Teaching is a noble and divine profession. It requires commitment, passion, and hard work. Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) is a national-level examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). It is conducted twice every year to determine the eligibility of candidates for appointment as teachers in Classes 1-8. Conducted across 112 cities in India, the candidates can choose to give the exam in Hindi or English.

The CTET exam has two papers, paper I and paper II. Paper I is for those who wish to teach from classes 1-5 and paper 2 is for those who want to teach from classes 5-8. If the candidate wishes to teach  classes from 1-8, they have to appear for both papers I and II.

This blog will help you understand the aspects of the CTET exam better. We will be discussing more on CTET eligibility, CTET qualification, and likewise. Without further ado, let’s look at CTET exam eligibility more closely.

CTET Exam Eligibility Criteria

If you are appearing for the paper I, you should have any one of the following CTET eligibility criteria

  • You should have cleared the Senior Secondary examination  (or it's equivalent) with at least 50% marks and passed or should be appearing for the final year of 2- year Diploma in Elementary Education
  • You should have cleared the Senior Secondary (or it's equivalent) with at least 45% marks and passed or should be appearing for the final year of 2- year Diploma in Elementary Education in par with the NCTE (Recognition Norms and Procedure), Regulations, 2002.
  • You should have cleared the Senior Secondary examination (or it's equivalent) with at least 50% marks and passed or should be appearing for the final year of 4- year Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed).
  • You should have graduated in any subject with at least 50% marks and have a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree.
  • You should have cleared the Senior Secondary examination  (or it's equivalent) with at least 50% marks and passed or should be appearing for the final year of 2- year Diploma in Education

Paper-II

You should have any one of the following qualifications to have CTET Eligibility:

  • You should have graduated in the specific subject and passed or should be appearing for the final year of 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education
  • You should have graduated with at least 50% marks and passed or must be appearing for the 1-year Bachelor in Education (B.Ed).
  • You should have graduated with at least 45% marks and passed or must be appearing for the 1- year Bachelor in Education (B.Ed), in accordance with the NCTE (Recognition Norms and Procedure)
  • Must have passed Senior Secondary (or it's equivalent) with at least 50% marks or must be appearing for the final year of 4- year Bachelor in Elementary Education (B.El.Ed)
  • You should have passed Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and must have passed or must be appearing for the final year of 4- year B.A/ B. Sc. Ed or B.A.Ed/ B. Sc. Ed.
  • You should have graduated in the specific subject with at least 50% marks and must have passed or just be appearing for the 1-year B.Ed course.

Marks Required

The maximum mark that can be secured is 150 and the question paper is divided into five sections. The cut-off mark is 90 for the general category and 82 for other categories.

Age limit

There is no age restriction for the CTET examination. However, the candidate must be at least 17 to appear for the test and must have the qualifications that we discussed before.

Eligibility for reserved category

As mentioned before, up to 5% of relaxation in the qualifying marks shall be allowed to the candidates belonging to reserved categories, such as SC/ST/OBC/Differently abled.

Commonly Asked Questions about CTET ( CTET FAQs)

1.Is B Ed necessary for the CTET exam?

B.Ed. is a mandatory qualification required for teaching in all Government Schools and you should either have completed B.Ed or must be appearing for the exams to be eligible for CTET.

2.How many attempts are there for the CTET exam?

There is zero restriction on the number of times that you can take the CTET exams. Your CTET eligibility will not be affected by the number of exams that you take.

3.How difficult is the CTET exam?

The difficulty is usually said to be from easy to moderate. However, the difficulty depends on the amount of effort that you have taken and the preparation that you have done. It is easy to crack the exam if you pay attention to the work.

4.What is a good score in CTET?

As mentioned, the maximum mark that can be secured is 150 and the question paper is divided into five sections. The cut-off mark is 90 for the general category and 82 for other categories.

5.What is the salary of teachers who have cleared CTET?

A CTET qualified teacher working at the primary level usually get an in-hand salary of Rs 35,000-37,000. A teacher at the upper-primary level gets an in-hand salary of Rs 43,000-46,000. A CTET-qualified PGT teacher usually gets an in-hand salary of Rs 48,000-50,000. Please understand that the  CTET salary varies depending on the post, skill, and work experience of the candidates.

Conclusion

As mentioned teaching is a profession that requires a lot of commitment and to be eligible to teach in any government educational institution, the teachers have to qualify for examinations such as TET, CTET, NET, and likewise. Today, we have discussed CTET eligibility and CTET FAQs in this blog and we hope that you have received all the necessary information. If you have any more doubts, please let us know in the comments section.

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