CTET Cutoff – Dates, Expected & Previous Years’ Cutoffs, Job Prospects

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) determines the CTET cutoff. CBSE will display the CTET July 2020 cutoff along with the release of the result. As per the official CTET information brochure, candidates (general category) scoring equal to or greater than 60% marks (CTET qualifying cutoff) will qualify the exam. However, candidates belonging to reserved categories get a relaxation in the cutoff score. All the candidates who qualify the entrance test in accordance with the Central Teacher Eligibility Test cutoff will be awarded a CTET certificate with a validity of seven years. 

CBSE considers different factors to determine the cutoff, such as the number of examinees, difficulty level of the paper, reservation scheme, etc. Examinees who satisfy the CTET cutoff score are eligible to apply for the posts of teachers in central government schools such as Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), Tibetan School, etc. 

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CTET Cutoff – Key Highlights

  1. CBSE has the authority to determine the cutoff score for Central Teacher Eligibility Test
  2. The CTET qualifying cutoff is set as 60% i.e., 90 marks out of 150 for candidates hailing from unreserved categories 
  3. Candidates belonging to SC/ST, OBC, PwD, etc. categories are eligible for relaxation in cutoff marks as per the reservation policies  
  4. Candidates find the cutoff score mentioned in their scorecard
  5. There are multiple factors that can influence the cutoff scores for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test in a particular year

CTET Cutoff – Important Dates

CBSE will release the Central Teacher Eligibility Test cutoff along with the result. Candidates can check the table below to get aware of the CTET exam schedule.

Key Dates for CTET 2020 Cutoff 

Events Key Dates
CTET exam date (scheduled earlier) July 5, 2020 (Postponed until further notice)
Revised exam date To be notified soon
Release of CTET result and cutoff To be notified soon

Note The table above will be revised as soon as the CBSE notifies the new schedule for CTET 2020

Read More : CTET Syllabus – Paper 1 & 2 Topics,Weightage of Questions,Exam Pattern

CTET Cutoff – Determining Factors

The following factors will help in the determination of the CTET cutoff:

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  1. Number of registered candidates
  2. Number of candidates who appeared for the exam
  3. Difficulty level of the exam

CTET Cutoff – Expected

CBSE is yet to release the CTET 2020 cutoff for the July session. Candidates can check the table below to refer to the indicative cutoff for CTET 2020

Category-Wise CTET 2020 Cutoff (Indicative)

Category Cutoff Marks (Out of 150) Cutoff Percentage
General 90 60%
OBC 85 55%
SC 85 55%
ST 85 55%

Previous Years’ CTET Cutoff

Previous years’ cutoff trends help in analyzing the cutoff for Central Teacher Eligibility Test in the current year. Candidates can check the cutoff trends followed by CBSE in previous sessions of CTET.

CTET Cutoff 2019 

Category Cutoff Marks (Out of 150)
General 90
OBC 82
SC 82
ST 82

CTET Cutoff 2018 

Category Cutoff Marks (Out of 150)
General 90
OBC 85
SC 80
ST 80

CTET Cutoff 2016 

Category Cutoff Marks (Out of 150)
General 80 – 87
OBC 78 – 85
SC 70 – 80
ST 72 – 80

CTET Cutoff 2015 

Category Cutoff Marks (Out of 150)
General 87
OBC 85
SC 80
ST 80

CTET 2020 – Percentage of Candidates Passing the Exam

The table below mentions the  percentage of candidates who passed the CTET exam in the previous years 

CTET Pass Percentage Statistics 

Year/Session Candidates Appeared Qualified Pass Percentage
December 2019 Paper 1 14,13,390 2,47,386 17.50%
December 2019 Paper 2 9,91,755 2,94,899 29.73%
July 2019 Paper 1 13,59,478 2,14,658 15.78%
July 2019 Paper 2 10,17,553 1,37,172 13.48%
December 2018 Paper 1 10,73,545 1,78,273 16.60%
December 2018 Paper 2 8,78,425 1,26,968 14.45%
September 2016  Paper 1  1,93,005   26,638    13.8%   
September 2016 Paper 2 3,86,085 42,928 11.12%

CTET 2020 – Qualifying Certificate

Candidates who satisfy the CTET cutoff will get an Eligibility Certificate/Qualifying Certificate. The eligibility certificate will be valid for a period of seven years from the date of CTET result announcement. Candidates who wish to appear for CTET again can do so, irrespective of their qualifying status in the previous sessions.

What jobs to apply for after receiving the CTET Eligibility Certificate?

Candidates qualifying the entrance test as per the CTET cutoff can use their eligibility certificate to apply for teachers’ recruitment at schools operating under the Central Government, such as KVS, NVS, Central Tibetan Schools, etc. Also, CTET certificates can be used for applying in schools that run under the administrative control of Union Territories. Additionally, various unaided private schools might consider a candidate with a CTET certificate for recruitment at the primary and elementary level. 

Note – Candidates seeking a teaching job in central government schools must have the CTET eligibility certificate to fulfill one of the eligibility criteria for the post(s).     

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CTET Cutoff – FAQs

✔️ How can I check the CTET cutoff 2020?

Candidates will be able to check the CTET cut off along with the result. The same window will display both the CTET cutoff 2020 and result on the official website (ctet.nic.in).

✔️ Does the CTET cutoff remain the same for every session and year?

Usually, candidates do not find any change in the cutoff for Central Teacher Eligibility Test in every year or session. However, CBSE considers multiple factors for the determination of the CTET cut off, including the number of candidates and the difficulty level of the exam, etc, Hence, there is always a minimal possibility for change in the cutoff scores.

✔️ Will I secure a teaching job in a government school if I score greater than the CTET cutoff score?

No. Qualifying CTET is just one of the eligibility criteria for the recruitment of teachers. Candidates have to satisfy other eligibility criteria (depending upon the school) for their recruitment through CTET score.

✔️ What is the significance of the CTET cutoff marks?

Candidates meeting the cutoff score of Central Teacher Eligibility Test will be eligible for the recruitment process at the schools operating under Central Government/respective UT Governments. The recruitment of a candidate depends upon multiple factors, one of which is qualifying the CTET exam and obtaining the CTET Eligibility Certificate.

✔️ Where can I apply for the recruitment if I have qualified CTET?

Candidates qualifying the CTET as per the cutoff criteria can participate in the recruitment process of Government-owned schools such as Kendriya Vidyalaya and NVS along with some private schools. Additionally, schools in some of the states/UTs which do not have their own TET exam will also accept the CTET score for the recruitment process.

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