After a two-month delay, the Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) finally declared dates for the HSC and SSC 2016 exams on Thursday.
Over the last two years, the exam dates were announced by July i.e. beginning of the academic year itself, a practice started at the insistence of former state education minister Rajendra Darda.
“The purpose of declaring the dates early is to ensure there is no fear surrounding exam dates, which students usually worry about through out the year. However, this year we purposely didn’t declare the time table in July. This is because firstly the supplementary exams were held in July-August. Had we declared the dates then, it would have led to confusion and stress for a lot of students. Secondly, this year onwards, we have science I and II papers, instead of just one paper. Also, we have added new vocational subjects. We were waiting for approvals and finalisation for the same and hence the delay in declaring the time table. When it was finalised, we decided to declare both HSC and SSC on the same day,” said Gangadhar Mhamane, chairman of MSBSHSE.
According to the released schedule, HSC exams will be held between February 18 and March 28, 2016, whereas the SSC exams will be held between March 1 and 29, 2016.
As every year, the SSC exams will begin with the first language paper in the first half between 11am to 2 pm.
Those opting for French as their third language will have their exams between 3 pm to 6pm on the same day. On most days, there is a gap of at least one day between papers and the exams end on March 29 with vocational papers.
The HSC exams (general and bi-focal) begin on February 18, with the English paper ending with the online examination for information technology on March 28.
“The detailed and full time-table can be viewed on https://mahahsscboard.maharashtra.gov.in. The deadline to fill exam application form has been extended. Schools can fill the forms online till September 8. Between September 9 to 16, the exam fees need to be deposited through challan in the bank. By September 23, the online form and bank challan receipts of all students by September 23,” said a senior official.