Job hunting can be rough for everyone, no matter where you live. But imagine, just imagine, having to compete against 2.3 million people for just 368 jobs? And we're not talking flashy jobs. These jobs involve making tea.
That's the calculation facing officials in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh. Officials in the Northern Indian state were bombarded with applicants — including from those with high-level academic credentials — for government office jobs that involve such tasks as making tea and running errands, the Associated Press reported.
"These candidates only have to be interviewed but my estimate is that the entire process will take at least four years to complete even if there are 10 boards interviewing 200 candidates a day for 25 days a month," senior official Prabhat Mittal told the BBC.
A written exam will be used to screen applicants, according to reports.
The jobs require a fifth-grade education and pay about $240 a month, but the applicants included 255 people who hold doctoral degrees and more than 200,000 with graduate degrees, AP reported.
The applicant-to-job ratio represents how bad unemployment has become in Uttar Pradesh, home to more than 200 million people. One government survey estimates that the state will have 13.2 million unemployed young people by 2017.
"This is an astoundingly high number of applicants," senior government officer Alok Ranjan said. "This reflects the condition of the job market in India and shows the 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."
One candidate, Alok, has a PhD and told the Times of India, "it's better to work as a peon than to roam without a job."
Ratan Yadav, who holds a graduate degree, told the outlet, "there is nothing wrong in taking up menial work."