APAAR ID (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Governance)

News-CRUX-10     27th October 2023        
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Context: Several state governments have recently requested schools to obtain parental consent for the creation of a new student identity card, known as the APAAR.


  • About: APAAR, which stands for Automated Permanent Academic Account Registry, is envisioned as a special ID system for all students in India, starting from childhood.
  • Each student would get a lifelong APAAR ID, making it easy to track academic progress from pre-primary education to higher education. 
  • APAAR would also serve as a gateway to Digi locker, a digital system where students can store their documents and achievements, such as exam results, report cards.


  • Vision: To create a positive change, allowing state governments to track literacy rates, dropout rates, and more, helping them make improvements.
  • Aim: To reduce fraud and duplicate educational certificates by providing a single, trusted reference for educational institutions. 
  • Only first party sources that issue certificates will be al- lowed to deposit credits into the system, ensuring authenticity.

How will it work?

  • Every individual will have a unique APAAR ID, which will be linked to the Academic Bank Credit (ABC), which is a digital storehouse that contains the information of the credits earned by stu- dents throughout their learning journey.
  • If the student changes schools, all her data in the ABC will be transferred to her new school just by sharing the APAAR ID.
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