MUMBAI: Due to lack of suitable opportunities in the job market, qualified professionals are making a beeline for the maidans across the city where this year’s police recruitment drive is in progress.
The race to become a constable in the Mumbai police is turning out to be a rat race, with over two lakh people vying for just 1,137 vacancies this year. This comes to around a job for every 175 candidates. And among those wishing to get one of the coveted posts are 3 doctors, 5 lawyers, 167 MBAs and 423 engineers, in a telling comment on the lack of suitable opportunities in the job market.
While the minimum qualification required for the constabulary post is HSC (Std XII), there were snaking queues of professionally qualified youth at Hutatma Maidan in Naigaon, where the Mumbai Police is carrying out physical tests of the candidates. Around 9,000 candidates are undergoing the tests daily at Naigaon, Goregaon police grounds and Ghatkopar.
“Since April 8, we have started the recruitment process and it’s going to continue till May 8,” said Archana Tyagi, joint commissioner of police.
According to data available with Mirror, out of the over 2 lakh applications the police have received, 423 are Bachelors of Engineering, 167 are holders of Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degrees, 543 are post graduates like MCom, 28 have BEd degrees, 34 are Masters in Computer Science, 159 are MSC, 25 are Bachelors in Mass Media and Communication, 3 are Bachelors in Ayurveda Medical Sciences (BAMS), 3 are LLBs and around 167 are Bachelors in Business Administration.
Arup Patnaik, who was the Commissioner of Police (CP) in 2012, said he hadn’t witnessed so many engineers and other qualified professionals during the recruitment drive that year. “During my time as the CP, there were no applications from engineers or lawyers or doctors. There were a few post graduates. The problem with qualified youth from rural areas is that they are unable to communicate in English and hence are unable to bag jobs in the private sector.
The youth in Maharashtra are keen on government jobs. With the Make in India push, it is a sad reflection of our times that engineers are applying for this post, especially when there are so many infrastructural projects like the Metro and Coastal Road.”
However, Patnaik said that a constable’s job is not to be looked down upon. “A constable gets quarters to live in, Rs 25,000 salary a month and perks. They can appear for departmental exams for promotions and get into Anti-Terrorism Squad, intelligence and cyber-crime and can rise within five years of joining,” he said.