Teaching Professionals Olympiad 2016

Teaching Professionals' Olympiad 2016

Last date to apply

October 25, 2016


Often we come across students crunching numbers and participating in several Olympiads. But this time, teachers will be seen answering challenging questions at a different kind of Olympiad called as the Teacher Professionals' Olympiad. The teachers will be rewarded for their competencies. Primarily it is for the school teachers or people entering this profession but any graduate applicant can appear in this Olympiad to understand their competency for Teaching.

  • TPO is quite different from the tests teachers take for regulatory requirements and it will be a 2 hours computer based test and registration fees of TPO single test track are Rs. 450.
  • Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) which acts as a catalyst in creating the path and opportunities for teachers is organising a first-of-its-kind national competition for teachers CENTA Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO) 2016 which is presented by The Hindu. 
    • Olympiad will be based on the CENTA draft teacher standards
    • The Hindu and Michael and Susan Dell Foundation are the primary partners for TPO 2016 and Varkey Foundation, HT Parekh foundation and Central square foundation are additional supporters. 

Latest Update: CENTA TPO Admit Card has been released for the exam to be conducted on Dec 3. 

  • The Olympiad is open to teachers across all boards, subjects, and classes and will be conducted on December 3, 2016 (Saturday) in the below-mentioned 22 cities. The Registrations for the Teachers Olympiad has opened on August 1, 2016. TPO will be conducted in three-time slots on the day of Olympiad.
Bengaluru Delhi Noida
Ahmedabad Gurugram Vijayawada
Bhubaneshwar Guwahati Udaipur
Chandigarh Hyderabad Patna
Chennai Indore Kochi
Coimbatore Jaipur Kolkata
Navi Mumbai Mumbai Madurai

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CENTA TPO Eligibility Criteria

Gender Any
Region All India
Class/ Age Minimum age: 18 years 
  • Nationality: Residents of India
  • Age Limit: Candidate should be at least 18 years old as on January 1, 2017
  • Academic Qualification: graduate in any discipline OR a diploma holder in Education
  • The Olympiad is primarily for teaching professionals at the school level i.e. the school teachers, supplemental teachers at a school level, and B.Ed./D.Ed./other teaching student/graduate entering the profession.
    • But if anyone who is interested in understanding his or her own teaching competencies is welcome to participate 


CENTA Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO) aims to reward, recognize and celebrate teachers and the teaching profession.

Cash Rewards from CENTA

Rank Holder


1st rank holder

INR 1,00,000 (one lakh)

2nd and 3rd rank holders

INR 50,000 (fifty thousand) each

4th to 10th rank holders

INR 10,000 (ten thousand) each

11th to 30th rank holders

INR 5,000 (five thousand) each

Special cash awards for the toppers of the TPO Challenger test tracks 

Rank Holder


1st rank holder

INR 1,00,000 (one lakh)

2nd and 3rd rank holders

INR 50,000 (fifty thousand) each

4th to 10th rank holders

INR 10,000 (ten thousand) each

International Conference Sponsorship

13 Winners including toppers of each of the 13 Subject Tracks (11 subject tracks plus two Challenger tracks) will be invited to attend one of the following two prestigious international conferences, with travel and accommodation expenses sponsored:

  • Global Education & Skills Forum (GESF) 2016, by Varkey Foundation, in March 2016 in Dubai.  

National Recognition and Career Opportunities

  • Each state topper to be profiled in The Hindu in early 2017.
  • A total of approximately 1000 winners will receive TPO Certificates from CENTA and be listed as winners on the TPO website.
    • Top 500 National Rank Holders
    • Top 20 State Rank Holders from each State/UT for which ranks are declared
    • Top 20 Subject Rank Holders from each of the 13 subject tracks.
  • Michael & Susan Dell Foundation will support the top 100 rank holders who work full-time in ‘affordable private schools’ (schools charging a student fee of less than Rs. 1500 per month), in taking up the full CENTA Certification, as ‘Social Impact Awards’

Co-Authoring a Book

  • Each of the following winners will be invited to write a chapter on great teaching practices (specific themes to be discussed later), for a book to be curated and published by Central Square Foundation!
    • Overall Top 10 national rank-holders.
    • Subject Topper for each of the 11 subject tracks.
    • 1st, 2nd and 3rd rank holders of each of the two Challenger tracks.
    • Five additional winners serving in tough socio-economic settings, as decided by a panel.

