Government Jobs – Finding a needle in a haystack!

At the present time, 3 out of 2 Graduates & 4 out of 5 Post Graduates are aiming for Government Jobs. The reason behind this huge demand is several myths about the government jobs in India. Although, the fact is that government jobs are like finding a needle in a haystack. In this article, I am going to discuss the percentage share of top 15 government jobs exams in number job creation & candidates participation. Later, we will have a look at their data one by one. 

Government Jobs

Few Facts about Government Jobs in the Present Scenario

Recently, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh government received applications from postgraduates and Ph.D. holders in response to notifications released for porters & safai karamchari jobs. More than five lakh candidates applied for 3,275 contractual sweeper vacancies.

Moreover, in another part of the country, where an exam of an entry-level position for a central government department was conducted. There were only 374 vacancies & a recruitment advertisement was released in only one State. And Guess What Happened? More than 2.4 lakh people applied and 1.3 lakh were given hall tickets to write the exam!

Although these exams were uncertain, the ratio of the number of appeared candidates to the number of vacant posts was found to be 0.003. This gives us a clear look at the competition in finding government job or lack of government jobs in India.

Top 15 Government Jobs 

This top 15 list contains all the famous government job exams from Bank Clerk to IAS Officer. Before going through these exams one by one, let’s have a combined look at their percentage share in job creation & candidates participation.

Percentage of vacancies offered by different Government Job Exams

The above chart shows the percentage share of jobs offered by different government job exams. These 15 exams are responsible for creating more than 1.05 lacs job opportunities every year. The SBI & IBPS Clerk exam outshines all other government job exam share as they are responsible for more than 50% of the total job opportunities. They are followed by RRB, IBPS + SBI PO, IBPS SO, which are responsible for creating around 30% job opportunities. The SSC is responsible for creating around 11% government jobs opportunities whereas the rest government job exams contribute only 7% to the total in which GATE accounts for 5%.

The percentage share of candidates participating in different Government Job Exams.

The above chart shows the percentage participation of candidates in different government job exams. The IBPS & SBI exams shares around 32% of candidates participation as compared to that of RRB’s 37%. The share of SSC in the number of participating candidates is around 19%. Well, these exams are the most competitive exams as you are fighting against the entire Indian workforce. However, less number of jobs leads to less participation of candidates as all the rest exams only have a share of 12% candidates participation.

 

Data of Top 15 Government Jobs

1. IBPS CLERK

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is responsible for conducting a recruitment drive for Clerical Cadre posts in different banks. The data of IBPS CLERK exam conducted in 2012 is:-

  • The overall number of Candidates Applied [Estimate]:- 43 Lacs+
  • Number of Candidates Appeared [Actual]:- 30 Lacs+  
  • Total number of Vacant Post:- 39000
  • Number of appearing candidates per Job:- 77 Candidates/Job
  • Percentage of serious Candidates [Assumed]:- 20%
  • Number of serious Candidates:- 6 Lacs
  • Number of serious candidates per Job:- 15 Candidates/Job

 

2. SBI CLERK

SBI Clerk (Junior Associates) Exam is held by SBI or State Bank of India to recruit candidates for Clerical Cadre in its different branches across the country. The data of SBI CLERK exam conducted in 2016 is:-.

  • The overall number of Candidates Applied [Estimate]:- 25 Lacs+
  • Number of Candidates Appeared [Actual]:- 20 Lacs+   
  • Total number of Vacant Post:- 17000
  • Number of appearing candidates per Job:- 117 Candidates/Job
  • Percentage of serious Candidates [Assumed]:- 10%
  • Number of serious Candidates:- 2 Lacs
  • Number of serious candidates per Job:- 12 Candidates/Job

 

3. IBPS PO

IBPS conducts the PO examination for the recruitment of candidates for the role of Probationary Officers at various participating institutes. The data of IBPS PO exam conducted in 2016 is:-

  • The overall number of Candidates Applied [Estimate]:- 12 Lacs 
  • Number of Candidates Appeared [Actual]:- 10 Lacs     
  • Total number of Vacant Post:- 8800
  • Number of appearing candidates per Job:- 113 Candidates/Job
  • Percentage of serious Candidates [Assumed]:- 20%
  • Number of serious Candidates:- 2 Lac
  • Number of serious candidates per Job:- 22 Candidates/Job

 

4. SBI PO

The State Bank of India (SBI) conducts the SBI bank P.O exam to shortlist eligible Indian citizens for the post of Probationary Officers (P.O.), who may be posted across the country. The data of SBI PO exam conducted in 2017 is:-.

