Main objective of the Department of Government Examination is the assessment of Scholastic attainment of academic students and skilled attainments by conducting X and XII Board Examinations, Government Technical Examinations, Diploma in Elementary Education, NMMS, TRUSTS, National Talent Search Examinations and releasing of results in time, and issuing certificates therefore under the authority of Government of Tamil Nadu.
Every year under the academic stream of 10 year pattern SSLC and Higher Secondary Examination for the 12th standard are the main examinations conducted by this Department. In order to facilitate the students to continue the studies without any break, the Special Supplementary Examinations for X & XII are conducted for the benefit of students who have failed in March / April Examinations. From June / July 2012 candidates are allowed to appear for special supplementary examinations, irrespective of the number of subjects they failed.
The Directorate of Government Examinations also conducting the examinations for the Diploma in Elementary Education, The scanned copy of answer scripts is provided to the candidates who desire for it. Moreover retotalling and revaluation of answer scripts is also done for the candidates who desires.
In Order to impart minimum general education qualification to obtain employment / promotion at basic level , DGE conducts the ESLC Examinations and …. no of candidates were appeared in the examination conducted in Jan 2017.
Government Technical Examinations are conducted for the following subjects namely Drawing , Sewing , Agriculture , Printing , Music and Handloom Weaving to provide technical qualification for employment. The above examinations are conducted in two levels i.e. Lower & Higher Grade.
Tamil Nadu Rural Students Talent Search Examinationis being conducted every year in the month of September, to encourage the rural students.
The students studying in IX standard during the academic year, whose parental annual income does not exceed Rs.1 Lakh are eligible to appear for the Examination. 50 girls and 50 boys are selected from each district and a scholarship of Rs.1000/- per annum is granted for a continuous period of four years. Now, the students are allowed to apply through online. In the year 2016, 53,888 students appeared for the TRUST examination and 3,100 students were eligible for scholarships.
The Directorate of Government Examinations conducts the National Means Cum Merit Scholarship (NMMS) examination and the candidates are selected based on the marks and rule of reservation.
Candidates who have passed VII standard from Central/State Government Schools / Government Aided Schools with 55% of marks (50% of marks for SC/ST) and studying in VIII standard and whose parental annual income does not exceed Rs.1,50,000/- are eligible to appear for the examinations and the selected candidates will get a sum of Rs.6,000/- as scholarship per annum (at the rate of Rs.500/- per month) from IX standard onwards upto XII standard. This scheme provides scholarships to 6,695 candidates of Tamil Nadu every year. In the year 2016, ............ students appeared for NMMS examination.
The Directorate acts as the Nodal Agency for National Council for Educational Research and Training in conducting the National Talent Search Examination at Level I. Students, who are studying in X standard, in the State / Central Board Schools during the academic year, are eligible to appear for this examination.
After the publication of results of Level I conducted by the Directorate, the Level II examination is conducted by the National Council for Educational Research and Training at National level and the interview is conducted for the successful candidates. This scheme provides scholarship to 40 candidates of Tamil Nadu every year. The selected students are awarded scholarship of Rs.500/- per month from XI standard to XII standard and from degree level to Ph.D., level scholarship is paid as per the recommendation of U.G.C for a maximum period of 4 years. In the year 2016, 1,46,801 students appeared for the NTSE and 237 students have passed the first level.