# The hottest topics of CTET Feb 2016 Paper I and Paper II

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Through the analysis of the section "Child Development and Pedagogy" from recently concluded February CTET Paper, we have found that most covered topic in this section of the exam is "Piaget's, Kohlberg's and Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Dvelopment"

Here is the topic-wise break up of the section of both papers for you to know which topics are most important if you plan to crack CTET Sep 2016 Exam:

 CTET Topic of Syllabus: Child Development and Pedagogy Paper I Paper II Total Piaget, Kohlberg and Vygotsky: constructs and critical perspectives 7 7 14 Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged and deprived 3 2 5 Basic processes of teaching and learning; children’s strategies of learning; learning as a social activity; social context of learning. 3 2 5 Addressing the needs of children with learning difficulties, ‘impairment’ etc. 2 2 4 Concept of development and its relationship with learning 2 2 4 Concepts of child-centered and progressive education 1 3 4 Cognition & Emotions 3 3 Alternative conceptions of learning in children, understanding children’s 'errors' as significant steps in the learning process 1 1 2 Critical perspective of the construct of Intelligence 2 2 Distinction between Assessment for learning and assessment of learning; School-Based Assessment, Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation: perspective and practice 1 1 2 Gender as a social construct; gender roles, gender-bias and educational practice 1 1 2 Motivation and learning 2 2 Socialization processes: Social world & children (Teacher, Parents,Peers) 1 1 2 Addressing the Talented, Creative, Specially abled Learners 1 1 Child as a problem solver and a ‘scientific investigator’ 1 1 Factors contributing to learning – personal & environmental 1 1 Formulating appropriate questions for assessing readiness levels of learners; for enhancing learning and critical thinking in the classroom and for assessing learner achievement. 1 1 How children think and learn; how and why children ‘fail’ to achieve success in school performance. 1 1 Individual differences among learners, understanding differences based on diversity of language, caste, gender, community, religion etc. 1 1 Influence of Heredity & Environment 1 1 Language & Thought 1 1 Multi Dimensional Intelligence 1 1 Grand Total 30 30 60

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# CTET Feb 2016 : 7,47,477 Teachers at 973 Centers

A Times Of India Report suggests that in 973 centres in India and abroad, a total of 7,47,477 candidates registered for February 21st, 2016 examination.

With the ongoing curfew due to JAT reservation commotion, the CTET exam was postponed in the cities of Ambala, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Karnal, Kurushetra and Panchkula and a total of 71, 471 students couldn't appear for the exam.

Our team was at Hyderabad center on the exam day. We saw lots of families waiting for their children to come out of the exam. And teachers looked cheerful once the exam was over and they were out of the examination hall. Teachers who were writing this exam had traveled from far rural areas and were staying in Hyderabad from day before. Lots of them were carrying CTET books in their hands.

Another report from Chandigarh covered in The Tribune suggests that the exam was conducted at 22 centers in Chandigarh. and over 13,380 candidates wrote the exam. These students thronged the city from adjoining cities and villages of Rajasthan and Haryana.

Looking at the interest of so many aspirants all over the country, CTET exam is going to prove an important exam for the future of our teachers. In highly established CBSE Private Schools, Principals have started preferring CTET Qualified teachers over the regular B.Ed qualified teachers for the secondary grade. It won't be much time when it becomes an important resume credential for aspiring teachers.

# CTET Februray 2016 Exam Answer Key for Child Development and Pedagogy, Paper I

Our team of experts bring you the solution for Child Development and Pedagogy.

Here you can find Section A of Paper I questions with answer key:

Child Development and Pedagogy

1. To enable students to make conceptual changes in their thinking, a teacher should
(1) offer rewards for children who change their thinking
(2) discourage children from thinking on their own and ask them to just listen to her and follow that
(3) offer an explanation in a lecture mode
(4) make clear and convincing explanations and have discussions with the students

2. In the context of a primary school classroom, what does active engagement mean?
(1) Memorizing, Recall arid Reciting
(2) Imitating and Copying the teacher
(3) Enquiry, Questioning and Debate
(4) Copying answers given by the teacher

3. Children are most creative when they participate in an activity
(1) to escape their teacher's scolding
(2) under stress to do well in front of others
(3) out of interest
(4) for rewards

4. Most classrooms in India are multilingual and this needs to be seen as ________ by the teacher.
(1) a brother
(2) a problem
(3) a resource
(4) an obstacle

5. Mistakes and errors made by students
(1) are a wonderful opportunity to label children as 'weak' or 'outstanding'
(2) are indicative of the failure of the teacher and the students
(3) should be seen as opportunities to understand their thinking
(4) should be severely dealt with

6. ___________ views children as active builders of knowledge and little scientists who construct their own theories of the world.
(1) Skinner
(2) Pavlov
(3) Jung
(4) Piaget

