CTET Syllabus 2023 & Exam Pattern for Central TET

CTET Syllabus 2023 & Exam Pattern for Central TET. The Central Board of Secondary Education has started inviting online application for conduct of the 11th edition of Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) 2023. The test will be conducted in twenty languages in 92 cities all over the country.

The detailed Information Bulletin containing details of examination, syllabus, languages eligibility criteria, examination fee, examination cities and important dates will be available on CTET official website www.ctet.nic.in. The aspiring candidates are requested to download the Information Bulletin from above-mentioned website only and read the same carefully before applying. The aspiring candidates have to apply online only through CTET website www.ctet.nic.in.

The online application process will start from .. onwards. The last date for submitting online application and fee can be paid up to as per the schedule. Candidates can check the same on the official website as well. The complete schedule is provided. Candidates to please note that the eligibility criteria for CTET 2023 were recently revised as well to include B.Ed candidates for Paper I as well.

CTET Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2023

The candidates who have not filled the CTET 2023 paper II and not filled the Paper I preference due to eligibility constraint can now do so during the correction window. The time schedule for the CTET 2023 examination was released earlier. The same is also attached below.

Information about the CTET exam: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has disclosed the examination date for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) 2023 on its official website- ctet.nic.in.

The candidates who score 60 per cent or more in the exam will be considered as TET pass. The candidates can get detailed information related to the examination, syllabus, languages, eligibility criteria, examination fee, examination cities, and important dates from the official website of CTET.

CTET Exam Pattern and CTET Syllabus: To match with the online exams, CBSE had last year changed the syllabus too which is likely to be followed this year too. While announcing the change in syllabus, CBSE had said, “this has been done with a view to inculcate better test material in terms of content and pedagogy.

A revised syllabus thus will help to assess candidates’ understanding of teaching the subject, understand candidate’s pedagogic content knowledge, the knowledge relevance of the subject in the school curriculum, questions assessing planning of teaching-learning experiences, and assessment methodologies specific to the concept.” The syllabus will be issued along with the notification.

CTET is held for aspirants willing to teach in classes 1 to 8. Those who clear paper 1 can teach in classes 1 to 6 while those who clear paper 2 can teach in classes 6 to 8. Paper I consists of 30 MCQs each from child development and pedagogy, language I and II, mathematics, and environmental studies. Paper II features 30 MCQs each from child development and pedagogy, language I and II, and 60 MCQs from either mathematics and science or social studies/sciences.

The total of number of MCQs is 150 for each paper. For the language papers, candidates will have to choose two separate languages. The test will be conducted in 20 languages including Hindi and English. Conducting exams in regional languages is in line with the new National Education Policy (NEP) which advocates for teaching in the mother tongue. The NEP also suggests that those who pass TET will have to give a demonstration or appear in an interview, and show their knowledge of the local language.

At least two papers of CTET 2023 will be conducted and all the questions in CTET will be Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), with four alternatives

  • Each question will carry one mark and there will be no negative marking
  • Paper 1 is for those who want to apply for the post of teacher for classes 1-5
  • Paper 2 is for a candidate who intends to be a teacher for classes 6-8
  • It must be noted that a candidate willing to sit for both the posts will have to take both Paper 1 and Paper 2.

CTET Subject and Topics: The multiple choice questions or MCQs from five disciplines, including child development and pedagogy, mathematics, environmental studies, language I and language II, are included in the CTET paper 1. In contrast, paper 2 includes four subjects: social studies/social sciences, mathematics, child development and pedagogy, language I and II.

The topics covered in the NCERT syllabus for classes 1 through 5 will be the basis for the questions in the test for paper 1, however, the level of complexity and connections may reach the secondary stage. The difficulty level of the topics listed in the NCERT syllabus for grades 6 through 8 could reach the senior secondary level for paper 2

CBSE CTET Paper 1 and Paper 2 syllabus: Paper 1 will continue for two-and-a-half-hour and will consist of subjects like – child development and pedagogy, Language 1 (Compulsory), Language 2 (Compulsory), mathematics and environmental studies.

Paper 2 will consist of child development and pedagogy, Language 1 and Language 2 which will be compulsory. Apart from that, mathematics and social studies/sciences paper will be taken by those who will have opted likewise.

