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What Is The Difference Between REET And TET?

What Is The Difference Between REET & TET?

Candidates appearing for the Teachers Eligibility Test often get confused between the TET and REET exams. They enquire about the basic difference between the two exams. Keeping this confusion in mind, we will discuss the main distinctions between the REET and TET exams in detail. We will further discuss the similarities between the two examinations to give enough clarity about both the exams.

What is TET?

As the name suggest, Teachers Eligibility Test or TET is an eligibility test designed for the teaching aspirants. The main objective of TET is to test the eligibility and understanding of the candidates who wish to become teachers in government schools. Central Teachers Eligibility test is a national-level TET where candidates across the country can appear for the exam and once they clear the exam, they receive a certificate. Mostly, the syllabus and exam pattern of State TETs and CTET is the same. CTET is conducted twice a year, whereas, other State TETs are conducted once a year.

What is REET?

REET or Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teachers is a state-level eligibility test for teaching aspirants who wish to become government school teachers in the state of Rajasthan. REET exam follows the same syllabus and exam pattern as the CTET and Other state’s TETs. REET is conducted once a year.

Differences between REET and TET

In the following section, we will explicitly discuss the major differences between the REET and TET exams. The main difference between REET and TET lies in the selection process after candidates successfully crack their respective exams.

Selection Process

The major difference between the two exams lies in the fact that TET is just a qualifying examination however REET is an entrance exam. After qualifying TET candidates need to wait for the Vacancies available in the government schools. Then they have to clear the entrance exam followed by an interview and document verification to get recruited. However, in REET, the candidates will not have to appear for any other entrance exam. Whenever the Rajasthan government will release the vacancies, the candidates will be able to apply for it and appear for the interview directly followed by the document verification to get recruited in government schools of Rajasthan. Check out the table below for clarity:

Selection process after REET Selection process after TET
  • REET exam
  • TET exam
  • Interview
  • Recruitment Entrance Exam
  • Document Verification
  • Interview
  • Document Verification

Cut-Off Marks

The scheme of Cut-Off Marks for REET and TET is different. The two table will help the candidates understand the difference between the two examinations in detail.

REET Cut Off & Selection Process

Cut-Off Marks for REET 

Cut-Off Marks for REET

Category Minimum passing percentage Qualifying Marks Validity
Non-TSP TSP Non-TSP TSP 3 Years
General / Unreserved 60 60 90 90
Scheduled Tribes (ST) 60 36 90 54
Scheduled Castes (SC), Other Backward Classes (OBC), Extremely Backward Classes (MBC) and Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 55 82.5
All categories of widows and abandoned women and ex-servicemen 50 75
All persons who come as per rules in the category of Differently-abled 40 60
Sahariya tribe 36(Sahariya Area) 54

Cut-Off Marks for TET 

Cut-Off Marks for TET

Category Minimum Qualifying Percentage Passing Marks
General 60% 90 Out Of 150
OBC/SC/ST 55% 82 Out Of  150

Similarity Between REET and TET

TET and REET are similar in nature in many ways. They both follow the same exam pattern and syllabus. The eligibility criteria for both is exactly the same. The candidates appearing for TET and REET exams have to clear the same cut-off mark criteria to crack the exams. By giving these exams candidates become eligible to become government school teachers.  Lets the discuss these similarities in detail.

Eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria of REET and TET is exactly the same. In both the exams, candidates have to pass the senior secondary exam with a minimum of 50% marks and a B.Ed. degree. Moreover, the candidate who meets all the eligibility requirements can appear in CTET & UPTET and other TET for Paper I (Primary Stage) and Paper-II (Upper Primary Stage).  The candidates can check out the following table:

REET & TET Eligibility Criteria

Primary Stage (Paper I) Class 12th with at least 45% marks and passed or appearing in final year of 2- year Diploma in Elementary Education or D.EL.ED (by whatever name known)


Class 12th with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in final year of 4- year Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.EI.Ed).


Graduation with at least 50% marks and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed).
Upper Primary Stage (Paper II) Graduation and passing /appearing in the final year of 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education (by whatever name known).


Graduation with at least 45% marks and passed/ appearing in 1-year Bachelor in Education (B.Ed).


Class 12th with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in final year of 4- year Bachelor in Elementary Education (B.EI.Ed) or B.A/B.Sc.Ed or B.A.Ed/B.Sc.Ed.


Graduation with at least 50% marks and passed or appearing in 1-year B.Ed. (Special Education).


Any candidate having qualified B.Ed. Programme recognized by the NCTE is eligible to appear in TET/CTET

Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for both the exams is similar, consisting of 150 questions that they need to answer within 150 minutes. Candidates who want to get a teaching job in the primary section(Classes 1 to 5), need to appear for Paper I and to get a teaching job in the upper primary section (Classes 6 to 8) for Paper-II. Candidates aspiring for a teaching job in Classes 1 to 8 need to appear in both Paper-I and Paper-II.

Exam Pattern 2021

Paper Name of Subject Number   of     Questions Paper Name of Subject Number   of     Questions
PAPER –I (class I- class V) Child Development and Pedagogy 30 PAPER –II (class VI- class VIII) Child Development and Pedagogy 30
Language I (compulsory) and  Pedagogy 30 Language I (compulsory) and Pedagogy 30
Language II (compulsory) and  Pedagogy 30 Language II (compulsory) and Pedagogy 30
Mathematics and  Pedagogy 30 Mathematics & Science and  Pedagogy


Social Studies/Social Science and  Pedagogy

Environmental Studies and  Pedagogy 30
Total Marks 150 Total Marks 150
Negative Marking NO Negative Marking NO


The syllabus for REET and TET is same. The subjects, topics and overall content for both REET and TET is same. The candidates who are preparing for REET will be able to appear for other TET exams like CTET easily without much difficulty.

TET/REET Paper-1

Sections Topics Number of Questions
Child Development and Pedagogy Development of a Primary School Child 15
Concept of Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs 5
Learning and Pedagogy 10
Language 1 and Language 2 (30 Questions each) Language Comprehension 15
Pedagogy of Language Development 15
Mathematics Content (numbers, solving simple equations, algebra, geometry patterns, time, measurement, data handling, solids, data handling, etc.) 15
Pedagogical issues 15
Environmental Studies Content (environment, food, shelter, water, family, and friends, etc.) 15
Pedagogical Issues 15

TET/REET Paper-2 

Subject Important topics Number of Questions Marks
Child Development and Pedagogy
  • Child Development (Elementary School Child)
  • Inclusive education and understanding children with special needs
  • Learning and Pedagogy
  • Theories
30 30
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Poem
  • Pedagogy of Language Development
30 30
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Pedagogy of Language Development
30 30
  • Numbers system, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration
  • Pedagogical issues
60 60
  • Food, Material, The World of the Living, The World of the Living, Moving Things People and Ideas, How things work, Natural Phenomenon, Natural Resources
  • Science Pedagogical Issues
60 60
Social Studies*
  • History, Geography, Social and Political Life
  • Social Studies Pedagogical Issues
60 60


Q. What is the full form of REET?

A. The full-form of REET is Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teachers.

Q. What is the full-form of TET?

A. The full-form of TET is the Teachers Eligibility Test.

Q. What is the frequency of the REET and TET exam?

A. The REET and TET exams are conducted once a year.

Q. What is the main difference between REET and TET exams?

A. The main difference REET and TET exams lies in the fact that REET acts as an entrance exam for teaching vacancies in Rajasthan. However, TET is just a qualifying test. The candidates qualifying the TET must appear for the various recruitment processes.

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