CTET Books

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CTET Books

The Central Teacher Eligibility Test or what is known as CTET is one of the most coveted entrance exams in India. Those who clear this exam are eligible to work as teachers across various government schools in India.  From child development and pedagogy to subject-based knowledge, the exam assesses various facets related to teaching. Keeping in mind the vast CTET syllabus, it’s understandable that you might get confused while looking for the study guides for this exam. So, if you also want to know which books are best for CTET then here is a blog that will shed light on some of the CTET books which you can consider. Further, we will also discuss how you should purchase a guide so that you can make CTET notes from the right guides!

Exam Pattern

Before we delve deep into the CTET books, it is important to understand the exam pattern. There are 2 papers, paper-1 for those who want to teach class I-V students and paper-2 for those who wish to teach class VI-VII students. Enlisted are the subjects of both the papers:


  • Language 1
  • Language 2
  • Child Development and Pedagogy
  • Mathematics
  • Environmental Science


  • Language 1
  • Language 2
  • Child Development and Pedagogy
  • Mathematics and Science/Social Science
Sections  No. of Questions  Marks
Language l  30  30 
Language ll  30  30 
Environmental Studies  30  30 
Mathematics  30  30 
Child Development and Pedagogy  30  30 
Grand Toal  150 Multiple Choice Questions  150 Marks

Note: The last two sections of both papers are on need basis. This means that if you want to become a social science teacher then, you have to opt for that subject. 

What Constitutes a Good CTET Book?

Though there are scores of books available in both, online and offline modes, selecting a guide that covers all the facets of the competitive exams like CTET is important. Here are some things which you should keep in mind while purchasing CTET books: 

  • Candidates should be well versed with the syllabus of the exam. Then only can one compare the current syllabus with the content of the book.  
  • Select the latest issue/volume of the book you want to purchase.
  • Candidates should choose a book that is written in simple terms.
  • Go for CTET books which come with sample tests for practice.
  • Last but not the least, consult those who have cleared the exam. Their recommendations can go a long way!

CTET Books for Paper 1

As discussed, Paper 1 is for those candidates who want to teach primary school students. Keeping in mind the difficulty level of the exam, we have collated a list of CTET books that can help ace this Paper. 

Books Link to Buy
Mathematics and Pedagogy By Arihant Express Click here to buy
CTET Child Development and Pedagogy for Both Papers with Previous Year Question Papers 2011-19 Click here to buy
CTET and TETs Environmental Science and Pedagogy Click here to buy
A complete resource for CTET: Child Development and Pedagogy Click here to buy
CTET and TETs Hindi Bhasha For Paper 1 and 2 Click here to buy
Wiley’s Environmental Science For CTET Paper 1 Click here to buy

CTET Books for Paper 2

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Clearing Paper-2 is essential for aspirants who want to join government schools to teach at elementary levels. Tabulated below are some of the CTET books you can consider for Paper-2. 

Books Link to Buy
CTET Success Master Paper-II Teacher Selection for Class VI-VIII MATHS & SCIENCE with Practice set Arihant Click here to buy
A complete resource for CTET: Child Development and Pedagogy Click here to buy
CTET and TETs Hindi Bhasha For Paper 1 and 2 Click here to buy
CTET Master Science Social Studies for Paper 2 Click here to buy
CTET and TETs Previous Years’ Papers for Paper 2 Click here to buy

Even though there is a wide range of CTET books available for preparation, you should stick to a select few. This will not only make the revision process easier but will also help you cover many portions of the exam with just a few resources. Just like CTET opens the door to a teaching career, there are other entrance exams that can help you pursue a career in a chosen field. Needless to say, with so many options, choosing a field that aligns with your skills can be a daunting task. Reach out to our experts at Leverage Edu who will help you in finding a course as well as a university that perfectly fits your career aspirations!

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