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The profession of teaching is filled with lucrative prospects but demands highly responsible educators who can impart the right knowledge to students and help them discover the best version of themselves. If you are planning to pursue a teaching career in any country, there are several competitive exams that you need to qualify for in order to apply for academic institutions there. One such competitive exam is which stands for Central Teacher Eligibility Test and is a national-level examination. If you are exploring teaching exams in India, here is a blog that details the various aspects of the CTET exam, its eligibility criteria, syllabus, and career prospects.


CTET exam is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi. It is organized twice every year and the objective behind this exam is to find deserving candidates who are eligible to teach students at primary and secondary education levels till Class Vlll. Clearing this exam, you can apply for teaching profiles at government schools in the country. Moreover, the certificate is applicable for a period of seven years. You can also appear for the exam even if you have already crossed the qualifying level and want to improve your score. There are also some private schools in the state that are incorporating scores as a criterion for screening candidates. 

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Name of the Examination  Central Teacher Eligibility Test – CTET 
Frequency  Twice every year 
Number of Attempts  No upper limit 
Duration of Examination  150 minutes 
Mode of Examination  Offline 
Qualifying Marks  60% & above for the General category 
55% & above for SC/ST 
Medium of Instruction  Hindi and English 
Number of Papers  Two papers:
Paper 1 – Given by candidates who want to teach
Class I-V
Paper 2 – Given by candidates who want to teach
Class Vl-Vlll
Purpose of the Examination  To narrow down the eligible candidates
Number of Exam Cities 110 cities across the country 

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CTET News Today

CBSE will release the dates of the CTET July session soon and applicants can apply online for the upcoming session. It will be conducted in the month of August- September. Exam centers will follow all the mandatory Covid-19 protocols. All the guidelines will be released on the official website i.e., www.ctet.nic.in

CTET Exam Date 2021

The official date for august 2021 has not been announced yet by the conducting authority. We will update as soon as the notification is released. Here are the tentative dates

Event Date
Application form released June 21, 2021
Last date for an application form July 21, 2021
Admit Card August 2021
Exam Date August 2021

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CTET Application Process

The application process can be carried out online at the CBSE portal. Here are the step for CTET apply online process:

  1. Create your account as a new user at the exam portal.
  2. Fill the key details in the application form, ranging from personal information to academic records.
  3. Upload the required documents like your photograph, signature, marksheets, etc. 
  4. After submitting your details, you would be required to complete the payment via net banking/credit card or debit card. 
  5. Once you have paid the application fee, a confirmation page will appear. Download this page and keep it for future references.

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Application Fee

To complete the application process, students have to pay the application fee. Application fee can be paid through debit/credit card or net banking. In any circumstance, the fee once paid will not be refunded. Here is the application fee 2021:

Category Only Paper-I or Paper-II Both Paper-I and Paper-II 
General/OBC Rs. 1000 Rs. 1200
SC/ST/Differently Abled Person Rs.500 Rs. 600

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Eligibility Criteria

CBSE has specified some prerequisites for those wanting to appear for the exam. Here are the different requirements you need to fulfill while applying for the two different papers of this exam:

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For l-V Standard 

  • The candidate must have completed their senior secondary or it’s equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks. Also, candidates who have completed or are in the last year of their diploma course in Elementary Education are also allowed.


  • The candidate must have passed or are pursuing the last year of their two-year diploma in Elementary education as per the NCTE regulations along with having scored 45% marks in their senior secondary or its equivalent. 


  • The candidate must have completed their senior secondary degree with a minimum of 50% marks apart from pursuing or completed their B.El.Ed (Bachelor of Elementary Education).


  • The candidate must have completed their senior secondary with a basic minimum of 50% marks while pursuing their two-year Diploma in Education.


For Vl-Vlll Standard

  • The candidate must have completed their undergrad degree in any stream along with either pursuing or completed the final year of a two-year Diploma in Elementary Education.


  • A bachelor’s degree with a bare minimum of 50% marks. The candidate must be pursuing or must have completed their B.Ed (first year).


  • The candidate must have completed their senior secondary or its equivalent degree/diploma with a minimum of 50% marks while also pursuing or having completed their last year of their 4-year bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.


