The Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE), the governing body for conducting the statewide 10th standard SSC examination and the 12th standard HSC examination, released the timetable for SSC examination well early into the start of the academic year. With the exams quite close, we provide you with a succinct briefing on the schedule as well as the way to approach the exam so as to extract maximum benefit from the schedule.

First, the specifics of the examination. The board exam starts on the 1st of March. Following is the timetable for the same:

Day & Date Time 1st Half Subject with Index No. Time 2nd Half Subject with Index No.
01.03.2018 (Thursday) 11.00 A.M. To 2.00 P.M. First Language Marathi (01) Hindi (02) Urdu (04)Gujarati (05) Kannada (06) Tamil (07) Telugu (08) Malayalam (09) Sindhi (10) Bengali (11) Punjabi (12) 03.00 pm to 6. 00 Pm Second or Third language French (35)
03.03.2018 (Saturday) 11.00 am to 2.00 Pm Multi Skill Foundation Course (81) Automobile Service Technician (82) Retail Merchandising (83) Healthcare -General Duty Asst. (84) Beauty and Wellness (85) Physical Education and Sports (86)
05.03.2015 (Monday) 11.00 am to 2.00 Pm Second or Third Language Hindi (15)
11:00 am to 01:00 PM Second or Third Language Hindi (Composite) (B)
06.03.2018 (Tuesday) 11.00 am to 2.00 Pm First Language English (03) Third Language English (17)
08.03.2018 (Thursday) 11.00 am to 1.00 Pm Mathematics Paper-I Algebra (71) 03.00 pm to 5. 00 Pm General Mathematics Paper-I (74)
11:00 am to 1.00 pm Airthmetic (76) (For Blind, Deaf, Dumb, Spastics, Autism and learning disabled)
10.03.2018 (Saturday) 11.00 am to 1.00 Pm Mathematics Paper-II Geometry (71) 03.00 pm to 5.00 pm General Mathematics Paper-II (74)
12.03.2018 (Monday) 11.00 am to 01.00 pm Science and Technology Paper – I (72)
11.00 am to 1:30 pm Physiology Hygiene & Home Science (77) (For Blind, Deaf, Dumb, Spastics, Autism and learning disabled)
14.03.2018 (Wednesday) 11.00 am to 01.00 pm Science and Technology Paper-II (72)
16.03.2018 (Friday) 11.00 am to 1.00 pm Social Sciences Paper – I (73) History & Political Science
17.03.2018 (Saturday) 11.00 am to 01.00 pm Social Sciences Paper-II (73) Geography & Economics
19.03.2018 (Monday) 11.00 am to 01.00 pm Information Communication Technology (41)
21.03.2018 (Wednesday) 11.00 am to 2.00 pm Second or Third Language Marathi (16) Kannada (20) Tamil (21) Telugu (22) Malayalam (23) Sindhi (24) Bengali (25) Punjabi (26)
22.03.2018 (Thursday) 11.00 am to 02.00 pm Second or Third Language Urdu (18) Sanskrit (27) Pali (28) Ardhamagadhi (29) Persian (30) Arabic (31) Avesta (32) Pahalavi (33) Russian (36) 03.00 pm to 05.00 pm “Second or Third Language (Composite Course)Sanskrit (Composite) (D) Pali (Composite) (E) Ardhamagadhi (Composite) (F) Arabic (Composite) (G) Persian (Composite) (H) French (Composite) (I) German (Composite) (J) Russian (Composite) (K) Kannada (Composite) (L) Tamil (Composite) (M) Telugu (Composite) (N) Malayalam (Composite) (P) Sindhi (Composite) (Q) Punjabi (Composite) (R) Bengali (Composite) (S) Gujarati (Composite) (T)
23.03.2018 (Friday) 11.00 am to 2.00 pm Second or Third Language Germen (34) 03.00 pm to 06.00 pm “Prevocational Subject Paper-1 Introduction to Basic Technology Paper-I (V1) Elements of Mechanical Engineering Paper-I (V2) Elements of Electrical & Electronics Technology Paper-I (v3) “
11.00 am to 1.00 pm Second or Third Language (Composite Course) Marathi (Composite) (A)
24.04.2018 (Saturday) 11.00 am to 2.00 pm Second or Third Language Gujarati (19) 3.00 pm to 5:30 pm “Prevocational Subject Paper-2 Introduction to Basic Technology Paper-II (V1) Elements of Mechanical Engineering Paper-II (V2) Elements of Electrical & Electronics Technology Paper-II (V3) “
11.00 am to 1.00 Pm Second or Third Language (Composite Course) Urdu (Composite) (C)

 As can be seen, the board has been indeed quite generous by way of holidays, as almost every exam, save for ICT, has, at least, one day of holiday. This is quite beneficial as it gives just the right amount of free time to do last-minute revisions. This is a trend that the board has started following in the past few years and has proven very helpful. However, these holidays shouldn’t leave room for slack. The prime reason to give such breaks is so that students, who already are under a lot of pressure, may unwind and prepare themselves for the upcoming exams. One must keep this in mind for the entire duration of SSC.

From my experience, it is not wise for a student to be short-sighted in this crucial period. Having given the exam myself, I know the lack of time at this juncture. An important thing is to know which subject you’re weak in. Say, Sanskrit is your weaker subject and you are very good in Science and Technology. So, to optimise your percentage, study a bit of Sanskrit on each day, and especially during the day of Science and Technology. The logic behind this is quite simple. By your own individual analysis, you won’t need much of a revision in Science and Technology as you are already well versed in it. Thus, it’s smarter to use some of that time (but not too much) for the study of a subject you are weaker in, like Sanskrit.

The method of revision is also important. At the last moment, come what may DO NOT start anything new. Starting anything fresh will jeopardise whatever you already know about the subject. Again, last minute revisions are not about mugging up answers. All the learning of new concepts ought to be done by now. At this point, you just need to go through the stuff you already know, like formulae, diagrams, important results, etc. By no means is this the time to read up heavily and start new avenues of study. If required, especially if you are fairly confident in that subject, you could solve one sample paper before the exam. Again, this is not necessary, but could be helpful.

It is essential that you remain confident and energized during this crucial period. Don’t stay the entire time at home. Go out for evening walks with friends or family. Don’t play a sport as you may risk injury. Eat only home cooked healthy food. Have dinners with your family, not alone. Call up a friend of yours and have non-exam-centric chats, it’ll help you both. Be steady, follow the guidelines, and SSC will not only be a cakewalk for you but also a beautiful month-old journey that will forever remain etched in your mind.

All the very best! Any queries, I’ll be happy to answer them in the comments section below! 🙂


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