The Unique ID Authority of India has directed all registrars and enrolment agencies associated with it to enrol applicants of CBSE’s Joint Entrance Examination on priority basis. “UIDAI has directed all its Registrars and enrolment agencies to enrol JEE applicants on priority basis,” UIDAI Chief Executive Officer Ajay Bhushan Pandey said in a statement.

CBSE has made Aadhaar card mandatory for JEE applicants. In its order dated November 26, CBSE said: “All the Indian citizen candidates should possess Aadhaar card issued by UIDAI. At the time of filling application form of JEE (Main)–2017, the candidates will have to enter their Aadhaar number, name, date of birth & gender which will be validated with the UIDAI’s data.”

UIDAI has already issued more than 108.27 crore Aadhaar numbers to the residents of India. In the age group of 5-18 years, 24.3 crore Aadhaars (69.5 per cent) have been generated as of November 15, 2016.

“In order to facilitate Aadhaar enrolment on priority basis to the JEE applicants, UIDAI has asked all its Regional Offices to make necessary arrangement of Aadhaar enrolment facility at all its Aadhaar enrolment Centres and also at the facilitation centres in each city of examination being set up by the CBSE till the last date of application,” Pandey said.

No payment should be charged by these centres from the applicants for Aadhaar enrolment, he added.