Speculations related to CTET 2018

Last Updated - March 23 2018

CTET or Central Teacher Eligibility Test conducted by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) has been in news off late for more reasons than one. Though the official notification for the present year’s edition of CTET has not been released yet by CBSE, the media is abuzz with several yet unsubstantiated news about the test going the online method or the question format being modified drastically with changes in the syllabus and also about the exam to be held once a year instead of twice a year as was the exercise until recently.

Let us take the speculations regarding CTET 2018 that are doing the rounds one by one and examine them to find whether there is any truth in them.

There is ongoing chatter about CTET being delivered as an online, computer-based test, starting in 2018. Talking about the amendment, A S Mathew, Chairperson of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) had confirmed that the changes will be eligible to all papers of CTET. It was reasoned that such changes were being planned to be implemented in order to improve upon the quality of the teachers by evaluating them on the basis of overall Manner-Skills-Knowledge rather than just teaching skills and knowledge, as is the present exercise. In fact, it was published in several media that CBSE will be organizing the CTET 2017 in the online pattern.

The exam format as well the syllabus of CTET is also expected to change, 2018 onwards and to that effect, NCTE is also stated to be working on the examination structure to incorporate the aforementioned change in the evaluation criteria of CTET. Now, since CTET is an eligibility test for recruitment as teachers into the Kendriya Vidyalayas, Central Schools or the Navodaya Schools and candidates have to follow the NCERT books of their respective subjects in preparation of the exam, it is evident that if the overall syllabus changes, the syllabus that the CTET aspirants have to follow would also change, be it in the 2018 edition of CTET or later. However, it should be noted here that CBSE indeed is planning to bring about a change in the overall syllabus the students have to study from standards 1 till 10 and has made releasement in this regard on its official website. Check Here CTET Syllabus

As in with all other competitive examinations, CTET is also expected to be an annual affair, 2018 onwards, instead of being administered twice a year – all the competitive examinations in India are organized on an annual basis. Moreover, examinations of such enormous scale, held pan-India, requires huge resources. As such, in order to found parity in the way competitive exams are conducted in the country, it totally makes sense that all exams are organized at the same frequency. Holding the exams twice a year doubles the deployment of resources.

However, it is very important to note that none of the above estimates has been confirmed by the CBSE and in this context, there is no formal information on its official portal www.cbse.nic.in or CTET website www.ctet.nic.in.

Check Here CTET Exercise Papers

This is important in the list of some key features of CTET

  • Until any formal notification regarding any change in CTET exam format is announced by CBSE, the examination includes of two Papers; wherein Paper I is for those aspirants who wish to teach from classes 1 to 5 while teachers ready to teach classes 6 till 8 required to complete Paper II as well.
  • Aspirants possessing a B. Ed or equivalent qualification are applicable to apply.
  • Via CTET, aspirants would need to qualify or appear for various examinations across TGT, PGT, TET, BTC, and NTT to further their teaching career.
  • There is no limit to the number of times an aspirant can appear for CTET. The aspirants are also allowed to re-appear for the examination to improve their score.
  • More than 1 million aspirants appear for CTET each year. However, just qualifying the exam does not guarantee that the aspirant will be employed as a teacher.

Please note that CBSE is expected to announce the official notification for CTET 2018 by March 2018 and the exams are expected to be held in May or June of the present year.   In the present year as well, there is a lot of deliberation going on regarding the structure, frequency, method of the exam which can be put to rest only once the official notification is announced by CBSE. It is worthwhile to mention here that there were certain unscrupulous elements that spread inaccurate information regarding the organizing of the exam in 2017. Till then, CTET candidates are advised to prepare for the exam on the basis of the existing structure and syllabus.


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