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Maharashtra SSC board: All you need to know

The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Examination is a public examination in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan conducted as completion exam of secondary education. Students of 10th grade/class ten appear in these examinations. It is an equivalent to GCSE in England. In India, it is also known as 10th Board Exam, a public examination that is conducted by various boards of education including CISCE, CBSE and other state boards for students of class 10 (Senior class). The SSC examination is conducted in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Goa in India. In this article, find out everything you need to know about the Maharashtra SSC Board!

Maharashtra SSC Board

The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education – Maharashtra SSC Board – is an autonomous body established under the “Maharashtra Secondary Boards Act”, 1965. Most important task of the board, among few others, is to conduct the SSC (Secondary School Certificate) and HSC (Higher Secondary School Certificate) examinations. The Board came into existence on January 1, 1966 to regulate certain matters pertaining to secondary education in the state of Maharashtra, as “Maharashtra State Secondary Education Boards”.

Maharashtra SSC board is responsible for the formation and implementation of the rules and regulations in accordance to the guidelines set by the state as well as central boards. It is also in charge of formation, and implementation of the syllabus/curriculum of all the grades, textbooks, exam schedule and type. The board takes responsibility of creating textbooks, scoring of the tests and conducting examinations fairly and providing unbiased justice in the event of dispute. The Board conducts examination twice a year and the number of students appearing for the main examination is around 14,00,000 for HSC and 17,00,000 for SSC every year. The exams are usually held in the months of March and October every year. The results are given out usually in June and January respectively. The month of March marks the end of educational year and June marks beginning of the new educational year in the state of Maharashtra. There are currently 75,000 primary schools and 19,600 secondary schools in the state.

There are eight divisional boards with the state to represent the state board. There are nine divisional boards located at Amravati, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Konkan, Latur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, and Pune. Their duties include deciding the schools and colleges for conducting the final exams, appointing the paper setters, translators, custodians (of question papers, and blank and filled up answer papers), conductors (transportation), and examiners (paper checkers).

Change in the textbooks

Maharashtra SSC board has decided to upgrade the syllabus pertaining to classes 7 and 9. 25% of the history syllabus in Class 9 will now comprise of Maharashtra’s contemporary history-including the Samayukta movement and state politics says the report. New textbooks will be introduced for Classes 7 and 9 of the Maharashtra state board from the upcoming academic year, 2017-18. Textbooks for all classes are being upgraded in a phased manner to meet the National Curriculum Framework (2005). The Framework provides the guidelines for making syllabus, textbooks and teaching practices within the school education programmes in India. Changes to Class 9 textbooks had to be hurried because of the new evaluation style and syllabus changes for some of its subjects. Earlier, Class 9 textbooks were scheduled for a change in the 2018-19 academic. One of the major syllabus changes is in history, which will now focus on local history after independence, along with national affairs. Previously, the emphasis was only on India’s independence struggle and the glorious history of the Maharashtra state wasn’t included.

 “There has been a demand to make the history syllabus more relevant to the students. It’s been 60 years after independence, so we need to shed light on what’s happening now”, said an officer from the board.

Another reform is in the English subject and other languages. Since the state board has replaced the traditional question paper with activity sheets, textbooks too need to include practical questions. Earlier too much emphasis was given to grammar and literature. The focus is now being shifted to various activities and development of creativity.  “The exercises at the back of the chapters needed to be upgraded so that they can prepare students for the activity-based pattern,” added the officer. Even science is divided into two papers to be held on different days, instead of one combined paper in the Class 10 board exam. So, separate textbooks will be introduced for both the papers. But the department has not yet informed schools of the upcoming changes. Class 7 textbooks will be upgraded as per the NCF 2005; they will be more colorful and contain lots of pictures to grab students’ attention.


e-Balbharati is an e-initiative by Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production & Curriculum Research, Pune. Textbooks produced by Balbharati publications are published on the official website in the pdf format. The pdf books can be downloaded free of cost. Balbharati has scanned, rare old editions of Textbooks and has made them available to the students on their website. The books can be downloaded easily which give the students a great amount of knowledge.


The following image shows the timetable for the 10th class board exams of the Maharashtra state board, 2017.


Maharashtra SSC Board Results

The results of the board exams 2017 are expected to be released in the 1st week of June. The results of the board exams are generally released in the first or second week of June.

Every year more than 25 lakh students register for Maharashtra Board SSC Exam. Last year, more than 1, 607, 411 students registered for the Maharashtra Board SSC Exam, 2016 of which around 1, 434, 143 were able to qualify in Maharashtra Board SSC Result and 51, 281 scored above 90% marks in aggregate.

  • Number of registered candidates -1, 607, 411
  • Number of candidates Appeared -1, 601, 406
  • Number of candidates passed – 1, 434, 143
  • Overall pass percentage -89.56%

Statistics shows the performance of students has improved over the years and students should expect Maharashtra Board SSC Result 2017 scores to be much better. Female candidates have repeatedly surpassed the boys. In Maharashtra Board SSC Result 2016, female candidates scored 91.41 percent against the 87.98 scored by boys.   If we are to consider the Maharashtra Board SSC Result 2016 region wise, then Konkan scored the highest pass percentage with 96.56 and Latur region scored a cumulative percentage of 81.54, being the lowest.

You can visit the official website of the board for checking you results. All the students can check the SSC Result 2017 Maharashtra using the roll numbers allotted.

