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CTET 2021: Notification, Application Form, Syllabus, Pattern & Exam Date

Central Teachers Eligibility Test or CTET  for the year 2021 will be conducted in the month of December. As per the latest CBSE guidelines, the registration process for the exam is expected to begin in the month of August. This is as per the guidelines in order to fulfill the aims and aspirations of the National Education Policy 2020, CTET will be conducted in online mode with few minor changes in the exam pattern. A detailed notification containing eligibility, exam pattern syllabus, and changes will be available soon on the official website of CBSE.

About CTET-

As per the provisions of the Right To Education Act 2009, there was to be the minimum qualification for teachers across the country.  The National Council for Teachers Education via a notification dated 2009, initiated the process of Central Teachers Eligibility. Since 2010 the exam is conducted twice a year by Central Education Board for Secondary Education. The ultimate purpose of the CTET exam is:

  1. To bring national standards and benchmark of teacher quality.
  2. To induce teacher education institutions and students from these institutions to further improve their performance standards.
  3. Send a positive signal to all stakeholders and lay emphasis on teachers' training.

Through the CTET certificate, candidates become eligible to take up teaching roles in Classes 1 to 8. The exams ensure a set benchmark, fair analysis of competency and knowledge for prospective hiring institutions. The exam is conducted into two sessions – Paper 1 and Paper 2.The details are as follows:

Paper 1

For Classes 1 to 5

Paper 2

For Classes 5 to 8

Every year, over 20 lakh aspirants appear for the CTET exam. In January 2021, a total of 23,51,725 candidates appeared for the exam, of which, 6,54,299 candidates qualified.

CTET Exam Highlights 2021

Exam Name

Central Teacher Eligibility Test- CTET

Conducting Body

Central Board of Secondary Education- CBSE

Frequency of Exam 

Twice a year

Exam Mode

Earlier Pen and Paper Mode now Online

Exam Duration

150 minutes


Bilingual-English and Hindi

Exam Purpose

To set uniform eligibility criteria for teachers and ensure standards in the teaching profession

No. of Test Cities

135 cities across India

Official Website



CTET Exam Dates 2021

The dates discussed below are tentative. The CBSE is yet to release the official notification.

CTET Events

Tentative Dates



August 2021

Release of notification and call for application

Application form

August-September 2021

The application window will be open for interested candidates. The process is completely online.

Last date to pay application fee

September 2021

Registered candidates can pay the CTET application fee through Debit Card/ Credit Card/ Internet Banking

Final verification of payment of fee by the candidates

September 2021

The window is available for verification for details and carry out necessary changes later if needed.

Application form correction window

October 2021

Candidates can make corrections in the already filled CTET application form by visiting the official website.

Admit card

December 2021

Amit cards are generally released in the online mode. They can be downloaded from the official website.

CTET exam

December 2021/January 2022

CTET exam will be held in two shifts

  1. 9.30 am- paper-I
  2. 2.00-4:30- paper-II.

Official provisional answer key

January 2022

The provisional answer key is released to raise any issues and doubts related to correct answers as per the CBSE.

Final answer key

February 2022

The CTET final answer key 2021 will be released a few weeks after the release of the tentative answer key. 


February 2022

CTET result 2021 will be released by CBSE within six weeks of the conduct of the test

CTET Notification 2021

The CBSE is expected to release the official notification in August 2021. The notification will be available on the official web page of CTET.  The expected dates for CTET 2021 part 2 are in December 2021 or January 2021. The notification will contain all the important and relevant details like the exam dates, application process, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, and exam day guidelines. Candidates will get the latest updates about the CTET 2021 examination here with Safalta.

CTET Application Window 2021

The CTET application window will open along with the notification. Candidates should go through he eligibility details and keep all the documents ready. They should apply at the earliest. The application process id complete with paying of fee. As per the last 2021 examination the fee details were as follows.
The fee is Rs 1,000 for General and OBC categories and Rs 500 for Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Differently Abled Person. 

CTET Eligibility 2021


Primary Teacher

  1. Should have passed 10+2 with a minimum of 45 percent aggregate marks
  2. Should complete the prescribed teacher training programs/teacher education course


Upper Primary

  1. Should have passed 10+2 with a minimum of 45 percent aggregate marks.
  2. Should complete the prescribed teacher training programmes/teacher education course



CTET Exam Process 2021

The CTET selection process includes the following steps:
CTET Application

  1. Fill CTET application form
  2. Fill the application form on the official website. Pay the fee online in time. The fee is Rs 1,000 for General and OBC categories and Rs 500 for Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Differently Abled Person. 

