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Eligibilty Criteria

It is important to check the eligibility before applying for the OTET Exam. Here, we have provided complete details about the OTET Eligibility criteria. The candidates must have the prescribed educational qualifications and must fulfil the criteria to apply for the OTET Exam.

OTET Eligibility: Paper-I (Primary Level Teachers for Classes I-V)

Candidates who fulfil any one of the criteria mentioned below are eligible to write OTET Paper-I (for Primary Class I-V).

  • A minimum aggregate of 50% in 10+2 Exams (45% for Reserved category) and a 2-year Diploma in elementary education (in accordance with CT or DElEd).
  • A minimum aggregate of 45% in 10+2 Exams(40% for Reserved category) and a 2-year Diploma in elementary education (in accordance with NCTE).
  • A minimum aggregate of 50% in 10+2 (45% for Reserved category) and a 4-year Diploma in BElEd.
  • A minimum aggregate of 50% in 10+2 Exams (45% for Reserved category) and a 2-year Diploma in Special Education.
  • Candidates should have cleared their graduation in any stream or field and possess a 2-year Diploma in Special Education/ Elementary education.

OTET Eligibility: Paper-II (Secondary Level Teachers for Classes VI-VIII)

Candidates who fulfil any one of the following criteria mentioned below are eligible to write OTET Paper-II (for Secondary level-Class VI-VIII):

  • A minimum aggregate of 50% in 10+2 Exams (45% for Reserved category) and a 1-year course in Bachelor of Education (B.Ed).
  • A minimum aggregate of 45% in 10+2 Exams(40% for Reserved category) and a 1-year course in Bachelor of Education (B.Ed).
  • A minimum aggregate of 50% in 10+2 Exams (45% for Reserved category) and a 1-year course in Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) Special Education.
  • A minimum aggregate of 50% in 10+2 Exams (45% for Reserved category) and possess a 4-year course in BA Special Education or B.Sc. Special Education.
Exam Pattern

The OTET exam consists of two papers- Paper-I and Paper-II. Each paper carries 150 marks with a duration of 2.5 hours each. The mode of exam for both papers is offline (pen and paper-based). Details regarding the number of questions and marking scheme in the OTET exam pattern are provided below.

OTET Paper-I Exam Pattern for Primary Level

  • Paper-I consists of 150 objective multiple-choice questions.
  • Each question carries one mark and there is no negative marking for any sections of the paper.
  • No optional sections are allowed and hence it is compulsory for the students to attend all the sections.

The number of questions and the marking scheme for each subject is as follows.

Subject Number of Questions Marks
Child Development & Pedagogy 30 30
Language-I (Odia/ Urdu/ Hindi/ Telugu/ Bengali) 30 30
Language-II (English) 30 30
Mathematics 30 30
Environmental studies 30 30
Total 150 150

OTET Paper-II Exam Pattern for Secondary Level

  • The paper-II pattern is almost similar to that of Paper-I, consisting of 150 multiple choice questions for a duration of 150 minutes.
  • Each question carries 1 mark and there is no negative marking.
  • In paper-II candidates have the choice to attempt either ‘Mathematics and Science’ or ‘Social Science’.

The number of questions and the marking scheme for each subject is as follows.

Subject Number of Question Marks
Child Development & Pedagogy 30 30
Language-I (Odia/ Urdu/ Hindi/ Telugu/ Bengali) 30 30
Language-II (English) 30 30
Mathematics and Science Or Social Science
  • 30 from Mathematics
  • 30 from Science

Or

  • 30 from History and Political Science
  • 30 from Geography
60
Total 150 150
Syllabus

The syllabus for OTET will be prescribed by the BSE and is divided into two papers- Paper-I (for Classes I-V) and Paper-II (for Classes VI-VIII). The Paper-wise OTET Syllabus is elaborated in detail below.

OTET Paper-I Exam Syllabus

There are 5 sections in this paper of OTET. The section-wise syllabus for OTET Paper-I is tabulated here.

Subject Pedagogy and Syllabus
Child Development & Pedagogy
  • Concept of Inclusive Education and Understanding Children with special needs
  • Understanding Child Development during
  • Understanding the Learning Process and Learners
  • Childhood (focuses especially on children at the primary level)
  • Approaches to Learning and Teaching
  • Assessment and Evaluation
Language-I (Odia/ Urdu/ Hindi/ Telugu/ Bengali)
  • Language items
  • Learning Odia / Urdu / Hindi / Telugu / Bengali at elementary level.
  • Teaching, Reading and Writing Skills
  • Language Comprehension
  • Assessment of learning Odia / Urdu / Hindi / Telugu /Bengali
Language-II (English)
  • Learning English at the Elementary/Primary Level
  • English Comprehension
  • English Learning and Assessing
  • Language items
  • Skills in learning the English language
  • Assessment of the language.
Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education in Elementary Schools
  • Measurement and mensuration
  • Shapes and spatial relationships
  • Methods and approaches to Teaching-Learning Mathematics at primary level
  • Number System and Operation in Numbers
  • Data Handling, Patterns and Sequences
  • Assessment in Mathematics
Environmental studies
  • Concept learning in EVS
  • Health, Diseases, and Hygiene
  • Internal Systems of Human Body
  • Matter, Force, and Energy
  • Methods and Approaches in EVS
  • Assessment in EVS
  • Governance
  • Physical Features of Odisha and India
  • History of Freedom Struggle in Odisha and India

OTET Paper-II Exam Syllabus

In paper-II also, there are 5 sections. However, there is a choice in the 5th section.The section-wise syllabus for the OTET Paper-II is as follows.

Subject Pedagogy and Syllabus
Child Development & Pedagogy
  • Learning
  • Child Development (Focus on Upper Primary School Children)
  • Curriculum Teaching-Learning Approaches and Evaluation.
Language-I (Odia/ Urdu/ Hindi/ Telugu/ Bengali)
  • Elements of Odia / Urdu / Hindi / Telugu / Bengali Language
  • Learning Odia / Urdu / Hindi / Telugu / Bengali at Upper Primary Level
  • Teaching Language
  • Contribution of famous literates for development of Urdu / Odia / Hindi / Bengali/ Telugu language
  • Assessment of Language
  • Language Items
Language-II (English)
  • Language Items
  • Learning English at Upper Primary Level
  • Comprehension
  • Development of English Language Skills
  • Assessment of learning the English Language
Mathematics
  • Mathematics at Upper Primary Stage
  • Algebra
  • Commercial Arithmetic
  • Methods and Approaches to Teaching-Learning Mathematics
  • Evaluation in Mathematics
  • Number System
  • Shapes and Spatial Relationship
Science
  • Life Science
  • Nature of Science
  • Evaluation in Science
  • Physical Science
  • Methods and Approaches
Social Science
  • Geography
  • History and Political Science
  • Aims and Objectives of Teaching Social Studies
  • Evaluation in Social Science
  • History and Political Science
  • Methods and Approaches
  • Political Science

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