OTET Exam 2023

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OTET 2023
OTET 2023

OTET stands for Odisha State Teacher Eligibility Test. OTET is conducted to elect teachers in Odisha State. This is a state-level examination. However, the official announcement for this year’s application process is yet to happen.

Candidates who have a degree in B.ED can apply for the OTET exam to get jobs in government and private schools in the state. Odisha Board Secondary Education (BSE) conducts this exam yearly to choose the candidates for government and private schools for Classes 1 to 8.

Exam NameOdisha Teacher Eligibility Test
Conducting BodyBoard of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha
Level of ExamState
Date of ExaminationTo be notified
Mode of ExaminationOffline
Language English and Odia

OTET 2023 Exam Dates

Since there is no official announcement from the officials, we have prepared a tentative date sheet according to last year’s exam dates. Scroll down below to know these dates:

Exam ParticularsDates
Applications Start onOctober 2023
Applications Close onTo be notified
Fee SubmissionTo be notified
Admit Card DateTo be notified
Exam DateTo be notified
Result DateTo be notified

Also Read: Sikkim TET 2023

OTET 2023 Exam Pattern

The OTET exam takes place in two parts-Paper I and Paper II. This is classified based on which class the candidate wishes to teach. Paper I is for Class I-V and Paper II is for Class VI-VIII. 

Paper I is 150 marks and lasts for about 150 minutes with objective-type questions. However, Paper II is for 90 marks that last for about 150 minutes. Paper I consists of English and Odia as mandatory subjects. 

To know the detailed information of both Papers, refer to the tables below:

Paper I

SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMarks
Language I(Hindi, Telegu, Bengali, Urdu, Odia)3030
Language II – English3030
Environmental Studies3030
Child Development3030

Paper II

SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMarks
Language I(Hindi, Telegu, Bengali, Urdu, Odia)3030
Language II – English3030
Child Development3030

OTET 2023 Syllabus

Candidates who are interested in giving the OTET exam should acquaint themselves with the syllabus in order for them to get a better understanding of what topics are to be covered during their preparation. The syllabus for both Paper I and Paper II is different and is discussed in detail below: 

OTET 2023 Paper I Syllabus

Child DevelopmentUnderstanding Early Childhood Development (focus on children at the primary level)
Concepts, ideas, and developmental stages of children
Understanding low child learns – different learning ways
Inclusive Education and Understanding young people with specific requirements
Teaching and learning strategies using a student-, learner-, and teacher-centred approach
Language ILearning Bengali, Odia, Urdu, Hindi, Telugu, and other languages at the elementary level
Principles for language instruction
Technique for enhancing reading comprehension and depth
Challenges and mistakes with language use in a school with a varied student population
Assessment of language proficiency and comprehensiveness: speaking, listening, reading, and writing – the creation of several test items
Analogies and contrasts
Reading two unread passages—one from prose and one from poetry—and answering comprehension, drama, inference, grammar, and verbal ability
Language IIEnglish Comprehension Instruction at the Elementary/Primary Level
Learning and evaluating English
Linguistic items
English language learning abilities
Evaluation of the language.
MathematicsTeaching Mathematics in Elementary Schools
Mensuration and measurement
Dimensional relationships and shapes
Mathematics teaching and learning strategies at the primary level
Number System and Number Operations
Patterns and Sequences, and Data Handling
Mathematics evaluation
Environmental StudiesEVS Concept Learning
Internal Human Body Systems
Health, Diseases, and Hygiene
Matter, Force, and Energy
Methods and Approaches in EV
EVS evaluation
Odisha’s and India’s Physical Characteristics
Odisha and India’s Freedom Struggle History

OTET 2023 Paper II Syllabus

Child DevelopmentChild Development Education (Focus on Upper Primary School Children)
Approaches to Curriculum Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
Language IOdia / Urdu / Hindi / Telugu / Bengali Language Elements
Upper Primary Level Teaching Language Odia / Urdu / Hindi / Telugu / Bengali
Famous literates’ contributions to the development of the Urdu, Odia, Hindi, Bengali, and Telugu languages
Language Evaluation
Items of Language
Language IIItems of Language
Upper Primary English Instruction
Language Development in English
Evaluation of the English Language
MathematicsUpper Primary Stage Mathematics
Arithmetic for Business
Methods and Approaches to Mathematics Teaching and Learning
Mathematics Evaluation
System of Numbers
Spatial Relationships and Shapes
ScienceScience MathLife
Science’s Characteristics
Science EvaluationT
he Physical Sciences
Methodologies and Approaches
Social StudiesGeography
History and Political Science
Social Studies Teaching Goals and Objectives
Social Science Evaluation
Political science and history
Methodologies and Approaches
The study of politics

OTET 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who are interested in giving the OTET exam must first ensure that they fulfil the eligibility criteria prescribed by the conducting body. There are two papers in the entrance exam. Some criteria are the same for both papers, but some also differ.  

Here is the list of common eligibility criteria for the OTET 2023 exam:

NationalityIndian and permanent domicile of Odisha
Number of AttemptsNo restriction in the age bracket
Work ExperienceNo work experience but should attend a training before joining

Educational Qualifications

Paper 1 

  • Higher secondary(with at least 50%) + 2-year diploma in Special Education (CT or D.EL.ED)
  • 45% in Class XII (according to NCTE) + 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education
  • Higher secondary (at least 50%)+ 2-year diploma in special education.

