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Tamil Nadu is the largest South Indian state, which is known as one among the literate state in our country. As per the 2011 records, the rate of literacy in this state ranges from 80 to 81%, which is estimated above the national average. According to the education surveys for schools, students and teachers, Tamil Nadu state ranked number one position among all other Indian states.

The Tamil Nadu Education Board is one of the oldest and the dominating education systems in India.  The origin of the Education Department was first established in the year 1826 by the Governor of Madras Province named Sir Thomas Munro. The main objective of the Board is to have the highest literacy both in the Tamil Nadu state and all over India. The first high school was opened in the year 1841, the State Secondary Education was established and in the year 1910 and the first SSLC Public Examination conducted all over the Tamil Nadu state was in the year 1911.

Native name அரசு தேர்வுகள் இயக்ககம்
TNBSE Full Form  Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education
Type Governmental Board of School Education
Founded 1911
Headquarters Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Primary Language Tamil, English
Key people Sengotiyan, Minister for school education; Director: D Vasundaradevi
TN Board Class 10 Previous Year Question Papers

Education System in Tamil Nadu

The minimum entry age for those students joining pre-primary classes should be between the age group of 3 to 4 years. The structure of education in the Tamil Nadu state is mainly based on the national level pattern which includes 12 years of schooling, consisting of pre-primary, primary, middle, higher and followed by the secondary school of education. Later, students are free to pursue their higher secondary school of education either at the university or in colleges by selecting any of the general academic streams and other technical courses offered by their respective colleges or universities.

The Tamil Nadu State Board of Education evaluates the student performance and their improvement by conducting two different board exams –class 10 and class 12 before moving to their vocational courses and higher studies.

Chennaithe capital city of Tamil Nadu state is called as the home for many educational and research institutions. IIT Madras, one among the top centres of engineering education in India and Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Chennai is considered as the top MBA institute in India. Altogether, the Tamil Nadu State has 2,550 schools, 1,150 colleges, and 37 universities.

In the year 2002, TN board of Education established a new board for school examination by merging the existing two different boards -Board of Secondary Education and Board of Higher Secondary Examinations and was named as Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education. The other streams include:

  1. The Anglo India stream.
  2. The Matriculation stream.
  3. OSLC – The Oriental School Leaving Certificate.
  4. SSLC – Secondary School Leaving Certificate stream.
  5. HSC – Higher Secondary Certificate stream for class 11th and 12th.

Tamil Nadu Board Latest News And Notifications

Last Updated: 09-06-2020
  • Tamil Nadu State Board Cancels SSLC (Class 10) And Class 11 Exams
  • Tamil Nadu Board SSLC (Class 10) Hall Ticket 2020 Scheduled to be Released


Students who are preparing for the exams can have a look at the exam dates here. The Class 10 Exams for 2020 that was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the succeeding lockdown is now expected to be scheduled from 15 June 2020 to 25 June 2020. Hall-Tickets for the same can now be downloaded from the official website. For latest date updates, check out pages TN Board SSLC Date-Sheet and TN Board HSE Date-Sheet.

The Curriculum or the Subjects for TN Board

There are both Tamil medium and English medium schools which are run both by the government and private education system and are affiliated to the CBSEICSE, TN State Board or the T Matriculation board. The main subjects for class 1 to 10 include – HindiEnglish, Tamil, MathematicsEnvironmental Science (for class I-III), Science (from III-X) and Social Science.

Tamil Nadu Board Exams and Results

The main exams of SSLC and HSC are generally held in between the month of March, and April and supplementary exams in the month of June and October. The other exams are conducted by the Tamil Nadu board according to the school standards. The results are released in between the month of June and July. Students can check and download all the TN Board exam related information, including the timetable, syllabus, and results to stay updated.

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TN Board Syllabus

The entire syllabus for the Tamil Nadu state board is designed after extensive research by the subject experts, under the guidance of Tamil Nadu Education system and are prepared according to the respective classesThe TN Board syllabus is changed and updated periodically to provide the highest quality of education. All the Tamil Nadu State Board schools follow the Samacheer Kalvi syllabus and were implemented by states Uniform System of School Education in order to provide a good quality of education for all students without any discrimination.  

