How to become a CBSE school teacher through Central Teacher Eligibility Test

Keen to take up a teaching career as a CBSE school teacher? Want to know the eligibility criteria to appear for the CBSE Central Teacher Eligibility Test? This article provides complete information on who can apply for CBSE-CTET, the exam format, and the dates for the December 2021 CBSE-CTET. Details of the exam fee and how to apply online have also been provided.


The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Delhi is authorized by the Ministry of Education, Govt. of India to conduct the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) as per the norms of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). This test is mandatory to be qualified for appointment as a teacher in any of the CBSE recognized schools to teach in Classes 1 to 8. While the CTET qualifying certificate is valid for the lifetime, appearing for CTET will not automatically assure you of a teaching job. The eligibility for a specific teaching post will depend on the verification procedures of the appointing authority. Candidates are advised to read the information brochure to know the applicability of the CTET scores at the type of CBSE school for teaching jobs, such as NVS, KVS, unaided private schools, etc. Candidates are permitted to appear again for improving his/her score.

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Who is eligible to apply for CBSE CTET

You can appear for the CBSE CTET on fulfilling the minimum qualifications for teaching staff in accordance with the following-
  1. NCTE regulations for determining the minimum qualifications for recruitment as Education Teachers and Physical Education Teachers in Pre-Primary, Primary, Upper Primary, Secondary, Senior Secondary or Intermediate Schools or Colleges.

  2. The minimum qualifications as laid down in the Recruitment Rules for teachers by the appropriate Government where the school is situated or the Recruitment Rules for the teachers of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangthan (KVS) or Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS).

Note- as mentioned earlier, the eligibility for appointment to a teaching post will be based on the verification processes of eligibility by the concerned recruiting agency/appointing authority.

CBSE CTET exam format

The CBSE CTET will be focusing on your understanding of the subject and gauging various teaching aspects, such as the strategies used to bring out the clarity of concepts, reasoning abilities, critical thinking skills, etc.

The CTET is a Computer Based Test (CBT) of two and half hours' duration with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). You will be considered as TET pass on scoring 60% or more in the CTET exam. Candidates applying in the reserved categories may be given a relaxation in the minimum qualifying score as per the decision of the school's management or other competent authorities.

The main question paper will be in Hindi and English, while the language papers will be available in 20 languages. In the case of the language papers, you must select any one language as Language I and another as Language II from the options provided, and specify it on the confirmation page of the online application form.

The CTET Papers are-
  1. You have to appear for Paper-I if you wish to teach students of the primary level, namely, of Classes I to V.

  2. You have to appear for Paper-II if you wish to teach students of the elementary level, namely, of Classes VI to VIII.

You have to appear for both Papers if you wish to teach students of both levels.

CTET Paper sections

Paper I sections are: Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I, Language II (a language other than Language I), Mathematics, and Environmental Studies. All sections will have 30 questions, with 30 marks for each.

Paper-II sections are: Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I, Language II (a language other than Language I), and Mathematics and Science (for Mathematics and Science teachers) or Social Studies/Social Science (for Social Studies/Social Science teachers). The first three sections will have 30 questions, with 30 marks for each, and the fourth will have 60 questions with 60 marks.

You can attempt the Mock Test at-

Application form fee

The application form fee is non-refundable and should be paid in one of the two modes mentioned below. The fee is-
  • If only Paper I or only Paper-II: Rs.1000/- for General and OBC category candidates, and Rs.500/- for SC/ST/Differently-abled persons.

  • If both, Paper I and Paper II: Rs.500/- for General and OBC category candidates, and Rs.600/- for SC/ST/Differently-abled persons.

There are two ways to pay the fee: You can either pay it through a Debit or a Credit Card or through Net Banking using the online payment facility; or the fee can be remitted through an e-challan by downloading the e-challan form from the official website and depositing the amount in the n CTET Exam Fee A/c with Canara Bank.

Application procedure for CBSE CTET

You have to register and submit the application online at the CBSE CTET official application portal

The documents required to be scanned and uploaded during the online application process are-
  1. Latest photograph in JPG/JPEG format, between 10KB to 100KB in size, and dimensions of 3.5 cm (width) x 4.5 cm (height).

  2. Signature in JPG/JPEG format, between 3KB to 30KB in size, and dimensions of 3.5 cm (length) x 1.5 cm (height).

On completing the payment and final submission, take a printout of the confirmation page for your own record and reference.

Important notes: You are allowed to select up to a maximum of four exam cities and a center once allotted will not be changed. Ensure that your own name and that of your parents, as well as the date of birth, should match what is given on the Class X Certificate. Misplaced the birth certificate? Learn how to apply for a duplicate birth certificate.

At the CBSE CTET exam center

You must download the CBSE CTET Admit Card once it is available at the official website, without which you will not be allowed to appear for the exam at the Test center. You must report early at the exam center, at 7.30 a.m. for Shift-I and at 12.30 noon for Shift-II. Differently-abled candidates will be given a compensatory time of 50 minutes in each paper of the CTET exam. The relevant disability certificate issued by the Competent Authority is required to be produced at the exam center.

Ensure that the exam paper that appears on the computer screen is the one that you had opted for, including the one for language. If it is not, then you should immediately inform the invigilator who is present at the center. The information brochure provides specifics on the objects that should not be carried inside the center, how to answer the questions in the CBT test, etc.

What to do after the CBSE CTET result

CBSE will provide Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) mark sheets to everyone, and eligibility certificates will be issued to successful candidates in Digital Format in their DigiLocker account, which will be created and details of which will be sent to you on the mobile number that you gave in the registration form. Learn how to store mark sheets and certificates online with National Academic Depository

You will also receive via email the link to the question paper(s) that you appeared for along with the correct answer key. You can obtain a photocopy of the recorded responses along with the calculation sheet by paying a fee of Rs.500/- by way of Demand Draft in favor of the Secretary, Central Board of Secondary Education drawn on any Nationalized Bank and payable at Delhi.

While you are permitted to challenge the answers on payment of a prescribed fee, a re-evaluation or re-checking of the result will not be permitted. Also, a record of the results will be maintained by CBSE only for two months from the date of the declaration of the results.

Important dates

Submission of online application forms: 20th September 2021 to 19th October 2021 upto 23:59 hrs.
Payment of the application form fee: 20th September 2021 to 20th October 2021 before 3.30 p.m.
Final verification of payment of fee by the bank if e-Challan payment: 21st October 2021.
Online corrections, if any, to be made of the details entered in the online application form: 22nd October 2021 to 28th October 2021.
Download Admit Card: First week of December 2021 (tentative).
CBSE CTET Exam dates: 16th December 2021 to 13th January 2021, in two shifts. Shift 1 is from 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon, and Shift 2 is from 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (the exact date and shift of the exam will be mentioned on the Admit Card).
Result declaration: 15th February 2021 (Tentative).

Contact information

Central Board of Secondary Education
Central Teacher Eligibility Test Unit
P. S. 1-2, Institutional Area, I. P. Extension, Patparganj, Delhi-110092
For any query/assistance call the Helpline no. 011-22240112
E-mail : /

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