The Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET), Important Dates & Eligibility Criteria

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The Central Teacher Eligibility Test is one of the entrance tests administered by the Central Board of Secondary Education for teaching positions in government institutions from Grade I to Grade VIII. CTET determines whether instructors are qualified to teach in primary and upper primary schools. It is intended for individuals who want to advance their careers in the teaching field. CTET is the central teacher eligibility test, which allows applicants to apply for different positions in government and government-aided schools. The CTET will be administered online starting this year.

CTET Important Dates

CTET 2021 Notification/ Online Registration Begins                  20th Sept., 2021

Deadline for submitting online application                                19th Oct., 2021

Deadline for submitting fees (via E-Challan)                             20th Oct., 2021

Schedule of Online Corrections                                                 22nd to 28th Oct., 2021

Download Admit Card                                                              First Week of Dec., 2021

CTET Exam Dates                                                                     16th Dec., 2021 to 13th Jan., 20211

CTET Answer Key Availability                                                    Jan. 2022

CTET Result Announcement                                                     15th Feb., 2022

CTET Certificates distribution                                                   March 2022


Paper-I will take place in the morning. Paper-II will take place in the evening. Timings for

PAPER-I is 09.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. 2and for PAPER-II is 2.50 p.m. to 05.00 p.m.

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CTET Eligibility Criteria – 2021

The National Council for Teacher Education establishes CTET Eligibility Criteria (NCTE). The CBSE CTET Exam Eligibility Criteria for Paper 1 and Paper 2 are distinct. To apply online, aspirants must fulfil the CBSE’s qualification requirements.

  • Nationality: Must be a citizen of India.
  • Age: There is no upper age restriction for applicants of any category to apply for the test.
  • The minimum age to take the CTET exam is 18 years.

Education Criteria: The basic prerequisite for the CTET Exam is a senior secondary or graduation degree with a minimum of 50 percent aggregate marks and participation in a relevant teacher training programme.

CTET Eligibility for PAPER-I (for Classes I-V: Primary): Candidates must have completed Senior Secondary or similar with at least 50% marks and passed or pursuing the last year of a diploma in elementary education (2 year) (or) Graduation with at least 50% marks and a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.).

CTET Eligibility for PAPER-II (for Classes VI-VIII: Elementary): The candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in the relevant subject and have finished or be in the last year of a 2-year diploma in elementary education or a 4-year bachelor’s degree in elementary education (B.El.Ed).

PS: NCTE requires a degree or certificate in teacher education.

CTET Recruitment for 2021

The following are the main steps in the CTET registration and application process:

  • Fill CTET 2021 Application Form
  • Include a photo and your signature.
  • Pay the CTET Application Fee.
  • Print the page and keep it for future use.
  • You should download your admit card and take the test.
  • Check the results for CTET.

Candidates who take the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) will be shortlisted based on their performance in the CTET Online Exam. CTET is simply an eligibility exam, which means that passing it does not guarantee a job. Candidates must apply for recruitment at various schools depending on the available openings, which need CTET Certification and require candidates to score greater than or equal to 60% in order to be selected.

CTET Exam Pattern

According to the most recent announcement, this year (2021) questions would be conceptual in nature. Every right answer will receive a +1 point, and the test will not use a negative marking scheme. The CTET exam consists of two papers: Primary Stage (Paper 1) and Elementary Stage (Paper 2). Paper 1 is for applicants to become a teacher for classes 1 to 5 and Paper 2 is for applicants who intend to teach students from classes 6 to 8. Candidates can also apply for both papers. Each paper is two hours and thirty minutes long. There are 150 objective-type questions in the exam.



30 objective type questions in each section mentioned below of 30 marks each

30 objective type questions in each section mentioned below of 30 marks each

·         Child Development and Pedagogy

·         Mathematics & Science (For Maths & Science Teacher)

·         Language I

·         Language I

·         Language II

·         Language II

·         Mathematics

·         Child Development and Pedagogy

·         Environmental Studies

·         Social Studies/Social Science (For Social Studies/Social Science Teacher)


Instructions for CTET Exam Day in 2021

  • Things to carry on the day of examination includes:
    • CTET admit card: A CTET admit card is required to be brought to the exam centre. Candidates who do not have their admit card with them on the day of the exam will not be permitted to take the exam.
    • Picture ID Proof: In addition to the admit card, candidates must bring a valid photo ID proof to the exam centre, such as a PAN Card, Aadhar Card, Passport, Driving License, or Voter ID Card.
    • Ball point pen: Because CTET is an offline test, applicants must bring a high-quality ball point pen. It should be noted that the ballpoint pen should only be black/blue in colour while filling out the OMR form.
  • Items not permitted within the CTET Exam Centre are electronic devices, pencil/geometry box, goggles, wrist watch, wallet, handbag, purse, pen drive, calculator, earphone, Bluetooth device, and so on.
  • Candidates must arrive to the assigned CTET test centre at least 90 minutes before the exam begins. Entry is not permitted at test centre after the exam begins.
  • Candidates must bring their own pen (black/blue ball point) to the centre. It would not be given at the centre to fill out the OMR sheet.
  • Candidates must not overwrite anything on the test booklet or OMR sheet.
  • Using a pencil or white fluid to write the particulars on the test booklet or OMR sheet is not permitted.


Q1. Is there an age limit for taking the CTET exam?

Ans. There is no upper age limit for taking the CTET test.

Q2: I previously passed the CTET exam. Can I reapply for the exam?

Ans. Yes, you are eligible to apply. There is no upper or lower age limit for taking the test. Every year, both qualified and unqualified candidates are eligible to take the test.

Q3. How long is the CTET eligibility certificate valid?

Ans. The validity of the CTET eligibility certificate has been extended to a lifetime term.

Q4. How can I acquire the CTET exam centre of my choice?

Ans. CTET test centres are assigned based on the city choices stated on the candidate’s application form. The exam centre is provided by the authorities in the cities specified by the candidates.

Q5. Will the CTET 2021 test include any negative marking?

Ans. There will be no negative marking in the CTET 2021 test. Candidates get one mark for each right answer in the test, with no deductions for incorrect responses or unattempted questions.

Q6. How many times is the CTET exam given each year?

Ans. The CTET test is given twice a year, usually in July and December. However, owing to COVID-19, the test has been postponed this year.

Q7. Is the CTET test given online?

Ans. Yes, the CTET test will now be administered online. The CTET 2021 exam will be administered through computer.

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