Kerala Higher Secondary (HSE)

The Directorate of Higher Secondary Education (DHSE), which functions under the Kerala Board of Public Examinations conducts the Kerala Higher Secondary (HSE) exams. It also decides the curriculum, syllabus and enforces other educational policies for Plus 2 examinations. The Class 12 board exams are very important in a student’s life. Only if they pass the Kerala Higher Secondary (HSE) exam will they be eligible for admission to a college or university for higher education.

In this article, we have compiled most of the information regarding HSE Kerala. Read on to find the HSE exam resources like study materials, latest news from the board etc.

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Latest News

  • The DHSE announced the results for the 2023 Kerala Board Plus 2 Examination. Students can check their results on the Board’s official website.

About the Kerala HSE Board: DHSE

Earlier known as the pre-degree courses, the Classes 11 and 12 are now under the authority of DHSE (Directorate of Higher Secondary Education). They are also called Plus One and Plus Two. Every year, the DHSE conducts the board exams for the Class 12 or higher secondary students. HSE Kerala students need to pass the board exams to be eligible to secure a seat for higher education.

 Read on to learn more about the functions and responsibilities of the Kerala Board.

Functions of KBPE HSE Board

Here is a list of the other functions performed by the Kerala Class 12 Board:

  1. Forming, and implementing the rules and regulations in accordance with the guidelines set by the State and Central board
  2. Implementing the syllabus/curriculum of all the grades
  3. Implementing the exam schedule, textbooks, question papers etc
  4. Conducting examinations and announcing the results

Overview of the HSE Kerala Board 

Here is an overview of the Kerala HSE Board:

Exam Name Kerala HSE Exam 2023
Conducted by Directorate of Higher Secondary Education (DHSE) 
Exam Dates 10th March 2023 to 30th March 2023
Number of Students Approximately 5 lakhs
Official Website
Tentative Result Date 25th May 2023

HSE Kerala Board Exam Resources

We at BYJU’S understand the importance of passing the HSE Kerala Board exams. The result from this exam determines the student’s eligibility to study further. To help students prepare for the exams, we’ve compiled the Kerala HSE Board exam resources. This includes syllabus, list of textbooks, exam dates, time tables, results, question papers etc to help students prepare for the Plus 2 board exam. 

Study Materials for Kerala Board Class 12

Here is a list of study materials including the syllabus, textbooks, exam pattern, question papers etc to help students prepare for the Kerala Board HSE exam.

Kerala Board Class 12 Syllabus

The HSE Syllabus provides an overview of the course and gives students a brief idea of the topics and lessons in the course. The Class 12 syllabus is created according to the Kerala Board’s guidelines following a thorough research by experts. Referring to the syllabus helps Class 12 students prepare better for the board exams. Click on the link below to download the syllabus for KBPE Class 12.

KBPE Syllabus for Class 12

Kerala HSE Textbooks

The textbooks prescribed by the DHSE for Class 12 are a great asset for students. It acts as a guide for the syllabus and helps students get an in-depth understanding of the subject. It also helps the students prepare for board exams effectively. Here is a list of HSE Kerala textbooks:

HSE Kerala Exam Timetable

The date sheet or the exam timetable is very important for Class 12 students. The DHSE Class 12 timetable gives students the details of the exam schedule including the date and time of the exam, which helps them plan their study time. This year, the HSE exam was held from 10th March 2023 to 30th March 2023. 

HSE Kerala Sample Papers

The Kerala Board HSE sample question papers are one of the best ways for Class 12 students to prepare for the board exam. Solving these papers helps them understand the exam paper pattern, marks distribution and frequently asked questions. It also helps them learn to manage their time and answer all the questions within the exam duration and also increases their confidence. Here is a list of Plus 2 sample question papers:

Kerala Board Class 12 Previous Year’s Question Papers

The question papers that appeared in the previous years board exams are also a great asset for students. Solving these question papers helps students prepare better for the exams. It helps them learn the different kinds of questions asked in a chapter under different question types. For example, MCQs, short answer questions, long answer questions, essays etc. Here is a list of Kerala Board Plus 2 previous years question papers:

Kerala HSE Exam Pattern

Here are some details of the 2023 HSE Kerala Board exam pattern:

Minimum Passing Marks for HSE Kerala

The exams for each of the HSE subjects will be conducted for a total of 100 marks. Out of this, students need to score at least 30% marks to pass the exam.

Exam Duration

The Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Psychology and Geography exams will be conducted for 2 hours. The Economics, Mathematics, Political Science, History and English exams will be conducted for 2.5 hours.

Kerala Board HSE Results and Result Analysis

The results for the HSE Kerala exams are usually declared in the month of May/June. The DHSE releases the Class 12 board exam results online on their official website: and This year, the Board released the kerala Plus 2 results on 25th May 2023. Read on to find a comparison of the Kerala Plus 2 exam results

HSE Kerala Year-Wise Comparison

  • Total Number of Students

The number of students appearing for the Kerala Board Plus Two exams have significantly dropped over the past few years. But the pass percentage has increased. The chart below depicts the number of students that attended and passed the exams from 2016-2023.

Number of Students Appearing in Plus Two Exam throughout the Years

  • Overall Pass Percentage of Kerala Plus Two Exam

The pass percentage in the Kerala Board HSE exams over the past few years has been good. It has shown an upward trend from 2016 to 2018. The overall pass percentage for the year 2016 was 94.05%, 88.75% for 2018 and 85.13% for 2020.

The recent years have seen a gradual; decrease in the overall percentages of Kerala Board Class 12 exams. 2023 saw a decrease in overall pass percentage with 82.95% passing as compared to that of 83.87% students passing last year. 

See a chart of the overall pass percentage below:

Total Pass Percentage of Plus Two students over the Years

To get the latest Books for Plus Two, Kerala State Board Class 12 Syllabus, Question Papers, Timetable and more come to BYJU’s. We also offer interactive and interesting video lessons to make the learning process more effective.

Also, stay tuned for more study materials or exam resources such as Kerala state education board textbooks

Frequently Asked Questions on HSE Kerala Board Exam


What is the Class 12 examination called in Kerala?

The class 12 board examination, which is conducted by the DHSE(Directorate of Higher Secondary Education), is called HSE in Kerala.


When is the Kerala Board Plus 2 Exam conducted?

The DHSE conducts the Plus 2 board examination in the month of March/April in affiliated schools.


What is the minimum percentage required to pass the Kerala Board Plus exam?

Students should score a minimum of 30% marks in each subject to pass the HSE Kerala board examination.


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