CTET Exam Pattern – Paper 1 & Paper 2 Pattern, Marking, Syllabus

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) formulates the CTET exam pattern (separately for Paper I and Paper II). As per the latest information by CBSE, the CTET exam pattern 2021 will remain the same as it was in the previous year. CTET 2021 exam pattern comprises the name of subjects, the number of questions asked in the exam and the marking scheme. 

The CTET exam is divided into two levels – Paper 1 and Paper 2. Candidates who aspire to teach the students of Class 1 to 5 can opt for Paper 1 while Paper II is recommended for the aspirants seeking teaching jobs for class 6 to 8. Those who are interested in teaching the students of class 1 to 8 can appear in both the papers. CTET exam shall be organized in an offline mode (pen & paper based) and it shall contain multiple choice questions.

150 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) are asked from five subjects in CTET 2021 Paper 1 and 2. The subjects comprises:
CTET Paper 1

  • Child Development and Pedagogy
  • Language-I
  • Language-II
  • Mathematics
  • Environmental Studies

CTET Paper 2

  • Child Development and Pedagogy
  • Language-I
  • Language-II
  • Mathematics and Science or Social Studies/Social Science

Candidates must go through this article to enhance their knowledge about the CTET exam pattern 2021, which covers parameters like mode of exam, type of questions, test duration, marking scheme, number of sections, marks distribution, time allotted, etc. 

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CTET Exam Pattern 2021 – Key Facts

  1. CTET exam consists of two levels – Primary (Paper I) and Elementary (Paper II). 
  2. Both the papers are conducted in offline or  pen and paper-based mode.
  3. Each paper consists of a total of 150 multiple choice questions.
  4. Time allotted for every level is 150 minutes (2.5 hours).
  5. Paper I includes five sections – Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I (compulsory), Language II (compulsory), Mathematics and Environmental Studies.
  6. Paper II consists of four sections – Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I (compulsory), Language II (compulsory) and Mathematics & Science or Social Studies.
  7. In Paper II, candidates need to opt for either Social Studies or Mathematics & Science.
  8. Candidates can choose to take Language I & II sections (in both the papers) in their desired languages. However, the main exam in CTET Paper I & II has to be attempted in either English or Hindi.  
  9. While 1 mark is awarded for every right answer, there is no negative marking for wrong answers in both the papers. 

CTET Exam Pattern – Exam Dates and Timing

The authority is yet to announce the precise schedule of the CTET exam. The table given below contains the tentative dates and timings of Paper I and Paper II:

CTET 2021 Exam Date 

EventsPaper IPaper II
CTET 2021 examJuly 2021July 2021
Exam timing9:30 AM to 12:00 Noon2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Commencement of candidates’ entry in the test centre8:00 AM12:30 PM
Last entry in the test centre9:30 AM2:00 PM

CTET Exam Pattern – Paper I (Primary Level)

CTET Paper I is for those who are interested in primary level school teaching. The major highlights of CTET exam pattern for Paper I are mentioned below:

Number of sections – Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I (compulsory), Language II (compulsory), Mathematics and Environmental Studies 

Mode of exam – Offline (pen and paper based) 

Medium of exam – English and Hindi (except the language sections)

Type of questions – Multiple choice questions (objective-type) 

Number of questions – 150 

Test duration – 150 minutes (2 hours 30 minutes) 

Total marks – 150

Marking scheme – One mark is awarded for every right answer. No negative marking for wrong answers

Candidates must refer to the table below to learn about the section-wise distribution of questions and marks in Paper I:

CTET Exam Pattern – Sectional Distribution of Questions in CTET Paper I

SectionsNumber of QuestionsMarks
Child Development and Pedagogy30 30 
Language I (compulsory)30 30 
Language II (compulsory)30 30 
Mathematics30 30 
Environmental Studies30 30 
Total150 150 

CTET Exam Pattern – Paper II (Elementary Level) 

The key facts pertaining to the CTET exam pattern for Paper II are as under:

Number of sections – Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I (compulsory), Language II (compulsory) and Mathematics & Science or Social Studies

Mode of exam – Offline or pen & paper based 

Medium of exam – English and Hindi (except the language sections)

Type of questions – MCQs or objective type

Number of questions – 150

Test duration – 150 minutes (2 hours 30 minutes)  

Total marks – 150

Marking scheme – One mark is granted for every right response. No negative marking for incorrect responses

Go through the table below to ascertain the details of sectional marks and questions in Paper II

CTET Exam Pattern – Sectional Distribution of Marks in CTET Paper II

SectionsNumber of QuestionsMarks
Child Development & Pedagogy30 30 
Language I (compulsory)30 30 
Language II (compulsory)30 30 
Mathematics and Science OR Social Studies 60 60 
Total150 150 

CTET Language (I & II) – Available Options 

Candidates need to mandatorily attempt Language I & II sections in both the papers of CTET. The available language options in CTET Paper I & II are as follows: 

