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CTET 2018 Syllabus

Last Updated - August 08, 2017

CTET 2018 (Central Teacher Eligibility Test) is organized by CBSE twice every year. It is held for providing employment in teaching to meritorious candidates in various central and state government schools. Aspirants should have passed senior secondary exam and must have a diploma or bachelor’s degree in education.

  • CTET 2018 Exam Pattern comprises 2 papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2.
  • Paper 1 comprises of 5 sections- Child Development and Pedagogy, Language 1, Language 2, Mathematics and Environmental Studies.
  • Paper 2 comprises of 4 sections- Child Development and Pedagogy, Language 1, Language 2, Mathematics and Science/ Social Studies.
  • Syllabus for CTET will be of Secondary School level. Questions on topics studied from Class 1 to Class 8 of CBSE affiliated schools will be asked.

The total obtainable marks in both papers of CTET are 150. It will be conducted in both Hindi and English language. Negative marking will not be applicable in this exam. The details of the syllabus are mentioned in this article.


CTET Syllabus 2018 for Primary Stage- Paper 1

CTET 2018 Paper 1 is conducted for aspirants seeking employment in the Primary classes of schools. It will consist of 5 sections, each of which is compulsory. The syllabus for the exam is as decided by CBSE every year and there has been no significant change in it since the last year. The highlights for CTET 2018 Paper 1 are as follows:

  • The question paper will be divided into 5 sections- Child Development and Pedagogy, Language 1, Language 2, Mathematics and Environmental Studies.
  • Each section will consist of 30 questions of 1 mark each.
  • Questions will be asked in the form of MCQs.
  • No penalty of marks will be charged for marking wrong answers in CTET 2018.

The questions on topics studied throughout classes 1 to 5 will be asked in this paper. However, participants should note that the difficulty level of questions may be upto secondary school level. The examiners will also frame questions to test the teaching aptitude of candidates. Aspirants will have to answer questions that will assess their strategy of teaching and instructing. The important topics for each section are mentioned below:

SectionTopicNumber of questions
Child Development and PedagogyDevelopment of a Primary School Child15
Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs5
Learning and Pedagogy 10
Language 1 and Language 2 (30 questions each)Language Comprehension 15
Pedagogy of Language Development 15
MathematicsContent (numbers, solving simple equations, algebra, geometry patterns, time, measurement, data handling, solids, data handling, etc.)15
Pedagogical issues 15
Environmental StudiesContent (environment, food, shelter, water, family and friends, etc.)15
Pedagogical Issues15

CTET 2018 Reference Books- Paper 1

We have mentioned a few reference books which will help applicants prepare well for CTET 2018.

Book namePublisher/ Author’s name
CTET Success Master Paper 1Arihant Publications
CTET and TETs English LanguageArihant Publications
Study Guide for CTET Paper 1Disha Publications

Preparation Tips for CTET 2018 Paper 1

  • Aspirants must refer NCERT Books of class 1 to 5 to know the exact syllabus and content. They must read the ‘Note for Teachers’ given at the beginning of each textbook. This can help them in the child pedagogy section.
  • Candidates should be quick in solving questions related to comprehension and prose. For this, they must understand the content and draw inferences from it.
  • Solve mock papers as it will give individuals an idea about the type of questions asked in the exam.
  • Solve mathematical problems regularly. Though the syllabus is till class 5, the difficulty level may be upto class 10. Hence, remember formulae and record the time taken to solve problems. This will increase participant’s speed and accuracy.

