Joy for Jobless as AP Raises Upper Age Limit from 34 to 40 Years

Published: 24th September 2014 06:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th September 2014 06:04 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: In a significant development which would benefit lakhs of unemployed youth on the verge of getting age-barred, the  Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday increased the upper age limit for direct recruitment in government service from 34 to 40 years.  However, the concession in the upper age limit would be in force till September 30, 2016, only.

The rule was amended raising the upper age limit from 34 years as prescribed in Rule 12 of the Andhra Pradesh State and Subordinate Service Rules-1996 by six years for the recruitment.

The decision to increase the upper age limit has been taken in view of shrinking of employment opportunities post-bifurcation of the State.

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.

The AP government issued a GO on Tuesday in this regard. The gesture of Chief Minister N  Chandrababu Naidu will facilitate the unemployed aged above 34 years to appear for competitive examinations for jobs in government and public sector.

Sources said the government is keen to fill all the vacant posts under various categories in the State. According to the GO, as direct recruitment is being conducted after a long gap, the need for enhancing upper age limit from 34 years to 40 years was necessitated. 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, they stated.

The State government is 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 GO said.

WIN-WIN SCENARIO

  • Orders to be in force till September 30, 2016
  • Orders not applicable to police, excise, fire, prisons, forest departments and other security-related jobs
  • Decision in view of shrinking job opportunities
  • Govt keen to fill all vacant posts in various categories
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