Big Numbers: 93,000 candidates including 3,700 PhD holders apply for peon job

‘Job crisis’ – an apparently disheartening term that has followed Indian youths around like a shadow. They struggle to get a decent job in the contemporary world, a reality which is hard to accept. Even if they are seen working in some companies, their work standards are of poor quality.

Millions of students study in different colleges with intentions to get a good job. But the reality is that there are a majority of degree holders with no jobs. But this is nothing new as the problem has been existing for a long time. The job searching trend never seems to end here. It is only growing day by day, which is a bad sign.

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Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi government and opposition are constantly fighting over ‘jobs crisis’ in India. Another shocking news has come from Uttar Pradesh where as many as 93,000 candidates including PhD holders, postgraduates have applied for ‘peon jobs’ that have an eligibility of Class V. This clearly depicts a message of the current unemployment situation in India.

As per a ToI report, 3,700 PHDs holders, 50,000 graduates, 28,000 PGs have applied for 62 posts of messengers in UP police. The post requires a minimum eligibility of Class V.

The recruitment process for the job needs just a self-declaration that the candidate knows how to ‘ride a bicycle’. However, given a large number of over-qualified candidates, the department came up with a new plan to conduct a selection test for the vacant posts for the last 12 years.

According to a senior official, the department is planning to include basic reasoning, few questions in a bid to test general knowledge of the applicants and some fundamental mathematics to test the basic skills of the applicants in the selection exam.

“The job is like that of a postman’s and the person has to deliver police telecom department’s messages from one office to the other,” a police department official told ToI.

Apart from a secured job, ‘high starting salary package’is one of the primary reasons why the post received so many applications. The starting salary for this post is Rs 20,000 per month. The youths believe that earning this much is far better than doing nothing.

Recently there were speculations that over 2 crore youths applied for around 1 lakh jobs in Indian Railways whereas two lakh candidates applied for 1,100 constable jobs in Mumbai Police previously this year. The applicants include doctors, lawyers and engineers. Likewise, in Rajasthan, 129 engineers, 23 lawyers, 1 chartered accountant and 393 postgraduates were interviewed for peon jobs.


Hailing from Chennai, Chaithanya G is the Managing Director of TheYouth. He has dedicated his whole life to reading and writing.