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CTET Exam Syllabus & Question Pattern Paper I - CBSE Central Teacher Eligibility Test

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Central Board Of Secondary Education Conduct Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) every year for determining the eligibility of the candidates for the teacher in CBSE/ICSE School. CTET Exam is conducted in two papers Viz : Paper I and Paper II . The candidates who want to became a teacher in Primary School that is from Class (I to V) have to qualify the CTET PAPER 1 exam. Similarly the Paper 2 exam is for those candidates who want to became a teacher in Class VI to VII School. Here we have given a detail explanation of CTET PAPER I Exam Pattern and Syllabus. Read below for more details.

Question Pattern of CTET Paper 1 Exam :

  1. There are total 150 number of questions.
  2. All questions in CTET test will be Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), 
  3. Each carrying 
    one mark, with four alternatives out of which one answer will be correct. 
  4. There will 
    be no negative marking. 
  5. Time duration is 2:30 hours.

  • Child DevlOpmt and Pedagogy 
  • Language I                               
  • Language II                            
  • Mathematics                           
  • Environmental Studies           

In Paper-1 exam, 30 questions will be asked from each subject. Total 150 number of questions. 

CTET Paper 1 Full Syllabus :

Paper I (for classes I to V) Primary Stage:

I. Child Development and Pedagogy ( 30 Questions)

a) Child Development (Primary School Child) 15 Questions
  • 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.
b) Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs 5 Questions 
  • Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged and deprived
  • Addressing the needs of children with learning difficulties,‘impairment’ etc.
  • Addressing the Talented, Creative, Specially abled Learners
c) Learning and Pedagogy 10 Questions
  • 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
II. Language I. 30 Questions

a) Language Comprehension 15 Questions
  • 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)
b) Pedagogy of Language Development 15 Questions
  • 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
III. Language – II 30 Questions

a) Comprehension 15 Questions
  • Two unseen prose passages (discursive or literary or narrative or scientific) with question on comprehension, grammar and verbal ability
b) Pedagogy of Language Development 15 Questions
  • 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
IV. Mathematics 30 Questions
a) Content 15 Questions
  • Geometry
  • Shapes & Spatial Understanding
  • Solids around Us
  • Numbers
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Measurement
  • Weight
  • Time
  • Volume
  • Data Handling
  • Patterns
  • Money
b) Pedagogical issues 15 Questions
  • Nature of Mathematics/Logical thinking; understanding children’s
  • thinking and reasoning patterns and strategies of making meaning
  • and learningPlace of Mathematics in Curriculum
  • Language of Mathematics
  • Community Mathematics
  • Evaluation through formal and informal methods
  • Problems of Teaching
  • Error analysis and related aspects of learning and teaching
  • Diagnostic and Remedial Teaching
V. Environmental Studies 30 Questions

a) Content 15 Questions
  • I. Family and Friends:
  • 1.1 Relationships
  • 1.2 Work and Play
  • 1.3 Animals
  • 1.4Plants
  • II. Food
  • III. Shelter
  • IV. Water
  • V. Travel
  • VI. Things We Make and Do
b) Pedagogical Issues 15 Questions
  • 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
  • CCE
  • Teaching material/Aids
  • Problems

Qualifying Mark :

  1. The candidates appearing in CTET will be issued Marks Statement. The Candidates securing 60% and above marks will be issued Eligibility Certificate.
  2. School Managements (Government, Local bodies, Government aided and unaided) may consider giving concessions to person belonging to SC/ST, OBC, differently abled persons, etc., in accordance with their extant reservation policy.
  3. Qualifying the CTET would not confer a right on any person for recruitment/employment as it is only one of the eligibility criteria for appointment
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