OTET 2021- Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Application Process, Admit Card and Vacancy

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Apr 9, 2021

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OTET (Odisha teacher eligibility test) is a common selection examination to recruit candidates for the vacant posts of teaching (primary and secondary standard) up to class 8th in the state of Odisha. Conducted by the BSE, Board of Secondary Education, which is a functional body of education in the state. This also manages controls and develops all the important procedures throughout the selection process. It also equips candidates for various cultural purposes.

OTET is just an eligibility criterion for recruitment; it does not guarantee any job in the state. Only scores secured by the candidate will decide the future of selection in the government, government-aided and private institutions to serve education.

Latest news:

  • April 9, 2021: A few last-minute preparation tips for OTET 2021 is here. Read more
  • March 18, 2021: The exam dates for OTET are announced. Check details here
OTET Important Dates

OTET 2021 Important Dates

Events Dates
Availability of admit card on the official portal. March 31, 2021
Exam date April 9, 2021
Declaration of results. to be notified
OTET Eligibility Criteria

OTET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

  • Any high school pass out (class 12th) and any graduate or its equivalent with 50% aggregate, and who have a 2 year diploma in elementary education (D.EL.ED) or 4 year bachelor of elementary education (B.EL.ED) are eligible to apply for the Common selection examination.
  • Applicant should be Indian national and domicile of Odisha.
  • Those who seek opportunity in government and non-govt. aided schools, possess academic and training qualification, and aspire to become teachers are applicable for OTET under Government of Odisha, Department of school and mass education, Bhubaneswar.
  • Applicants can also appear for CTET conducted by Central government, through CBSE, for further improvement after being qualified in OTET and also for seeking opportunity in complete private unaided institutions.

There are two categories (category A and B) of application under which candidates can apply, according to their qualifications.

Category A: High School (class 12th) pass outs

  • Higher secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks, and 2 year Diploma in Elementary Education (CT, or D.EL. ED), or 4 year Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.EL.ED) or 2 years diploma in Diploma in Education (Special education).

Category B: Graduate level

Graduation with at least 50% marks, and 1-year bachelor in Education (B.ED) in accordance with NCTE, or 4 years Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.EL.ED), or 4-year B.SC / B.A./ B.A. Ed/ B.SC Ed. Or, B.ED (special education).

Note: Relaxation of 5% can be expected in the minimum qualifying marks in graduation and higher secondary for students belonging to the category SC, ST and OBC or any other reserved category.

OTET Application Process

OTET 2021 Application Process

Online application was expected to be released in the 3rd week of July and now stands to be declared by the officials very soon. Candidates can visit the official website of BSE (board of secondary education) to enroll.

Registration can be done anytime from anywhere via accessing the internet on website:

  • On a login portal, already registered candidates can login by entering their email id and password, whereas new registration candidates can register themselves by providing the right and accurate information about them.
  • Application form will have six sections:
    • Personal information
    • Eligibility criteria
    • Educational qualification
    • Address
    • Information sheet
    • Declaration and payment.

After filling the correct personal information, uploading required documents; candidates can click on the information sheet, recheck the provided information by them, make corrections and then can take the print out of it for future references. And then can proceed to make the payment to appear in the examination. For more updated information candidates are requested to visit the official website.

  • Payment can be made by STATE BANK OF INDIA only through Net banking, ATM card, and Cash payment through challan.

Online Fees to appear in the examination-

Category Fees
For unreserved category. UR/ GENERAL 500 (Five hundred rupees.)
For reserved category. SC/ST/OBC 300 (Three hundred rupees)
OTET Admit Card

OTET 2021 Admit Card

Availability of admit card is to be expected in the month of August, it will be available for download on the official website of BSE Odisha, once the online application process gets done. Candidates should have to bring the printed copy of admit card to the examination center to appear in the examination along with one photo ID card. Otherwise, the candidate will not be permitted to appear in the examination.

  1. Candidates will be able to download their admit cards by login into the official portal by visiting the BSE website.
  2. Once the applicant is done with filling with personal details like registration number, password, Date of birth and security code provided on the screen. The window will be directed to the download page.
  3. Candidates are advised to take print of the admit card and bring it to the allotted examination center on the day of examination.
  4. Details provided on Admit card- Name of the applicant, date of birth, category, exam date and time, allocated center, signature of the candidate, photograph, gender, mode of examination, and address of the allocated examination center.
OTET Exam pattern

OTET 2021 Exam pattern

Language of examination Odia, English, Hindi, Telugu, Urdu, and Bengali.
OTET conducts in two parts. Paper 1 and paper 2.
Duration of exam. 2.5 hours.
Question type. MCQ (multiple choice question), with no negative marking.
Mode of examination. Offline (pen and paper) mode.

