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CTET 2018 Exam Pattern, Syllabus for Paper I & II

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CTET 2018 Exam Pattern and Syllabus for Paper I & II

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CTET 2018 will be conducted at two levels, Paper 1 and Paper 2. Candidates who wish to teach classes 1 to class 5 will appear for Paper 1 while for class 6 to class 8 they must appear for Paper 2. In case candidates wish to qualify for recruitment at both levels, they can appear for both the papers in CTET.

Both papers will have Multiple Choice Questions to be solved within 180 minutes. Differently abled candidates will be given a compensatory time of 50 minutes. All sections are compulsory in Paper 1 whereas candidates can choose between 2 sections in Paper 2.

Given below are quick highlights of CTET Exam Pattern:

  • Candidates can choose between Mathematics & Science and Social Science in Paper 2.
  • A correct response will gain 1 mark whereas there is no negative marking for an incorrect response.
  • A separate question paper will be provided for visually impaired candidates.
  • A person with more than 40% disability will be allowed to keep a scribe.

CTET 2018 Exam Pattern 

CTET Exam Highlights
Paper 1 is conducted for Class 1 to Class 5
Paper 2 is conducted for Class 6 to Class 8
Time duration of Paper 1 and Paper 2 150 minutes
Medium Hindi and English
Type of questions Objective type questions
Syllabus As recommended by CBSE

CTET 2018 Exam Pattern in Detail

CTET comprises 2 papers for Primary and Elementary Stage teacher eligibility test. The exam pattern has been given below for both the papers:

CTET 2018 Exam Pattern for Paper 1

All questions in paper 1 are compulsory. Marks are equally distributed among each section.

Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions
Duration of Exam 2.5 hours (180 minutes)
Sections Child Development and Pedagogy (30 marks)
Language I (30 marks)
Language II (30 marks)
Mathematics (30 marks)
Environmental Studies (30 marks)
Total marks 150 marks
Marking scheme 1 mark for correct response
Negative Marking No deduction

CTET 2018 Exam Pattern for Paper 2

All questions in Paper 2 is also compulsory but candidates get to choose between section iv and v as per the subject one chooses to teach.

Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions
Duration of Exam 2.5 hours (180 minutes)
Sections Child Development and Pedagogy (30 marks)
Language I (30 marks)
Language II (30 marks)
Mathematics & Science or Social Studies/Social Sciences (60 marks
Total marks 150 marks
Marking scheme 1 mark
Negative Marking No deduction

CTET 2018 Marking Scheme

CTET Paper 1 comprises 150 questions to be asked from five sections. Paper 2 covers five sections from which, 150 questions are asked. Details pertaining to subjects covered and number of questions asked have been tabulated below:

Paper 1: Teacher for Class I to Class V

Subject No. of Questions Marks
Child Development and Pedagogy 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Language I (compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Language II (compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Mathematics 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Environmental Studies 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Total 150 Questions 150 Marks

Paper 2: Teachers for Class V to VIII

Subject No. of Questions Marks
Child Development & Pedagogy(compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Language I (compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Language II (compulsory) 30 MCQs 30 Marks
Mathematics and Science (for Mathematics and Science teacher) 60 MCQs 60 Marks
Social Studies/Social Science (for Social Studies/Social Science teacher) 60 MCQs 60 Marks

CTET Syllabus 2018

The CTET Syllabus 2018 is as defined by CBSE. Paper 1 comprises 5 sections namely, Child Development and Pedagogy, Language 1, Language 2, Mathematics and Environmental Studies.

Paper 2 has four sections. Child Development and Pedagogy, Language 1, Language 2, Mathematics and Science/ Social Studies.

  • Questions asked in both the papers are compulsory.
  • Paper 1 is for primary school teaching therefore; the level of questions will be related to class 1- 5.
  • Similarly, paper 2 is conducted for elementary school teaching, hence, questions will be of class 6- 8 level.


