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CTET Preparation Tips to Crack CTET Exam in First Attempt without Coaching



CTET stands for Central Teacher Eligibility Test which is administered by the authority named Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Earlier, the exam was being organized twice every year, but from now onwards CTET exam will be organized once in a year. Lakhs of candidates appear for this exam at various exam centers throughout the country. Qualifying CTET is crucial for all the candidates who wish to become a certified teacher in government or private schools. It is not easy to crack TET exam in the first attempt, as most of the candidates take 2 to 3 chances to qualify.

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However, it is not so difficult to pass the exam unless you start preparing methodically and proper guidance from some of the best CTET coaching centres or guidesUnder proper guidance with a well-planned timetable and right study material, if you prepare for only 3-4 months, it becomes very easy to qualify the TET, even other exams.

Follow Strategy 3P’s- Plan, Prepare, Practice:

For every exam preparation, there is one strategy i.e.3P’s – which means first you need to set up a Plan, then Prepare for according to the plan and then practice what you prepare

  • Plan: Plan preparation schedule by setting up the timetable,  how much time you are going to give the desired subjects. Take the time in analyzing your ability.  Planning is a good way to optimize your task.
  • Prepare:  Now it’s time to prepare what you plan. Prepare according to your timetable and days of subjects. You can choose the weekend for mock tests and can give weekdays for sectional tests for particular subjects.
  • Practice: “Practice makes man perfect.” For subjects like Mathematics, Grammar etc. it needs a proper practice. Practicing will raise your self-esteem and will give you confidence in the exam.

How to Crack CTET Exam- Preparation Tips

  • Understand the exam pattern and syllabus
  • Clear basic concepts and practice mock tests
  • Analyse and Improve your weak area of study
  • Study Important CTET Textbooks
  • Always try to prepare the quick note
  • Stay Calm & stress-free
  • CTET Exam Day Tips- Do’s and Don’ts
  • Understand the Exam Pattern & Syllabus:

There are two levels of CTET exam; Level 1 for Primary Teachers (Class 1st to 5th) and Level 2 for TGT (Class 6th to 8th). both have different syllabus but same exam pattern. Both exams will be offline on OMR sheet. There will be 150 questions and candidates have 150 minutes (2.5 hours). There is no negative marking for the wrong answer. Try to solve previous year question papers to understand the pattern and exam style.

Focus on Pedagogy: Child development and pedagogy is a subject and will cover up the 30 marks. After that, each subject contains 50% questions from Pedagogy. So try to focus on pedagogy and attempt maximum questions.

Exam Pattern: Paper 1

Subjects Total Questions Total Marks Duration
Child development & Pedagogy 30 30 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Mathematics 30 30
Language – 1 30 30
Language – 2 30 30
Environmental Studies 30 30
Total 150 Questions 150 Marks

CTET 2018 Exam Pattern: Paper 2

Subjects Total Questions Total Marks Duration
Child development & Pedagogy 30 30 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Language – 1 30 30
Language – 2 30 30
Science & Mathematics/ Social Science 60 60
Total 150 Questions 150 Marks
  • Clear Basic Concept and Practice Mock Tests:

You must have clear all the basic concept of every subject. Questions will be asked from basics. Without learning the basics, you can’t understand the other concepts. Focus on child development & pedagogy. Also, try to solve short quick tests for each subject on regular basis. It will help you enhance the accuracy and understand the concept. On weekends, the attempt at least 2-3 mock test series and analyze yourself and your weak areas.

  • Analyse and Improve your weak Area of study

By attempting more and more practice and mock tests, analyze your weak area of study. Analyze that in which subject or topic you are not doing well. Then focus and improve your weaker areas. Clear the basics of the weaker area while in your strong areas, you just need practice and practice.

Improve Speed: You need to have good speed to attempt all the question paper on time. To improve speed practice more and more question sets. Remeber, only practicing can improve your question paper attempting speed.

  • Study Important CTET Textbooks:

You should have at least one book for every subject according to your Paper for theoretical study for better understanding. In guest papers, mock tests, practice papers, we can only do quick solutions but for better understanding we need books. There are many books available for CTET exam preparation. We have also described best books for your preparation below.

  • Always try to prepare quick notes:

As you start preparing for your exam, prepare quick or short notes for all the important topics subject-wise. These quick or short notes will help you for quick revision of complete syllabus before your exam. You can use text highlighter for important points for revision. Make short tables and point to point notes for formulas, important dates etc.

  • Stay Calm & stress-free

Stay calm and don’t overload yourself with stress. Remeber that, you can’t study in stress. If you try to force yourself while stress, you can’t memorize a single word. concentration and confidence are necessary things. Take a good sleep, wake up on time, will keep you healthy, fresh and stressfree all the day.

Try to reach Examination center before time, so that you can relax and focus well on the question paper.


CTET Exam Day Tips- Do’s and Don’ts:

  • Always reach the examination centre at least 1 hour before the exam.
  • There is a plus point is that there is no negative marking in CTET exam. Always attempt all the questions even if you are in doubt. Single mark matters.
  • Don’t spend too much time on the single question. Always start solving the questions, you are sure about.
  • Keep on eye on the time. Try to solve all the question paper on time.
  • Don’t be confuse. Keep calm and answer the questions carefully.

CTET Preparation Books and Study Material:

We suggest you read NCERT books till 12th level for Maths, English, Science problems. Try to solve previous year question papers. For General awareness, read newspapers or monthly magazines. Although for better preparation, you some other books.

Best Books for CTET Preparation (Hindi and English) and Study Material:

Book’s Name Publisher or Author
CTET Success Master – Paper I Teacher Selection for Class I to V Arihant
CTET Success Master Paper – II Teacher Selection for Class VI-VIII Social Studies/Science Arihant
Practice Sets for CTET Central Teacher Eligibility Test Paper – I Class (I-V) Arihant
Study Guide for CTET Paper I English (Class 1 – 5 teachers) Disha
CTET & TETs English Language Paper I & II Arihant
CTET & TETs Solved Papers – Paper II Teacher Selection for Class VI to VIII Social Studies/Science Arihant

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All the very best for your exam.


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