What would be the new CTET exam pattern ?

By Komal|Updated : September 17th, 2021

What would be the new CTET exam pattern?

On 30th July 2021, CBSE released a press note related to the CTET and major changes have been brought in. Candidates can visit the official website to know the latest updates related to the CTET official website www.ctet.nic.in


  • 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 marking.
  • There will be two papers of CTET:
    (i) Paper I will be for a person who intents to be a teacher for classes I to V.
    (ii) Paper II will be for a person who intents to be a teacher for classes VI to VIII.
  • Note: A person who intents to be a teacher for both levels (classes I to V and classes VI to VIII) will have to appear in both the papers (Paper I and Paper II).

What would be the new CTET exam pattern?

 As the National Education Policy 2020, emphasizes digital literacy, digital pedagogy, the use of technology, and its integration so as to transform the entire nation into a digitally empowered society. CBSE decided to conduct CTET in an online mode from now onwards. There will be no change in the syllabus though questions will be asked:

  • to assess less factual knowledge,
  • more of conceptual understanding, application, problem-solving, reasoning, and critical thinking,
  • The focus will be on assessing candidates' understanding of teaching the subject, their pedagogic content knowledge, their knowledge relevance of the subject in the school curriculum, and other dimensions of teaching the subject such as pedagogic content knowledge that includes questions assessing planning of teaching-learning
    experiences, strategies for developing conceptual clarity, usage of teaching-learning aids, and assessment methodologies specific to the concept. 
  • The exam pattern remains the same but the question will be a bit conceptual. So, now candidates need to study content by matching them with real-life experience.
Most Important: A detailed assessment framework with measurable competencies, sample blueprints, and sample questions will be released by the CBSE to enable aspiring candidates to prepare for the CTET examination.

Important facts about the CTET exam pattern:

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

Important Highlights

  • CTET includes two examinations, different for paper-I and paper-II.
  • The mode of examination will be online.
  • The examination type will be multiple choice questions and will include 4 options with only 1 correct option
  • The language of the paper will be in Hindi and English and candidates can choose any language.
  • Paper-I includes 5 subjects which have a total of 150 questions of one mark each.
  • Paper-II also includes 5 subjects and a choice between science & maths and social science. A total of 150 questions will be asked and one mark will be awarded for each correct answer.
  • There is no negative marking in CTET.
  • The examination will be of 150 minutes

CTET Paper 1 Exam Pattern

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

150 Minutes

3Language - 13030
4Language - 23030
5Environmental Studies3030

CTET Paper 2 Exam Pattern

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

150 Minutes

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

Note: Mathematics and Science for Maths and Science teachers (Science Background students). Social Science is for Social Science teachers (Art Background students).

More From Us:

In order to know more about changes made by CBSE in the context of CTET, read the articles mentioned below:

Serial No.TopicLink
1.Is the syllabus for CTET Online Changed?Read Here
2.How to Attempt CTET in online mode?Read Here
3.How to prepare for online CTET?Read Here
4.What will be the Major Changes in the upcoming CTET?Read Here
5.CTET to be conducted in an online mode Announcement by CBSE.Read Here



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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)


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  • There is no limit on the number of attempts for appearing in CTET. A person already qualified can also appear again for improving his/her score.

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

  • Yes, A candidates can appear in both Paper-I & Paper-II.

  • Candidates can not choose the same language in both languages -I and language -II.

  • Yes, Final year appearing candidates can apply for CTET 2021.

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