BODL WB provides free education up to higher secondary level, especially to the children belonging to BPL CARD HOLDER & Scheduled Tribes. It was observed that there was an urgent need to reach the STs, socially and educationally disadvantaged classes and other culturally, economically, geographically weaker sections of the society in the State of westbengal

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Pre-university course

Pre University Course, popularly known as PUC is an intermediate course (which is known as 10+2) of duration two years conducted by state education institutions or boards inIndia. A person desiring admission to any Indian university must pass this course. The course can be considered a degree bridge course to prepare students for university education. The admission to this course is based on marks obtained in SSLC or standard 10 or bridge course which is equivalent to standard 10.Indian education system follows 10+2+3( 4 or 5) pattern, i.e.; number of years required for one to obtain a Bachelor's Degree. This Pre-University Course (PUC)is also known as PDC (Pre Degree Course), + 2or Intermediate course. The state of Karnataka conducts PUC examinations in PUC II for university admissions.This has mainly three streams in their programs as science, commerce and arts as the optional.

Generally three streams of studies are followed, Art, Commerce and Science. Students desiring to study professional courses in Karnataka must pass this exam in science stream and also qualify in Common Entrance Test conducted by CET cell of government of Karnataka. This is required to get admission (merit seats) in colleges offering professional courses like medicine,engineering,dentistry,nursing and pharmacy.
Recently, the Karnatka PUC Board attempted to make the First year PUC exams public in an attempt to filter out bad students and improve overall score. (As only about 40% of students pass the exam, 60% of students who write the exam fail, and only about 1.5% get above 85 as their overall percentage) The colleges offering pre university course are known as PU Colleges or Junior colleges in India.

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