CTET 2020 Self Study Tips: Learn from Home


Being a good teacher is not just having knowledge of a subject but also the skills to make others understand your point with clarity. Thus, to pick the best and the most deserving candidates for the teaching job for class 1 to 8, CBSE conducts CTET exam. The exam is conducted twice a year - July and December.

CBSE has already released the official notification for CTET 2020 on 23 January 2020 according to which the exam for the July session will be conducted on July 05 2020. With the release of the notification, the search for 'how to prepare for CTET exam' also starts. As there are only a few months left for the exam and due to the lockdown, it is not possible to go out for the coaching classes, the only way left for CTET preparation is self-study at home. But to gain the maximum benefit from self-study you need the right preparation strategy.

Thus, to help you save time and efforts, we are here sharing some helpful tips and tricks to learn from home for your CTET preparation. 


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How to prepare for CTET 2020 from home?

Know your syllabus

There are two papers under CTET. Paper I is for the candidates who want to apply for teaching jobs for class 1-5 while Paper II is for the candidates who wish to become teachers from class 6-8. Based on the paper you applied for, you should carefully go through CTET syllabus and accordingly make your study plan. As the candidates are also allowed to apply for both the papers, if you have chosen that option, you need to consider syllabus of both the papers. 

CTET 2020 Important Topics for Paper I


Important Topics

Child Development and Pedagogy

Child Development, Learning and Pedagogy, Multi-Dimensional Intelligence, Influence of Heredity & Environment


How children think and learn, learning as a social activity, the social context of learning, Principals of language teaching 


Language comprehension, role of listening and speaking, challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom, language skills


Geometry, Shapes & Spatial Understanding, Solids around Us, Numbers, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication, Division

Environmental Studies 

Family and Friends, Food, Shelter, Water, Travel, Things we make and do


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CTET 2020 Important Topics for Paper-II


CTET Subjects

CTET Important Topics

Child Development and Pedagogy

Child Development, Learning and Pedagogy


Comprehension, Pedagogy of Language Development


Comprehension, Pedagogy of Language Development


Algebra, Simplification, Evaluation, Error Analysis, Data Handling


Methods of Science, Kingdoms of Life, Food and Diseases, Innovation, Understanding & Appreciating Science, Aims & Objectives of Science

Social Studies/Social Sciences

Ancient History, Indian Polity & Constitution, Project Work & Evaluation, Concept & Nature of Social Science


Understand the exam pattern

The candidates need to have knowledge of CTET exam pattern before they start their preparation. It gives you an idea of the type of questions asked, sections covered, marking scheme, duration of the exam and the total number of questions asked in the exam.

Go through NCF 2005 and NCERT Textbooks

NCERT textbooks make the most important resource for CTET preparation. However, you can also refer to some other books and additional study material in the form of video lectures. In addition to this, you should also study the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) books as around 5-7 questions are asked from these books.

Choose the best study material

No doubt NCERT books make the best resource for CTET exam preparation, however, there is no harm in referring to some additional study material. Selection of the best books like Arihant, Wiley etc. will help you give your CTET preparation an edge. But make sure you don't end up getting too many books as it will just create unnecessary pressure of going through all of them.

CTET books

  • Success Master CTET Paper-I (Class I-V) by Arihant Publication
  • Mathematics Exam Goalpost for CTET & TETs by Wiley Publication
  • Study Guide for CTET Paper 2 (Class 6 - 8 Teachers) Social Studies/ Social Science with Past Questions 4th Edition by Disha Publication
  • CTET and TETs English Language and Pedagogy (Paper I & II) by Arihant Publication

Go online

Though you cannot go for coaching classes due to this COVID-19 pandemic, you can bring coaching classes at your home with online classes. You can join online classes or can watch recorded video lectures by experts to understand difficult topics. You can also clear your doubts by using different mobile apps provided by coaching centres.

Further, to continue your CTET exam online preparation, you can solve online mock tests provided by platforms like Eduwhere. There you not just get the mock tests as per the latest exam pattern but also get detailed performance analysis reports to work on your weak areas.

Prepare short notes

As you have decided to opt for self-study for CTET 2020 preparation, you need to make your own notes. Develop a habit of making short notes that you can use to quickly revise the entire syllabus.

Revise regularly

Don't wait for CTET syllabus to get over to start your revision; rather, you should focus more on revision than cramming the complete syllabus. Make it a part of your regular routine. It will not just help you get a good command on topics but will also help you save time and efforts during the final revision. Further, you will feel less pressurised before the exam as you have already gone through the syllabus multiple times.

Work on your reading speed

Along with the answering speed, you should also work on your reading speed. It will help you save time while answering long questions. You can do it by reading essays, newspapers etc. daily.

Test yourself regularly

You cannot spend a lot of time on just going through the basics. At least, 50% of your entire preparation time should be spent on testing what you have learnt. Choose the testing platforms that provide mock tests with detailed answer sheets and performance analysis reports.

Stay motivated

Set daily, weekly and monthly targets and try your best to achieve those targets. Every time you achieve your target, treat yourself with something like an outing, your favourite dish, movie etc. It will help you feel motivated during your preparation.

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