In 2013 9.20 lakh students appeared for Central Teacher Eligibility Test. Out of these 9.20 lakh students 11% students cleared the exam. The result of this CTET was declared on Tuesday. This exam has been made mandatory for the aspiring school teachers.
This result was in sharp contrast with the CTET of 2012 where less than 1% of students were able to clear the examination. This is the first time that the pass percentage has crossed the 10 % mark. The CTET came in to existence in 2011 by the human resource development ministry to improve the teaching quality in schools.
CTET is mandatory to become a teacher for class I to VIII in any central government school, while schools affiliated by CBSE can either recruit teachers based on CTET or the respective test conducted by states.
The first CTET was conducted in 2011 and the pass percentage was 9%. However, the figure declined to 7% in the subsequent test held on January 2012. The papers have objective questions which test the aspirants' knowledge of English, mathematics and environmental science.
According to chairman of CBSE Vineet Joshi, nothing much has changed in the exam. "Probably candidates have understood the pattern better after the initial attempts. Probably they are better prepared. But we are happy that more candidates have managed to clear the test despite the difficulty level being maintained," he said.
Post exam it was confirmed by the candidates that the difficulty level has been enhanced.