  • The candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree with a basic minimum of 45% marks apart from having completed or pursuing B.Ed in adherence to the NCTE rules and regulations.


  • The candidate must have completed their senior secondary degree or the equivalent of that degree with a minimum of 50% marks along with clearing or pursuing their final year of the four years of their B.A.Ed or B.Sc.Ed. 

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Exam Pattern

Knowing the exam pattern beforehand helps students in preparation and the type of questions that will come in the examination. Here is the exam pattern:

Exam Mode Offline
Type of Questions MCQs
Exam Duration 2.5 Hours
Total Questions 150
Marking scheme +1 for correct response
Negative Marking No Negative Marking
CTET Exam Language English and Hindi

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To help you comprehend the different sections of the CTET, here is a table that demonstrates the pattern for each section of the exam.

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 Total  150 Multiple Choice Questions  150 Marks

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CTET Admit Card 2021

The admit card is issued two weeks before the date of examination. It contains the date of exam, time, and venue. No applicant will be allowed to enter the examination hall without the admit card. Here are the steps to download the admit card:

  • Visit the official website
  • Click on the admit card link
  • Enter the required details such as registration number and password
  • Download the admit card displayed on your screens
  • Take two printouts of the CTET admit card 2021

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CTET Result

Students can check the CTET result on the official website. Visit the website and click on the notification of the recent result. Enter your roll number along with other mandatory information. Your result will be displayed on the screen.

Click Here for the CTET Result of January 2021 

CTET Books

There are numerous books available in the marketing for the exam. Students are often confused and end up picking up the wrong lot. We have sorted out the best books you can refer to for revision and preparation. Check out the list of CTET books:

A Complete Resource for CTET: Child Development and Pedagogy by Pearsons Buy Here
CTET & TETs English Language Paper I & II by Arihant Buy Here
CTET & TETs Environmental Studies & Pedagogy by Arihant Buy Here
CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test) Paper-II: Social Science Teacher Selection (For Class VI-VIII) by Arihant Buy Here

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CTET Preparation Tips

CTET is one of the toughest exams in India. After clearing CTET applicants are eligible to teach classes 1 to 8. Qualifying in the examination is the basic criteria to become a teacher. That’s why aspirants need strategic planning to prepare for this exam. This exam is further divided into different subjects and each one has a separate syllabus, pattern, and difficulty level. To know about the preparation plan for each subject, check out our blog on tips and tricks for CTET Preparation.

CTET Previous Year Question Paper

The best way to prepare for any competitive exam is through practicing samples and previous year’s question papers. Here is the CTET previous year’s questions paper that will help you ace your exams.

CTET Previous Year Question Paper December 2018
CTET Previous Year Question Paper July 2019
CTET Previous Year Question Paper December 2019

CTET Answer Key

CTET Answer Key for 2021 was released recently. Applicants can download the answer key directly from the official website of the CTET exam. Here are all the direct links for CTET answer key 2021:

CTET Answer Key January 2021
CTET Answer Key January 2021
CTET Answer Key July 2019
CTET Answer Key July 2019
CTET Answer Key December 2018
CTET Answer Key December 2018

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CTET Study Notes 

Need help in preparing for one of the popular exams in India. Other than referring to books, applicants can also study from NCERT books of classes 1 to 8. Most of the topics in the exam are covered from NCERT books as well. We have also prepared CTET study notes that will help you in preparation. Check out the list of notes:

CTET Notes on First Farmers and Herders
CTET Social Science
CTET Study Notes on Health and Diseases
CTET Notes on Learning Principles and Theories
CTET Child Development Theories
CTET Child Development Study Notes on Special Needs
Child Development & Pedagogy Notes

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Hence, we hope that this blog provided you with the key essentials of CTET and how you can apply for this exam. If you are also interested in taking up a teaching job in other states, then, you can also appear for exams like UPTET. Moreover, if you are interested in appearing for any other competitive exam, you can get in touch with our team of experts at Leverage Edu and we will help you create the right preparation strategy for the test as well as tips to help you ace it with higher scores.

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