CTET 2021 Central Teacher Eligibility Test, Application Form, Eligibility, Dates

What is CTET Exam?

Central Teacher Eligibility Test is one of the entrance exams which is conducted by the Central Board Secondary Education (CBSE) for getting teaching jobs in government schools from Class I to Class VIII. TET was held for the first time in 2011 which was introduced by the Government of India in order to improve standards in teaching. For teachers already working, they are supposed to clear this entrance exam in two years’ time.

In accordance with the provisions of sub-section (1) of Section 23 of the RTE Act, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) vide Notification dated August 23, 2010, and July 29, 2011, laid down the minimum qualifications for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher for class I to VIII. The CBSE is responsible for releasing the CTET notification. CTET is going to be conducted twice a year for teaching positions from class 1 to 8 in central government schools such as Kendriya Vidyalaya, Central Tibetan Schools and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya besides schools under the administrative control of the Union Territories.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), Govt. of India has entrusted the responsibility of conducting the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) to the Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi. TET is going to be conducted by both Central Govt. and State Govt. in India. Most of the states conduct their own TET. The main aim of the test is conducted in order to fulfill and achieve the goals of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act.

Also See: NIFT 2021 Entrance Exam

Supreme Court On CTET Reservation :

In 2019, Rajneesh Kumar Pandey along with others filed a petition regarding 10% quota for the economically weaker section in the CTET examination. The petitioners claim that the CTET 2019 notification issued by CBSE violates the rights guaranteed under the Constitution.

The bench of Judges Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna made it clear that the reservation of any class will be applicable at the time of admissions. The reservation cannot be provided for the qualifying examinations. The reservation will come into effect during admission.

The reservation is not provided for SC and ST either. The 103rd Constitution Amendment was passed by Parliament that provides 10% reservation to the general category belonging to the economically weaker section of the society in addition to the existing reservation for the benefit of other reserved categories such as SC, ST, OBC and PH.

The rationale for including the CTET as a minimum qualification for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher is as under :

  • CTET would bring national standards and benchmarks of teacher quality in the recruitment process.
  • CTET would induce teacher education institutions and applicants from these institutions to further improve their performance standards.
  • CTET would send a positive signal to all stakeholders that the Government lays special emphasis on teacher quality.

CTET Exam Highlights

Exam Name Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET)
Organised by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
Exam type National
Frequency Twice a year (July & December)
Mode of application Online
Duration 150 minutes
Negative marking No
Exam papers 2
Question type Objective
Official website www.ctet.nic.in
E-mail ctet@cbse.gov.in

CTET July 2021 Important Dates

Events Date
CTET 2021 application form submission commencement date To be Notified
CTET 2021 online form submission closing date To be Notified
Deadline to submit CTET 2021 application fee through E-Challan or Debit/ Credit Card To be Notified
Deadline for the verification of CTET application fee payment by the candidates To be Notified
Corrections in CTET online application form (if any) To be Notified

CTET Eligibility 2021

Aspirants have to meet the eligibility requirements set by the CBSE to apply online. The minimum age to appear for the CTET examination is 18 years. The educational qualification is given below.

Qualifications for Classes I-V: Primary Stage (Paper-I)

Applicants should have Senior Secondary or its equivalent with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of 2- year Diploma in Elementary Education (or)

Graduation with at least 50% marks and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed). Qualifications for Classes VI-VIII: Elementary Stage (Paper-II)

Graduation and passed or appearing in final year of 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education. (or)

Graduation with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in 1-year B.Ed. (Special Education).

Note : The above educational qualification is not detailed ones. Applicants are advised to visit our CTET Eligibility to explore all the details meticulously.

Also See: AKTU/ UPTU (UPCET) 2021 Notification

CTET 2021 Application Form

Applicants need to apply online for the CTET examination. Applicants are advised to get ready with the soft copies of the photograph and signature to apply online. The CTET application process includes filling the application form, uploading of necessary documents, application fee payment, and printing the confirmation page. Here are the steps to apply online for CTET examination.

  • Step 1 : Visit the official website of CTET – www.ctet.nic.in
  • Step 2 : Click on the ”Fill Online Application Form for CTET.”
  • Step 3 : If you are a new applicant, start with the online registration.
  • Step 4 : Fill the online application form.
  • Step 5 : Upload scanned photograph and signature.
  • Step 6 : Pay the prescribed application fee.
  • Step 7 : Submit the details.
  • Step 8 : The confirmation page will be displayed.
  • Step 9 : Download the confirmation page and take a printout for future reference.

