Hyderabad: Lack of awareness and to some extent, confidence, appears to have forced unemployed youth in Telangana to confine themselves to State government jobs instead of aiming higher and looking for Central government jobs.
According to official statistics, youngsters from the southern region, particularly Telangana, are losing out on Central government jobs while those from the northern and central parts of the country eat a large part of the cake.
In 2015-16, the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) made 24,605 appointments by conducting all India open competitive examinations. Of this, the Southern region (Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Union Territory of Puducherry) bagged just 4.46 percent jobs, which translate to 1,098. Candidates from Telangana have an even lesser share. On the other hand, those from the Central and North were more successful with 18,730 jobs, which meant 76.02 percent.
Even in recruitment to reserved category posts such as Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, candidates from the North and Centre ruled the roost by getting 2,975 SC and 1,502 ST posts while the Southern region settled with just 139 SC and 60 ST positions.
Similarly, in the recruitment of Sub Inspectors in Delhi, Central Armed Police Force and ASIs in the Central Industrial Security Force, 2,892 vacancies were filled. Only 2.24 percent Telugu candidates made it here.
In 2013, a total of 4.3 lakh central government jobs were filled through various competitive examinations and representation of people from Telangana was meager. This year so far, 36,415 banking jobs, 3,405 posts — including 980 civil services, 710 Combined Medical Services, 440 Indian Engineering Services and 18,024 posts from SSC — have been notified.
Apart from lack of awareness and confidence, financial constraints for getting into coaching centres too is being cited as one reason for this anomaly. “Awareness on examinations conducted by the SSC or the Central government has been quite low in Telugu-speaking regions. In general, students prefer State government jobs or look for openings in banking and insurance sectors. The government and colleges can play a major role in creating this much-needed awareness among the youth,” Civil Services coaching expert and director of Brain Tree, V Gopala Krishna, said.
This apart, cashing in on the demand, coaching centres in the city have also confined themselves in training unemployed youth for State government jobs only.
Special project to help crack tough exams
T-SAT, in association with Telangana State Council of Higher Education and Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge and Digital Media, has embarked on project T-vision 2020. Awareness would be created on Central government jobs for unemployed youth in the State besides training them for competitive examinations as part of the project.
The programmes will be conducted at 50 centres in the State. This apart, T-SAT, through its channels Nipuna and Vidya, will telecast content for preparing for competitive examinations. Similarly TASK will also conduct online coaching and examinations. The awareness campaign will commence in the first week of December. “The focus will be on creating awareness on opportunities available in the Central government and also in training for the same. We will hold roadshows across the State,” said R Shailesh Reddy, CEO, T-SAT.