CTET 2020 Preparation Strategy - Time Table

Abhik Das Updated On: 22 Jan, 2020 19:25 IST

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CTET (July) 2020 Preparation Strategy with Timetable

According to Henry David Thoreau, ‘Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it’. In order to crack the toughest exam like CTET in the first attempt, you should be very busy with exam preparation. Dedication, hard work and determination always pay off. ‘Opportunities do not happen very often. It is your responsibility to create opportunities’. Create more opportunities with regard to CTET exam preparation such as practising mock tests/ practice tests. Even if you do not perform well in the mock tests initially, do not give up. ‘Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm’. Therefore, keep trying until you reach the Everest, i.e. until your performance improves.

For some aspirants, English may be the toughest section in CTET. Never feel that any section or subject in CTET is tough. Instead, ‘Do one thing every day that scares you’. If you want to crack an exam like CTET in the first attempt, give more focus to the subjects that you are not good at. ‘Fall seven times and stand up eight’. Therefore, never ever give like King Vikramarka.

Set a Goal:

Candidates must identify their strong areas and also plan the amount of time that should spend on each of the sections/topics in order to complete the exam syllabus on time.

Go Through the Syllabus:

The candidates should go through all the important topics in the syllabus, divide the time according to the topics and note down the topics that need to be prepared first. Try to go through the previous year exam papers. Make a list of the topics according to their importance and previous year question papers.

Understanding Child Development & Pedagogy Subject

Understanding of the Child Development & Pedagogy subject is key to becoming a good teacher. A lot of emphases is laid on this subject in the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) with many pedagogy-related questions that are based on Child Development & Pedagogy.

Detailed Knowledge About the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005

The principles of CTET 2019 exam are activity-based teaching, child-centred learning, teacher’s appreciation for the children etc which is where NCF 2005 is important which points out the best educational practices in India and the methods of teaching each subject. The CTET exam will consist of several questions based on application-based-classroom-teaching which is where an in-depth knowledge of the NCF 2005 will come to the candidates’ rescue. The aspirants are suggested to go through the entire NCF 2005 document for vital information regarding the teaching practices. The Pdf of the NCF 2005 is provided below. 

Time Management:

 Time managed is half the job done. Students' success in the exam is directly attached to how well they manage their time. Aspirants should solve the exam paper before time and stay one step ahead. If the candidate finds any question difficult then leave that question or mark that question, and move on other questions. Try to finish the exam before time so that you can again attempt the entire marked question at the end and revise your answers.

Practice Makes a Man Perfect:

Regular practice not only raises the speed level but raises the accuracy level also. These two are the key to success as the questions attempted by the candidates must be accurate.

Focus on Weak Areas

The aspirants must shift their focus on strengthening their weak areas well before the day of the examination. If there is not much time available to strengthen their weak areas then it is advised that the aspirants should tighten their grip on the topics they know very well. It is a complete waste of time and energy to grasp new topics with less time to go for the CTET 2020 exam.

Be Confident:

Confidence is a must as it can boost your exam preparation. However, aspirants should know the difference between confidence and overconfidence. Maintaining a gap between the two is crucial.

Joining a Crash Course:

Joining a reputed crash course is another CTET Preparation Tips in order to deal with the doubts. The crash course offers a competitive atmosphere which is extremely beneficial to qualify for the exam.

Remain Stress-Free:

Do not overload yourself with information before the exam. You cannot study all the things before the exam. Do not panic, just relax and take complete sleep. Becoming anxious just before the exam is certainly not good for your exam grades. Try to reach the examination centre before time, so that you can relax and focus well on the question paper. 

National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005

Important Points Regarding How to Answer the Questions in CTET 2020

All the preparation will be meaningless if the aspirants do not have a strategy regarding how to answer the questions asked in the CTET 2020 exam. It is thus important that the aspirants have a solid plan regarding how to attempt or answer the questions that will be asked in the CTET 2020 entrance examination.

  • The aspirants must focus on increasing their reading speed which will help them during attempting the long questions. Increasing the reading speed will save time and enhance their understanding as well

  • CTET 2020 paper will not have negative marking which is why it is suggested to the aspirants to attempt all the questions and not leave any question unattempted

  • During the preparatory stages, the aspirants must develop a strategy regarding which subject needs how much time. It will play a huge role on the day of the exam as certain questions in the CTET 2020 exam will be time-consuming and this time-strategy will help them isolating such questions from the rest.

  • The layman's rule for all the exams- “Do not get stuck in a question”. If an aspirant finds a question hard to comprehend, then it is strongly suggested that he/she must move to the next question. Once the entire paper is complete, the candidate may return to the unattempted questions.

