CTET 2016 Exam Notification is released by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The aspirants who are interested in teaching the classes from I-VIII will be required to appear in Either Paper I or Paper II or both. To appear in CTET exam and to qualify the exam requires aspirants to understand the fundamentals of CTET, Planning, prepare strategy etc. It is old saying that “If you fail to Plan, you plan to fail”.

The Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) September 2016 will be 10th Edition of CTET Exam conducted by CBSE on 18-09-2016 (Sunday) for a candidate to be eligible for appointment as a teacher for class I to VIII. The CBSE- CTET Exam is the qualifying examination which enables the successful candidate to teach at government schools, Central Schools or any other school that opt for using CTET scores.
In the light of this CTET September 2016 Exam notification, the best possible way to prepare yourself for any examination is to be thorough with the given prescribed detailed syllabus (Paper I and Paper II), Pattern, Content etc. And once you are fully thorough with the CTET Syllabus, the next stage of preparation comes into the picture. Hence, this article will take you to the detailed syllabus first and= then the basic rituals will follow.

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(I) Syllabus of CTET Exam: The Very first step to prepare for any exam is to understand the syllabus and structure of exam. It plays big role in your preparation strategy. CTET Exam is Pen and Paper based exam. Paper I includes five Section. All the sections Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I, Language II, Mathematics, Environmental Studies are compulsory.
Here is the detail official CTET 2016 Paper I syllabus as released by CBSE:
1. Child Development and Pedagogy (30 Questions)
a) Child Development (Primary School Child) 15 Questions: Concept of development and its relationship with learning | Principles of the development of children | Influence of Heredity & Environment | Socialization processes: Social world & children (Teacher, Parents, Peers) | Piaget, Kohlberg and Vygotsky: constructs and critical perspectives | Concepts of child-centered and progressive education | Critical perspective of the construct of Intelligence | Multi Dimensional Intelligence | Language & Thought | Gender as a social construct; gender roles, gender-bias and educational practice | Individual differences among learners, understanding differences based on diversity of language, caste, gender, community, religion etc. | Distinction between Assessment for learning and assessment of learning; School-Based Assessment, Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation: perspective and practice | Formulating appropriate questions for assessing readiness levels of learners; for enhancing learning and critical thinking in the classroom and for assessing learner achievement.
b) Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs 5 Questions: Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged and deprived | Addressing the needs of children with learning difficulties, ‘impairment’ etc. | Addressing the Talented, Creative, Specially abled Learners.
c) Learning and Pedagogy 10 Questions: How children think and learn; how and why children ‘fail’ to achieve success in school performance. | Basic processes of teaching and learning; children’s strategies of learning; learning as a social activity; social context of learning. | Child as a problem solver and a ‘scientific investigator’ | Alternative conceptions of learning in children, understanding children’s ‘errors’ as significant steps in the learning process. | Cognition & Emotions | Motivation and learning | Factors contributing to learning – personal & environmental.
2. Language I 30 Questions 
a) Language Comprehension 15 Questions: Reading unseen passages – two passages one prose or drama and one poem with questions on comprehension, inference, grammar and verbal ability (Prose passage may be literary, scientific, narrative or discursive)
b) Pedagogy of Language Development 15 Questions: Learning and acquisition | Principles of language Teaching | Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool | Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form | Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders | Language Skills | Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing | Teaching- learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom | Remedial Teaching.
