CENTA Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO) is a first-of-its-kind national competition to reward, recognize and celebrate teachers and also the first step towards the CENTA Certificates. Based on the tremendous response for the first edition, this second edition TPO 2016 is being held in 23 cities across India, with 11 subject tracks plus two Challenger tracks offered! TPO 2016 is supported by The Hindu, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Varkey Foundation, HT Parekh Foundation (HDFC) and Central Square Foundation.

CENTA Standards

TPO 2016 is based on the Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) Standards, a set of well-defined competencies for teachers. TPO will cover a subset of the CENTA Standards and interested candidates can go through the practical assessment post the TPO to attain the full CENTA Certificates.

Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) offers Level 1, 2 and 3 Certificates for new, experienced and senior teachers respectively, aiming to create a career path and opportunities for teachers, and serving as a pointer for schools in their recruiting and professional development efforts. TPO is common for teachers of all experience levels.

Format, Syllabus & Tracks

CENTA Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO) is a two-hour objective multiple choice test, including practical competencies of teaching in an innovative manner, through situation responses. TPO is a computer-based test – but do not worry if you are not used to computers; the interface is very simple and user-friendly, as last year’s participants also confirmed! TPO 2016 will have three sections with the following scoring pattern. There are no sectional time limits and you can attempt the questions in any order. Different questions have different marks. There is no negative marking.

Section Allocation of Marks Approximate number of questions
Subject Expertise (including pedagogy or teaching methods) (Specific to your subject track) 35 22
Classroom Practice and Professional Competencies (Common for all subject tracks) 45 28
Logical Ability and Communication (Common for all subject tracks) 20 14
Total 100 marks Approx. 64 questions

While the second and third sections are common for all subject tracks, the first section differs based on subject track. TPO 2016 offers 11 Subject Tracks plus two Challenger tracks to choose from, based on your area of interest (please note this may or may not be the subject that you are currently teaching, and is entirely your choice). The Primary Track is available in both English and Hindi mediums, while the rest are in English medium.

Primary – English medium
(English, Maths, EVS together)

Primary – Hindi medium
(Hindi, Maths, EVS together, all in Hindi)
Middle School English
Middle School Maths
Middle School Maths Challenger
Middle School Science
Middle School Science Challenger
Middle School Social Science
High School English
High School Maths
High School Physics
High School Chemistry
High School Biology

Please note that in Middle School Maths and Middle School Science, you have the option of ‘TPO Challenger’, where you will need to take the main two-hour test in that track and then take an additional section for another 1 hour, after a short break. To know more about TPO Challenger, click here.

Most TPO participants register for one test track. However, you can choose register for a maximum of three by selecting appropriately in the ‘Test details’ page of the registration form and paying corresponding registration fees.

Click here to download a broad Syllabus for TPO 2016. Click here to download a few Sample Questions for TPO 2016. Registered participants will also be able to download a few more sample questions later.

TPO Challenger

TPO Challenger is an in-depth test of subject expertise as well as classroom practice in the context of the particular subject, and is additional testing to the TPO. TPO Challenger is meant for teachers who are passionate about their subject and is designed to challenge the test taker. The concept of TPO Challenger is based on detailed analysis of the test results of TPO 2015 as well as the insight from participant surveys and expert input. The test design is based on further research and rigour. The TPO Challenger tests have been created for teachers who are keen to go deep into teaching methods in the subject and hopes to identify ‘master teachers in the subject’. This year, we are offering TPO Challenger only in two subject tracks, Middle School Maths and Middle School Science, with plans of adding other subject tracks in future years.

TPO Challenger will run from 3:00 to 6:30 P.M. on the same day as the TPO (December 3rd) and will be available in all TPO centres. TPO Challenger is a 3-hour test with a 15-minute break in-between

  • 3 to 5 P.M.: Same test as the regular TPO in that subject track
  • 5 to 5.15 P.M.: Break
  • 5.15 to 6.15 P.M.: In-depth test for Challenger participants
  • 6.15 to 6.30 P.M.: Feedback survey.

TPO Challenger test registration fee is Rs. 750 (this includes registration fee for the 'TPO' as well as registration fee for the 'Challenger' test). While Challenger winners will be eligible for all the prizes of TPO, as recognition of subject expertise, there are also additional prizes exclusively for TPO Challenger – including a Rs. 1 lakh cash award for the topper of each of the two Challenger tracks, inclusion of the top three ranks of each of the Challenger tacks in the co-authoring of the book, and so on.

Click here to download a broad Syllabus for TPO Challenger.

If you are interested in registering for TPO Challenger, in the ‘Test details’ page of the registration form, select ‘Middle School Maths Challenger’ or ‘Middle School Science Challenger’ as your test track.

Date, Locations, Time Slots, Fees

Date: CENTA Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO) 2018 will be held on December 8th (Saturday).

Locations: Test centres in 31 cities across India

Navi Mumbai
Margao (Goa)

+ 2 International centre : Dubai and Abu Dhabi in UAE

* Both in-station and out-station participants need to take care of their own travel and other arrangements and expenses.

Time slots for TPO 2018 :

  • 9 AM to 11 AM
  • 12 Noon to 2 PM
  • 3 PM to 5 PM

* However, some of the Subject Tracks may not be available in all the time slots (details in the registration form).


  • TPO (India) - INR 500 (including GST)
  • TPO (Dubai) - Please click here for details.