Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: Around 1,25,880 candidates appeared the Odisha Teacher Eligibility Test (OTET) 2021 conducted by the Board Of Secondary Education (BSE) at 491 exam centres across the State on Friday amid strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols.

The School and Mass Education Department has made elaborate arrangements to conduct a free and fair examination. The department has also taken steps to ensure social distancing and made masks mandatory for all the candidates and staff at the exam centres.

The candidates will attend two papers of the OTET viz- Paper-I And Paper-II in two shifts. The first shift will be held between 8 am to 10.30 am while the second sitting will begin from 12 pm and conclude at 2.30 pm.

OTET 2021 Syllabus

As per the NCTE guidelines, the questions in the Paper-I will be based on the syllabus from Classes 1 to 5 but their difficult level will be up to secondary stage. Similarly, the questions in the Paper-II will be based on the topics of the prescribed syllabus from Classes VI to VIII but their difficulty level will be up to senior secondary/higher secondary/ plus 2 stage.

All questions will be Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), each carrying one mark with four alternatives out of which one answer is correct. The question papers in non-language subjects shall be bilingual i.e. in Odia and English.

Following languages shall be offered in Language – I: Odia, Hindi, Telugu, Urdu, Bengali. The candidate has to choose any one of the above languages for Language-I subject whereas Language-II subject shall be English for all candidates. There shall be no negative marking.

About OTET

The OTET is a state-level examination that is conducted to determine the eligibility of candidates for teachers post. On qualifying the OTET exam, candidates will be appointed as teachers for Class I to VIII in government, private aided, private unaided schools across Odisha.

(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)