More than 8,000 candidates appeared for the Central Teachers’ Eligibility Test (CTET) 2012 on Sunday compared to 2400 last year.
The CTET, conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), is a mandatory exam for teachers appointed in Central government and CBSE schools. Nearly 8.16 lakh candidates registered for the exam across the country.
This is the second year that the CBSE conducted the test. “The numbers have increased. That is a good sign. We hope more teachers will clear the test to be eligible to teach,” said Vineet Joshi, CBSE chairman.
CTET comprises two tests of 90 minutes each. Paper one is for candidates who want to teach students from Class 1 to Class 5 while the second paper is for candidates who want to teach students of Class 6 to Class 8.
Candidates have to obtain 60% to clear the test. Last year, only 97,919 of the 7.15 lakh (13.6%) candidates cleared the CTET.
The CTET is conducted annually and the certificate is valid for seven years.
“Last year, the test was conducted for the first time therefore the number of candidates was low. But this year, there has been more awareness and thus an increase in the number of candidates,” said PRL Gupta, assistant commissioner of Kendriya Vidyalaya schools in Mumbai, who is the coordinator of the test from Mumbai.
The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) had notified CBSE in December 2010 to conduct the exam. A candidate should clear the CTET to be appointed as a teacher with a Kendriya Vidyalayas and government schools. Even private CBSE schools will prefer candidates who have cleared the CTET.
This was made mandatory under the Right to Education Act and CBSE was entrusted the responsibility of conducting CTET by ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD)
“I would prefer a candidate who has cleared the CTET over a fresher,” said Deepshikha Shrivastava, principal, Rajhans Vidyalaya in Andheri.