New Delhi, May 1 : The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
would conduct the appointment eligibility examination for Class I-VIII teachers or CTET just once a year instead of conducting it twice. The CBSE has been conveying it to the HRD Ministry that it is overburdened with the responsibility of conducting multiple exams — including the JEE-Main and the NEET for under-graduate engineering and medical courses respectively.
The Board had proposed doing away with the practice of conducting the National Eligibility Test (NET), for recruitment of assistant professors, twice a year. At present, the exam is conducted twice every year — February and September — and approximately nine lakh applicants appear for it annually. It has, however, not been decided yet as to in which month the exam will be conducted now. The arrangement of the CBSE conducting NET and CTET is likely to continue till the proposed National Testing Service (NTS) is set up by the Government for the conduct of all exams. Proposed by the HRD Ministry, the NTS will be set up as an independent body dedicated to conducting entrance tests for higher education.