OTET Exam 2022: Latest News, Date, Eligibility, Salary & Vacancies

OTET Exam 2022: Latest News, Date, Eligibility, Salary & Vacancies
September 6, 2021
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Generally, OTET is a single common examination across Odisha to recruit candidates for the vacant posts of teaching up to class 8th in the state of Odisha. Also, the OTET examination is conducted by the BSE (Board of Secondary Education), which works as the functional body of education in the state of Gujarat. Apart from conducting the examination, BSE is also handling all the pre and post-examination processes, like the commencement of the exam date, application form, the declaration of the result, answer key, merit list, etc.

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About the Governing Body and the Examination

In addition, candidates will be selected under the marks secured in the examination. The selected candidates will also get a job in government,  Government Aided, Private unaided, and Private aided schools of Odisha. However, qualifying for the OTET exam is just an eligibility criterion for teacher recruitment. Likewise, only marks scored by the candidate will decide the selection process. Once the maximum mark you secure, you will have a high chance of getting shortlisted. 

Candidates with certain qualifications can attend the examination, which we will see in detail below. The Odisha Teaching Eligibility test will have two papers.

  • Firstly Category A (Paper I)
  • Then, Category B (Paper-II)

Generally, Candidates should attend both papers to get qualified for the examination. And also, It is mandatory to get the OTET qualified certificate to become a teacher for 1 to 8 standards in all schools in Odisha. To work for a private school also need an OTET certificate. Generally, this examination has two parts, Primary level, then, Upper primary level. 

For more details related to the OTET examination, candidates can also check out the official site.

Abbreviation Odisha Teacher Eligibility Test
Conducting Body BST( Board of Secondary Education)
Purpose To recruit teachers for classes 1 to 8
Official Website http://www.bseodisha.ac.in/
Location Odisha

News and Notification

In the mid of August, the Directorate Of Secondary Education has come up with important news about the OTET Examination. DSE has also released the official notification of the application process on August 15. Likewise, It has planned to recruit Contractual Hindi, Sanskrit, and Physical Education Teachers.  

Once OTET aspirants can start applying for the examination from August 23, 2021. The last date for submitting the application form is September 14, 2021. Meanwhile, the recruitment team has not released the exact date of the examination, but it says that examinations will be held in the first week of October. So, the OTET candidates should keep their eyes on the official website to get the exam updates earlier. The recruitment team will announce the examination date one week after the examination then, the selected candidates will get official information about the next process.

Examination OTET ( Odisha Teacher Eligibility Test)
Positions Contractual Hindi, Sanskrit, and Physical Education Teachers
Vacancy Around 7000
Application starting Date August 23, 2021

OTET Exam Date

Recently, the DSE has released some important dates about the examination, which says that the examination will be conducted in the first week of October. The exam result also will be declared after the examination. Once the result is declared, selected candidates will get official news about the next process.  Now, DSE has come up with information about the application process.

Some of the tentative dates for 2022 are tabulated below:

Events Dates
TGT Application Process Start Date January 2022 (Tentative)
TGT Application Process Last Date January 2022 (Tentative)
TGT Written Exam Date March, 2022 (Tentative)
OTET Application Process Starts February 2022 (Tentative)
OTET Application Process Ends March 2022 (Tentative)
OTET Admit Card Released April 2022 (Tentative)
OTET Exam Date April 2022 (Tentative)
OTET Answer Key Released To Be announced
OTET Result To Be announced

For 2021 –

The authorities said that candidates can start applying for the examination from August 23, 2021, to September 14, 2021. The last date of application is September 14, 2021. As I already said, the actual OTET examination date has not been released yet.  We will notify you once it is released on the official site. Meanwhile, you also try to check out the official website often to get the information quickly.

In addition, the candidates are asked to apply for the examination on or before the last date. Because you will not get any extension after that.

Here I have also added a table for your easy reference.

Event Date
Starting date of application August 23, 2021
Last date to submit the application September 14, 2021
Commencement of Examination The first week of October

OTET Application Fee

Generally, the OTET application fee varies from one category to another so, candidates should know their application concerning their category.  For General candidates, the application fee is 600 Rs, likewise for SC/ST/PWD candidates application fee is 400 Rs. The payment should be made through online mode because no offline mode of application is acceptable. Candidates should pay the fee on or before the last date.

