Tamil Nadu Teachers Eligibility Test

Form Date: 21 Oct - 25 Nov 2020 (Tentative)

Pen & Paper Mode

Form Date: 21 Oct - 25 Nov 2020

TNTET Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 500
  • Examination Modes:Pen & Paper Mode
  • Exam Conducting Body:Teachers Recruitment Board, Tamil Nadu (TRB)

TNTET 2020 : Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Admit Card

Updated On - September 15 2020 by Akriti Maurya

TNTET 2020 exam was scheduled to be held on 27 and 28 June but has been postponed due to prevailing COVID-19 lockdown situation. It is also known as the Tamil Nadu Teachers Eligibility Test organised by the Teachers Recruitment Board (TRB), Tamil Nadu. It is a state-level exam conducted once a year for the selection of teachers post in Tamil Nadu. TNTET consists of two papers- Paper I and Paper-II. Those who will qualify paper 1 will be selected to teach classes 1 to 5 and those who will qualify paper 2 will teach classes 6 to 8. Go through the complete article and get to know more about TNTET 2020 including exam date, the application process, exam pattern, syllabus, answer key, result, etc.

Latest Updates

  • TNTET 2020 exam has been postponed. 

TNTET 2020 Application Form

Before filling the application form candidates must check their eligibility for TNTET. Teacher Recruitment Board (TRB) will release TNTET application form 2020 online. Seeking aspirants follow the below steps and apply for the same:

  • The application form will be available in online mode on the official website of the authorised body.
  • Candidates must fill the form for both the papers separately.
  • To fill the form candidates have to first register themselves.
  • Should have their scanned recent colour passport size photograph and signature. The online application uploaded without the photograph and signature will be rejected.
  • Valid e-mail id and Mobile Number are mandatory. 
  • While filling the form must be very careful about the details.
  • Without the fee payment registration will remain incomplete, hence submit the fee.
  • Candidates must keep the printout of the application form.

TNTET 2020 Application Fee

Check the online registration fee for TNTET 2020 in the table below:

TNTET Registration Fess 2020
General Categories Rs 500/-
SC, SCA, ST and Person with Disability.Rs 250/-

Fee once paid will not be refunded by the competent authority.

Mode of payment:
  • TNTET 2020 application fee can be submitted through online mode only via any of these - Net banking/Credit Card / Debit Card
Note - Offline mode of payment in any form will not be accepted.

TNTET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates can check TNTET 2020 eligibility criteria below hereby for both the papers:

Paper 1 Eligibility Criteria(for classes 1st to 5th):
  • Should have passed Higher Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education.


  • Higher Secondary (or it's equivalent) with minimum 45% marks & passed or appearing in the final year of 2-year diploma in Elementary Education in accordance with the NCTE (Recognition Norms and Procedure), Regulations, 2002.


  • Have a certificate of Higher Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of 4-year Bachelor in Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.).


  • Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with a minimum aggregate 50% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of 2- year Diploma in Education (Special Education).


  • Should hold a degree of Graduation and passed or appearing in the final year of 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education.


  • Graduation with minimum 50% aggregate marks and passed or appearing in the final year of Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.,).
NOTE - Applicants who have passed D.T.Ed., /D.Ele.Ed., from States other than Tamil Nadu, should submit an evaluation certificate for such qualifications.
Paper 2 Eligibility Criteria(for classes 6th to 8th):
  • Graduation degree and is appearing or have passed a 2-year diploma in elementary education.


  • Should be a Graduate with a minimum score of 50% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of B.Ed.


  • Graduation degree holder with minimum aggregate 45% marks can apply for TNTET. Those who have passed or appearing in the final year of B.Ed. are also eligible to apply.


  • Have passed Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and have passed or appearing in the final year of B.El.Ed.


  • Higher Secondary (or it's equivalent) with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of 4-year B.A/B.Sc. Ed or B.A. Ed./B.Sc. Ed.


  • Graduation degree holder with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in the final year of B.Ed. can also apply for TNTET.


  • Any candidate having qualified B.Ed. the programme, recognized by the NCTE is eligible to appear in TET. 