Year Overall pass % Boys Girls Appeared students


78.67 78.74 79.83 1,10,593
2014 84.93 82.67 83.92 1,78,392
2015 86.61 84.29 85.51 2,45,120
2016 89.73 87.52 88.92 3,23,814

Maharashtra board students will able to check Maharashtra Board SSC Result 2017 in June 2017 at the official website. In year 2016, around 3, 23,814 students were appeared in ssc examination and result percentage was 89.73.

For further details about the results, you can go through this article!

How to check results?

  1. Go to the official website.
  2. Now click on SSC Result 2017 Maharashtra.
  3. Then enter your Roll Number or Name.
  4. Then click on view result.
  5. Now you can download results by clicking ‘Save’ and get a printout by clicking ‘Print’.

Marking Scheme for Maharashtra SSC Board Exams

Total marks – 650
Languages: 20 (oral) + 80 (written) = 100
Math:  30 (internal) + 120 (written) = 150
Sciences:   20 (Practical) + 80 (written) = 100
Social Science:   20 (internal) +80 (written) = 100

Exact total is 650

SSC exam total- 600 marks

Information Communication Technology (ICT) was introduced in 2014 with 40 marks written, 10 marks orals. It is a grade result.

The SSC exam is of 600 marks.

Three languages have 80 marks written, 20 marks orals.

Science: 80 marks (written) + 20 marks (practical).

Algebra: 40 marks (written) + 10 marks (practical).

Geometry: 40 marks (written) + 10 marks (practical).

History: 40 marks (written) + 10 marks (orals).

Geography: 40 marks written, 10 marks orals.

The state education board is considering setting separate passing scores for written and practical or oral examinations and a decision on this is expected to be taken soon. The matter came up in the context of reports that an abnormally large number of students scored full or close to full marks in the practical or oral exam conducted at the institutions, whereas many of them were satisfied with scoring the minimum in the written exam that was necessary to pass the 35% mark. GK Mahamane, chairman, state education board, said: “We have noticed some issues in the marking system due to which, the passing percentage has gone up noticeably. So we are considering setting separate pass marks for both the written and practical exams.”

After allowing the photocopy of answer sheets last year, Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) gave its nod to revaluation of all SSC and HSC papers after the declaration of results. This means if a student is not satisfied with the assessment of his answers after obtaining a photocopy of the answer sheet, they can request the divisional board to re-assess his paper. The decision will be effective from this year and aims to benefit over 31 lakh students that appear for HSC and SSC board exams annually. However, to avail these facilities, the student will have to shell out Rs 400 for a photocopy of their answer sheet and Rs300 for the revaluation of each paper.

Till last year, students were allowed to ask for re-totalling of the answer sheet only. In 2012, the board agreed to provide a photocopy of the answer sheets. “Nearly 21,000 HSC and SSC students had applied for photocopies of one or more papers last year. Some of them were unhappy with the assessment,” said the chairman of MSBSHSE, Sarjerao Jadhav.

He added, “Therefore, we decided to start revaluation from this year. This will help all those candidates who are not satisfied with the evaluation. This will also help us to bring transparency in the evaluation process”. The candidates need to apply for revaluation within five days of receiving the photocopy but only after consulting his/her school teacher. If the teacher feels there is a need for re-assessment, the school can issue a recommendation letter which is to go along with the revaluation form. The application can be sent to the divisional board office. A committee of senior moderators from all districts in that board along with the chief moderator will examine all applications for a particular subject and re-assess them. Jadhav claims that the revaluation result will be declared within 15 days of application.

Rules for revaluation

  • You can apply for revaluation for one or more paper within five days of receiving photocopy of the paper
  • A recommendation letter of your school/ college is compulsary
  • For each paper, you have to shell out Rs400 for photocopy and Rs300 for revaluation
  • The board claims that revaluation result will be declared within 15 days of application

Also, in a welcome step, the students excelling in classical art, drawing  and folk art can avail of 10-25 extra marks in Maharashtra SSC board exams from the next academic year. A school education department government resolution said it was decided to award marks to those displaying proficiency in visual and performing arts from March 2018, on the lines of sports marks, which made a comeback last year. “Like sports, students possess skills in drawing and classical art; hence they too must get a chance to use their talent to succeed. Many students use folk art to uplift society, hence it is important to ensure they are encouraged,” said Suvarna Kharat, deputy secretary, school education department.

Tips to do well in the Maharashtra SSC board examinations:

  1. Proper Preparation: The most easiest and preferable thing to do for the exams is to revise the lessons taught in the class every day. Proper preparation will help you remember the chapters better. Multiple revisions are encouraged. Plan your timetable properly to score well.
  2. Regularity: Attend all your classes regularly in the school. This is always better to understand a particular topic. Do clarify your doubts immediately.
  3. Clarity: Every subject should be equally read and make sure that the concepts of all chapters are clear. Use the correct books. Ask your teachers and guides about the reliability of the book before using it.
  4. Practice: Practice makes man perfect and here students should keep on practicing and re-reading. Make a note of all the important points in a notebook. This will help you go through all the topics before your final exams. Practice a lot of mock question papers and know your performance.
  5. Health: Sleep and eat well. Keep yourself physically active. Do remember, Health is Wealth.

Students these days tend to ignore their 10th board results. In this article, look at why your 10th board results are extremely important!

Toppr wishes you the best of luck for your future!



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