As per the latest updates, the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) and National Eligibility Test (NET) may only be held only once in a year. The test is an eligibility examination for testing the eligibility of aspirants for the appointment of teachers for class I-VIII. Until now, the exam was held twice in a year offering people a wider chance to appear in the examination.
It has been a while that Central Board of Central Education (CBSE) has been consistent in conveying the HRD ministry of the excess burden that it has to undergo for conducting the many competitive exams multiple times a year. The Board claims it to be a big responsibility as it administers all major competitive examinations including NEET & JEE-Main, entrance exams for admission in medical courses and engineering undergraduate courses respectively.
The plea of the board also includes the proposal of eliminating the practice of conducting the National Eligibility Test (NET) twice in a year. NET is a test conducted for recruitment of assistant professors.
In an interview with leading news daily, a senior official of CBSE said, “When all major competitive exams are conducted once a year, why Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) or NET should be conducted twice? They are massive-scale exercises which require massive resources and in a way reduce seriousness of candidates since the fear of wasting a year isn’t there,”
This was followed by a series of consultation meeting between officials from the CBSE, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), and the HRD Ministry. The three bodies thus reached a mutual decision that CTET should be conducted once in a year.
The current practice has two slots for the national level exam. The examination is scheduled in February and September, Every year over 9 lakh students appear in the test in both attempts combined.
The official further said The arrangement of the CBSE conducting NET and CTET is likely to continue till the proposed National Testing Service (NTS) is set up by the government for the conduct of all exams,”
The HRD Ministry has also appointed NTS (National Testing Service) as an independent body that will be responsible for conducting entrance tests for higher education courses.
“The proposal of conducting NET once is in a very nascent stage. No decision has been reached on it yet,” the official added.