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DHSE Kerala Board of Higher Secondary Education

In 1986 Govt of Kerala Decided to introduce 10+2 system in the High Schools of Kerala. Accordingly, Kerala Directorate of Higher Secondary Education was formed in 1990 and the course was introduced in 31 selected Government high schools in the State to reorganize secondary and collegiate education. The two-year course was named as Higher Secondary (Plus Two) Course.

The process of de-linking Pre-degree courses from colleges was completed by the academic year 2000-2001. A total of 1907 Higher Secondary Schools are functioning in the State; 760 in government sector, 686 in aided sector and 461 in unaided sector. The system is offering Science, Humanities and Commerce stream courses to 6.5 lakhs students. There are more than 20,000 teachers in government and aided sectors.

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Subjects and Activities

Student in Higher Secondary Courses have to study 6 Subjects two of which are optional and have choices to choose, following subject combinations are allowed in Kerala Higher secondary Board. Kerala Provides students to choose streams in Following Fields that are must –

  • Science Group
  • Humanities Group
  • Commerce Group

Of the 6 subjects to choose Part – I English is a compulsory subject while in Part-II student can choose any one of the Second Language offered in the School. The Part –II languages offered for Higher Secondary courses are Malayalam, Hindi, Arabic, Sanskrit, Tamil, Urdu, Kannada, Syriac, French, Russian, Latin and German

Part III is a combination of 4 subjects from Science , Humanities and Commerce group any one of them.

Science Group

Sl. No Subjects
1 Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology
2 Physics, Chemistry, Home Science, Biology
3 Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Home Science
4 Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Geology
5 Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science
6 Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Electronics
7 Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology
8 Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics
9 Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Biology

Humanities Group

Sl. No Subjects
1 History, Economics, Politics, Geography
2 History, Economics, Politics, Sociology
3 History, Economics, Politics, Geology
4 History, Economics, Politics, Gandhian Studies
5 History, Economics, Politics, Philosophy
6 History, Economics, Politics, Social Work
7 Islamic History, Economics, Politics, Geography
8 Islamic History, Economics, Politics, Sociology
9 Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Gandhian Studies
10 History, Economics, Politics, Pshychology
11 History, Economics, Politics, Anthropology
12 History, Economics, Politics, Statistics
13 Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Statistics
14 Economics, Statistics, Anthropology, Social Work
15 History, Economics, Geography, Hindi
16 History, Economics, Geography, Arabic
17 History, Economics, Geography, Urdu
18 History, Economics, Geography, Kannada
19 History, Economics, Geography, Tamil
20 History, Economics, Sanskrit Sahitya, Sanskrit Sasthra
21 History,Philosophy, Sanskrit Sahitya, Sanskrit Sasthra
22 Economics, Gandhian Studies, Communication English, Computer Application
23 Sociology, Journalism, Communicative English, Computer Application
24 Journalism, English Literature, Communicative English, Psychology
25 History, Economics, Politics, Music
26 History, Economics, Geography, Malayalam

Commerce Group

Sl. No Subjects
1 Business Studies, Accountancy, Economics, Maths
2 Business Studies, Accountancy, Economics, Statistics
3 Business Studies, Accountancy, Economics, Politics
4 Business Studies, Accountancy, Economics, Computer Application


The Directorate conducts the various HS Examinations for students of Open School, Technical Schools, Kalamandalam Arts School, Schools in Lakshwadeep, Mahe and Gulf Countries along with the students of the Higher Secondary Schools.

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