There is no plan to increase the age limit for entry into government service: State Minister for Public Administration

The government has no plans to raise the age limit for entry into government service. State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said this in Parliament on Tuesday.

The state minister said that due to the Covid-19 situation, various ministries and departments other than BCS could not issue notifications for direct recruitment in various categories of government jobs.Those institutions are requested to fix the maximum age limit of the candidates on March 25, 2020 in the recruitment notification to be published by December 31.

Replying to a question from BNP MP Mosharraf Hossain, Farhad Hossain said, Earlier, there was a big session jam in different educational institutions including universities, but now it can be said that there is no such thing. As a result, students usually get SSC in 16 years, HSC in 18 years, and post graduate degree in 23 to 24 years.

The maximum age limit for general candidates to enter the job is 30 years, so even after obtaining a master’s degree, they have six to seven years to apply for the job. In addition, if a candidate within 30 years of age applies for a job, even if it takes a year or two to complete the recruitment process, it is not counted.

Farhad Hossain further said that the number of vacancies has come down naturally as the retirement age from government service has been raised from 58 to 59 years recently. This may lead to more competition in recruitment. This can lead to frustration among candidates under the age of 30, even if they have the opportunity to apply for the job. For this reason, the government has no plans to increase the age limit for entering the job.In response to a question from Ali Azam of the ruling party, the state minister for public administration said, The PSC has recommended 35,603 candidates for cadre posts through the 28-39th BCS examination from 2010 to date.

At present, the PSC has recommended the appointment of 5,143 non-cadre first class posts and 5,743 second class posts.

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