In India, board examinations refer to the public examinations that occur at the end of the 9th to 10th grade education (SSLC), or at the end of the 11th to 12th grade education (HSC). The scores achieved in these exams are considered very important for getting into universities, professional courses or training programmes, and even possibly in finding employment
State Board Examinations
State board examinations are variously referred to as Madhyamik, Secondary State Certificate and Higher Secondary Certificate examinations. They are conducted and managed by education boards of different states in the country. They do not take place simultaneously due to the differences between syllabi and the examination itself. The examinations are generally held in the months of February and March, and the results are out in May and June.
Students funking for the examinations in November stating their personal details, subjects, and current educational status. Admit cards for the prescribed examination hall are received at the notified cell or their respective
schools about 20–25 days prior to the commencement of the exam.
Examinations are offered for various fields which include Science, Maths, Social Studies, regional and foreign languages for SSC; Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Biology, Social Studies, basic Computer Science and basic Electronics, IT, Western Classical music and Indian classical music, Economics, Business Studies, English, Physical Education for HSC. Students follow a fixed pattern in choosing the subjects.
The exam is conducted only in pen and paper format.