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Face recognition technology has evolved as a popular identification technique to perform verification of human identity. By using the feature extraction methods and dimensionality reduction techniques in the pattern recognition applications, a number of facial recognition systems has been produced with distinct measure of success. Various face recognition algorithms and their extensions, have been proposed in the past three decades. However, face recognition faces challenging problems in real life applications because of the variation in the illumination of the face images. In the recent years, the research is focused towards Illumination-invariant face recognition system and many approaches have been proposed. But, there are several issues in face recognition across illumination variation which still remains unsolved. This paper provides a research on an efficient illumination-invariant face recognition system using Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT) and Principal Component Analysis (PCA). For processing the illumination invariant image, low frequency components of DCT are used to normalize the illuminated image, odd and even components of DCT is used for compensation in illumination variation and PCA is used for recognition of face images. The existing approaches in illumination Invariant face recognition are comprehensively reviewed and discussed. The proposed approach is validated with Yale Face Database B. Experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach in the performance of face recognition.