Structure and Content of CTET Paper I (for classes 1 to V) Primary Stage I: I. Child Development and Pedagogy 30 Questions

a) Child Development (Primary School Child) – 15 Questions
• Concept of development and its relationship with learning
• Principles of the development of children
• Influence of Heredity & Environment
• Socialization processes: Social world & children (Teacher, Parents, Peers)
• Piaget, Kohlberg and Vygotsky: constructs and critical perspectives
• Concepts of child-centered and progressive education
• Critical perspective of the construct of Intelligence
• Multi-Dimensional Intelligence
• Language & Thought
• Gender as a social construct; gender roles, gender-bias and educational practice
• Individual differences among learners, understanding differences based on diversity of language, caste, gender, community, religion etc.
• Distinction between Assessment for learning and assessment of learning; School-Based Assessment, Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation: perspective and practice
• Formulating appropriate questions for assessing readiness levels of learners; for enhancing learning and critical thinking in the classroom and for assessing learner achievement.

b) Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs 5 Questions
• Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged and deprived
• Addressing the needs of children with learning difficulties, ‘impairment’ etc.
• Addressing the Talented, Creative, Specially abled Learners

c) Learning and Pedagogy 10 Questions
• How children think and learn; how and why children ‘fail’ to achieve success in school performance.
• Basic processes of teaching and learning; children’s strategies of learning; learning as a social activity; social context of learning.
• Child as a problem solver and a ‘scientific investigator’
• Alternative conceptions of learning in children, understanding children’s ‘errors’ as significant steps in the learning process.
• Cognition & Emotions
• Motivation and learning
• Factors contributing to learning – personal & environmental

II. Language I 30 Questions: a) Language Comprehension 15 Questions: Reading unseen passages – two passages one prose or drama and one poem with questions on comprehension, inference, grammar and verbal ability (Prose passage may be literary, scientific, narrative or discursive)

b) Pedagogy of Language Development 15 Questions
• Learning and acquisition
• Principles of language Teaching
• Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool
• Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form
• Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders
• Language Skills
• Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing
• Teaching- learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom
• Remedial Teaching

III. Language – II 30 Questions: a) Comprehension 15 Questions: Two unseen prose passages (discursive or literary or narrative or scientific) with question on comprehension, grammar and verbal ability

b) Pedagogy of Language Development 15 Questions
• Learning and acquisition
• Principles of language Teaching
• Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool
• Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form;
• Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders
• Language Skills
• Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing
• Teaching – learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom
• Remedial Teaching

IV. Mathematics 30 Questions a) Content 15 Questions
• Geometry
• Shapes & Spatial Understanding
• Solids around Us
• Numbers
• Addition and Subtraction
• Multiplication
• Division
• Measurement
• Weight
• Time
• Volume
• Data Handling
• Patterns
• Money

b) Pedagogical issues 15 Questions: Nature of Mathematics/Logical thinking; understanding children’s thinking and reasoning patterns and strategies of making meaning and learning
• Place of Mathematics in Curriculum
• Language of Mathematics
• Community Mathematics
• Evaluation through formal and informal methods
• Problems of Teaching
• Error analysis and related aspects of learning and teaching
• Diagnostic and Remedial Teaching

V. Environmental Studies 30 Questions: a) Content 15 Questions: i. Family and Friends: 1.1 Relationships 1.2 Work and Play 1.3 Animals 1.4 Plants ii. Food iii. Shelter iv. Water v. Travel vi. Things We Make and Do

b) Pedagogical Issues 15 Questions
• Concept and scope of EVS
• Significance of EVS, integrated EVS
• Environmental Studies & Environmental Education
• Learning Principles
• Scope & relation to Science & Social Science
• Approaches of presenting concepts
• Activities
• Experimentation/Practical Work
• Discussion
• CCE
• Teaching material/Aids
• Problems

Paper II (for classes VI to VIII) Elementary Stage: I. Child Development and Pedagogy 30 Questions

a) Child Development (Elementary School Child) 15 Questions
• Concept of development and its relationship with learning
• Principles of the development of children
• Influence of Heredity & Environment
• Socialization processes: Social world & children (Teacher, Parents, Peers)
• Piaget, Kohlberg and Vygotsky: constructs and critical perspectives
• Concepts of child-centered and progressive education
• Critical perspective of the construct of Intelligence
• Multi-Dimensional Intelligence
• Language & Thought
• Gender as a social construct; gender roles, gender-bias and educational practice
• Individual differences among learners, understanding differences based on diversity of language, caste, gender, community, religion etc.
• Distinction between Assessment for learning and assessment of learning; School-Based Assessment, Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation: perspective and practice
• Formulating appropriate questions for assessing readiness levels of learners; for enhancing learning and critical thinking in the classroom and for assessing learner achievement.

b) Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs 5 Questions
• Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged and deprived
• Addressing the needs of children with learning difficulties, ‘impairment’ etc.
• Addressing the Talented, Creative, Specially abled Learners

c) Learning and Pedagogy 10 Questions
• How children think and learn; how and why children ‘fail’ to achieve success in school performance.
• Basic processes of teaching and learning; children’s strategies of learning; learning as a social activity; social context of learning.
• Child as a problem solver and a ‘scientific investigator’
• Alternative conceptions of learning in children, understanding children’s ‘errors’ as significant steps in the learning process.
• Cognition & Emotions
• Motivation and learning
• Factors contributing to learning – personal & environmental

II. Language I 30 Questions: a) Language Comprehension 15 Questions Reading unseen passages – two passages one prose or drama and one poem with questions on comprehension, inference, grammar and verbal ability (Prose passage may be literary, scientific, narrative or discursive) b) Pedagogy of Language Development 15 Questions.

• Learning and acquisition
• Principles of language Teaching
• Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use
• it as a tool
• Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form;
• Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders
• Language Skills
• Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing
• Teaching- learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom
• Remedial Teaching

III. Language-II 30 Questions: a) Comprehension 15 Questions Two unseen prose passages (discursive or literary or narrative or scientific) with question on comprehension, grammar and verbal ability b) Pedagogy of Language Development 15 Questions
• Learning and acquisition
• Principles of language Teaching
• Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool
• Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form;
• Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders
• Language Skills
• Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing
• Teaching – learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom
• Remedial Teaching

IV. Mathematics and Science – 60 Questions: (i) Mathematics 30 Questions: a) Content 20 Questions
• Number System
• Knowing our Numbers
• Playing with Numbers
• Whole Numbers
• Negative Numbers and Integers v
• Fractions Algebra
• Introduction to Algebra v
• Ratio and Proportion Geometry
• Basic geometrical ideas (2-D)
• Understanding Elementary Shapes (2-D and 3-D)
• Symmetry: (reflection)
• Construction (using Straight edge Scale, protractor, compasses)
• Mensuration
• Data handling b) Pedagogical issues 10 Questions
• Nature of Mathematics/Logical thinking
• Place of Mathematics in Curriculum
• Language of Mathematics
• Community Mathematics
• Evaluation
• Remedial Teaching
• Problem of Teaching

i) Science 30 Questions: a) Content 20 Questions Food
• Sources of food
• Components of food v
• Cleaning food Materials v
• Materials of daily use v The World of the Living v Moving Things People and Ideas How things work
• Electric current and circuits v
• Magnets v Natural Phenomena Natural Resources

b) Pedagogical issues 10 Questions
• Nature & Structure of Sciences
• Natural Science/Aims & objectives
• Understanding & Appreciating Science
• Approaches/Integrated Approach
• Observation/Experiment/Discovery (Method of Science)
• Innovation
• Text Material/Aids
• Evaluation – cognitive/psychomotor/affective
• Problems
• Remedial Teaching

V. Social Studies/Social Sciences 60 Questions: a) Content 40 Questions • History
• When, Where and How
• The Earliest Societies
• The First Farmers and Herders
• The First Cities
• Early States
• New Ideas
• The First Empire
• Contacts with Distant lands
• Political Developments
• Culture and Science
• New Kings and Kingdoms
• Sultans of Delhi
• Architecture
• Creation of an Empire
• Social Change
• Regional Cultures
• The Establishment of Company Power
• Rural Life and Society
• Colonialism and Tribal Societies
• The Revolt of 1857-58
• Women and reform
• Challenging the Caste System
• The Nationalist Movement
• India After Independence v
• Geography as a social study and as a science
• Planet: Earth in the solar system
• Globe
• Environment in its totality: natural and human environment
• Air
• Water
• Human Environment: settlement, transport and communication
• Resources: Types-Natural and Human
• Agriculture Social and Political Life
• Diversity
• Government
• Local Government
• Making a Living
• Democracy
• State Government Geography
• Understanding Media
• Unpacking Gender
• The Constitution
• Parliamentary Government
• The Judiciary
• Social Justice and the Marginalised

b) Pedagogical issues
• Concept & Nature of Social Science/Social Studies
• Classroom Processes, activities and discourse
• Developing Critical thinking
• Enquiry/Empirical Evidence
• Problems of teaching Social Science/Social Studies
• Sources – Primary & Secondary
• Projects Work
• Evaluation Note: For Detailed syllabus of classes l-VIII, please refer to NCERT syllabus and textbooks 20 Questions

Also, as CBSE has modified the eligibility criteria, as per which, B.Ed candidates will now be eligible to apply for Paper-I as well (read both papers), interested candidates can make the changes once the Online Correction Process window is made available from 6th to 15th September 2023. CTET 2023 examination comprises of two papers viz Paper-II – 9:30 am to 12 pm (Classes VI to VIII) and Paper-I – 2 pm to 4:30 pm (Classes I to V).

