TET is the abbreviation for ‘Teachers Eligibility Test.’ Both central and state governments individually hold the test to shortlist the eligible teachers for teaching in schools. Aspiring teachers have to take this exam, and based on their scores, the teachers get a job in government and private schools. Earlier validity of the TET exam was seven years, and now the government has announced to the extent the validity to lifetime. The announcement of the lifetime validity of the TET scorecard is good news for aspiring teachers.
Teaching is one of the ancient professions. Teaching the next generation is noble work, and that’s why teachers get respect in society. The demand for qualified teachers is constant in India. Considering the population of the country, it must have more schools and teachers. So teaching can be a good profession for the youngsters. If you are keen to get a government job, TET can open various ways for you. Here is detailed information about TET and how its extended period will help you to have a career in the teaching profession.
What is TET?
TET teacher eligibility test is conducted by the state and central government. The TET exam conducted by central is CTET, and when it’s conducted by the states, the exam has the state name. For example, the TET exam conducted by the Utter Pradesh government is denoted with UPTET. The main aim of introducing the TET is to bring a national standard in the quality of teachers. It is a mandatory exam to be a government teacher in India. Here will discuss the eligibility criteria and exam pattern of TET.
The test has two papers; Paper 1 and Paper 2. Aspirants that want to be a teacher for the primary class take paper 1, and for higher classes, paper 2 is conducted. TET is an eligibility test on clearing it the aspirants can apply for the teachers’ vacancies available with state, central government and private schools. Earlier, the marks scored in TET were valid for 7 years only. It means the applicant will have to take the Teachers Eligibility Test after 7 years, but now the examinee will be TET qualified for a lifetime. The central government authority has announced that the CTET certificate will be valid for a lifetime. After getting the certificate of CTET, the candidate can apply for the government teachers’ vacancies.
Benefits of extending the Validity of TET
Now the central government has announced that the TET scorecard will be considered for the lifetime. Earlier it was valid until the 7 years of the exam. The aspiring teachers are happy with this decision and welcome it. Now, as the validity of the scorecard has extended, so the teachers are not to worry about the exam anymore. The step will help the teachers to prepare for TET with more focus. The difficulty level of CTET and state TET is moderate, and preparing for it after every 7 years wasn’t easy for the teachers. So it’s better that the government has extended the validity of the test for a lifetime. With the extended validation time, the job seekers will have more chances to apply for the teachers’ job under the central government.
TET Eligibility Criteria 2021
As the TET exam has two papers, so the eligibility for both of the papers is different. Here is the eligibility criteria for TET 2021;
The eligibility criteria for TET Paper 1
Any one of the following eligibility criteria will be required to apply for TET Paper 1;
- Applicant must have passed 12th with a minimum of 50% and an elementary diploma of 2 years.
- A 12th pass out with 50% marks and cleared or appearing in 4 years bachelor elementary education.
- Applicant must be 12th pass out with 45% marks and appearing in the final year of elementary education’s 2 year diploma course.
- Candidates that have passed or appeared in 2 years diploma course in special education and pursuing graduation.
- A graduate applicant, pursuing in the final year of diploma in elementary education.
Eligibility Criteria for Paper 2
Here is the eligibility (anyone) to apply for TET paper 2;
- 12th pass-outs with atleast 50% marks and passed or appeared in the final year of 4 years graduation program(BA/B.Sc.Ed or BA.Ed/B.Sc.Ed).
- Applicant must have completed graduation or appearing for the final year of the 2-year diploma in elementary education.
- Applicant must have cleared graduation with a minimum of 50% marks and appearing in bachelor in education.
- Must have completed graduation with 50% marks and appeared in 1 year special education course in B. Ed.
TET Application Form 2021
Application form for CTET or state TET released online. Candidates have to fill the application form released by authorities on their respective websites. In 2021 the UPTET has been postponed, but HPTET 2021 is expected to be arranged in July month. It’s easy to fill the online TET application form and pay the fee. Applicants will have to upload the following documents to complete the TET application form;
- ID proof
- Recent photograph
- Qualifications Documents
- Caste Certificate
- Age Certificate
- Experience Certificate (if Any)
TET 2021 Exam Pattern
Both paper 1 and paper 2 will be having MCQs. The number of questions will be 150, and each question will be for 1 mark. The duration for each paper will be 2 hours and thirty minutes. The exam does not have any negative marking. On the wrong answer, the applicants will get zero marks. To clear the exam, candidates from the general category will have to score minimum 60% marks, and for candidates from the reserved category, the minimum required marks are 55% to clear CTET.
The Final Word
TET is one of the essential requirements to be a teacher in India. For government teachers, its a must to clear TET with flying colors, and in private schools also the TET qualified applicants are preferred. According to the government, now the TET certificate will be valid for a lifetime, so more teaching job opportunities will be available for the aspirants.