Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) 2018 on Sunday at 2144 exam centres for paper 1 and 1892 for paper 2 spanning 92 cities nation wide. This CTET witnessed the largest number of applicants ever with 16,91,088 candidates having registered for it. 42% of the applicants were females and 58% were male. A 100 city coordinators were active with 730 officials, 2296 centre superintendents, and 3208 observers to ensure a smooth test day.
Paper 2 was held first from 9:30 AM to 12 noon, and Paper 1 took place from 2 PM to 4:30 PM. Class VI to VIII teaching aspirants sat for Paper 2 whereas Class I to V teaching aspirants appeared in Paper 1. Result will be declared by January 20, 2019, for all candidates who appeared for the exam today on December 09, 2018. The result of this exam shall remain valid for 7 years.
16.9 lakh candidates had registered for CTET 2018; this large number is being attributed to the fact that CTET was not conducted in year 2017. Those who appeared in exam are of the view that the papers were moderately difficult and did not have any surprises. Candidates can also check answer key of CTET 2018 which are now available post conclusion of exam. Several coaching centres and individual teachers have published questions and answers of CTET exam in a bid to help candidates know answers after exam and analyse their perforamance. Only those who get 60% or more marks will qualify TET.
CTET 2018 in numbers
Total number of registered candidates: 16,91,088
Number of exam centres for Paper 1: 2144
Number of exam centres for Paper 2: 1892
Percentage of female applicants: 42%
Percentage of male applicants: 58%
City coordinators #: 100
Centre Superintendents #: 2296
Paper 1 comprised of 150 multiple choice questions as can be seen in question paper of CTET 2018. There were 30 questions each on Child Development and Pedagogy, Mathematics, Environmental Studies, Language I English or Hindi, Language II English or Hindi.
Paper 2 also consisted of 150 multiple choice questions. There were 30 questions in Child Development and Pedagogy, 60 questions in Mathematics and Science / Social Studies, and 30 questions each in Language I English or Hindi, Language II English or Hindi.
In the year 2016, the number of candidates who had registered for Paper 1 was 232442, and those who registered for Paper 2 was 474513. Respectively, 193005 and 386085 candidates had appeared. 26638 candidates qualified in paper 1 and 42928 candidates qualified in paper 2 in that year. The pass percentage thus came out to be 13.8% for Paper 1 and 11.12% for Paper 2.
Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) is the examination conducted once in a year. However, the paper was not conducted in the year 2017. After 2016, the CTET has been held now, in December 2018. Considering the volume of aspirants across the nation that are dependent on the exam to seek a job in Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Schools, government aided schools, the rush to apply for the exam was inevitable when the exam was announced earlier this year.
CTET 2018 Analysis
In the exam held on Sunday, the questions were neither so difficult nor easy. Candidates did not face so much difficulty in solving all the questions. Most of the candidates were satisfied by their performance in the paper and expected a better score than they had thought of.
A few candidates felt English section to have been a little difficult. It was a tad time consuming. Especially the section on unseen passages was tough. Another tough nut to crack was the CDP section.
The CTET is a pen and paper based examination conducted in both English and Hindi languages. The test was of 2 Hours and 30 minutes in which candidates had to solve a total of 150 questions. Every question carried one mark and there was no negative marking in the paper for wrong answers. The candidates were quite happy with most of the sections in the examination and as per some, the Language sections were easy.
Overall the paper was scoring and most of the candidates are very sure on clearing the CTET paper this year. After the commencement of the examination, the result will be declared by the board 6 weeks after the commencement of the examination. candidates who will score minimum 60% in the examination will be considered TET pass as per CTET Result 2018.