CTET Study Plan 2021: Strategy to Crack CTET Exam in Last 30 Days

By Neha Joshi|Updated : September 21st, 2021

The central teacher eligibility test, CTET is the major step for all the teaching aspirants. As the CTET December 2021 Notification Announced, candidates should start the target. For many of you who are looking for a CTET 30 days preparation strategy, the article is exclusively written for you. With the help of this article, you can plan the CTET 1 month preparation tips which will help you to ensure your success. 

The CTET examination was introduced to set benchmarks on a national level in the quality of teachers recruited. The exam aims to enhance the teaching standards in central government schools; and now, many private schools are also looking at CTET results before recruiting their teaching staff. Thus, it has become imperative for aspiring teachers to clear CTET with a good score to be placed in a leading school.

First of all, it’s evident to ensure the exam pattern of CTET. Paper 1 is of 150 questions from 5 parts namely Child Development & Pedagogy, Evs, Maths and two sections will be from Language 1 and Language 2. Language 1 and Language 2 have options and candidates can choose between English, Hindi and Sanskrit. Paper 1 is conducted for those who want to teach students from Class I to V while Paper is conducted for those who want to teach students from Class VI to VIII.

 CTET Exam Pattern 2021

CTET is an online exam i.e., (CBT Mode) and the time limit allotted is 150 minutes. There is no negative marking which is a great opportunity to attempt the full paper. There are a total of 5 sections in the exam and each question is 1 mark. Try and solve the questions that you are sure about, this increases your confidence and boosts your morale. If you don’t know the answer, use the elimination method and eliminate the incorrect answers which will lead you to the correct answer.

Exam Pattern CTET Paper 1

S.N.SectionNumber of questionMarksTotal Time
1Child development & Pedagogy3030

150 Minutes

2Mathematics3030
3Language - 13030
4Language - 23030
5Environmental Studies3030
Total150150

Exam Pattern CTET Paper 2

S.N.SectionNumber of QuestionMarksTotal Time
1Child development & Pedagogy3030

150 Minutes


2Language - 13030
3Language - 23030
4Science & Mathematics OR Social Science6060
Total150150

CTET Section-wise Strategy: What Should You Read?

Child Development & Pedagogy (CDP)

This subject is common in both Paper-1 and Paper-2. You have to solve 30 multiple-choice questions. This subject intends to check the knowledge of child psychology of a candidate. You should revise the important topic development stages of a child, special needs of a child. the most important factor is to revise the thinker and thoughts. Every year, generally 5-8 questions are asked from thinkers and thoughts.

Hindi Language

This subject is common in both Paper 1 and Paper 2. You have to solve 30 multiple-choice questions. In the Hindi section, there will be one Reading Comprehension, and one Poem passage. Other questions are asked from Hindi language and grammar. The best reference to prepare the Hindi section is to read NCERT from Class 1st to 10th.

English Language

This subject is common in both Paper 1 and Paper 2. You have to solve 30 multiple-choice questions. In this section, 15 questions will be from one Reading Comprehension and one Poem. Other questions are asked from English language and grammar. The best reference to prepare the English section is to read NCERT from Class 1st to 10th. Make your vocabulary strong, learn 10 new English words daily.

Mathematics

This subject is a scoring subject if you prepare well both in paper 1 and paper 2. You have to solve 30 multiple-choice questions. In the Mathematics section, 15 questions will be asked from the content part and 15 questions asked from the Pedagogy part. Practice from the NCERT mathematics textbooks, learn important formulas and short tricks it will help in solving your mathematical questions. 

Environmental Science

The Environmental Science section comes under Paper 1. In this section, 15 questions will be from the content part and another 15 questions will from the pedagogy part. The questions asked will be General and basic, study the NCERT books of Class I to V and Geography books of Class VI to VIII.

Science

This subject will be asked in Paper 2 along with the Mathematical subject. In the Science section, 15 questions will be asked from the content part and 15 questions asked from the Pedagogy part. This section of MCQ type will be from the basic class VI to VIII syllabus. 

Social Science

The social studies section comes under Paper 2. In this section, 60 questions will be asked in which 30 questions from the content part and 30 questions from the pedagogy part. Questions will be asked on fundamental concepts of cultural, economic and political skills.

Preparation Tips for CTET Exam

  1. Preparation is the Key to Success – Start preparing for the exams well in advance. You should be spending a lot of your time studying and preparing for the exam. Get the right books to help you study. Apart from your textbooks, you can buy the McGraw Hill Education books of CTET and Read the NCERTs.

  2. Practice Boosts Confidence Levels – Solve previous years’ question papers to understand your level of preparation. When you can get most questions right, it will boost your confidence and motivate you to perform well in the exam.

  3. Revise the important topic – Now you should focus on the topics you have already prepared. Pick up the subjects that you are most comfortable with, and revise them. We suggest you not learn everything from scratch now. It will just add to your frustration and reduce your confidence.

  4. Focus on Pedagogical subjects – Pedagogy will be your trump card in ensuring your success. CDP and required pedagogy of various subjects, together comprise 60% of questions for Paper- 1 and 53% of the questions for Paper 2. Therefore, if you prepare the pedagogy part well, and answer the questions with around 80% accuracy, then you will easily corner a good number of questions in both papers.
  5. Plan your test-taking strategy – You should have your test-taking strategy ready before the exam. It will help you in ensuring your success. With your tests, you will be able to know your strengths and weakness. This will save your time by not attempting the questions, you are not comfortable with. Hence, you will be able to focus more on your strong areas and avoid weak areas.

  6. Give more mock tests – Give more mock tests, find out the sections you are most comfortable with, types of questions and then try solving them in mock tests. It will help you to estimate the time and effort that you have to put into each subject.

  7. Do Solve Previous Years Question Papers- By solving Previous years question papers, you will be able to understand the paper pattern and style of questions. This will help you in preparing your subjects accordingly. Many times, you can expect some of the questions from previous years Papers. This will boost your confidence and will help you to score more numbers.

  8. Summarize the course into 2 pages – While studying, make precise notes of 2-3 pages for each subject. These will be very helpful during your revision. Highlight all the important terminologies in a different colour so that you remember them clearly while solving factual questions in the exam.

  9. Speed Matters – Since the exam is only for 2.5 hours, you must be able to finish your paper or you will lose out on important marks. Start solving mock tests while setting a time limit of 2.5 hours. Maybe in the first few papers, you will take a little extra time, but after 5-6 tests, you will be able to complete the paper in 150 minutes. Since there are 150 questions and 150 marks, you have only 60 seconds for each question. Keep this in mind when solving the final paper.

  10. Avoid Overload of Information– Though it may be tempting to keep studying till the last minute, you shouldn’t overload yourself with information just before the exam. Remember that you can’t study everything at the last minute. Just go through your revision notes, relax, complete your sleep and focus on solving the question paper to the best of your ability.

There is no substitute for hard work and a calm mind during an examination. If you have ample of both, you have nothing to worry about! These simple tips and tricks will help you crack CTET 2021 with great marks and land that dream job in your desired school.

All the best!

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