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CTET 2024 Paper 1: Check Weightage and Type of Questions, Preparation Tips

Deepansh Sharma
Deepansh SharmaUpdated On: November 16, 2023 01:26 pm IST | CTET
CTET Paper 1 is for the candidates who want to become primary-level teachers i.e. from class 1 to 5. Check the section-wise weightage, marking scheme, and types of questions asked in CTET Paper 1 provided below.
CTET Paper 1: Check Weightage and Type of Questions, Preparation Tips

CTET Paper 1 2024: The Central Teaching Eligibility Test (CTET) generally comprises of two papers: Paper 1 and Paper 2. The CTET 2024 Exam will be conducted on January 21, 2024, and the duration for Paper 1 will start from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM, while the timing for the Paper 2 shift will be from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM. Paper 1 is for the candidates who want to become primary-level teachers i.e. from class 1 to 5. On the other hand, Paper 2 is conducted for candidates with aspirations of becoming teachers for classes 6 to 8. Those appearing for the upcoming CTET December Paper 1 must have a complete understanding of the section-wise weightage, marking scheme, and types of questions asked in CTET Paper 1.

The Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) was conducted by CBSE through an offline mode employing a pen-paper OMR-based approach. CTET 2024 July exam marked the 17th edition of this exam, serving as a crucial assessment of candidates' eligibility for teaching roles in government and government-aided schools. In this article, we will be discussing the section-wise weightage, marking scheme, and types of questions asked in CTET Paper 1.

Also Read: CTET Paper 2 2024

CTET Paper 1 2024: Highlights

Candidates interested in becoming teachers at the primary level i.e. for classes 1 to 5 need to appear for CTET Paper 1. The important highlights of the CTET Paper 1 are as follows:



CTET Paper 1 Exam Mode


CTET Paper 1 Exam Structure

  • CTET Paper 1 consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs).

  • CTET Paper 1 is divided into five sections, each focusing on different subjects and aspects of teaching at the primary level.

  • The sections include Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I (compulsory), Language II (compulsory), Mathematics, and Environmental Studies.

CTET Paper 1 Exam Duration

2 hours and 30 minutes

CTET Paper 1 Number of Questions

There are a total of 150 questions in CTET Paper 1, with 30 questions in each section.

CTET Paper 1 Marking Scheme

  • Each question carries 1 mark.

  • There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.

CTET Paper 1 Syllabus

  • Child Development and Pedagogy

  • Language I (compulsory)

  • Language II (compulsory)

  • Mathematics

  • Environmental Studies

CTET Paper 1 2024: Exam Pattern

As we have already highlighted above, CTET Paper 1 is divided into 5 sections, each consisting of 30 questions, taking the total number of questions to 150. The maximum mark for each correct response is 1. The comprehensive pattern for CTET Paper 1 has been represented in the table given below: 

CTET Paper 1 Sections

No. of Questions


Child Development & Pedagogy



Language I



Language II






Environmental Studies




150 MCQs

150 Marks

Also Read: CTET Passing Marks 2024

CTET Paper 1 2024: Weightage and Types of Questions Asked

The weightage of each section in CTET Paper 1 is the same i.e. 30 marks. Here we have provided the information regarding the weightage and types of questions that are likely to be asked in CTET Paper 1 2024:

Child Development and Pedagogy

A total of 30 questions are asked in the Child Development & Pedagogy. Topics like Child Development, Learning, and Pedagogy are of prime importance. The topic-wise weightage has been provided in the table given below:

Subjects/ Units


Child Development (Primary School Child)

{15 Questions}

  • Definition of Child development

  • Relation between development and learning

  • Principles of child development

  • Influence of Heredity and Environment

  • Kohlberg, Piaget and Vygotsky: constructs and critical perspectives

  • Socialization processes: Social world & children (Teacher, Parents, Peers)

  • Concepts of child-centered and progressive education

  • Critical perspective of the construct of Intelligence

  • Multi-Dimensional Intelligence

  • Language & Thought

  • Individual differences among learners, understanding differences based on diversity of language, caste, gender, community, religion etc.

  • Gender as a social construct; gender roles, gender-bias and educational practice

  • Distinction between Assessment for learning and assessment of learning

  • School-Based Assessment, Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation: perspective and practice

  • Formulating appropriate questions for assessing the readiness levels of learners; enhancing learning and critical thinking in the classroom and for assessing learner achievement.

Concept of Inclusive Education and Understanding Children with Special Needs

{5 Questions}

  • Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged and deprived

  • Addressing the Talented, Creative, Specially abled Learners

  • Addressing the needs of children with learning difficulties, ‘impairment’ etc.

Learning and Pedagogy

{10 Questions}

  • How children think and learn; how and why children ‘fail’ to achieve success in school performance.

  • Basic processes of teaching and learning; children’s strategies of learning; learning as a social activity; social context of learning.

  • Child as a problem solver and a ‘scientific investigator’

  • Alternative methods of learning, understanding children’s ‘errors’ as significant steps in the learning process.

  • Motivation and learning

  • Emotions and Cognition

  • Personal and Environmental factors contributing to learning 

CTET Paper 1 Language Paper

There are two separate sections for language: Language 1 and Language 2. Out of the 20 languages listed by the CBSE, candidates need to select 2 languages while filling out the CTET Application form. 

