Bhubaneswar: Amid Covid-19 surge in Odisha, the Odisha Teacher Eligibility Test (OTET)-2021 is being conducted in offline mode at 491 centres across the state on Friday.
A total of 1,25,880 students are appearing in the examination conducted by Board of Secondary Education (BSE) Odisha.
The School and Mass Education Department has made elaborate arrangements to conduct a free and fair examination in the district and sub-division levels.
The department has also taken steps to ensure social distancing and made masks mandatory for all the candidates and staff at the exam centres.
The candidates will appear for two papers of the OTET Paper-I And Paper-II in two shifts. The first shift will be held between 8 am to 10.30 am while the second shift will begin from 12 pm and conclude at 2.30 pm.
Earlier, Department Secretary Satyabrata Sahu wrote to the DGP, all district Collectors and Superintendents seeking cooperation for holding the exam. He directed them to instruct officials at the grassroots level to ensure that the exam is conducted in adherence to all COVID-19 guidelines, including mask-wearing and social distancing.
The OTET is a state-level examination that is conducted to determine the eligibility of candidates for teachers post.