The Maharashtra state board of secondary & higher secondary education, Pune 411004 is an autonomous body established under the provisions of the Maharashtra act no. 41 of 1965. The Maharashtra state board of secondary & higher secondary education, conducts the HSC and SSC examinations in the state of Maharashtra through its nine divisional boards located at Pune, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nasik, Kolhapur, Amravati, Latur, Nagpur and Ratnagiri. The board conducts examination twice a year and the number of students appearing for the main examination is around 14 lacs for HSC and 17 lacs SSC, for the supplementary examination around 6 lacs students are expected HSC and SSC together. There are about 21000 schools (SSC) and 7000 (HSC) higher sec. schools / jr. colleges in the entire state.