PSTET 2016 will be held on Sept 25; admit cards released

The admit cards for PSTET 2016 has been released today. The examination will be conducted on September 25th at test centres across the state. The Department of School Education, Punjab Government had notified the Teacher Eligibility Test – PSTET 2016 in July-August.

The online registration process commenced on July 4, while with the extension in the dates, the registrations concluded on August 16. While the final reports are yet to come, it is estimated that around 1.75 lakh candidates have applied for PSTET 2016. The admit cards for the test were initally expected to be announced one week before the exam, i.e. on September 18 but the department uploaded the same earlier today.

To download the PSTET admit card 2016, candidates may visit (official website) here and get theirs by entering the application number and date of birth details.

PSTETThe TET qualification has been made compulsory for appointment of teachers across all the government-run schools and hence the exam is organised every year across the State of Punjab to provide equal opportunity to all the aspirants. As the exam is qualifying in nature, the general category candidates are required to score minimum 90 marks (60 percent), while a concession of 5 percent is applicable to SC/ST/OBC/differently abled candidates. In this case, the qualifying marks are 82 marks (55 percent).

The PSTET qualification applies to the Schools owned and managed by the Punjab State Government/Local Bodies and aided schools. PSTET may also apply to the unaided private schools who may exercise the option of considering the test qualification for appointment of teachers. Validity of PSTET qualifying certificate for appointment would be seven years from the date of declaration of result.

PSTET 2016 Exam Structure:

As the PSTET exam is divided in two papers for the candidates applying to become teachers for Classes I to V (Paper-I) and for Classes VI to VIII (Paper-II), the structure of the question paper varies for both the papers. Both the paper consist of 150 multiple choice questions with each question having 1 mark and the total time allotted to solve the question paper is 150 minutes. Below is the section-wise distribution for both papers:

Paper I

(i) Child Development and Pedagogy – 30 questions
(ii) Language I – 30 questions
(iii) Language II – 30 questions
(iv) Mathematics – 30 questions
(v) Environmental Studies – 30 questions

Paper II

(i) Child Development and Pedagogy – 30 questions
(ii) Language I – 30 questions
(iii) Language II – 30 questions
(iv) (a) For Mathematics and Science Teacher – Mathematics and Science – 60 questions
(b) For Social Studies/Social Science – Social Science – 60 questions
(c) For any other teacher – either (a) or (b)

While the Punjab’s School Department gears up for the next test, one thing that needs to be taken care of is the competitiveness of TET candidates. As the last year test (PSTET 2015) results were announced by the department, it brought some disappointing figures. As much as 1.66 lakh candidates had taken the test (both Paper-I & Paper-II) and a handful of them (only 8,793) were declared qualified. While breaking up the figures separately for these papers; around 37 thousand candidates had appeared for Paper-I and only 12 percent of them managed to qualify the test. On the other hand, Paper-II that applies to B.Ed. pass candidates saw the qualification of only 3.36 percent candidates. Around 1.29 lakh candidates were registered for Paper-II last year.

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