Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education declared Friday secondary school certificate (SSC) and higher secondary certificate (HSC) students will be awarded grace marks under sports quota.
Students representing the country or state are usually awarded additional 25 marks.
However,many students were denied grace marks this year as they failed to send applications to divisional boards before the March 31 deadline. Many could not pass the exams and were relying on sports grace marks.
Students will now have to submit application forms through junior colleges and schools with recommendation of the sports directorate before July 31.
Chairman Sarjerao Jadhav said the government had directed the state board not to accept applications beyond March 31.
The students were not at fault. It is because of technical reasons that applications from the sports directorate were submitted late to divisional offices and could not be processed, he said. We will start accepting applications till July 31, Jadhav said.
The matter came to light when Yuva Sena activists staged a demonstration in Aurangabad on July 3,demanding 25 grace marks.
Students then moved court,which directed the state board to award the grace marks.