Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) is Now Compulsory

Having a BEd degree will no longer be enough to become a school teacher. Aspirants will now have to clear an eligibility test with at least 60% to be able to teach at any private or government school.

The Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) will be conducted once a year, separately by the state governments and the Centre. If a state decides not to conduct the test, schools in that state or union territory will take into account the test conducted by the central government. Validity of the qualifying certificate will be decided by the state government, union territory or Centre, subject to the condition that it cannot be more than seven years. There is no bar on the number of attempts by an aspiring teacher for obtaining a TET certificate. Moreover, an aspirant can appear a second time to improve the score.

The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) will maintain the database, and be the repository of experts and resources that will be shared with state governments and UTs. Considering the massive recruitment of teachers that states will undertake to fulfill the requirement under the Right to Education Act, NCTE on Friday issued detailed guidelines for TET. In the next few weeks, many states are going to start the recruitment process.

TET will have two papers with multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Paper I will be for those intending to become teachers for classes I-V. Paper II will be for those aspiring to teach between classes VI and VIII. Those interested in teaching from Class I to VIII will have to appear for both papers.

Aspirants will have to clear a Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) with at least 60% marks to teach at any pvt or govt school. The test will be conducted once a year, separately by state govts and the Centre No bar on number of attempts to clear test. Aspirant can also take test again to improve score Teacher eligibility test to be in 3 parts

The Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) is set to be made mandatory for aspirants to be able to teach in private and government school. For Paper I of the test, candidates will be tested on five subjects — child development and pedagogy, language I (medium of instruction) and language II (chosen from a list other than language I), mathematics and environmental studies. Each section will have 30 questions of one mark each. Questions on child development and pedagogy will focus on educational psychology of teaching. Emphasis will be laid on understanding the characteristics and needs of diverse learners. Questions on language I and II will focus on proficiency, elements of language, communication and comprehension abilities. MCQs on mathematics and environmental studies will focus on concepts and problem solving abilities.

Paper II will have three compulsory sections on child development and pedagogy, language I and II. For mathematics and science teachers, there will be 60 MCQs of one mark each. For social studies teachers, there will be 60 MCQs of one mark each.

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  • vaibhav sachdeva

    dear sir, as i got selected in b.t.c- 2010 and since 2nd august-10, i am getting the training of b.t.c.recently i heard nw it is compulsary to qualify the tet.i just want to know that is it compulsary for our batch also(b.t.c-2010),training start date- aug2, 2010.i m b.com.ply reply

  • pooja chaudhary


    i m pursuing b.com final year from delhi university…..so pls let me knw m i eligible for CTET next year…????

  • vijay kumar

    Hi sir,

    I want to know that will BTC 2010 session who are presently persuing BTC will have to give TET UP test.

    Kindly reply

    Vijay kumar

  • ritendra verma

    sir , i am a private teacher . i wanted to do diploma in elementary education in ignou . sir this is valid for TET ? please tell me  because may ambision to make a govt. teacher . 

  • sunil

    sir i want know about TET. bed is compulsary or not for TET exam?

  • Pushpa

    Dear Sir,
    I have completed my B.Ed. last year. Will you please tell me what is the Eligibility or the qualification required for clear the Teacher Eligibilty Test (TET).

    waiting for your early anticipation.

  • neha

    when will the next exam held???????????/

  • Shikha gupta

    dear sir,
     I am pursuing B.Ed (2011-12) am i eligible to appear for TET exams being held in NOV.2011.

  • Shikha gupta

    dear sir, I am pursuing B.Ed (2011-12) am i eligible to appear for TET exams being held in NOV.2011. plz.. if anybody knows mail me at shikhagupta1031@gmail.com


    Dear Sir,

    Myself Sarika taking training under BTC 2010 batch. I want to know whether TET is compulsory for us also( BTC 2010).

  • himanshu samadhia

    this time i am in port blair andaman and nicobar i want to appear in the exam  of teacher eligibility test how it is applied and is it conducted in portblair if no then can i chose the examination centre as portblair for any other state or centre exam


    sir i have passed ctet 2011.now i want to do 6 month program in elemantery education.please suggest me some correspondence course .i am waiting your reply

  • Rakesh

    i am cleared ctet and htet . Now what?

  • Dear Madam/Sir,

                             What is the age limit for  defence employs and Ex- service man for teacher’s job.  

  • When  the teacher’s eligibility test be held in this year.

  • malu


    My qualification is SSLC-51% mark ,Pre Degree-44%, Degree-47%, Bed-59%.Can I apply TET in Kerala Pease ?

  • dav

    Hello Sir/Mam,
                         I want to ask you something about this test.I am teaching in classes xi and xii and my subject is computer science. So is it compulsory for computer teachers also.

    Please send me the response of my query.

  • Is it necessary for a PG with MEd to have CTET or TET? I am eligible to be a teacher in higher secondary and senior secondary classes?

  • gauri nehete

    pls let me know hw to apply for this test nd abt refrence books nd previous question papers nd also pls.inform when is the next CTET?

  • mani

    I have already passed SET (State Eligibility Test) under Kerala government (Directorate of Higher Secondary Education)Is this CTET is compulsory for me?

  • Kadir

    visit cbsetet.co.in FREE MEMBERSHIP AVAILABLE

  • disqus_EiceFw4ncM

    i have completed MPhil in commerce and doing my project now, is this TET is relevant to me, or i will go for some other courses

  • ruchika

    please let me know when is the test scheduled next, how to apply and from where I can get reference books and previous year question paper.

  • S.DhanaLakshmi

    Can computer teachers with B.Ed can write tet exam in tamilnadu?

  • geetha

    hi,any age limit for TET? and what is the qualification? pre primry trained teachers are eligible for this test?

  • poo

    i have done mca. i want to apply for govt job in computers.how can i get it.could any one help me in this regard.is htet is necessary for this? and is there is any ctet exam for computer subject????