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Two million Indians reply to ad for 300 clerical jobs

Two million Indians reply to ad for 300 clerical jobs

Two million Indians reply to ad for 300 clerical jobs

Written by Staff Writer

18 Sep, 2015 | 10:59 am

Authorities in India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, say they have been overwhelmed after receiving 2.3 million applications for 368 low-level government jobs.

Prerequisites for the posts include having primary school qualifications and being able to ride a bicycle.

But, tens of thousands of graduates, post-graduates and others with doctorate degrees have also applied.

An official said it will take four years to interview all the candidates.

These candidates only have to be interviewed but my estimate is that the entire process will take at least four years to complete even if there are 10 boards interviewing 200 candidates a day, for 25 days a month.

Those who have applied for the posts, advertised in August, include 255 PhD holders and 152,000 graduates.

With the number of applicants, there are more than 6,250 candidates vying for each post.

The successful candidates will receive a monthly salary of 16,000 rupees ($240; £156).

Unemployment is a huge challenge in Uttar Pradesh where tens of millions are out of work.

The state, with a population of 215 million, is expected to have 13.2 million unemployed young people by 2017, according to one estimate.

Government recruitment drives have attracted massive responses in other parts of India, too.

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