CTET Cut Off, CTET Notification & How to Prepare for CTET Exam

Becoming a teacher is one of the noblest jobs ever, it’s selfless, nurturing, and a profession that always gives something. 

Studying for the CTET Exam is not a very simple task so I’m going to try my best in giving you all the information you need (with an additional flavor of really uncalled for jokes here and there).

Let’s get you on speed to all the things I’m going to discuss in this blog: 

    CTET Cut off Marks – Paper 1 & Paper 2

    Studying and analyzing previous years’ cut off marks is a fruitful exercise with a little devil sitting right on its shoulder.

    Even though the little devil makes us all anxious but also helps us to work harder to achieve our goal.  

    The minimum passing marks for the CTET are distinctive for various categories GEN/OBC/SC/ST.

    Obviously, when you get the ideal Passing Marks for CTET Exam, you have passed the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET).   

    Marks can be changed or modified by the CBSE depending on the difficulty level of the CTET Paper and the complete number of applicants showing up for the test.

    In any case, since years the CBSE has been keeping up the equivalent CTET Cut off marks for all the categories.

    So, let’s go over the CTET Cut off 2019 for Paper 1 & Paper 2. 

    CTETCut Off 2019

    Going through the CTET Cut off 2019 will give an idea as to how much you need to score (approximately) to clear the CTET Exam for the coming year. 

    Category Minimum Qualifying Percentage Passing Marks
    General 60% 90 out of 150
    OBC/SC/ST 55% 82 out of 150

    Note:However, the concessions can be given to different categories such as SC/ST, OBC, etc.  

    Let’s discuss the 2018 CTET Cut off Marks as well.

    Why we’re doing this is to be able to compare two consecutive years’ Cut off marks and be able to set an approximate goal for ourselves. 


    CTETCut Off 2018 

    When you compare the Cut-Off Marks of 2019 and 2018, you can see a difference for the categories OBC, SC, and ST while the Cut-Off for the general category remains the same.

    Even though you might think it’s just a matter of 3 marks, sometimes people make it or break it with even just half a mark.  

    Category CTET Cut Off 2018
    General 90%
    OBC 85%
    SC 80%
    ST 80%

    CTET 2020 Notification 

    In times of complete chaos, there were some warriors fighting on the frontline the entire time, which includes teachers that spent hours and hours trying to cope up with new technology and making sure to virtually educate all the students even in the time of a pandemic.

    With dedication and hard work, you can be one of the heroes too.  

    The online application for the CTET Exam began on 24th Jan 2020 at the official website.

    CTET 2020 New Notification can be seen from the Official Site of Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET). 

    You can also download the CTET Official Notification from the link shared here: CTET Notification 2020

    It is important to understand the requirement as per the CTET New Notification and also, the method of submission of the online application form as provided in CTET New Notification.

    I’m going to quickly talk about all the information regarding the exam as per CTET New Notification 2020: 

    1. You are required to do the following (obviously, if you’re applying for the exam):

    i) To go through the Information Bulletin carefully with the entire requirement therein.

    ii) To satisfy eligibility to appear in the examination.

    iii) To submit an On-line application by giving full particulars by accessing the CTET official website – www.ctet.nic.in. 

    iv) To write a complete mailing address with Postal PIN Code at the time of applying.

    v) Before submission of the application form, decide the mode of payment of the fee.

    vi) To keep the Confirmation Page along with the original copy of E-Challan (In case the fee is paid through E-Challan) of Syndicate Bank or Canara Bank for future reference.

    vii) If you submit more than one application, your candidature shall be liable to be cancelled and you may also be debarred for future examination(s). No communication will be sent in this regard (yikes!). 


    2. Method of Submission of CTET Online Application Form:

    STEP 1: Log on to CTET official website www.ctet.nic.in. 

    STEP 2: Go to the link “Apply Online” and open the same. 

    STEP 3: Fill in the Online Application Form and note down Registration No./Application No. 

    STEP 4: Upload Scanned Images of latest Photograph and Signature. 

    STEP 5: Pay Examination Fee by e-challan or debit/credit card and net banking. 

    STEP 6: Print Confirmation page for record and future reference (don’t take the easy way out and do it as soon as you’re done applying). 

    How to Prepare for CTET Exam?

    The CTET exam was going to take place on 5th July 2020 but because the COVID-19 pandemic, it got postponed.

    If you’re looking for a perfect time to start your preparations, then there’s no better time than now. 

    I know studying for a competitive exam can be overwhelming and many of you might not be able to concentrate and thus might not be able to start your preparation.

    It is important that you must start your preparation with a proper time table.

    Let’s work on some tips to help you prepare for the CTET Exam: 

    • Be aware of the exam pattern for the CTET Exam.  During the preparation, many of you might make the mistake of starting your preparation without knowing the exam pattern. This will make you feel unprepared even after studying for hours because there will be no direction to your studies. 
    • The second step to continue your preparation is to follow the CTET Syllabus. The syllabus will be different for Paper 1 and Paper 2. So, you are advised to cover the entire syllabus of CTET. To check the detailed syllabus of CTET click here (link for CTET syllabus page).    

    Once you’ve nailed down your syllabus and the exam pattern of CTET, you should start your preparation. 

    • Candidates are advised to start their preparation from scratch. Firstly, mark your weak area in which you take time to cover and then identify the ways of improvement. 
    • Readout and learn all the basic concepts for weak areas, but don’t take your strong areas for granted too, and study them side by side. 
    • Keep practicing to upgrade your weak areas.    

    Stop running behind strategies and plans that claim to help you cover your course in a specified time; learning is a process and should not be defined with time.  

    When I say that, I don’t mean to not set targets for yourself, what I mean is to not get overwhelmed by how much or how fast others are studying or get pressurized by online courses.

    Doing all of this will not take you anywhere rather may affect you mentally as well as physically.  

    Let’s go step by step at how to make the learning process a little organized-  

    • While doing the preparation, you must cover at least one textbook for each subject. Candidates can get the details of subjects by clicking here *(CTET Syllabus page link)*  
    • Follow NCERT Books from 3rd to 8th standard for your preparation. Along with that, there are other good options of books in the market that students can follow with NCERT- ArihantUpkar or Arihant Publication 
    • Focus on the basic concepts, make notes, and solve quizzes for each subject. This should be done on a daily basis to improve your performance as well as your speed. 
    • Try to make short notes of each topic whatever you learn and read and highlight important points. At the last moment, these notes will help you in revision. 
    • Revision is one of the most important steps to memorize the concepts, formulas, and important theories. 
    • Do practice mock tests regularly; this will help you to know about your progress. 
    • Obviously, I’ll advise you to attempt all 150 questions in the exam as there is no negative marking.   
    • And last but not the least, remember to take a deep breath every now and then. Studying needs dedication and hard work but that only comes with a mind that is at ease and not under stress. 

    Learning never stops, so if you think you’re done with your preparation syllabus-wise, keep revisiting your notes or study materials because it would only help you in the long run.

    Don’t use shortcuts for learning and fall into the trap of devising a one-month study plan, you might complete your syllabus in a month but you can never stop the learning process otherwise there’s no point in studying at all. 


    You’re studying for one of the most reputed exams in the country and thus, you need to have the best of the best which is why you’re here on my blog. Just kidding, I hope this blog helped you to prepare for your exams.

    Best of luck!!
    Keep Learning!!


    About Anuj Jindal

    Anuj Jindal, the founder, is an ex-manager from SBI, with an M.Com from Delhi School of Economics. He also has a JRF in Commerce & Management and NET in HRM, along with more than 4 years of experience in the field of Education.

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