As many as 13,000 candidates appeared for the Punjab State Teacher Eligibility Test (PSTET) on Sunday in about 31 examination centres.
Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema conducted a surprise visit at Vishkarma Senior Secondary School, Dholewal Chowk, which was one of the centres, and found the exam was going on smoothly. District education officer Paramjit Kaur Chahal also visited few of the examination centres.
The test comprised of two papers, Paper-1 for candidates aspiring to teach Classes-1 to 5 and Paper-2 for those intending to teach Classes-6 to 8. Paper-1 started at 10.30 am, whereas Paper-2 at 2.30 pm. The duration of the exam was 2.30 hours.
The exam was conducted by State Council Educational Research and Training (SCERT).
Usha Rani, a candidate, said, “I appeared for both the papers. Comparatively Paper-2 was tougher. Earlier also I had given the exam, but could not clear it. This time I have my fingers crossed.”