Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET), which is conducted by CBSE to determine the appointment of teachers for class I-VII will now be conducted by the CBSE only once per year.
Lately, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has telling the HRD Ministry about how it is overburdened by the responsibility of conducting various national level exams every year such as JEE-Mains and NEET.
Recently, board proposed conducting the exercise of holding NET exam only one a year instead of twice. The exam is held for recruiting assistant professors twice every year.
“When all major competitive exams are conducted once a year, why CTET or NET should be conducted twice? They are massive-scale exercises which require massive resources and in a way reduce seriousness of candidates since the fear of wasting a year isn’t there,” a senior official said.
After consulting and discussing with the officials from CBSE, the HRD Ministry and the National Council for Teacher Education (NCET), it was decided that the CTET exam, like all other competitive exams, should be held only once a
Currently in twice a year scenario, the exam is held every February and September. A total of nine lakh applicants appear for the exam. However, the month, in which the exam will be held, is to be decided yet.
“The arrangement of the CBSE conducting NET and CTET is likely to continue till the proposed National Testing Service (NTS) is set up by the government for the conduct of all exams,” the official said.
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