Mumbai, April 17:  Over 2 lakh aspirants have applied for over a thousand vacancies for constable posts in Mumbai police this year. What turns the picture bleaker is how people over-qualified for the post are competing against each other during the recruitment drive that is currently on at various grounds across the city.

There are 2 lakh applicants against 1,137 vacancies which means there are 175 candidates vying for each post. The process began on April 8 and among the aspirants are three doctors, five lawyers, 167 MBAs, and 423 engineers, says the report in Mumbai Mirror.  Of the 543 postgraduate candidates, 28 have BEd degrees, 159 have MSc and 3 have LLB degrees. The minimum educational qualification required for a constable’s post is class 12.

About 9,000 aspirants have been appearing for tests every day at the grounds in Naigaon, Goregaon and Ghatkopar. The physical test comprises a 100mt run and a 1,600 mt run, shot-put, pull-ups and long jump. Qualifying candidates have to then sit for a written exam followed by a medical test. “The drive would continue till May 8,” said Joint Commissioner of Police Archana Tyagi.

Then Commissioner of Police Arup Patnaik, who held such a drive in 2012, said such response was unprecedented. “There was no response from doctors, lawyers or engineers…The problem with educated youth from the rural sector is that they cannot 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, he said, a constable gets living quarters and Rs 25,000 as salary. Then, he can appear for departmental exams to get into Anti-Terrorism Squad, Intelligence or Cyber Cell.