2.3M Reply to Job Posting in India

It would take 4 years to interview them all
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2015 11:20 AM CDT
2.3M Reply to Job Posting in India
In this March 22, 2012 file photo, unemployed Indians stand in a queue to register themselves at the Employment Exchange Office in Allahabad, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.   (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh, File)

This story throws India's high unemployment levels into harsh relief: When the government of Uttar Pradesh announced 368 job openings for positions that pay about $240 per month, 2.3 million people applied. And, while the government jobs are menial and require only a fifth-grade education, at least 255 candidates have doctorates and more than 200,000 have graduate degrees, the AP reports. "This is astoundingly high number of applicants," a senior government officer says, adding that it "shows desperation of the youth who despite being highly educated is ready to do a job where he has to run errands and wash tea cups and saucers." Since interviewing all the applicants would take four years, a written exam will be used to narrow the field. (More India stories.)

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