How to qualify TET and CTET exam

What is TET and CTET exam?

TET and CTET exam both are teaching eligibility exam. The National Ministry of Human Resource Development has given the responsibility of conducting the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) to CBSE, Delhi, which conducts CTET twice a year. CTET is conducted in 20 Indian languages. Around 14 lakh candidates apply to appear in the exam.

How to qualify TET and CTET exam
TET and CTET Preparation

TET means that teaching eligibility test which conducts by all states Government of India. CTET means Central teaching eligibility test for doing Govt. teaching job in KVS and Navodaya schools across all over India.

There are two papers: Paper 1 for teachers of classes I to V, and Paper 2 for Classes VI to VIII. Candidates must have secured minimum 60% marks to qualify CTET, and the certificate is valid for lifetime. Successful candidates become eligible to apply for recruitment as teachers of classes I to VIII in schools under the administrative control of the Central Government (KVS, NVS, Central Tibetan School, etc.) and Union Territories (UTs).

Eligibility criteria for TET and CTET exam

TET and CTET Eligibility in terms of Nationality and Age Criteria

  • Candidates must be citizens of India.
  • The minimum age limit to apply for TET and CTET is 18 years.
  • There is no restriction on upper age limit to apply for TET and CTET exam.

Eligibility criteria

CTET Paper 1 Educational Qualification (For Primary Teachers)

Elementary teacher applicants for classes 1 to 5 must fulfill any one of the given CTET eligibility criteria in terms of education qualification:

  1. Senior Secondary or Class 12 examination passed with minimum 50% marks and passed or appearing in final year of two year Diploma in Elementary Education (D.Ed).
  2. Passed class 12 examination with minimum 45% marks or appearing in final year of two year Diploma in Elementary Education as per rules mentioned in NCTE (Recognition Norms and Procedure), Regulations, 2002 .
  3. Passed class 12 examination with minimum 50% marks and passed or appearing in final year of four year Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed).
  4. Passed Class 12 examination with minimum 50% marks and passed or appearing in final year of two year Diploma in Special Education
  5. Graduation in Any Stream with Minimum 50% Marks and B.Ed Degree.
  6. Important Note : Candidates who have obtained B.Ed degree from any NCTE recognised Institute, must be compulsorily recognised by National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) in Elementary Education within two years after being appointed as Primary Teacher. Six months bridge course will be required.

CTET Paper 2 Educational Qualification

Applicants for appointment as primary teacher of classes 6 to 8 must fulfill any one of the given CTET eligibility criteria in terms of education qualification:

  1. Graduation and passed or appearing in final year of two year Diploma in Elementary Education (D.Ed)
  2. Graduation with minimum 50% marks and passed or appearing in one year B.Ed course
  3. Graduation with minimum 45% marks and passed or appearing in one year B.Ed as per rules and norms of NCTE
  4. Passed class 12 examination with minimum 50% marks and passed or appearing in final year of four year B.El.Ed.
  5. Passed class 12 examination with minimum 50% marks and passed or appearing in final year of four year BA/BSc.Ed or BA.Ed/BSc.Ed
  6. Graduation with minimum 50% marks and passed or appearing in one year B.Ed in Special Education

Relaxation for reserved categories in obtaining TET CTET qualifying marks

The candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks are declared qualified in the CTET exam. General category candidates need to obtain 60% marks. There is a relaxation of 5% for reserved categories like Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC) and Differently abled. Candidates belonging to OBC/ SC/ ST categories need to obtain 55% marks.

CategoryMinimum qualifying%Minimum qualifying marks
General60%90/150
OBC/SC/ST55%82/150
Relaxation for TET and CTET exam

Preparation Tips for TET and CTET exam

Understanding of syllabus

  • understand old syllabus units according to your subjects.
  • Each subjects have different different concepts.
  • Differentiate all concepts easy to tough. Mean to say that which concepts are easy to learn and you should learn them first and which are tough to learn you should learn that step by step.

Collect notes and books

  • first of all books and notes for all subjects because if you think that you can pass the exam on basis of one multiple subject book you are wrong.
  • Competitive exams syllabus has limited but concepts and their explanations are broad. which can never limited in one book. so you should read your B.Ed books and according to subjects class 6th to 8th all books.
  • You can read online and offline both modes. But offline learning is the best mode of learning.
  • Reading through books you can gain lots of knowledge about your subject matter.
  • You should take mock test and practice test sets.

Set time table

  • Make time table for all subjects.
  • Give 20 to 30 minutes for it subject a day.
  • 1.30 to 2 hours study is very important in duration of 3 months.
  • Take a break according to your capacity while study.
  • Always sleeping and waking on time to complete the schedule of your learning.
  • Take healthy and light food in your diet.
  • Always refreshing your mind.
  • Never thought negative about pass or failure because “no pains no gains”.
  • Every small points keep on your mind about subject matter.
  • keep your mind in variations, for example sometimes learning and after that refresh your mind, playing games etc.

Practice is key to success

  • Practice is only the way you lead to the path of success.
  • You should do practice many times a day if you want to achieve the goal.
  • Take tests of yourself at least one time of each object.
  • Always keep in mind key points of concepts

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Frequently asked questions:-

1. What is the qualifications for applying for CTET exam

1.Passed class 12 examination with minimum 45% marks or appearing in final year of two year Diploma in Elementary Education as per rules mentioned in NCTE for paper I
2. Graduation with minimum 50% marks and passed or appearing in one year B.Ed course for paper 2
3. Read full article for more information

2. How can I prepare for CTET 

Please read full article

3. Is B.ed necessary for CTET exam

Yes, It is necessary but conditions are different for individually paper I and II

4. What is the pass marks for CTET 

60% for general category and 55% for reserved categories

5. Is CTET valid for lifetime

Yes, it is valid for lifetime

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