The UPTET is an eligibility test for teaching in Uttar Pradesh. It is a state-level exam conducted to hire teachers & CTET stands for Central Teacher Eligibility Test. It is a national-level exam conducted by the Central Government of India 

UPTET exams are conducted in 2 slots for paper 1 (class 1 to 5) test; there is a morning shift exam from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM. For candidates appearing for paper 2 ( classes 6 to 8), the exam is in the afternoon shift from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM.

  • Medium of exam: Urdu, English, and Hindi
  • Minimum age Req: between 18 -35 years
  • Mode of exam: offline
  • Application fee: 600 rs
  • Exam held: Once a year

CTET is conducted in 2 parts. Paper 1 is for applicants to be recruited as teachers to teach classes 1 to 5 &  Paper 2 is for recruiting teachers to teach classes 6 to 8. Paper 1 and paper 2 can both be taken by the same candidate.

  • Medium of exam: English and Hindi
  • Minimum age Req: 17 years
  • Mode of exam: Offline
  • Application fee: 1000 rs
  • Conducted: twice a year
  • Exam held: Central board of secondary education ( CBSE )

Similarity Between UPTET and CTET exam

Min eligibility criteria for both UPTET and CTET is the same. The applicant should have a B.Ed. Degree with min 50 % marks.

Despite UPTET and CTET having differences, they also have many similarities; let’s start with the exam pattern.

Paper 1

ModeOffline Offline 
Duration2 hrs 30 min2 hrs 30 min
Total marks150150

 Paper 2:

ModeOffline Offline 
Duration2 hr 30 min2 hr 30 min
Total marks 150150

 You can note the unavoidable similarities in exam patterns.

  • Both of these have the same eligibility criteria.
  • Both UPTET and CTET require a B.ED. Degree and min 50 %.
  • Both have almost the same syllabus.

Exam Pattern

Both UPTET and CTET have the same exam patterns. Both consists of 150 MCQ ( multiple choice question), and each question carries a mark with no negative marking.

Now that we have listed the similarities. There is a differentiating factor in both, which also counts as a major factor. 

CTET applicants who have cleared their required papers can apply for teaching jobs in all central schools or schools affiliated with the government.

Meanwhile, UPTET applicants who cleared their required papers can only apply for teaching jobs in schools in Uttar Pradesh.

How to Prepare For CTET or UPTET?

Knowing important textbooks for the preparation of CTET & UPTET is very important. It gives you complete knowledge about the topics. Books have covered all the syllabus and can be the best option for your preparation.


This is the major question that comes to the mind of the candidates whether they should apply for CTET or UPTET. Which will be more beneficial in the end?

So, to answer these questions, both are for government-affiliated schools. CTET allows you to apply to any government school for a teaching job, whereas UPTET remains in Uttar Pradesh only. CTET is a national exam; hence there would be many applicants, and the competition with each candidate is neck to neck, whereas UPTET is a state-level exam; hence applicants get better chances to be selected compared to CTET to clear through. 

Both exams hold equal importance, and both are beneficial in their own way as it can be termed because you will get comparatively less competition in UPTET, but it comes with a limitation that it will only be applicable in Uttar Pradesh. CTET allows you to apply to central school, but since it is a national exam, the stakes are really high due to competition.