CTET is conducted twice a year – in July and December for which lakhs of candidates apply. It is crucial for the candidates who aspire to become a certified teacher in government or private schools to pass this national level recruitment entrance test. The competition is really tough and it’s not easy to crack the CTET exam in the first attempt. Many aspirants take 2, 3, or sometimes even more attempts to crack the exam.

However, it is definitely not impossible to crack the TET exam in their first attempt if you start preparing for the exam methodically and have proper guidance for the same. If you have all the right resources and a well-planned study schedule then you can definitely crack the exam.

Preparation Strategy for CTET

To prepare for any examination, remember the three Ps – Plan, Prepare and Practice. Hence, first of all, the aspirants need to make a preparation plan like a study plan, collect necessary resources, etc. Once the planning is done, start preparing for the exam as per the syllabus and practice every day.

How to Crack the CTET exam? 

  • Know all about the exam.
  • Understand the exam pattern and syllabus.
  • Practice through mock tests.
  • Analyze your performance after every test.
  • Don’t take too much stress and stay calm.

Below we have explained each of the preparation tips for CTET in detail.

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Understand the exam pattern and syllabus

Aspirants preparing to appear for the CTET exam must be well familiar with its exam pattern and syllabus. CTET exam for both the levels is conducted in offline mode. The question paper will have a total of 150 MCQ type questions and aspirants have 2.5 hours (150 minutes) to complete the test. Child development and pedagogy cover up the 30 marks and each subject contain about 50% questions from Pedagogy. Hence, it is advised to the candidates to focus on pedagogy and attempt the maximum number of questions.

Exam pattern for CTET Paper-1

Subjects Total Questions Total Marks
Child development & Pedagogy 30 30
Mathematics 30 30
Language – 1 30 30
Language – 2 30 30
Environmental Studies 30 30
Total 150 Questions 150 Marks

Exam Pattern for CTET Paper 2

Subjects Total Questions Total Marks
Child development & Pedagogy 30 30
Language – 1 30 30
Language – 2 30 30
Science & Mathematics/ Social Science 60 60
Total 150 Questions 150 Marks

Practice through Mock Tests and Clear your Basic Concepts

One of the important parts of the preparation for the aspirant to do is to clear their basic concepts on each of the topics. This will not only help you with this exam but will go a long way. Also, without having a clear understanding of the basic concepts, you won’t be able to solve the questions. Try to attempt at least 2-3 mock tests series and analyze your performance in these mock tests. This will help you to identify topics which are easy and difficult and topics on which you need to work on.

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Prepare an Effective Study Plan

It is suggested to the candidates to prepare an effective study plan in which they ensure that every topic is given equal attention. While preparing the study plan, keep some time for the mock test, solving previous year papers. Do not forget to have enough study breaks in between to rest your mind.

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Solve Previous Year Papers

One of the important parts of the preparation is to solve the previous year question papers. This will help the aspirant give an idea about the difficulty level of the exam and the type of questions generally asked in the exam. It is best that aspirants should start solving the previous year’s papers once they have completed the syllabus.

About CTET exam

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET). There are two levels in the CTET exam; Level 1 for Primary Teachers (Class 1st to 5th) and Level 2 for TGT (Class 6th to 8th). The exam is conducted in offline mode. The board releases the notification for CTET on its website. Interested aspirants will then have to fill the application form and submit it by paying the necessary amount of application fee. After this, the board releases the CTET admit card which they need to carry on the day of the exam. CTET result/eligibility certificate is used to secure a teaching job in any Government or private school.

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