The LBS Centre for Science and Technology has invited applications for the State Eligibility Test (SET) to be held at all district headquarters on June 16. A pass in SET is a mandatory requirement for appointment as higher secondary schoolteachers in Kerala.

The two-hour Paper I of the test, common to all candidates, will have 60 general knowledge and as many teaching aptitude questions of one mark each. Paper II, again of two hours, will have 120 one-mark questions from the subject of specialisation at the postgraduate level, except in the case of Mathematics and Statistics, which will have 80 questions of 1.5 mark each. Wrong answers to objective-type multiple-choice questions do not attract negative marks. The list of 35 subjects does not have Computer Science, Information Technology and Electronics. To pass SET, the candidates should score at least 35 per cent marks for both papers separately and at least 50 per cent in aggregate.

Those who have a second-class Master’s degree with not less than 50 per cent marks and a B.Ed. degree in any discipline may apply. For Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology, those having a second-class M.Sc. Ed. degree with not less than 50 per cent marks from a Regional Institute of Education will be eligible to apply. Those who have a second-class Master’s degree in Communicative English with not less than 50 per cent marks and B.Ed. are eligible to appear for SET in English.

For Anthropology, Commerce, French, Gandhian Studies, Geology, German, Home Science, Journalism, Latin, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Russian, Social Work, Sociology, Statistics and Syriac, the B.Ed. degree is not required.

Those who have a diploma in Hindi Teaching but no B.Ed. may apply in accordance with the exemption clause provided in the special rules.

Candidates who joined the B.Ed. course in 2012 and those who have the B.Ed. degree but are appearing for the final-year or semester examination of the postgraduate course in 2013 may apply. Candidates appearing simultaneously for the postgraduate and B.Ed. final examinations are not eligible.

Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes get a five per cent relaxation in the minimum marks prescribed for the qualifying examination. There is no upper age limit.

How to apply

The first application step, which is obtaining the prospectus and application form from any of the head post offices in Kerala on payment of Rs. 750 (Rs. 375 for those belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the physically challenged), starts on Monday. The form will have application and security key numbers, both to be kept secret.

Then, register online on or and click SET June 2013. Register online from March 19 to April 17. Get access to the application form by providing the application and security key numbers. Fill the form by following the instructions given in the prospectus and submit it. On completion of the online registration, a registered ID will be provided to the candidate. After online registration, the application form with the prospectus should be sent with a recent passport-size photograph to the Director, LBS Centre for Science and Technology, Nandavanam, Thiruvananthapuram – 33 so as to reach there on or before April 17.

Gopakumar Karakonam