qualifying CTET does not guarantee jobs to the aspirants. They have to apply for recruitment at different schools based on the available vacancies which require CTET Certification for which the candidates must score more or equal to 60% marks to get selected.

Results:

The declaration of results will be done by CBSE after the examination of CTET is conducted. The CTET result will be declared within 04 (Four) weeks from the date of conduct of the examination. So the CTET 2021 Result will be declared tentatively by January/February 2022.

Estimated Cut-Off

The candidates appearing in CTET will be issued with a mark sheet. The Candidates securing 60% (General) and above marks will be issued an Eligibility Certificate for which the validity has been extended from 7 years to a lifetime period.

School Managements (Government, Local bodies, Government aided and unaided) may consider giving concessions to the person belonging to SC/ST, OBC, differently-abled persons, etc., in accordance with their extant reservation policy.

Salary

Candidates after qualifying CTET 2021 Exam will be eligible to apply for teaching jobs for Classes 1 to 8 in Central Government Schools such as NVS/KVS and other Schools etc. The basic salary of CTET qualified teachers is between Rs. 9300 to Rs. 34800 as the basic pay. Their net in-hand salary of a CTET qualified teacher ranges from Rs. 35000 to Rs. 50000 per month.

Components Primary Teacher TGT PGT
Pay Scale 9300- 34800 9300- 34800 9300- 34800
Grade Pay 4200 4600 4800
Basic Pay after 7th CPC 35400 44900 47600
HRA 3240 3400 4350
TA 1600 1600 1600
Gross Salary 40240 49900 53550
Net Salary 35000-37000 43000-46000 48000-50000

FAQs

Q: What is the CTET exam date 2021?

A: The CTET 2021 exam will be conducted from December 16, 2021-January 13, 2022, as per the official notice of the CBSE.

Q: When will CTET notification 2021 be released?

A: The CBSE has released the CTET notification or Information Bulletin on September 20. 2021 on the official website.

Q: When will the CTET application form 2021 be released?

A: The CTET application form 2021 has been released already on September 20. Candidates can apply online now.

Q: Is the CTET exam conducted online?

A: Yes, the CTET exam will be conducted online from now onwards. The CTET 2021 exam will be held as a computer-based test.

Q: How many times is CTET conducted in a year?

A: CTET exam is generally conducted twice a year, typically in the months of July and December. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CTET exam cycle got impacted. The CTET July 2020 edition of the exam was held in January 2021 and the CTET 2021 exam will be held in December 2021-January 2022.

Q: Is there any upper age limit to appear for the CTET exam?

A: No, there is no upper age limit to take the CTET exam. Candidates above 18 years of age can apply for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test.

Q: Is there any negative marking in the CTET 2021 exam?

A: There is no negative marking in the CTET 2021 examination. Candidates are awarded one mark for every correct answer in the exam and there is no deduction for wrong answers or unattempted questions.

Q: What are the qualifying marks for CTET 2021 exam?

A: Candidates need to obtain a minimum of 60 per cent or above marks in the CTET 2021 exam to be considered as a CTET pass. The CTET passing marks for OBC/SC/ST category candidates are 55 percent.

Q: How many attempts are there for the CTET exam?

A: There is no limit on the number of attempts for the CTET exam. Candidates can appear for the CTET exam as many times as they want to improve their scores.

Q: Is CTET valid for a lifetime?

A: Until now, the CTET eligibility certificate was valid for a period of seven years starting from the date of declaration of result. However, now the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) and CBSE as well have officially extended the CTET passing certificate validity to lifetime.

Q: Will I get the job after clearing the CTET exam?

A: Qualifying CTET exam does not guarantee a job to a candidate. It is only one of the eligibility criteria for employment. Candidates need to appear for the recruitment process of schools such as KVS, NVS, and others to get a teaching job.

Q: Will the CBSE or CTET unit give me a job if I clear the exam?

A: No, the CBSE or CTET unit is an exam conducting body and does not offer employment to any candidate. It only awards the CTET certificates to candidates who qualify for the exam.

Q: Can I apply for CTET again if I had already qualified for the exam before?

A: Yes, you can apply for the CTET exam again after qualifying once. There is no restriction on the number of attempts for qualified/ non-qualified candidates.

Q: Can I appear for CTET paper 1 and paper 2 in different cycles of the exam?

A: Yes, you can appear for CTET paper 1 and paper 2 in different exam cycles.

Q: What is the CTET confirmation page?

A: The CTET confirmation page is a page that gets auto-generated after successful payment of the application fee. The confirmation page acts as proof that a candidate has successfully filled and submitted the CTET application form.

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