CTET 2019: The Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET 2019), which was conducted in July this year, witnessed as many as 29.22 lakh registrations—the highest number ever and a steep hike of over 6 lakh from last year.
Out of the 29.22 lakh registrations, a total of 23.77 lakh people appeared for CTET, which was conducted on July 7. Last year, CTET witnessed 23 lakh registration out of which 16 lakh people took the exam.
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Explaining the reason behind the hike in the number of applications, an official from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – the conducting body of the exam said many states have stopped conducting the teacher eligibility test. According to the CBSE, eight states did not conduct their teacher eligibility test (TET) and recruited teachers on the basis of CTET.
Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, and Goa are the states that stopped conducting the teacher eligibility test for appointment of teachers in schools, the data mentioned.
According to the CBSE official, these eight states have a very less number of schools, figuring less than 5000. “Goa has approximately 2,153 schools including primary, middle, secondary and higher secondary sections. Arunachal Pradesh has in total 1700 schools, the other northeast states have schools less than 1500.” Though Jammu and Kashmir has around 24,000 schools, it did not conduct the recruitment examinations.
Why candidates prefer CTET
The CTET, conducted by the CBSE, gives an array of options for the candidates who wish to make a career as a teacher. According to the CBSE official, a candidate who cracked CTET can apply to the central and state government schools all over the country.
Successful candidates can also apply to schools of the Central Government (KVS, NVS, Central Tibetan Schools, etc.) and schools under the administrative control of UT’s of Chandigarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu and Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and NCT of Delhi, read the board circular.
According to the circular, successful candidates can also apply to the unaided private schools. “The state government and local body schools can also consider the TET. A state government can also consider the CTET if it decides not to conduct the state TET,” the circular mentioned.
CTET certificate: Validity period
The Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) certificate can be valid up to seven years from the date of the declaration of results.
There are no restrictions on the number of attempts for CTET. A person who has qualified CTET can reappear again for improving his or her score, according to the official.
This year, a total of 3.52 lakh candidates qualified in the CTET examinations, out of which, 2.15 lakh in paper 1 (for teaching in grades 1 to 5 in Primary school) and 1.37 lakh (for teaching in grades 6 to 8 in upper primary school) in paper 2.