Key Benefits of Solving CTET Previous Years Papers

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The Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) is a national level recruitment process for appointing teachers in primary and elementary levels. CBSE will be conducting the CTET examination on 7th July 2019. With only a few days remaining for the examination, students must be feeling apprehensive about their preparation.

To put students at ease, we have an easy solution for them – to solve the CTET previous years’ papers. There are numerous benefits to solving these papers. But before moving on to the discussion of the advantages of previous years’ papers, let us first briefly discuss the exam pattern.

Pattern of the CTET Exam :

CTET is an offline exam, which is conducted by CBSE. CTET exam consists of 2 papers. Both the papers are of 2.5 hours each and are held on the same day. Paper 1 is for the recruitment of primary teachers from class 1 to 5, while Paper 2 is for the recruitment of elementary teachers from class 6 to 8. Candidates need to score a minimum score of 60% to qualify for the exam.

Both Paper 1 and Paper 2 of the examination consists of 5 sections. The sections are Child Development and Pedagogy, Language 1, Language 2, Mathematics, and Environmental Studies.

CTET Paper 1 Pattern :

Section Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Child Development and Pedagogy 30 30
Language 1 (English/Hindi) 30 30
Language 2 (English/Hindi) 30 30
Mathematics 30 30
Environmental Studies 30 30
Total 150 150

CTET Paper 2 Pattern :

Section Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Child Development and Pedagogy 30 30
Language 1 30 30
Language 2 30 30
Mathematics and Science or Social Science 60 60
Total 150 150

How can Solving Previous Years CTET Papers Benefit You?

Having discussed the pattern of CTET examination, let us reveal in front of you the secrets by which you can make the most of the previous years’ CTET papers. These papers can strengthen your preparation in the following ways:

1 Informs you about your areas of strengths and weaknesses: When you solve a previous year’s paper and analyse it, you will know the areas where you score maximum and also the areas which are outside your comfort zone. For the latter category, you need to strengthen your preparation of those topics and work hard, so that you can boost your overall score.

2. Prepares you well for all the sections: Students who are in the habit of skipping sections and solving questions only from their favourite sections should solve previous years papers the most. This is because when you are attempting the previous years’ papers, you will have to solve questions from all the sections. In this case, there is no scope of favouring your favourite sections.

3. Gives a boost to your confidence level: When you are thoroughly prepared and solving previous years papers, you will get most of the questions right.  When you are able to solve most of the questions in minimum time, it will boost your confidence and motivate you to perform better in the day of the examination.

4. Helps you in forming an idea of the important topics: Practising questions from the previous years’ papers repetitively will help you in analyzing the pattern of the questions being asked in the examination. You can get an idea of the topics from which questions are frequently repeated in the examination and focus more on such topics.

5. Guides you in forming a test-taking strategy: With ample practice of the previous year’s papers, you will be able to know your strengths and weaknesses. So you will not waste time in solving questions in which you are not comfortable. In this way, you will be able to give more attention to your strengths and maximize your score. With continuous practice, you can form a strategy where you could predict which questions to attempt and which ones to leave, just by glancing over the question.

6. Assists you in gaining speed: The duration of the exam is of 2.5 hours, so you should be better prepared to finish the exam within the stipulated time. Initially, when you are solving the mock tests, you might be taking more time to complete the paper, but after solving some previous years’ papers, you will eventually notice that your speed is increasing.

Hard work and success always go hand in hand. If you have put in months of hard work, it will pay. Be focused on your goal and continue solving the CTET previous year question papers and CTET mock tests in these last few days remaining for the examination. Give your best on the exam day, and you will soon be able to land that dream job of teaching in your dream school!

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