In 1953, the Board Of Secondary Education Of Andhra Pradesh (BSEAP) also known as the Directorate of Government Examinations was established to execute and govern various activities of secondary education of Andhra Pradesh. It is an autonomous department functioning under the ministry of secondary education, Government of Andhra Pradesh. It supervises the system of Secondary education in Andhra Pradesh State playing the following roles:
- Devising the courses of study
- Prescribing syllabus
- Conducting examinations
- Granting recognition to schools
- Providing support, leadership and direction for all secondary educational institutions under its jurisdiction
The AP class 10 examination, popularly known as the SSC exam, is conducted by the Directorate of Government Examinations, twice in a year. The Annual exam is conducted in the month of March and the Advanced Supplementary Examination is conducted in May/June. Every year, over six lakh students from across the state appear for the SSC exam. In addition to SSC examinations, the board also conducts other minor exams.