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CTET February 2016: Exam pattern and syllabus of paper 2

Jan 28, 2016 12:14 IST

    Now, it is the time to review and analyze your preparations for CTET examination which is to be conducted by Central board of secondary Education (CBSE) and to be held in February 2016. CTET, the qualifying examination enables the successful candidate to teach at Central Schools. Now a days, good private schools also seek CTET qualified candidates.  One can follow CTET Syllabus 2016 at the official website (www.ctet.nic.in). CBSE conducts following two papers each of 150 marks and of duration 2:30 hrs.

    (a)Paper I (Primary Stage)
    : Candidates intending to be a teacher in classes I to V have to qualify this paper.

    CTET February 2016: Syllabus and Exam pattern

    (b)Paper II (Elementary Stage): Candidates intending to be a teacher in classes VI to VIII have to qualify this paper.

    (Note: Candidates who intent to be a teacher for both levels (classes I to V and classes VI to VIII) will have to appear in both papers (Primary and elementary Stage).
    We have already discussed the syllabus and strategies on preparations for paper I in our previous articles. This article focuses on content and detailed syllabus of paper II. Paper II consists of three compulsory sections (Child Development & Pedagogy, Language I and language II) and an optional part. Candidates can attempt either “Mathematics and Sciences” or “Social Studies and Social Sciences”, depending on their field of teaching. The pattern of the paper is given below:
    Pattern of Paper II (for Classes VI to VIII) Elementary Stage:

    S. No.

    Topics

    No of MCQs*

    Maximum Marks

    1

    Child Development & Pedagogy

     (compulsory)

    30

    30

    2

    Language I (compulsory)

    30

    30

    3

    Language II (compulsory)

    30

    30

    4

    Mathematics and Science

    (for Mathematics and Science teacher)

    60

    60

    5

    Social Studies/Social Science

    (for Social Studies/Social Science teacher)

    Note: For any other teacher – either 4 or 5

    60

    60

    Total

    150


    Note: For any other teacher – either 4 or 5    60    60
    Total    150
    MCQs*: multiple choice questions.
    The official CTET 2016 Paper II syllabus is as follows:

    1. Child Development and Pedagogy

    (a) Child Development (Elementary School Child) [15 Questions]: Concept of development and its relationship with learning, Principles of the development of children, Influence of Heredity & Environment, Socialization processes: Social world & children (Teacher, Parents, Peers), Piaget, Kohlberg and Vygotsky: constructs and critical perspectives, Concepts of child-centered and progressive education, Critical perspective of the construct of Intelligence, Multi-Dimensional Intelligence, Language & Thought, Gender as a social construct; gender roles, gender-bias and educational practice, Individual differences among learners, understanding differences based on diversity of language, caste, gender, community, religion etc., Distinction between Assessment for learning and assessment of learning; School-Based Assessment, Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation: perspective and practice, 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 Questions]: Addressing learners from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged and deprived, Addressing the needs of children with learning difficulties, ‘impairment’ etc, Addressing the Talented, Creative, Specially abled Learners.
    (c) Learning and Pedagogy [10 Questions]: How children think and learn; how and why children ‘fail’ to achieve success in school performance, Basic processes of teaching and learning; children’s strategies of learning; learning as a social activity; social context of learning, Child as a problem solver and a ‘scientific investigator’, Alternative conceptions of learning in children, understanding children’s ‘errors’ as significant steps in the learning process, Cognition & Emotions, Motivation and learning, Factors contributing to learning – personal & environmental.

    CTET February 2016: Quiz set 1


    2. Language I.

    (a) Language Comprehension [15 Questions]: 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 Questions]: Learning and acquisition, Principles of language Teaching, Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool, Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form, Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders, Language Skills, Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing, Teaching- learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom, Remedial Teaching.

    3. Language – II

    (a) Comprehension [15 Questions]: Two unseen prose passages (discursive or literary or narrative or scientific) with the question on comprehension, grammar and verbal ability.
    (b) Pedagogy of Language Development [15 Questions]: Learning and acquisition., Principles of language Teaching, Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool, Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form, Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders, Language Skills, Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing, Teaching – learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom, Remedial Teaching.

    CTET February 2016: How to prepare Language



    4. (A) Mathematics and Science:

    (a) Mathematics [30 Questions]:

    (i) Content  [20 questions]: Number System, Knowing our Numbers, Playing with Numbers, Whole Numbers, Negative Numbers and Integers, Fractions, Algebra, Introduction to Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry, Basic geometrical ideas (2-D), Understanding Elementary Shapes (2-D and 3-D), Symmetry: (reflection), Construction (using Straight edge Scale, protractor, compasses), Mensuration,

    (ii) Pedagogical issues [10 Questions]
    : Nature of Mathematics/Logical thinking, Place of Mathematics in Curriculum, Language of Mathematics, Community Mathematics, Evaluation, Remedial Teaching, Problem of Teaching

    (b) Science [30 Questions]

    (i) Content [20 Questions]: Food, Sources of food, Components of food, Cleaning food, Materials, Materials of daily use, The World of the Living, Moving Things People and Ideas, How things work, Electric current and circuits, Magnets, Natural Phenomena, Natural Resources,
    (ii) Pedagogical issues [10 Questions]: Nature & Structure of Sciences, Natural Science/Aims & objectives, Understanding & Appreciating Science, Approaches/Integrated Approach, Observation/Experiment/Discovery (Method of Science), Innovation, Text Material/Aids, Evaluation – cognitive/psychomotor/affective, Problems, Remedial Teaching.

    5. Social Studies/Social Sciences

    (a)Content [40 Questions]

    (i) History: When, Where and How, The Earliest Societies, The First Farmers and Herders, The First Cities, Early States, New Ideas, The First Empire, Contacts with Distant lands, Political Developments, Culture and Science, New Kings and Kingdoms, Sultans of Delhi, Architecture, Creation of an Empire, Social Change, Regional Cultures, The Establishment of Company Power, Rural Life and Society, Colonialism and Tribal Societies, The Revolt of 1857-58, Women and reform, Challenging the Caste System, The Nationalist Movement, India After Independence

    (ii) Geography: Geography as a social study and as a science, Planet: Earth in the solar system, Globe, Environment in its totality: natural and human environment, Air, Water, Human Environment: settlement, transport and communication, Resources: Types-Natural and Human, Agriculture

    (iii) Social and Political Life:
    Diversity, Government, Local Government, Making a Living, Democracy, State Government, Understanding Media, Unpacking Gender, The Constitution, Parliamentary Government, The Judiciary, Social Justice and the Marginalised.

    (b) Pedagogical issues [20 Questions]
    : Concept & Nature of Social Science/Social Studies, Class Room Processes, activities and discourse, Developing Critical thinking, Enquiry/Empirical Evidence, Problems of teaching Social Science/Social Studies, Sources – Primary & Secondary, Projects Work, Evaluation.
    The key to success is hard work and devotion. So, go through the syllabus thoroughly, collect the books accordingly and start preparing.

     

     

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