Usually, I watch movies online in the evening. On 2 August suddenly my phone rang at 7 pm. I picked it up. A frightened voice came from the other side like someone had stolen his precious thing and he was not going to live rest of the life without it. I told him to take a deep breath and then say what had happened.
I am a Mathematics teacher and I have taught many students who have cracked the PO (Probationary Officer), Clerk and SSC. I used to be very friendly with my all students because I look the same age. My students share everything with me apart from study-related issues, and this helps them get rid of nervousness; an obstacle for many students.
After a moment the person on the phone told me that this time the IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) would release only roughly 1,167 vacancies for PO post and it was the last chance for him to crack the exam because of the age limit (30 years). Last year the vacancies were 4,400. It is like a disaster for those who are preparing for the bank PO exam because SBI releases almost 2,000 vacancies every year, but this year has not yet released any. There is a clear cut competition going to be held.
As a Bihari, there is always a fear of English in our mind and both the exams test English skills. I paused for a moment and thought about what I said because it is easy to say that only one seat matters because when SBI selects 2,000 students before the IBPS exam and it relieves many students as those with good English skills are already selected. Thus, cracking the IBPS is a little easy. But this year the SBI has not releases any vacancies yet and IBPS has reduced its vacancies substantially.
Finally, I told the person on the phone that this was just an exam, not his life which was full of opportunities ahead. I told him to give this exam with all his might and leave the rest to God. I know this is easy to say, but for him, it is 7 years of his life’s preparation.
It is quite easy to ask why he has not been selected in the past 6 years. For 2,000 posts, almost 7 lakh students fight and people think only 2,000 students are brilliant and the rest are dumb. Not at all. They chose the best from the best. Huge vacancies give them a hope to fight, but this time they lost the fight before the exam.
In a 20 minute conversation, I tried my best to soothe his fear, although, I know it will not help. I asked many people after that about why the vacancies were low at a time when the youth need it the most. They told me about political activists, anti-BJP and all that. I just said this is why our students voted for Modi’s Achhe Din. Then I realised what changed after 2014 was that we are putting everything under the political realm and this is going to hurt India more than anything.
This is the right time for students to understand that if you don’t get a job politics is not going to help you to survive. Neither Modi nor any other leader is going to help you. You vote however you want, but at least raise your voice for injustice. It is your fundamental right to ask your leader to give you what they promised.
I requested a lot of people and leaders to raise this issue, but they all pretended like nothing was going to change if the vacancies increase or decrease because politicians win the election over caste and religion. So this will not hurt them.
I want to make sure people understand that this is not just a job; it is the life of many students. You are not rejecting someone because they are not talented; your vacancies are so small that you want the best from the best. What other options are left for the rest who completed their graduation and did not have enough money to start their own business. The person has already spent 7 years on something which is slipping from their hands. It is not just a story; it is the reality of Bihar. A government job is everything for them. People give their all just to get a Government job. Please raise your voice.