A candidate needs a minimum 60% to become CTET Qualified and the certificate is valid for a period of seven years. CTET 2023 qualified candidates become eligible to apply for teacher recruitment as and when it happens for Class I to VIII in schools that come under the purview of the Central Government (KVS, NVS, Central Tibetan Schools, etc) and schools under the administrative control of UTs of Chandigarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu and Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and NCT of Delhi

CTET 2023 Eligibility Criteria Modified: CTET 2023 Eligibility Criteria has been modified by the CBSE upon receiving clarification from the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). A Corrigendum has been released on the official website of Central Teacher Eligibility Test – ctet.nic.in, stating the modified Point 6.1 of the Information Bulletin of CTET-2023.As per the amendment, candidates who are B.Ed qualified and have applied for Paper-II can now apply for Paper-I as well.

CBSE is scheduled to organize the 11th Edition of Central Teacher Eligibility Test i.e. CTET 2023 in two slots viz Paper-II – 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and Paper-I – 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, for candidates aspiring to serve as teachers for Class I to VIII in schools that come under the purview of the Central Government (KVS, NVS, Central Tibetan Schools, etc) and schools under the administrative control of UTs of Chandigarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu and Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and NCT of Delhi..

FAQs on CTET

  1. How many times CTET exam would be conducted in a year?

    The CTET is being conducted twice in a year. CTET would be held July and December.

  2. Is there any limit on a number of attempts for CTET?

    There is no limit on number of attempts for CTET. Candidates can appear for CTET as many times as they want.

  3. Is there any age limit to appear for CTET exam?

    There is no age limit to appear for CTET.

  4. Is there any negative marking in CTET exam?

    There is no negative marking for CTET exam. Candidates will be one mark for every correct answer in the exam.

  5. When will be the CTET exam held?

    CTET will be held between December 2022 and January 2023, at various centres across the country.

  6. What is the Central TET exam pattern?

    The CTET is 2.5 hours long and the candidates can choose to attempt the papers in either English or Hindi. All 150 questions in the exam will be multiple choice questions (MCQs), having four options. There will be no negative marking, and each correct answer carries one mark. There are two papers in the CTET test: paper 1 for candidates who want to teach students in classes 1 to 5 and paper 2 for those who want to teach students in grades 6 to 8. Candidates must appear in both exams (papers I and II) if they want to teach at both levels.

CTET Exam Schedule: The Schedule of CET 2023 is given below
(The Paper-II will be held in the morning session and Paper-I in the evening session)
Paper timing and duration:
PAPER-II: 09.30 AM TO 12.00 PM 2.30 HOURS
PAPER I:  02.00 PM TO 04.30 PM 2.30 HOURS

CTET eligibility is mandatory for candidates aspiring for central school teaching jobs as well as jobs with JNV or KVs. Some states also accept CTET in terms of the mandatory TET qualifier for teachings jobs at state level institutes.

CTET Admit Cards: The candidates may download Admit Card from CTET official website and appear for the examination at the given Centre. In case of any discrepancy noticed in admit card regarding particulars of candidate, photograph and signature or any other information vary from the confirmation page, he/she may immediately contact CTET unit for necessary corrections.

In case confirmation page is not generated after depositing the requisite fees, the candidate should approach the Assistant Secretary (Exam.), CTET Unit, CBSE between 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. from 10 days before the commencement of CTET Exam along with CTET 2023 proof of payment of fee i.e. candidate copy of E-Challan, if payment made through E Challan or copy of bank statement, if payment made through Credit/Debit Card for considering his/her candidature for CTET 2023 examination.

The candidates shall report at the Examination Centre 90 minutes before the commencement of the examination. Candidate report at the examination centre after 9:30 AM shall not be allowed to sit in Paper II and candidate report after 2:00 PM shall not be allowed to sit in Paper I.

The candidates are advised to read the instructions on the admit card carefully and follow them during the conduct of the examination. CTET Website:  https://ctet.nic.in/CMS/Public/Home.aspx.

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