HRD minister Prakash Javadekar has directed CBSE to conduct the national teachers' test CTET in all languages.
The CTET was earlier conducted in 20 languages but the CBSE had decided to drop 17 languages. Options for candidates were limited to just English, Hindi and Sanskrit.
This move would have been a big disadvantage for aspirants from India's southern states.
CTET is mandatory for appointment of teachers in Kendriya Vidyalayas and private CBSE-affiliated schools.
CBSE faced considerable backlash for its decision to limit the test to three languages. DMK leader MK Kanimozhi condemned the decision and tweeted that 'students of CBSE whose mother tongue is Tamil will be put to a great disadvantage without teachers'.
HRD minister Javadekar has now directed CBSE to go back to its earlier format.
The exam will be conducted in English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Assamese, Bangla, Garo, Gujarati, Kanada, Khasi, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Mizo, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan and Urdu.
The 11th edition of CTET will be conducted in 92 cities on September 16.