Desperate 2.3 Million Indians Youth Apply For 368 Low-Level Govt Jobs

Lucknow;Sept19: Overwhelmed Indian officials are struggling to sift through applications after 2.3 million people applied for a few hundred low-level government jobs in Uttar Pradesh,a worrying sign that too many people are chasing too little work in Asia's
third-largest economy.

Prabhat Mittal, the hiring manager for the jobs in Uttar Pradesh, said he was stunned by the volume of applications.It would take more than three years to interview candidates.

The jobs pay 16,000 rupees a month and will involve making tea and passing files between government offices.Requirements for the 368 jobs include having finished primary school and being able to ride a bike.

The applicants included at least 255 people with doctorates and 150,000 graduates.

"It is unbelievable," Mittal said. "It is going to be very difficult for us to devise an appropriate entrance exam."

Last month, the Chhattisgarh state government cancelled plans to fill a handful of government jobs after being flooded with 75,000 applications.

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