Maharashtra SSC and HSC Students to Get an Additional 10 Minutes in 2024 Board Exams


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 Maharashtra SSC and HSC Students to Get an Additional 10 Minutes in 2024 Board Exams

Great news for students in Maharashtra! 

The state board has introduced a positive change to enhance the examination experience for HSC (12th) and SSC (10th) students.

Starting this year, students will now receive an extra 10 minutes to make their exams even more remarkable.

Let's delve into the details!

Previous Exam Structure

Until last year, the board allotted 10 minutes for students to read their question papers before the official exam commencement. This was intended to help students plan their exam strategy, decide which questions to attempt first, and ease into the exam with a calm and focused mindset.

Reason for Change

Unfortunately, instances of question paper leaks via mobile phones and social media during the 10-minute reading time led to the discontinuation of this privilege. The board aimed to maintain a transparent and fair exam environment, minimizing the risk of cheating and fostering honesty.

What's New?

Responding to numerous requests from schools, colleges, and parents, the board has decided to extend the overall exam duration by 10 minutes. Unlike before, where students could only read the question paper during the additional time, now they will have both reading and writing time. For instance, if a paper was scheduled to end at 2 p.m., it will now conclude at 2:10 p.m.

Sessions Previous Exam Duration Revised Exam Duration
Morning Session 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 11 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 11 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 11 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.
Afternoon Session 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 3 p.m. to 6:10 p.m.
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 3 p.m. to 5:10 p.m.
3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 3 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.


In conclusion, the decision by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education to extend the examination time for the HSC and SSC exams in 2024 is a commendable step towards creating a conducive and supportive environment for students. By addressing concerns related to question paper leaks and providing additional time for preparation, the board is not only prioritising the well-being of students but also upholding the integrity and transparency of the examination process. This move sets a positive precedent for educational boards across the country to adopt measures that prioritize the mental and emotional well-being of students during the crucial examination period.

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