HYDERABAD: Students who sat for the Teachers Eligibility Test on January 8 have been left baffled by the huge difference in standards from the one conducted on July 31. Many fear that they might not even secure the qualifying marks.
With the government set to issue a District Selection Committee notification soon for appointment of teachers, the second TET was conducted to give candidates, who missed the first, an opportunity to get eligibility for the DSC examination. The test holds importance as the marks scored in that will be given 20 percent weightage in the DSC examination. The qualifying marks for the general students is 90 (60 pc), BCs 75 (50 pc), and SC/STs and physically handicapped (PH) 60 marks (40 pc). The DSC examination will be for 150 marks, with 60 questions from the candidate’s chosen subject, 30 from Telugu, 30 from English and 30 from psychology.
According to P Ram Reddy, the TET question paper was certainly much more difficult and feared he might not get the marks needed to qualify for the DSC examination. “I had not written the last TET and there won’t be another before a DSC notification. My dream of becoming a teacher is thus shattered,” he said.
Another candidate, M Yadaiah, said he had scored 94 marks in the last TET but was expecting only 75 marks this time as examiners had maintained high standards in the question paper.
With the government deciding to give weightage to marks obtained in the TET for the DSC exam, the candidates who qualified in the first TET are likely to have an edge as compared to those who took the test on Jan 8. A considerable number of candidates want the government to conduct another TET and do justice to them.