History of the SEE

The Office of the Controller of Examinations (OCE), under the Ministry of Education, is responsible for managing and conducting the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examinations in Nepal. The inaugural SLC exams were held in 1934 (1990 BS), and since then, there have been numerous advancements in the administration of these examinations.

Annually, the OCE conducts national-level examinations for over 300,000 students. The SLC now called the Secondary Education Examination (SEE) is significant in a student's life as it determines their educational career path. The OCE, Sanothimi, Bhaktapur, serves as the officially recognized examination institution under the Ministry of Education.

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Throughout the history of the SLC/SEE, numerous students have achieved remarkable results, with many vying to garner the prestigious title of board toppers. Notably, Pushpabhakta Malla holds the distinction of being the first-ever board topper in Nepal. And Luna Bhatta created history in 2039 BS by becoming the first female board topper.

Facts about the SLC/SEE

  • Nepal introduced the SLC exams in 1934 AD/1990 BS. These exams are referred to as “Prabeshika Parikshha” in Nepali.
  • The students of Durbar High School were the first in Nepal to take the SLC exams, in 1934. Renowned for their difficulty, these exams are commonly known as the "Iron Gate".
  • Starting from 2074 BS, the SLC was renamed the SEE and a new grading system, using grades A to D began to be implemented.
  • The SLC was renamed as the SEE to indicate the new format's broader scope. The transition to the SEE has had quite an impact on educational practices in Nepal.
  • The announcement of SEE results and the exams themselves attract significant media attention in Nepal.
  • Scholars in Nepal have often voiced concerns regarding the SEE, criticizing the excessive pressure the exams put on students and for fostering an unhealthily competitive environment.