Mantralaya employee Avinash Chaugule was the cynosure of all eyes as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis felicitated him for creating a record on Tuesday.
Fadnavis also offered celebratory sweets to Chaugule and even posed for pictures with him and uploaded them with his tweet.
Chaugule, who lives in Mumbai with his parents, brother, sister, wife and a son, joined the state government in 1987.
He was overwhelmed by the honour and felicitation and was at a loss of words to express his feelings.
"I am very happy, I was determined to pass. Mathematics was a major problem," he told media persons.
"My friends used to tease me and say -- what is the need? I would definitely pass (the exams) some day," he said, nine days after turning 50.
The results were declared on Monday.
Revealing his 'secret' to finally clear the SSC exams, Chaugule smiled and said this time he studied all the question papers of the previous years.
(With inputs from agencies)