TET Syllabus &
1. A Large number of teachers are
going to be recruited as part of the implementation of RTE, Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act
2009. There will be requirement for recruiting a large number of teachers across the country in a time bound
2. TET will test the teachers and
ensure they possess the essential aptitude and ability to teach at the primary and upper primary
3. TET will serve as the national
standards and benchmark of teacher quality in the recruitment process.
Rationale For TET as Minimum
The rationale for including the TET as a minimum qualification
for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher is as under:
i. It would bring national standards and benchmark of teacher
quality in the recruitment process;
ii. It would induce teacher education institutions and students
from these institutions to
further improve their performance standards;
iii. It would send a positive signal to all stakeholders that
the Government lays special
emphasis on teacher quality.
Structure and Content of TET
All questions will be Multiple
Choice Questions (MCQs), each carrying one mark, with four alternatives out of which one answer will be
There will be no negative marking.
There will be two papers of the TET.
Paper I will be for a person who
intends to be a teacher for classes I to V. Paper II will be for a person who intends to be a teacher for classes
VI to VIII.
A person who intends to be a
teacher either for classes I to V or for classes VI to VIII will have to appear in both papers (Paper I and Paper
Paper I (for classes I to V);
No. of MCQs - 150;
Duration of examination: one-and-a-half
Structure and Content (All
(i) Child Development and Pedagogy - 30 MCQs - 30
(ii) Language I - 30 MCQs - 30 Marks
(iii) Language II - 30 MCQs - 30 Marks
(iv) Mathematics - 30 MCQs - 30 Marks
(v) Environmental Studies - 30 MCQs - 30
Nature and standard of
While designing and preparing the questions for Paper I, the examining body shall
take the following factors into consideration:
• The test items on Child Development and Pedagogy
will focus on educational psychology of teaching and learning relevant to the age group of 6-11 years. They will
focus on understanding the characteristics and needs of diverse learners, interaction with learners and the
attributes and qualities of a good facilitator of learning.
• The Test items for Language I will focus on the
proficiencies related to the medium of instruction, (as chosen from list of prescribed language options in the
• The Language II will be from among the
prescribed options other than Language I. A candidate may choose any one language from the available language
options and will be required to specify the same in the application form.
• The test items in Language II will also focus on the elements of language, communication
and comprehension abilities.
The test items in Mathematics and Environmental Studies will
focus on the concepts, problem solving abilities and pedagogical understanding of the subjects. In all these
subject areas, the test items shall be evenly distributed over different divisions of the syllabus of that subject
prescribed for classes I-V by the appropriate Government.
• The questions in the tests for Paper I will be
based on the topics of the prescribed syllabus of the State for classes I-V, but their difficulty standard, as well
as linkages, could be upto the secondary stage.
Paper II (for classes VI to
No. of MCQs - 150;
Duration of examination : one-and-a-half
Structure and Content
(i) Child Development & Pedagogy (compulsory) - 30 MCQs -
(ii) Language I (compulsory) - 30 MCQs - 30
(iii) Language II (compulsory) - 30 MCQs - 30
(iv) (a) For Mathematics and Science teacher : Mathematics and Science - 60 MCQs of 1 mark each
(b) For Social studies teacher : Social Studies -
60 MCQs of 1 mark each
(c) for any other teacher - either 4(a) or
While designing and preparing the questions for Paper II, the
examining body shall take the following factors into consideration:
• The test items on Child Development and Pedagogy
will focus on educational psychology of teaching and learning, relevant to the age group 11-14 years. They will
focus on understanding the characteristics, needs and psychology of diverse learners, interaction with learners and
the attributes and qualities of a good facilitator of learning.
• The test items for Language I will focus on the
proficiency related to the medium of instruction, as chosen from list of prescribed options in the application
• The Language II will be a language other than
Language I. The person may choose any one language from among the available options and as in the specified list in
the application form and attempt questions in the one indicated by the candidate in the application form by him.
The Test items in Language II will also focus on the elements of language communication and comprehension
• The test items in Mathematics and Science, and Social Studies
will focus on the concepts, problem solving abilities and pedagogical understanding of these subjects. The test
items of Mathematics and Science will be of 30 marks each. The test items shall be evenly distributed over
different divisions of the syllabus of that subject as prescribed for classes VI-VIII by the appropriate
• The questions in the tests for Paper II will be
based on the topics of the prescribed syllabus of the State for classes VI-VIII but their difficulty standard as
well as linkages could be upto the senior secondary stage.
The question paper shall be
bilingual - (i) in language(s) as decided by the appropriate Government; and (ii) English
A person who scores 60% or more in the TET exam will be
considered as TET pass. School managements (Government, local bodies, government aided and
(a) may consider giving concessions to persons belonging to
SC/ST, OBC, differently abled persons, etc., in accordance with their extant reservation policy; (b) should give
weightage to the TET scores in the recruitment process; however, qualifying the TET would not confer a right on any
person for recruitment/employment as it is only one of the eligibility criteria for
(a) TET conducted by the Central Government shall apply to all schools
referred to in sub-clause (i) of
clause (a) of section 2 of the RTE Act.
(b) TET conducted by a State Government/UT with legislature
shall apply to :
(i) a school of the State Government/UT with legislature and
local authority referred to in sub-clause (i) of clause (n) of section 2 of the RTE Act;
(ii) a school referred to in sub-clause (ii) of clause (n) of
section 2 of the RTE Act in that
A school at (i) and (ii) may also
consider eligibility of a candidate who has obtained TET Certificate awarded by another State/UT with legislature.
In case a State Government/UT with legislature decides not to conduct a TET, a school at (i) and (ii) in that
State/UT would consider the TET conducted by the Central Government.
(c) A school referred to in sub-clause (iv) of clause (n) of
section 2 of the RTE Act may exercise the option of considering either the TET conducted by the Central Government
or the TET conducted by the State Government/UT with legislature.
Frequency of conduct of TET and validity period of TET
The appropriate Government should conduct a TET at least once
every year. The Validity Period of TET qualifying certificate for appointment will be decided by the appropriate
Government subject to a maximum of seven years for all categories. But there will be no restriction on the number
of attempts a person can take for acquiring a TET Certificate. A person who has qualified TET may also appear again
for improving his/her score.
Procedure for conduct of the Test
12 The examining body shall formulate a detailed procedure and lay down instructions for conduct of the TET.
Candidates should be informed that a very serious view will be taken of any malpractice or
All legal disputes with regard to
conduct of TET shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the appropriate Government.
Award of TET
The appropriate Government
conducting the Test shall award a TET Certificate to all successful candidates. The certificate should contain the
name and address of the candidate, date of birth, Registration No. year/month of award of Certificate, marks
obtained in each Paper, class level of its validity (Class I to V, class VI to VIII or both), and, in case of
classes VI to VIII, the subject area (Science and Mathematics, Social Studies, etc.). The certificate may be
electronically generated with adequate security features. Appropriate may consider utilizing the services of
specialized agencies for issuing de-materialized (demat) TET certificates as a security feature to avoid any kind
Following measures would be taken for monitoring the quality
and administration of the TET:
(a) The appropriate Government shall appoint a Nodal Officer for
thepurpose of TET. (b) The NCTE would organize meetings of the Nodal Officers
at least onceevery year. (c) Every appropriate will forward a report of each
TET to the NCTE in aformat to be prescribed by the NCTE. (d) The NCTE shall
maintain data base and be the repository of experts and resources, including the technological tools for conduct of
the TET, and shall share it with the appropriate Government.