Detail syllabus of Social Science for CTET Exam

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

Central Teacher Eligibility Test or CTET is the exam conducted by CBSECTET Exam is now mandatory to get teaching jobs in government schools. In fact, leading private schools also prefer CTET qualified teachers for recruitment. In this article, we are providing CTET Detailed Syllabus of Social Science. Plan your strategy with the smart approach to syllabus & topics. 

Exam Pattern of CTET Paper -2

S.N. Subjects Number of Question Marks Total Time
1 Child development & Pedagogy 30 30

150 Minutes

2 Language – 1 30 30
3 Language – 2 30 30
4 Science & Mathematics OR Social Science 60 60
Total 150 150

Detail Syllabus of Social Studies

A. History

Ancient History

  • When, Where and How
  • The Earliest Societies
  • The First Farmers and Herders
  • The First Cities
  • The First Empire
  • Contacts with Distant lands
  • Political Developments
  • Culture and Science

Medieval History

  • New Kings and Kingdoms
  • Sultans of Delhi
  • Architecture
  • Creation of an Empire
  • Social Change
  • Regional Cultures

Modern History

  • The Establishment of Company Power
  • Rural Life and Society
  • Colonialism and Tribal Societies
  • The Revolt of 1857-58
  • Women and reform
  • Challenging the Caste System
  • The Nationalist Movement
  • India after Independence

B. Geography

  • Geography as a social study and as a science
  • Planet: Earth in the solar system
  • Globe
  • Environment in its totality: natural and human environment
  • Air
  • Water
  • Human Environment: settlement, transport, and communication
  • Resources: Types-Natural and Human
  • Agriculture

C. Social and Political Life

  • Diversity
  • Government
  • Local Government
  • Making a Living
  • Democracy
  • State Government
  • Understanding Media
  • Unpacking Gender
  • The Constitution
  • Parliamentary Government
  • The Judiciary
  • Social Justice and the Marginalized

D. Pedagogical issues

  • Concept & Nature of Social Science/ Social Studies
  • Class Room Processes, activities, and discourse
  • Developing Critical thinking
  • Enquiry/ Empirical Evidence
  • Problems of teaching Social Science/Social Studies
  • Sources – Primary & Secondary
  • Projects Work
  • Evaluation

Check here full CTET syllabus detail.

Important Resource to Prepare Social Studies

The syllabus of Social Studies is very vast, but the number of questions is limited to 60. The most important resource to prepare for SST is to read NCERTs from class 6th to 8th. There are no other CTET preparation books to read other than NCERT. You can start reading NCERT from now onward. Make short notes out of it and practice quiz based on Social Studies.
You should try out the online CTET test series 2019 for practice.

The syllabus of Social studies covers lots of important topics from History, Geography and Political Science. To justify the level of questions you must read NCERTs from class 6 to 8 of SSt to prepare well for the CTET Exam.

Suggested Booklist for Social Studies

CBSE CTET Social Studies Selection for class 6 to 8 Paper 2: Arihant Publication

Previous year CTET Exam solved paper: Kiran Publication 

CTET Social Studies Paper 2: G.K. Publications

CTET test is the minimum eligibility criteria for the selection as a government teacher. So, CTET is the must for all those who want to pursue their career in teaching. After getting the CTET certificate, you are eligible to apply as a teacher in different Government i.e. Central, aided and unaided private school.


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