Central Teacher Eligibility Test, commonly known as CTET, acts as a minimum qualification for appointment as a teacher in India, and brings the national standards of the teachers’ quality in the recruitment process. Moreover, it encourages teacher education institutions to further improve their performance standards as well as sends a fairly positive signal to all stakeholders that the Government takes special care of the quality of teachers.
On that note, let’s skim through a bunch of tips on how to prepare for this exam and become a teacher.
● Go Through The Exam Pattern And Syllabus
Before starting preparation, candidates must have a thorough cognisance of the exam pattern and syllabus of the exam. This is essential, as it will help you in planning your strategy for preparation and attempting the CTET exam. Not having a clear understanding of the exam pattern will lead to confusion in details pertaining to phases in which the exam is to be conducted, subjects and No. of questions to expect in each section and more. Similarly, having a vague knowledge of the exam syllabus can result in you wasting your time on topics that are not important or may be absent in the official exam syllabus.
● Practicing And Giving CTET Mock Tests Regularly
It is always advised to give daily or regular mock tests or practice tests for preparation of any examination and the same goes for CTET exams. Candidates must attempt mock test or even quizzes on regular basis, analyse their section-wise performance, highlight the areas in which their performance is weak and must work hard on them, along this giving mock test will give a candidate a taste of exam hall atmosphere, so that you get use to the ticking clock with a set of question on the screen to attempt before the clock ticks down. Also, giving online mock tests will increase your precision and speed of answering the questions.
● Know About The Principles And Practices Mentioned In The National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005
The practices and principles documented in NCF 2005 form the base or premise of the questions relating to Classroom teaching based on practical application aspects. CTET exam focuses on testing candidate’s knowledge and understanding of Assessment of child, Child-centred learning approach, Practical based approach in teaching, acknowledging and empowering children’s effort to learn. So, a candidate is advised to study the latest published NCF document i.e., NCF 2005 to get vital knowledge about teaching techniques and practices.
● Solve Previous Years Question Papers
Solving previous years CTET papers will give you a glimpse of the trend in questions and weightage of different topics in each section. Therefore, practicing and solving previous year papers will give you an awareness of what questions to expect and also the important topics to focus on while preparing.
● Having In-Depth Knowledge of Child Development And Pedagogy
Though Child development and pedagogy subject carries only 30 marks out of 150 in each paper-I and paper-II, but this subject is of vital importance when it comes to developing skills and ability of a good teacher. In-depth knowledge of topics in this subject will help the candidate to understand the educational needs of the children and their development, learning about teaching techniques and practices to ensure maximum learning and insight into psychology of children pertaining to different classes. Questions under this section are based on Pedagogy and Child Development.
● Join An Online Course for Preparation of CTET
It is beneficial for a candidate to join a good online course through CTET Online Coaching for effective preparation. As it will provide mentorship and guidance to the candidate from experienced faculty, who might have appeared or cracked the exam in the past. You can get insight and preparation tips along with this you will be able to clear your doubts in real time. Also, you will receive worksheets and latest practice tests, so that you can practice and analyse your progress throughout your preparation.
● Preparing Short Notes And Revision
Taking out time for revision and preparing notes of fundamental concepts and related information in the form of short notes and mind maps for Theoretical subjects, along with making notes of tricks and formulas in Mathematics separately. So, when the exams are near, you will be able to retain and revise whatever you have learnt. Revision on a regular basis is vital not only prior to the exam, but should be practiced since the start of your preparation.