CTET 2023 Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility Criteria, Pattern

CTET 2023: Central Teacher Eligibility Test will be conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). Earlier it was conducted by CBSE but as the NTA to take over the responsibility of conducting all the entrance examinations, CTET is one of them. It is a national-level entrance examination for teachers and is mandatory for teaching jobs in government schools in India. Candidates can apply for the CTET by login into the official website of the authority. We are providing all the details about CTET 2023 so the candidates can prepare according to the details mentioned.

Implementing CTET

The reason behind implementing CTET is: It would bring national standards and benchmarks of teacher quality in the recruitment process; it would induce teacher education institutions and students from these institutions to further improve their performance standard; it would send a positive signal to all stakeholders that the Government lays special emphasis on teacher quality.

CTET 2020

CTET 2023: Important Dates

Online Submission of application starts from 2nd week of January 2023
Online Submission of application ends on 2nd week of February 2023
Last date for payment of a fee 3rd week of February 2023
Period for Online Corrections in Particulars 3rd week of March 2023
The final status of the application 4th week of March 2023
Download Admit Card In the month of June 2023
Date of Examination 1st week of July 2023

Eligibility Criteria

For Classes I-V: Primary Stage

  • Senior Secondary (or equivalent) and Passed or appearing in the final year of 2- year Diploma in Elementary Education. OR
  • The final year of 2- year Diploma in Elementary Education, in accordance with the NCTE (Recognition Norms and Procedure), Regulations, 2002. OR
  • 4- year Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.EI.Ed). OR
  • 2- year Diploma in Education (Special Education). OR
  • Graduation and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) (with additional conditions).

For Classes VI-VIII: Elementary Stage

  • Graduation and passed or appearing in the final year of 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education. OR
  • 1-year B.Ed. (Special Education).
  • 1-year Bachelor in Education (B.Ed). OR
  • 1-year Bachelor in Education (B.Ed), in accordance with the NCTE (Recognition Norms and Procedure) Regulations issued from time to time in this regard. OR
  • Senior Secondary (or equivalent) and passed or appearing in the final year of 4- year Bachelor in Elementary Education (B.EI.Ed)/ B.A/B.Sc.Ed or B.A.Ed/B.Sc.Ed. OR
  • Any candidate having a qualified B.Ed. the program recognized by the NCTE is eligible to appear in TET/CTET.

CTET 2023 Application Fee

  • The candidate has to submit the requisite amount of fee too:
  • For UR and OBC candidates if applying for only paper 1 or 2 is Rs. 700.
  • If applying for both papers 1 and 2 is Rs.1200.
  • For SC/ST/Differently able persons if applying for anyone is Rs.350.
  • If applying for both papers is Rs.600.

Exam Pattern

  • All questions asked in CTET 2023 will be Multiple Choice Questions, with four alternatives out of which one answer will be correct.
  • Each question will be carrying one mark and there will be no negative marking.
  • Paper 1 will be for the candidate who intends to be a teacher of classes 1 to 5.
  • The 2nd Paper will be for the candidate who intends to be a teacher of classes 6th to 8th.
  • The duration of each paper will be 2 Hours 30 Min.

Paper 1:

Sections Number of questions Marks
Child Development and Methodology and Pedagogy 30 questions 30
Language 1 30 questions 30
 Language 2 30 questions 30
Mathematics 30 questions 30
Environmental  Studies 30 questions 30
Total 150 MCQs 150 Marks

Paper 2:

Section Question Marks
Child Development and Pedagogy 30 MCQs 30
Language 1 30 MCQs 30
Language 2 30 MCQs 30
Mathematics and Science 60 MCQs 60
Social Studies and Social Sciences 60 MCQs 60

Nature and Standard of Questions

  • The test items on Child Development and Pedagogy will focus on the educational psychology of teaching and learning relevant to the age group of 6-11 years.
  • They will focus on understanding the characteristics and needs of the diverse learner, interaction with diverse learners, and the attributes and qualities of the good facilitator of learning.
  • The test item in language 1 will focus on the proficiencies related to the medium of instructions.
  • The Test items in Language 2 will focus on the elements of language, communication, and comprehension abilities.
  • The test item in mathematics and Environmental studies will focus on the concepts, problem-solving abilities, and Pedagogical understanding of subjects. In all these subject areas, the test item evenly distributed over different divisions of the syllabus of that subject prescribed for class 1- 5 by NCERT.
  • The questions in the test for paper 1 will be based on the topics prescribed in the syllabus of the NCERT for classes 1 to 5 but their difficulty standard, as well as linkages, could be up to the secondary stage.

Exam Center

Agartala Hamirpur Mirzapur Ernakulam
Agra Hyderabad Mohali Faizabad
Ahmedabad Imphal Moradabad Faridabad
Aizawl Indore Mumbai Bengaluru
Ajmer Itanagar Muzzafarpur Bikaner
Bhatinda Kanpur Ferozepur Meerut
Bhopal Karnal Gangtok Guwahati
Bhubaneswar Kavaratti Ghaziabad Jorhat
Bokaro Kohima Gorakhpur Silchar
Chandigarh Kolkata Gurugram Durgapur
Chennai Kota Guwahati Bareilly
Jabalpur Kozhikode Haldwani Dibrugarh
Jaipur Kurukshetra Nagpur Bhagalpur
Jalandhar Lucknow Nashik Darbhanga
Jammu Madurai Noida Gaya
Jhansi Mangalore Panaji Muzaffarpur
Jodhpur Mathura Panchkula Patna
Kangra Aligarh Patna Vaishali
Coimbatore Allahabad Port Blair Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman Ambala Puducherry Raebareli
Dehradun Amritsar Pune Delhi Central, East, North, South, West
Dhanbad Aurangabad

Qualifying Marks

  • The qualifying marks varies for different categories.
  • Candidates who will qualify the test will be awarded the CTET Eligibility Certificate.
  • 5% relaxation in the qualifying marks will be given Reserved category candidates.
Category Qualifying Percentage Qualifying Marks
General 60% 90
SC/ST/OBC 55% 82.5

 CTET 2023 Cutoff (Expected)

Category CTET Cutoff
General 90
OBC 82
SC 80
ST 80


Child Development and Pedagogy: 30 Questions

  • Concepts of development and its relationship with learning
  • Principles of development of Children
  • Influence of heredity and Environment
  • Socialization processes: Social World and Children
  • Piaget, Kohlberg, and Vygotsky: construct and critical perspectives
  • Concepts of child-centered and progressive education
  • Critical perspective of the construction of intelligence
  • Multidimensional intelligence
  • Language and thought
  • Gender as a social construct; gender roles, gender-bias and educational practices
  • Individual differences among learners, understanding differences based on diversity of languages, caste, gender, and religion
  • Formulating appropriate questions assessing the level of learners; for enhancing learning and critical thinking in the classroom and for learner achievement.
  • The concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs.
  • Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged and deprived.
  • Needs of children with learning difficulties.
  • Talented, creative, and specially-abled children.

Learning and Pedagogy

  • How children learn and think; how and why children fail to achieve success in school performance.
  • The basic process of teaching and learning; children’s strategy of learning; learning as a social activity
  • Child as a problem solver and a scientific investigator
  • Cognition and Emotions
  • Motivation and learning.


  • Geometry, Shapes and Spatial Understanding, Solids around us, Numbers, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Measurement, Weight, Time, Volume, Data handling, Patterns, Money

Environmental Studies (Pedagogy)

  • Concepts and Scopes of EVS, the significance of EVS and integrated EVS, Environmental Studies and Environmental Education, Learning Principle, Scope and relation to Science and Social Science, Discussion, Teaching material

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