UP – 93,000 PhDs, Post-Graduates and Graduates apply for post of 62 Peon-messengers

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In a shocking turn of events, more than 50,000 graduates, nearly 28,000 post-graduates and 3,700 PhD holders have applied for the post of a Peon-messenger, as reported by India Times.

The current vacancy for the said post is, however, only 62 and the minimum eligibility criteria at the telecom wing of Uttar Pradesh Police is barely Class V pass. To further bifurcate the count, the undergraduate and post-graduate numbers also include MBAs and BTechs. Only 7,300 students have actually studied between Class V and Class XII out of a total count of 93,000.

As confirmed by the UP Police Department sources, this vacancy of 62 posts of a peon messenger has fallen vacant only after a gap of 12 long years. The job description for this post is described as,

Like that of a postman’s and the person has to deliver police telecom department’s messages from one office to the other

As per basic requirement for the said post, the traditional criteria was to access whether the applicant knew ‘how to ride a bicycle’. However, due to the surplus of over qualified applications now, the officials are planning to work out a ‘selection test’ plan.

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The Senior officials affirmed to have received nearly 93,500 applications for a total of 62 posts until 16th August. They clearly indicated that this pattern was a result for dearth of jobs in the market. Further, they also inferred that the demand for such a job would be high, primarily because this is a full time government job with a starting salary of Rs. 20,000 per month.

ADG (telecom) PK Tewari expressed his happiness to TOI stating that it was good that such over qualified candidates would be working in the department.

We would take work from them in other works also, technical candidates will also get faster promotion and will be asset to the department

He further added,

We are contemplating to change the pattern of the examination. As per the current standards of operation, the messenger peon must know how to ride a bicycle, but this time we are also thinking of conducting a written examination to test the basic skills of the candidates. It will include basic reasoning, few questions to test general knowledge of the candidates and some basic mathematics

Tewari also stated that the examination will be outsourced to a private agency and all efforts to ensure transparency and fair selection have been made.

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Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, on 4th August, in his inaugural address of the 11th session of Gautam Buddha University had said,

The biggest problem that the government facing today is that it cannot provide jobs to all the youths

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