Tamil Nadu State Board Class 10 Exams Model and Previous Year Question Papers

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About Exam

The Directorate of Government Examinations conduct SSLC Public Examination three times in a academic year, as in March/April, Instant 
Special Supplementary Examinations in June/July and Supplementary Examinations in September/October Sessions

Exam Pattern

Part Subject Paper Maximum Marks Minimum Marks to be obtained for pass
Part I Tamil ( Compulsory) Paper I  100 35
Tamil ( Compulsory) Paper II 100 35
Part II English  Paper I 100 35
English Paper II 100 35
Part III Mathematics 100 35
Science 100 35
Social Science 100 35
Part IV Optional Language 
Telugu, Arabic, Malayalam, Kannada,
Hindi, Gujarati, Sanskrit, French and Urdu
100 35

Candidates should take minimum 35% marks in each subject out of 100 marks. This is applicable for passing in compartmental system also. 

For subjects (Non Language) in Part III Question Papers will be  in English, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi, Gujarati and  Urdu. 

Must secure a minimum of 35 marks out of 100 in each subject. For the “Science subject consisting of theory and practical Examination, minimum mark for a pass is 20 marks out of 75 in Theory and 15 marks out of 25 in Practical. This includes passing under the compartmental system also

OPTIONAL LANGUAGE: Marks secured in this subject is not taken into Account for declaration of a pass. 


 Pupil Candidates

There shall be a Government Examination at the end of the course in X Standard and the school students i.e Pupil Candidates who are studying in a recognized High school and Higher Secondary School and have completed the required age criteria are eligible to appear for the SSLC Public Examination conduct by this department during the month of March/April every year

Age Limit

As per the G.O. (Ms) No.1906, Education Department Dated: 22.08.77 the School pupil should have completed the age of 14 years on the first day of the month in which the examination is to be conducted 

Age Exemption

However, if the school pupil has not completed 14 years as on the prescribed date they should submit an order from the under mentioned authorities to relax the rules and to grant exemption upto the limit specified against each for writing the Examination

District Educational  Officer: In cases in which the age of the pupil is less than 14 by not more than two years  

Chief Educational Officer: In cases in which age of pupil is less than 14 by more than two years

Every application for exemption shall be accompanied by a Medical Certificate signed by the registered Medical Practitioner testifying the Physical fitness of the pupil to withstand the strain and stress of the examination and by such certificate from the head of the school as may be required by subsidiary Rules.

Direct Private Candidates  

Eligibility for appearing of SSLC Public Examination  

VIII Standard Passed with English as a Language, 9th Standard discontinued, ESLC passed certificates, Studied 8th standard under SSA, Nonformal and Residential school scheme and got TC with 8th Standard pass, “C” Level certificate from open school, 141/2 years completed child Labourers who got TC with 8th pass from Non-Formal under the Child Labour Education Scheme of Labour Ministry are all eligible to appear for SSLC Examination.


Direct private Candidate should have completed the age of 141/2 as on 1st March/ 1st September and as on 1st April /1st October.