Best job in the world? 3,700 PhD holders aspire to be peon in UP
Lucknow: Over 3,700 PhD holders, 50,000 graduates and 28,000 post-graduates have applied for vacant positions in the telecom department of the Uttar Pradesh Police, for which there are all of 62 vacancies. The minimum qualification needed for the post is Class 5 pass. That so many over-qualified candidates are seeking government jobs must serve as an eye-opener to the state government, which has been making tall claims of creating job avenues for qualified youth. It also indicates the growing unemployment in Uttar Pradesh, that candidates are making a beeline for any government job that’s advertised.
The 62 posts had fallen vacant after 12 years. The job requires delivering telecom messages to different police departments, like a postman. Since qualifications for the post haven’t been upgraded and remain as per older days, it requires a self-declaration from the candidate that he knows how to ride a bicycle.
The department has received over 93,500 applications from over-qualified candidates, including many BBAs, MBAs and BTechs. Of the total applications received within the last date of 16 August, only 7,400 have studied under Class 12.
The salary, job security and pension are perhaps the main reasons for such an enthusiastic turnout. The postman’s job guarantees a minimum salary of Rs 20,000 per month plus additional perks.
PK Tewari, additional director general (ADG), telecom, Uttar Pradesh Police, said the department is overwhelmed by the response it has received from so many educated and technical candidates for clerical posts. “It’s good for the department, that we select more educated candidates and use them for other works as well,” he said.
But a large number of over-qualified candidates has forced the department to change the selection procedure. The selection used to be made using the cycle ride test. But now, the department is thinking of holding a written test to check basic general knowledge, reasoning and elementary mathematics of candidates.
File photo of applicants for jobs with the UP police department