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SSLC and PUC – The Full Form and Meaning

SSLC – Secondary School Leaving Certificate

The full form of SSLC is the Secondary School Leaving Certificate and there are many other names also such as SSLC certificate, Matriculation, SSLC mark sheet, Secondary school certificate, SSC, etc. It is the Class 10th certificate or 10th standard certificate.

It is given to the student by the respective educational boards after successfully completing class 1st to 10th along with the senior secondary certificate examination i.e. class 10th examination. All the states are approved by the Ministry of human resource development, the Department of school education, and the government of India. 

The SSLC certificate is important to enroll in higher secondary education in India. It was used as the Date of Birth proof in India when death and birth certificate were not mandatory. In India, the SSLC certificate is the age proof of the people born before 1989.

Different names of SSLC in India

  • In Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra, and the other South Indian States it is called SSLC certificate for class 10th.
  • In the north and eastern states of India, it is called HSC – Higher Secondary/matriculation certificate.
  • In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, it is called SSC certificate – Secondary school certificate.

Importance of SSLC

  • Proof of Date of Birth: As discussed earlier, It is a proof of Date of birth for the people born before 1989 in India. Before 1989 the Birth and death certificates were not compulsory in India, so people started using SSLC as their Date of Birth Prove. They can use it as a legal document for different purposes like making passports or voter cards etc. 
  • Enroll for higher education: It is important for a student to obtain an SSLC certificate to enroll for class 11th or any diploma/polytechnic courses. 
  • For Driving Licence: To get a driving license in India, one must possess the SSLC certificate to prove that he/she has passed class 10th.

Educational opportunities after SSLC

  • A student becomes eligible for higher education or pre-university education after the qualifying SSLC examination. 
  • A SSLC certificate holder can apply anywhere for any technical course. The students will be trained professionally for their careers.
  • Students possessing SSLC can also apply for a 3-year diploma course in polytechnic for engineering. After this, they can apply for an engineering degree.
  • After SSLC, students can also apply for vocational educational programs.
  • If any Indian wants to migrate to another country for job purposes, He/she needs an SSLC certificate for the passport. 

Obtaining Duplicate SSLC

There have been many unfortunate incidents where people lost their important documents. To obtain the duplicate SSLC, you need to follow some of the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: File an FIR in the nearest police station where you have misplaced your SSLC. 

Step 2: Download the form for Duplicate SSLC from your board website and if it is not available online, you can also visit the Board’s office to fill-up the form.

Step 3: Make the Demand Draft or NEFT, whichever is accepted by your board, for the amount prescribed by the Board. 

Step 4: Attach all the Documents needed for the duplicate SSLC. 

Boards Offering SSLC in India

There are a total of 53 Boards in India which are offering SSLC to their students. The list is as follows:

  1. Assam Sanskrit Board
  2. Aligarh Muslim University Board of Secondary & Sr. Secondary Education, Aligarh
  3. Board of Secondary Education (Andhra Pradesh)
  4. Board of School Education Nagaland
  5. Board of School Education
  6. Board of School Education Uttarakhand
  7. Board of Secondary Education Rajasthan
  8. Board of Secondary Education, Assam
  9. Board of School Education Haryana
  10. Board of Secondary Education, Telangana State
  11. Board of Secondary Education
  12. Board of Secondary Education, Manipur
  13. Board of Vocational Higher Secondary Education, Kerala
  14. Board of Secondary Education, Madhya Pradesh
  15. Bihar School Examination Board
  16. Bihar Board of Open Schooling & Examination
  17. Bihar State Madrasa Education Board
  18. Bihar Sanskrit Shiksha Board
  19. Banasthali Vidyapith
  20. Central Board of Secondary Education
  21. Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education
  22. Chhattisgarh State Open School
  23. Chhattisgarh Sanskrit Board, Raipur
  24. Chhattisgarh Madrasa Board
  25. Council For The Indian School Certificate Examinations
  26. Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University)
  27. Goa Board of Secondary And Higher Secondary Education
  28. Gujarat Secondary And Higher Secondary Education Board
  29. Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya
  30. H. P. Board of School Education
  31. Jharkhand Academic Council, Ranchi
  32. Karnataka Secondary Education, Examination Board
  33. Kerala Board of Public Examination
  34. Maharashtra State Board of Secondary And Higher Secondary Education
  35. M. P. State Open School Education Board
  36. Maharishi Patanjali Sanskrit Sansthan
  37. Meghalaya Board of School Education Mizoram
  38. National Institute of Open Schooling
  39. Odisha Punjab School Education Board
  40. Rajasthan State Open School, Jaipur
  41. Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan
  42. State Board of School Examinations(Sec.) & Board Of Higher Secondary Examinations, Tamil Nadu
  43. State Madrassa Education Board, Assam
  44. Telangana Open School Society
  45. Tripura Board of Secondary Education
  46. The J & K State Board of School Education
  47. The West Bengal Council of Rabindra Open Schooling
  48. U.P. Board of High School & Intermediate Education
  49. Uttarakhand Sanskrit Shiksha Parishad
  50. West Bengal Board of Secondary Education
  51. Uttarakhand Madrasa Education Board
  52. West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education
  53. West Bengal Board of Madrasah Education