The below table will give you a simple view of application fees for different categories

Category Application fee
General 600 Rs
SC/ST/PWT 400 Rs

OTET Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification

  • The OTET candidates should have passed HSC Examination or any equivalent with Odia as a First, Second, or Third language subject.
  • Then, the OTET aspirant must have passed +2 Higher Secondary Examination or any equivalent with Odia as  First, Second, or Third subject.
  • Also, OTET Candidates should have passed the Odia Examination of Matriculation/HSC standard conducted by BSE, Odisha.
  • In addition, the candidate must have passed Odisha Secondary School Teacher Eligibility Test in the concerned category and subject of the applicant.
  • Also, candidates should be Graduated with 50% in required Bachelor degree, or 4 years Bachelor in Elementary Education (B.EL.ED), or 4-year B.A. Ed/ B.SC Ed./ B.SC / B.A./ Or, B.ED (special education).
  • Moreover, the OTET Candidates should have completed B.Ed


The aspirants should be a citizen of India, and also they should know to read and write Odia. So, any Indian citizen with the above-mentioned educational qualification who knows to read and write Odia can apply for the examination.

Age limit

Generally, candidates from 21 age to 32 can apply for the examination. Candidates who are below 21, likewise candidates who are above 32 are not eligible to attend the examination. And also some of the candidates will have age relaxation depends on their category, which I have mentioned in the table below.

Category Age limit
SC/ST/SEBC/Women 5 Years
Persons with Disabilities 10 Years
ex-military persons 5 years

OTET Vacancies

The DSE has released the number of vacancies in consequently with the application process. Accordingly, candidates can expect around 7000 vacancies from all three positions. OTET aspirants can make use of this opportunity to get their desired jobs. Since the examination going to be held for some particular positions, I have added the exact vacancies in each position below.

Hindi Teacher Sanskrit Teacher Physical Education Teacher
2055 1304 1260

OTET Salary

Since there is no official announcement about the salary range, but aspirants can expect 30,000 to 50,000 INR per month with some allowances. Also, the salary range will vary from one position to another as per the grade scale.

Generally, the selected candidates will have the following benefits under their position

  • Firstly, Dearness Allowance
  • Then, medical Allowance
  • After that, house Rental Allowance
  • Also, transport Allowance
  • Then, internet Allowance
  • Paid Leaves for a certain range
  • In addition, accommodation if needed
  • Then, maternity Leave for 12 weeks
  • Furthur paid leave during pregnancy

Selected candidates will also get other allowances based on their job profile. Besides all, they have the chance to get career growth

  • First, Senior Teacher
  • Then, Headmaster
  • Finally, School Principal

OTET Syllabus

Generally, the syllabus of OTET will not vary from one position to another so, candidates can get the concerned syllabus from the OTET official Pdf.

Also, I have attached some common syllabus for your reference.


Child development, pedagogy

First Unit: Child development

Second Unit: Learning process

Third Unit:  Inclusive learning and understanding children concepts with special needs

Unit 4: Teaching and Learning Approaches.

Unit 5: Assessment

Competency, Teaching competency, Characteristics, Understanding,

Then, Assessing scholastic Concepts, nature, individual Differences,

And also, TLM, Comprehensive, Purpose,  and Sharing of assessment.

Language 1 -(Odia, Urdu, Bengali, Hindi, Telugu)

Unit 1: Pedagogy

2nd Unit: 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

Firstly, Learning, teaching, reading, and writing skills, the Role of grammar in learning a language, And also, Noun, Pronoun, Verb, Adverb, Adjectives, Then, Conjunction, Synonyms, and antonyms.

Language 2 (English)

a. Pedagogy Firstly, learning English at the Elementary Level

Then, Language Learning

And also, skills in learning English

And English assessment Unseen passages in addition.

b. Content First, the Unseen passage

Then Grammar- Noun, pronoun, adverb, tense,

the proposition, adjectives, punctuation in addition.


a. Pedagogy Mathematics Education in Schools

Then, Methods and approaches to learning.

And also, Mathematics assessments.

b. Content Firstly, the Number system

Then, Measurement

And also, Shapes and spatial relationships

And Patterns and data handling in addition.

Environmental studies

a. Pedagogy Starting with, Concept

Then, Method and approach

Also, Governance and Evaluation.

b. content Physical features

Secondly, the History of freedom and struggle of Odisha and India.

Thirdly, Health and disease

Then, the Physiology of the Human body

Also, Force and energy


Child development and Pedagogy

Unit 1: Child development in primary school and children.

2nd Unit: Learning

Unit 3: Curriculum Learning, approaches and evaluation

Firstly, Physical, Cognitive, Social, Emotional

then, Moral development during pre-adolescence and adolescence,

and also, Needs and problems, meaning-making knowledge and construction, Factors affecting learning in addition.

