Kerala Board of Public Examination

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Kerala Board of Public Examination
Formation1965; 58 years ago (1965)
TypeState Governmental Board of Education
HeadquartersPoojappura, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India India
Official language
Malayalam, English
V. Sivankutty
Vice Chairman
A.P.M.Mohammad Hanish
Parent organization
Department of General Education, Government of Kerala

Kerala Board of Public Examination is the state level education board of Kerala. It is administered by the Government of Kerala. The board is responsible for conducting various examinations on the basis of a unified law. Its headquarters are located at Pareeksha Bhavan, Poojapura, Thiruvananthapuram.[1]


There are more than 12,644 schools affiliated to Kerala Board of Public examination out of which 4504 are government schools, 7277 are aided schools and 863 are unaided schools.[2]


The structure is divided into:

  • kindergarten (Lkg and UKG)
  • LP (lower primary, classes/standard 1–4)
  • UP (upper primary, classes/standard 5–7)
  • HS (High School, classes/standard 8–10)
  • Higher Secondary (+1 equals 11th class/standard and +2 equals 12th class/standard)

Usually, the whole system of KG, LP, UP and HS are collectively referred as High School. Students completing this complete course (12 years including KGs, which is optional* and otherwise 10 years of education) will be awarded with School Leaving Certificate, abbreviated as SSLC. Based on the results in SSLC, students are enrolled into Higher Secondary Education (HSE) which was previously known as pre-degree and was conducted in colleges.

Now, HSE is integrated to the school system and most educational institutions now offer classes from LKG to +2. Higher secondary offers a wide range of subjects according to the candidate's preference. After completing +2, students are awarded with a HSE certificate given by the Board of Higher Secondary Education, Kerala under DHSE which is a passport to degree and similar courses.



The SSLC exam conducted at the end of Class 10 is based on a 9-point grading system ranging from A+ to E.[3]

KBPE grading system[edit]

Grade Percentage Grade Value Grade Position
A+ 90–100% 9 Outstanding
A 80–89% 8 Excellent
B+ 70–79% 7 Very Good
B 60–69% 6 Good
C+ 50–59% 5 Above Average
C 40–49% 4 Average
D+ 30–39% 3 Marginal
D 20–29% 2 Need Improvement
E Less than


1 Need Improvement


  1. ^ "Kerala Pareeksha Bhavan, Office of The Commissioner of Government Examinations". Retrieved 19 October 2022.
  2. ^ "General Info - Kerala Legislature". Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  3. ^ "Kerala SSLC Exam Grading System Explained". Retrieved 24 October 2022.

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