The Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad has made it mandatory for students to carry their Aadhaar cards for appearing in the upcoming Class 10 and 12 board exams. The UP Board high school and intermediate school exams will start from February 6.

Additional Chief Secretary Sanjay Agrawal directed the school authorities to make Aadhaar mandatory for the board exams, News18 reported. Any student failing to bring Aadhaar card will be barred from appearing for the exam, reports said.

“With the help of Aadhaar number, we will be able to curb fraudulent registrations and many other malpractices,” UP Board Secretary Neena Srivastava told The Indian Express.

More than 37 lakh students are expected to appear for the Class 10 examination while over 30 lakh students will take the Class 12 exam.