How to prepare for CTET 2021 - Tips, Instructions, Books, Exam Pattern

How to prepare for CTET 2021 - Tips, Instructions, Books, Exam Pattern

How to prepare for CTET 2021? - Teaching is one of the toughest jobs, not because it is difficult to teach, but it is difficult to qualify as a teacher. A teaching job requires patience and deep understanding. In India, which is the world's youngest nation, there are a lot of educational institutions and to cater the teaching needs of these institutions, the government conducts several exams.

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One such is the CTET exam, which is conducted at a national level to make candidates eligible to apply as teachers in CBSE affiliated schools. However, CTET is one of the toughest due to a huge number of competitions it attracts. The test is held to determine the eligibility of the candidates as Teachers in classes 1 to 8. It is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) twice a year - July and December. The 15th edition of the CTET exam will be conducted in CBT mode from December 16, 2021 to January 13, 2022. The process to fill CTET online form 2021 started from September 20 while the last date to apply is October 19, 2021. Candidates must prepare for CTET 2021 in such a way that they can easily qualify it and become a teacher. There are a lot of fresh candidates who have questions on How to prepare for CTET 2021, through this article, we will address this query.

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Create a Goal

CTET is one of the most competitive exams in India. Candidates who are planning to appear for it must keep this in mind that they will be competitive against a vast audience. Hence, it is advised to first of all set an objective in mind and give yourself some time to achieve the objective. Here objective stands for qualifying the CTET exam.

Go Through the Exam pattern and Syllabus

Before starting the preparations for CTET 2021, candidates are advised to go through the CTET exam pattern and syllabus in detail. Go through each and every aspect and take note of it. The syllabus is one document that needs a deep reading. Candidates must also take the printout of the CTET syllabus and keep with themselves while studying.

Understand Child Development & Pedagogy

This is the main subject in CTET and aspirants must read it thoroughly. There are a lot of books and study materials available online as well as offline markets regarding the same. Candidates must also solve questions based on Child Development & Pedagogy.

Time Management is the key

This is the most important aspect and to hone this skill, CTET aspirants are advised to use timer while solving previous year question papers of CTET. Candidates are advised to make a practical time table and allot equal time to all the subjects.


There is a famous saying that "Practice makes a man perfect" and it is rightly said. This is one area where candidates must focus mainly specially during the wee hours of preparation when the CTET exam is just a few days away. Practice previous year question papers and give mock tests to get expertise on the subjects.

Focus on Weak Areas

While practising candidates will also be able to know about their stronger and weaker sections, this way they can know on which department they must work more and which department is fully prepared. Work on weaker sections more so that there are no chances of mistakes in the exam.

Maintain a healthy routine Remain Stress-Free

While studying we get so involved into it that we miss taking good care of ourselves, this is where many students fail miserably falling ill and not appearing for the exam. It is advised for the candidates to take adequate amounts of sleep, drink plenty of water, eat healthy food and take breaks in between studies to stay healthy and active. Candidates must follow the most famous saying that an active brain resides in a healthy body.

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How to prepare for CTET 2021? - Important instructions

  • Focus on increasing reading speed to help during attempting long questions. Increasing the reading speed will save time and enhance understanding.

  • There is no negative marking in the CTET 2021 paper hence candidates are suggested to attempt all questions and not leave any question unattempted.

  • During preparations, aspirants must equally divide their time as per the subjects. It will play a huge role on the day of exam as certain questions will be time-consuming and this strategy will help isolating such questions from the remaining ones.

  • Do not get stuck only in one question and waste maximum time. Skip that question and once the entire paper is complete, return to the unattempted questions and try solving them from a fresh perspective.

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CTET Exam pattern 2021

CTET exam pattern is mentioned in the official CTET notification and contains details related to the stages, sections and marking scheme. As per the exam pattern, there will be 150 questions which will carry one mark each. Candidates must go through the exam pattern for better preparation of the exam.

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CTET Syllabus 2021

CTET syllabus is mentioned on the official website. The syllabus includes subject-wise topics and sections on which the question papers will be based. Candidates are advised to check the syllabus while preparation. As per syllabus there will be two papers for primary and elementary level exam. As per the CTET syllabus, the paper 1 question will be based on Child Development and Pedagogy, Language 1 and Language 2, Mathematics, Environmental Studies, the paper 2 Social Studies/Social Science and Mathematics and Science.

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CTET Books 2021

One part of the preparation tips of CTET 2021, are the best books which candidates must refer to in order to prepare efficiently. From the following table, candidates can check some of the best books of CTET 2021.

CTET Best Books for Child Development and Pedagogy

Name of the book


Child Development and Pedagogy (Arihant CTET Book)

Arihant Publication

Child Development & Pedagogy

Disha Publication

Child Development & Pedagogy


CTET Best Books for Language Paper (Hindi and English)

Name of the book


Hindi Language

Arihant Publication

English Language


CTET Best Books For Environmental Studies

Name of the book


Teacher Eligibility Test Environmental Studies

Upkar Prakashan

Environmental Studies

Wiley Publication

NCERT Books for CTET (Environment Studies Class 9-12)


Environmental Studies & Pedagogy

Arihant Publication

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