The application form to apply for PAN card has undergone changes twice this year. The first change was to include the option of transgender in the forms. PAN card application forms, i.e., Forms 49A and 49AA have been amended to include an option for transgender along with 'male' and 'female'. In addition to that, no supporting documents would be required for proof of gender.
Another major change in the forms is doing away with the mandatory requirement of mentioning father's name. An applicant is not mandatorily required to quote his/her father's name if the mother of the applicant is a single parent. This rule came into effect from December 5, 2018.