Plus one entrance through SCOLE-Kerala

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There are students who deservingly passed SSLC/equivalent qualification but didn’t get the entrance for higher education to the 11th grade. SCOLE-Kerala is a govt initiative that provides the chance to get plus two for people of any age by registering online. (SCOLE-KERALA: State Council for Open and Lifelong Education-Kerala, Vidya Bhavan, Poojappura, Thiruvanthapuram-695 012: Ph- 0471 2342271; Web:

This qualification is equal to higher secondary. The fees will be minimal. Just the fact that at the State Higher Secondary exam held on March 2022, 583 SCOLE-Kerala students scored A+ in all subjects proves the feasibility of this format.

For the 2022-24 batch entrance you can register online till Oct 10th. By adding a fee of Rs 60, you can still register online till October 17th. You can remit the fees through net banking/debit/credit card. Through the challans generated online, you can also remit the fees offline at post offices.

Two days after online registration, you have to send the applications along with the necessary documents to the district centres. You can access the address of the district centres as well as the address of the higher secondary schools where the programmes are conducted on the website. They are not accepting applications at the govt offices. Following are the areas where the entrance is open

» Higher secondary-Open General: English is compulsory for the first part. For the second part, you can pick from 12 languages including Malayalam, Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Kannada, and French. In the third part, you can take Science, Humanities, and Commerce group combination courses. There are self-study materials, interactive classes conducted by higher secondary teachers during holidays, and practical classes. There are combinations available for medical-engineering studies. The exam centres will be chosen from higher secondary schools.

» Higher secondary-Private Registration: First and second parts will be like Open Generals. You can write exams registering for humanities, and commerce combinations alone. There will be 2-day orientation classes. You have to appear for the 11th and 12th exams.

» Higher secondary-Special category Part 3: Those who passed one subject combination in the higher secondary will be in the open general category. Without cancelling the earlier registration, you can study for subjects (part 3) in another combination. Though you might not be required to appear for the exams in the subjects you previously passed, you have to study for two years.

Other factors

At Lakshadweep, they don’t have an open general category, but you can go for private registration. Those who studied for Higher secondary/equivalent courses earlier will have to cancel their registrations and apply for fresh ones. They are required to apply for the new registration along with the originals of the cancellation memo. Since the announcement of interactive classes and exams are through mobile phones, students and parents are required to provide their phone numbers. For more details, you can check the website.

Other SCOLE-KERALA courses

» Higher Secondary –2nd-year entrance/ re-entry: Those who have completed 11th grade at any approved board and registered for exams can register for 12th. They should submit a ‘not remitted the 12th-grade fees’ certificate. You can get a lateral entry to the 12th grade Kerala syllabus though you haven’t taken the 11th grade Kerala syllabus. You are required to follow certain rules for this.

» Vocational Higher Secondary-Additional Mathematics: Those who have taken the VHSE B group can study more mathematics.

» Diploma in Computer Applications (DCA): Regular of parallel DCA course along with Higher Secondary Regular studies may earn you the eligibility for the appointment of assistant at Secretariat or PSC Office. The course will be 6 months to 3 years. You can study at the selected Higher Secondary schools. 

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