OSSTET Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Selection Process

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OSSTET Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Selection Process

Introduction:  The Odisha Secondary School Teacher Eligibility Test, or OSSTET, is a mandatory eligibility test used to determine candidates' eligibility to teach in government/government-aided schools in Odisha. The Odisha Board of Secondary Education (BSE) administers the exam. OSSTET is administered once a year. The OSSTET exam is a qualifying exam. The exam makes it easier to hire teachers of Education and Physical Education. It is divided into two categories: category 1 is for education teachers and category 2 is for physical education teachers.

Highlights:  The Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha has released the OSSTET 2021 notification for the second phase. There has been a release of the OSSTET application form 2021 for the second phase. Candidates who meet the OSSTET eligibility requirements can apply online now for the exam, which will be held between November 12 and 20, 2021. To fill out the form, General and SEBC candidates must pay an application fee of INR 500, while SC and ST candidates must pay INR 300. The second phase of the Odisha Secondary School Teacher Eligibility Test (OSSTET) exam date will be announced soon.

Important Dates for OSSTET 2021 (2nd Phase) and OSSTET 2022

Notification Release date 12th November, 2021
Application process begins 12th November, 2021
Deadline to Apply 20th November, 2021
OSSTET Admit Card Dec-21
OSSTET Exam Date December 2021/January 2022
Result Date Available soon


OSSTET 2022 (Tentative)

Application Form Availability for OSSTET 2022 Sep-22
Deadline to submit the application form Sep-22
Deadline for Payment of application fee Sep-22
Release of Admit card Nov-22
OSSTET 2022 Exam Date Jan-23
Result Date Announced Feb-23


Exam Center

OSSTET exam centers are located throughout the state. Below is a list of the exam center names:

  • Angul
  • Kandhamal
  • Balasore
  • Kendrapara
  • Baragarh
  • Keonjhar
  • Bhadrak
  • Khurda
  • Bolangir
  • Koraput
  • Boudh
  • Malkangiri
  • Cuttack
  • Mayurbhanj
  • Dehenkanal
  • Nabarangpur
  • Deogarh
  • Nayagarh
  • Gajapati
  • Nuapara
  • Ganjam
  • Puri
  • Jagatsinghpur
  • Rayagada
  • Jajpur
  • Sambalpur
  • Jharsuguda
  • Sonpur
  • Kalahandi
  • Sundargarh


Cut Off

Applicants in Odisha must pass the OSSTET eligibility test in order to obtain an OSSTET certification. Each paper must be passed with marks exceeding the prescribed qualifying marks. In order to qualify for the examination, candidates need to score higher than the prescribed cut-off marks decided by the board. Cut-off marks are determined category-wise by the board. Passing the exam will not be possible for candidates who score less than the fixed cut-off marks in their respective category. Check OSSTET 2021 cut-off marks details below:

    Cut-off marks/ Qualifying Marks

SC/ST 50%
All Candidates 60%

Please note that simply passing the OSSTET examination will not qualify candidates for recruitment or appointment at any government or government-aided school. A candidate should satisfy this eligibility criteria in order to become a secondary teacher. Recruiting authorities determine whether a candidate meets the eligibility requirements for appointment.

Selection Process

The OSSTET selection procedure is divided into the following stages:

  • OSSTET Application Form: This is an entirely online application process.  Online applications must be submitted through the board's official website, and the application process includes registration and payment of the application fee.
  • OSSTET Admit Card: Prior to the exam, the OSSTET admit card is made available online. One week before the exam, candidates can download their OSSTET admit card from the official website. Before the examination, all candidates must obtain a downloaded and printed copy of their respective admit cards.
  • OSSTET Exam: The state-level OSSTET exam is held to determine the eligibility of secondary teachers in Odisha's government and government-aided schools. It is divided into two categories: Category 1 (Paper 1) is for Education Teachers and Category 2 (Paper 2) is for Physical Education Teachers.
  • OSSTET Result: The OSSTET result is announced shortly after the assessment process is completed. Those who achieve the minimum qualifying marks are awarded the TET qualifying certificate, which is valid until the candidate reaches the upper age limit for teacher recruitment.


Q1. How many subjects are covered by the OSSTET exam?

Ans. The OSSTET is held for seven subjects: TGT (Science – PCM/ CBZ), TGT Arts, Hindi Teacher, Classical Teacher – Urdu, Telegu, and Sanskrit, and Physical Education teachers.

Q2. What kind of questions are asked in the OSSTET exam?

Ans. OSSTET paper I and paper II are exams in which objective or multiple-choice questions (MCQs) are asked.

Q3. How does the OSSTET application process work?

Ans. The OSSTET application is completed online. To take the OSSTET exam, candidates must apply online at the official website.

Q4. What topics are covered in classical Indian language sections?

Ans. Questions will be asked from respective subjects for classical Indian language teachers, in addition to common subjects such as languages and child pedagogy.

Q5. What is the minimum OSSTET qualifying percentage?

Ans. To be considered TET qualified, candidates must achieve a score of 60 percent or higher on the OSSTET examination.