  • The overall number of Candidates Appeared [Actual]:- 15 Lacs+   
  • Number of Candidates Applied [Estimate]:- 17 Lacs+
  • Total number of Vacant Post:- 2313
  • Number of appearing candidates per Job:- 735 Candidates/Job
  • Percentage of serious Candidates [Assumed]:- 10%
  • Number of serious Candidates:- 1.5 Lacs
  • Number of serious candidates per Job:- 65 Candidates/Job

 

5. IBPS SO

IBPS SO is conducted for the recruitment of Specialist Officers. As the name suggests, Specialist officers are hired for special roles in the banks. The data of IBPS SO exam conducted in 2016 is:-.

  • The overall number of Candidates Applied [Estimate]:- 3 Lacs(approx)
  • Number of Candidates Appeared [Actual]:- 2.5 Lacs  
  • Total number of Vacant Post:-  4378
  • Number of appearing candidates per Job:- 57 Candidates/Job
  • Percentage of serious Candidates [Assumed]:- 20%
  • Number of serious Candidates:- 50000
  • Number of serious candidates per Job:- 11 Candidates/Job

 

6. LIC AAO

This exam is conducted by LIC(Life Insurance Corporation) for the appointment of Assistant Administrative Officer. The data of LIC AAO exam conducted in 2017 is:-

  • The overall number of Candidates Applied [Estimate]:- 15 Lacs +
  • Number of Candidates Appeared [Actual]:- 14 Lacs + 
  • Total number of Vacant Post:- 700
  • Number of appearing candidates per Job:- 2173 Candidates/Job
  • Percentage of serious Candidates [Assumed]:- 20%
  • Number of serious Candidates:- 2.8 Lacs
  • Number of serious candidates per Job:- 400 Candidates/Job

 

7. RBI GRADE B

This Annual Exam is held for recruitment of Grade B officers in Reserve Bank of India. This Grade is the highest grade for which RBI conducts direct recruitment. The data of RBI GRADE B exam conducted in 2015 is:-

  • The overall number of Candidates Applied [Estimate]:- 1.17 Lacs+
  • Number of Candidates Appeared [Actual]:- 0.74 Lacs+  
  • Total number of Vacant Post:- 134
  • Number of appearing candidates per Job:- 885 Candidates/Job
  • Percentage of serious Candidates [Assumed]:- 20%
  • Number of serious Candidates:- 37330
  • Number of serious candidates per Job:- 278 Candidates/Job

 

8. SSC CGL

Combined Graduate Level examination is conducted by Staff Selection Commission to recruit staff to various posts in ministries, departments, and organizations of the Government of India. The data of SSC CGL exam conducted in 2017 is:-

  • The overall number of Candidates Applied [Estimate]:- 30 Lacs+    
  • Number of Candidates Appeared [Actual]:- 15 Lacs+
  • Total number of Vacant Post:- 3800
  • Number of appearing candidates per Job:- 400 Candidates/Job
  • Percentage of serious Candidates [Assumed]:- 10%
  • Number of serious Candidates:- 1.5 Lacs
  • Number of serious candidates per Job:- 40 Candidates/Job

 

9. SSC CHSL

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) carries out the Combined Higher Secondary Level exam to recruit persons at various posts like Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants(PA/SA) Data Entry Operator (DEO). The data of SSC CHSL exam conducted in 2017 is:-

  • The overall number of Candidates Applied [Estimate]:- 35 Lacs+     
  • Number of Candidates Appeared [Actual]:- 30 Lacs+
  • Total number of Vacant Post:- 6578
  • Number of appearing candidates per Job:- 454 Candidates/Job
  • Percentage of serious Candidates [Assumed]:- 10%
  • Number of serious Candidates:- 3 Lacs
  • Number of serious candidates per Job:- 44 Candidates/Job

