How to prepare for the child development section of CTET exam?

In this article, we are going to discuss the preparation tips for ‘Child development’ subject because out of this subject, you will get 15 questions in CTET exam. The questions from Child Development are also asked in CTET paper-II exam. Read article for full detail-

CTET preparation tips
CTET preparation tips

CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test) is a premier examination for those candidates, who wish to become a teacher in government schools. CBSE is conducting this exam since 2011 and CTET is a minimum qualification for the appointment of a government teacher. The rationales behind this exam are as follow-

  • It focuses on the high teaching standards and teaching quality.
  • It induces the institutions and candidates to further improve their performance standards.

On the basis of CTET exam, it is assessed whether the appearing candidate has the attributes of a teacher or not.  CTET Paper-I and Paper-2 exam comprised of five sections namely- Child Development & Pedagogy, Language-I, Language-II, Mathematics, and Environmental Studies (social studies / social sciences in case of paper-II).

In this article, we are going to discuss the preparation tips for ‘Child development’ subject because out of this subject, you will get 15 questions in CTET exam. The questions from Child Development are also asked in CTET paper-II exam. Therefore, it becomes a very crucial part in the entire examination process.

CTET Exam Preparation: Child Development

Before heading to the study, you should prepare some plans & perform the related activities. In addition to this, you must check that all of them are finished appropriately. These plans/ activities may include-

Syllabus analysis

It can be the very first step in the preparation of ‘Child development’ subject. Under this activity, you can classify the topics based on their difficulty level and concepts. There can be certain topics, which are very hard to understand and will take a lot of time to prepare. There can be some topics, which are correlated with each other. Hence, you have to prepare a list of such topics comprising the priorities for studying. It is advised to prepare the correlated topics first and then move on to the difficult topics.

For example- In the case of child development subject, ‘Langue & thought’ is a chapter/topic, which can be correlated with the other chapters/topics of this subject. Preparing this topic in the beginning of the preparation will definitely help you in understanding the rest concepts as well.

Question Breakups

It is also a very important activity during the preparation of all the competitive exams including CTET exam as well. Under this activity, you have to analyze the previous year papers and prepare a list containing the name of topics and the number of asked questions out of these topics. Hence, you will get an idea about the topics out of which maximum and minimum questions are asked. This is also the best method for deciding the priorities of the topics during the CTET preparation.

Preparing a study plan after combining this approach with the outcomes of syllabus analysis phase can give you a positive result in the CTET exam and it will certainly help you in optimizing your efforts during the preparation phase as well.

Concept Hierarchy

Before implementing the designed study plan, you should also prepare the hierarchy of the concepts or theories, which will help you in identifying the important concepts. This hierarchy will also help you in revising the pre-visited concepts/ theories as well. There are several theories and concepts, which are generally asked in CTET exam. Few of them are as follows-



Theories/Concepts of Intelligence

Binet’s unifactor theory

Spearman’s two factor theory

Stenberg’s triarchic theory

Gardener’s theories of multiple intelligences

Gulliford’s structure of intellect theory


Child Development Theories

Piaget’s Theory of cognitive development

Kohlberg’s theory of moral development

Chomsky’s theory of linguistic development

Vygotsky’s theory of socio cultural development




Learning theories

Pavlov’s theory of classical conditioning

Thorndike’s theory of connectionism

Gestalt learning

Maslow’s theory of needs

Tolman’s theory of signal learning

Bandura’s theory of social learning

Skinner’s theory of operant conditioning




Intelligence testing theories

Stanford Binet IQ testing

Bayley’s intelligence scale

Raven’s progressive matrices test

Wechsler Adult intelligence scale



Assessment & Evaluation theories

Assessment for learning

Assessment of learning

Assessment as learning

Through this methodology, you can efficiently cover all the important concepts and score good marks in the CTET exam. You can expand this list for the rest concepts and theories as well.

Refer standard Books

Always study with the standard books. It is recommended that you should refer those books, which are specifically designed for CTET preparation. During CTET preparation, it becomes very necessary that the studied material should be accurate and relevant to the stated syllabus. Reading books from here and there may waste your precious time during preparation phase. If you have sufficient time, then we recommend you to also read the standard writer’s books for clarity & gaining in-depth knowledge of some specific concepts. There are several books for the CTET preparation available in the market. Few of them are given as follows-

  • Child Development & Pedagogy for CTET & STET (Paper 1 & 2) 2nd Edition- Disha Publications
  • Teaching Aptitude & Teaching Attitude: For All Teachers Recruitment Examinations- RPH Editorial Board
  • A Complete Resource for CTET: Child Development and Pedagogy- Pearson Publication

Previous year question papers

Practicing previous year papers will give you a great idea about the types and patterns of questions, their breakups and their difficulty level. It is advised you to practice these papers as much as possible during the preparation of any particular subject because with the help of practicing these papers, you can acknowledge the gap in your gained knowledge & concepts, which can be later filled with putting extra efforts in revising/reading such topics. Therefore, you can attempt maximum questions in the examination. There are various sources available online and offline, where you can find the previous year papers. Few of them are given below-

  • CTET & TETs Previous Year' Solved Papers class I-V Paper-I- Arihant Publications
  • CTET & TETs Previous Year' Solved papers Mathematics & Science Class VI-VIII- Arihant Publications

Besides above sources, you can find all previous year papers through the following link-

CTET & TETs Previous Year' Solved papers Mathematics & Science Class VI-VIII

Online Test Series

There are many online platforms offering free and paid quizzes. Practicing these online test series few days before the examination is very fruitful. These test series help you in checking your gained knowledge and boost your confidence level for the CTET exam. We advise you to take this step very seriously. The benefits can be observed through availing these quizzes from any reliable sources. You can find various quiz platforms online, where all the relevant quizzes can be availed at an affordable price. You can also check the following websites for online tests-

If you found the above information on “How to prepare for the Child Development section of CTET Exam?” useful, then visit our CTET webpage for more such updates.

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