CTET Syllabus 2019, Exam Pattern, Books, Preparation Tips, Questions

CTET Syllabus for Paper I will be based on the topics prescribed in the syllabus of NCERT for class 1 – 5. For Paper II, the syllabus will be of the Elementary stage. All the questions will be objective in nature, each carrying 1 mark with no provision of negative marking.Download CTET Last Year Question Papers
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Latest: CBSE has scheduled the exam for July 7, 2019. Candidates can apply on the official website till March 5, 2019. Know more
There will be two papers of CTET 2019 viz.
• Paper I will be for a person who intends to be a teacher for classes I to V.
• Paper II will be for a person who intends to be a teacher for classes VI to VIII.
• Candidate scoring 60% marks will be issued Eligibility Certificate by the board. Check CTET Cut Off
Note: A person who intends to be a teacher for both levels (classes I to V and classes VI to VIII) will have to appear in both the papers (Paper I and Paper II). Check CTET Exam Pattern
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CTET Syllabus for Primary Stage: Paper 1
Exam Duration: 2.30 hrs. | Sections: 5 (all compulsory)
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CTET 2019 Paper 1 is conducted for aspirants seeking employment in Kendriya Vidyalayas and other central government-aided schools.
The syllabus for the exam is as decided by CBSE every year. Section wise distribution is tabulated below:
Section Name Max. Questions Max. Marks
Child Development & Pedagogy 30 30
Language I 30 30
Language II 30 30
Mathematics 30 30
Environmental Studies 30 30
Total 150 MCQs 150 Marks
Read How to Prepare for Child Development and Pedagogy Section in CTET
Nature and Standard of Questions
• The Child Development and Pedagogy will focus on educational psychology of teaching and learning relevant to the age group of 6-11 years. They will focus on understanding the characteristics and needs of diverse learners, interaction with learners and the attributes and qualities of a good facilitator of learning.
• Language I section will focus on the proficiencies related to the medium of instruction.
• Language II section will focus on the elements of language, communication and comprehension abilities. Language II will be a language other than Language I. A candidate may choose any one language as Language I and other as Language II from the available language options and will be required to specify the same in the Confirmation Page.
List of Languages and Code are as follows:
Language Code Language Code Language Code Language Code
English 01 Gujarati 06 Marathi 11 Sanskrit 16
Hindi 02 Kannada 07 Mizo 12 Tamil 17
Assamese 03 Khasi 08 Nepali 13 Telugu 18
Bengali 04 Malayalam 09 Oriya 14 Tibetan 19
Garo 05 Manipuri 10 Punjabi 15 Urdu 20
• Mathematics and Environmental Studies will focus on the concepts, problem-solving abilities and pedagogical understanding of the subjects. In all these subject areas, the test items will be evenly distributed over different divisions of the syllabus of that subject prescribed for classes I – V by the NCERT.
• The questions on topics covered throughout classes 1 to 5 will be asked in this paper. However, participants should note that the difficulty level of questions may be upto secondary school level.
The important topics for each section are mentioned below:
Section Topic Number of questions
Child Development and Pedagogy Development of a Primary School Child 15
Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs 5
Learning and Pedagogy 10
Language 1 and Language 2 (30 questions each) Language Comprehension 15
Pedagogy of Language Development 15
Mathematics Content (numbers, solving simple equations, algebra, geometry patterns, time, measurement, data handling, solids, data handling, etc.) 15
Pedagogical issues 15
Environmental Studies Content (environment, food, shelter, water, family and friends, etc.) 15
Pedagogical Issues 15
CTET Books for Paper 1

Book name Publisher/ Author’s name
CTET Success Master Paper 1 Arihant Publications
CTET and TETs English Language Arihant Publications
Study Guide for CTET Paper 1 Disha Publications
CTET Preparation Tips: Paper 1
• Aspirants must refer NCERT Books of class 1 to 5 to know the exact syllabus. They must read the ‘Note for Teachers’ given at the beginning of each textbook. This can help them in the child pedagogy section.
• Candidates should be quick in solving questions related to comprehension and prose. For this, they must understand the content and draw inferences from it.
• Solve mock papers to get an idea about the type of questions asked in the exam.
• Solve mathematical problems regularly. Though the syllabus is till class 5, the difficulty level may be upto class 10. Hence, remember formulae and record the time taken to solve problems to measure speed and accuracy.