Daily Time-Distribution for CTET 2020 Preparation

Those who are are preparing for CTET 2020, this is how their time table should look like 100 days prior to the month of CTET 2020 entrance exam: 

Name of Subject

Time to be Dedicated for Paper I 

Time to be Dedicated for Paper II


Minimum of 2 Hours


Child Development & Pedagogy

Minimum 2 Hours

Minimum 2 Hours

Environmental Studies

Minimum 1 Hour


Language I

Minimum 1 Hour

Minimum 2 Hours

Language II

Minimum 1 Hour

Minimum 2 Hours

Social Science/Mathematics & Science

Minimum 6 Hours

Minimum 6 Hours

Month-Wise Distribution of Topics During CTET 2020 Preparation

The month-wise distribution of topics during CTET 2020 preparation is given below:

Subject Name

3-Month Topics

2-Month Topics

1-Month Topics


  • Complete revision of all the topics

  • Practising Mock test papers

  • Data Handling & Measurement of Unit

  • Arithmetics

  • Pedagogy of Mathematics

  • Mensuration

  • Number System

  • Algebra

  • Geometry

Child Development & Pedagogy

  • Complete revision of all the topics

  • Practising Mock test papers

  • Learning Pedagogy

  • Concept of Learning

  • Pedagogy Issue

  • Thinking & Thought

  • Child Development

  • Special Need

  • Concept of Inclusive Education

Environmental Studies

  • Complete revision of all the topics

  • Practising Mock test papers

  • General Knowledge

  • Things we make & do

  • Pedagogy of Environmental Studies

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Family & Friend

  • Water & Travel

  • Shelters

Language I (English)

  • Complete revision of all the topics

  • Practising Mock test papers

  • Language skills based pedagogy

  • English Grammer based pedagogy

  • Principles of Language teaching pedagogy

  • RC Poem Type

  • RC Essay Type

Language II (Hindi)

  • Complete revision of all the topics

  • Practising Mock test papers

  • Language skills based pedagogy

  • Hindi Grammar based pedagogy

  • Principles of Language teaching pedagogy

  • RC Poem Type

  • RC Essay Type


  • Complete revision of all the topics

  • Practising Mock test papers

  • Natural Resources

  • Natural Phenomena

  • Pedagogical issues related question

  • Materials

  • Food

  • Moving Things (People & Idea)

  • The World of Living

Social Science

  • Complete revision of all the topics

  • Practising Mock test papers

  • Questions related to Social Environment

  • Indian Polity

  • Social Studies Pedagogy

  • Geography

  • History

How to Crack CTET exam in First Attempt?

Cracking the CTET exam in the very first attempt is a rare feat achieved by even rarer few. However, with the right kind of preparation strategy and impetus, you can possibly to crack a tough exam like CTET in the first attempt. Here is how it can be done:

  • Focus on clarification of the basic concepts

  • Analyze yourself with the help of the CTET mock test papers and turn your attention towards strengthening them

  • Make sure to be assisted with the best available books for CTET recommended by the experts and previous year CTET examinees

  • Make quick notes during the initial stages of CTET preparation which can be used as a quick reference during the final stages of CTET preparation

CTET 2020 Important Instructions

  • The examination rooms/hall will be opened 90 minutes before the commencement of the test. Candidates should occupy their allocated seats immediately after the opening of the examination hall. If the candidates do not report in time due to any reason i.e. traffic jam, train/bus delay etc, they are likely to miss some of the general instructions to be announced in the Examination Hall.

  • The candidate must show, the Admit Card downloaded from CTET official website for admission in the examination room/hall. A candidate who does not possess the valid Admit Card shall not be permitted in the examination under any circumstances by the Centre Superintendent.

  • Candidates are not allowed to carry any stationery item like textual material (printed or written), bits of papers, Geometry/Pencil Box, Plastic Pouch, Calculator, Scale, Writing Pad, Pen drives, Eraser, Log Table, Electronic Pen/scanner, Cardboard etc inside the centres.

  • Any communication devices like Mobile phones, Bluetooth, Earphones, Microphone, Pager, Health band etc.

  • Any Watch/Wristwatch, Camera, wallet, goggles, handbags etc.

  • Any other item which could be used for unfair means and for hiding communication devices like Camera, Bluetooth device etc.

  • No candidate, without the special permission of the Centre Superintendent or the Invigilator concerned, will leave his/her seat or Examination Room until the full duration of the paper is over. Candidates should not leave the room/hall without handing over their Answer Sheets to the Invigilator on duty and sign the attendance sheet the second time. Cases, where a candidate has not signed the Attendance Sheet second time, will be deemed not to have handed over the OMR Sheet and dealt with as an unfair means case.

  • Smoking, chewing gutka, spitting etc. in the Examination Hall/Room is strictly prohibited.

  • Tea, coffee, cold drinks or snacks are not allowed to be taken into the examination rooms during examination hours.

  • The candidates should bring their own ballpoint pen (Blue/Black) of good quality.

  • The test will start exactly at the time mentioned in the Admit Card and an announcement to this effect will be made by the invigilator.

  • During the examination, the invigilator will check CTET Admit Card of all the candidates to verify the identity of the candidate. The invigilator will also put his/her signatures on OMR Sheet.

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