Tuesday, 7 March 2017

CTET 2017: Don’t Wait For the Starter’s Gunshot

CTET Preparation

The notification of the Central Teacher Eligibility Test 2017 has been delayed, but that is no reason for candidates to take it easy and relax.

Also, if any candidate feels that he/she has not prepared to the best of his/her ability, wake up now! The CTET is held twice every year, and you can try again in the last quarter of the year around September-October.

A quick recap

Aspirants for employment as teachers of Classes I-V must attempt Paper I. This is an objective type test of two and a half hours with five papers of 30 questions each; each question carries 1 mark. So, that makes it 150 questions for 150 marks to be answered in 150 minutes. The subjects are Child Development & Pedagogy, Language I, Language II, Mathematics, and Environmental Studies.

Aspirants for employment as teachers of Classes VI-VIII must attempt Paper II. This paper follows the same pattern of questions and marks as Paper I for Child Development & Pedagogy, Language I, and Language II, which are compulsory papers. The candidate will have to choose his optional from either Science & Mathematics, or from Social Science; this paper carries 60 marks for 60 questions. Once again, 150 questions for 150 marks have to be answered in 150 minutes.

Your attention:

  • Aspirants for Paper II must write Paper I also, though it can be in different CTETs.
  • There is no negative marking.

Make a note

  • In 2016 almost 8 lakh candidates wrote the CTET. So the competition is intense.
  • There is just ONE minute to answer each question.
  • The test is for two and a half hours. You require concentration and stamina to last the duration of the test in top form.

How to prepare

Here are a few pointers and bits of advice to make sure that you score well:
#1. You must identify the papers that you can do well in and prepare for them earlier. Concentrate on the subjects that you’re weak in as you get closer to the test date. That way, your weaker subjects will stay fresh in your mind.

#2. Mathematics is compulsory in Paper I though optional in Paper II if you are not choosing science. If Maths is your weak point, practise it for at least half an hour every single day, longer if you have the time. We would suggest Maths be the first subject of the morning.

#3. Choose your languages (both I &II) with care depending on your fluency. Your stronger language should be Language I.

#4. Draw up a timetable and set your daily target.  Which subject? What time of the day? For how long? Have the discipline to stick to your plan.

#5. Study from the prescribed texts before attempting test papers. Know your subject first; test your knowledge only AFTER that. or you will land up confused.

#6. Work with sample papers and past test papers. In the later stages of your preparation, you must attempt the complete paper in one sitting. Not a section followed by a break, then another section. Do as many test papers as you can.

#7. Time is of the utmost importance. In fact, ineffective time management is one of the main reasons that candidates fail. Learn to pace yourself. When you start attempting complete test papers, use a timer and try to analyse which section takes up most of your time. Learn to optimise it

#8. If you cannot answer a question, do NOT spend precious minutes wrestling with it; move on. You can return to it later. This is something that you will have to practice.

#9. Mock tests are a way of assessing yourself comparatively. They mimic the real exam. Take them regularly.

#10. All the sections are equally important but a special word here about Child Development & Pedagogy. You have to put in the effort to study this topic thoroughly. Child Development involves a lot of theories, thoughts, and ideologies of thinkers. The questions seem to be getting more difficult with every passing year, so be forewarned and put in your best effort.

Can you do it?

Of course, this depends entirely on you. There are some who have the discipline and can do the hard work. But, in today’s competitive world, this is rarely enough.

Exam patterns change. It’s difficult to predict the difficulty levels. It’s almost impossible to guess what will be given importance this year.

The Guiding hand that holds the winning cards

There are lakhs of candidates who have prepared and sat for the CTET time and again with no success. The secret to cracking it is that just hard work and discipline are not enough. You have to have the knack: what to learn, how to answer, and when to prepare.

At TalentSprint, our experienced faculty will put you through the whole process; we have enabled the success of many CTET aspirants.
  • Video Lessons, Reference material (Ebooks), and live problem solving will give you an in-depth understanding of your subject and increase your knowledge base.
  • Our all India mock tests and practice tests give you a workout that will give you the mental fitness to be fast and concentrate for two and a half hours.
  • Our ‘intelligence reports’ will help you analyse your performance and assess yourself: we will work on your weak points and correct them.
So what are you waiting for? Make the most of this opportunity. Join now!

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