Language 1 (Odia / Urdu / Hindi / Telugu / Bengali)

Learning of language,

  • Learning Odia / Hindi / Bengali /Urdu /Telugu at Upper Primary Level,
  • teaching Language,
  • Assessment of language.
Firstly, Objective learning,

then, the principle of teaching and development of skills,
and also, Assessment learning and planning in addition.


  • Elements of language
  • Items of language
  • Famous literates Contribute to the development of the Odia /Bengali/ Hindi/ Urdu / Hindi /Telugu language
Two unseen comprehensions, grammar and, Vocabulary.

then, Speech, phrases, Idioms and, word formation.

and also, famous authors and books of different languages in addition.

Language II (English)

Pedagogy Primary level English, (Importance and Objective),

then, Development of English skills (Basic skills and, teaching)

and also, Assessment of learning skills (Comprehension and skills)

 Content Comprehension and language items

Mathematics (for Maths and Science teachers)

Unit 1: Primary Mathematics
2nd Unit: Method learning and Approaches to teaching and evaluation,
Unit 3: Number System, Shapes, Algebra, spatial relationship, and Arithmetic.
Aims, logical, systematic, abstractions, pattern,

then, mathematical language, analysis, deduction and construction, error analysis.

Science (only for Mathematics and Science Teacher

Unit 1: Nature of Science
2nd Unit: Methods, Evaluation, Approaches
Unit 3: Physical and Life Science.
Aims, Objective, Problem-solving,

then Discovery, Project, and Experimentation in addition.

Social Study (only for Social Study Teacher)

Unit – 1:Teaching Social Studies
2nd Unit: Methods, Evaluation, and Approaches
Unit 3: History and Political Science
Unit 4: Political Science and Indian Constitution
5th Unit: Geography (physical features, climate, and agricultural limits)
Aim and Objective. The survey, fieldwork/trips, project,

then group work, diagnostic assessment, and remedial teaching in addition.

Check out the full syllabus here.

OTET Exam Pattern

Generally, the Exam Pattern for OTET will vary from one post to another post-examination. However, I have given you the general Exam pattern that would help all the candidates. To get your official syllabus, check out the official website. Generally, the exam pattern also gets release with the examination date. Likewise, The recruitment team has released the exam pattern for the position of Contractual Hindi, Sanskrit, and Physical Education Teachers. 

Language of examination English, Odia, Hindi, Urdu, Telugu, and Bengali.
OTET conducts in two parts. Paper 1 and paper 2.
Duration of the exam. 2.5 hours.
Question type. MCQ  (no negative marks).
Mode of examination. Offline

OTET Admit Card

Generally, admit card will be posted for downloading one or two weeks before the examination. Since the examination date has yet to announce, admit card date will also get announced before or with the examination date. Likewise, candidates can download their admit cards by following the instructions below. Candidates should download their admit cards on or before the examination date so that they will be able to attend the examination. Because admit card will have the important details of the examination. So once the admit cards get released try to download them as soon as possible.

How to Download OTET Admit Card 2021?

  • First, visit the official website of BSE Odisha- bseodisha.ac.in
  • Then,  Click on the OTET 2021 Application link, so that you can direct to the log in button
  • After that click on the Login button
  • Likewise, Enter the following details,
  • First register number
  • Then password
  • Finally, you can view and download OTET 2021 admit card.

Read More – Get to know more about the OTET Admit Card

OTET Result

Generally, OTET can get their result one or two weeks after the examination. Once the examination gets finished candidates can check their results on the official website. Likewise, you need to get the qualified results in all the stages to get the job. So, concentrate on all the exams equally in order to qualify in the examination. Once the result dates are announced we will notify you. You can also check your results directly from the official website.

How to Apply for OTET?

Once the application form of OTET is released on the official website, eligible candidates can start filling it on or before the due date. Likewise, as per the official notification candidates can start applying from august 23, 2021. So, OTET candidates should check from 23, august to apply for the examination.

I have also given you the step by step instructions to apply for the examination

  • Open the official website
  • Then click directly on the application link, which will be shown as “Online Application for OTET 2021”.
  • Where you need to click “Click Here for New Registration”
  • Then you need to enter your details like name, password, email ID, and mobile number.
  • After that, you will be directed to the payment page, where you need to pay your respective examination fee.
  • You will also have options to pay the fees. You can make payment through an SBI debit card, SBI net banking. Likewise, you can make payments offline by taking DD from SBI Bank.
  • Once you have paid your application fee, you need to wait for nearly 12 hours to fill up the application form
  • After 12 hours, Fill in the required details correctly
  • You will have to fill up the following information, personal details, then education qualification, then eligibility criteria, address, and also you need to tick the declaration form.
  • Then, there will be a submit button at the end, click on that. Once you submitted your application you cannot make any changes so, check before submitting.
  • Finally, you can also download the application form pdf for your future reference.

