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STRUCTURE OF CTET PAPER 1 (for classes I to V) Primary Stage

CTET Paper I OR Primary Stage is conducted for a candidate who aims to be a teacher of classes I to V. The main question paper is bilingual i.e. English/Hindi
CTET is conducted twice a year, generally in the months of September and February. The registration for CTET is online through its official website www.ctet.nic.in. The paper is conducted Offline (pen and paper).

  • The test has 5 parts I, II, III, IV, V, consisting of 150 Objective Type Questions.
  • Part IV contains 30 questions of Language 1 and Part V contains 30 questions of Language II.
  • Candidates can opt for Languages other than English and Hindi for Part IV and V.
  • Candidates are required to attempt questions in Part V in a language other than the one chosen as Language I in Part IV from the list of languages.
  • The languages being answered must tally with the languages opted for in the application form.
  • All questions in CTET exam are Multiple Choice Questions with 4 options/answers out of which only one option/answer is correct.
  • Each question carries one mark.
  • There is no negative marking.

Part I

Child Development and Pedagogy

30 MCQs

30 Marks

Part II


30 MCQs

30 Marks

Part III

Environmental Studies

30 MCQs

30 Marks

Part IV

Language I

30 MCQs

30 Marks

Part V

Language II

30 MCQs

30 Marks


150 MCQs

150 Marks

Your Complete Guide to CTET Exam

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PATTERN OF CTET PAPER 1 (for classes I to V) Primary Stage

Paper I - Classes I to V - Primary Stage

Duration of examination : Two-and-a-half Hours or 150 Minutes

Child Development and Pedagogy - The questions of Child Development and Pedagogy focus on educational psychology. It helps in understanding theory and applying concepts of teaching and learning relevant to the age group of 6-11 year olds. On one side the focus is on understanding the characteristics and needs of varied learners and interaction with them. On the other side the focus is on the attributes and qualities of a good coordintator of learning.

Languages - The questions of Language I focus on the know-how and skills related to the medium of instruction.
The questions in Language II focus on the elements of language, communication and comprehension abilities.

Mathematics & Environmental Studies - The questions of Mathematics and Environmental Studies focus on the concepts, theorms, problem solving aptitude and pedagogical/didactic understanding of the subjects.

The questions in the test for Paper I will be based on the topics prescribed in syllabus of the NCERT/CBSE for classes I - V but their difficulty standard as well as linkages, could be up to the Secondary stage.