Teacher Eligibility Test or TET criteria, syllabus, exam pattern and how to qualify TET
Teacher eligibility test or TET is now a deciding factor while you want to become a teacher. In this article you will get information about Teacher eligibility test criteria, syllabus, exam pattern and subjects you have to prepare for TET.
How to become a Teacher? Teaching is the noblest of all jobs and the job of a teacher is the most respected job. Because teachers have the responsibility to shape the future of young generation, motivate them and guide them in the right way to achieve their goals in life. But to become a teacher is not an easy task. Moreover, the challenge that are involved in the Teaching jobs and the pay-package that is relatively lesser than the private sector are working as catalyst distract brilliant people away from the job.
Teaching jobs scenario in India Studies and statistics show that the country needs trained teachers. Teaching positions are vacant in many institutions as a result of which the students are suffering loss. But factors like lack of trained teachers, state govt's unwillingness to appoint new teachers in vacant positions etc are affecting Teacher job scenario.
National Council for Teacher Education(NCTE) a statutory body of govt of India has now initiated new rules for recruitment of High school level teachers. Earlier a simple graduate degree was considered sufficient to be a teacher in High school level. And a plus two pass out could teach in primary level students. But now reputed private schools and Govt schools have make it mandatory to consider only trained teacher for various level of teaching. Like for Post Graduate Teachers(PGT)in Higher secondary level and Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) a B.Ed degree is must, for a Trained Primary Teacher post(PRT) a Montessori training certificate is a must now. Besides these two training, now NCTE has initiated a new criteria for teachers which is called TET. Everyone aspiring to be a teacher in lower high school level(especially) should pass the Teacher Eligibility Test(TET). As this exam is conduced by the state, the test is also called State-level teacher Eligibility Test(STET). It is a competitive exam and passing is once does not ensure that the certificate will be valid for a life-time.
Eligibility for TET or STET B.Ed is a must to appear in the TET or STET. But the notable point is that the validity of the qualifying certificate B.Ed that is B.Ed will be decided by the State Govt/Union Territory govt or Central Govt organization. The certificate cannot be more than 7 years old.
Exam pattern of TET/STET The exam pattern of TET/STET is much similar to any competitive exam. You will get 2 papers with objective multiple choice questions and in each paper there will be 150 questions. These questions are supposed to be different for different level of teaching. Here is an outline of question paper and their intended levels.
Syllabus for the TET/ STET The syllabus for TET or STET covers 5 subjects or sections for paper I. You have to answer 30 objective type multiple questions in each section or each subject. And each of the questions will carry 1 mark each.
The duration of each paper in TET exam is one and a half hours.
Here are the papers subject-wise for TET/STET
1. Child development and pedagogy
2. Language I (the medium of instruction)
3. Language II (chosen from a list other than language I)
5. Environmental studies
Description of Question Paper of TET / STET
How to qualify TET To qualify Teacher eligibility test(TET), one needs to prepare according to the syllabus. Like any other competitive exam here to one must practice finishing their question paper withing the given time-frame. Basically preparing own subject thoroughly is a must and practicing multiple choice questions will help to qualify this exam.
Interested candidate who want more information regarding Teacher Eligibility Test in India may contact NCTE and keep an eye on the bulletins and advertisements published from time to time.
Contact details of NCTE NCTE,
Hans Bhawan, Wing II,
1- Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg,
New Delhi – 110 002.
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Coming to the point, to become a teacher you must qualify the TET/STET. But it is not clearly stated in the official website of NCTE that you should possess B.Ed degree. But as B.Ed is a must for teaching in high School level so if is by default mundatory to have it before applying for any school or TET for that matter.
But now having a B.Ed degree is not enough, you have to qualify the TET also. All the teachers who are working presently should pass the TET exam.