CTET 2021: Exam Pattern for Paper I & Paper II

By Neha Joshi|Updated : September 20th, 2021

Central Teacher Eligibility Test, also known as CTET is the examination conducted by CBSE which provides eligibility to the candidates who want to become a teacher in the future.

The CTET is conducted for two levels, Paper-I is candidates who want to teach primary classes (I-V) and the Paper-II is for those who want to teach secondary classes(VI-VIII).  There is no limitation to choose any one of the papers, you can appear for both the papers. Before starting the preparation one should be aware of the CTET exam pattern.

Along with the exam pattern, You should also have a good knowledge of the syllabus and the marking scheme of both paper-I and paper-II.

Important Dates of CTET 2021

Sr. No.Exam DetailImportant Dates
1Publishing Date of Notification18th September 2021
2Starting Date of Online Application20th September 2021
3Last date of Online Application19th October 2021 
4Last Date to Deposit Fees20th October 2021 Till 3:30 pm 
5Admit card Release DateFirst Week of December 2021 (Tentative)
6CTET December 2021 Exam Date16th December 2021 to 13th January 2022
7Declaration of ResultWithin 6 weeks from the date of conduct of the examination

CTET 2021 Exam Pattern 

Important Highlights

  • CTET includes two examinations, different for paper-I and paper-II.
  • The mode of examination will be online i.e, CBT (Computer Based Test) mode.
  • The examination type will be multiple choice questions and will include 4 options with only 1 correct option.
  • The language of the paper will be in Hindi and English and candidates can choose any language.
  • Paper-I includes 5 subjects which have a total of 150 questions of one mark each.
  • Paper-II also includes 5 subjects and a choice between science & maths and social science. A total of 150 questions will be asked and one mark will be awarded for each correct answer.
  • There is no negative marking in CTET.
  • The examination will be of 150 minutes

CTET Paper 1 Exam Pattern

S.No.SectionNumber of questionMarksTotal Time
1Child development & Pedagogy3030

150 Minutes

3Language - 13030
4Language - 23030
5Environmental Studies3030

CTET Paper 2 Exam Pattern

S.No.SectionNumber of QuestionMarksTotal Time
1Child development & Pedagogy3030

150 Minutes

2Language - 13030
3Language - 23030
4Science & Mathematics OR Social Science6060

Note: Mathematics and Science for Maths and Science teachers (Science Background students). Social Science is for Social Science teachers (Art Background students).

The difference in paper-1 and paper-2 syllabus   

  • CTET Paper-I has 5 sections which include 30 questions of 30 marks each in each section
  • CTET Paper-II has 4 sections where the number of questions is 30. and 1 section of 60 marks which will be the social science or science & mathematics section.

Nature and standard of CTET Dec 2021 questions

• The questions of Child Development and Pedagogy will be focused on the educational psychology of teaching and learning. It will be relevant to the children of 6-11 years. They will concentrate on learning the characters and requirements of various learners,

• The questions in Language-I will be direct proficiencies related to the medium of education, communication with learners and the characteristics and features of a good facilitator of learning.

• The questions in Language II will direct to the elements of language, conversation and comprehension skills.

• Language II and Language I cannot be the same. 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 define the same in the Confirmation Page.

• The questions in Mathematics and Environmental Studies section will be based on the concepts, problem-solving abilities and pedagogical understanding and applications of the subjects. The questions of the following area will be evenly divided over several sections of the syllabus of that subject prescribed for classes I-V by the NCERT.

• The questions in Paper I will cover the syllabus of the NCERT for classes I-V but their difficulty level as well as linkages, can go up to the Secondary stage.


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  • There is no limit on the number of attempts for appearing in CTET. A person already qualified can also appear again for improving his/her score.

  • The Main question paper shall be Bilingual (Hindi/English) only.

  • Yes, A candidates can appear in both Paper-I & Paper-II.

  • Candidates can not choose the same language in both languages -I and language -II.

  • Yes, Final year appearing candidates can apply for CTET 2021.

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