7. Child-centred pedagogy means
(1) giving moral education to the children
(3) giving primacy to children's voices and their active participation
(4) letting the children be totally free

8. A teacher can help the children to process a complex situation by
(1) encouraging competition and offering a high reward to the child who completes the task first
(2) not offering any help at all so that children learn to help on their own
(3) giving a lecture on it
(4) breaking the task into smaller parts and writing down instructions

9. Expecting students to reproduce knowledge in the same way as it is received
(1) is good, since it is easy for the teacher to assess
(2) is an effective assessment strategy
(3) is problematic, because individuals interpret experiences and do not reproduce knowledge as it is received
(4) is good, since we record everything as it is in our brains

10. When students are given an opportunity to discuss a. problem in groups, their learning curve
(1) becomes better
(2) remains stable
(3) declines
(4) remains the same

11. The pace of development varies from one individual to another, but it follows _______ pattern.
(2) a haphazard
(3) an unpredictable
(4) a sequential and orderly

12. Which one of the following is correct about development?
(1) Development begins and ends at birth.
(2) 'Sociocultural context' plays an important role in development.
(3) Development is unidimensional.
(4) Development is discrete.

13. Why do individuals differ from one another?
(1) Because of the impact of the environment
(2) Due to the inborn characteristics
(3) Due to the interplay between heredity and environment
(4) Because each individual has received a different gene set from his/her parents

14. Family play a _______ role in socialization of the child.
(1) a not-so-important
(2) an exciting
(3) a primary
(4) a secondary

15. Which one of the following is a correctly matched pair?
(1) Concrete operational child — Is able to conserve and classify
(2) Formal operational child—Imitation begins, imaginary play
(3) Infancy—Applies logic and is able to infer
(4) Pre-operational child—Deductive thought

16. A child says, 'Clothes dry faster in. the sun." She is showing an understanding of
(1) symbolic thought
(2) egocentric thinking
(3) cause and effect
(4) reversible thinking

17. According to Piaget, children's thinking differs in _________ from adults than in ________
(1) amount; kind
(2) size; correctness
(3) kind; amount
(4) size; type

18. Which one of the following is an example of scaffolding?
(1) Giving prompts and cues, and asking questions at critical junctures (2) Giving motivational lectures to students
(3) Offering explanations without encouraging questioning
(4) Offering both material and non-material rewards

19. According to Vygotsky, children learn
(1) when reinforcement is offered
(2) by maturation
(3) by imitation
(4) by interacting with adults and peers

20. Kohlberg has given
(1) the stages of cognitive development
(2) the stages of physical development
(3) the stages of emotional development
(4) the stages of moral development

21. Which one of the following situations is illustrative of a child-centred classroom?
(1) A class in which the teacher dictates and the students are asked to memorize the notes
(2) A class in which the textbook is the only resource the teacher refers to
(3) A class in which the students are sitting in groups and the teacher takes turns to go to each group
(4) A class in which the behaviour of students is governed by the rewards and punishments the teacher would give them

22. Intelligence is
(1) a set of capabilities
(2) a singular and generic concept
(3) the ability to imitate others
(4) a specific ability

23. Early childhood is period for Language development.
(1) a not-so-significant
(2) an unimportant
(3) a sensitive
(4) a neutral

24. A teacher remarks in a co-education class to boys, “Be boys and don't behave like girls." This remark
(1) reflects caste discrimination
(2) is a good example of dealing with boys and girls
(3) reflects stereotypical behaviour of discrimination between boys and girls
(4) highlights the biological superiority of boys over girls

25. Assessment
(1) is a good strategy to label and categorize children
(2) should actively promote competitive spirit among children
(3) should generate tension and stress to ensure learning
(4) is a way to improve learning

26. Which one of the following statements best describes Inclusion'?
(1) It is the belief that children need to be segregated according to their abilities.
(2) It is the belief that some children cannot learn at all.
(3) It is the philosophy that all children have a right to get equal education in a regular school system.
(4) 1t is the philosophy that special children are 'a special gift of God'.

27. To cater to the children from disadvantaged' background, teacher should
(1) give them a lot of written work
(2) try to find out more about them and involve them in class discussions
(3) make them sit separately in the class
(4) ignore them as they cannot interact with other students

28. Which one of the following behaviours is an identifier of a child with learning disability?
(1) Frequent mood swings
(2) Abusive behaviour
(3) Writing ‘b’ as 'd', 'was' as 'saw; '21' as 12'
(4) Low attention span and high physical activity

29. A child who can see partially
(1) should be put in a regular' school with no Special provisions
(2) should not be given education. since it is not of way use to him
(3) needs to be put in a separate institution
(4) should be put in a 'regular' school while making special provisions

30. Learning
(1) is not affected by a learner's emotions
(2) has very little connection with emotions
(3) is independent of a learner's emotions
(4) is influenced by a learner's emotions

# CTET Exam - February 21 2016 - Answer Key Now Available

Good morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening, In whatever part of your day you are opening this blog post, we hope you are having a happy and a kind day.

