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Full form of HSC: Here, we are going to learn about the HSC, full form of HSC, overview, subjects, exam structure, etc.
Submitted by Anushree Goswami, on December 10, 2019

HSC: Higher Secondary Certificate / Higher Secondary School Certificate

HSC is an abbreviation of a Higher Secondary School Certificate. It is also called as HSSC. It is a public examination or intermediate or 10+2 examination taken by the students of 10+2 or Intermediate College in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India. In India, primarily in the states of Gujarat, Kerala, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Goa.

The arrangement and format of the examination in India vary from one board to another board like UP board, MP Board, Maharashtra Board, Bihar Board, CBSE Board, ISC Board, etc.

HSC full form

Subjects in HSC Exams

After the completion of Matriculation or 10th standard, students are applied for Higher Secondary Examination.

Following are the two categories in which the Higher Secondary School Certificate is classified,

  • Science Program
  • Non-Science Program

Mentioned below following are the most common subjects in the HSC exam,

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Accounting
  • Agriculture


  • In-State examinations substantial and common variation is there which necessitate students to be examined in four or five subjects.
  • CBSE necessitates students to opt for five subjects and these five subjects are externally evaluated on the completion of XII standard, with the addition of some internally evaluated subjects like general studies, work experience and physical and health education. Students must pass each subject to acquire their full qualification.
  • CISCE provides a passing qualification certificate to those candidates who qualify four or five subjects which must comprise English at the same examination sitting and qualify the internally evaluated socially useful and productive work (SUPW) / work experience and community service. It is necessary that students should pass each subject to acquire their full qualification.

Subject Areas

  • In-State boards, subjects covered by them vary substantially.
  • CBSE necessitates students to opt and qualify examination in five subjects: two languages which comprise English or Hindi , with the addition of three electives: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, biotechnology, engineering, graphics, economics, political science, history, geography, business studies, accountancy, home science, fine arts, agriculture, computer science / informatics practices, multimedia and web technology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, physical education, music and dance, entrepreneurship, fashion studies, creative writing and translation studies.
  • CISCE necessitates students to opt and qualify four or five subjects, which should comprise English, at the same examination sitting and qualify the internally evaluated SUPW / work experience and community service.


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