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A major change has been informed in the conduct of the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET). As per the reports, the upcoming exam, i.e. CTET 2017, will be held in Computer Based Mode (online). This will be for the first time when the exam will be organized in online, and not in pen and paper based mode.

The amendment has been introduced by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). A. Santosh Mathew, the Chairperson of NCTE, confirmed that all the changes will be ensured for all the seating papers and examination. The talks with CBSE are also in process to make CTET go online. He also hinted that this is not the only change which will be introduced in CTET. The Council is also planning to bring certain changes in the structure of the examination.

The detailed notice regarding all the modification will be released soon. The primary reason for such modification is to improve the quality of teachers in the nation. For now, the assessment of the teachers was done through an offline exam, which evaluated the knowledge and skill of the prospective teachers. However, now the reports state that the evaluation of the teachers will also be done through teacher’s attitude. In recent times, the attitude of the teachers has surely become one of the most crucial factors.

To make it possible, National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) will be preparing the ‘ASK’ pattern. The details about this new pattern will also be announced with the notification about the other details.

Conducting of CTET in online mode will especially affect those candidates who are not aware with the computer. However, the candidates need to worry. The notification for CTET 2017 is expected to release in the month of September and the online examination will only demand basic knowledge of the computers. Hence, the candidates have enough time to learn the basics of the computer and system.

Though NCTE is doing the groundwork for improving the structure of CTET. However, the examination is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). It is a national level examination, which is held to ensure that the candidate is eligible to be a teacher for class 1 to 8.

Candidates with B.Ed or equivalent degree can apply for the Teacher Eligibility Test. Until now, Central TET consisted of two Papers, I and II. The Paper I is for those candidates who aim to teach from class 1 to 5. Whereas, candidates aiming to be a teacher of class 6 to 8 need to qualify Paper II as well. The qualifiers of CTET become eligible to be appointed as teachers in Government Schools, Private Schools, Navodaya Schools, Central School, Central Tibetan Schools, etc.

More than 1 million candidates apply for the exam every year. The exam is a mandatory requirement to be a teacher. However, qualifying the exam does not guarantee a job. As per the previous year trends, the pass percentage of the candidates has been low. The qualifying marks for the exam are 60%.

The candidates can appear for CTET multiple times. The candidates may re-appear for the examination to improve their score. The CTET eligibility certificate is valid for up to 7 years. Once, the validity of the certificate lapse, the candidates can renew it by taking and qualifying the examination again.

What are your views on CBSE CTET exam being conducted in online mode? How would you like the exam to be held, in online or offline mode? And how important do you think the attitude of teachers is? Tell us your views on these changes, leave a comment below.

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