Assamese BengaliGaro
GujaratiKannaddaKhasi
Malayalam ManipuriMarathi
Mizo Nepali Udia 
PunjabiSanskrit Tamil
TeluguTibetan Urdu

CTET Syllabus 2021

CBSE prescribes CTET syllabus separately for Paper I and Paper II. Candidates should refer to the below given tables to learn about section-wise topics in each paper:

CTET Syllabus for Paper I 

SectionsTopics
Child Development and PedagogyChild Development, Learning and Pedagogy
Language-IComprehension, Pedagogy of Language Development
Language-IIComprehension, Pedagogy of Language Development
MathematicsShapes & Spatial Understanding, Geometry, Solids around Us, Division, Addition and Subtraction, Numbers, Multiplication
Environmental Studies Family and Friends, Shelter, Food, Travel, Water


CTET Syllabus for Paper II

SectionsTopics
Child Development and PedagogyChild Development, Learning and Pedagogy
Language-IComprehension, Pedagogy of Language Development
Language-IIComprehension, Pedagogy of Language Development
MathematicsGeometry, Number System, Algebra, Mensuration
Science Food, Materials, Natural Phenomena, Natural Resources
Social Studies/Social SciencesHistory, Geography, Social and Political Life, Pedagogical Issues

CTET Exam Pattern – Guidelines for OMR Sheet 

CTET is an offline test and candidates will be given an Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) sheet to tick mark the correct responses (as per their knowledge) during the exam. The authority lays down certain important instructions for the test takers while using OMR sheets.

  1. An OMR sheet is given to each test-taker as a sealed test booklet that they need to open only after the invigilator’s instructions
  2. OMR sheet and test booklet contain the codes A, B, C or D
  3. Candidates must keep the OMR sheet with extreme caution and ensure that it contains no fold or mark
  4. Candidates can only write their roll number in the OMR sheet
  5. Side – 1 of OMR sheet consists of the fields like name of the applicant, roll number, father’s name, opted section in Paper II, test centre name & number, etc. Test takers should use ONLY a blue or black ball pen to fill in their details 
  6. Candidates must also pay heed to the particulars in Side – 2 of OMR sheet and complete the same with a blue or black pointed ball pen only
  7. Side – 2 of the OMR sheet includes the particulars such as roll number, test booklet number, medium of test paper, language supplement booklet number, language supplement booklet code, opted subject in paper-II, etc. 

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Books for CTET Preparation 

A right set of books for an effective CTET preparation is quite imperative for the aspirants. The table below suggests some of the most recommended books for CTET preparation. These books comply with the CTET exam pattern and syllabus.

Recommended Books for CTET Preparation 

Paper IPaper II
CTET & TETs for Class I-V Mathematics & Pedagogy by Arihant Experts for MathematicsCTET Success Master Paper-II Teacher Selection for Class VI-VIII Maths & Science by Arihant Experts for Science/Mathematics teachers)
CTET & TETs Child Development & Pedagogy (Paper I & II) by Arihant Experts for Child Development and PedagogyA Complete Resource for CTET: Child Development and Pedagogy by Sandeep Kumar for Child Development and Pedagogy (compulsory)
CTET & TETs Environmental Studies & Pedagogy Class I-V by Arihant Experts for Environmental StudiesCTET Success Master Science Social/Studies Paper-II for Class VI-VIII by Arihant Experts for social science/social studies teachers

CTET Previous Years’ Question Papers 

It is highly recommended to access the previous years’ question papers of CTET Paper I & II. Attempting the previous years’ question papers of CTET enables candidates to get acquainted with the CTET exam pattern. Also, this conventional yet effective practice helps them in enlisting the most important questions and topics.

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CTET Exam Pattern – FAQs

✔️ What is the mode of CTET exam?

CTET exam is divided into two parts – Paper I and Paper II, and both the tests are conducted in offline (pen & paper-based) mode.

✔️ How many sections are included in CTET Paper I and Paper II?

As per the CTET exam pattern, Paper I consists of 5 sections - Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I (compulsory), Language II (compulsory), Mathematics and Environmental Studies. On the other hand, Paper II is segregated into 4 sections - Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I (compulsory), Language II (compulsory) and Mathematics & Science or Social Studies.

✔️ What is the marking scheme of the CTET exam?

Marking scheme in both the papers of the CTET exam is the same. According to the CTET exam pattern, 1 mark is granted for every correct answer. No negative marking is implemented in this test.

✔️ Can I choose to give the CTET exam in Hindi language?

Yes, CTET main exam (Paper I & II) is organized in two languages - Hindi and English, and the test takers can opt for any of them. Candidates can also choose their desired regional languages to take the Language test in both the papers.

✔️ How many questions are there in Paper I and Paper II?

As per the CTET exam pattern, both Paper I and Paper II contain a total of 150 questions that the test takers have to complete within 150 minutes.