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SC: Aadhaar Not Mandatory For Enrolment In NEET Or Other All India Exams

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| March 8 , 2018 , 14:44 IST

The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) not to make Aadhaar -only identification for enrolment of students appearing in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) or in other all-India examinations. 

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A five-judge constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, along with Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Ashok Bhushan ruled that apart from Aadhaar card, candidates can also provide their passport, voter ID or driving licence, or ration card or give their bank account number as proof of identity.

The Unique Identification Authority of India told the court that it has not asked the Central Board of Secondary Education to insist on Aadhaar-only identification.

The court was hearing a plea from Gujarat resident Abid Ali Yusuf Bhai Patel who has challenged the CBSE circular mandating Aadhaar-only identity for those appearing for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

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The court has directed the CBSE to upload the information to its website.