Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) is an eligibility test for appointment of an individual as a teacher in any of the schools - government or private. In accordance with the provisions of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act,2009, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) had vide Notification dated 23rd August, 2010 laid down the minimum qualifications for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher in classes I-VIII. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India has entrusted the responsibility of conducting the CTET to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Delhi. Therefore, now it has become compulsory for a person who aspires to become a teacher at elementary level (I to VIII) to qualify the CTET exam.
CTET is applicable to:
i. Schools of the Central Government (KVS, NVS, Tibetan Schools, etc.) and schools under the administrative control of union territory of Chandigarh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
ii. The Unaided private schools, who may exercise the option of considering the CTET.
iii. Schools owned and managed by the State Government/local bodies and aided schools shall consider the TET conducted by the State Government. However, a State Government can also consider the CTET if it decides not to conduct the State TET.
Frequency of conduct of CTET and Validity of CTET Certificate:
The CTET is presently being conducted twice in an year. The validity period of CTET qualifying certificate for appointment will be seven years for all categories.
A person can take any number of attempts to acquire a CTET certificate. A person who has qualified CTET may also appear again for improving his/her score.