 

10. SSC JE

This exam is conducted by Staff Selection commission[SSC} to recruit diploma candidates for Junior Engineer posts. The data of SSC JE exam conducted in 2016 is:-

  • The overall number of Candidates Applied [Estimate]:-  4 Lacs+ 
  • Number of Candidates Appeared [Actual]:-  3.3 Lacs+
  • Total number of Vacant Post:- 1512
  • Number of appearing candidates per Job:- 217 Candidates/Job
  • Percentage of serious Candidates [Assumed]:- 20%
  • Number of serious Candidates:- 66000
  • Number of serious candidates per Job:- 43 Candidates/Job

 

11. RRB NTPC

Railway Recruitment Control Board is a government organization in India. It is responsible for conducting RRB NTPC for recruitment of Non-Technical officers. The data of RRB NTPC exam conducted in 2016 is:-

  • The overall number of Candidates Applied [Estimate]:- 1 Crore+     
  • Number of Candidates Appeared [Actual]:- 92 Lacs
  • Total number of Vacant Post:- 14023
  • Number of appearing candidates per Job:- 666 Candidates/Job
  • Percentage of serious Candidates [Assumed]:- 10%
  • Number of serious Candidates:- 9.2 Lacs
  • Number of serious candidates per Job:- 66 Candidates/Job

 

12. TET [Not for BE Graduates]

Teacher Eligibility Test known as TET is an Indian entrance examination for teachers. The test is mandatory for getting teaching jobs in government schools from Class 1 to Class 8. The data of TET exam conducted in 2014 is:-

  • The overall number of Candidates Applied [Estimate]:- 7 Lacs +    
  • Number of Candidates Appeared [Actual]:- 6 Lacs +
  • Total number Candidates got selected in the Test:- 30000
  • Number of appearing candidates per Job:- 20 Candidates/Job

 

13. GATE

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is an examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. The data of GATE exam conducted in 2017 is:-

  • The overall number of Candidates Applied [Estimate]:- 9 Lacs+
  • Number of Candidates Appeared [Actual]:- 8.7 Lacs+
  • Total number of Vacant Post through GATE:- 5000+
  • Number of appearing candidates per Job:- 174 Candidates/Job
  • Percentage of serious Candidates [Assumed]:- 50%
  • Number of serious Candidates:- 4.35 Lacs
  • Number Candidates got selected in the Test:- 1.6 Lacs+
  • Chances of serious candidates getting selected:- 36.8%
  • Number of serious candidates per Job:- 66 Candidates/Job

 

14. IES

A combined three-stage competitive examination (comprising five tests), called the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is conducted by the UPSC for recruitment to the Indian Engineering Services. The data of IES exam conducted in 2017 is:-

  • The overall number of Candidates Applied [Estimate]:- 5 Lacs+
  • Number of Candidates Appeared [Actual]:- 2.5 Lacs
  • Total number of Vacant Post:- 500
  • Number of appearing candidates per Job:- 500 Candidates/Job
  • Percentage of serious Candidates [Assumed]:- 50%
  • Number of serious Candidates:- 1.25 Lacs
  • Number of serious candidates per Job:- 250 Candidates/Job

 

15. UPSC(IAS)

The Union Public Service Commission is responsible for conducting exams for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). The data of IAS exam conducted in 2016 is:-

  • The overall number of Candidates Applied [Estimate]:- 11 Lacs +
  • Number of Candidates Appeared [Actual]:- 5 Lacs +   
  • Total number of Vacant Post:- 1099
  • Number of appearing candidates per Job:- 455 Candidates/Job
  • Percentage of serious Candidates [Assumed]:- 50%
  • Number of serious Candidates:- 2.5 Lacs
  • Number of serious candidates per Job:- 227 Candidates/Job

 

The above data may vary as per different sources but the point will still stand out. Getting a government job in the present scenario might be more difficult than finding a needle in the haystack. However, if you have an aim to work for RBI, ISRO, DRDO, IAS, IES or you are a reserved category candidate then you might give them a try.

Best of Luck!

 

3 thoughts on “Government Jobs – Finding a needle in a haystack!

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