New Delhi: The National Testing Agency (NTA) has issued a statement saying that Aadhaar card number will not be mandatory while one fills the application form for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2019 and National Eligibility Test (NET) December 2018.Also Read - How to Check Your Bank Balance Using Aadhaar Card: A Step-By-Step Guide Here

According to the notice issued by the NTA, candidates can also provide other IDs such as passport number, ration card number, bank account number or any other valid government identity number. This query came to notice during the filling up of forms of UGC NET September 2018. Also Read - Bizarre! Guests at Wedding in UP's Amroha Asked to Show Aadhaar Cards Before Dinner

The notice read, “It is hereby clarified that while filling in online application form and as per the ‘Replica of Application Form’ given in Annexure VIII (UGC-NET Bulletin December 2018) in the drop down box regarding ‘identification type’ and as also given on page 11, the Aadhaar number is only one of the types of identification and is not mandatory.” Also Read - Check For Fake Aadhaar, Voter ID Cards: HM Amit Shah Warns Against Demographic Changes Along Border Areas

For the unversed, the registration process for both JEE Mains and UGC NET started from September 1. Both the examination will be conducted twice a year.

NET is conducted every year to fill up the post of assistant professor and junior research fellowship and clearing the JEE Mains and advanced papers will make candidates eligible for admission to Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech), Bachelor of Engineering (BE) and Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) courses at Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) across India.