CTET Syllabus for Elementary Stage: Paper 2
Exam Duration: 2.30 hrs. | Sections: 5 (all compulsory)
CTET 2019 Paper 2 is conducted for individuals seeking employment in the Elementary classes of schools. It will consist of 4 compulsory sections. They will have an option in the fourth section which aspirants should opt as per the subject they wish to teach. Section wise distribution is tabulated below:
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Section Name Max. Questions Max. Marks
Child Development & Pedagogy 30 30
Language I 30 30
Language II 30 30
Mathematics and Science
(for Maths & Science teacher) 60 60
Social Studies/ Social Science
(for Social Studies/ Social Science teacher) 60 60
Total 150 MCQs 150 Marks
Note: There is an option to attempt either IV or V section.
Nature and Standard of Questions
• Child Development and Pedagogy section will focus on educational psychology of teaching and learning, relevant to the age group of 11-14 years. They will focus on understanding the characteristics, needs and psychology of diverse learners, interaction with learners and the attributes and qualities of a good facilitator of learning.
• Language I section will focus on the proficiencies related to the medium of instruction.
• Language II section will focus on the elements of language, communication and comprehension abilities. Language II will be a language other than Language I. A candidate may choose any one language as Language I and other as Language II from the available language options and will be required to specify the same in the Confirmation Page
List of Languages and Code are as follows:
Language Code Language Code Language Code Language Code
English 01 Gujarati 06 Marathi 11 Sanskrit 16
Hindi 02 Kannada 07 Mizo 12 Tamil 17
Assamese 03 Khasi 08 Nepali 13 Telugu 18
Bengali 04 Malayalam 09 Oriya 14 Tibetan 19
Garo 05 Manipuri 10 Punjabi 15 Urdu 20
• Mathematics and Science OR Social Studies/Social Science section will focus on the concepts, problem solving abilities and pedagogical understanding of the subjects. The test items of Mathematics and Science will be of 30 marks each. The test items will be evenly distributed over different divisions of the syllabus of that subject as prescribed for classes VI – VIII by the NCERT.
• The questions in the test for Paper II will be based on the topics prescribed in syllabus of the NCERT for classes VI – VIII but their difficulty standard as well as linkages, could be up to the Senior Secondary stage.
The important topics for each section are mentioned below:
Section Topic No. of Questions
Child Development and Pedagogy Development of an Elementary School Child 15
Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs 5
Learning and Pedagogy 10
Language 1 and Language 2 (30 questions each) Language Comprehension 15
Pedagogy of Language Development 15
Mathematics and Science Mathematics Number system, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Data Handling Pedagogical issues 20
Pedagogical issues 10
Science Food, Materials, The world of the living, Moving things, people and ideas, How things work, Natural phenomena and resources 20
Pedagogical issues 10
Social Studies History, Geography, Social and Political Life 40
Pedagogical issues 20
CTET Books for Paper 2

Book Name Publisher/ Author’s name
CTET and TETs Solved Papers Arihant Publications
CTET Success Master for Paper 2 Arihant Publications
Child development and Pedagogy Shalini Punjabi
CTET Practice Workbook Disha Publications
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CTET Preparation Tips: Paper 2
• Candidates are advised to read the pedagogy questions carefully. Sometimes, the questions are twisted to confuse them.
• Revise mathematical concepts and formulae regularly. Devise short tricks to solve the problems in the least time possible. This will only be possible if aspirants practice a lot.
• Stick to NCERT textbooks. Make pointers of concepts learnt in science. Sometimes mere logic can also help us arrive at answers.
• For historic events, remember the events that take place in a series.
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CTET 2019 Exam Schedule
Given below is the updated time schedule for CTET 2019 Exam:
Paper II Paper I
CTET Exam Date July 7, 2019
Entry in Exam Center 8:00 AM 12:30 PM
Checking of Admit Cards 09:00 AM – 09:15 AM 01:30 PM – 01:45 PM
Distribution of Test Booklets 09:15 AM 01:45 PM
Seal to be Opened 09:25 AM 01:55 PM
Last Entry at the Center 09:30 AM 02:00 PM
Exam Commencement 09:30 AM 02:00 PM
Exam Concludes 12:00 PM 04:30 PM
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