October 17, 2016



CTET conducts two papers – Paper I (for classes I to V) and Paper II (for classes VI to VIII).  Any person who wishes to teach only in classes I to V needs to appear only in Paper I.  Similarly, a person who intends to be a teacher for classes VI to VIII needs to clear only Paper II.  However, any candidate who intends to teach at both levels, needs to clear both the papers.

Any person to scores above 60% marks is considered to have passed the paper and meet the minimum eligibility criteria on the basis of qualifying the CTET paper.  However, some schools may consider giving concessions to persons belonging to SC/ST, OBC, differently abled persons, etc in accordance with their reservation policy.

CTET Career

After having cleared the CTET, the person can apply to relevant teacher vacancies in schools and undergo selection procedure for appointment.

Persons who have qualified CTET are eligible to apply for teacher positions to classes I to VIII in :

Central Government (KVS, NVS, Central Tibetan Schools, etc) Schools

Schools under administrative control of Union Territories of Chandigarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu and Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and NCT of Delhi

Un-aided private schools, who choose to use it as an eligibility criteria for their teacher recruitment

Schools owned and managed by the State Government/ local bodies and aided schools, if the State Government does not conduct the State TET.

Schools affiliated to CBSE have also been mandated to appoint only those persons as teachers to teach classes I to VIII, who have  passed the CTET / State TET.

The teacher positions that require the person to be CTET qualified are categorized into two groups:

Primary Teachers : those who are eligible to teach classes I to V on the basis of qualifying CTET Paper I, and

Elementary Teachers : those who are eligible to teach classes VI to VIII  on the basis of qualifying CTET Paper II.  Further, the candidates have to choose the domain in which they wish to teach – Mathematics and Science or Social Studies.  Based on the choice, the candidate needs to apply and take the relevant subject in the CTET paper II exam.  Those who intend to teach in subjects other than these two, may take up any of the two options for the purpose of qualifying CTET.

Exam Eligibility

Every year CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test) is responsibly conducted by CBSE. The Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Govt. of India has given Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the task of conducting the exam for the purpose of appointing teachers for teaching class I to VIII. Under the instructions of National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), the important qualification to be a teacher for class I to VIII is to pass the CTET entrance exam.

If you aspire to be a part of the noble profession of teaching, knowing about the eligibility criteria is a must. To fit into the qualifying criteria is a pre-requisite to apply for any exam. The eligibility criteria are set up by the NCTE with regards to minimum education qualification.

Below is the detailed information regarding the qualifications required to be a teacher:-

For Primary Stage (Class I-V)

Minimum 50% marks in senior secondary school or equivalent examination, along with a 2-year diploma in Elementary Education.

In accordance with the NCTE norms, 45% marks in senior secondary school examination with a 2-year diploma in Elementary Education.

A 4-year degree in Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.) along with at least 50% marks in senior secondary or equivalent examination.

A 2- year Diploma in Special Education and at least 50% mark in senior secondary or equivalent examination.

Graduation and two years Diploma in Elementary Education.

For Elementary Stage (Class VI-VIII)

Graduation and a two-year Diploma in Elementary Education.

Graduation with 50% minimum marks along with 1- year Degree in Bachelor in Education (B.Ed).

Minimum 45% marks in Graduation along with 1- year Bachelor in Education (B.ED) degree in accordance with the NCTE norms.

4- Year Bachelor in Elementary Education (B.El.Ed) with at least 50% marks in Senior Secondary or equivalent examination

4- year B.A/B.Sc./B.A.Ed./B.Sc.Ed. degree with a minimum of 50% marks in senior secondary or equivalent examination

1-Year B.Ed. in Special Education along with a minimum of 50% marks in graduation.

Salient Points

Candidates in the final year of the above-specified Diploma or Bachelor degrees are also eligible to take the exam.

To be qualified to take the exam you need to satisfy any one of the above- mentioned conditions.

Candidates belonging to the reserved categories are allowed to get a relaxation of 5% marks in minimum educational qualification eligibility criteria.

Diploma/Degree course in teacher education will be considered only if NCTE recognizes them.

In the case of Diploma in Special Education or B.Ed. in Special Education, only the course acknowledged by Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) will be taken into consideration.

