According to the Financial Times, some 2.3 million people applied for the entry-level positions seeking Northern India-based employees who tidy up, bring beverages to officials, or act as night guards.
The monthly starting salary was disclosed as approximately 15,600 rupees (CAD$315) – well above the Wold Bank estimate of India’s average per-capita monthly income of 8,785 rupees (CAD$177).
Senior government officer Alok Ranjan said the staggeringly high number of applicants reflects the region’s issue with unemployment.
“This reflects the condition of job market in India and 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.”
More than 250 applicants held doctorates degrees and 25,000 held a master’s, reported the FT – the online ad’s simply called for candidates between 18 and 40-years old who had at least five years of schooling and the ability to ride a bicycle.
Prabhat Mittal, administrative secretary for the state government, said she was shocked by the response.
“We had not anticipated the situation,” she told the FT. “In 2006, for about 260 jobs we received 100,000 applications. But in nine years, the figure has gone up so much."
When Uttar Pradesh state government advertised 368 junior posts, the team expected a positive response – but it’s unlikely anyone could have predicted what was to come.