CTET Examination Syllabus and Exam Pattern

Paper I (for classes I to V) Primary Stage:

I. Child Development and Pedagogy – 30 Questions
a) Child Development (Primary 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

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