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CTET 2017 Syllabus

CTET Syllabus will cover questions from a wide range of topics. CTET 2017 is expected to be held on May 10, 2017 in offlline mode. It is very important to know about the complete CTET Syllabus.

CTET exam is a Multiple Choice Objective Type paper. Each question carries one mark and there is no negative marking. The duration of the examination is 2 hours 30 minutes for both Primary and Elementary Stage. This article covers the list of topics in the CTET.


CTET Exam Dates 2017

CTET examination is conducted for 2 stages- Paper 1 for Primary Stage and Paper 2 for Elementary Stage. Both the Papers are conducted on the same day but in different sessions. Here is the detailed schedule of both the papers of CTET 2017:

Date of ExaminationPaperTimingDuration
February 18, 2017Paper 12 PM to 4:30 PM2:30 hours (150 minutes)
February 18, 2017Paper 29:30 AM to 12 PM2:30 hours (150 minutes)

Time schedule for both the papers is explained in the following table:

EventPaper 1Paper 2
Entry in examination hall12:30 PM8 AM
Checking of Admit Cards1:30 PM to 1:45 PM9 AM to 9:15 AM
Distribution of Test Booklets1:45 PM9:15 AM
Seal of the Test Booklet to be opened1:55 PM9:25
Last Entry in the Examination Hall2:00 PM9:30
Test commencement2:00 PM9:30
Test conclusion4:30 PM12:00 PM

CTET Exam Pattern 2017

CTET exam consists of 2 papers held for different stages. For Primary Stage, candidates will have to appear for Paper 1 and for Elementary Stage, candidates have to appear for Paper 2. However, if a candidate wants to appear for both Primary as well as Elementary Stage, they must sit for both Paper 1 and Paper 2.

Candidates must follow the given CTET exam pattern table to have preliminary knowledge of how the CTET exam will be conducted:

SpecificationsPaper 1Paper 2
Duration of the examination2:30 hours (150 minutes)2:30 hours (150 minutes)
Total number of questions150 questions150 questions
Marking scheme1 mark each for every correct answer1 mark each for every correct answer
Types of questionsMultiple choice- objective type questionsMultiple choice- objective type questions
Negative markingNo negative markingNo negative marking

CTET Syllabus: Paper 1

Paper 1 is conducted for the candidates seeking employment at the Primary Stage teaching. It consists of five main topics:

  • Child Development and Pedagogy 
  • Language 1 (compulsory) 
  • Language 2 (compulsory)
  • Mathematics  
  • Environmental Studies 

Given below is the detailed CTET Syllabus for the various sections to study for CTET Paper 1 (Primary Stage):

Child Development and Pedagogy (30 Questions)
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-centered 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.
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.
Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs (5 Questions)Addressing the needs of children with learning difficulties, ‘impairment’ etc.
Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged and deprived
Addressing the Talented, Creative, Specially abled Learners
Learning and Pedagogy (10 Questions)Motivation and learning
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
Factors contributing to learning – personal & environmental

The detailed CTET Syllabus for Language 1 and Language 2 Section of Paper 1 is given in the table below:

Language 1 & Language 2 (30 Questions each)
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)
Pedagogy of Language Development (15 Questions)Principles of language Teaching
Learning and acquisition
Remedial Teaching
Teaching- learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom
Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing
Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders
Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form
Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool

Candidates are required to study few basic topics to score marks in the Mathematics section of the Paper 1. The detailed CTET Syllabus including the various topics asked in the Mathematics section are given in the table below:

Mathematics (30 Questions)
Content (15 Questions)Geometry Patterns
Patterns
Money
Shapes & Spatial Understanding
Solids around Us
Numbers
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication
Division
Measurement
Weight
Time
Volume
Data Handling
Pedagogical issues (15 Questions)Nature of Mathematics/Logical thinking; understanding children’s thinking and reasoning patterns and strategies of making meaning and learning
Diagnostic and Remedial Teaching
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

The Environmental Studies section includes 30 questions divided among the following sub sections and topics are given below:

Environmental Studies (30 Questions)
Content (15 Questions)Family and Friends: 1. Relationships 2. Work and Play 3. Animals 4. Plants
Food
Shelter
Water
Travel
Things We Make and Do
Pedagogical Issues (15 Questions)Concept and scope of EVS
Significance of EVS, integrated EVS
Environmental Studies & Environmental Education
Scope & relation to Science & Social Science
Approaches of presenting concepts
Teaching material/Aids Problems
Approaches of presenting concepts
Learning Principles and CCE
Activities and Discussion
Experimentation/Practical Work

CTET Syllabus: Paper 2

CTET Paper 2 is for the candidates who wish to be recruited at the Elementary Stage i.e. for Class 6-8. Paper 2 consists of the following topics:

  • Child Development and Pedagogy
  • Language 1
  • Language 2
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Social Studies/ Social Sciences

The candidates must understand the structure of CTET exam along with the topics to study for CTET Paper 2 (Elementary Stage). The topics covered in the child development and pedagogy section are given in the table below:

Child Development and Pedagogy (30 Questions)
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-centered 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.
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.
Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs (5 Questions)Addressing the needs of children with learning difficulties, ‘impairment’ etc.
Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged and deprived
Addressing the Talented, Creative, Specially abled Learners
Learning and Pedagogy (10 Questions)Motivation and learning
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
Factors contributing to learning – personal & environmental

The candidates have to prepare for the Language section of the Paper II according to the topics mentioned in the table below:

Language 1 & Language 2 (30 Questions each)
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)
Pedagogy of Language Development (15 Questions)Principles of language Teaching
Learning and acquisition
Remedial Teaching
Teaching- learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom
Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing
Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders
Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form
Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool

The Mathematics section in the paper 2 includes the topics covered in basic Mathematics. The topics for the Mathematics are mentioned in the table below:

Mathematics (30 Questions)
Content (15 Questions)Number System
Algebra
Geometry and Constructions
Mensuration
Data handling
Pedagogical issues (15 Questions)Nature of Mathematics/Logical thinking
Place of Mathematics in Curriculum
Language of Mathematics
Community Mathematics
Evaluation
Remedial Teaching
Problem of Teaching

The Science section is a mandatory section for the candidates desiring to apply as a Science Teacher. The important topics for this section in Paper 2 are mentioned in the table below:

Science (30 Questions)
Content (20 Questions)Food
The World of the Living
Moving Things People and Ideas
Natural Resources
Natural Phenomena
Materials
Pedagogical Issues (10 Questions)Nature & Structure of Sciences
Natural Science/Aims & objectives
Understanding & Appreciating Science
Approaches/Integrated Approach
Observation/Experiment/Discovery  (Method of Science)
Innovation
Text Material/Aids
Evaluation – cognitive/psychomotor/affective
Problems
Remedial Teaching

The Social Studies or Social Sciences section enables the candidates to apply as a Social Studies Teacher. It is a mandatory section for candidates who wish to apply as Social Science Teacher. The topics included in the Social Studies section of CTET Paper 2 are given in the table below:

Social Studies/Social Sciences (60 Questions)
Content (40 Questions)History, Geography, Social and Political Life
Pedagogical issues (20 Questions)Concept & Nature of Social Science/Social Studies
Class Room Processes, activities and discourse
Developing Critical thinking
Enquiry/Empirical Evidence
Problems of teaching Social Science/Social Studies
Sources – Primary & Secondary
Projects Work
Evaluation

CTET: Preparation Books

“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.” It is very important to prepare well for any examination.

There are some books recommended for further knowledge of the examination. The following books also provide sample papers for CTET exam preparation:

  • Child Development & Pedagogy: Paper 1 & 2 of CTET - By Shalini Punjabi
  • CTET Central Teacher Eligibility Test Success Master Paper - 2 with Solved Papers Maths & Science - By Arihant Experts
  • CTET Central Teacher Eligibility Test Practice Workbook Mathematics and Science by Disha Experts

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