TN Board Question Papers

Students will be more aware of the Tamil Nadu State Board exam pattern once they go through the previous year question papers. They will also get an idea of the marking scheme. Practising the Tamil Nadu Board question papers will help the students to increase their speed and make them more confident

TN Board Sample Papers

Solving a large number of sample papers is quite beneficial for students. By practising these sample papers designed for each subject, students can revise their chapters and can also gauge their preparation level. It will also help them to improve the time management skill and learn about the question paper pattern.

Tamil Nadu Board Class 11 Sample Papers

Samacheer Kalvi Books 

The Samacheer kalvi books explain even the complex concept in a simple language. It is the best resource for students of class 1 through 12. It gives proper and accurate information with the help of interesting examples and illustrations as required.  The TN board textbooks also give a recap of the concepts and exercises given it provides the students with enough practice before the exams.

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Find Tamil Nadu State Board Books For Classes 11 and 12 – Download Free PDFs


Introduction To TNSCERT Formerly, TNSCERT was referred to as the State Institute of Education (SIE). It was established in 1965 and was responsible for resolution of problems related to school education, under the purview of Directorate of School Education.

By the 1970s, SIE was upgraded to the State Council of Educational Research and Training, which became a prominent state-level organisation responsible for designing the curriculum, developing and executing training programs. It is also the authority in implementing the Right To Education act within the state of Tamil Nadu. TNSCERT also provides education and training for teachers, promotes professional skills and ensures that the requirements of all the stakeholders are met.

Academic Excellence

TNSCERT designs the curriculum based on specific needs and skill sets echoed by various industries. This means, education is intertwined with current trends and practices in various industries. It bridges the gap between the academic curriculum and professional knowledge, thereby ensuring employment.

Functions and Roles of TNSCERT

  1. TNSCERT organises programmes essential for Elementary Teacher Education
  2. Organises training programmes aimed at skill updation for teacher trainers/educators.
  3. Provide training to teachers in-service.
  4. Organises research work under the purview of the state.
  5. Development of curriculum aimed at Teacher Education
  6. Creation of resources aimed at Teacher Education
  7. Sets benchmarks for Quality of Teacher Education (both pre-service and in-service)
  8. Promotion and development of professional skills for teachers.
  9. Development of quality textbooks for class 1 through 12
  10. Creation and development of software aimed at educational TV programmes.
  11. Promotion of quality in school education

Stay tuned with BYJU’S to get more information and latest notification on Tamil Nadu Education Board, including the exam dates, results, hall tickets, syllabus, important question, sample papers, and other study materials like the Samacheer Kalvi 10th books and more.

Students can also get the Samacheer Kalvi books free download pdf 2020 from BYJU’S. 


Frequently Asked Questions on TN Education Board

What is the full form of TNSCERT?

The full form of TNSCERT is Tamil Nadu State Council of Educational Research and Training.

What is Matriculation Board of Tamilnadu?

The Directorate of Matriculation Schools, Tamil Nadu is an accreditation and governing body for secondary schools in Tamil Nadu, India. In a concept unique to Tamil Nadu, until 1971 Universities also governed secondary schools, and such schools were accredited to the Matriculation system. About 5% of schools in Tamil Nadu fall under this system.Schools use English as the language of instruction. They have a unique curriculum until class 10 and follow the Tamil Nadu State Board curriculum for classes 11 and 12.

What is Board of Secondary Education in Tamilnadu?

The establishment of Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education took place in the year 1910. The board was under the government of Tamil Nadu, Department of education. There were some specific streams to offer for all those students appearing for their class 10 examinations.

Is Tamil compulsory in matriculation schools of TamilNadu?

Tamil will be a compulsory subject in schools affiliated to various boards of education in the State from the next academic year. A Government Order of September 18 has brought all schools under the purview of the Tamil Nadu Tamil Learning Act, 2006. The Act already includes State Board and Matriculation schools.