Difference between CTET & TET Exam - Check How to Apply, Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Published: | October 25, 2019
TET Vs CTET

Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) and Central Teachers Eligibility Test (CTET) are conducted twice a year annually. The test is conducted for recruitment of eligible teachers for the posts of teachers in various central or state government-run schools in India.

TET or Teachers Eligibility Test and CTET or Central Teachers Eligibility Test is a common test conducted for the purposes of recruitment to teachers posts in different government-run schools. As the name suggests, CTET is a central government-conducted recruitment test while TET is a state government-conducted recruitment test. Even though both the tests are conducted for the same reason, the job vacancies, the schools and the applicability of the test vary between the two tests. Here are some of the differences between TET and CTET.

Difference Between TET and CTET

In order to learn the differences between TET and CTET, let’s individually understand both in detail.

What is CTET?

CTET or Central Teachers Eligibility Test is a test that is conducted by the Central Government for the purpose of recruiting eligible teachers for primary or elementary education in India. The CTET scores will help candidates land a teacher’s position in one of the Kendriya Vidyalayas or any other Centrally-run Government Schools.

Therefore, if you wish to secure a job in one of the Kendriya Vidyalayas or other Central Government-run schools, then you will be required to appear for the Central Teachers Eligibility Test or CTET. Applicants will be able to find a Central Government-run school situated all across India in all states. However, they will only be able to secure a job position in one of the Centrally-run Government Schools.

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What is TET?

TET or Teachers Eligibility Test is a test that is conducted by the state governments of each state. As per the requirements, those who are interested in bagging a teachers position in one of the Government schools will need to appear for the Teachers Eligibility Test. Depending on the rank obtained by the candidate, the vacant positions in the Government schools will be filled.

Since TET is conducted at the state level, candidates will be eligible for teaching posts in government schools of the state they appear the test for. For instance, if you wish to take admission to the government schools in Karnataka, you will be required to appear for Karnataka TET. As per your rank in the Karnataka TET exam, you will be offered the teachers position. With the rank in the state TET score, the candidates will be able to take admission in one of the state government-run schools except for the central government-run schools of the state such as Kendriya Vidyalaya, etc.

Based on the TET and CTET definitions mentioned above, we can conclude the following statements:

  • CTET will allow candidates to be recruited all over the country, meanwhile, TET examinations are only applicable for the particular state exam you appeared for.

  • CTET score will allow the candidates to be recruited in central government-run schools such as Kendriya Vidyalaya Navodaya Vidyala, etc. Meanwhile, the TET scores will allow the student to be recruited in one of the state government-run schools situated in a particular state.

  • Students appearing for CTET can appear in any language they are comfortable with, however, candidates who wish to appear for the TET examination will need to be fluent in the state language, i.e. the Domicile Language, respective to the TET exam they wish to sit in.

These are the major differences between TET and CTET exams in India. The other difference may include the application fee and the application of the Teachers Eligibility Test. Usually, TET application fees and application process will be determined by the state government for that particular year.

Application Fee for TET and CTET

As mentioned above, the application fee that the candidates will have to pay during the application process differs between TET and CTET. All candidates irrespective of the examination they choose will be asked to pay the application fee for TET and CTET. However, since these are government-conducted examinations, the candidates from different reserved categories will be offered relaxation in the payment of the application fee as per the government rules.

As mentioned above, the TET and CTET application fees will be determined by the respective governments, i.e. the Central Government or the State Governments. To apply for the CTET exam, the candidates from the general category will need to take pay an application fee of ₹700 for one paper, while the application fee for both the papers will be ₹1,200. While the candidates from the reserved categories will have to pay the CTET application fee of ₹350 for one paper, for both the papers, the application fee will be ₹600.

The candidates who are aspiring to appear for the TET exam of any particular state will be determined by the state government of each state. Since there is a TET examination for each state, the application fee for each state TET exam will vary from state to state. However, the average TET application fee will range between ₹400 to ₹500 for the General Category, while the application fee for the reserved category candidates may range between ₹200 to ₹300.

If you wish to attempt one of the State Teachers Eligibility Criteria, then here is a list of State TET exams that are conducted across the country.

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If you are interested in appearing for either TET or CTET in the future, candidates are suggested to visit our page on various state-level TET exams and CTET exams that are conducted twice a year annually. You will be able to understand the eligibility criteria, application process and other important aspects of appearing for a Teachers Eligibility Test in India.

Eligibility Criteria for CTET and TET

Before applying for either of the teacher recruitment examinations, the candidates will need to ensure that they have satisfied the eligibility criteria for CTET and TET. Both examinations require candidates to have a valid degree in education or elementary education field, i.e. B.El.Ed, B.Ed, D.El.Ed.

The eligibility criteria for CTET and TET are the same and all candidates are required to have a degree in education along with other educational qualifications. For example;

  • Candidates who have completed their class 12 board examination and have a D.El.Ed. degree and have obtained a minimum aggregate score of 50% (45% for reserved category) are eligible for the exam.

  • Candidates with a graduate degree in any discipline and have completed a 2-year D.El.Ed programme, are eligible for the exam.

  • Candidates who scored a minimum aggregate score of 50% in their class 12 board exam and completed a four-year B.El.Ed programme.

  • Candidates who have cleared class 12 board exam with a minimum aggregate score of 50% and completed a 2-year D.El.Ed programme in Special Education, they are also eligible for the exam.

  • Candidates who have completed their graduation and obtained a minimum aggregate score of 50% in the qualifying exam as well as have a valid B.Ed degree are also eligible for the exams.

Exam Pattern of TET and CTET

As mentioned above, there are not a lot of differences between the two examinations which is valid for the exam pattern of TET and CTET. The candidates who are preparing for one of the Teachers Eligibility Test and are confused about the exam pattern for either TET or CTET must note that there are no changes between the two exams.

Both TET and CTET are offline examinations that are conducted in an OMR based sheet. All questions are asked in an MCQ format, where candidates will be asked to answer 150 questions in a duration of 2½ hours. All 150 questions carry 1 mark each, while, there is no negative marking for any of the questions. Both CTET and TET examinations have two papers which will determine the classes that the candidates will conduct.

Career Prospects after TET and CTET

The candidates who are planning to take part in either TET or CTET this year or in the future must note that the future prospects through either of the exams remain similar. The positions and the packages that are offered to the candidates who clear CTET and TET are based on the experience and skills that they have gained over the years.

However, the major differences that occur after appearing for the CTET or TET examinations depend on the kind of government schools candidates will be offered positions at. In other words, candidates who have appeared for the CTET examinations will be offered jobs in schools that are run by the Central Government alone, as has been mentioned above. Meanwhile, the candidates who have appeared for one of the State TET exams will be offered jobs, in the specific state government-run schools.

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To elaborate on the above-mentioned point, every state will have few Central Government-run Schools as well as State Government-run schools. Candidates who have appeared for CTET will be able to secure a job in one of the central government-run schools in India only, and not in any other state government-run schools. Candidates who have appeared for one of the State TET exams will only be able to secure a position in one of the state-government school respective of the State TET that they have appeared for. However, they will not be able to secure a job in one of the Central Government-run schools in that state.

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