TalentSprint team brings to you the answer keys of both Paper I and Paper II (Math/Science and Social Studies/Social Science both). All you got to do is to click and download!

We will also publish detailed solutions for the paper soon on our YouTube Channel

# Latest News on Teacher Eligibility Tests: Assam TET Notifcation

We are bringing you a new series of blogs posts where you can find all news on CTET Exam at one shot. Here are the most important news of the week:

1. HP's JBT Shashtri TET was conducted on 13th February.
Himachal Pradesh Board of Education (HPBOSE) successfully conducted HP Teacher Eligibility Test (HP TET) on 13th February 2016 across various examination centers in Himachal Pradesh. A huge number of candidates applied and appeared for the J.B.T TET and Shastri TET exam in both morning and afternoon sessions respectively.
2. UPTET 2016 was successfully concluded on 2nd feb 2016. The students will have to wait till 10th March to hear the results.Find all the information and answer keys here
3. Assam TET 2016 - As no. of posts of Hindi and Classical (Sanskrit only) Assistant Teachers at Secondary level are still lying vacant, therefore to fill up the existing vacancies, Govt. of Assam has decided to hold a Special Teachers’ Eligibility Test to recruit Hindi and Classical Graduate Teachers (Sanskrit only) tentatively in the month March/April 2016.

Number of Vacancies: The number of vacant posts of Graduate Teachers is approximately 1031 for Hindi and 587 for Sanskrit

Time Schedule for TET, 2016, Assam:
1 Opening of Online Application Form 1st February,2016
2 Last date of Submission of online Application form 15th February,2016
3 Last date of fees Payment at Bank 20th February,2016
4. Date of examination Will be notified later

Structure & Content of Test:- The examination shall be for 100 marks of 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), each one of them carrying equal marks. The subject areas broadly are as follows.
1 General Studies & Current Affairs 50 MCQs 50
2 Subject Specific 50 MCQs 50
Total Marks 100

Candidates have to qualify both the parts separately to qualify the exam.

To find the complete information, access it here

We will you more news on CTET and State TET in our next week's post.

# CTET Feb 2016 : 10 Tips to Improve your score without studying

The CTET February 2016 Exam is just three days away and you might be having lot of cold sweat. Do Not Worry! In this blog post, we bring you some just-in-time useful tips that might help you improve your score without much studying.

1. Take Full Length Practice Tests ALWAYS

If you are giving a full length test, do not skip the subject knowledge part of your section. Some CTET Test Takers who are good at Math do not want to practice the Math subject knowledge questions thinking they have a mastery of it and they should focus on those sections which they have been working hard on. Remember that if you have the potential to score 100% in subject knowledge section, your not practicing may lead to some small errors that you could have avoided.

Also, by practicing those you will understand the teacher's mindset.

2. Don't forget all the material you need to carry

When you forget something that you are supposed to carry on the exam day, you often get nervous and lose your peace of mind. Howsoever hard it is, finish keeping all your preparation material for all material, admit cards, ID proof with you a night before.

3. Try studying continuously, with short breaks.

Try to study in chunks as much as the exam duration is and take a small couple of minutes breaks in order to relax. That will make you adapted to the exam day perfectly.

4. Do not discuss about other's preparation just before the exam

Trust us when we say that CTET Syllabus is so vast that there is no way you can cover all of it alone. There will be few topics that you might not be able to cover. Just before the exam or on exam day if you start asking from other which topics they have studied, you are in for some nightmares right before the exam. Just be confident of your preparation and leave the noise out of our mind.

5. During breaks, get yourself pumped up

Jump around, move your legs, arms, hands, stretch out your muscles, do some push ups. I know this might feel weird, but go the bathroom on ALL breaks and before your test, do all of these exercises and get the blood moving. It will rejuvenate you physically and mentally. Get your face up on the mirror and say "YOU'RE GOING TO KILL THIS TEST". .

6. FORGET ABOUT THE PREVIOUS SECTION
Seriously, forget about it. Everybody tries to guess how they did, or feels like they did good or bad on the last section. First, IT DOESN'T MATTER ANYMORE. How many times have you read about how something got into someone's head, and they felt it affected their performance? When you are mentally strong, you force those thoughts out of your head, and move onto the next question... your next opportunity to take your score to the next level.

7. Don't forget about the last questions
It can be hard to concentrate for the last questions, but you have to. Every problem is an opportunity to score big points. If you can string 5 correct answers at the end instead of missing all five, I wouldn't doubt that it could be a significant difference on test day. It is easy to click submit though when you just want to see your score. Don't miss this opportunity to put the CTET behind you forever. Really practice this on your practice tests. Take that extra 10 seconds like you did on the first question and get the answer right.

