TET Selection procedure
TET or the Teacher Eligibility Exam is a must for all those who are aspiring to become teachers in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is a gateway towards a successful career, by clearing TET it opens several doors towards a prosperous livelihood. Since 23rd August 2010, it has been made compulsory for all qualified teachers to clear this eligibility exam to land a teaching job. The main aim of this test is to set a standard of teaching in the schools across the state as well as the nation and any person who qualifies the TET with pre- requisite qualifications is considered eligible to teach in schools.
TET is comprised of two papers; Paper 1 and Paper 2. The main subjects on which both the papers focus include a vernacular, Tamil, Urdu, Malayalam, Kannada or Telegu, compulsory English, mathematics (or social studies in paper 2), child development and pedagogy and environmental science. All the sections are compulsory and the each paper contains 150 questions. The main difference between the two papers is the level of difficulty.
Any person who wishes to teach Classes I to V should appear for TET Paper 1. The eligibility criteria for appearing in this exam include a diploma in teaching or a bachelor’s degree. A bachelor’s degree in education is not a must for a secondary grade teacher appearing for Paper 1. If you are hoping to teach Classes I to V then you must obtain at least a 55% in Paper 1, following which you will be called for a certificate verification procedure. This is to make sure that all your claimed qualifications are from a certified and recognized institute. By clearing the TET Paper 1 you will become eligible to seek employment in any job across the entire state as a legitimate, full time teacher.
Any person willing to teach higher classes will need to appear for TET Paper 2 which tests his or her areas of specialization like science, social studies or both; as per the person’s preference. It is a must that the candidate has a bachelor’s in arts, science or commerce along with a bachelor’s in education.
You will have to clear the Paper 2 with at least 55% marks to be able to teach higher classes (VI to X). The next procedures are identical for both papers. Anyone passing this test will be considered qualified and eligible to teach the higher classes in any school within the state of Tamil Nadu provided he or she can furnish all the authentic certificates mentioned in the application form.
One can appear for both Paper 1 and Paper 2, if he or she wishes to teach all Classes (from Class I to Class X). However it will be necessary for him or her to clear both papers and have the required qualifications to ultimately do so.
As per the latest revised TN-TET there will be a 5% concession for all reserved categories, which include BC, MBC, MBC-Muslims, SC/ ST and PH. According to this declaration all the reserved category candidates appearing for TNTET will be allotted a TNTET weightage of 36 marks if they score between 55% to 59%. The total upon which a candidate will be finally evaluated is 100. The candidates Higher Secondary marks, D.T.Ed/ D.E.Ed marks, (B.Ed exam marks for Paper 2 candidates) as well as the marks scored in TET will be considered while calculating the total out of a 100. Hence any candidate belonging to any of the four mentioned categories obtaining 55% will be considered eligible for the subsequent round of verification.