Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) qualifying certificate validity extended to lifetime: Ramesh Pokhriyal

The validity period of the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) qualifying certificate has been extended from 7 years to lifetime.

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Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) qualifying certificate validity extended to lifetime: Ramesh Pokhriyal
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    The Union Education Ministry has extended the validity period of the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) qualification certificate from seven years to lifetime with retrospectively effect from 2011.  


    As per the Education Minister, Nishank Pokhriyal tweet “Respective State Governments/UTs to take necessary action to re-validate/issue fresh certificates to candidates whose period of seven years elapsed already. This is a positive step in increasing the employment opportunities in the teaching field.”


    The provision of extending the validity period of the TET certificate was discussed by the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) in September 2020. However, it has now been implemented after approval from the Ministry of Education.


    In the notice shared by the Education Minister Pokhriyal has said “this will be a positive step in the increasing employment opportunities for the candidates aspiring to make a career in the teaching field.”


    Teachers Eligibility Test is one of the essential qualifications for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher in schools. The guidelines dated February 11, 2011, of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) laid down that TET would be conducted by the State Governments and the validity of the TET certificate was 7 years from the date of passing TET.



    TET is conducted at both the central and state level. Those who wish to teach in schools have to clear state-specific TET or CTET.  


    The exam is conducted annually, however, the dates for this year's exams have not been announced yet. Not only CTET but many state-level exams have also been postponed due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in India.


    The pattern of every state TET is similar. All the exam is divided into two papers - Paper-I and II. Those aspiring to teach classes 1 to 5 appear for Paper 1, while the rest appear for Paper-II which is for class 6 and above.

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