3. Language – II 30 Questions
a) Comprehension 15 Questions Two unseen prose passages (discursive or literary or narrative or scientific) with question on comprehension, grammar and verbal ability
b) Pedagogy of Language Development 15 Questions: Learning and acquisition | Principles of language Teaching | Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool | Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form; | Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders | Language Skills | Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing | Teaching – learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom | Remedial Teaching
4. Mathematics 30 Questions
a) Content 15 Questions: | Geometry | Shapes & Spatial Understanding | Solids around Us | Numbers | Addition and Subtraction | Multiplication | Division | Measurement | Weight | Time | Volume | Data Handling | Patterns | Money
b) Pedagogical issues 15 Questions: Nature of Mathematics/Logical thinking; understanding children’s thinking and reasoning patterns and strategies of making meaning and learning | Place of Mathematics in Curriculum | Language of Mathematics | Community Mathematics | Evaluation through formal and informal methods | Problems of Teaching | Error analysis and related aspects of learning and teaching | Diagnostic and Remedial Teaching
5.  Environmental Studies 30 Questions 
a) Content 15 Questions: i. Family and Friends: 1.1 Relationships 1.2 Work and Play 1.3 Animals 1.4 Plants 
ii. Food 
iii. Shelter 
iv. Water 
v. Travel 
vi. Things We Make and Do
b) Pedagogical Issues 15 Questions: Concept and scope of EVS | Significance of EVS, integrated EVS | Environmental Studies & Environmental Education | Learning Principles | Scope & relation to Science & Social Science | Approaches of presenting concepts | Activities | Experimentation/Practical Work | Discussion | CCE | Teaching material/Aids | Problems
CTET September- 2016 Paper II includes four sections. Here in Paper II, first three sections (Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I and Language II) are compulsory, but the last section gives candidate a choice to either attempt Mathematics and Sciences or Social Studies and Social Sciences, depending on candidate’s strength and interest in teaching.
Here is the detail official CTET 2016 Paper II syllabus as released by CBSE:
a) Child Development (Primary School Child) 15 Questions: Concept of development and its relationship with learning | Principles of the development of children | Influence of Heredity & Environment | Socialization processes: Social world & children (Teacher, Parents, Peers) | Piaget, Kohlberg and Vygotsky: constructs and critical perspectives | Concepts of child-centered and progressive education | Critical perspective of the construct of Intelligence | Multi Dimensional Intelligence | Language & Thought | Gender as a social construct; gender roles, gender-bias and educational practice | Individual differences among learners, understanding differences based on diversity of language, caste, gender, community, religion etc. | Distinction between Assessment for learning and assessment of learning; School-Based Assessment, Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation: perspective and practice | Formulating appropriate questions for assessing readiness levels of learners; for enhancing learning and critical thinking in the classroom and for assessing learner achievement.
b) Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs 5 Questions: Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged and deprived | Addressing the needs of children with learning difficulties, ‘impairment’ etc. | Addressing the Talented, Creative, Specially abled Learners.
c) Learning and Pedagogy 10 Questions: How children think and learn; how and why children ‘fail’ to achieve success in school performance. | Basic processes of teaching and learning; children’s strategies of learning; learning as a social activity; social context of learning. | Child as a problem solver and a ‘scientific investigator’ | Alternative conceptions of learning in children, understanding children’s ‘errors’ as significant steps in the learning process. | Cognition & Emotions | Motivation and learning | Factors contributing to learning – personal & environmental.
2. Language I 30 Questions
a) Language Comprehension 15 Questions: Reading unseen passages – two passages one prose or drama and one poem with questions on comprehension, inference, grammar and verbal ability (Prose passage may be literary, scientific, narrative or discursive)
b) Pedagogy of Language Development 15 Questions: Learning and acquisition | Principles of language Teaching | Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool | Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form | Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders | Language Skills | Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing | Teaching- learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom | Remedial Teaching.