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Q.1 Who is the conducting body of OTET?

Ans. The Board of Secondary Education, also called BSE, is the conducting body for the OTET exam. It is the State-level entrance examination conducted to recruit candidates for teaching in Odisha.

Q.2 How many vacancies are available in OTET Examination for Contractual Hindi, Sanskrit, and Physical Education Teachers?

Ans. The Directorate of Secondary Education conducts an entrance exam to recruit teachers for primary schools. There are approximately 4610 vacancies, out of which 2055 seats are for Contractual Hindi, 1260 seats for Physical Education teachers, and 1304 vacancies for the Sanskrit teacher.

Q.3 What is the examination fee for the OTET Examination?

Ans. The examination fee for the OTET examination varies based on category. Candidates in the General/SEBC/OBC category have to pay INR 500, whereas the application fee for candidates in the reserved category must pay INR 300. You can pay the application fee through SBI debit card/SBI net banking/SBI Challan.

Q.4 What is the age limit for the OTET examination?

Ans. The applicant applying for the OTET exam must be 21 years old or above. The State Government and the exam conducting authority have not fixed any upper age limit for the OTET examination.

Q.5 Where can I get the exam pattern for the OTET examination?

Ans. You can get the exam pattern for the OTET examination at various academic websites on the internet. Furthermore, you can also visit the official website of BSE, Odisha, and check the examination pattern and syllabus under the examination tab. Generally, there are two papers in the OTET exam. Paper-1 is of primary level that consists of 150 questions, and Paper-II is of secondary level, and it also contains 150 questions.

Q.6 What is the educational qualification for the OTET examination?

Ans. The basic educational qualification for the OTET exam is to pass class XII with a minimum of 50% marks or possess a graduation degree in the field of education or special education. Candidates with a diploma in Elementary Education are also eligible to apply for the OTET exam.

Q.7 What is the salary range for OTET?

Ans. The OTET qualified candidate can earn a salary that ranges from INR 1.5 LPA to INR 2.3 LPA. The pay scale may increase depending upon ears of service or experience as a primary teacher.

Q.8 How to apply for OTET Examination?

Ans. It is important to stay updated regarding the OTET exam notifications. You can apply for the OTET exam by following the below-mentioned steps:

  • Navigate to the official website of BSE Odisha, i.e. www.bseodisha.ac.in.
  • Then, click on the active OTET application link available under the latest updates section.
  • Register yourself for OTET Paper-I or Paper-II.
  • Fill out the OTET application form using your registration ID and password. You must upload all the necessary documents and photographs as per the required size and format.
  • Then, pay the application fee through SBI debit card/net banking or Challan.
  • Lastly, submit the duly-filled OTET application form and take its printout for further use.

Q.9 Who is eligible for OTET?

Ans. The candidates who are eligible for the OTET exam are as follows –

  • The candidates who have successfully passed HSC Examination or any equivalent exam with Odia as a First, Second, or Third language subject.
  • The applicant must have passed 10+2 Higher Secondary Examination with a minimum of 50% marks or any equivalent exam with Odia as the First, Second, or the Third subject.
  • OTET aspirants must appear in the Odia Examination of Matriculation/HSC standard organized by the Board of Secondary Education, Odisha.
  • The candidate must have passed OSSTET in the concerned category or subject of the applicant.
  • The candidate with a three-year bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% or 4-year degree in Bachelor in Elementary Education, BA in Education, BSc in Education, BSc, BA, or BEd in special education is eligible for the OTET exam.
  • Candidates who belong to the reserved categories such as SC/ST/OBC/SEBC/PWD get a relaxation of 5%. 

Q.10 What is the OTET exam?

Ans. OTET stands for Odisha Teacher Eligibility Test. It is a State-level eligibility test for the candidates who wish to apply for the teacher recruitment drive in Odisha. The candidate who successfully clears the OTET exam gets an eligibility certificate from the Board of Secondary Education. They can apply for the teacher recruitment drive for Classes I-VIII in Government and private schools across Odisha.

Q.11 Is the OTET exam held every year?

Ans. Yes, the OTET exam is held every year. It is conducted once a year. This exam is conducted to analyze the eligibility of the applicants who wish to become primary teachers. The exam will be conducted per the state’s requirement and vacancy.

Q.12 Is the OTET certificate valid for a lifetime?

Ans. Initially, the OTET certificate was valid for 7 years. But, on 11 June 2022, NCTE has recently updated the OTET certificate’s validity from 7-years to lifetime. Thus, the candidates possessing an OTET certificate can apply for the teacher recruitment drive at any time.  



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