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How To Prepare Child Development and Pedagogy for CTET?

Last Updated - September 29, 2018

CTET or Teacher Eligibility Test is an entrance examination to recruit teachers in government schools from Class 1 to Class 8 across India. The exam date is approaching and the candidates must be anxious to clear the exam. The first question that pops up in the mind of applicants is how to start the preparation for CTET?

In this article, we will provide smart preparation tips for CTET Child Development and Pedagogy. Before that, the first step is to have complete knowledge of CTET Exam Pattern and weightage of the topics for both papers i.e. Paper I and Paper II. This year, CBSE has scheduled the exam for December 9 in pen-paper mode. 

CTET Practice PaperCTET SyllabusCTET Eligibility CriteriaCTET Application Form
  • Pedagogy is the art, science and craft of teaching where you accompany learners, care for them and bring the concept of learning to life.
  • Teachers can develop assessment strategies and design learning experiences based on strong pedagogical principles.
  • The most common instructional design models are based on the ADDIE model – analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation.

CTET Child Development & Pedagogy Weightage

  • Child Development and Pedagogy is a common subject in both Paper I and Paper II.
  • Theoretical questions are asked from this subject.
  • The difficulty level of the questions is easy to moderate.
  • The exam pattern for Paper I and Paper II is provided here in the table:
CTET Paper I
Child Development and Pedagogy30 Questions30 Marks
Language I (English/ Hindi)30 Questions30 Marks
Language II (English/ Hindi)30 Questions30 Marks
Mathematics30 Questions30 Marks
Environmental Studies30 Questions30 Marks

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CTET Paper II
SubjectNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Child Development and Pedagogy30 Questions30 Marks
Language I (English/ Hindi)30 Questions30 Marks
Language II (English/ Hindi)30 Questions30 Marks
Mathematics & Science or Social studies60 Questions60 Marks
Total150 Questions150 Marks

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CTET Child Development & Pedagogy: Distribution of Questions

Child Development (Primary Stage): 15 Questions

  1. This section asks questions based on the ideologies of educational thinkers.
  2. Candidates need to study educational psychology and philosophy to do well in this section.
  3. It analyzes the candidate’s conceptual understanding and mastery over it.

Concept of Inclusive Education and Understanding Children with Special needs: 5 Questions

  1. This section assesses the teacher’s ability to cater the needs of special children and create an inclusive classroom.
  2. The applicants must display their knowledge focusing on the special efforts made for the care of special children.
  3. Majorly the questions are based on the teacher’s behavior towards special child and teacher- student’s relationship.

Learning and Pedagogy: 10 Questions

  1. Mostly, the questions are focused on the pedagogy of child behavior.
  2. Assessment of applicant understands about class dynamics and healthy classroom environment.
  3. Possible classroom situations are framed into questions and the candidates have to choose their reaction.

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CTET Child Development & Pedagogy Important Topics

Studying major topics with high weightage will help the candidates to score well in the exam and enhance their CTET Score. A list of important topics is provided here for candidate’s reference:

  • Theories of Intelligence
  • Theories of child Development
  • Learning theories
  • Intelligence theories
  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • Concepts of Psychology

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CTET Child Development & Pedagogy Preparation Tips

  • Attempt Mock Tests

Applicants must attempt the mock tests available online.  Many mock tests are uploaded by websites online. Try to get the benefit from these as much as possible. It will help boost the confidence of the candidates and improve their accuracy

  • Revise Previous Year Question Paper

Maximum revision must be done from the past question papers. This will help the candidates to become more familiar with the type of questions asked in the exam. A lot of times the questions are repeated in the CTET. It provides a fair idea about the paper pattern and the difficulty level of questions to be asked in the exam.

  • Prepare Thinkers Ideology Well

Child Development section needs good understanding of the child psychology and philosophy. In order to fare well the applicants need to prepare thinkers, thoughts and principle very decently. Practice the questions from previous year’s paper and by solving practice worksheets.

  • Attempt All the Questions

Since there is no negative marking for wrong answers attempt as many questions as possible. It will boost your overall CTET score. Use the elimination method to select the most suitable option for a tricky question. Read all the questions very carefully.


BookDescriptionWriter/ Publisher
Child Development & PedagogyPaper I & II of CTETShalini Punjabi
CTET Central Teacher Eligibility Test Success Master PaperPaper II with Solved Papers Maths & ScienceArihant Experts
CTET Central Teacher Eligibility Test Practice Workbook Mathematics and SciencePractice BookDisha Experts

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