SET: Register online before Oct 20, know about test pattern, eligibility

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The State Eligibility Test, which is popularly known by the acronym SET, is for the recruitment of teachers to higher secondary schools and vocational higher secondary schools in Kerala. The recruits are for teaching jobs in non–vocational and vocational subjects streams. The online registration for this year’s SET could be done until 5 pm on 20 October.

The test will be conducted at all the district centres in January. However, the date of exam would be announced later.

The test is conducted by the LBS Centre for Science and Technology. (Address: LBS Centre for Science and Technology, Nandavanam, Thiruvananthapuram 695033; Phone – 0471 2560311;

The application fee is Rs 1,000. Scheduled Caste/Tribe candidates need to pay Rs 500. There will be additional processing fee and GST too. The fee and the additional charges should be paid online.

There is no upper-age limit for applying.

Test format, marks
There are two papers for this test. All the applicants should write Paper 1 which tests general knowledge and teaching aptitude. Paper 2 focuses on individual subjects.

The applicants can choose the eligible ones from a list of 31 subjects.

There will be 120 multiple choice questions in each paper of 120 minutes. Each question would have four answer options. The questions carry one mark each; however, 80 questions each for Maths and Statistics carry 1.5 marks.

There are no negative marks for wrong answers.

The syllabuses of various subjects are uploaded on the LBS website.

The candidates would be eligible for teaching in higher secondary courses only if they qualify the papers by scoring marks in the following pattern.

General category: 40% marks for each paper and total 48% for both papers.

Backward communities: 35% for each paper and total 45% for both papers.

SC/ST candidates and persons with disabilities: 35% for each paper and 40% for both papers.

Those who have post-graduation in any subject with at least 50% marks and BEd in the respective subjects can apply for SET.

For subjects like Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology, those who passed MSc Ed from the Regional Institute of Education with at least 50% marks too can apply. Meanwhile, MSc– Ed in Life Sciences would be considered for post-graduates in Botany and Zoology.

Those who have second class MA in Communicative English with 50% marks and BEd are eligible to apply for SET. Instead of marks percentage, equivalent grade points too would be considered.

BEd is not mandatory for those who have post-graduation in subjects like Commerce, French, German, Geology, Home Science, Journalism, Latin, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Russian, Social Work, Sociology, Statistics and Syriac. Besides, BEd isn’t mandatory for those who have DLEd/ LTTC in Arabic, Hindi and Urdu.

Those who have 50% marks in MSc Biotechnology with BEd in Natural Science can apply.

Correspondence/distance education courses that do not have the approval of any university in Kerala will not be considered for application. Meanwhile, PG holders who are set to take their final-year BEd exam and those who already have BEd and will be writing their final-year PG exam soon can submit their application for SET.

The eligibility certificate could be submitted only with a year after the announcement of SET results.

SC/ST candidates and persons with disabilities will get 5% marks relaxation.

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