The 2014 Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSC) will be conducted from March 3 to 27, while the Higher Secondary Certificate Examination (HSC) will be held from February 20 to March 29, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) announced on Monday.
According to the board, the early announcement of the timetable would give students more time to prepare for the exams.
“Teachers also get a rough idea of how much time they have to complete the syllabus,” said Laxmikant Pandey, chairperson, state board, Mumbai division.
The timetable can be accessed at http://www.msbshse.ac.in.
While in the HSC exams, there is no gap between language papers such as English on February 21 and Hindi on February 22, the rest of the subjects have been scheduled with a gap of few days.
A minimum three-day gap has been kept between Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics and Biology papers, giving students sufficient time to revise.
“We have designed the timetable in such a way that everyone gets enough time for revision. But the timetable is also subject to last minute changes in case of a clash with other exams,” said Sarjerao Jadhav, chairperson of the MSBSHSE.
SSC students taking the exams in March 2014 will be the first to appear through the revised syllabus. The syllabus has been upgraded, bringing it on par with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum.
The board has started announcing the SSC and HS exam timetable on July 1, at the start of the academic year, since 2011. Previously, the exams dates would be announced two months in advance.