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Post at: Jul 13 2021

Craftsman Training Scheme (CTS)


On 31st May 2021, The Directorate General of Training (DGT) announced results of the All India Trade Test (AITT) held in December 2020, for craftsman Training Scheme (CTS) Academic session 2020-2021.


The Craftsman Training Scheme was introduced by Government of India in 1950. Its objectives were to ensure a steady flow of skilled workers in different trades for the domestic industry.

Its objectives were -

(1) To raise quantitative Industrial production by systematic training.
(2) To reduce unemployment among the educated youth by providing them employable training.
(3) To cultivate and nurture a technical and industrial attitude in the minds of younger generation.


  • It is the most important in the field of vocational training.
  • It will shape craftsman to meet the existing as well as future manpower need.


  • Vocational Training is a concurrent subject of both central and state governments.
  • The development of training schemes at National level, the evolution of policy, laying of training standard norms, conducting of examinations, etc. are the responsibilities of the central government whereas day to day administration including an admission in ITIs rests with the respective state government/UTs.
  • Presently, training courses under the Craftsman Training Scheme are being offered through a network of 15,042 ITIs (Govt 2738 + Private 12,304) located all over the country with trainees enrolled 22.82 lakh on NCVTMIS portal.

NVCTMIS portal stands for:

National Council of Training in Vocational Trades.


However, the AITT 2020 Examinations including Computer Based Test (CBT) of the trainees under CTS was supposed to be held in July 2020 but due to COVID-19 of nationwide lockdown and reopening of ITI could only be undertaken in Sept-Oct 2020. In some states, it was further delayed. Thus to complete syllabus training of 1600 hours, session was extended.


DGT has provisional grievances redressal mechanism (NCVT MIS portal) on which the trainees can register grievance related to result and same will be resolved within a stipulated time frame.


Therefore the Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS) is a need of an hour to spur the flow of skilled workers in all states of India.

Amit Gupta

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