The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Pune is the official governing body conducting school leaving examinations for 10th and 12th grade students in India's Maharashtra state. The Board is an autonomous body, and it functions under the aegis of the Maharashtra Secondary and Higher Secondary Act.
Tenth and 12th grade students in Maharashtra studying in government-aided schools and junior colleges appear for the Secondary School Certificate and Higher Secondary School Certificate exams, respectively. Both exams are conducted twice a year: in March for school candidates and in October for private candidates. In addition to conducting the exams, the Board, sometimes known as the SSC Board or HSC Board, prepares the study syllabus, publishes textbooks, awards scholarships and prizes, and advises the state government on education-related policy matters.