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Masters in engineering, law apply for junior clerk posts in Gujarat University | Ahmedabad News

AHMEDABAD: Sheetal Upadhyay, one of the candidates for the position of junior clerk at Gujarat University (GU), possesses an LLM degree. The qualification for the post is graduation, which is higher than the state government’s requirement of class XII pass for a similar position.
“I have been applying in all the relevant exams of the state government. Qualification is not important, as secure jobs are very scarce,” said Upadhyay, echoing sentiments of other candidates.
The great rush for the ‘safe and secure’ jobs continues in Gujarat – at GU, for the position of 92 clerks, the university authorities have received 8,000 applications or roughly 87 candidates for every seat. Upadhyay is one of the 3,000-odd candidates or 37.5% of aspirants who have masters’ degree or more than one degrees.
Sources said that the number includes 958 with MCom. degree, 580 with MA, 384 with MSc, 167 with MBA, 119 with MCA, 109 with MSW, 41 with ME, 37 with MLib, 20 with MTech, 14 with LLM, 7 with MPharm degrees among others. While one candidate has a degree in health administration, four others come from disciplines such as BDS, BAMS and nursing.
According to the provisions of the sixth pay commission, the junior clerks get Rs 30,000 monthly salary, out of which they get around Rs 25,000 in hand.
Sources said that till last recruitments, there was a straight selection process – often walk-in interviews and probation period of a year. This year, the high number of candidates has not only forced the authorities to keep the qualification bar higher than the government recruitment, but also conduct it in at least two phases of written exam and interview to bring down the number of final candidates.
Himanshu Pandya, the GU vice-chancellor, said that there has been a very high number of applications for the 92 positions advertised. “We have currently postponed the recruitment process owing to technical reasons. Entrance test will soon be conducted with the announcement of the new date,” he said.
It’s the lure of government jobs that has seen a record number of candidates in almost all the recruitment drives in the past few years, said experts. Coordinator for a major coaching class in Gandhinagar told TOI on condition of anonymity that the exams are getting more and more competitive with highly qualified candidates in the fray.
“Last year for the 3,400 post of talati, the state government had received a record 17 lakh applications – giving the candidates 0.2% chances of getting selected,” said the former government official turned tutor for competitive exams. “It not only reflects the change in trend of seeking secure jobs but also how the private sector has failed to lure the talents.”


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