SET- A Complete Guide For Teachers

What is the SET examination?

SET is a popular and important exam for students interested in pursuing a profession as a teacher in numerous states around the country. SET stands for State Eligibility Test and is a state-level exam. Once cleared, the aspiring candidates receive an eligibility certificate that allows them to be hired as instructors or professors, depending on the position. Every year, thousands of candidates apply for Assistant Professor and Lectureship positions. It is an offline test that is divided into two parts. Candidates who pass the test can apply for a lecturer position under the jurisdiction of the SLET Commission’s Member-States. As mentioned earlier, they will be granted a pass certificate, which will have an indefinite validity duration.

What is SET eligibility criteria?

  1. To be eligible for the SET, applicants must have a Master’s degree from a government-recognized university with a minimum grade of 55 percent
  2. In order to be considered for the Assistant Professor position, applicants must be a citizen of India.
  3. Candidates must also have the necessary documentation to prove their residency.
  4. The SLET exam has no age restrictions.
  5. There is no limit to how many times you can try.   
  6. Applicants from the OBC, SC, ST, and PWD or reserved categories must have obtained a Master’s degree with a minimum of 50% marks.
  7. Applicants who have acquired a Ph.D. and completed the Master’s level examination by September 19, 1991 (independent of the date of result publication) will receive a 5% aggregate mark relaxation.
  8. Candidates who have passed or are scheduled to take their Master’s degree final examinations and are awaiting the results can also apply for the SET exam.

SET Exam Pattern?

  1. The SET exam is generally performed in an objective format. There will be three papers in the test. There will be one single paper (Paper-I) for all candidates to evaluate their general aptitude. It will have 60 questions, each worth two marks, and the candidates will only have to answer 50 of them.
  1. The pattern of the second and third papers will be the same. The second paper will consist of 50 obligatory two-mark questions. There will be 75 compulsory questions worth 2 points in the third paper.

5 Effective SET Preparation Tips

Quick Revisions- It is almost impossible for the candidates to revise the complete syllabus in much less time, it would not be a smart move too, we do not suggest the candidates prepare their topics in detail at the last moment. The candidates can choose a smarter way to complete their syllabus, they can take the help of various books and internet videos available out there. They should choose the study material that provides them the convenience of understanding the whole topic without investing much time.

Previous Year Question Papers- Solving the previous year’s question papers is one of the oldest methods of acing at any exam and hence it is known as the ‘greatest mantra’ to crack any exam be it REET, PTET, or SET. Observing the previous year’s question paper well can give you an idea of the paper pattern well, you will easily be able to differentiate between the most important and less important topics from a subject. You can improve your speed and strategy accordingly.

Appear For Mock Tests- Mock tests are the practice papers that are solely based on the most advanced exam pattern and syllabus keeping in mind a particular examination, they are prepared to help the candidates appearing for that paper in having a better understanding of the paper. The candidates can set timers while giving the mocks and track their performance. They can quickly review their knowledge as well as speed, the two most important things while giving an exam. Appearing for mocks is the best way to prepare best for any exam.

In addition, the candidates must routinely refer or read newspapers, journals, and books for news on the latest trends, events, awards, current affairs, and other topics in order to prepare effectively for the General Knowledge questions. Newspapers such as The Hindu, Economic Times, and Financial Express, as well as periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal, Business Today, and the Manorama yearbook, etc, are sure to help the candidates ace their SET preparation.

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