The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has announced the exam time-table for Secondary School Certificate (SSC, class X) and exam dates for Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC, class XII) for the academic year 2016.
The announcement of the exam dates by the Maharashtra State Board is almost 2 months late.
The dates for the practical, oral and graded exams will be informed to the schools and junior colleges by the board days ahead of examination.
For the past few years the MSBSHSE had been announcing the time table in the month of July giving students enough time to plan out their preparation for the board exam. However, with a few pattern changes, this year the announcement of the timetable was delayed.
MSBSHSE conducts the HSC and SSC examinations through its nine divisional boards in Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Latur, Aurangabad, Amravati, Nasik, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri.
In the SSC examination held in March this year, the highest pass percentage was recorded by Konkan division, at 96.54 percent, next was Kolhapur with 95.12 percent. Pune stood third with 95.10 percent, and Mumbai was fourth with 92.90 percent. Continuing the trend, girls had outperformed boys once again. The girl students achieved a pass percentage of 92.94 percent, while they boys got 90.18 percent.
This year, over 17.3 lakh students appeared for the Class 10 examination, which was conducted at 343 centres across the state. The exams began on March 3 and concluded on March 26. The students were tested on subjects under Science and Technology, Social Science, Mathematics, Languages and Information Communication Technology.
Also, the state saw an increase in the number of schools having a 100 percent pass record, with a total of 4,731 schools stating that all their students passed. The number of schools reporting zero pass percentage has also reduced to 21 this year.