What is the Difference Between TET and CTET Exam?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

What is the difference between TET and CTET? 

The Teacher Eligibility Test is the standard test through which teachers are appointed in different government schools. Many candidates get confused between TET and CTET exams. These two exams are conducted to recruit eligible candidates for the post of teacher in the schools under the Central Government and State Government.

Even though both tests are conducted for the same reason, the job vacancies, the schools and the applicability of the test vary between the two tests. Before applying for any of these exams, it is essential to understand the difference between TET and CTET exams. In this article, we will give you clarity about the role of CTET and TET along with the similarities and differences between them. Here we are going to discuss the following points:

  • What is CTET?
  • What are TETs?
  • The similarity between TET and CTET
  • Major Difference between TET and CTET
  • Career Prospectus after CTET and TET

What is CTET?

Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) is a national-level Eligibility examination that is conducted in 20 languages across PAN India. CTET is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education. CTET is mandatory to qualify for private and government school teaching. After qualifying CTET candidates can apply to any private school, government-aided school, or even can apply in Army school.

What is TET?

The Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) exam is also a qualifying exam to be conducted by the respective state government. The state government through TET, depending on the ranks of the candidates, recruits teachers as per the vacancy in the state schools. Suppose aspirants wish to apply one of the State Teacher’s Eligibility Criteria. Here is the list of the State TET Examination which is held by the State of India given in a tabular form.

State TET Name of the State Conducting Body
UP TET Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh Exam Regulatory Authority on behalf of the Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Board (UPBEB)
REET Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education, Rajasthan (RBSE)
HTET Haryana Haryana Board of School Education (BSEH)
HP TET Himachal Pradesh Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE)
MP TET Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh Vyapam or MPPEB
AP TET Andra Pradesh Department of School Education, Government of Andra Pradesh
TN TET Tamil Nadu Teachers Recruitment Board, Tamil Nadu
CG TET Chhattisgarh CG Vyapam or CPEB
KTET Kerala Kerala Pareeksha Bhavan
KAR TET Karnataka State Education Board of Karnataka
PS TET Punjab Punjab School Education Board (PSEB)
TS TET Telangana TET Department of School Education, the Government of Telangana
UTET Uttarakhand Uttarakhand Board of School Education (UBSE)
Assam TET Assam (Department of Elementary Education), Assam
Meghalaya TET Meghalaya Directorate of Educational Research & Training (DERT)
Tripura TET Tripura Teachers Recruitment Board, Tripura
Goa TET Goa School Examination Board, Goa
MAHA TET Maharashtra Maharashtra State Council of Examination (MSCE)
BTET Bihar Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB)
OTET & OSSTET Orissa Board of Secondary Education, Odisha
WB TET West Bengal West Bengal Board of Primary Education (WBBPE)

What is the Difference Between TET and CTET Exam?

Similarity Between TET and CTET

For a better understanding of the CTET and TETs exams, in the following paragraph, we are providing you with a detailed list of similarities between CTET and TETs exams.


TETs and CTET Eligibility Criteria in terms of educational qualification are usually the same. Aspiring candidates of primary and elementary schools as teachers must satisfy these criteria:

(I) Educational Qualification for Primary Teachers

  • Candidates must have passed Higher Secondary or equivalent with at least 50% marks as well as have passed or appeared in the final year of 2- a year Diploma in Elementary Education. OR
  • Aspiring candidates must have passed senior secondary or equivalent with at least 45% marks and passed or appeared in the final year of 2- a year Diploma in Elementary Education, by NCTE. OR
  • Aspirants must have passed senior secondary or equivalent with at least 50% marks and pass or appear in the final year of 4- a year Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed). OR
  • Candidates must have passed senior secondary or equivalent with at least 50% marks and also have the certificate of 2- a year Diploma in Education (Special Education)*. OR
  • Any graduation degree is required and also possess a certificate or two-year Diploma in Elementary Education (by whatever name known).

(II) Educational Qualification for Elementary Teachers

  • Any graduation degree in the relevant discipline already obtained and passed or appearing in the final year of a 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education (by whatever name known). OR
  • A bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks must be acquired as well as a 1-year Bachelor in Education (B.Ed). OR
  • Graduation with at least 45% marks must be done in a relevant discipline and a year in Bachelor in Education (B.Ed), by the NCTE (Recognition Norms and Procedure) Regulations issued from time to time in this regard also completed.

Difference Between CTET and TET

Now is the time for clearing the confusion and myths of CTET and TETs. The major differences between CTET and TET are given as follows:

  • Conducting body:
    • CTET is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
    • TETs are conducted by the education boards of different state governments.
  • Exam frequency:
    • CTET Exam is scheduled twice a year.
    • But TETs depend on the availability of vacancies in the different state government schools. There is no fixed number of exams each year.
  • Eligibility of Age:
    • For CTET, there is no age restriction, however, the candidate must be a minimum of 17 years of age.
    • For TET, The age of the applicant must be between 18 Years and 35 Years though there is some age relaxation depending on the state’s rules.
  • Application Fees:
    • CTET application fees for candidates in a single paper (primary or elementary) is Rs 1,000/- and for candidates to give both papers is INR 1,200/-.
    • TETs’ application fees vary from state to state. Usually, the application fee for the Generals is Rs 400-500/- and for reserved category candidates is Rs 200-250/-.
  • Medium of Exam:
    • Candidates can give CTET in any language they prefer.
    • Candidates appearing for TETs need to be fluent in the state language.
  • Jobs opportunities:
    • After clearing CTET, candidates have an enormous opportunity of securing teaching jobs in centrally-run government schools as well as UT Schools.
    • Cracking TETs, allows you to become a teacher of state government schools depending on the available vacancies.
  • Certificate validation:
    • The CTET-cleared candidates will get a certificate of CTET valid for a lifetime from the day of declaring the result.
    • All candidates qualifying for TET exams will receive eligibility certificates, the validation of the certificate depends on the state govt education board.

Career Prospectus After CTET and TET

The candidates who are appearing or planning in the upcoming CTET or TET Examinations, need to clear their minds, there are many job opportunities in the future. Once you qualify for the CTET and TET exam, you are eligible to apply for primary teachers, TGT and PGT posts in Central Government Schools such as Kendriya Vidyalaya School, DSSSB & Navodaya Samiti Schools.

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