CTET Syllabus and Exam Pattern

CTET Syllabus and Exam Pattern

Candidates aspiring to serve as teachers for Classes I to V (Primary Stage) need to appear for CTET Paper-I and candidates aspiring to serve as teachers for Classes VI to VIII need to appear for CTET Paper-II. Also, there is no restriction to choose any one Paper, you can even appear for both the papers. Candidate scoring 60% marks will be issued Eligibility Certificate by the board.

Date of Examination: 8 Dec 2019 (Sunday): For More Details Click Here

Paper I (for Classes I to V) Primary Stage:-

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

SubjectNo. of QuestionMarksTime
(i) Child Development and Pedagogy30 MCQs30 MarksTotal Time: 2 Hr and 30 Minutes
(ii) Language-I30 MCQs30 Marks
(iii) Language-II30 MCQs30 Marks
(iv) Environmental Studies30 MCQs30 Marks
(v) Mathematics30 MCQs30 Marks
Totals150 MCQs150 Marks

Nature and standard of questions:

(i) The test items on Child Development and Pedagogy will focus on educational psychology of teaching and learning that were relevant to the age group of 6-11 years. They will focus on understanding the characteristics and needs of diverse learners, interaction with learners and the attributes and qualities of a good facilitator of learning.

(ii) The Test items in Language I will focus on the proficiencies related to the medium of instruction. The Test items in Language II will focus on the elements of language, communication and comprehension abilities. Language II will be a language other than Language I. A candidate may choose any one language as Language I and other as Language II from the available language options and will be required to specify the same in the Confirmation Page.

  •  This year, the CTET exam will be held in the following languages: English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Bangla, Manipuri, Tamil, Marathi, Mizo, Nepali, Oriya, Khasi, Malayalam, Telugu, Tibetan, Garo, Assamese, Gujarati, Kanada.

(iii) The Test items in Mathematics and Environmental Studies will focus on the concepts, problem-solving abilities and pedagogical understanding and applications of the subjects. In all these subject areas, the test items will be evenly distributed over different divisions of the syllabus of that subject prescribed for classes I-V by the NCERT.

Paper-I Syllabus:

Child Development and Pedagogy: 30 Questions

(a) Child Development (Primary School Child)   15 Questions

  • Concept of development and its relationship with learning
  • Principles of the development of children
  • Influence of Heredity & Environment
  • Socialization processes: Social world & children (Teacher, Parents, Peers)
  • Piaget, Kohlberg, and Vygotsky: constructs and critical perspectives
  • Concepts of child cantered and progressive education
  • Critical perspective of the construct of Intelligence
  • Multi-Dimensional Intelligence
  • Language & Thought
  • Gender as a social construct; gender roles, gender bias and educational practice
  • Individual differences among learners, understanding differences based on diversity of language, caste, gender, community, religion, etc.
  • The distinction between Assessment for learning and assessment of learning; School
  • Based Assessment, Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation: perspective and practice
  • Formulating appropriate questions for assessing readiness levels of learners; for enhancing learning and critical thinking in the classroom and for assessing learner achievement.

(b) Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs   5 Questions

  •  Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged and deprived
  •  Addressing the needs of children with learning difficulties, ‘impairment’ etc.
  •  Addressing the Talented, Creative, Specially abled Learners

(c) Learning and Pedagogy   10 Questions

  • How children think and learn; how and why children ‘fail’ to achieve success in school performance.
  • Basic processes of teaching and learning; children’s strategies of learning; learning as a social activity; social context of learning.
  • Child as a problem solver and a ‘scientific investigator’
  • Alternative conceptions of learning in children, understanding children’s ‘errors’ as significant steps in the learning process.
  • Cognition & Emotions
  • Motivation and learning
  • Factors contributing to learning personal & environmental

Language-I: 30 Questions

(a) Language Comprehension      15 Questions

  • Reading unseen passages two passages one prose or drama and one poem with questions on comprehension, inference, grammar and verbal ability (Prose passage may be literary, scientific, narrative or discursive)

(b) Pedagogy of Language Development    15 Questions 

  • Learning and acquisition
  • Principles of language Teaching
  • Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool
  • A critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form
  • Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders
  • Language Skills
  • Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • Teaching-learning materials: Textbook, multimedia materials, multilingual resource of the classroom
  • Remedial Teaching

Language-II: 30 Questions

(a) Comprehension           15 Questions

  • Two unseen prose passages (discursive or literary or narrative or scientific) with the question on comprehension, grammar, and verbal ability

(b) Pedagogy of Language Development  15 Questions 

  • Learning and acquisition
  • Principles of language Teaching
  • Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool
  • A critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form;
  • Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders
  • Language Skills
  • Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • Teaching-learning materials: Textbook, multimedia materials, multilingual resource of the classroom
  • Remedial Teaching

Mathematics: 30 Questions

(a) Content  15 Questions

  • Geometry
  • Shapes & Spatial Understanding
  • Solids around Us
  • Numbers
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Measurement
  • Weight
  • Time
  • Volume
  • Data Handling
  • Patterns
  • Money

(b) Pedagogical issues  15 Questions

  • Nature of Mathematics/Logical thinking; understanding children’s thinking and reasoning patterns and strategies of making meaning and learning
  • Place of Mathematics in Curriculum
  • Language of Mathematics
  • Community Mathematics
  • Evaluation through formal and informal methods
  • Problems of Teaching
  • Error analysis and related aspects of learning and teaching
  • Diagnostic and Remedial Teaching

Environmental Studies: 30 Questions

(a) Content   15 Questions

  1. Family and Friends:
  •  Relationships
  •  Work and Play
  •  Animals
  •  Plants

2. Food

iii. Shelter

  1. Water
  2. Travel
  3. Things We Make and Do

(b) Pedagogical Issues    15 Questions

  • Concept and scope of EVS
  • Significance of EVS, integrated EVS
  • Environmental Studies & Environmental Education
  • Learning Principles
  • Scope & relation to Science & Social Science
  • Approaches to presenting concepts
  • Activities
  • Experimentation/Practical Work
  • Discussion
  • CCE
  • Teaching material/Aids
  • Problems
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