PUC – Pre-University Courses

PUC stands for the pre-university courses mainly known as intermediate or plus 2 (10 + 2) in India. These courses are conducted by the educational boards of India or the state boards and the duration of the courses is 2 years. If students want to apply for any courses in Indian universities, he/she have to qualify PUC. These Courses are degree bridge courses offered by the educational boards to prepare students for university education.

Students who wish to take admission for Pre-university courses need to get the SSLC (Secondary school leaving certificate). The education system in India follows the 10+2+3/4/5 pattern. 10 years of schooling which includes 5 years of primary education and 5 years of secondary education. 2 years of schooling is the pre-university courses or the intermediate. The duration of university courses in India is 3-5 years depending upon the field chosen by the student. PUC is offered in the PU colleges or the junior colleges in India. 

Educational opportunities after PUC

The Junior colleges mainly offer 3 streams for PUC i.e. Science, Commerce, and Arts. 

The students who qualify PUC with science stream can opt for Professional courses in Nursing, Pharmacy, Medicine, agriculture, and engineering in any Indian University. These students can also opt for (Bachelor in Sciences). 

The students who qualify PUC with commerce stream can opt for Bachelor of Commerce or the Bachelor of Business management in any Indian university.

The students who qualify PUC with Arts stream can opt for BA (Bachelor of Arts), D.ed (Diploma in education), BSW (Bachelor of Social work), or any designing courses like fashion designing.

Advantages of PUC

PUC offers 2 years to the students to explore their strengths and develop an interest in the field they wish to opt for as their career. PUC introduces the students to further study for their careers. The students can understand the world outside the school and get to know the real challenges they are going to face. 

Know the various fields of PUC in detail

As discussed earlier about the courses offered in PUC, let’s have a detailed look at them:

Science: The students who score high in their secondary examinations can opt for this field in PUC as the students of this stream are expected to have a clear understanding of concepts, theories, formulas, and experiments. The Students of their stream usually get occupied with practicals, records, coachings, seminars, etc. 

The subjects available in the science stream are Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Electronics, computers, statistics, geography, and home science. Students can choose the subjects according to their choices and the combinations offered by the Institutions. 

Common combinations: PCB, PCM, PCMB, PCMC, PCME, PCMG, PCBH and PCBE

Commerce: This stream is for the students who wish to make their career in accounts, business, computer, management, etc. Although this stream is easy for the students, one must have a stronghold over Data, Theory, Numerical and Analytical. The students can also prepare for CA after qualifying PUC with commerce. 

The subjects available in this stream are Maths, Business Studies, Accountancy, Statistics, Economics, Business Maths, Economics, etc. students can choose according to their choices and the combinations offered by the educational institutions.

Common combinations: SEBA, ABEM, BSAM, EBAC, and APBE.

Arts: Students who wish to make their career in IAS, Economists, etc can opt for this stream in PUC. People usually consider this field for the students who are below average but the truth is if you wish to opt for this field you must have strong linguistics, Social, Arts, and interpersonal intelligence. 

The subjects available in this field are very interesting like Psychology, sociology, Education, Languages, History, Music, Economics, Geography, Political science, etc.  Students can choose according to their interests. 

Common Combinations are HESP, HEGP, HEPK, ELSP, ESPP, HEKM, etc. 

FAQs regarding SSLC and PUC

Q1. I want to build my career in the Paramedical field, Which PUC courses should I opt for?

Ans. For Para – Medical you must opt for the science stream in your PUC with a combination including Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. 

Q2. How to get the SSLC certificate?

Ans. To obtain an SSLC certificate, you must qualify for the secondary school examination conducted by your educational board. 

Q3. Are SSLC and SSC the same?

Ans. Yes, SSLC, and SSC are the same thing. In Andhra Pradesh, it is called SSC whereas in south India it is called SSLC. 

Q4. Can a person born after 1989 also use SSLC as the Date of Birth Proof?

Ans. Yes but it is better to use the birth certificate as DOB proof as it is ordered by the government of India. 

Q5. Can I Opt for diploma courses after PUC?

Ans. Yes you can opt for diploma courses after PUC and you can also opt for the same after obtaining SSLC also.



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