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How to apply for a PAN? Can an application for PA be made on plain paper?

PAN application should be made only on form 49A.  A PAN application (Form 49A) can be downloaded from the website of Income Tax department or UTIISL or NSDL (www.incometaxindia.gov.in, www.utiisl.co.in or tin.nsdl.com) or printed by local printers or photocopies (on A4 size 70 GSM paper) or obtained from any other source.  The form is also available at IT PAN Service centres and TIN Facilitation Centers.