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Lakhs to try luck in teachers’ entry test

Patna, July 12: The state human resource development (HRD) department expects a record 30 lakh examinees to take the Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET), to be conducted to fill up the vacancies.

The sale of forms for the TET began yesterday with a large number of candidates queuing up at various counters.

A senior HRD official, on the condition of anonymity, said: “We have distributed around 25 lakh forms from various counters in the districts but we have lakhs of forms even now to meet growing demand.”

The department expects around 30 lakh students to sit for the exam, which will break the record of all other examinations held earlier by the Bihar School Examination Board.

The forms would be sold till July 24 and the government has opened several counters from where the applicants can purchase the same.

Forms can be submitted between July 28 and August 6. The date for holding the examination has not been declared as yet.

Meanwhile, Bihar School Examination Board chairman Rajmani Singh said: “We have been assigned the task of conducting the examination. It is a big challenge for us as during the matriculation examination, around nine to 10 lakh students had appeared for the test.”

The State Council of Educational Research and Training and Bihar School Examination Board have been given the task of conducting the examination, as it would be an uphill task considering the sheer number of candidates taking the examination.

In the matriculation examination conducted by Bihar School Examination Board, around nine to 10 lakh students had sat for the exam, while seven lakh examinees took the Intermediate examination.

Every year, around two to three lakh students appear for the Bihar Public Service Commission test. The biggest examination, which the government has held in recent times was the literacy test in which around 25 lakh students appeared.

The state government is conducting TET to appoint three lakh teachers in government schools across the state.

Singh added that it has been decided that the examination would be held in a day.

The examination will be held in two categories, the first TET would be for candidates applying for teachers’ post in classes I to V, while the second category will be for candidates applying for classes V to VIII. The eligibility criteria for the tests are also different for the two categories.

For the former, the eligibility criterion is Intermediate passed with 50 per cent marks or Intermediate qualification with training in primary school for two years.

For the latter category, the eligibility criterion is graduation or students having graduation degree along with training in BEd.

Based on the test, students scoring more than 60 per cent will be allowed to apply for the vacant teachers’ posts in government schools, as followed in the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test.

Moreover, the exam structure for the teachers’ test will be different, as there will be two question papers.

Paper I would be for those aspiring to teach classes I to V, while Paper II for those who want to teach classes VI and VIII.

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