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CTET 2020 Preparation Tips

By: Archana on March 05, 2019

CTET Preparation Strategy that can help the CTET aspirant to sail through the exam in minimal time.

In CTET there is no negative marking. The candidates should still attempt the questions carefully to avoid careless mistakes. There are 150 questions in the exam which are divided into 5 sections. Since it is a multiple choice paper, elimination can also be practiced but with care.

Best Preparation Tips:

  • Child Development and Pedagogy: This subject is common for both Paper 1 and Paper 2. The candidate must be well versed in the psychology of the child. Be clear with the development stages of a child, the special needs of a child and thinkers and thoughts. This is a very important part of the question paper.
  • Hindi and English language: There are 30 multiple choice questions in each of the language papers. Both have questions from reading passages, poems, and basic language use. Read NCERTs till class 10th for both the languages. It will help in increasing the reading and processing speed. Learning new words of both languages will greatly enrich the vocabulary.
  • Practice as many mocks as possible. You will get an idea of your own skills and a better understanding of the sections that you need to focus on.
  • Solve previous year questions. By doing this, you will get a better idea of the type of questions asked and the psychology of the test makers. 
  • Often previous year questions are repeated. Attempting already practiced questions will greatly increase the confidence of the test takers and help them concentrate more.

CTET 2020 Syllabus

CTET Syllabus with all the topics of papers:

CTET Paper 1 Topics-

1) Child Development and Pedagogy

(a) Child Development (Primary School Child)

  • The concept of development and its relationship with learning
  • Principles of child development
  • Influence of heredity and environment
  • Socialization processes
  • Child-centered and progressive education
  • Multi-Dimensional Intelligence
  • Language and thought
  • Formulating appropriate questions for assessing readiness levels

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

  • Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds
  • Addressing needs of children with learning difficulties
  • Addressing talented, creative and specially-abled learners

(c) Learning and Pedagogy

  • How and why children think and learn
  • Basic processes of teaching and learning
  • Child as a problem solver and scientific investigator
  • Factors contributing to learning
  • Cognition and emotions
  • Motivation and learning
  • Alternative conceptions of learning

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CTET 2020 Exam Pattern

CTET Exam Pattern

CTET Exam pattern is well-defined by the CBSE. The candidates must have a look at the CTET exam pattern before starting CTET Preparation-

CTET 2019 Exam Pattern:

  • All the questions are multiple choice based. 
  • Every question carries 1 mark. 
  • There is no negative marking in the question paper.
  • There would be two papers in CTET.

Paper 1 is for the candidates who want to become a teacher for Grade 1 to 5.

Paper 2 is for the candidates who want to become a teacher for Grade 6 to 8.

A person who intends to become a teacher for both the levels has to appear in both the papers.

Paper 1: Primary stage Duration of exam: 2.5 hours

Paper MCQ Marks
Child development and Pedagogy 30 30
Language 1 30 30
Language 2 30 30
Mathematics 30 30
Environmental studies 30 30

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