TNTET 2020 Exam Pattern

TNTET 2020 examination includes two papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2. Both papers are different and question pattern is also different. Check the TNTET paper pattern 2020 below:

A common pattern for TNTET 2020 
  • Exam mode - Offline examination (OMR based)
  • Duration of examination - 180 Minutes each paper
  • Type of questions: Multiple choice questions (MCQ)
  • Number of questions: 150 questions
  • Maximum marks: 150 marks
  • Marking Scheme - +1 for each correct answer and No negative marking
Distribution of questions for Paper 1:
Topics NameNumber of QuestionsNumber of Marks
Child Development and Pedagogy3030
Language-I (Tamil / Telugu / Malayalam / Kannada / Urdu)3030
Language II – English3030
Environmental Studies3030
Total Number of Questions and Marks150150
Distribution of questions for Paper 2:
Topics NameNumber of QuestionsNumber of Marks
Child Development and Pedagogy – Compulsory3030
The language I -Compulsory
(Tamil / Telugu / Malayalam / Kannada / Urdu)
Language II – English (Compulsory)3030
a) Mathematics and Science (For Mathematics and Science Teacher)
b) Social Science (Social Science Teacher)
c) Any other Teacher either iv (a) or iv (b)

Please visit TRB’s website and the newspapers/media for latest information/notification.

TNTET 2020 Syllabus

To prepare well for exam it is advised to go through the TNTET 2020 syllabus for both papers below:

TET 2020 Syllabus Paper 1 
  • Child Development and Pedagogy
    • Physical and Cognitive
    • Social and Emotional
    • Physical & Intellectual Development during Primary School Years
    • Social and Emotional Development during Primary School Years
    • Moral Development during Primary School Years
  • English
    • Listening 
    • Speaking
    • Reading
    • Writing 
    • Vocabulary
  • Mathematics
    • Shapes and Figures
    • Numbers
    • Measurements
    • Patterns
    • Study of Data
  • Environmental Studies and Science
    • Plants
    • Animals & Birds
    • Water
    • Air
    • Small Creatures Around the children
    • Keeping Healthy and Clean
TNTET 2020 Syllabus Paper 2 
  • Child Development and Pedagogy
    • Nature and Educational Psychology
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Cognitive Development
    • Social, Emotional and Moral Development
    • Learning
    • Intelligence and Creativity
    • Motivation & Group Dynamics
    • Personality and Assessment
    • Guidance and Counselling
  • English 
    • Listening to: Instructions, Imperative Statements, Short Stories, Short audio pieces
    • Reading aloud stories, Reciting poems, Giving specific instructions for an activity or classwork and Playing an audio story
    • Reading aloud from a text
    • Participation: In discussions in class In a dialogue
  • Mathematics and Science
    • Number System - Numbers up to 8- digits, Place value and comparison, Whole numbers, Test of, divisibility for 2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10, 11, Factorization, Prime number, LCM & HCF, Integers Revision: Fraction and Decimal numbers, Conversion: Decimal to Fraction and Addition & Subtraction of
      decimal numbers
    • Measurements - Metric Measures, Revision of Length, weight, volume. The measure of Time from seconds to minutes, hours, week, year & leap year, Perimeter and Area of the rectangle, right-angle triangle.
  • Social Science
    • Pre-historic period
    • Indus Valley Civilization
    • Ancient Land of Thamizhagam
    • Vedic Period
    • Jainism and Buddhism
    • Rise of Empires
    • Kushana Empire
    • Rise of the Marathas-Shivaji-Administration -Successors-Peshwa rule-Nadir shah-Ahmad shah Abdali invasions-Third Battle of Panipat.
Note - Tamil syllabus pdf will be uploaded once it will be out.

TNTET 2020 Preparation Tips

Here we are providing some of the most important tips and tricks to go forward with the preparations for the Tamil Nadu Teachers Eligibility Test 2020.

  • Firstly, make a study plan before starting preparation. 
  • Get all necessary learning resources like guidebooks, previous year papers, sample papers and mock tests that one needs to prepare for the exam. 
  • Allocate study hours to specific subjects/topics as per th priority. Candidates should prioritize subjects/topics to study as per their strengths and weakness in theat particular subject/topic. 
  • Make short notes. Special consideration should be for the subjects of environmental studies, social science and science in general where candidates can use the short notes as last-minute preparation and revision material.
  • Practice Mathematics and Science papers regularly. This is going to render more clear and informed learning with the prospects of solving typical mathematics and science questions more efficiently in the exam hall.

