Education is a necessary part of everyone’s life. That’s why Government of India, many NGOs and the Indian society all are working towards to make the education essential to all. In recent years the importance of education has increased, so does the requirement of the teaching staff. Teaching is a noble profession and now more people want to pick this for the betterment of society.  

If you want to be a government or a private teacher then you must be fit in the standard eligibility criteria. You may have listened about TET and CTET exam to be a teacher. Both of the exams are entrance exams for those seeking a career in teaching. In this post, we will tell you about the difference between CTET and TET exam.

What is the difference between CTET and TET   

The aspirants, who want to be a teacher, usually don’t know about CTET and TET difference.  Actually, both of the exams are quite similar. Both are the common entrance exam for aspiring teachers.  Both TET and CTET shares almost the same syllabus and exam pattern, but still, they are different from each other. Let us know how.

Let’s focus on the CTET and TET Difference.

  • The CTET (Central Teachers’ Eligibility Test) is conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) as per the guidelines by The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India.
  • Whereas the TET (Teachers’ Eligibility Test) is conducted by the Education Board of each state.
  •  CBSE conducts the CTET exam twice in a year and TET is conducted by the different state boards, according to the number of vacant posts of teacher. In some state, the TET exam is conducted twice in a year and a few other states conduct this exam once a year.
  • To apply for the teacher’s post in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Tibetan schools and other central government schools you need to clear CTET.
  • After the CTET certification, the candidate can apply for the teaching job in state schools but a candidate with TET certificate cannot apply for the teaching vacancies in schools controlled by Central Government.
  • Validity years for CTET exam is 7 years. The score of TET exam remains valid for the next 5 years.
  • For CTET exam no upper age limit is described for the candidates. For TET exam every state has its own age limit.
  • The exam pattern is same for states’ TET and CTET exams but the CTET exam is a bit tougher than the TET exams.
  • You can get the details about the syllabus and exam pattern of CTET check our article on that.
  • To know the syllabus of UPTET and compare it with CTET.

Apart from all the above-mentioned differences, there is no big difference in CTET and TET. Both of the exams are mandated in their territory to teach the students.

The Bottom Line

By reading this post, your confusion between TET and CTET may have cleared now. But if still, you need some clarification about CTET or TET then write to us in the comment below.


  1. I am the B.ED final year students Can i sit for the CTET /TET Exam ?
    If Yes than how much minimum marks i need to score ?
    after the clearance of CTET/TET Exam where do i get the job proposal ?
    kindly some one clear the said doubts ?

    • If you have scored 50% in B.Ed then you are not eligible, as the minimum percentage required is 60% for TET exam. To be eligible for TET candidates should have passed B.Ed with 60% marks. To answer your question, yes final year students are also eligible.

      But you should also have scored at least 50% in your graduation from a recognized board. As well as minimum 50% marks in class 12th.

      The Cut off Marks for CTET for general category go as high as 90. The cut off varies with the exam, CTET have a different cut off than UPTET.

      After clearing CTET/TET, candidates get placed as teachers in various government schools.

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