CTET 2021 Application Fee

Category Only Paper-I or Paper-II Both Paper-I and Paper-II
General/OBC   Rs. 1000/-   Rs. 1200/-
SC/ST/Differently Abled Person Rs. 500/- Rs. 600/-

*Once the payment is done, it shall not be refunded or adjusted for the future test under any circumstances.

CTET 2021 Exam Pattern

This Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) consists of two papers. Applicants who choose the Paper-I will teach the Classes I to V whereas Paper-II for Classes VI to VIII. Aspirants can also apply for both the papers. The duration of each paper is two hours and thirty minutes. The exam consists of 150 objective-type questions.

Paper-I Primary Stage (Class I to V)

Topics Total Questions Total Marks
Child Development and Pedagogy 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Language I (Compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Language II (Compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Mathematics 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Environmental Studies 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Total  150 MCQs 150 Marks

Paper-II Elementary Stage (Class VI to VIII)

Topics Total Questions Total Marks
Child Development & Pedagogy (Compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Language I (Compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Language II (Compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Mathematics & Science (For Mathematics and Science Teacher) 60 MCQs 60 Marks
Social Studies/Social Science (For Social Studies/Social Science Teacher) 60 MCQs 60 Marks
Total 150 MCQs 150 Marks

Also See: CSIR UGC NET June 2021

CTET Syllabus :

Aspirants can appear for both papers depending upon their desire. However, the syllabus will be different for one to another.

CTET Syllabus – Paper I

Child Development and Pedagogy

  • Child Development (Primary School Child)
  • Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs
  • Learning and Pedagogy

Language – I

  • Language Comprehension
  • Pedagogy of Language Development

Language – II

  • Comprehension
  • Pedagogy of Language Development


  • Content
  • Pedagogical issues

Environmental Studies

  • Content
  • Pedagogical issues

CTET Syllabus – Paper II

Child Development and Pedagogy

  • Child Development (Primary School Child)
  • Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs
  • Learning and Pedagogy

Language – I

  • Language Comprehension
  • Pedagogy of Language Development

Language – II

  • Comprehension
  • Pedagogy of Language Development

Mathematics & Science

  • Content
  • Pedagogical issues

Social Studies/Social Sciences

  • Content
  • Pedagogical issues

CTET Admit Card 2021

  • The admit card is the most important document required to take the CTET examination. The CBSE will release the CTET admit card at least 15 days prior to the examination. The registered applicants are advised to visit the official website regularly to download CTET admit card.
  • Applicants need to enter their login credentials such as registration number or application number to download the CTET admit card. After download CTET admit card, applicants should check whether the details are correctly printed or not. In case of any discrepancy, applicants should immediately contact the CTET Unit for necessary corrections.
  • One should also read all the instructions printed on the CTET admit card. The most important point is applicants should report at the examination center at least 90 minutes before the commencement of the examination. Applicants should also carry a photo identity card issued by the central or state government along with CTET admit card to the examination centre for verification.

CTET July 2021 Exam Analysis

  • The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be conducted the 11th edition of the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) at more than 2100 centres across the country on Jul 05, 2021. Around 17 lakh applicants will appear for CTET 2019, which is one of the biggest teaching examinations in the country. According to the responses from the test-takers, the difficulty level of the exam was moderate.
  • The exam was organised in two sessions (paper 1 and paper 2). Applicants who want to teach classes I-V have to appear for paper-I whereas paper-II is for applicants who want to teach classes between VI and VIII.
  • The CTET 2021 exam level overall was between moderate and easy as compared to the previous year’s paper which was easy. Many questions were asked from the learning and pedagogy topics from the child development section. The questions were moderate in science and mathematics. However, a number of questions came from arithmetic and biology.
  • Many test-takers felt that the questions were easy to moderate in social studies and a number of questions were asked from political science and geography. The passages in the English language section were lengthy. However, the Hindi language was easy compared to the previous year.

CTET Paper 2 Difficulty Level & Good Attempt

Subject Difficulty Levels Good Attempt
Child Development and Pedagogy Moderate 22-24
Hindi Language Easy to Moderate 23-26
English Language Moderate 22-24
Mathematics and Science Easy to Moderate 43-48
Social Studies/Social Science Moderate 46-52
Overall Moderate 112-120


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