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The Secondary School Leaving Certificate (commonly referred to as SSLC) is a certification obtained by a student on successful completion of an examination at the end of study at the secondary schooling level in India. The SSLC is obtained on passing the grade 10 public examination commonly referred to as 'class 10 board examinations' in India. SSLC is a common eligibility examination popular in many states in India, especially Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu.


SSLC Students
SSLC students evaluating question paper after examination.

The Indian system of education fundamentally consists of five years of primary schooling, followed by five years of secondary schooling.[1] The SSLC must be obtained at the end of term of study at the secondary school.

On obtaining this certificate, the student is deemed to have completed his basic schooling or basic education. After successful completion of SSLC, a student wishing to pursue their education further joins a course based on the specialisation their choosing, which gives them knowledge sufficient to enter a university which is sometimes called a Pre-University Course (PUC), for two years. After this period of study a student may enter a university for undergraduate studies.

Alternatively, after obtaining the SSLC, a student may choose to attend an industrial training institute where one can be trained in skills necessary for technical occupations.[2] The other options include joining polytechnic for a three-year course of diploma in engineering and then further pursuing degree in engineering. After completing SSLC there is an option of joining vocational education courses. SSLC (or equivalent) is required nowadays to obtain a passport under Indian government for employment purposes.


The SSLC is obtained by passing a public examination, i.e., an examination that has been formulated by the regional board of education that the school is affiliated with (and not by faculty of the school). The performance of a student in the SSLC examination is one of the factors in admission to Pre University Courses in India. Therefore, the SSLC is often regarded as the first important examination that a student undertakes.

The SSLC certificate was used as the primary form of proof for date of birth during the time when registration of births and deaths was not mandatory in India. It is still a valid form of proof of date of birth for those born before 1989[3] according to the MEA website[4] for the Indian civil authorities to issue civil documents such as passports.


Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board came into existence in 1966 and has been conducting SSLC and other examinations. Every year the student strength increases tremendously. In April about 850,000 and in June 150,000 students appear for the SSLC examinations. The board has decided to improve the evaluation system and the results; they have set up divisional offices. This decentralisation caters to the need of the student needs near their homes. The board is now providing admission tickets with student photograph. A major breakthrough in this venture is the photos being used in the repeaters admission tickets also.

The board has ventured to conduct the supplementary examination for the failed candidates of the examination of March in June; this enables the students who are successful in the June examination to join higher education courses in the same academic year. This process was introduced first time in the country.[5]

Tamil Nadu SSLC (TNBSE)[edit]

The Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education (TNBSE) was formed in 1911. The main headquarter of this board is in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is a state-level board of education, which was developed to control and design the education system in the schools of Tamil Nadu. TNBSE is improving education system in the state and makes the syllabus of the different classes. TNBSE conducts the board exam each year and provides certification to qualified students. The board also provides affiliation to many new schools in all over state.[6]

The Tamil Nadu Department of Government Education (TNDGE) has the control for conducting board examination for ESLC and SSLC. Except for SSLC results, all other processes are done on the TNDGE official website launched in 2015.[7]

Kerala SSLC[edit]

SCERT (Kerala) functions as an R&D institute at the state level by providing guidance, support and assistance to the State Education Department in its endeavor to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education and teacher education. To achieve this goal, the SCERT conducts research studies; develops information systems, curricular policies, and instructional materials; and co-ordinates in-service education for teachers at all levels. The SSLC examination results are usually published in the month of May[8] 95.98% Students won in the SSLC Examination held in 2017. 1174 Schools have the percentage of students 100%.[9]

SCERT is concerned with the academic aspects of school education including formulation of curriculum, preparation of textbooks, teachers' handbooks, and teacher training. It advises the government on policy matters relating to school education

The academic activities and programmes of SCERT are carried out by its departments/units. SCERT plans and co-ordinates all academic projects and programmes in the state.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "School education in Karnataka". Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  2. ^ "Trades minimum qualifications". Archived from the original on 10 April 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-20.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ Ministry of External Affairs, Website. "Proof of Date of Birth" (PDF). 
  4. ^ Ministry of External Affairs, Website. "Main site". 
  5. ^ "Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board". Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  6. ^ "TN Board Results". Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  7. ^ "TNDGE". TNDGE official Website. 
  8. ^ SSLC Results 2017
  9. ^ SSLC Exam Results 2017

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