Admission Procedure

To apply for admission, obtain an application form and prospectus from OTI by post, or from our website ( Send the filled-in application form along with supporting documents (see below the list of supporting documents) and demand draft for Rs.100.00 drawn in favour of Olive Theological Institute, payable at Tiruvalla.

The full postal address of OTI for requesting material is:

The Registrar,
Olive Theological Institute,
Navajeevodayam Centre,
Post Box No.16, Tiruvalla - 689101, Kerala.
Email:, visit
Phone: +91 469 2636041(off.) Mob: +91 8281334546

Every year the due date for receiving completed applications along with Rs.100.00 is April 10th. The closing date for receiving completed applications with an additional late fee of Rs. 100.00 is April 20th.


Duly attested copies of all academic certificates and mark statements. Without them your application will not be processed.
The Reference Forms, duly filled by the persons you mentioned in your application, sealed in the envelopes provided for the purpose (These must not include parents, family members or any other close relatives). Make sure that they reach the office in time.
Your Testimony and call for ministry in your own words. This should include the following aspects - conversion experience, call for ministry, previous ministry experience and how you feel OTI would help to fulfill your call.
Copies of Ministry Experience Certificate (if any).
Two copies of your recent passport size photographs one pasted to the application and the other clipped to the form.
Attested Xerox copy of your Birth Certificate.
Attested copy of proof of identify to prove your citizenship (Electoral Identity Card / Ration Card / Passport / any other).
The Medical Certificate of Physical Fitness in the prescribed form enclosed in the prospectus along with copies of medical records. Non-disclosure of history of any past illnesses and medications will lead to cancellation of admission.
The Sponsorship Form, duly filled and signed with the official seal of the sponsoring individual or organization.
A Demand Draft towards the non-refundable application processing fee of Rs.100/- drawn in favour of Olive Theological Institute payable at Tiruvalla.

Entrance and Interview:

OTI requires entrance examinations and a personal interview with all applicants before deciding on admission. The interviews will be held at OTI in the 1st week of May (1st session) and in the 3rd week of May (Final session). The entrance exams are conducted after the students complete 2 weeks of academic orientation at OTI.

Qualifying Exams:

The Applicants who have graduated from non-ATA institutions and those from ATA institutions but with a minimum grade will need to take Qualifying Examinations which will take place in the 2nd week of June at OTI.


Those who are offered a place at OTI must confirm pay the registration fee (refer prospectus) at the time of admission.. Failure to pay the registration fee will result in cancellation of admission; the place will be given to the next in line. Registration, orientation and academic sessions for new students will be conducted from the 1st week of May.


OTI will accept only those whose requisite theological degrees are from colleges or seminaries accredited by the Asia Theological Association, or other institutions recognized by ATA. In other cases applicants may be required to take additional Qualifying examinations.


There are two semesters in our academic year.

First Semester::May to September
Second Semester::September to February
Christmas Break::10 days in December
Field Internship::Summer Break (one month)
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