Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education

Updated on: Mar 20, 2013
The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary Education was established in 1966 by an act of the Maharashtra State Government. The Act was amended in 1977 and the nomenclature of the Board was changed to "The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education".

The board is the state’s highest educational body in the field of secondary and higher secondary education which performs multifarious activities. Over a period of 30 years, the Board has grown tremendously in terms of schools and number of students.

The administrative set up of the board is such that it is headed by a Chairman, who is the Chief Executive of the Board. He is assisted by the Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Accounts Officer in all matters concerning examinations, administration, finance, vigilance etc.

For simplicity in the administrative process the board functions from different divisions located at Nagpur, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Kolhapur, Amravati, Nasik and Latur. The head office is being located at Pune.


The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education performs multifarious functions. It provides recognition/affiliation to schools/junior colleges and conducts examination at Class X and XII level.

All the Secondary Schools and Junior Colleges permitted and recognized by the education department are eligible for affiliation with the Board subject to fulfillment of prescribed conditions to ensure that education is of approved and comparable quality in that respect.

Some of the key functions that the board performs include the following :
  • Ensuring a uniform pattern of Secondary or Higher Secondary Education.
  • Maintenance of uniform standard of education in Secondary Schools and Junior Colleges.
  • Co-ordination between National policies and State policies in Secondary or Higher Secondary Education.
  • Co-ordination between Secondary or Higher Secondary education, university education and primary education.
  • To lay down guiding principles for determining Curricula and Syllabi and also to prepare the detailed syllabi for all standards of secondary and higher secondary education.
  • To prescribe standard requirements in respect of staff, buildings, furniture, equipment, stationary and other things required for secondary schools and junior colleges.
  • To prescribe any books as text-books or to prepare or cause to be prepared any books and prescribe them as text-books, for all standards including the final standard of Secondary and higher secondary education.
  • To prescribe the general conditions governing admission of regular and private candidates to the final examinations, and to specify the conditions regarding attendants and character, on the fulfillment of which a candidate shall have a right to be admitted to and to appear at any such examination.
  • To award certificates to candidates passing the final examination.
  • To institute and award scholarships, stipends, medals prizes and other rewards, and to prescribe conditions thereof.
  • To call for special reports and information from the Director of Education and other officers of the Education Department and any information from any Secondary School or Jr. College to ensure maintenance of academic standards in secondary and higher secondary education.
  • To appoint officers and servants of the state Board (other than the Chairman, Secretary, Joint Secretary or Asstt. Secretary) in its office and in the offices of the Divisional Boards and regulate the terms and conditions of their service.
  • To inspect and supervise generally the working of the Divisional Boards and to inspect periodically the accounts thereof.
Curriculum Framework

The board prepares course curriculum at the Secondary level. The core subjects comprise of the study of 3 languages (viz. Mother tongue, National language and English) and Mathematics, Science and Social Sciences as the subjects of external assessment. Physical and Health Education, Work Experience, one of the Optional Subjects, Value Education and General Knowledge are the five subjects that are studied and continuously assessed internally by the schools.

The syllabi of classes IX to XII are revised and restructured from time to time taking into consideration the draft syllabi and guidelines supplied by the N.C.E.R.T. The restructure syllabi contain approximately 70% of the core supplied by the N.C.E.R.T and 30% have been framed on the basis of regional requirement and situation.

Contact Details

Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education
Pune 411 010

Phone : 91-20-25536236 / 25536379
Fax : 91-20-25536405
E-mail : [email protected]
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