More than 6.9 lakh candidates are expected to take the teachers’ eligibility test (TET) 2022 on Sunday, making it one of the biggest public examinations in Bengal.
The test, conducted by the state primary education board, will be held at 1,460 centres across the state, 15 of which are in Kolkata.
The test is being held at a time recruitments on the basis of past TET exams have been embroiled in allegations of irregularities and corruption.
“The board and the administration have specific information that there are people who are trying to disrupt the examination system. The administration is both aware and alert about it and the board is also aware of it and ready to prevent it,” Goutam Paul, chairman of the ad hoc committee that has been constituted to run the primary education board, said on Saturday.
“If we see that any candidate is not following the examination protocol or any outsider is trying to disrupt the examination process, we will recommend the state administration to take the strictest measures against them,” said Paul.
He added that if anyone tries to electronically transmit “fake materials” or uses the board logo to transmit any textual content, the board will take legal action.
The board has set up a centralised control room to monitor almost all exam centres.
On Sunday, biometric devices will be used for “facial recognition and fingerprint scans of the candidates”, said guidelines issued by the board.
The verification will be done during entry and exit, a board official said on Saturday.
The test starts at noon but candidates have been asked to report at the centre “at least two hours” before that.
All that you need to know about the test
What is TET
TET is an exam for appointment to the post of assistant teacher in government-aided primary schools. The board has clarified that TET is only one of the screening parameters. Upon having cracked TET, the candidates have to clear interviews, aptitude tests and other parameters before getting the job
The guidelines uploaded on the board’s website say: “Senior Secondary or it’s equivalent with at least 50 per cent marks and two year’s diploma in elementary education or senior secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50 per cent marks and four-year bachelor of elementary education or senior secondary (or its equivalent)with at least 50 per cent marks and having diploma in education (special education), a course recognised by the Rehabilitation Council of India... or graduation with at least 50 per cent marks and bachelor of education” can apply.
The entire test will be based on multiple-choice questions, (each carrying one mark) with four alternatives out of which one is correct. The test is of 150 marks, divided into;
- Child Development and Pedagogy - 30
- Language I (Bengali/Hindi/ Oriya/Telugu/Nepali/Santhali/Urdu) - 30
- Language II (English) - 30 n Mathematics - 30
- Environmental Studies - 30
- Exam duration: Noon to 2.30pm
- Announcement of important instructions and checking of admit cards and ID proof: 11.30am to 11.45am
- Distribution of question booklet, filling up necessary details in the booklet and OMR answer sheet: 11.45am to 11.49am
- Candidates are to report at the centre at least two hours before the commencement of the exam
- No candidate will be allowed to enter the centre without two copies of the admit card, valid ID proof, proper frisking and biometric verification