Published On: Wed, Sep 16th, 2015

Phd holders, Post Graduates among 23 lakh applicants for peons post in UP government

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A record of sort was created after the UP government, which advertised for 368 posts of peon in secretariat, got 23 lakh responses. Graduates, post graduates and even Phd holders are among the 23 lakh applicants vying for the post of peon in Uttar Pradesh government secretariat.

The minimum qualification for the post of peon is that the applicant should be a class five pass out and know how to ride a bicycle. The age of the applicant should be minimum 18 Years and maximum 40 years. The salary for the post was Rs 5,200-20,200 with a grade pay of Rs 1800.

This is not one of its kind incidents in the atmosphere of increasing unemployment. Just a fortnight ago, Chhattisgarh government’s Directorate of Economics and Statistics cancelled the examination for 30 posts of peons after it received 75,000 applications. The recruitment eligibility criterion for this post was also the qualification up to Class V. Grabbing the opportunity, opposition parties in unison attacked the SP-led state government over its promise of providing employment to youths in the state.

Of the total 368 posts, 268 are for general category and the rest are for SC, ST and other reserved categories. “When we categorised the applications viz a viz a qualification, we were surprised to find that 255 doctorates have applied for the job,” a senior secretariat administration official said.

He said that while more than 1.5 lakh graduates have applied for the job, the number of post graduates is 24,969, he said.

High school or equivalent pass outs comprise the maximum numbers with more than 11.21 lakh applicants as compared to class five pass outs, whose number is 53,426. Even class 12th job seekers outnumber the minimum qualification with more than 7.5 lakh candidates. While 1,405 candidates are in others category, 2,681 are unclassified.

The bright side of the all this is that the secretariat peons will be the most qualified and would be able to do things their bosses can not do.

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