CTET Exam 2021 Selection Process & Validity

By Komal|Updated : September 20th, 2021

CTET 2021 Exam Selection Process: CTET stands for Central Teacher Eligibility Test and The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt, of India has entrusted the responsibility of conducting the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) to the Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi. Qualifying CTET is not a cake takeaway, It needs at least 2 months of religious preparation to score above average marks. It is mandatory to qualify CTET to further apply in various teaching exams like KVS, DSSSB.

Basically, CTET is a qualifying exam, after qualifying it candidates becomes eligible to apply for the government job, to get selected in CTET is the biggest victory. A person who scores 60% or more in the exam will be considered a CTET pass. We are sharing facts related to CTET and ways to qualify it and how to get oneself selected in CTET.

The rationale for including the CTET as a minimum qualification for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher is as under:

  • It would bring national standards and benchmark of teacher quality in the recruitment process;
  • It would induce teacher education institutions and students from these institutions to further improve their performance standards;
  • It would send a positive signal to all stakeholders that the Government lays special emphasis on teacher quality


All questions in CTET will be Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), with four alternatives out of which one answer will be most appropriate. Each carrying one mark and there will be no negative
There will be two papers on CTET.

  1. Paper 1 will be for a person who intends to be a teacher for classes I to V.
  2. Paper 2 will be for a person who intends to be a teacher for classes VI to VIII.

Note: A person who intends to be a teacher for both levels (classes I to V and classes VI to VIII) will have to appear in both papers (Paper I and Paper II). 

Paper I (for Classes I to V) is for the Primary Stage. The total number of MCQs will be 150, with one mark each consisting of CTET Paper- I of 150 Marks.

Serial No.SubjectsDuration
1.Child Development and PedagogyTwo-and-a-half hours
2.Language I (Compulsory)
3.Language II (compulsory)
5.Environmental Studies

Paper-II (for Classes VI to VIII)
is for the Elementary Stage. The total number of MCQs will be 150, with one mark each consisting of CTET Paper-II of 150 Marks.

Serial No.SubjectsMCQMarksDuration
1.Child Development & Pedagogy3030Two-and-a-half hours
2.Language I (compulsory)3030
3.Language II (compulsory)3030
4.Mathematics and Science OR Social Studies/Social Science6060


1. 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.

2. The Test items in Language I will focus on the proficiencies related to the medium of instruction.

3. The Test items in Language II will focus on the elements of language, communication, and comprehension abilities.

4. Language II will be a language other than Language I. A candidate may choose any one language as Language I and another as Language II from the available language options and will be required to specify the same.

Language of the Question Paper

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


1. The Validity Period of the CTET qualifying certificate for appointment will be lifetime from the date of declaration of its result for all categories.
2. There is no restriction on the number of attempts a person can take for acquiring a CTET Certificate. A person who has qualified CTET may also appear again for improving his/her score.

CTET 2021 Syllabus

CTET 2021 Exam Pattern


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  • To get selected in CTET, candidates who need to scores 60% or more in the exam will be considered as a CTET pass.

  • For the best result candidates should devote 2 months to qualify CTET with a better score.

  • It is a golden opportunity for the candidates to attempt all the questions as there is no negative marking.

  • The duration of CTET is two and a half hours.

  • CTET will be conducted in an online mode.

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