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Aadhaar ID for more exams under study (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)

Proposal to make Aadhar mandatory for other exams
After making the Aadhaar card mandatory for all candidates appearing for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) to check impersonation, the government is considering extending the requirement to other competitive examinations.

Proposal for National Testing Institute to conduct exams
In another exam reform proposal, the Centre is also planning to start a specialised ‘National Testing Institute’ to conduct all important examinations which are now being conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Union HRD Minister, Mr. Javadekar said the government was preparing a Cabinet note to set up a National Testing Institute to hold competitive examinations for entry into educational institutions in engineering, medical and other fields.

Reason for recommending use of Aadhar
Aadhaar is a photo identity and a unique identity. In some States we see impersonation, which will be prevented. 

Present status
Aspirants seeking entry to the prestigious IITs, NITs and designated institutes, except candidates from Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir, have to write the JEE (Mains) examination in 2017 using their Aadhaar.

Controversy over mandatory use of Aadhar
There has been a controversy over whether the government can mandate Aadhaar for such activity, with the Supreme Court reminding the government that it could not mandate the Aadhaar number for scholarship schemes.

Justification by Government
Asked whether the government could demand possession of Aadhaar to appear for an examination, as no service or benefit was being provided, government said this was for security purposes.



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