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

The Central Board of Secondary Education prescribes the CTET syllabus for Paper I & Paper II separately.  The CTET Paper I syllabus includes topics from Child Development and Pedagogy, Language-I, Language-II, Mathematics and Environmental Studies and Paper II syllabus comprises topics from Child Development and Pedagogy, Language-I, Language-II, Mathematics and Science or Social Studies/Social Sciences.

Optimistic candidates look at this extension in CTET exam date as a boon, owing to the additional preparation time they have got. It is recommended to devise a preparation plan revolving around the CTET syllabus 2021 to inch closer towards success.  

CTET syllabus for the Paper I is segregated into five sections whereas the Paper II of CTET will comprise four sections. โ€˜Child Development and Pedagogyโ€™ section remains common in both the papers with different difficulty levels. 

Candidates aspiring to  become a primary-level teacher (class I to V) can appear in Paper I. On the other hand, CTET Paper II is conducted for aspirants seeking teaching jobs at elementary level (class VI to VII). However, candidates can appear for both the papers to compete for teaching jobs at either primary or elementary level.  

Read this article to fetch complete information on CTET syllabus 2021, and get insights on the exam pattern. 

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CTET Syllabus โ€“ Outline

  1. CBSE has the sole authority to define/amend the CTET syllabus
  2. CBSE conducts the CTET exam twice in a year – July & December 
  3. As per the CTET syllabus, Paper I will have questions from five sections, namely:
    • Child Development and Pedagogy
    • Language โ€“ I
    • Language โ€“ II
    • Mathematics
    • Environmental Studies
  4. As per the CTET syllabus, Paper II will have questions from four sections, namely:
    • Child Development and Pedagogy
    • Language โ€“ I
    • Language โ€“ II
    • Mathematics and Science OR Social Studies/Social Science
  5. CTET is an offline exam (pen & paper based) 
  6. Candidates have to face 150 questions in each CTET paper (Paper I & II)

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CTET Syllabus 2021 โ€“ Paper I

Paper I of CTET will have as many as 150 questions divided into five sections. The questions are based on various topics under each section. Candidates can check the section-wise topics along with the number of questions under each section of CTET Paper 1 in the table below. 

CTET Syllabus for Paper I

SectionsTopicsNumber of Questions
Child Development and PedagogyDevelopment of a Primary School Child15
Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs5
Learning and Pedagogy10
Language โ€“ 1Language Comprehension15
Pedagogy of Language Development15
Language โ€“ 2Language Comprehension15
Pedagogy of Language Development15
MathematicsContent (numbers, solving simple equations, Multiplication, geometry patterns, time, measurement, data handling, solids, Volume, Money, etc.)15
Pedagogical issues15
Environmental StudiesContent (Family and Friends, food, water, shelter, travel, etc)15
Pedagogical Issues15

CTET Syllabus 2021 โ€“ Paper II

As per the CTET syllabus and exam pattern for Paper 2, candidates have to answer a total of 150 questions divided into four different sections. While the candidates will have to answer the questions from 3 sections compulsorily (Child Development and Pedagogy, Language โ€“ I, Language โ€“ II), they can choose the 4th section from any of the following two options: 

  • Mathematics and Science โ€“ If you want to teach either Mathematics or Science
  • Social Studies/Social Science โ€“ If your teaching forte lies in Social Studies 

Candidates can check the table below to get acquainted with the section-wise topics included in CTET syllabus for Paper II. 

CTET Syllabus for Paper II

SectionsTopicsNumber of Questions
Child Development and PedagogyDevelopment of an Elementary School Child15
Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs5
Learning and Pedagogy10
Language โ€“ 1 Language Comprehension15
Pedagogy of Language Development15
Language โ€“ 2Language Comprehension15
Pedagogy of Language Development15
Mathematics and ScienceMathematics Number system, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Data Handling Pedagogical issues20
Pedagogical issues10
Science Food, Materials, The world of the living, Moving things, people and ideas, How things work, Natural phenomena and resources20
Pedagogical issues10
Social Studies/ Social ScienceHistory, Geography, Social and Political Life40
Pedagogical issues20

