CTET Exam Shift Timings For Paper 1 & 2 | Reporting Time, COVID Guidelines

CTET exam is conducted twice annually for the recruitment of teachers in primary and upper primary stages in public & private schools. This paper is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The 2 cycles of paper are conducted in July & December month every year. The December cycle exam is scheduled to be held from 16 December 2021 to 13 January 2022. This blog contains details pertaining to the CTET exam shift timings for December Cycle 2021, time schedule for the whole exam day & important COVID-related instructions that candidates need to keep in mind. As the exam will be conducted online, candidates should carefully read instructions regarding the method of indicating answers. The instructions mentioned herein will help you in preparing for the examination better.

DetailsTentative Dates
Submission of online application through CTET website www.ctet.nic.in29-09-2021 (Monday)
Last Date For Submission of Online Application Form19-10-2021
Last Date For Submission fee through E- Challan or Debit/ Credit Card20-10-2021
Final Verification of payment of fee by bank21-10-2021
Online corrections if any22-10-2021 to 28-10-2021
Download Admit CardFirst Week of Dexember 2021
Date of Examination16-12-2021 to 13-01-2021
Declaration of ResultBy 15-02-2022

CTET Exam Shift Timings For December Cycle

CTET exam is going to be held in two shifts, from 16-12-2021 to 13-01-2021. Paper 1 is from 09:30 am to 12:00 noon & Paper 2 is from 02:30 pm to 05:00 pm.

CTET Exam Shift Timings To Be Held From 16-12-2021 to 13-01-2022

The CTET exam shift timings are mentioned in the below table. Kindly check the timings for Paper 1 & Paper 2 conducted on the same day.

Paper 109:30 am – 12:00 noon
Paper 202:30 pm – 05:00 pm

CTET Exam 2021 Exam Day Schedule

The exam day schedule for the CTET Exam December cycle for both the paper is given below

CTET Exam Day EventsCTET Paper 1 Time ScheduleCTET Paper 2 Time Schedule
Date of ExaminationDecember 16, 2021-January 13, 2022December 16, 2021-January 13, 2022
Entry in the Examination Centre7:30 AM12:30 PM
Checking of Admit Cards9:00-09:15 AM2:00-2:15 PM
Checking of Computer9:15 AM2:15 PM
Last Entry in the Examination Centre9:30 AM2:30 PM
Test Commences9:30 AM2:30 PM
Test Concludes12:00 Noon5:00 PM

CTET 2021 Exam Centers

Here is the complete list of the CTET exam centres. The CTET exam centres list mentioned here will help the candidates to choose the relevant exam centre while filling the online application form.

PanajiDelhi CentralDhanbadKozhikodeFerozepurPune
AhmedabadDelhi EastRanchiTrivandrumJalandharImphal
SuratDelhi NorthBengaluruKavarattiMohaliShillong
VadodaraDelhi SouthMangaloreBhopalAjmerAizawl
VijayawadaDelhi WestErnakulamAmbalaJaipurKohima
PatnaSrinagarDadra & NagarPanchkulaAurangabadAllahabad
Port BlairBokaroDamanBhubaneswarMumbaiBareilly
VaranasiAligarhTiruchirappalliHaldwaniSrinagar GarhwalChennai


  1. The examination rooms/hall will be opened 30 minutes before the commencement of the test. Candidates should take their seat immediately after opening of the examination all. If the candidates do not report in time, they are likely to miss some of the general instructions to be announced in the Examination Hall.
  2. The candidate must show, on demand, the Admit Card for admission in the examination room/hall. A candidate who does not possess the Admit Card issued by the Board shall not be permitted for the examination under any circumstances by the Centre Superintendent.
  3. A seat indicating roll number will be allocated to each candidate. Candidates should find and occupy their allotted seat only. Any candidate found to have changed room or the seat on his/her own other than allotted, his/her candidature shall be cancelled and no plea would be accepted for it.
  4. A candidate who comes after the commencement of the examination shall not be permitted to sit in the examination.
  5. Candidates are not allowed to carry any textual material, Calculators, Docu Pen, Slide Rules, Log Tables, and Electronic Watches with facilities of calculator, printed or written material, bits of papers, mobile phone, pager or any other device, except the Admit Card and Blue/ Black Ball Point pen inside the Examination Room/Hall. If any candidate is in possession of any of the above item, his/her candidature will be treated as unfairmeans and cancel the current examination & also debarred the candidate for future examination(s) & the material will be seized.
  6. No candidate, without the special permission of the Centre Superintendent or the Invigilator concerned, will leave his/her seat or Examination Room until the full duration of the paper is over. Candidates should not leave the room/hall without handing over their Answer Sheets to the Invigilator on duty.
  7. Candidates are advised to bring with them a cardboard or a clip board on which nothing should be written, so that they have no difficulty in writing responses in the Answer Sheet even if the tables provided in the examination room/hall do not have smooth surface. They should also bring their own Ball Point Pens (Black/Blue) of good quality. These will not be supplied by the Board.
  8. Smoking in the Examination Hall/Room is strictly prohibited.
  9. Tea, coffee, cold drinks or snacks are not allowed to be taken into the examination rooms during examination hours.
  10. Ten minutes before the commencement of the paper, each candidate will be given sealed Test Booklet with an Answer Sheet placed inside it.
  11. Immediately on receipt of the Test Booklet the candidates will fill in the required particulars on the cover page of the Test Booklet with Ball Point Pen only. He/She will not open the Test Booklet until asked to do so by the Invigilator. Do not open/break the seal before the announcement.


