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 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.

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

What is Challenger and in which subject track was it offered?

  • An in-depth test of subject expertise, meant for teachers who have deep interest in their subject.
  • TPO Challenger 2017 was offered in three subject tracks:
    1. Middle School English Challenger
    2. Middle School Mathematics Challenger
    3. Middle School Science Challenger

How long was the Challenger for?

TPO Challenger was a 3 hour 30 minutes test.

3 to 5 P.M. Same test as the regular TPO in the chosen subject track
5 to 5:15 P.M. Break
5:15 to 6:45 P.M. In-depth test for Challenger participants

PLEASE NOTE registration was not required for both the main TPO and the Challenger in the SAME subject, since the main TPO was automatically included in the Challenger.

Eligibility and Registration

CENTA Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO) 2016 is open to everyone who is:

  • At least 18 years of age (as on January 1st, 2017)
  • A graduate in any discipline OR a diploma holder in Education.

TPO is primarily intended for teaching professionals at the school level – that is, school teachers and principals, supplemental teachers at school level, teacher educators and B.Ed./D.Ed./other students entering the profession. However, anyone who is interested in understanding his or her own teaching competencies is welcome to participate, as long as the two criteria above are met. This could include professional fellows in teaching, part-time volunteers, parents involved with their children’s education and others exploring this interest. Please note that some of the prizes will be restricted to teaching professionals. However, everyone who participates will get a personalized confidential report and 500 to 800 declared ‘winners’ will also get ranks and TPO Certificates.

The registration fee for TPO for a single test track is Rs. 450 (inclusive of 15% service tax and all other charges). The registration fee for TPO Challenger is Rs. 750 all-inclusive. Payment can be made online, in which case the Registration Confirmation will be available immediately. In case online payment is not possible for you, we are also providing options of making a Demand Draft deposit or cash deposit in any HDFC Bank branch close to your location, or couriering a Demand Draft to us.

Any group of 10 or more participating teachers from the same school or organization, who are paying together, can do a common registration and payment through the ‘Institutional Registration’ option.

Registration is a simple 4-step process, seeking Personal, Professional and Test related details, followed by payment.

Date, Locations, Time Slots

CENTA TPO 2016 will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 in 22 cities across the country:

Navi Mumbai

This is a significant increase from TPO 2015 which was held in seven cities! Given the tremendous response of teachers from across the country – TPO 2015 saw teachers travelling from close to 300 cities/towns/villages to one of the seven cities – we are now offering the test in 22 cities. Once again, both in-station and out-station participants need to take care of their own travel and other arrangements and expenses. Please look at the list carefully and choose the city you would like to participate in, while filling the registration form.

TPO 2016 will be conducted in three time slots: 9 AM to 11:15 AM, 12 Noon to 2:15 PM and 3 PM to 5:15 PM. However, some of the Subject Tracks may not be available in all the slots – once you choose your Subject Track in the registration form, the time slots available for that Subject Track will be shown, and you can provide your preference (though the final allocation will be made at CENTA’s discretion). TPO Challenger is available in only the third time slot and will run from 3 PM to 6:30 PM.