 Download CTET admit card
Candidates can download CTET 2021 admit card from the official website of CBSE. The admit card is available in soft copy. Candidates are needed to take a printout of the admit card and carry it with them to the exam center.

CTET exam
The exam is conducted in two and a half hours duration.
There are two papers-

Paper 1              

For Classes 1 to 5           

Paper 2

For Classes 5 to 8

CTET Exam Pattern

  1. There will be 150 MCQs in each paper.
  2. For Paper-I, the difficulty level will be of the secondary stage.
  3. Paper-II, the difficulty level will be of senior secondary stage.
  4. CTET Paper-1 is divided into 5 sections: Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I & II, Mathematics, and Environmental Science.
  5. TET Paper-2 is divided into 4 sections: Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I & II, Mathematics/Science or Social Studies. There will be a choice between Maths/Science and Social Studies.
  6. Each Correct answer will be awarded 1 mark. There is no negative marking in the exam.
CTET Syllabus
The syllabus for the exam is given below.



 Child Development

• Concept of development and its relationship with learning
• Principles of the development of children
• Influence of Heredity & Environment
• Socialization processes: Social world & children (Teacher, Parents, Peers)
• Piaget, Kohlberg and Vygotsky: constructs and critical perspectives
• Concepts of child-centered and progressive education
• Critical perspective of the construct of Intelligence
• Multi-Dimensional Intelligence
• Language & Thought
• Gender as a social construct; gender roles, gender-bias and educational practice
• Individual differences among learners, understanding differences based on diversity of language, caste, gender, community, religion etc.
• Distinction between Assessment for learning and assessment of learning; School-Based Assessment, Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation: perspective and practice
• Formulating appropriate questions for assessing readiness levels of learners; for enhancing learning and critical thinking in the classroom and for assessing learner achievement.
 Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs
Learning and Pedagogy
• How children think and learn; how and why children ‘fail’ to achieve success in school performance.
• Basic processes of teaching and learning; children’s strategies of learning; learning as a social activity; social context of learning.
• Child as a problem solver and a ‘scientific investigator’
• Alternative conceptions of learning in children, understanding children’s ‘errors’ as significant steps in the learning process.
• Cognition & Emotions
• Motivation and learning
• Factors contributing to learning – personal & environmental


Language Comprehension:
• Reading unseen passages – two passages one prose or drama and one poem with questions on comprehension, inference, grammar and verbal ability (Prose passage may be literary, scientific, narrative or discursive)
Language Development
• Learning and acquisition
• Principles of language Teaching
• Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool
• Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form
• Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders Language Skills
• Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing
• Teaching- learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom Remedial Teaching


• Geometry
• Shapes & Spatial Understanding
• Solids around Us
• Numbers
• Addition and Subtraction
• Multiplication
• Division
• Measurement
• Weight
• Time
• Volume
• Data Handling
• Patterns
• Money
b) Pedagogical issues:
• Nature of Mathematics/Logical thinking; understanding children’s thinking and reasoning patterns and strategies of making meaning and learning
• Place of Mathematics in Curriculum
• Language of Mathematics
• Community Mathematics
• valuation through formal and informal methods
• Problems of Teaching
• Error analysis and related aspects of learning and teaching
• Diagnostic and Remedial Teaching


• Concept and scope of EVS
• Significance of EVS, integrated EVS
• Environmental Studies & Environmental Education
• Learning Principles
• Scope & relation to Science & Social Science
• Approaches of presenting concepts
• Activities
• Experimentation/Practical Work
• Discussion
• Teaching material/Aids
• Problems

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Check CTET Result

The result is released within a month of the exam. The result is available on the official website of CBSE. The candidates can download the CTET certificate from the DIgiLocker Platform.
Check - How to Download CTET Certificate.

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Q: What is the CTET exam date?

A: The CTET exam date is yet to be declared. The expected date is around December 2021.

Q: How many times a year is CTET conducted?

A: CTET is conducted twice a year.

Q: Is the CTET exam conducted online?

A: Yes, as per the official notification the CTET exam will be conducted online from now onwards. 

Q: What is the upper age limit to appear for the CTET exam?

A: There is no upper age limit to take the CTET exam. Candidates above 18 years of age can apply for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test.

Q: Is CTET Certificate valid for a lifetime?

A: Yes; the CTET eligibility certificate was valid for a period of seven years starting from the date of declaration of result. However, now the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) and CBSE as well has officially extended the CTET passing certificate validity to lifetime.