Higher Secondary Examination

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Higher Secondary Examination (also known as HSC or 12th board examination) is a centralised examination for class 12 students in India and Nepal. All the State School Education Boards, CBSE, CISCE and NIOS conduct exams during the period of March–April every year for students in their affiliated private and public schools. The number of subjects, types of examination (theoritical, practical or both) and grading methods differ among the boards and states. Clearing HSC is mandatory for pursuing Higher education or under graduate courses in India.

CBSE calls it All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE).

CISCE calls it Indian School Certificate Examination (ISC).

ISDE call it ""Institution Of Secondary Distance Education"" Private Non-Governmental Board of School Education {mpisde.org}

NIOS calls it Senior Secondary Examination.

All states in India have their separate State Education Boards. CBSE, CISCE and NIOS have schools which follow their scheme of education all over the country.


Similar to 10th class examination, 12th class exam or HSC exam is conducted at the state level by the state boards of education and at the National level by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). This examination is conducted once a year.

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