Teacher Eligibility Tests in India

The Teacher Eligibility Test or TET is a recruitment examination conducted for those aspirants who aspire to be appointed as a teacher for Classes I to VIII. It is mandatory for candidates to qualify the entrance exam in order to get a teacher job in the government schools. The test is conducted by both the central and state governments of India. Additionally, most states conduct their own TETs. Generally, there are two papers – Paper 1 which is conducted for teachers of classes I to V, and Paper 2 is conducted for teachers of classes VI to VIII. To know more about the list of Teacher Eligibility Tests in India conducted at the national and state level, scroll down. 

List of Teacher Eligibility Tests in India

The concept of the Teacher Eligibility Test was introduced by the Government of India in the year 2011. It was introduced to improve the quality and standards of teaching. Furthermore, it is conducted to meet the objectives of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act. 

Candidates with educational qualifications like  B.Ed, B.T.C (D.El.Ed), and B.El.Ed can apply for the test. To be qualified in the test, they need to obtain marks equal to or greater than the cut off marks. 

Central Teacher Eligibility Test    

The Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) is a national level exam administered by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The exam is conducted twice a year to determine the eligibility of the candidates for appointing teachers in classes I-VIII. Every year, more than lakh candidates apply for this exam. The exam is held in 20 languages in pen-paper mode. In order to be declared as qualified in CTET, aspirants need to secure at least 60% and the validity for CTET certificate is seven (07) years. 

Aspirants who wish to apply for CTET must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility conditions. After this, they must submit the online application form along with the necessary amount of fee before the last date. Once the application process is over, registered candidates are issued a CTET admit card which they must carry on the day of the exam. After you have appeared for the exam, CBSE releases a provisional answer key and then a final answer key (based on the objections submitted). Lastly, the board declares CTET results based on candidates’ performance in the exam. 

State-wise Teacher Eligibility Tests (TET)

Candidates who wish to be appointed as teachers in their respective states will need to for the teacher eligibility test as conducted by the respective authorities. Some of the state TETs are like Assam TET, REET, UPTET, etc. Aspirants who wish to apply for state TETs must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility criteria and check the selection process as it may differ from state to state. 

Career Growth after Teacher Eligibility Test

It is to be noted that every state has its own promotion policy for primary / upper teachers. Generally, the upper primary teachers are promoted to headmasters before their retirement. Some of the opportunities for the candidates after clearing Teacher Eligibility Tests (TETs) are as follows – 

  • They can be promoted to become Headmaster in a primary or secondary school. 
  • You can also get the position of a Senior teacher. 
  • After teaching as a primary / upper school teacher, promotion to Assistant Teacher is also a good opportunity for you.  
  • You can also get the position of Principal in higher education schools. 

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