Paper 2

  • Graduation+ 2-year diploma in elementary education 
  • 50% in graduation + 1-year course in B.Ed
  • Grade point of at least 45% +1-year course in B.Ed that complies with NCTE
  • 50& in Class XII + 4-year course in B.El.Ed 
  • 50% in Class XII + 1-year course in B.Ed + B.A./ B.Sc, Ed or B.A. Ed./ B.Sc. Ed. 
  • 50% in graduation + 1-year course in B.Ed(Special education)

Application Process For OTET 2023 Exam

The application process for the OTET Exam is pretty simple when compared to the application for any other post. However, there are some documents which are needed to fill out the application form. Candidates should gather these documents beforehand to avoid any confusion.

Step 1: Click on the official website of BSE. and click on the latest registration available. 

Step 2: Enter all the registration details like name, password and email address etc.

Step 3: You will get the login details once you put in all these details.

Step 4: After getting the credentials, fill in the application form with all the details like your educational qualifications etc.

Step 5: Submit the application form and review it once again. Submit the application form finally and pay the application fees.

Step 6: You can also print the application form for future reference.

Application Fees

The application fees vary depending on the category of the candidate. Refer to the table below for detailed information:

Category Application Fees
General/OBCINR 500

OTET 2023 Admit Card

Conducting bodies usually release the admit card of an exam shortly before the examination. Candidates can follow the below steps to download the admit card:

Step 1: Visit the official website of the Odisha board. Find the application page and click on it.

Step 2: Click on the login option and log in with your credentials. You can then see an option to view and download the admit card for OTET 2023 exam. 

There are a lot of details that are mentioned in your admit card i.e name, category, and gender of the candidate. Candidates should verify this information to ensure there are no discrepancies. 

How to Prepare For OTET 2023?

Preparing for any exam incorporates a lot of factors. Success in the exam also depends on the books you are referring to, the practices you are using to prepare and the help from the previous year’s question paper. There is detailed information on all these factors below:

Best Books to Prepare 

For a better understanding of your syllabus, refer to these books. These books will cover all the topics in detail, whatever a student wants:

Child development and pedagogyDisha Publication
Arihant Publication
Language IGeeta Sahni Publication
Pearson Publication
Language IIArihant Publication
MathematicsDisha Publication
Wiley Publication
Environmental StudiesWiley Publication
Social StudiesSandeep Kumar
Arihant Publication
ScienceArihant Publication

Preparation Tips

The internet is often filled with tips which are irrelevant or often end up causing more chaos than clear confusion. Accordingly, we have compiled a few tips to prepare for this exam which will come in handy for the candidates preparing for the exam: 

1) Familiarize yourself with the syllabus and exam pattern: The best way to prepare for the OTET Exam is to become familiar with the syllabus and exam pattern. Read through past papers and practice sample questions to get an idea of what to expect in the exam.

2) Create a study plan: Decide on a study schedule which allows enough time for you to cover each topic thoroughly. Make sure to take regular breaks in between studying sessions to prevent burnout.

3) Utilize online resources: There are many online resources available such as study guides, practice tests and notes that can help you review for the OTET Exam. Take advantage of these resources as they can be extremely helpful in your preparation.

4) Take mock tests: Taking mock tests regularly will help you assess your knowledge on different topics and identify areas where you need improvement. It also helps build your confidence and increase your speed, so that you are better prepared for the actual exam.

Previous Year Question Papers

For candidates to perform their best in the exam, it would be best to practice some previous year’s question papers so that they can not only get an idea about the difficulty level and pattern of the exam but also get to know their strengths and weakness. Here are some of the previous year’s question papers which the candidates can use.

OTET 2023 Result

After the written exam, the results are declared on the official website of the board. There is a computerized mark sheet for every candidate. These are some of the steps to see your result:

Step 1: Visit the official website of BSE. 

Step 2: If the results are out, you will see a notification of OTET Result Out. Click on that tab.

Step 3: You will be redirected to the login page. Log in with your credentials i.e your Registration number and password. 

Step 4: You can view your result and also download it for future purposes. 

OTET 2023 Selection Process

To qualify for the OTET exam 2023, you must score 60% if you belong to the General category or 50% for Reserved Category, in the written examination. 

After clearing the written examination, candidates will also need to clear the Interview that is conducted to check the personality of the candidate. Candidates who clear both the written examination and interview will finally be selected and an announcement in this regard will be made on the official website.

OTET 2023 Cut-Off

Cutt-off of the OTET exam is calculated based on the number of applicants appearing, and the difficulty level of the exam. If the candidate scores more than the minimum qualifying marks, he/she will appear in the next round.

To check the cut-off marks for the OTET Exam, candidates should visit the official website of the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha. 

The minimum qualifying marks vary in different categories. Candidates, who are in the General category should score a minimum of 60%, whereas, the candidates in the reserved categories (SC/ST/SEBC/OBC/PH) should score a minimum of 50%. 


Who is eligible for the OTET 2023 exam?

The eligibility for OTET 2023 requires that candidates should be at least a graduate or should have done a diploma course with the minimum marks required.

How many marks should I score to at least pass the OTET 2023 exam?

The passing marks of the OTET exam 2023 are around 60% aggregate.

What is the age limit for the OTET 2023 exam? 

The age limit for OTET 2023 exam is not defined as such. There is no upper age limit set for OTET Exam 2023. However, you should be at least 21 years old on the date of application.

Is there any negative marking for the OTET Exam? 

No, there is no negative marking for the OTET exam 2023. The marking scheme is 1 mark for every correct answer. 

In this blog, we have discussed all the topics like eligibility, the application process, the selection process, and how to prepare for the OTET exam 2023. We hope that candidates interested in this exam find all the relevant information in this blog and this can help you ace the examination. 

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