CTET- An Overview

The CTET full form is Central Teacher Eligibility Test. CBSE has released the official notification for this exam for December 2021. The entire registration and application process is undergoing. The Board announced the notice regarding registration, application, and exam date on September 20, 2021. According to the recent updates, the exam will be held online, in CBT (Computer Based Test) format.

As the Board will conduct the exam online, it is putting all efforts to allow the candidates to practice enough for the CBT Test. It would provide the practice sets to TPCs or Test Practice Centers, from where a candidate can assess it. You can check the list of TPCs on the official website and access it free of cost. CBSE also releases CTET mock test papers and model test papers, providing enough ideas about the question pattern.

A complete guide on CTET, exam highlights, eligibility, FAQs

What is C-TET?

Central Eligibility Test or CTET is the national-level examination organized and conducted by CBSE. The Board conducts this exam twice a year to determine whether the candidate is eligible for the appointment as a teacher from Class 1-8. Take a look at a few aspects you should know about this exam:

  • Exam Level: National
  • Exam Mode: Online
  • Exam Duration: 150 minutes
  • Purpose: To find the eligible candidates for appointment as teachers from Class 1-8
  • Number of Test Cities and Test Takers: 135 cities across India and 23,51,725 test-takers, respectively
  • Helpdesk Number: 011-22235774
  • Official website: https://ctet.nic.in/ 

Information regarding CTET application form

Candidates eligible to appear for the CTET exam can fill the application form while visiting the official website. You need to pay the exam fee of INR 1000 and INR 500 for General, OBC, and SC/ST, respectively. Check out the steps to apply online:

  • Go to the official website, https://ctet.nic.in/.
  • Further, click on “Apply for CTET December 2021” or the new link called “CTET December 2021.” Then click on New Registration link.
  • Read all the details and guidelines and fill required credentials accurately.
  • Upload necessary documents in the correct format.
  • Finally, pay the fee and click on Submit.
  • Save the confirmation page.

Important Dates for CTET 2021

Official Notification20th September 2021
Application Form20th September 2021 to 19th October 2021
Last day to pay the application amount20th October 2021
Fee payment’s final verification by the candidate21st October 2021
Application form correction window date22nd October to 28th October 2021
Admit CardIn the first week of December 2021
Exam dates16th December 2021 to 13th January 2022
Official provisional and final answer keyJanuary 2022 and February 2022, respectively
Final Result15th February 2022

CTET 2021 eligibility criteria

You must fulfill the below criteria to apply for the upcoming TET exam 2021.

  • The candidates must pass 10+2 with an aggregate mark of a minimum of 45% to qualify for TET’s primary teachers.
  • The candidates must complete graduation with the aggregate marks of a minimum of 45% or a minimum of 50% in 10+2 to apply for elementary stage teacher in TET.
  • The candidates must have completed specialized education courses, like Bachelor of Education (B.Ed or D.El.Ed).
  • The minimum age limit to apply for TET 2021 is 18 years. However, there is no restriction on the maximum age limit.
  • The candidate should be an Indian citizen.

What is the TET exam process for December 2021?

  • Fill the application form: Start with filling the form if you are eligible for the exam. Pay INR 1000 for one paper or INR 1200 for two papers to complete the application process.
  • Download the admit card and appear in the exam:  One can download the admit card from the official website. When appearing in the exam, reach the examination center at least 90 minutes before the exam commences to complete the verification before the due date.
  • Check Result: Once you qualify for the exam, you receive a CTET eligibility certificate, whose validity is a lifetime.

Exam Pattern for Paper I or Primary stage Teacher

Child Development and Pedagogy (Compulsory)3030
Language I (Compulsory)3030
Language II (Compulsory)3030
Environmental Studies3030

Exam Pattern for Paper-II or Elementary Stage

Child Development and Pedagogy (Compulsory)3030
Language I (Compulsory)3030
Language II (Compulsory)3030
Mathematics and Science (For Math and Science Teacher)6060
Or, Social Studies/ Social Science (for Social Studies/ social science teacher)6060

CTET Preparation Tips

  • Practice previous year’s question papers: Check the previous year’s questions papers to get a precise idea about the question pattern.
  • Focus on your weak areas: Once you are thorough with your syllabus, focus on your weak areas and improve them while practicing and revising more.
  • Read important books and sample papers: You can consider NCERT and books from Disha, Upkar, or Arihant for respective sections, viz, Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I and II, etc.
  • Practice mock test and model papers: You can get the mock test and model papers on CTET’s official website, wherein students can access them free of cost.


  • Is the syllabus for Paper I and Paper II the same?

Ans: No, the syllabus for both papers is different.

  • What is the best preparation tip to crack CTET in the first attempt?

Ans: The best trick is to make short notes and revise them at the last moment.

  • Can I apply for the TET again if I have already qualified for it?

Ans: Yes, one can apply even if you have qualified for the exam.

  • What is the CTET confirmation page?

Ans: It gets generated automatically once the payment is successful.

  • Will I get the job after clearing the exam?

Ans: It is the eligibility exam to seek employment in a teaching line. However, one needs to fulfill the recruitment process for NVS and KVS.

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