The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has proposed to conduct Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) once a year. CTET is held in order to fullfill the recruitment of the teachers for class 1-8 teachers.
The CBSE has been informing it to the Human Resource Development Ministry that it is overloaded with the responsibility of organizing multiple exams such as the NEET for under-graduate engineering and medical courses, and the JEE-Main.
In its present year’s budget, the HRD Ministry has already announced that it will be setting up National Testing Service (NTS) for the conduct of all exams. The National Testing Service is proposed by the HRD Ministry. It will be setting up as an independent body aimed to conducting entrance tests for higher education.
Apart from it, the CBSE had also proposed to discontinue with the practice of operating the National Eligibility Test (NET) twice a year, which is held for recruitment of assistant professors.
The CBSE has reasoned that when all major competitive exams are held once a year, why Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) or NET should be conducted twice? Conducting these exams is massive-scale exercises which need huge resources. Two times conduction of these exams may in a way reduce seriousness of candidates since the fear of wasting a year isn’t there.
After the consultations among officials from the CBSE, National Council for the Teacher Education, and the HRD Ministry, it has been decided that CTET would be conducted only once from now on.
Currently, CTET is conducted twice every year in February and September. It is estimated that approximately nine lakh applicants appear for it annually.
It is yet to be decided that in which month the exam will be conducted. It is believed that the arrangement of the CBSE conducting CTET and NET is likely to continue till the proposed National Testing Service starts functioning.