  1. Five minutes before the commencement of the paper the candidate will be asked to break/open the seal of the Test Booklet. He/She will take out the Answer Sheet carefully. The candidate should check carefully that the Test Booklet Code printed on Side-2 of the Answer Sheet is the same as printed on the Test Booklet. In case of discrepancy, the candidate should immediately report the matter to the Invigilator for replacement of both the Test Booklet and the Answer Sheet.
  2. Candidate will then write particulars with Blue/Black ball point pen only on both the sides of the Answer Sheet. Use of pencil is strictly prohibited. If anybody uses the pencil, his/her answer sheet will be rejected and no correspondence will be entertained in this regard. After completing this step, the candidates will wait for the signal by the invigilator.
  3. The test will start exactly at the time mentioned in the Admit Card and an announcement to this effect will be made by the invigilator.
  4. During the examination time, the invigilator will check Admit Card of the candidate to satisfy himself/herself about the identity of each candidate. The invigilator will also put his/her signatures in the place provided in the Answer Sheet on Side-1.

Instructions for use of Test Booklet and Answer Sheet

1). The candidates will find the Answer Sheet placed inside the sealed Test Booklet. The seal will be broken/ opened by the candidates on the announcement by the invigilator and the Answer Sheet shall be taken out. Do not open/break the seal before the announcement.

2). Side-2 of each Answer Sheet will have a pre-printed Test Booklet Code like A, B, C or D. The candidates are required to check that the Test Booklet Code pre-printed on Side-2 of the Answer Sheet is the same as printed on the Test Booklet.

3). The Answer Sheet used will be of special type which will be scanned on Optical Scanner. There will be two sides of the Answer Sheet.

Side 1This side of the Answer Sheet contains the following columns which are to be filled in neatly and accurately by the candidate with Blue/Black ball point pen only. Use of pencil is strictly prohibited.
i) Roll Number
ii) Name of the candidate
iii)Father’s Name
iv) Centre Number
v) Name of the Examination Centre
vi) Signature of the candidate
Side 2This side of the Answer Sheet contains the following columns which are also to be filled in by the candidate with Blue/Black Ball Point Pen only. Use of pencil is strictly prohibited.
i) Roll Number
ii) Centre Number
iii) Test Booklet Number



i). Out of four alternatives for each question, only one circle for the correct answer is to be darkened completely with blue/black Ball Point Pen. For example Question No. 008 in the Test Booklet reads as follows:
Qutub Minar is situated in

    (1) Delhi
    (2) Mumbai
    (3) Agra
    (4) Bangalore

    The correct response to this question is (1) Delhi. The candidate will locate Question No. 008 in the Answer Sheet and darken the circle (1) as shown below

ii). Use Blue or Black Ball Point Pen to completely darken the appropriate circle, i.e. one circle for each entry.

iii). The answer once marked is not liable to be changed. Use of pencil is strictly prohibited. If any candidate use the pencil for darkening the answer sheet, his/her answer sheet will be rejected.

iv). A light or faintly darkened circle is a wrong method of marking and liable to be rejected by the Optical Scanner.

v). If the candidate does not want to attempt any question he/she should not darken the circle given against that question.

vi). Please do not fold the Answer Sheet and do not make any stray marks on it.

This is all from us in this blog, CTET exam shift timings. As the exam is near, start attempting the mock tests and start working on your weak areas.

CTET Exam Timings – FAQs

What is the timing of the CTET 2021 exam?

The CTET Paper 1 is generally held from 9:30 am to 12 noon and CTET Paper 2 is held from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm. 

What is the CTET 2021 December cycle exam date?

CTET exam will be held from December 16, 2021 to January 13, 2022.

How many times is the CTET exam held in a year?

CTET exam is generally conducted twice a year, typically in the months of July and December.

Is the CTET exam conducted online?

Yes, the CTET exam will be conducted online from December 2021 onwards.


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