TNTET 2020: Key Dates, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus & How to Apply

TNTET is the Tamil Nadu Teacher Eligibility Test which is conducted by Tamil Nadu Recruitment Board (TRB) every year. The main purpose of conducting this exam is to make the candidate eligible for the post of teacher in Tamil Nadu schools.

TNTET 2020: Key Dates, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus & How to Apply

The exam is important for those who want to make a career in Teaching from Class I to VIII in Tamil Nadu state schools. This is also important because you can not apply for any teaching post without qualifying TET. So here you can check, Key dates, Eligibility criteria, Exam Pattern, Latest syllabus Important books and How to apply.

Also Check: Central Teacher Eligibility Test 2019

TNTET Exam 2020

Key Dates

Activity Dates
The Official Notification Release On  Feburary 2020
Online Registration Starts On March 2020
Last date to apply April 2020
Date of Written Examination June 2020
Announcement of Result August 2020

TNTET Notification 2019 has been issued on February 28, 2019. The Tamil Nadu TET application will be available on March 15, 2019, and candidates can apply till 05 April 2019. The date of the examination has not yet been released.

Eligibility Criteria

Paper I Eligibility (I to V)

  • Candidates who have passed the High-secondary (10 +2) or Graduation with at least 50% AND
  • Passed or appearing in final year of 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education or 4-year Bachelor in Education (B.EL.Ed.) or 2-year Diploma in Education (Special Education) or Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) from a recognized Teacher Training Institute / DIET.

Paper II Eligibility (VI to VIII)

  • Graduation and 2- year Diploma in Elementary Education. OR
  • Graduation with at least 50% marks and Bachelor in Education. OR
  • 10+2 ( or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and 4-year Bachelor in Elementary Education (B.EL.Ed.) or 4-year B.A/B.Sc. Ed or B.A. Ed./ B. Sc. Ed. OR
  • Graduation with at least 50% marks and Bachelor in Education (Special Education).
Note: Candidates who are appearing in the final year of the education courses can also apply.

Exam Pattern

Subjects MCQ Marks
Child Development
and Pedagogy
(relevant to age group 6 – 11)
30 MCQ 30
Language I: (Tamil/Telugu/
Malayalam /Kannada/Urdu)
30 MCQ 30
Language II – English 30 MCQ 30
Paper I
Mathematics 30 MCQ 30
Studies and
30 MCQ 30
a) For Mathematics & Science
Teacher or
b) For Social Science Teacher:
Social Science or
c) Any other Subject Teacher
60 MCQ 60
Total 150  150

In Paper 1, there will be 150 maximum questions. Each subject has 30-30 MCQs. Each question carries 1 mark and there will be no negative marking in Paper I. The maximum time of 3 hours is given to complete the examination.

In Paper 2, the first three sections Child Development and PedagogyLanguage I and Language II contain 30 MCQs each of 30-30 marks. The fourth section either Mathematics and Science or Social Science or Subject other than these two will contain 60 MCQs of 60 Marks.

The maximum questions in Paper 2 will be 150. The maximum time of 3 hours will be given to complete the exam.

TNTET Syllabus 2020

As we know, there are two papers in Tamil Nadu teacher eligibility test. Paper 1 for those who are seeking appointment as a teacher for class I to V. Paper 2 for teaching posts in classes VI to VIII.

Paper I Syllabus Paper II Syllabus
Child Development & Pedagogy Child Development & Pedagogy
Tamil Tamil
English English
Mathematics Mathematics
and Science
Environmental Studies and Science Social Science

You can download subject wise syllabus by clicking on the link given above along with Paper 1 and Paper 2.

Important Books

Paper 1 Books

Books Inside
TNTET Paper I [English Medium]
காகித I [Tamil Medium]
• Written by Dr P Kosalya Lawren
• Designed According to Paper I Syllabus/ Pattern
• Cover all sections of Paper 1

Paper 2 Books

Social Science [English Medium]
சமூக அறிவியல் [Tamil Medium]
• Designed According to Paper-II Social Science Syllabus/Pattern
• Contain Theory and objective type Q & A

Mathematics & Science
[English Edition]
கணிதம் மற்றும் அறிவியல் [Tamil Edition]
• Designed According to Paper II Mathematics & Science Syllabus/Pattern
• Contain Theory and objective type Q & A
• Solved previous question papers

Application Form

The online application form will be available on the official website of the Tamil Nadu Teachers Recruitment Board. Follow the steps below to apply online.

How to Apply

  • First of all, visit the official website of the Tamil Nadu Teacher Recruitment Board
  • On the homepage, follow the link TNTET Exam 2019 and read all the instructions/guidelines.
  • You have to apply separately for Paper I and Paper-II.
  • After that open the application form and fill out all details that have been asked.
  •  Finally, after making fees payment the application form will be submitted successfully.

Application Form Fee

For General Category: INR 500
For SC/ST/PWD Category: INR 250

Answer Keys 2019

Paper I - Answer Key (Official)
Paper II - Answer Key (Official)

The answer keys available of Paper I & Paper II held on 08th  & 09th June 2019.

Frequently Asked Question

Qn. What are the qualifying marks for Tamil Nadu TET Paper 1 and 2?
Ans. Candidates who have secured 90 marks (60%) and above in the Tamil Nadu TET Paper I or II get qualified the exam. Relaxation up to 5% will be given to the reserved category in minimum qualifying marks.

Qn. Is there any negative marking in this exam?
Ans. No, so attempt all questions.

Qn What is the validity period of TET certificate?
Ans. TET certificate will be valid for 7 (seven) years from the date of result. TET certificate is issued to qualified candidates by TN Teacher Recruitment Board.

Qn. Does the TET certificate ensure a direct appointment on teaching posts?
Ans. No, but it is mandatory for teaching posts in Tamil Nadu Schools. TET qualified candidates have to appear for a separate competitive examination related to recruitment.

Qn. How many times a candidate can appear in TET examination?
Ans. There is no restriction on the number of times appearing in TET examination.

Qn. Can a candidate apply for Paper I and Paper II in a single application?
Ans. No, use separate application for Paper-I and Paper-II.

Here, you got the complete information of TNTET Exam 2020. The examination form will available in the month of February. Now, its time to prepare for the next Tamil Nadu Teacher Eligibility Test.

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