Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government has decided to extend the upper age limit for applying for government jobs by a year. The decision was approved by the state cabinet in its weekly meeting on Wednesday.
Sharing details, education minister and state government spokesperson Jitu Vaghani said competitive exams could not be conducted last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The relaxation in upper age limit is to ensure aspirants who may not be eligible to apply for government jobs otherwise an opportunity to do so. The relaxation will be in force from September 1, 2021, to August 31, 2022,” Vaghani said.
For general category graduate or equivalent male candidates, the age limit for appearing in competitive exams for direct recruitment has been increased from 35 years to 36 years, and from 33 years to 34 years for posts where the minimum qualification is below graduation.
For Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Other Backward Classes, and Economically Weaker Sections, the age limit for graduate or equivalent male candidates, the age limit has been enhanced from 40 years to 41 years, and from 38 years to 39 years for posts where the minimum qualification is lower.
The age limit for women candidates eligible for reservation has been kept unchanged at 45 years as current rules do not allow for recruitment of candidates above that age. For general category women candidates, the age limit has been increased from 40 years to 41 years for posts having graduation as the minimum qualification, and from 38 to 39 years for positions requiring lower minimum qualification.
For SC/ST/OBC and economically weaker sections, the minister said that the age limit has been enhanced from 43 years to 44 years for posts requiring graduation as the minimum qualification.