CTET Syllabus โ€“ Important Points for Exam Preparation

  • Questions in the โ€˜Child Development and Pedagogyโ€™ section of both Paper I and II will primarily have an emphasis on educational psychology of teaching and learning, which is relevant to the specified age groups
  • The Mathematics and Environmental Studies of Paper I will have questions to test the basic concepts, problem-solving abilities and pedagogical understanding and applications of both the subjects 
  • In Paper II, questions in Mathematics & Science or Social Studies will be related to the basic concepts of the subjects along with the applications of the subjects
  • The Language I and II sections will test the proficiency related to the medium of instruction, elements of language, communication and comprehension abilities
  • Candidates have to choose two different languages from the available options (mentioned in the table below) to attempt mandatory Language I & II sections in both the papers. Apart from the language sections, candidates can access other sections in either English or hindi  
EnglishGujaratiMarathiSanskrit
HindiKannadaMizoTamil
AssameseKhasiNepaliTelugu
BengaliMalayalamOriyaTibetan
GaroManipuriPunjabiUrdu

CTET Exam Pattern 2021

Apart from the CTET syllabus, candidates must have proper knowledge of the exam pattern to make an effective study plan. Check out the table below to know the paper-wise exam pattern for CTET 2021.

CTET 2021 Exam Pattern

ParticularsPaper IPaper II
Mode of ExamOffline Offline 
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions
Duration of Exam2.5 hours 2.5 hours 
Sections
  • Child Development and Pedagogy
  • Language โ€“ I 
  • Language โ€“ II 
  • Mathematics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Child Development and Pedagogy
  • Language โ€“ I 
  • Language โ€“ II 
  • Mathematics and Science OR Social Studies
Number of Questions150 150 
Marking Scheme1 mark for the correct response1 mark for the correct response
Negative MarkingNo No

Expert Tips to Prepare for CTET 2021

With the help of CTET syllabus, exam pattern and the right guidance, candidates can optimize their study plan. Here are some of the expert tips to prepare for the CTET 2021 examination:

  1. The CTET question paper is designed as per the syllabus covered in the NCERT textbooks. Hence, candidates must primarily pay attention to their NCERT textbooks
  2. Go through the previous yearsโ€™ question papers and analyse the topics which repeat every year
  3. Brush up your calculation skills by learning some easy tricks to improve your speed and accuracy to solve the mathematics section 
  4. Prepare a study plan segregated into a daily to-do list and make sure you follow it religiously  
  5. Practice the online mock tests to optimize your competence to complete the question paper within the given time.

Books to Prepare for CTET 2021

Initially, candidates must grasp the understanding of basic concepts from NCERT textbooks. Afterwards, they can move to the below-mentioned books for advanced level preparation.

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 Yearsโ€™ Question Papers 

As stated above, previous yearsโ€™ question papers of CTET come in handy while preparing for this exam. Itโ€™s an effective practice to solve the CTET question papers of previous yearsโ€™ and analyze your speed & accuracy. You can also figure out the trend of topics/questions that repeat more often in the CTET exam. 

Click here to download CTET previous yearsโ€™ question papers.      

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CTET Syllabus โ€“ FAQs

โœ”๏ธ Who will prescribe the CTET syllabus 2021?

The Central Board of Secondary Education conducts the CTET 2021. Hence, CBSE has the sole authority to prescribe the CTET syllabus 2021.

โœ”๏ธ Is the syllabus for CTET 2021 different for both the papers?

The CTET syllabus for both the papers is almost similar. The difference between both the papers lies in the exam pattern and the difficulty level of the questions.

โœ”๏ธ How many sections do I need to prepare for taking CTET 2021?

As per the CTET syllabus for Paper 1, candidates have to answer questions from a total of five sections including Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I (compulsory), Language II (compulsory), Mathematics and Environmental Studies. On the other hand, the question paper for CTET paper 2 will have questions divided into four sections - Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I (compulsory), Language II (compulsory) and Mathematics & Science or Social Studies.

โœ”๏ธ Why is the CTET exam divided into Paper I and Paper II?

Candidates who aspire to teach the students at primary level (Class 1 to 5) opt for Paper 1 while Paper II is recommended for the aspirants seeking teaching jobs at elementary level (class 6 to 8). However, candidates looking for teaching jobs at any level (primary & elementary) can take both Paper I & II.

โœ”๏ธ Which section of CTET carries the maximum weightage?

Paper I of CTET will have five sections carrying equal weightage. In CTET Paper II, the section with the subject choice between Mathematics & Science or Social Studies will have the maximum weightage of 60 marks.  

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