Doctors, lawyers, MBAs in the race to be Mumbai Police constables

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

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.

Once the candidates pass the physical tests, which includes a run of 100 metres and 1,600 metres followed by shot-put, pull ups and long jumps, they have to clear a written exam followed by a medical test.

Ujwal Kamble, 27
Qualification: Diploma in electronic and telecommunication engineering, Jalgaon

There is no quality life despite having quality education. The telecom industry is in a sorry state and opportunities are not lucrative. I was over qualified for jobs offered to me. But this job with Mumbai police will give me respect and dignity. This is my third attempt.

Avinash Dhumal, 23

Qualification: BE in automobile engineering and BA from Shivaji University, Solapur

I worked with MIDC in Pune as an automobile engineer for a Rs 10,000 salary. But this didn’t meet my needs. Despite being an engineer, the payscales are low. Private jobs have no perks or stability.

Sheikh Khwaja Mia, 26
Qualification: BA (English literature) and diploma in diesel mechanics from ITI, Parbhani

I know I will get a job anywhere with my qualifi-cations. I had minimal pay when I was working with MIDC. The experience of working in a company wasn’t encouraging. I also want to serve the country.

Krishna Pawar, 23

Qualification: Masters in communication & journalism from Parbhani

The job scenario is such that I was left with no choice but to try for this post. It requires courage to be over-qualified and yet join the Mumbai police.

Anil Pagare, 23
Qualification: Bachelor in Business Administration and MCom

I graduated from Dr B R Ambedkar University in Aurangabad. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to get into defence. I have the muscle as well as the mind power to crack this recruitment test

Vikas Tenjle, 22

Qualification: BVOC in pharmaceutical chemistry and a student of TISS

I am from Daund in Pune. I am more interested in being acop than a pharmacist. There is security in a government job.I am from Daund in Pune. I am more interested in being a cop than a pharmacist.



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