CTET Full Form: Know what is CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test), All Details Here!

By Komal|Updated : March 28th, 2022

CTET stands for Central Teacher Eligibility Test. It is an eligibility exam, CTET is mandatory to qualify to become a teacher in private and government schools. After qualifying CTET candidates can apply in any private school, government-aided school, and even can apply in Army Schools. It is most important to note that candidates become eligible to apply in DSSSB, KVS & NVS exams.

Candidates are advised to refer only to authentic Text Books and syllabus suggested by NCTE for preparation in the area of education

  • CTET exam process is open, fair, and transparent,
  • CTET qualifying is purely on merit, capability, and sincere preparation through authentic Text Books.
  • Only the CTET-qualified candidates are awarded the CTET Certificate which is necessary to be shown at the time of appointment.
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What is CTET?

Under the provisions of sub-section (1) of Section 23 of the RTE Act, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) vide Notification dated 23rd August 2010 and 29th JULY, 2011 laid down the minimum qualifications for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher for class I to VIII.  It had been inter alia provided that one of the essential qualifications for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher in any of the schools referred to in Clause (n) of section 2 of the RTE Act is that he/she should pass the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) which will be conducted by the appropriate Government under the Guidelines framed by the NCTE.

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

  1. It would bring national standards and benchmark of teacher quality in the recruitment process;

  2. It would induce teacher education institutions and students from these institutions to further improve their performance standards;

  3. It would send a positive signal to all stakeholders that the Government lays special emphasis on teacher quality

The Ministry of Education, Govt. of India has entrusted the responsibility of conducting the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) to the Central Board of Secondary Education Delhi.   

Nature of CTET Exam

1. CTET consists of two papers- Paper 1 is for primary classes & Paper 2 is for secondary classes.
2. CTET is mandatory to appear for regular and contractual teacher vacancies.
3. CTET is 150 marks and consists of 150 questions.
4. There is no negative marking in the CTET.
5. The level of questions asked in CTET is moderate to high level.
6. Candidates need to score at least 60% to qualify for the CTET.
7. After qualifying Candidates are awarded CTET Certificate which is valid for a lifetime.

CTET Eligibility: Educational Qualification

1. CTET Eligibility Criteria: Exam I-V (Primary Level)

  • Senior Secondary (or it's equivalent) with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of 2- a year Diploma in Elementary Education (by whatever name known) OR
  • Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 45% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of 2- year Diploma in Elementary Education (by whatever name known), under the NCTE (Recognition Norms and Procedure), Regulations, 2002. OR
  • Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of 4- year Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed). OR
  • Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of 2- a year Diploma in Education (Special Education)* OR
  • “Graduation with at least 50% marks and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed)”

2. CTET Eligibility Criteria: Exam VI-VII (Upper Primary Level)

  • Graduation and passed or appearing in the final year of 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education (by whatever name known) OR
  • Graduation with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in 1-year Bachelor in Education (B.Ed). OR
  • Graduation with at least 45% marks and passed or appearing in 1- year Bachelor in Education (B.Ed), under the NCTE (Recognition Norms and Procedure) Regulations issued from time to time in this regard. OR
  • Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of 4- year Bachelor in Elementary Education (B.El.Ed) OR
  • Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of 4- year B.A/ B. Sc. Ed or B.A.Ed/ B. Sc. Ed. OR
  • Graduation with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in 1-year B.Ed. (Special Education)*

CTET Age Limit

  • CTET Maximum Age Limit: No age restriction

You need to fulfil any of the CTET mentioned above eligibility criteria to apply for the exam.

CTET Cut-Off Marks

CTET exam is 150 marks and includes 5 sections in it.

Serial No.CategoryCut-Off
1.General90 marks 
2.Other82 marks

The Validity Period of the CTET qualifying certificate for appointment will be seven years from the date of declaration of its result for all categories

What after CTET?

After qualifying for CTET, a candidate has several opportunities where can apply for teaching jobs and shape his/her future. Here is the list of some prestigious organizations and schools that are most favourable for teaching jobs.

  • KVS
  • NVS
  • Super TET
  • AWES
  • ERDO teachers
  • Some state government teacher jobs
  • Private schools

 CTET Applicability: Post-Qualification Selection Process

 Have a look at the types of schools wherein you can apply for teacher recruitment:

CTET-qualified candidates can apply for recruitment as Primary Teachers (Class 1 to 8) in:

(i) Schools affiliated with the Central Government such as KVS, NVS, Central Tibetan Schools, and others.

(ii) Schools under the administrative control of Union Territories such as Delhi, Chandigarh, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep.

(iii) Private schools that consider and require the CTET qualification

(iv) Schools owned by State Governments and local bodies: These schools will accept CTET qualified candidates only if they have not conducted their state TET exam.

Note: State Government-schools need to consider only those candidates who have qualified state TET exam.

Importance of CTET Certificate

  • CTET certificate is the minimum eligibility for a central government teaching job, it is like a bonus to your profile.
  • After CTET certificates candidates can apply for all Central Government Teaching jobs like KVS, NVS Army Teacher, ERDO, etc.
  • Without a CTET certificate, candidates cannot apply for Central government teaching jobs.
  • After CTET certificates Candidates can apply for some state government teaching Jobs.
  • Many Private institutes only prefer or give preference to CTET qualified candidates for teacher recruitment.
  • Many Union territories only preferred CTET qualified Teachers in Regular/Contractual teacher recruitment.
  • After clearing CTET certificates there is a very good chance of getting a government teacher job.

CTET Certificate Applicability

The CTET certificate is applicable in CBSE Board schools, Government schools, or Schools being run by government bodies/institutions. Nowadays, All government and private, aided, will come under CTET.

Recently, the Delhi government has decided to adopt CTET and will recruit only certified teachers as per the requirements of the Right of children to free and compulsory Education Act 2009.

The NCERT had also laid down the minimum qualifications for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher in class 1st to 8th is that he/she should pass the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) after doing B.ed.

CTET certificate holders are also eligible to teach in Government schools under State Government. Although most states conduct their own TET exam, the CTET certificate is considered in all  State schools.

Check Here What is CTET? How to Become Teacher After Clearing CTET Examination?

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Comments

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Ritika Gupta

Ritika GuptaMar 16, 2021

Kya first year walo ka vaild hoga
P.k Singh

P.k SinghMar 24, 2021

Ctet ka from kab se fillup hoga 2021 me
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MamtaJul 20, 2021

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jeet shukla

jeet shuklaJul 21, 2021

Mam hindi me kyo ni likha h...plzz hindi ka bhi option diya kriye padhne ke liye..
Saumya Sen

Saumya SenJul 21, 2021

Thank you ❗❗
@Komal
Really informative 👌👌
Anjali Davgotra
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Soniya Khatri
Year me ek baar hi hoga kya CTET
Anchal Singh

Anchal SinghMar 21, 2022

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FAQs

  • CTET helps candidates to get job in private & public schools (permanent/contractual).

  • CTET is conducted for 150 marks (Paper 1 & 2 each).

  • No

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

  • Seven Years

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