In perhaps a first, one can apply for a job in the Telangana administration even at 58, that is, the age of retirement! The State Government recently increased the upper age limit for joining government service by 10 years.

According to a government order, the age cap for a general category candidate (without any reservation) is now 44 years while for those belonging to Backward Cates (BCs), Scheduled Castes and Schedules Tribes it is 47 and 49 years. Various categories of serving government employees are eligible for a further relaxation of five to ten years taking the upper age limit to 58 years. The cut-off date for determining the age is July 1, 2015.

According to a senior official, a decision on whether this can be extended to uniformed services like police and excise will be taken soon.

The reason for increasing the age limit is political. The KCR-led TRS Party promised recruitment of one to two lakh people immediately after the formation of the State but has been delayed the process citing difficulties in bifurcation of employees between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

After almost a year of the bifurcation, the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) has been constituted and it has launched online registration of job aspirants. The response has been overwhelming. In less than 10 days of registrations opening, over three lakh aspirants have enrolled themselves and more are lining up.

The TSPSC opened the recruitment process, starting with 750 posts of assistant executive engineers. It has also been announced that about 25,000 vacancies in group I, II, III and IV in the executive and non-executive/clerical cadres will be filled by December.