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CENTA TPO Teaching Professionals' Olympiad 2017

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CENTA Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO) is open to teachers across all boards, subjects, and classes. It is open to teachers of government and private schools.This is the third edition of CENTA TPO 2017 and is being held in 28 cities across India and an additional centre in Dubai, with 14 subject tracks plus three Challenger tracks offered.TPO 2017 is supported by The Hindu. CENTA TPO will be conducted on 9 December 2017. TPO will be conducted in three-time slots on the day of Olympiad. The Registrations for the Teachers Olympiad has opened on 20 July 2017.

CENTA TPO 2017 Dates


Events Dates
Registration Open on 20 July 2017
Ends in Last Week of October
CENTA TPO Exam Date 9 December 2017
CENTA TPO Result January 2018

CENTA TPO is an objective test for Teachers. The Test will be divided into 3 sections

  • Subject Expertise
  • Classroom Practice and Professional Competencies
  • Logical Ability and Communications

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.
  • Olympiad will be based on the CENTA draft teacher standards.The Hindu and Michael and Susan Dell Foundation are the primary partners for TPO 2017 and Varkey Foundation, Central Square Foundation are additional supporters. 

Test Track Options for Teachers

Candidates can choose from one of nine tracks mentioned below for TPO 2017, based on the area of interest

  1. Primary (Includes English, Maths, EVS )
  2. Primary (Includes Hindi, Maths, EVS (all in Hindi))
  3. Primary (Includes Tamil, Maths, EVS (all in Tamil)
  4. Primary (Includes Telugu, Maths, EVS (all in Telugu
  5. Middle School English
  6. Middle School Maths
  7. Middle School Science
  8. Middle School Social Studies
  9. High School English
  10. High School Maths
  11. High School Physics
  12. High School Chemistry
  13. High School Biology.
  14. High SChool Economics

Challenger Tracks

  1. Middle School English Challenger
  2. Middle School Maths Challenger
  3. Middle School Social Science Challenger

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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 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

Special cash awards for students pursuing a degree in education (BEd)

  • 1st, 2nd rank holders from Teacher Education Institutes/B.Ed. Colleges: The cash award of INR 50,000 (fifty thousand) each.
  • The next 20 rank holders: a Cash award of INR 5000 (five thousand) each.

International Conference Sponsorship

The toppers of each of the 17 Subject Tracks (14 subject tracks plus three 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) 2018, by Varkey Foundation, in March 2018 in Dubai.  

National Recognition and Career Opportunities

  • The State Toppers will be profiled in The Hindu in early 2018.
  • 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 17 subject tracks.
  • Michael & Susan Dell Foundation will support the top 50 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 17 subject tracks.
    • 1st, 2nd and 3rd rank holders of each of the three 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 2017 (500 National Rank Holders, 20 State Rank Holders from each State/UT, 20 Subject Rank Holders from each of the 17 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 2017 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 2017 presented by the Hindu. Application Process begins on 20 July 2017, at 9.00 a.m. IST and will end on the last week of October 2017. For Dubai Test centre registration starts in August.

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
  • 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: Courier the demand draft/ cheque to the address given below on this page.

Application Form Fees

  • TPO Single Test Track: Rs. 450
  • TPO Challenger Test: Rs. 950

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 2017 Test Centres


Bengaluru Delhi Noida
Ahmedabad Gurugram Vijayawada
Bhubaneshwar Guwahati Udaipur
Chandigarh Hyderabad Patna
Chennai Indore Kochi
Coimbatore Jaipur Kolkata
Navi Mumbai Mumbai Madurai
Lucknow Margao (Goa) Pune 
Shimla Trivandrum Varanasi

CENTA TPO International Test Center: Dubai

CENTA TPO Admit Card

The admit card for CENTA TPO has been released by CENTA for the exam to be conducted on 9 December 2017. 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 AM, 12 Noon to 2 PM and 3 PM to 5 PM, however, TPO Challenger test is available in the only 3rd-time slot and will run from 3 PM to 6:45 PM.
    • 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. The selective negative marking may be there in the TPO Challenger Round.
  • Mode: Computer-based test


No. of Questions 

Marks Allotted

Subject Expertise (including knowledge, conceptual understanding, 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




CENTA TPO Contact Details

No. 12, Third Floor, 80 Edifice, 
No. 2906-2907, HAL II Stage, 
80 feet road, Indiranagar, 
near the junction of Jeevan Bhima Nagar towards Kodihalli, 
Bengaluru- 560008

E-mail- TPO-Helpdesk@centa.org, team@CENTA.org

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