Dilip Kumar

The Odisha government will extend the last date of application for Odisha Secondary School Teacher Eligibility Test (OSSTET) for recruitment of teachers in high schools.

School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash today hinted at an extension of the application date following protest by BEd students over the new rules of 200 marks in the language paper of OSSTET.

“Students today met over some issues in OSSTET. We are considering the problems raised by them. We will take all possible measures for the students so that no one will be deprived of the test. Steps are being taken to extend the last date of application by one or two days more,” Dash said.

The B.Ed (Bachelor of Education) students today protested the new policy of 200 marks in language paper in the recruitment test.

Notably, the government has made 200 marks in language paper mandatory in the OSSTET. 


Students might be deprived of the OSSTET and would not be eligible to apply over the new rule. Students today met the School and Mass Education Minister at the latter’s residence and submitted a memorandum protesting 200 marks criteria in language paper. 

They alleged that there was no provision of 200 marks in language papers in previously conducted OSSTET. 

The protesting students said that no student had ever faced 200 marks language paper in graduation after 2015. So, how can they appear for the exam now, they asked.

Meanwhile, the Minister said that the results of the annual Plus II examinations 2021 are likely to be announced by July 31.
Efforts are on to ensure that the results are published by July 31 as per the Supreme Court’s order, Dash told reporters.