8. Choose Your Test Time & Day to Set Yourself Up for Test Day Success
Can your brain function at 9:30am? At 2 .00 PM for Paper II?  Try to take your practice tests on this day and time if possible, but if not, make sure to at least take practice tests on the same time of different days to get used to the timing.

9. Leave your cell phone and notes in the car
While this doesn't gain you any points on test day, it will keep you from making the most common and most serious test taking mistake. If you get caught with notes or a cell phone during the test, regardless if you are using them, you can be dismissed and have a "P" for policy violation put on your score report.

10. Visit the testing center before your test
Some of you may live far away from testing centers, so you may have an argument for not visiting the testing center. But for everyone else, you have NO reason not to check it out. This may be one of the most overlooked opportunities to familiarize yourself with your testing environment. People go to great lengths to have great practice tests. Why wouldn't they check out the center? Plus, you'll know how to get there, you'll know where the bathrooms are, and there will be so many intangible advantages gained by this trip.

From TalentSprint's TeachersChoice Team, we wish you all the best for your CTET Exam.

# Planning for Govt. Jobs in 2016? Know about the SSC-CGL Exam and Syllabus

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has scheduled the Combined Graduate Level (SSC-CGL)  2016 examination for May 2016. The notification is expected to be released on February 13, 2016.

### 1) Opportunity:

As you may be aware, SSC-CGL is the gateway for joining various central government jobs in the following Government Departments:

### 2) Important notes:

1. Registration open from 13-02-2016 to 14-03-2016
2. Interviews have been scrapped from this year
3. Details of the Posts

### 3) 3 Step Selection Process and Schedule:

There is a simple 3 step selection process for SSC CGL which is as under:

 Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Tier 1 Examination 8th and 22nd May 2016 200 Marks Tier 2 Examination 13th and 14th August 2016 400 Marks Interview (tentative) October - December 2016 100 Marks

### 4) Competition:

The demand graph for SSC - CGL is constantly on the rise over the last 3 years. For 6000 vacancies over 15 lac aspirants applied for representing 250 times the number of vacancies. Thus, 1 in every 250 aspirants last year would have landed their job with a Government Department.

This year as well, the trend is expected to continue. The number of vacancies are still not known, but is expected to be in the region of 20000 and we project that over 17 lac applicants will apply for this. This is resulting in increasing cut-off every year.

In order to succeed, one need to understand the syllabus from which the questions are going to be set which is covered in detail below.

### 5) SSC CGL Exam Pattern and subject weightage

In the CGL Tier-1, you will have 200 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) from 4 Sections viz. English, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness. Each section has 50 Questions and they carry 1 mark each.

Total Duration of Tier-1 Exam: 2 Hours.

The SSC CGL Tier-2 will have two papers, viz, Quantitative Abilities and English Comprehension, each has a weightage of 200 Marks.

Is there a penalty: Yes, 1/4th of the alloted marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

The Subject-wise weightage for SSC CGL exams for different sections are as under,

 Tier 1 Tier 2 Subject Marks Weightage Marks Weightage Overall Weightage Quantitative 50 25% 200 50% 41.7% English 50 25% 200 50% 41.7% Reasoning 50 25% 0 0% 8.33% General Awareness 50 25% 0 0% 8.33%

Please note that, even though Quantitative Aptitude and English carry the maximum overall weightage, all the sections carry equal weightage in the Tier-1 exam. So do not neglect any section.

### 6) SSC CGL Syllabus:

Those who pass the Tier-1 exam, can appear for Tier-2 Exam. The Tier-2 Exam will have 2 sections viz., English and Quantitative Aptitude.

This is section broadly comprises of
1. Number Theory (LCM, HCF, Prime numbers)
2. Basic Mathematics
3. Algebra and Geometry
4. Speed, Distance and Time
5. Ratio & Proportion
6. Percentages
7. Probability
1. Passage comprehension
2. Improving Sentences
3. Spotting Errors
4. Synonyms and Antonyms
5. Close test
This section comprises of
1. Syllogism,
2. Statement and Assumptions,
3. Seating Arrangement,
4. Analogy,
5. Blood Relation,
6. Directions,
7. Coding-Decoding,
8. Statement and Conclusions,
9. Ranking,
10. Series Problems and
11. Non-Verbal Reasoning.
1. General Knowledge questions from
• Politics,
• Indian History,
• Culture,
• Geography and
• Economy.
2. Science Section questions from
• Biology,
• Physics,
• Chemistry and
• Computers.
3. Other questions from
• Current Affairs,
• Books, Authors, Persons and Places in News,
• Abbreviations and
• so on.

Do you need help?
If you need help in preparing for this highly competitive exam, do visit our expert faculty at TalentSprint.

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