TPO Certificate for your School / Organization

  • Each school or organization which has winners in TPO 2016 (500 National Rank Holders, 20 State Rank Holders from each State/UT, 20 Subject Rank Holders from each of the 13 subject tracks*) will receive a TPO Certificate, with details about the number of the winners.

Other Benefits

  • One-year free subscription to The Hindu to the Top 50 National Rank Holders!
  • Each participant of TPO 2016 will receive a Confidential ‘Personalized Performance Report’, with detailed scores, overall and topic-wise.
  • Schools, institutes or organizations with 10 or more teachers participating will get a confidential ‘School/Organization Report’, WITHOUT individual teacher information, which we hope will help inform your overall professional development efforts.

CENTA TPO Application form and Process

Candidates have to apply Online at the official website of CENTA TPO 2016 presented by the Hindu. Application Process begins on August 1, 2016, at 9.00 a.m. IST and will end on October 25, 2016. 

If the Teacher's Olympiad is not being conducted in your city, then you can choose the nearest city for the exam. The participant has to bear the travelling and accommodation cost by themselves to appear in the exam.

Steps for Filling the Application Form

  • STEP 1: Personal details: Candidates will receive an application number for login on successful completion of the step.
  • STEP 2: Professional Details
  • STEP 3: Test Details: Candidates can choose the city. They can also give their preference of location within each city and time slot
  • STEP 4: Fee Submission: Candidates are required to pay on-refundable Application Fee via any one of the modes discussed below:
    • Mode 1: Online (Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking)
    • Mode 2: Demand Draft/ Cash Deposit (Nearest HDFC Bank Branch)
    • Mode 3: Courier the demand draft to the address given below on this page.

Application Form Fees

  • TPO Single Test Track: Rs 450
  • TPO Challenger Test: Rs 750

Note: Any group of 10 or more participating teachers from the same school or organisation, who are participating together, can go for a common registration and payment through the ‘Institutional Registration’ option.

CENTA TPO Admit Card

The admit card for CENTA TPO has been released by CENTA for the exam to be conducted on December 3, 2016. You can download the admit card for the exam by entering your username. (Download Admit Card). This is a compulsory document and should be brought on the day of the exam.

CENTA TPO Selection Process

  • Duration of the Exam: The two-hour Computer Based test will have objective type questions including practical competencies of teaching in an innovative manner, through situation responses.
  • Time Slots: TPO will be conducted in 3-time slots 9 AM to 11:15 AM, 12 Noon to 2:15 PM and 3 PM to 5:15 PM, however, TPO Challenger test is available in only 3rd-time slot.
    • The participants can give their  preference of location within each city and time slot 

TPO Exam Pattern

The questions will be based on the below mentioned three standards.

  • There are no sectional time limits and you can attempt the sections in any order
  • Standard: There are easy, moderate and difficult questions, with different marks for each
  • There is no Negative Marking
  • Mode: Computer-based test


No. of Questions 

Marks Allotted

Subject Expertise (including pedagogy or teaching methods) (Specific to your subject track)



Classroom Practice and Professional Competencies (Common for all subject tracks)



Logical Ability and Communication (Common for all subject tracks)



Total Questions/Marks



Candidates can choose from one of nine tracks mentioned below for TPO 2016, based on the area of interest

  • Primary (all subjects)
  • Middle School English
  • Middle School Maths
  • Middle School Science
  • High School English
  • High School Maths
  • High School Physics
  • High School Chemistry
  • High School Biology.


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CENTA TPO Contact Details

Helpline Number for Teacher's Olympiad  - +91-8880390557
E-mail- TPO-Helpdesk@centa.org, team@CENTA.org

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