The CTET examinations are conducted by the government to set national benchmarks and quality standards in the recruitment process for teacher jobs. By undertaking this exam, prospective candidates get a better understanding of the teaching processes and they can become remarkable leaders for the students.
Details about the Exam:
The exam is conducted under National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) and is applicable for teaching from class I to VIII. This year, the CTET examination is going to be held on 20th September 2015. The duration of the exam is 2.5 hours and the passing percentage is 60. You can attempt the exam as many times as you like. These exams are conducted twice a year and the validity of the certification continues for 7 years. You must appear for paper I if you wish to teach from class I to V and paper II if you wish to teach class VI to VIII. You can also opt for both papers simultaneously. If you have already filled the application form and wondering what are the career paths that lie ahead for you, read on to get information on the various prospects after appearing for CTET.
Preparing for what lies ahead:
Though it may seem like a challenging task to prepare for the exams, you must remember that tremendous success and teaching opportunities lie ahead for you once you clear this exams. In order to get excellent grades, you can start preparing online through study materials by McGraw Hill Education and also opt for mock tests so that you can get an idea of the level of your preparations. The success rate for exams is not as encouraging and thus, it is important for candidates to study the syllabus thoroughly before they appear for the exams.
Opportunities after clearing CTET exams:
Once a candidate scores above the passing percentage in the exams, you can apply to the following category of schools:
- Central government schools (NVS, KVS, Tibetan, etc.) and schools under the administration of union territories of Chandigarh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
- Unaided private schools across the country, who may choose to consider CTET as a primary criteria for hiring teachers.
- Schools that are owned and managed by the State government, aided schools and local bodies consider the TET (Teachers Entrance Test) conducted by state governments. However, the schools can also consider CTET if the state decides not to conduct state TET.
How to apply?
Once you clear the exams, you must stay in touch with employment news, school websites and central government vacancies. If you are looking for a job in a private school, you can also check job portals for information on latest vacancies. Once you apply, you need to appear for a written exam at the school which is followed by a final round of interview. Once you clear this, you are all set for your teaching job.
Benefits of giving the CTET Exam:
- As a CTET qualified teacher, you will get additional opportunities in central and state government schools along with aided and unaided schools as well.
- The certification from your CTET exam will add weightage to your academic qualifications, increase your salary package, lead to promotions and give you better grade pays, etc.
- When schools hire CTET certified teachers, it adds prestige to their organisation.
- It also brings about your professional growth along with students’ betterment.
- For teachers, new avenues and openings lead to better success in the industry.
There are a number of opportunities waiting to be grasped after CTET. A successful result will surely open new doors of success for your teaching career. Good luck!