TNTET 2020 Admit Card

Teacher Recruitment Board will release the TNTET 2020 hall ticket online on its official website. In the below- given points check other relevant information:

  • Applicants will have to visit the web portal of the board for TNTET hall ticket download 2020.
  • Must not forget to carry the call letter to the exam hall as without it entry would not be possible for an examination.
  • The date, time and centre for the entrance exam will be indicated in the Hall Ticket. No individual will be allowed to sit for the exam other than the date and venue mentioned on the admission ticket.
  • The Hall Tickets will be issued to those who will successfully submit the application form to the authority.
  • TNTET Admit card 2020 will not be sent through post or any other mode.
  • At the time of recruitment process, an admit card will be required to produce, hence keep it with safety.

TNTET 2020 Answer Key

After the successful commencement of the examination, TRB releases the answers keys for both the papers separately. Go through the points mentioned below to know more about TNTET Answer Key 2020:

  • The answer key will be released on the TRB board.
  • With the help of answer, key candidates can calculate the expected scores of all the subjects and aggregate score of the exam.
  • The answers keys are available in PDF format. To check the answer aspirants will have to download it from the online portal of the board.
  • After the provisional answer key is released, TRB opens the window for raising an objection. Applicants will have to submit a certain amount to challenge the answer key.
  • A final answer key is released after the objected answer will be resolved. 

TNTET 2020 Result 

Teachers Recruitment Board (TRB) declares the TNTET Result 2020 online on its web portal. Check the information below in the given points:

  • To check the result candidates have to visit the official website of the TRB.
  • TRB declares a separate result of TNTET 2020 Paper 1 and Paper 2.
  • Candidates who will secure the minimum qualifying marks set by the board will be awarded Teacher Eligibility Certificate.
  • With Teacher Eligibility Certificate, qualified candidates can apply for various teaching post in Tamil Nadu’s government, semi-government and private sector schools.

TNTET 2020 Certificate

A passing certificate is awarded to all those who will qualify TNTET 2020 exam. The certificate is however released through the official website of the TRB, Tamil Nadu in the digital format. As such, candidates must download the certificate from the website as per schedule. The TNTET certificate is the proof that the candidate has qualified in the exam and therefore, holds the necessary eligibility conditions to appear for any teacher recruitment in the state of Tamil Nadu up to the level of the upper primary. The TNTET Certificate is valid for up to a period of 07 years from the date of publication of the results on the official website.

TNTET 2020 Highlights

Check the basic information about the TNTET 2020 below in the given table:

Exam NameTNTET(Tamil Nadu Teachers Eligibility Test)
Exam Conducting BodyTeachers Recruitment Board (TRB), Tamil Nadu
Level of examState-level
Frequency of examOnce a year
TNTET 2020 official website or
Exam PurposeFor the selection of teachers post in Tamil Nadu
Information provided here is as per the previous year's Information Brochure. Please stay connected to get the latest updates.

About TRB

The Teachers Recruitment Board was constituted in G.O.Ms.No.1320 in the year 1987.  Government of Tamil Nadu formulated the TRB to conduct various Test for the selection of candidates under sectors such as Secondary Grade Teachers, Agricultural Instructors, BT, PG, Special Teachers, Computer Instructors and AEEOs in the respective Departments of School Education and Elementary Education Department, Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Department, Social Defence Department, Backward Classes, Most Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Department, Chennai Corporation and Coimbatore Corporation. Junior and Senior Lecturers in SCERT and in Higher Education Department for the post of Asst. Professors, Lecturers in Engineering Colleges and Govt Arts and Science Colleges, Govt polytechnic and in Govt Law Colleges respectively. On the guidelines of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009, the TRB took up the responsibility to conduct TNTET from 2012 onwards.

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TNTET Important Dates

Form Date21 Oct - 25 Nov 2020 (Tentative)

Tamil Nadu Teachers Eligibility Test Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

3 hours

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking:



Frequently Asked Questions


Form Start Date:

21 Oct 2020

Form End Date:

25 Nov 2020

The forms will open on 21 Oct 2020



Examination Date:


Application Fees:

₹ 500

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