Should I apply for OPT when my passport has validity of less than 6 months?


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My passport is in the renewal process and has a validity of less than 6 months(Expiring in May). To apply for OPT is it mandatory to have 6 months of passport validity? My concern is if I wait for a new passport to arrive, to apply for OPT, approval will take more time given the backlog of USCIS due to pandemics.
The Indian embassy is also backlogged and I am expecting to receive the new passport by end of March.
Any help/advice is appreciated.