Teacher Eligibility Test (TET)

What is TET?

TET is a compulsory exam for anyone who wants to teach in the all schools for standard 1 to 8. The exam is conducted by CAC. Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) was launched in the year 2011 by National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). As per guidelines of NCTE – clearing TET exam is minimum requirement for the teachers to teach in the CAC affiliated schools (Government/Private/Aided or Unaided School). Centralised Admission Cell (CAC) has been entrusted with the responsibility of conducting the TET examination by state Gvt.

Background and Rationale

  1. The implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 requires the recruitment of a large number of teachers across the country in a time bound manner. Inspite of the enormity of the task, it is desirable to ensure that quality requirement for recruitment of teachers are not diluted at any cost. It is therefore necessary to ensure that persons recruited as teachers possess the essential aptitude and ability to meet the challenges of teaching at the primary and upper primary level.

  1. In accordance with the provisions of sub-section (1) of section 23 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has laid down the minimum qualifications for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher in class I to VIII, vide its Notification dated August 23, 2010. A copy of the Notification is attached at Annexure 1. One of the essential qualifications for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher in any of the schools referred to in clause (n) of section 2 of the RTE Act is that he/she should pass the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) which will be conducted by the appropriate Government.

  1. The rationale for including the TET as a minimum qualification for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher is as under:

a. It would bring national standards and benchmark of teacher quality in the recruitment process;

b. It would induce teacher education institutions and students from these institutions to further improve their performance standards;

c. It would send a positive signal to all stakeholders that the Government lays special emphasis on teacher quality

  1. The TET examination may be conducted by a suitable professional body designated by the appropriate Government for the purpose. It will be conducted in accordance with the Guidelines hereunder.
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