Aadhaar not mandatory for NEET exams, other valid id proof can also be used: Supreme Court

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New Delhi, March 7: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said Aadhaar card is not mandatory for candidates to register for NEET or any other All India Exam. 

Driving License, Voters ID, Passport or Bank Account can be also used to register for competitive exams, the apex court said in its order.

A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, said this while referring to an earlier order by which the government had undertaken that it will not insist on Aadhaar-only identification till the top court decides on petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar.

The court’s judgement came on a plea by a Gujarat resident who has challenged the CBSE circular mandating Aadhaar-only identity for those appearing for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) examination for undergraduate medical courses: MBBS, Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

The examination for the NEET 2018 admission to undergraduate medical and dental courses is slated to be held on May 6.


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