Thursday, 30 March 2017

CTET Recruitment Details 2017

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March is here! All those of waiting to write the Central Teacher Eligibility Test must be waiting anxiously for the notification. It should be sometime soon, so it would be helpful to quickly go through the details of the CTET in general, and the eligibility criteria in particular.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts the CTET twice every year. Generally, the first CTET is in February and the second in September of the year. So 2017 seems to be seeing some delays.

Why is a centralised test necessary?

The powers that be in India are well aware of the importance of education. It is the tool to raise the standards of living; enlightened minds lead to enlightened lives, stability, and a thriving nation.

The CTET is part of the initiative to realise the goals of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act.

The test aims to improve standards of Indian educational institutions by improving the quality of teachers.

The CTET also aims at setting the national benchmark for teaching and teacher quality.

What makes CTET so desirable?

Qualifying in a state-run Teacher’s Eligibility Test (TET) or the CTET is now mandatory for all those aspirants looking to be primary and middle school teachers.

The CTET ranking is valid for seven years, and there is no cap on the number of attempts.

Passing CTET is compulsory for all CBSE schools since March 2012. The best of teaching jobs in central government and aided schools. Many state-run and aided schools also accept CTET rankings, especially when they do not hold the TET.

Many prestigious private schools also consider this exam ranking.

Who is eligible to write the CTET?

To become a primary school teacher for Classes I-V, the candidate should have passed:
  1. SSC or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks + passed or appearing for a 2-year diploma in Elementary education. 45% marks in SSC are acceptable if the Diploma in elementary education is as per NCTE (Recognition Norms and Procedure), Regulations, 2002.
  2. SSC or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks + passed or appearing in the final year for a 4-year Bachelor of Elementary Education
  3. SSC or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks + passed or appearing in the final year for a 2-year Diploma in Special Education.
  4. Graduation + passed or appearing in final year of 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education 
To become a teacher for Classes VII-VIII, the candidate should have passed:
  1. Graduation + passed or appearing in final year of 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education
  2. Graduation with at least 50% marks + passed or appearing in 1-year Bachelor in Education (B.Ed).
  3. Graduation with at least 45% marks + passed or appearing in 1-year Bachelor in Education (B.Ed), in accordance with the NCTE (Recognition Norms and Procedure) Regulations issued from time to time in this regard.
  4. SSC or its equivalent with at least 50% marks + passed or appearing in final year of 4- year Bachelor in Elementary Education (B.El.Ed).
  5. SSC or its equivalent with at least 50% marks + passed or appearing in final year of 4- year B.A/B.Sc.Ed or B.A.Ed/B.Sc.Ed.
  6. Graduation with at least 50% marks + passed or appearing in 1-year B.Ed. (Special Education). 
Are you eligible? We suggest you read through the qualifications carefully.

Is the CTET difficult? ‘What is the cut-off?’

A candidate should score at least 60% to qualify.

The cut-off is the minimum score that is set by the CBSE taking various parameters into consideration. Only those candidates who qualify for the CTET cut-off will get the eligibility certificate.

The CTET pattern

This is a multiple choice online test.

There are two papers:

Paper I for teachers of Classes I-V is for a duration of two and a half hours. The subjects are Child Development & Pedagogy, Language I,
Language II, Mathematics, and Environmental Studies. Each paper has 30 questions which carry 30 marks; this makes it 150 questions in all for 150 marks.

Paper II for teachers of Classes VI – VIII is also for a duration of two and a half hours. The compulsory papers are Child Development & Pedagogy, Language I, and Language II, each carrying 30 marks for 30 questions. The fourth paper will have 60 questions for 60 marks and will be in either Science & Mathematics (for aspirants with a science background) or Social Science (for aspirants with an Arts background).  So, once again, 150 questions carrying 150 marks will have to be answered.

The one thing to be thankful for is that there is no negative marking.

If you aspire to be a teacher for Classes VI–VIII, you will have to pass both papers, but not necessarily at the same time; for example, you can write Paper I in March 2017 and Paper II in September 2017 or even later, in 2018. Your CTET ranking each time is valid from the date that it has been issued for 7 years.

Pause for thought

Every year almost 8 lakh candidates appear for the CTET. Unfortunately only a few thousand clear the exam.

Do not underestimate the concentration, speed, and stamina to answer one question within one minute for 150 minutes.

So PREPARE. If you haven’t put in the effort already, it is not too late: remember that the CTET is conducted twice in a year. Enroll with an experienced institute with dedicated and talented faculty.

Video lessons, live problem solving, practice and mock tests, lessons and teaching with a sharp focus on Child Development & Pedagogy will help you score well in the CTET.

If you do not have access to the internet at home, get access to online courses at a centre near you.

Don’t delay. The early bird WILL get the worm!
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