A person with the qualification of D.Ed. (Special education) needs to go for six months training after the appointment. The training period is termed as Special Programme in Elementary Education.

The qualifications mentioned above are for those applying to teach Languages, Social Studies/Social Science, Mathematics, and Science. There are different specifications laid down by NCTE for teachers of subjects like Physical Education, Art Education, Craft Education, Home Science and Work Education.

It is obvious that if candidates don’t have these qualifications they cannot appear for CTET exam. If a candidate has been allowed to take the Central Teacher Eligibility Test then in no way it implies that the candidate’s eligibility has been verified and also doesn’t gives the candidate any right to claim appointment as a teacher. The eligibility of candidates is only ascertained by the concerned recruiting authorities after they have qualified the exam.

How To Apply

To bring the educational standards of the India at higher levels by improving the quality of performance of teachers, the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (HRD) has entrusted Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) with a major task. The job given to CBSE is to conduct a Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) in accordance with the outlines framed by National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).

Every year thousands of aspirants willing to work as government employees in the field of teaching apply for the CTET exam. The CTET exam is conducted to select the most potential and qualified candidates for recruitment as primary and elementary level teachers. There is a detailed CTET eligibility criteria laid down by CBSE for recruiting candidates specifying the education qualifications they need to possess to be suitable for the job of teachers. However, the online job application process for CTET is simple as it is completed by following four simple application steps-

Filling the Application Form

Uploading Particulars


Print Confirmation

Filling the Application Form

To initiate the application procedure first, you are required to access the official website of CTET exam

It is recommended to read all the available instructions on the given web page carefully to avoid any errors and omissions while filling up the CTET online application form.

As an applicant for CTET, you will have to fill up all the required details asked in the online application form. You need to ensure that all the information provided is true to the best of your knowledge, failing which could lead to cancellation of your candidature at any step of recruitment.

Uploading Particulars

Once you have provided all the details in the relevant columns, next step is to upload the images of your signature and photograph in ‘.jpg.’ format.

The size of photo image should be in between 4-100Kb and size of the signature image has to be in between 1-25 Kb.

Image dimensions of the photograph have to be exactly 3.5X4.5 only and of 3.5X1.5 for a signature image.


Once you have provided all the details in the relevant columns and uploaded the required particulars the next step is making payment of examination fee. Changes are allowed in CTET online application form only before this step of the application process. The details provided in the application form cannot be edited after the payment is made.

However, changes can be made as per the NCTE norms only till 25th July 2016.

By the following two mediums you can pay the examination fee:

Cash payment in Bank BranchWhen candidates submit the application fee through a bank, they have to select “Bank e-Challan” option for making payment. When this option is selected, an e-challan will be generated having details of the candidates along with the fee amount to be paid. For making payment, candidates are required to take a print out of the Challan and carry the same while making payment in CANARA Bank/ Syndicate Bank branch.Online banking options

Candidate can also pay examination fee using net banking option of any bank or by Debit/Credit card.

Once the Bank/CBSE confirms the payment, a confirmation page will be generated.

The details of the examination fee to be paid are:

Category Only Paper- I or II Both Paper- I and II
General/ OBC Category Rs. 600/-  Rs. 1000/-
SC/ST/ Differentially Abled Category Rs. 300/- Rs. 500/-

Service charges/ service taxes will be charged by the bank separately.Print ConfirmationFor the purpose of future reference candidates should get a print out of the confirmation page which is generated only after the fee payment is made and the application process is completed.

No hard copy is required to be sent to the authorities, only for future reference the printout copies of the confirmation page, Challan (if fees are paid by cash in any bank branch) are required to be preserved by the candidates.

The entire online job application process sums up in these four simple steps. Once you have got the confirmation, this means that your application is submitted and now you have to start preparing to take the exam. For taking the CTET examknowing the examination syllabus of CTET exam is a must. The examination will be conducted on 18th September 2016 at the exam centre mentioned in your admit card on the prescribed time. Candidates need to be prepared enough to take the exam, given the huge number of applications increasing the competition every year. So, go ahead and start working on your goals of adding quality to the education system by rendering your teaching services.