Teachers Eligibility Test - A Way To Reach Your Dream
Teacher Eligibility Test known as TET is an Indian entrance examination for teachers. The
test is mandatory for getting teaching jobs in government schools from Class 1 to Class 8.
Paper 1 is meant for teachers opting for Class 1 to Class 5 and Paper 2 for Class 6 to Class
8. It is conducted by both Central government and State governments in India. Most states
conduct their own TET. The test is conducted in order fulfill and achieve Right to education
TET was introduced by the Government of India in order to improve standards in teaching.
It was held for the first time in 2011. For teachers already working, they are supposed to
clear the exam in two years time.
The exam is based on National Curriculum Framework. All graduates, including B.A, B.Sc,
B.Com etc. are eligible to take the test. All B. Ed. graduates need to pass this exam to work
as a teacher. A candidate has to score over 60 per cent to clear the eligibility test. The
exam is divided into Paper 1 and Paper 2.
The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) maintains the database.
The rationale for including the TET as a minimum qualification for a person to be eligible for
appointment as a teacher is as under:
It would bring national standards and benchmark of teacher quality in the recruitment
It would induce teacher education institutions and students from these institutions to further
improve their performance standards;
It would send a positive signal to all stakeholders that the Government lays special
emphasis on teacher quality.
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