CTET is divided into two papers as described in the the article CTET Exam Pattern that we published earlier. The Paper I is meant for people who wish to teach Primary Classes up to standard V. The CTET Syllabus for Paper I is given below:

The Paper I has 150 questions based on the following topics:

I. Child Development and Pedagogy (30 Marks)

a) Child Development (Primary School Child) (15 Marks)

  1. Concept of development and its relationship with learning
  2. Principles of the development of children
  3. Influence of Heredity & Environment
  4. Socialization processes: Social world & children (Teacher, Parents, Peers)
  5. Piaget, Kohlberg and Vygotsky: constructs and critical perspectives
  6. Concepts of child-centered and progressive education
  7. Critical perspective of the construct of Intelligence
  8. Multi-Dimensional Intelligence
  9. Language & Thought
  10. Gender as a social construct; gender roles, gender-bias and educational practice
  11. Individual differences among learners, understanding differences based on diversity of language, caste, gender, community, religion etc.
  12. Distinction between Assessment for learning and assessment of learning; School-Based Assessment, Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation: perspective and practice
  13. 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 Marks)

  1. Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged and deprived
  2. Addressing the needs of children with learning difficulties, ‘impairment’ etc.
  3. Addressing the Talented, Creative, Specially abled Learners

c) Learning and Pedagogy (10 Marks)

  1. How children think and learn; how and why children ‘fail’ to achieve success in school performance
  2. Basic processes of teaching and learning; children’s strategies of learning; learning as a social activity; social context of learning.
  3. Child as a problem solver and a ‘scientific investigator’
  4. Alternative conceptions of learning in children; understanding children’s ‘errors’ as significant steps in the learning process.
  5. Cognition & Emotions
  6. Motivation and learning
  7. Factors contributing to learning- personal & environmental

II. Language I (30 Marks)

a) Language Comprehension (15 Marks)

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 Marks)

  1. Learning and acquisition
  2. Principles of language Teaching
  3. Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool
  4. Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form
  5. Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders
  6. Language Skills
  7. Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing
  8. Teaching-learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom
  9. Remedial Teaching

III. Language II (30 Marks)

a) Comprehension (15 Marks)

Two unseen prose passages (discursive or literary or narrative or scientific) with questions on comprehension, grammar and verbal ability

b) Pedagogy of Language Development (15 Marks)

  1. Learning and acquisition
  2. Principles of language Teaching
  3. Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool
  4. Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form;
  5. Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders
  6. Language Skills
  7. Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing
  8. Teaching-learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom
  9. Remedial Teaching
  10. Geometry
  11. Shapes & Spatial Understanding
  12. Solids around Us
  13. Numbers
  14. Addition and Subtraction
  15. Multiplication
  16. Division
  17. Measurement
  18. Weight
  19. Time
  20. Volume
  21. Data Handling
  22. Patterns
  23. Money

b) Pedagogical issues (15 Marks)

  1. Nature of Mathematics/Logical thinking; understanding children’s thinking and reasoning patterns and strategies of making meaning and learning
  2. Place of Mathematics in Curriculum
  3. Language of Mathematics
  4. Community Mathematics

IV. Mathematics (30 Marks)

a) Content

  1. Evaluation through formal and informal methods
  2. Problems of Teaching
  3. Error analysis and related aspects of learning and teaching
  4. Diagnostic and Remedial Teaching

V. Environmental Studies (30 Marks)

a) Content

  1. Family and Friends:
    • Relationships;
    • Work and Play;
    • Animals;
    • Plants
  2. Food
  3. Shelter
  4. Water
  5. Travel
  6. Things We Make and Do

b) Pedagogical Issues

  1. Concept and scope of EVS
  2. Significance of EVS, integrated EVS
  3. Environmental Studies & Environmental Education
  4. learning Principles
  5. Scope & relation to Science & Social Science
  6. Approaches of presenting concepts
  7. Activities
  8. Experimentation/Practical Work
  9. Discussion
  10. CCE
  11. Teaching material/Aids
  12. Problems

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