CTET Syllabus Paper 1

Section Topic Number of questions
Child Development and Pedagogy Development of a Primary School Child 15
Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs 5
Learning and Pedagogy  10
Language 1 and Language 2 (30 questions each) Language Comprehension  15
Pedagogy of Language Development  15
Mathematics Content (numbers, solving simple equations, algebra, geometry patterns, time, measurement, data handling, solids, data handling, etc.) 15
Pedagogical issues  15
Environmental Studies Content (environment, food, shelter, water, family and friends, etc.) 15
Pedagogical Issues 15

CTET Syllabus Paper 2

Section Topic Number of Questions
Child Development and Pedagogy Development of an Elementary School Child 15
Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs 5
Learning and Pedagogy 10
Language 1 and Language 2 (30 questions each) Language Comprehension  15
Pedagogy of Language Development  15
Mathematics and Science Mathematics Number system, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Data Handling Pedagogical issues 20
Pedagogical issues 10
Science Food, Materials, The world of the living, Moving things, people and ideas, How things work, Natural phenomena and resources 20
Pedagogical issues 10
Social Studies History, Geography, Social and Political Life 40
Pedagogical issues 20


Language I.
Language 1 examination paper contains the 30 Questions and each question has a weightage of 1 Marks.

Language Comprehension: Language comparison has comprises the grammar and verbal ability, passages and this part cover the 15 Marks.

Pedagogy of Language Development: It also have weightage of 15 Marks and it covers several topics such as Principles of Language Teaching, Role of speaking & listening, Acquisition, Language Skills, Remedial Teaching.

Language – II:

Comparison: In Language II examination paper questions comes from comprehension, verbal ability and grammar and this part have 15 number of weight in the exam so read this part carefully, before going to appear in the examination.

Pedagogy of Language Development: In this paper questions appear from Principles of Language Teaching, Learning and acquisition, Evaluating language comprehension & proficiency and Remedial Teaching. This paper also has weightage of 15 Marks so also focus on Pedagogy of Language Development.

Mathematics Topic

  • Numbers
  • Geometry
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Time
  • Volume
  • Data Handling
  • Patterns
  • Solids around
  • Division
  • Measurement
  • Weight
  • Money
  • Community Mathematics
  • Evaluation through formal and informal methods
  • Language of Mathematics
  • Diagnostic and Remedial Teaching
  1. Environmental Studies
  • Concept and scope of EVS
  • Significance of EVS integrated EVS
  • Animals
  • Plants
  • Relationships
  • Work and Play
  • Scope & relation to Science and Social Science
  • Approaches of presenting concepts
  • Activities
  • Experimentation/Practical Work
  • Discussion
  • Environmental Studies & Environmental Education
  • Learning Principles

Use of Optical Response Sheet

There are certain set of instructions which must be followed while handling the Optical Response Sheet. Candidates must abide by the instructions given and follow the rules stated regarding Optical Response Sheet at while attempting CTET 2018 . Given below are few facts and guidelines related to it.

  • Candidates will find OMR Sheet placed inside the sealed test booklet. Seal must be opened only after the announcement by the invigilator.
  • Code like A, B, C or D printed on OMR sheet will be same as mentioned in the test booklet.
  • OMR Sheet will be scanned on an optical scanner. Candidates should ensure that OMR Sheet is not folded.
  • Do not write your Roll number anywhere except in specified space in OMR sheet.

Side 1 of OMR sheet contains following columns which are to be filled clearly and accurately with ball point pen (blue/black). Use of pencil is strictly prohibited.

  1. Roll Number
  2. Name of the candidate
  3. Father’s Name
  4. Centre Number
  5. Name of the Examination Centre
  6. Subject offered for Paper-II (Only in case of Paper-II)

Side 2 of OMR Sheet contains the following columns:

  1. Roll Number
  2. Main Test Booklet Number
  3. Language Supplement Booklet Number
  4. Language Supplement Booklet Code
  5. Subject offered for Paper-II(Only in case of Paper-II)
  6. Language in which you have attempted the questions
  7. Signature of the candidate

CTET 2018 Exam Day Instructions

Instructions for candidates prior to examination are listed below. Candidates must carefully go through them before sitting for CTET 2018:

  • The test will start exactly at the time mentioned on CTET Admit Card.
  • Candidate will be asked to open the seal of the Test Booklet five minutes before the commencement of paper.
  • Check carefully that Test Booklet Code printed on Side 2 of OMR Sheet is same as printed on Test Booklet.
  • Immediately report the matter to invigilator for replacement of both the Test Booklet and OMR Sheet in the case of any discrepancy.
  • During the examination, invigilator will check admit card to verify the identity of a candidate.
  • Candidates must use ball point pen (Blue/Black) only. Use of pencil is strictly prohibited and will be rejected.
  • Candidates will mark the answers on OMR sheet only after the announcement of the invigilator.

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