Teaching is a noble profession. It is in fact one of the noblest. A teacher impacts young minds who go on to shape the future of this world that we live in. what then, does it take to be a teacher? Well to start with, one must clear a TET.

As per National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), New Delhi, a minimum qualification for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher for classes I to VIII include a pass in Teacher Eligibility Test. To enable aspiring teachers of Andhra Pradesh, government is conducting Andhra Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test or APTET 2018.

Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission has got permission to conduct teacher eligibility test as a computer-based test. Concerned authorities are to enter into an agreement with AP Online basing on rates fixed. Candidates who will appear in teacher eligibility test may note detailed guidelines of computer-based test and prepare with those in mind. At the time of filling APTET 2018 application form, candidates must have minimum qualifications prescribed for future teachers of classes I to V and VI to VIII.

Structure of exam will be similar to that of the national level CTET. APTET has one hundred and fifty multiple choice questions of one mark each. There will not be any negative marking. This applies to paper 1 as well as paper 2. Paper 1 comprises of thirty questions each from child development and pedagogy, language I, language II (English), mathematics, environmental studies. Herein language I entail languages offered under first language in schools under state syllabus that are Telugu, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati.

Likewise paper 2 comprises of thirty questions each from child development and pedagogy, language I, language II (English), mathematics and science (for mathematics and science teachers) / social studies for social studies teacher / either of these two for other teachers. In this case language I refers to languages offered under first language in secondary schools under state syllabus which are Telugu, Urdu, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Sanskrit.

Qualifying marks to qulify as per APTET Result are 60% for general, 50% for BC, 40% for SC / ST / differently abled and ex-servicemen. Those who qualify TET will get Certificate, that holds validity for a period of seven years. The certificate shall contain name and address of the candidate, registration number, year and month of award of certificate, marks obtained in each paper, class level of its validity and in case of classes VI to VIII, the subject area.

AP teacher recruitment considers 20% weightage to TET score and 80% to teacher recruitment test. Therefore marks in TET are not only important to clear it but also to improve chances of selection in teacher recruitment. Teachers who were appointed before NCTE notification dt:23.08.2010 by the Competent Authority in Govt./ Local Authority as per Recruitment Rules prevalent at that time are exempted from appearing for TET. However, Teachers working in Private Schools whose appointments were not approved by the Competent Authority are not exempted from passing TET.