Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh government Tuesday issued an order enhancing the upper age limit for direct recruitment in government service from 34 to 40 years, opening up vast opportunities for unemployed youth.
"As the direct recruitment is being conducted after some gap, the need for enhancing the upper age limit from 34 years to 40 years is necessitated due to inevitability of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, and the consequent fall out, shrinking opportunities to the educated unemployed youth in the state," state Chief Secretary IYR Krishna Rao said in the order.
"The opportunities that existed before the bifurcation of combined AP were lost after the bifurcation of the state. Hence the proposal to enhance the age limit from 34 years to 40 years became urgent need of the hour," Rao said.
The concession in the upper age limit would, however, be not applicable for direct recruitment into uniformed services like police, excise, fire, prisons and forest departments that have set physical standards, he said.
The state government was keen on filling up vacant posts under various categories and the recruiting agencies have been notifying the vacancies from time-to-time.
The concession in the upper age limit to 40 years would be in force till September 30, 2016, during which time the recruiting agencies would notify vacancies under various categories for direct recruitment, the Chief Secretary said.
The erstwhile Kiran Kumar Reddy government had planned to recruit over one lakh personnel under various categories in government departments to fill up vacant posts and also create new jobs in tune with the increasing needs.
However, the process did not move forward because of the state bifurcation.