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How to Prepare for Mathematics in CTET?

Last Updated - April 27, 2017

CTET (Central Teacher’s Eligibility Test) is conducted by CBSE twice a year for appointment of teachers for classes I to VIII in various government schools. The exam is conducted in two stages i.e. Primary stage (Classes I to V) and secondary stage classes (VI to VIII). There will be 2 separate papers in CTET for each stage.

Mathematics is usually considered to be slightly difficult as compared to the rest of the sections. Candidates must have conceptual clarity as well as hands on practice in solving questions to obtain a good score in this section. Mathematics can be a really rewarding section if candidates can learn the formulae, shortcuts and tricks to gain speed and precision in solving questions. In this article, we have discussed the detailed syllabus, important topics, preparation tips & tricks and reference books for the CTET Mathematics section.


CTET 2017 Mathematics Weightage

Mathematics is a common subject in both CTET Paper I and Paper II. Pedagogy, Analytical, Calculative and Application based questions are usually asked from this subject. The difficulty level of the exam is moderate to difficult. The exam pattern for Paper I and Paper II is provided here in the table below:

CTET Paper I exam pattern is mentioned in the table below. Candidates have to attempt 30 questions from Mathematics in paper I.

SubjectNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Child Development and Pedagogy30 Questions30 Marks
Language I (English/ Hindi)30 Questions30 Marks
Language II (English/ Hindi)30 Questions30 Marks
Mathematics30 Questions30 Marks
Environmental Studies30 Questions30 Marks

CTET Paper II Pattern is mentioned below for the reference of the candidates. There will be 60 questions from the Mathematics section in paper 2. Candidates have attempt either the Mathematics or the Social science section in Paper II.

SubjectNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Child Development and Pedagogy30 Questions30 Marks
Language I (English/ Hindi)30 Questions30 Marks
Language II (English/ Hindi)30 Questions30 Marks
Mathematics & Science or Social studies60 Questions60 Marks
Total150 Questions150 Marks

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CTET 2017 Mathematics Syllabus

All the concepts and topics taught up to Class VII in NCERT Mathematics syllabus are covered in the CTET syllabus. Detailed syllabus and the sub topics for preparation are mentioned below.

  1. Number System:
  • Knowing our Numbers
  • HCF & LCM
  • Whole Numbers
  • Negative Numbers and Integers
  • Fractions
  1. Algebra:
  • Basic Concept of Algebra
  • Question-Related to Algebraic Equation
  • Ratio and Proportion
  1. Geometry:
  • Basic geometrical ideas (2-D)
  • Understanding Elementary Shapes (2-D and 3-D)
  • Symmetry: (reflection)
  • Construction (using Straight edge Scale, protractor, compasses)
  1. Mensuration:
  • Sphere
  • Cylinder
  • Cone
  • Triangles
  • Circle
  • Rectangle/Square
  1. Data handling
  2. Arithmetic:
  • Time & Work
  • Time & Distance
  • Profit & Loss
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Ratio & Proportion
  1. Pedagogical issues related question

Important Topics

Revise important topics with high weightage to score well in the exam. It will help the test takers to enhance their CTET score. A list of important topics is provided here for reference:

  • Manipulatives and enquiry
  • Learning Methods
  • Evaluation

CTET 2017 Mathematics Preparation Tips

Preparing for Mathematics can be stressful sometimes. However, with a well-planned strategy, candidates will be able to grasp the complex concepts and cover most of the important topics.  Some useful preparation tips for CTET 2017 Mathematics section.

  1. Revise NCERT books:

The candidates must be clear with all the concepts covered in NCERT Math books till class VII. The most important resource for CTET Mathematics preparation is to practice questions from NCERT Math books.

  1. Take mock tests:

Several mock tests are available online. Aspirants must attempt the mock tests uploaded by various websites. Make the maximum benefit from these resources. Candidate will become more confident, quick and accurate in their responses.

  1. Revise previous year’s question paper:

Questions are often repeated in the CTET so the candidates should try to solve as many previous year’s question papers as possible. This will help the candidates to gain familiarity with the type of questions asked in the exam. Candidates will develop a clear idea about the exam pattern and the type of questions asked in the exam.

  1. Prepare Pedagogy questions well:

The candidates should have a good knowledge regarding the Mathematics pedagogy and concepts. They should be able to apply tools and techniques in the classroom teaching situations. A broad knowledge about various learning methods and their specific use in the classroom will be required. A sound understanding about evaluation methods like formative and non-formative assessments should also be there.

  1. Attempt all the questions:

Since there is no negative marking for wrong answers attempt as many questions as possible. It will boost the overall CTET score. Use elimination method to select the most suitable option for a tricky question. Read all the questions very carefully.


CTET 2017 Mathematics Reference Books

Candidates can primarily refer to NCERT textbooks for preparing the CTET Mathematics section. However, some useful reference books will help the candidates to prepare important concepts and topics. List of some useful books for Mathematics preparation is mentioned in the table below.

BookDescriptionWriter/ Publisher
Basic Concept of MathematicsPaper I & II of CTETRS Aggarwal
CBSE CTET Mathematics Selection for class 6 to 8Paper IIArihant Publication
Previous year CTET Exam solved paperPractice BookKiran Publication

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