TET (Teacher Eligibility Test) is a compulsory examination in all Indian states for recruitment of teachers at primary and middle-level classes in government schools. However, it is just one of the eligibility requirements. Candidates need to fulfil the other eligibility criteria laid down by the respective schools for selection. The exam is conducted at both central and state levels. The minimum eligibility for appearing in the exam is graduation and degree/diploma in Elementary Education. The exam is conducted yearly, twice a year, or once in two or three years on the basis of vacancies available for teaching posts in government schools.
The Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) is conducted at two levels:
- Central level
- State level
The exam conducted at Central level is known as Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) and those conducted at the state level are known as Teacher Eligibility Test with state name as Prefix. For instance; Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (UP TET), Punjab TET, Himachal Pradesh TET (HP TET), etc.
CTET 2020 - Central Teacher Eligibility Test
- CTET is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and is applicable to/valid for schools under Central Government (such as KVs, NVs, Tibetan schools, etc.) and schools under the administrative control of Union Territories of Chandigarh, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, and NCT of Delhi.
- Unaided private schools have the option of considering CTET score for their recruitment process.
- Any state government may also consider the CTET score if it decides not to conduct the state level TET.
- The CTET score remains valid for seven years. However, there is no restriction on the number of attempts. Candidates can appear for the exam within seven years for improving their score.
If you are interested in becoming a government teacher; read on to know about the exam pattern, syllabus, important dates, etc. related to the Teacher Eligibility Test. The details provided here are as per the CTET exam as the pattern and other details of the state level exams are drafted in accordance with the Central level exam.