3. Language – II 30 Questions
a) Comprehension 15 Questions Two unseen prose passages (discursive or literary or narrative or scientific) with question on comprehension, grammar and verbal ability
b) Pedagogy of Language Development 15 Questions: Learning and acquisition | Principles of language Teaching | Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool | Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form; | Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders | Language Skills | Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing | Teaching – learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom | Remedial Teaching
4. (A) Mathematics and Science: (60 Questions)
(i) Mathematics 30 Questions
a) Content 20 Questions: Number System- Knowing our Numbers, Playing with Numbers, Whole Numbers, Negative Numbers and Integers, Fractions | Algebra- Introduction to Algebra, Ratio and Proportion | Geometry- Basic geometrical ideas (2-D), Understanding Elementary Shapes (2-D and 3-D), Symmetry: (reflection), Construction (using Straight edge Scale, protractor, compasses) | Mensuration | Data handling
b) Pedagogical issues 10 Questions: Nature of Mathematics/Logical thinking | Place of Mathematics in Curriculum | Language of Mathematics | Community Mathematics | Evaluation, Remedial Teaching | Problem of Teaching
(ii) Science 30 Questions
a) Content 20 Questions: Food- Sources of food, Components of food, Cleaning food | Materials- Materials of daily use | The World of the Living  | Moving Things People and Ideas | How things work, Electric current and circuits, Magnets | Natural Phenomena | Natural Resources
b) Pedagogical issues 10 Questions: Nature and Structure of Sciences | Natural Science/Aims and objectives | Understanding and Appreciating Science | Approaches/Integrated Approach Observation/Experiment/Discovery (Method of Science) | Innovation | Text Material/Aids | Evaluation - cognitive/psychomotor/affective | Problems | Remedial Teaching
OR
5. (B) Social Studies/ Social Sciences: 60 Questions
a) Content 40 Questions
1. History: When, Where and How, The Earliest Societies, The First Farmers and Herders, The First Cities, Early States, New Ideas, The First Empire, Contacts with Distant lands, Political Developments, Culture and Science, New Kings and Kingdoms, Sultans of Delhi, Architecture, Creation of an Empire, Social Change, Regional Cultures, The Establishment of Company Power, Rural Life and Society, Colonialism and Tribal Societies, The Revolt of 1857-58, Women and reform, Challenging the Caste System, The Nationalist Movement, India After Independence
2. Geography: Geography as a social study and as a science, Planet: Earth in the solar system, Globe, Environment in its totality: natural and human environment, Air, Water, Human Environment: Settlement, transport and communication, Resources: Types-Natural and Human, Agriculture
3. Social and Political Life: Diversity, Government, Local Government, Making a Living, Democracy, State Government, Understanding Media, Unpacking Gender, The Constitution, Parliamentary, Government, The Judiciary, Social Justice and the Marginalised
b) Pedagogical issues 20 Questions: Concept and Nature of Social Science/Social Studies, Class Room Processes, activities and discourse, Developing Critical thinking, Enquiry/Empirical Evidence, Problems of teaching Social Science/Social Studies, Sources - Primary and Secondary, Projects Work, Evaluation 
(II) Planning: Once you are done with syllabus of CTET exam, it is time to make a roadmap of your preparation for next Two Months with planning and strategy. Planning requires you to identify your strong areas, and distribute the time the time to each of the section in order to complete your preparation in stipulated time period.
(III) Micro Management of each Section: In this step divide the topic wise time to each section. You also need to jolt down all the topics from each section which require special attention from you. Also check previous year question paper. It gives the idea which topic is very important and which you could be least bothered. 
(IV) Special Focus on Pedagogy: The child pedagogy is one complete subject. It consists of 30 questions of 30 marks. Other than this each section consist 50% questions from pedagogy. Therefore this topic play vital role in your success in CTET.
(V) Time Management: If you are able to manage your time means you are half way through. It helps one to solve questions in time or even before time, so that you save some time for revision of solved answer to try new questions which you already left in time pressure.
(VI) Practice Sample Questions:   Time management can only be achieved if you have practiced well. That is why it is said ‘Practice makes you perfect’. Regular practice will not only raise the level of speed but also raises the accuracy level.
(VII) Our CTET Study Material: To enhance your preparation and practice you should read our CTET Study Material.

At the end, always be confident and remain in positive mind frame. Do not let the negativity effect you. Try hard, and try to attempt all the questions.
Good Luck and Best Wishes.

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