Sample Questions for CTET 2018 Paper 1

Q. A teacher wants the gifted children of her ‘class to achieve their potential. Which of the following should she not do to achieve her objective?

a. Teach them to enjoy non-academic activities

b. Teach them to manage stress

c. Segregate them from their peers for special attention

d. Challenge them to enhance their creativity

Answer: c

Q. ‘Self-regulation’ of learners refers to

a. their ability to monitor their own learning

b. creating regulations for student behavior

c. rules and regulations made by the student body

d. self-discipline and control

Answer: a

Q. The best way especially at primary level, to address the learning difficulties of students is to use

a. easy and interesting textbooks

b. story-telling method

c. a variety of teaching methods suited to the disability

d. expensive and glossy support material

Answer: c


CTET 2018 Syllabus for Elementary Stage- Paper 2

CTET 2018 Paper 2 is conducted for individuals seeking employment in the Elementary classes of schools. It will consist of 4 sections each of which is compulsory. They will have an option in the fourth section which aspirants should opt as per the subject they wish to teach. The syllabus for the exam is as decided by CBSE every year and there has been no significant change in it since 2017. The highlights for CTET 2018 Paper 2 are as follows:

  • The question paper will be divided into 4 sections- Child Development and Pedagogy, Language 1, Language 2, Mathematics and Science or Social Studies/ Science.
  • The first 3 section will consist of 30 questions of 1 mark each while the fourth section will have 60 questions.
  • The questions asked will be in the form of MCQs.
  • No penalty of marks will be charges for marking wrong answers in CTET 2018 Paper 2 as also for unanswered questions.

Questions on topics studied throughout classes 6 to 8 will be asked in this paper. The difficulty level of questions will be of senior secondary level. Candidates will have to answer questions that assess their teaching caliber. The examiners will also frame questions to test the participant’s proficiency and comprehension abilities in the language section. They must choose the subject of the fourth section carefully. They can choose either Mathematics and Science or Social Studies. They must understand the needs, characteristics and psychology of the learners. The important topics for each section are mentioned below:

SectionTopicNumber of Questions
Child Development and PedagogyDevelopment of an Elementary School Child15
Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs5
Learning and Pedagogy10
Language 1 and Language 2 (30 questions each)Language Comprehension 15
Pedagogy of Language Development 15
Mathematics and ScienceMathematics Number system, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Data Handling Pedagogical issues20
Pedagogical issues10
Science Food, Materials, The world of the living, Moving things, people and ideas, How things work, Natural phenomena and resources20
Pedagogical issues10
Social StudiesHistory, Geography, Social and Political Life40
Pedagogical issues20

CTET 2018 Reference Books- Paper 2

Some good reference books are mentioned here that will help aspirants do well in CTET 2018 Paper 2.

Book NamePublisher/ Author’s name
CTET and TETs Solved PapersArihant Publications
CTET Success Master for Paper 2Arihant Publications
Child development and PedagogyShalini Punjabi
CTET Practice WorkbookDisha Publications

Preparation Tips for CTET 2018 Paper 2

  • Candidates are advised to read the pedagogy questions carefully. Sometimes the questions are twisted so as to confuse them.
  • Revise mathematical concepts and formulae regularly. Devise short tricks to solve the problems in the least time as possible. This will only be possible if aspirants practice a lot.
  • Stick to NCERT textbooks. Make pointers of concepts learnt in science. Sometimes mere logic can also help us arrive at answers.
  • For historic events, remember the events that take place in a series.

Sample Questions for CTET 2018 Paper 2

Q.A young child responds to a new situation on the basis of the response made by him/her in a similar situation as in the past.’’ This is related to

a. ‘Law of Attitude’ of learning process

b. ‘Law of Readiness’ of learning

c. ‘Law of Analogy’ of learning

d. ‘Law of Effect’ of learning

Answer: d

Q. Cooked rice can be preserved for a longer time in a refrigerator because

a. microbes become inactive at low temperature

b. microbes are destroyed and killed at low temperature

c. moisture content in the food is reduced at low temperature

d. refrigerators contain certain chemicals which kill the microbes

Answer: b

Q. Find the largest five-digit number that is divisible by 7, 10, 15, 21 and 28.

a. 99,840

b. 99,900

c. 99,960

d. 99,990

Answer: c


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