A Patwari is a lower level land revenue official and this year’s Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (popularly known as Vyapam) will conduct the online exam for about 9200 patwari posts in the state.
The officials were not expecting that 1 out of every 70 persons in the state will apply for the job especially since the minimum qualification was recently raised to Graduate level. As reported by Hindustan Times, MPPEB officials said about one-third of them who applied for the lowest pay job with a pay grade of 5200-20200 possessed PhDs, post-graduate degrees in arts, science and technical education.
The exam will be held in two shifts every day over a period of 23 days (9th Dec – 31st Dec) at 16 district headquarters which translates to roughly 25000 applicants giving the exam daily.
The opposition parties say that this is a sign of rampant unemployment in the state and a sign of abject mismanagement by the Shivraj Singh Chauhan led BJP government which has been in power since 2005.
This is not the first time
In 2016, more than 9 lakh aspirants, including those with PhDs, postgraduate or engineering degrees, applied for the post of about 14,000 police constables in Madhya Pradesh.
In 2015 too, out of the 6.1 lakh candidates who had applied for the post of a forest guard in MP, about 1.17 lakh were graduates, 23,416 postgraduates, more than 12,000 were engineers and 34 PhD degree holders.
For some time now, Madhya Pradesh, the heartland of India, has been lagging behind other states in almost all social indices and sectors except in agriculture but this is a problem which is not just limited to MP.
In 2017 itself, 25 Lakh applications were received for 6000 Group D Posts In West Bengal while two years ago, in Uttar Pradesh 23 Lakh people applied for 368 Peon’s Job.