CTET Paper 1 Language





















There will be questions based upon comprehension, educational psychology, grammar and other such themes in both sections of language.

CTET Paper 1 English Syllabus

The CTET Paper 1 English syllabus aims to assess the candidate's proficiency in English language comprehension, as well as their ability to teach English at the primary level. Here's a general overview of the English syllabus for CTET Paper 1:

Language Comprehension: This section focuses on testing your understanding of the English language, including your ability to read and comprehend passages. 

Reading Comprehension: Questions based on a passage, including understanding the main idea, specific details, vocabulary, inference, etc.

Pedagogy: This section assesses your understanding of teaching English as a language subject at the primary level.

CTET Paper 1 Language 1 and 2 Syllabus

CTET Paper 1 Language Comprehension

Reading unseen passages - two passages one prose or drama and one poem with questions on comprehension, inference, grammar and verbal ability (Prose passage may be literary, scientific, narrative or discursive)

CTET Paper 1 Pedagogy of Language Development 

  • Learning and acquisition

  • Principles of language Teaching

  • Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool

  • Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form

  • Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders

  • Language Skills

  • Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing

  • Teaching- learning materials: Textbook, multimedia materials, multilingual resource of the classroom

  • Remedial Teaching

CTET Paper 1 Mathematics Syllabus

The Mathematics syllabus for CTET Paper 1 is designed to assess the candidate's understanding of mathematical concepts at the primary level and their ability to teach mathematics effectively to young learners. Here's a general overview of the Mathematics syllabus for CTET Paper 1:

CTET Paper 1 Content

  • Geometry

  • Solids around Us

  • Numbers

  • Addition and Subtraction

  • Multiplication

  • Division

  • Measurement

  • Weight

  • Time

  • Volume

  • Data Handling

  • Patterns

  • Money

  • Shapes & Spatial Understanding

CTET Paper 1 Pedagogical issues

  • Nature of Mathematics/Logical thinking; understanding children’s thinking and reasoning patterns and strategies of making meaning and learning

  • Place of Mathematics in Curriculum

  • Language of Mathematics

  • Community Mathematics

  • Evaluation through formal and informal methods

  • Problems of Teaching

  • Error analysis and related aspects of learning and teaching

  • Diagnostic and Remedial Teaching

CTET Paper 1 Environmental Studies Syllabus

The Environmental Studies (EVS) syllabus for CTET Paper 1 is designed to assess your understanding of environmental concepts, as well as your ability to teach environmental studies effectively to primary-level students. Here's an overview of the EVS syllabus for CTET Paper 1:

CTET Paper 1 Content

  • Family and Friends:

  1. Relationships

  2. Work and Play

  3. Animals

  4. Plants

  • Food

  • Shelter

  • Water

  • Travel

  • Things We Make and Do

CTET Paper 1 Pedagogical Issues

  • Concept and scope of EVS

  • Significance of EVS, integrated EVS

  • Environmental Studies & Environmental Education

  • Learning Principles

  • Scope & relation to Science & Social Science

  • Approaches of presenting concepts

  • Activities

  • Experimentation/Practical Work

  • Discussion

  • CCE

  • Teaching material/Aids

  • Problems

CTET Paper 1 2024: Preparation Tips

Due to the work-life balance, the profession of a government teacher has seen the toughest of the competition in recent years. Therefore, to ace the CTET examination, candidates need to devise a feasible strategy, which could guide their way to success. Here, we have provided some preparation tips for CTET, which can be taken into consideration, while preparing for the examination.

  1. Knowing the syllabus and the pattern of the exam should be the first thing to look forward to. Candidates should check the CTET syllabus which has been provided on the official website. The examination pattern has also been updated on the website.

  2. As the CTET exam tests the eligibility of a candidate with respect to the skill of teaching, candidates should majorly focus on theologies of child development and its pedagogy. A good teacher does need to possess a better understanding of child development and thus, this subject holds prime importance.

  3. NCERTs should be preferred as the source to study the basic concepts. As CBSE administers the CTET exam, it can be firmly established that the questions asked in the exam will be directly or indirectly from the NCERT books. Thoroughly read the topics that have been prescribed as per the syllabus.

  4. In addition to the NCERTs, candidates can also go for Child Development and Pedagogy for CTET & TETs by Arihant Publication. Arihant also publishes books for the CTET language part. Those can also be considered once the candidates are done with the NCERTs.

  5. There is a book named “Environmental Studies (EVS) Exam Goalpost for CTET”, which will serve the needs of the EVS section. Preparation for mathematics can be done by any standard book like RD Sharma or R.S. Aggarwal.

  6. Once the aspirants have completed the syllabus, they can look for the CTET previous year's papers to get an idea about the type of questions that have been asked in the exam. 

  7. Also, solve mock tests regularly to analyze the level of your preparation.

  8. Consistency is the key. Since CTET is given by a lot of candidates, the level of competition has reached the next level. Candidates, who will be consistent, will surely taste success.

Candidates must also check out the articles mentioned below to learn more about CTET 2024!

Related Articles:

CTET 2024 Instructions

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Difference between CTET & TET Exam

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