The Uttarakhand Board of School Education conducted the Teacher Eligibility Test (UTET) on 22 January 2017 wherein around 65 thousand candidates participated.
The number of candidates taking the UTET exam has decreased in comparison to the last exam. The last exam was held on 29 April 2015, for which as much as 1.3 lakh candidates had registered. The number of registrations reduced by around 1/3rd. Over 70 thousand candidates had applied for UTET 1 last time, which fell down to a mere 16,000 this time.
UBSE notified the Uttarakhand TET exam (UTET 2015) on 21 October 2016 and the applications were submitted in October-November. As per the records, total 73,109 candidates were issued admit cards for the exam, including 15,962 candidates for UTET-1 and 57,147 candidates for UTET-2. Maximum 14,162 candidates were allotted test center in Dehradun district, while 4,061 candidates were allotted center in Pithoragarh district, 3,354 candidates in Almora district and 1,067 candidates in Nainital district. The Board had also published the list of applicants whose applications were rejected. Following the High Court’s order on 20 January, additional 10 candidates were allowed to take the exam.
UTET 1 & 2 was administered in two shifts at 176 test centers across 29 cities. UTET 1 was conducted in the first shift from 10 am to 12.30 pm, followed by UTET 2 in the second shift from 2 pm to 4.30 pm. The overall attendance in UTET exam varied across the centers from 83 to 95 percent.
UBSE would release the UTET answer key at its official website and the candidates will be allowed to submit the challenges against the answer keys. This is done at par with other major examinations conducted across the Country in an attempt to maintain transparency in the examination process. The Board would analyse the objections and publish the final answer keys, based on which the results will be prepared.
The Board is expected to release UTET answer key for both Paper 1 and Paper 2 within next three weeks.