Finding a Government Job is Painful India

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Government job finding in India a painful process

Finding a job in the government in India can be a painful process, and can even create confrontations between spouses and family members.
Anish Tomar is applying for a job as an Indian civil servant. He couldn't be more familiar with the process-this was his seventh attempt to secure the position. As usual, the competition was fierce, but this time he even competed with his wife for the role of medical staff on the Indian Railways.

This job is a relatively low-level job, but it attracts hundreds, if not thousands, of people. This is the same situation as Tomar's previous attempt to secure a government position. He was not fault-finding-he had previously applied for teachers and rangers, but all ended in failure.

"I did not pass a medical examination in the forestry department," said the 28-year-old.

1000s of Civil Service Positions

There are thousands of civil servant positions like Indian Railways
He currently works as a marketing director for a health care company in Rajasthan, northern India, an area known for the textile industry. His monthly salary is Rs 25,000 ($ 370, £ 273). He felt overworked and underpaid. "I sometimes even have to answer the phone in the middle of the night," he said, "no time to rest."

For those like Tomar in small Indian towns, the opportunity to find a government job is worth fighting for. These roles are accompanied by job security, titles and free medical support for the family. There are other extra benefits, such as a travel pass for the employee's family. Importantly, the only limitation on this benefit is that family members must be dependents, but Indian families can be huge and this can quickly add up.

Vacancies in the Indian Police Force have also prompted a large number of applicants

After a comprehensive civil service pay review in 2006, the starting salaries of civil servants remained competitive relative to the private sector. If Tomar gets the job he wants, including at a hospital operated by the Indian Railways for his employees, he could get a monthly salary of Rs 35,000.

Therefore, it is not surprising that many people responded when a department such as the National Railways or the police started to recruit people. The number of candidates will significantly exceed the number of positions.

Tomar needs a bit of luck to get a job at the Indian Railways because there are more than 200 applicants per job. In March of this year, the Railway Recruitment Commission issued about 1,00,000 advertisements for jobs available across the country, including railway workers, porters and electricians. The number of applicants exceeds 23 million.

This overwhelming response is not surprising. A few weeks later, 200,000 Mumbai residents applied for 1,237 police positions and were the lowest-ranking police officer in Mumbai.
 In 2015, Uttar Pradesh received 368 civilian jobs and received 2.3 million applications. There are 6,250 applicants for each position.

The numbers are so high that state officials have put on hold recruitment efforts because they need more than four years to interview all candidates.

Similar was a case with State officials at a government district hospital in Uttar Pradesh. Looking across India's various industries and income levels, it is difficult to find jobs comparable to civil servants.

Degrees for Government Jobs

In many cases, the qualifications for candidates for these positions far exceed the requirements of civil servants-a significant percentage of applicants also have engineering or business degrees. However, in order to qualify for a local government position, candidates need only have the ability to ride a bicycle and be educated over the age of 10. To get any of the 100,000 jobs on the railroad, candidates must have completed high school.

What attracts so many highly qualified people to do these jobs? In addition to wages and benefits, more conditions must be provided.

For those who are lucky enough to find a government job, it also means he has a higher position in the arranged marriage market. This is a situation described in the 2017 stubborn Newton, and it is also an opportunity for India to officially enter the Oscar. In the movie, actor Raj Kumar Law's eponymous character finds that his humble government position is an advantage in finding a spouse.

"Her father is a contractor and you are a government official. It's a luxury life," Newton's father said. "They also provided a dowry of one million rupees and a motorcycle," his mother added.

Railroads in particular occupy an important place in the cultural psychology of India. Think about traveling across the United States and by road. For India, it travels by train. According to an article in August 2017, India's railway system has carried more passengers in air-conditioned carriages (trains also have non-air-conditioned carriages) than all domestic airlines combined.

Some Indian government jobs have brought very popular benefits such as medical and travel passes for family members

The development of towns such as Gollahpur and Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh and towns like Itasi in southern Madhya Pradesh is due to their railway connections. In the heart of India, civil servants have always been respected.

"These areas were originally agricultural and feudal societies, where employment with the government is socially prestigious," said Amitaba Harley, executive director of the Railway Recruitment Commission. "This mentality still exists today."

This is evident in higher-ranking Indian civil servants, such as the Indian Elite Administration (IAS). Central Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have the highest number of IAS applicants each year.

A senior railway official, who asked not to be named, said that on average, 15,000 employees in the railway services department apply to return home each year. "Most of these applications are for transfer to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar."

However, the dairy belt area around the Ganges is one of the areas with the highest poverty and illiteracy rates in India. With a job with the government, people have the opportunity to be transferred back to where they grew up instead of continuing to work elsewhere.

Continued deepening of overpopulation and job scarcity has led to personal fanaticism and almost obsessive pursuit of government work. A police officer at the Railway Protection Force (RPF), DT, was selected during his 25th job seeking government service. He has previously applied for the Indian Border Police (ITBP) and the Indian Army.
His colleague and companion JS spent four years applying to various departments, including the Uttar Pradesh Police and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). On the other hand, this year's IAS number one recruiter, 28-year-old former Google employee Anudeep Durishetty, took the Indian civil service exam for seven consecutive years and finally entered India.

Applying for government work in India can also be a family matter 

Wonderful JS's wife is currently studying to become a teacher at the Gazbad Government School in Uttar Pradesh, where the couple grew up. "I will apply for a transfer within a year, so when she finds a job, I will also apply for a transfer," he said.

Also, what about Pirija, the spouse of Anish Tomar? She also put her hat into the medical service post of the railway bureau. Instead of seeing herself as a rival to her husband, she has increased the chance that someone in the family will get a coveted government job. "Why not?" She said. "The starting salary is good. This job will bring prestige and dignity to my family."

The passing rate is about one-thousandth. How cool is it to be a civil servant in India?

The Indian civil service exam is called "the hardest exam in the world" because of the difficulty of the test questions, the high degree of competition, and the strict admission procedures. India's "National Examination" is organized by the Indian Federation of Civil Servants Commission. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people apply each time, and the average admission rate is about one-thousandth. But as long as you have the iron rice bowl, it means that happy life is beckoning to you.

According to media reports, in 2016, approximately 900,000 people across India signed up for the National Examination, but the government provided only over a thousand jobs. Take the Indian civil service exams, the average admission rate is only 0.03%, which is a veritable "choose one." Although the exam is extremely strict, it is relatively fair and fair. Therefore, the "National Examination" has almost become the only opportunity for many Indian children to change their destiny and enter the elite ranks.

Why do so many people want to be admitted to the civil service?

According to a reporter from the Global Times, civil servants not only have high social status, but also have considerable income and benefits. According to different positions, the monthly basic salary of civil servants within 5 years of employment is about 15,000 to 39,000 rupees (1 rupee is about 0.1 yuan), and 15 years of civil service is 37,000 to 67,000 rupees.

In addition to the basic salary, there are various items on the salary scale, such as grade salary, transportation subsidy, child subsidy, food subsidy, communication subsidy, special subsidy area or grass-roots subsidy fee. Moreover, due to higher foreign subsidies and other diplomatic systems, their salaries are better than those of civil servants working in other systems. In 2013, Kobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York, who was involved in the "nanny pay door", was paid a monthly salary of nearly $ 4,200.

According to the regulations of the Indian government, a certain level of civil servants can have official residences in accordance with their own ranks, special cars equipped with police lights and drivers, and the government will also provide chefs, nanny and other service staff for civil servants. Quite a generous pension. In addition, in addition to statutory holidays each year, civil servants can enjoy benefits such as paid leave and medical leave that vary in time.

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