How To Prepare For Teaching Jobs At Home?


“Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.” This has been correctly said by Sidney Hook, who was an American philosopher, and an educator. Outside of a child’s family, the teachers play a major role in shaping his/ her life. It is a teacher’s responsibility to teach not only the standard curriculum to the pupils but also impart moral ethics.

In India, teaching in a government school is considered to be a reputable profession and every year lakhs of aspirants apply for teaching jobs. The selection procedure entails Teacher Eligibility Tests held at Central and State levels. Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) is administered twice a year by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – in July and December. For this year’s CTET examination scheduled for 5th July 2020, the registrations have begun and will continue till 9th March 2020. CTET examination has two test papers – Paper – I and Paper – II. Candidates can select these on the basis of classes they want to teach. Paper – I is applicable for teachers of classes I – V, and Paper – II is applicable for those interested in teaching classes VI through VIII.

Competition for these jobs is tough and the clock has started ticking. You need to have a well-planned strategy for preparation.Here are a few general suggestions that will help you achieve this.

1. Understand the exam pattern and syllabus

Paper – I and II of CTET have a similar exam pattern but different syllabus. Candidates should focus on the syllabus for their respective subjects. During the examination, you will get 150 minutes to solve 150 questions that are multiple choices based. The exam structure is as follows:

Exam Pattern For Paper I:

S.No.SubjectsNo. of QuestionsMarks
1Child Development and Pedagogy3030
2Language I (compulsory)3030
3Language II (compulsory)3030
4Mathematics3030
5Environmental Studies3030
Total150150

Exam Pattern For Paper II:

S.No.SubjectsNo. of QuestionsMarks
1Child Development and Pedagogy3030
2Language I (compulsory)3030
3Language II (compulsory)3030
4Mathematics & Science

Or Social Studies/Social Science

6060
Total150150

Based on the understanding of the syllabus, segregate the topics as per the difficulty; and focus on the basic concepts.

2. Prepare a Comprehensive Strategy

Design a goal-based strategy that will help you cover the entire syllabus and leave time for revision. Time management is the key to success. You can assign more time to your weak topics, and tick them off your goal list as you master them. This will boost your confidence in the preparation tactics.

3. Make Crisp Study Notes

Gather proper study material and make subject-wise short notes. As a little effort goes a long way, these crisp pointers will help you in quickly revising the entire syllabus.

4. Practice Mock Tests & Previous Year Question Papers

Solving the mock tests and sample papers of utmost importance for enhancing your accuracy as well as the speed. After solving a test, its analysis will help you in shortlisting your weak areas. You can then, pay more attention to them while studying.

5. Stay Positive

However effective exam preparation strategy you follow, it will not yield the desired results without a positive attitude. You must believe in your efforts, and do not fret over the outcome. Focus on your health, because a healthy body hosts a healthy mind. Hence, you must eat well, stay hydrated and get a good night’s sleep, so that you can concentrate better on achieving your goal.

Do’s and Don’ts for the Day of Examination:

● Reach the examination center at least half an hour before the reporting time.
● Begin with solving the questions that you are absolutely sure about.
● Because there is no negative marking, do not leave any blanks in the answer sheet.
● Attempt all the questions, each mark is an added advantage.
● Mark the answers in the OMR sheet carefully.
● If you come across a particularly difficult question, avoid spending too much time on it.
● Try to attempt all the questions, but keep an eye on the time also.
● Don’t take any stress. Try to remain calm during the examination.

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