None will be able to apply for Bangladesh Civil Service exams without National Identity Cards or NID.
The Public Service Commission took the decision at its meeting on Thursday, making it effective from the 38th BCS examinations, the Chairman of the commission Muhammed Sadique said.
He said NID numbers will be made mandatory for online applications as well.
"If NID is needed to buy a SIM card or open a bank account, then it should be mandatory for BCS exams too. It's not good that the rule was not in place," he said.
Asked if anybody does not have an NID, Sadique said the candidate would be shut out.