Details of TN Board 2018: Eligibility, Result |


  • Tamil Nadu Board is actually called as Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education or TNBSE.
  • In the state of Tamil Nadu, the common examinations for classes X and XII are conducted by the Directorate of Government Examination.
  • This directorate was established as a separate body in 1975.
  • Before the formation of this directorate, the then directorate was called as DSE/DPI.
  • The first secondary school leaving certificate was conducted by this board in 1911.
  • From 1911, there was a considerable improvement in the roles and responsibilities of this directorate to improve educational quality in the state.

School life in Tamil Nadu:

  • When board examinations in the board are conducted by the Directorate of Government Examination, the school education is actually under the control of the Tamilnadu School Education Department.
  • This department functions with the motto of fulfilling the vision of universalizing and equalising quality educational opportunities for all children irrespective of their caste, creed or religion. The state follows a national pattern of education.
  • The state offers 12 years of schooling at three different levels.
  • The elementary level encompasses 8 years of which the first five years is known as primary and the following three years are called as the upper primary state. These 8 years are followed by a couple of years of secondary level education and finally, a couple of years of higher secondary education.
  • Here is a table that shows the educational levels in the state:




Number of years



Classes 1-5



Upper Primary




High school

9 and 10


Higher Secondary

Higher secondary

11 and 12


  • As of 2012, there were 55667 schools under the Tamilnadu School Education Department.
  • Of this number, 63% were primary schools, 18% were upper primary schools, 9% were high schools and 10% were higher secondary schools.


  • The Directorate of Government Examinations under the Tamil Nadu Government conducts the following examinations at different times of the year as follows:
    • SSLC Public Examination – March/June/October
    • Higher Secondary Examination – March/June/September
    • Tamil Nadu Rural Students Talent Search Examination (TRUST) - May
    • National Means cum Merit Scholarship Examination (NMMS.) - December / January
    • National Talent Search Examination (N.T.S.) - November
    • Indian Music Additional Practical Examination - November
    • Tamil Pandit Certificate Examination - March / October
    • Technical Teachers Certificate Examination
    • Teachers Certificate in Physical education (Higher Grade) – April
        • Diploma Examination in Mentally Retarded - July
        • Diploma Examination in Teaching the Deaf (Junior Grade & Senior Grade) - September
        • Diploma Examination in Teaching the Blind (Junior Grade & Senior Grade) - June
        • E.S.L.C Examination for Private Candidates - April / May
        • Diploma in Elementary Education Examination (I & II) - June

SSLC Examination for Class X Students:

      • The Directorate of Government Examinations in the state conducts SSLC Public Examination for class X students.
      • This examination is conducted by the directorate for three times in an academic year.
      • For the first time in the month of March or April every year, again instant special supplementary examination in June or July. Following this, a supplementary examination is conducted in the month of September or October every year.
      • Candidates taking up SSLC examination privately from Tamil Nadu Board can register themselves through the Government Examination Service Centres located in all districts in the state.
      • In the case of students taking up the examination through their schools, nominal roll numbers for each candidate will be prepared by the headmasters of the concerned schools.
      • Only the candidates, who have failed in the main examination in March or April can enrol themselves for the instant supplementary examination in June or July.
      • Regular students can do the same through their respective schools, while private candidates will have to register using the same manner mentioned earlier.
      • The maximum mark for each of these papers is 100 and students will have to secure at least 35% of marks to pass in each paper.
      • For science paper that constitutes both theory and practical examination, minimum mark to be secured is 20 out of 75 in theory and 15 out of 25 in practical test.
      • The mark secured in the optional papers is not considered for declaring a candidate as pass.
    • Class XII:

      • The Higher Secondary examination for class XII students is conducted by the Directorate of Government Examination for three times in a year:
        • In March or April every year
        • Supplementary Examination in June or July and
        • Higher secondary examination in September or October
      • The examination for each paper will be conducted for the duration of three hours.
      • The subjects will be under the following parts:
        • Part I – Language: The permitted languages are German, French, Arabic, Sanskrit, Urdu, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, and Tamil.
        • Part II – English
        • Part III – Four subjects (any 4 from group of general stream papers or vocational stream papers).
      • Question paper for public examination will be provided only in English and Tamil. However, question papers for subjects like accountancy, economics, commerce, history, mathematics, zoology, botany, biology, chemistry, and physics will also be provided in Urdu, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu as well.
      • To pass in each paper, students must secure at least 70 marks out of 200 in theory papers.
      • In papers with practical, 30 marks should be secured for theory part with a maximum mark of 150, while for practical paper, at least 40 should be secured out of maximum 50 marks to pass.

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