Unemployment's ugly side: 1 lakh Railways jobs, 2 crore applicants
The Indian Railways have confirmed that they have received 2 crore applications for 1 lakh job openings. The number is expected to increase further as the last day to submit applications is March 31. What is even depressing is that overqualified people like PhD holders have applied for technicians' roles! For assistant loco pilots and technicians role alone, over 50 lakh candidates have applied.
Details about the exam
The exam will be conduced to fill up 62,907 Group D and 26,502 Group C posts. It will be held in 15 languages, including Hindi, English, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarati, Kannada, Konkani, Assamese, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Odia, Tamil and Telugu. The date of the exam is still not finalized.
Too less government jobs, too many applicants
Mass recruitment drives, conducted by the state and central governments, usually attract a huge number of applicants. In 2015, Uttar Pradesh government received 23 lakh applications for 385 low-level government jobs. In 2016, over 5 lakh aspirants including MBA graduates and engineers applied for 3,140 vacancies of sweepers in UP. They were even asked to clean the drains for 'practicals'.
India's unemployment is a ticking bomb
According to a Financial Express report, the Narendra Modi government has failed to keep up its promise of creating one crore jobs each year. The report added, despite initiatives like 'Make In India' and 'Skill India', unemployment rose from 4.9% in 2013-14 rose to 5% in 2015-16. Further, demonetization has weakened the enthusiasm of investors, who would have otherwise created some jobs.