CTET 2018 – Central Teaching Eligibility Test – Important Dates, Syllabus and more

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Are you a lover of the dynamic learning environment ubiquitous in Indian schools, willing to pursue a career that is innovation-driven and intellectually stimulating? Do you want to get tailored to teach students in any of the leading educational establishments in our country? Then, the Central Teaching Eligibility Test (CTET) will give you a swift progression to your dream career. Here is all you need to know about CTET 2018

Central Teaching Eligibility Test (CTET 2018)

Central Teaching Eligibility Test (CTET) is a national-level standardized entrance exam organized and conducted once every year by the Central Board Of Secondary Education (CBSE) in accordance with the guidelines framed by the National Council for Teaching Education(NCTE) to determine the eligibility of the candidates for appointment to the post of teachers for classes I to VIII in any of the Central Government schools and  Government Schools of those states that do not conduct TET as is stated in clause(n) of section 2 of the RTE Act. The exam organized separately for primary section, that is, from class I to VIII, and for the elementary section, that is, from VI to VIII, is conducted in various centers across the country to ensure standardized quality in teaching.

Important Dates

Events  Dates
Admission Notification 12th June 2018
The online application form is made available from 1st August 2018
Admit Cards will be issued by 20th August 2018
Last date for submission of online application form 27th August 2018
Last date for payment of fees 30th August 2018
Central Teaching Eligibility Test date 16th September 2018
Results 28th October 2018(tentative)

Eligibility Requirements

(I) For Primary Section

Any of the following conditions must be met with to be eligible for application to the primary section of CTET:

  • The candidate must have passed 12th grade or its equivalent with a minimum aggregate score of 50% and must have passed or must be appearing for the final year examination of 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education OR
  • The candidate must have passed 12th grade or its equivalent with a minimum aggregate score of 45% and must have passed or must be appearing for the final year examination of 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education in accordance with the NCTE Regulations, 2002 OR
  • The candidate must have passed 12th grade or its equivalent with a minimum aggregate score of 50% and must have passed or must be appearing for the final year examination of 4-year Bachelor of Elementary Education OR
  • The candidate must have passed 12th grade or its equivalent with a minimum aggregate score of 50% and must have passed or must be appearing for the final year examination of 2-year Diploma in Education(Special Education) OR
  • The candidate must be a graduate and must have passed or must be appearing for the final year examination of 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education.

(II) For Elementary Section 

Any of the following conditions must be met with to be eligible for application to the primary section of CTET:

  • The candidate must be a graduate and must have passed or must be appearing for the final year examination of 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education OR
  • The candidate must have passed graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50% and must have passed or must be appearing for the final year examination of Bachelor in Education OR 
  • The candidate must have passed graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 45% and must have passed or must be appearing for the final year examination of 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education in accordance with the NCTE Regulations issued from time to time OR
  • The candidate must have passed 12th grade or its equivalent with a minimum aggregate score of 50% and must have passed or must be appearing for the final year examination of 4-year Bachelor of Elementary Education OR
  • The candidate must have passed 12th grade or its equivalent with a minimum aggregate score of 50% and must have passed or must be appearing for the final year examination of 4-year B.A/B.Sc.Ed or B.A.Ed/B.Sc.Ed OR
  • The candidate must have passed graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50% and must have passed or must be appearing for the final year examination of Bachelor in Education(Special Education) OR
  • The candidate must be pursuing any of the teacher education courses specified in the NCTE Notification.

Application Procedure

Documents to be uploaded

  • Scanned copy of the candidate’s recent photograph in JPG/JPEG format with size ranging from 10KB to 100KB(3.5cm*4.5cm)
  • Scanned copy of the candidate’s signature in JPG/JPEG format with size ranging from 3KB to 30KB(3.5cm*1.5cm)

How to Apply 

The online application form is made available on the official website from 1st August 2018. Log on to the official website and click “Apply Online”. Fill in the required details including your name, date of birth, gender, state, your parents’names, educational details, your preferred choice of examination centers and question paper medium, and your address for contact among many others and note down your Registration Number. Upload the above-stated documents in the prescribed format and size. Pay the required examination fees as is given in the following table by e-challan/Credit card /Debit card:

Category  For any one of the papers  For both the papers
General 700INR 1200INR
SC/ST/Differently Abled Person 350INR 600INR

After the payment of fees, take a print-out of the Confirmation page for future reference.

CTET 2018 Admission portal is open now.

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Admit Cards

Admit Cards carrying the Examination Roll Number and Examination Center for the successfully registered candidates will be made available on the official website by 20th August 2018. Download and bring the hard copy of the Admit card to the examination centre.

Exam Schedule

Event Paper I Paper II 
Entry in the Examination Hall 08:00a.m. 12:30p.m.
Checking of Admit Cards 09:00-09:15a.m. 01:30-01:45p.m.
Distribution of Test Booklet 09:15a.m. 01:45p.m.
Seal of the Test Booklet to be opened to take out the Answer Sheet 09:25a.m. 01:55p.m.
Last Entry in the Examination Hall 09:30a.m. 02:00p.m.
Tests commences 09:30a.m. 02:00p.m.
Test concludes 12:00noon 04:30p.m.

Exam Pattern and Syllabus

CTET is a centralized exam spanning two and a half hours conducted separately for primary and elementary sections with each section consisting of 150 Multiple Choice Questions with a maximum score of 150 marks. Each right answer will be given 1 mark. There will be no penalty for the wrong answers. The section-wise detailed pattern of the exam is as follows:

(I) For Paper I(Primary Stage) 

Sections  Marks  Number of Questions
Child Development and Pedagogy 30 30
Language I 30 30
Language II 30 30
Mathematics 30 30
Environmental Studies 30 30
Total 150 150

(II) For Paper II(Elementary Stage) 

Sections  Marks  Number of Questions 
Child Development and Pedagogy (compulsory) 30 30
 Language paper I (compulsory) 30 30
Language paper II (compulsory) 30 30
Mathematics and Science (for Mathematics and Science teacher) 60 60
Social Science/Social Studies (for Social Science/Social Studies teacher) 60 60
Total 150 150

Detailed syllabus of CTET 2018

Results and Cut-off

Results of CTET 2018 will be published on the official website tentatively by 28th October 2018. The minimum score required to have a pass in the exam is 60%. The score will be valid for seven years.

For further information and updated notifications, visit the official website

CTET Official Website

Attempting CTET is a great way to gain experience from a dynamic and diverse educational system that facilitates quick progression for talented teachers. Good luck with your attempts!

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