How we can crack CTET Exam, know about eligibility, qualification, and document requirement

Cracking the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) is the first crucial step towards your dream career in education. It opens doors to teaching opportunities in prestigious Central Government and State Government schools across India. But with lakhs of aspirants taking the exam, success requires meticulous preparation and a thorough understanding of the eligibility criteria, qualification requirements, and essential documents. This comprehensive guide provides all the information you need to navigate the CTET journey with confidence, from eligibility checklists to winning preparation strategies.

Before embarking on your preparation, ensure you meet the CTET eligibility criteria. There are two papers – Paper I for Primary Teachers (Classes 1-5) and Paper II for Upper Primary Teachers (Classes 6-8). Here’s a breakdown of the eligibility for each:

  • Educational Qualification:
    • Bachelor’s Degree in any stream with at least 50% marks (or equivalent CGPA) and a Diploma in Elementary Teacher Education (D.El.Ed).
    • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree with at least 50% marks.
  • Age Limit: No upper age limit.
  • Educational Qualification:
    • Bachelor’s Degree in any stream with at least 50% marks (or equivalent CGPA) and a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree with specialization in relevant subjects for Classes 6-8.
    • Master’s Degree in any subject with at least 50% marks (or equivalent CGPA) and a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree.
  • Age Limit: No upper age limit.
  • Indian nationals or foreigners having PIO/OCI cards are eligible.
  • Candidates with physical disabilities are eligible with certain relaxations in eligibility criteria.
  • There are reservations for various categories like SC, ST, OBC, and PwD as per Government of India norms.

Once you confirm your eligibility, gather the necessary documents for CTET application:

  • Educational Qualification Certificates: Scanned copies of your Bachelor’s and B.Ed degree certificates (or D.El.Ed for Paper I).
  • Mark Sheets: Scanned copies of your mark sheets for Bachelor’s, B.Ed, and D.El.Ed (if applicable).
  • Caste Certificate (if applicable): Scanned copy of your caste certificate if you belong to SC, ST, or OBC category.
  • PwD Certificate (if applicable): Scanned copy of your disability certificate if you fall under the PwD category.
  • Photograph: Recent passport-size photograph in JPG format.
  • Signature: Scanned copy of your signature in JPG format.
  • ID Proof: Scanned copy of your Aadhaar card, PAN card, or Voter ID card as identity proof.

Now that you’ve got the eligibility and documents sorted, let’s dive into the core – preparation strategies for cracking CTET:

1. Understand the Exam Pattern:

  • Familiarize yourself with the exam format – 150 MCQs in 2.5 hours for Paper I and 150 MCQs in 2.5 hours for Paper II.
  • Identify the weightage given to different sections in the syllabus.
  • Understand the marking scheme – positive marking for correct answers and no negative marking for incorrect ones.

2. Master the Syllabus:

  • Thoroughly go through the CTET syllabus for both papers, available on the CBSE website.
  • Focus on key areas like Child Development and Pedagogy, Language Comprehension, Mathematics, Environmental Studies, and Social Science for Paper I.
  • For Paper II, delve deeper into the subject areas you intend to teach, with additional emphasis on subject-specific pedagogy.

3. Choose the Right Resources:

  • Invest in good quality CTET preparation books and study materials from renowned publishers.
  • Utilize online resources like mock tests, practice questions, and video tutorials from reliable sources.
  • Join online or offline coaching classes if you need structured guidance and additional support.

4. Develop Effective Study Habits:

  • Create a realistic and consistent study schedule, allocating enough time for each section.
  • Practice active learning – take notes, underline key points, and summarize concepts in your own words.
  • Solve mock tests regularly to assess your preparedness, identify weak areas, and build confidence.
  • Form study groups with peers to discuss challenging topics and learn from each other.

5. Sharpen Your Test-Taking Skills:

  • Understand time management – allocate appropriate time for each section based on its weightage.
  • Read questions carefully before marking answers, avoiding hasty decisions.


  • Mayank Agrawal

    Mayank Agrawal is a passionate blogger, web developer, and Android developer with a knack for storytelling and building user-friendly experiences. He enjoys weaving words into engaging narratives for his blog and crafting intuitive web and mobile applications that users love. While his skills encompass both front-end and back-end development, his true passion lies in crafting engaging Android applications that solve real-world problems and improve people's lives.

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