OTET 2021 Marking Scheme

Paper- 1 (for Primary level)

Subject No. of Questions Marks
Child development and pedagogy 30 questions 30 questions of 1 mark each.
Language – 1 Urdu/ Hindi/ Bengali/ Telugu/Odia. 30 questions. 30 questions of 1 mark each.
Language – II English 30 questions. 30 questions of 1 mark each.
Mathematics. 30 questions. 30 questions of 1 mark each.
Environment studies. 30 questions. 30 questions of 1 mark each.
- Total – 150 questions Total marks - 150 marks

Each question will carry one mark, with four alternative options out of which one will be the correct choice. There will be no negative marking for the wrong answer.

Paper -2 (for secondary level)

(Compulsory paper)

Subject No. of questions Marks
Child development and pedagogy 30 30
Language-1, Odia, Urdu, Hindi, Telugu, Bengali. 30 30 In each subject area 20 questions will be set from contents and 10 questions from pedagogy.
Language -2 English 30 30

Optional either A and B

Subject No. of questions. Marks
Mathematics 60 ( 30 questions from mathematics and 30 will be from science subject) 60
Social science 60 (30 questions from history, political science and 30 questions from geography). 60

Points to remember:

  • Guidelines of NCTE only are applicable to OTET 2021.
  • Paper -1, will be based on syllabus prescribed by NCTE up to class 1- 5th but its difficulty level can vary and link with secondary stage.
  • Paper -2, questions will be based on syllabus prescribed for standard between 5-8th, whereas difficulty level may vary up to and link with higher secondary/ +2 stage.
OTET Syllabus

OTET 2021 Syllabus


Child development and pedagogy Unit -1: Child development
Unit 2: Learning process
Unit 3: Concept of inclusive learning and understanding children with special needs
Unit 4: Approaches to teaching and learning. Unit 5: Assessment
Understanding, Concept, Characteristics, nature, and individual difference, TLM, Competency and Teaching competency, Comprehensive, Purpose, Assessing scholastic and Sharing of assessment.
Language 1 -(Odia, Urdu, Bengali, Hindi, Telugu) Unit -1: Pedagogy
Unit 2: teaching, reading and writing skills reading skills.
Unit 3: Assessment of learning Odia / Urdu / Hindi / Telugu / Bengali
Unit 4: Language items Unit 5: Language Comprehension
Learning, teaching, reading and writing skills. Role of grammar in learning language. Noun, Pronoun, Verb, Adverb, Adjectives, Conjunction, Synonyms and antonyms.
Language-2 (English) a. Pedagogy
  1. Learning English at the Elementary Level
  2. Language Learning
  3. Skills in learning English
  4. English assessment Unseen passages
b. Content
  1. Unseen passage
  2. Grammar- Noun, pronoun, adverb, tense, proposition, adjectives, punctuation.
Mathematics a. Pedagogy
  1. Mathematics Education in Schools
  2. Methods and approaches to learning.
  3. Mathematics assessments.
b. Content
  1. Number system
  2. Measurement
  3. Shapes and spatial relationships
  4. Patterns and data handling.
Environmental studies a. Pedagogy
  1. Concept
  2. Method and approach
  3. Governance
  4. Evaluation
b. content
  1. Physical features
  2. History of freedom and struggle of Odisha and India.
  3. Health and disease
  4. Physiology of Human body
  5. Force and energy


