CTET 2018 will be conducted in 20 Indian languages. The exam is scheduled to be held on 16 September.
19 June 2018: The Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) will be conducted in 20 languages namely English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Assamese, Gujarati, Bangla, Garo, Khasi, Kanada, Manipuri, Malayalam, Mizo, Marathi, Oriya, Nepali, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, and Tibetan.
Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar has directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the exam conducting authority to conduct the examination in multiple languages through his official Twitter handle.
The decision came following the criticism of CBSE’s decision to remove 17 languages (including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, and Bengali) from the list of CTET options.
Here is what the HRD Minister has tweeted:
DMK leader Kanimozhi took to Twitter to express her anger at CBSE’s decision of dropping regional languages for the CTET 2018 exam. She said, “The decision to drop Tamil and 16 other regional languages from Central Teacher Eligibility Test is highly condemnable and strikes at the root of federalism. Students of CBSE whose mother tongue is Tamil will be put to a great disadvantage without teachers.”
She further added, "Students are forced to study Hindi and Sanskrit instead of their mother tongue. This will lead to another language struggle throughout the country. This is another of BJPs efforts to make a Hindi-Hindu Hindustan,"
As per the official schedule, CTET 2018 will be conducted on 16 September 2018. The online application process has started on 22 June and will end on 17 July. Two papers are included in the exam – Paper 1 for teachers of classes 1st to 5th and Paper 2 for teachers of classes 6th to 8th. Paper II will be conducted in the morning session (9:30 AM to 12:00 PM) while Paper I will be conducted in the evening session (02:00 PM to 04:30 PM). The examination is mandatory for government teaching jobs from classes 1st to 8th.