Formats, Subjects, Syllabus

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 s. Based on the tremendous response for the first edition, this second edition TPO 2016 is being held in 22 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.

Ranks and Prizes

Ranks to be declared

National Ranks 1 to 500
Subject Ranks 1 to 50 per subject track
Regional Ranks 1 to 50 per region
City Ranks (only for cities with large participation) 1 to 10 per city
TPO Challenger 1 to 50 per challenger track

* All ranks are subject to meeting a certain cut-off score

** Place of residence (NOT test centre) will be used for Regional and City ranks.


What are the prizes? Who all get them?
Certificates and Career Opportunities
  • TPO Certificates for all Rank-Holders.
  • All Schools, Organizations, B.Ed. colleges and other TEIs with any rank-holder to receive TPO Certificates.
  • Profiles of winning B.Ed. students to be shared with schools in the region.
  • Profiles of B.Ed. colleges / other TEIs with winners to be shared with schools in the region.
  • 50 rank-holders from government and affordable private schools to receive scholarship from Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to pursue CENTA Certification ('Social Impact Awards').
  • 100+ Cash AwardsCash Awards to be won
  • 50 National Rank Holders
  • Rank 1: INR 1 Lakh
    Rank 2&3: INR 50,000
    Rank 4 to 10: INR 10,000
    Rank 11 to 50: INR 5,000
  • 30 Challenger Track Rank Holders (for each of the 3 Challenger tracks)
  • Rank 1: INR 1 Lakh
    Rank 2&3: INR 50,000
    Rank 4 to 10: INR 10,000
  • 22 Winners from B.Ed. Colleges/other TEIs
  • Top 2 winners INR 50,000
    Next 20 winners INR 5,000
    *In case you are eligible for two cash awards, you will receive only the higher one and not both.
    National Recognition in The Hindu Profiles of 25 Regional Rank holders to be published in the The Hindu group of publications
    50 National Rank holders to receive a one-year free subscription to The Hindu newspaper
    International Conference Sponsorship, Dubai 17 winners to attend Global Education & Skills Forum, by Varkey Foundation in Dubai, with airfare and accommodation sponsored.
  • 14 Subject Track Toppers (Rank 1 of each TPO subject track)
  • 3 Challenger Track Toppers (Rank 1 of each TPO Challenger track)
  • Co-author a Book facilitated by Central Square Foundation 38 winners to co-author a book along with winners of TPO 2018
  • Top 10 National Rank Holders
  • 14 TPO Subject Track Toppers
  • 9 Challenger Track Toppers (Top 3 rank holders of each of the 3 Challenger Tracks)
  • 5 winners serving in tough socio-economic setting (Social Impact Awards)
  • Sponsored two-week International Program at Oxford University 2 English Challenger Track Winners to attend Oxford English Language Teachers' Academy Masterclass at Oxford University
    Training Sponsorship by Oxford University Press 16 English Challenger Track Winners
  • Rank 3 to 6: Sponsored for Oxford Teachers' Academy Online training program in partnership with Oxford University
  • Rank 7 to 16: Sponsorsed for Online Teacher Training Program
  • Tablets 9 Regional Language Subject Track Winners (Ranks 1,2,3 in each of Hindi, Tamil and Telugu) to receive an Electronic Tablet
    Dell PCs for Schools and B.Ed. CollegesTop 5 schools and Top 5 B.Ed. colleges with the highest number of rank holders to get a Dell PC each

    For specific prizes – international conference sponsorship, Top 10 cash awards, profiling in The Hindu group of publications and contributing to a book – we have placed a restriction for those who won these in TPO 2016. The winners of these prizes, in case they eligible for the same prize this year via their participation in the same subject track will not be eligible for the prize. However, there is no restriction with respect to scoring and ranking – they will compete normally with all the participants of the current year and can get any rank as per their score.