The first Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) is conducted on Sunday by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The Right To Education Act makes it mandatory for teachers recruited to handle classes I to VIII to pass a test to be conducted as per the guidelines framed by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).
While the CTET conducted by the CBSE is applicable to the schools of the Central government, such as the Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas, unaided private school teachers may either take the CTET or the TET, which would be conducted by the State government. The schools owned and managed by the State government or local bodies and aided schools shall either consider the TET conducted by the State government or the CTET conducted by the CBSE, according to the guidelines.
Most teachers come with a B.Ed degree they obtain through a one-year course. Only the Regional Institutes of Education (RIEs) and universities offering B.Ed via correspondence spread out the B.Ed programme over two years. In that sense, the TET is a welcome move to ensure that good teachers come into the system.