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Why an Infosys techie applied for a peon’s job

This engineering graduate, along with many other post-graduates, queued up for a CAG interview for a ‘multi-tasking’ job. What she, and others, missed in the placement ad was the Group D aspect of the post, involving sweeping and running errands


Suchith Kidiyoor
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Posted On Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 05:50:49 AM


Candidates waiting to be interviewed on Friday, the last day of the screening process

This is what happens when you fail to read the fine print. More than 10 per cent of the 2,500 applicants, who attended the interview for a Group D job at the Comptroller & Auditor General’s (CAG) office, Karnataka, over the last few days, were post-graduates and above. Some even had attractive, well-paying jobs but were tempted by the security and stability that a government job putatively provides. Except that they were not prepared for the kind of job the CAG, the government watchdog, had in mind.

These applicants were lured by the prospects of ‘multi-tasking’ that the CAG’s full-page job advertisment in Employment News boldy proclaimed. Rekha (name changed), working as a software engineer with IT bellwether Infosys, was thrilled to be called for the interview but was in for a shock when the panelists began questioning her. “We were flummoxed as to why she had applied. Here was a techie working with Infosys and why on earth, we asked her, would she want to sweep and swab office floors, run errands and operate the photocopier,” an official, on condition of anonymity, told Bangalore Mirror.

“You could see the emotions play out on her face — from confusion to disbelief and discomfiture to, finally, a wry smile as she realised the funny side of the situation.”

Of course, Rekha, who initally assumed that ‘multi-tasking’ implied team-work and different simultaneous roles, once let on about the real offer, showed a robust disinterest. She was not the only one to have committed the faux pas.  Several post-graduates, a couple of MPhils and a few engineering graduates too, most of them donning ties and blazers, had to suffer similar embarrassment.

Oxford Dictionary throws light on the confusion

CAG had advertised 112 vacancies for this Group D category and the minimum qualification was 10th standard-pass.  The department received 46,000 applications. It conducted interviews all through the week from Monday to Friday, and around 2500 aspirants, that included 350 post graduates, came for the interviews. One aspirant Vijay (name changed) said, “I am a post-graduate and one of my friends who told me about the job said that the salary on offer was around Rs 20,000. When I realised what I was in for, I couldn’t help laughing at myself.”

On the other hand, there were lots of graduate and post-graduate candidates who had read the advert closely and knew that it was a peon’s job. Some of them even went to the extent of getting the local MLA, MP and, in a few cases, a minister to recommend them. To them obviously, a peon’s job is better than no job.

“I have a BCom degree. I have come all the way from Kerala. It’s almost six years that I have not had a proper job. As long as it is a secure job, I am fine with it,” Rajan (name changed) said. There were a whole lot of interviewees from Bihar, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu as well, prompting a demonstration by a Kannada organisation on the premises.

There were other, far more legitimate, voices of protest too. Most aspirants, who just had the right 10th standard qualification, had to go home empty handed.

A CAG official said, “Many of them were not happy with the decision on the cut-off criteria. We heard that they have approached the Central Administrative Tribunal. Their contention is that weightage should have been based on marks aspirants obtained in 10th standard exams and not on whether they were graduates or postgraduates.”


Once upon a time there was a child ready to be born. One day the child asked God, “They tell me you are going to send me to earth tomorrow but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?” God replied, “Among the many angels I have chosen one for you. She will be waiting for you and will take care of you.”

Said child, “But tell me here in Heaven I don’t do anything else but sing and smile. That’s what I need to be happy!” God replied, “Your angel will sing for you every day. And you will feel your angel’s love and be happy.”

And, said the child, “How am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me, if I don’t know the language that men talk?” “That’s easy”, God said, “Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.” The child looked up at God saying, “And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?” God smiled at the child saying, “Your angel will teach you how to pray.”

The child said, “I’ve heard on earth there are bad men. Who will protect me?” God replied, “Your angel will defend you, even if it means risking life!” The child looked sad, saying, “But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.” God replied, “Your angel will always talk to you about me and will teach you the way to come back to me, even though I will always be next to you.”

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from earth could already be heard.

The child in a hurry, asked softly, “Oh God, if I am about to leave now please tell me my angel’s name!” God replied, Your angel’s name is of no importance… you will simply call her