On September 3, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) released the schedule for the Secondary School Certificate (Class 10) and the Higher Secondary Certificate (Class 12) examinations, which will be conducted in 2016.
According to the timetable published online, the SSC exams will be held from March 1 to March 22 and the HSC exams will be conducted from February 18 to March 28. The students can access the schedule at the official website, www.mahahsscboard.maharashtra.gov.in.
The board will announce the timetable for the oral, practical and graded exams next year, few days before the written exams begin.
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.