Child development and Pedagogy Unit-1: Child development in primary school and children.
Unit-2: Learning
Unit-3: Curriculum Learning, approaches and evaluation
Physical, Cognitive, Social, Emotional & Moral development during pre-adolescence and adolescence. Needs and problems, meaning-making knowledge and construction, Factors affecting learning.
Language 1 (Odia / Urdu / Hindi / Telugu / Bengali) Learning of language
a. Learning Odia / Urdu / Hindi / Telugu / Bengali at Upper Primary Level
b. teaching Language
c. Assessment of language
Objective learning, principle of teaching and development of skills.
Assessment learning and planning.
a. Elements of language
b. Items of language
c. Contribution of famous literates for development of Odia / Urdu / Hindi /Telugu / Bengali language
Two unseen comprehensions, Vocabulary, and grammar. Speech, word formation, Idioms and phrases, famous authors and books of different languages.
Language II (English) 1. Pedagogy a. Primary level English.(Importance and Objective)
b. Development of English skills (Basic skills, teaching and skills)
c. Assessment of learning skills.(Comprehension and skills)
2. Content Comprehension and language items
Mathematics (for Maths and Science teachers) Unit – 1: Mathematics for Primary
Unit – 2: Method learning and Approaches to teach and evaluate
Unit – 3: Number System, Algebra, Shapes and spatial relationship, Arithmetic
Aims, logical, systematic, abstractions, pattern, mathematical language, analysis, deduction and construction, error analysis.
Science (only for Mathematics and Science Teacher Unit – 1: Nature of Science
Unit – 2: Methods, Evaluation and Approaches
Unit – 3: Physical and Life Science.
Aims, Objective, Problem solving, Discovery, Project and Experimentation.
Social Study (only for Social Study Teacher) Unit – 1:Teaching Social Studies
Unit – 2: Methods, Evaluation and Approaches
Unit – 3: Political Science and History
Unit – 4: Indian Constitution and Political Science
Unit – 5: Geography (physical features, climate and agricultural limits)
Aim and Objective. Survey, field work / trips, project, group work, diagnostic assessment and remedial teaching

OTET 2021 Recruitment

Candidate has to secure at least minimum of 60% for general category and minimum of 50% for OBC, SC, and ST category to get hired by the government official till last year. For the year of 2021 new guidelines and number of posts for which candidates will be competing is still unknown and yet to be declared.BSE Board of Education will notify on its official portal about it soon once the current pandemic situation uplifts in the country. Applicants are requested to visit their portal on a regular basis for such updates.



Ques. What is the selection process for OTET Orissa?

Ans. It is must to clear the OTET 2021 examination with a minimum of 60 % percentile or score 90 marks out of 150 in total for the general category and 50% for the OBC, SC, and ST category, to be selected for the further interview round etc. If there will be any change in the selection criteria of OTET 2021, it will be updated on the website as per the guidelines. Applicants have to wait for that until the application process begins.

Ques. OTET stands for which qualifying examination in the country?

Ans. OTET stands for Odisha teacher’s eligibility test, which is conducted by the official educational body, BSE in the state of Odisha, it takes place every year to recruit candidates for the various vacant posts of teaching department up to 8th standard.

Ques. Who can appear in OTET 2021?

Ans. Any high school pass out (class 12th) and any graduate or its equivalent with 50% aggregate, and who have a 2-year diploma in elementary education (D.EL.ED) or 4-year bachelor of elementary education (B.EL.ED) are eligible to apply for the Common selection examination. He/she should be an Indian national and domicile of Odisha.

Ques. When will the application process of OTET 2021 begin?

Ans. Online application was expected to be released in the 3rd week of July and now stands to be declared by the officials very soon. Candidates can visit the official website of BSE (board of secondary education) to enroll.

Ques. What is the syllabus for science subjects in OTET 2021?

Ans. The syllabus for science subject is as per follows:

Nature of science (physics, chemistry and biology) up to 12th standard along with Physical and Life Sciences and its Methods, Evaluation and Approaches. For more detailed follow up you can check/visit the BSE board website.

Ques. What is the difference between CTET and CTET examination?

Ans. There is no such big difference between the two teacher eligibility tests. Both the examinations are valid under the NCTE, it is just that OTET is valid in particular for one state that is Odisha whereas, CTET is valid for all states of the country.

3 Months Crash Course

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


Can I change OTET Exam Centre later?
kavita rani

Hi Muheshraaj. The board has not released details related to OTET 2021 exam centres. Once a test centre is allotted to a candidate, it can’t be changed later under any circumstances. Regarding the same, the official website also mentions that, “The change of examination centre is not permissible.”

arushi thankur
How can I check OTET Results?
kavita rani

Hi Arushi. OTET 2021 result will be announced on the official website only, the minimum qualifying marks for OTET exam is 60 percent (while it is 50 percent for the candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ OBC/ SEBC/ PwD category).

divakar sharma
How many papers are there in OTET Exam?
kavita rani

Hi Divakar. OTET exam contains two papers, including Paper-I and Paper-II. Candidates can appear for any one of the papers only. In case, a candidate registers for both papers, candidature for both papers shall be rejected, informs the official website.

shivkumar dama
How can I download OTET Admit Card?
kavita rani

Hi Shivkumar. Candidates who have submitted online application can download their OTET 2021 admit card from the official website of the exam. OTET admit card contain all the details (candidate’s name, roll number, etc.) as well as exam details (date and time of exam, exam centre name and address, etc.).