Why Young Youths in India prefer Sarkari Naukri

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Data from the successive rounds of nationally representative youth surveys conducted by the Lokniti research programme at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) shows that the attraction of a sarkari naukri (government jobs) has not shown any signs of declining over the past decade. In fact, the share of youth who prefer a government job has grown slightly to 65% in 2016.

Group of fresh graduates — engineers and MBAs were interviewed and questioned them about their dream job and was surprised when they said that they prefer any government job, especially in a State government organisation. 

They would go for a private job only if they don’t get through the recruitment process for government organisations and PSUs!

The reason behind this new-found enthusiasm for government jobs is a misconception in the minds of today’s youth. They are in a false impression that a government job is ‘not demanding’, ‘no targets’ and ‘provides a lot of benefits’. Primarily, it comes with ‘job security’, even though the pay is low compared to a job in the private sector.

Well, the reality is different. Let us see how.

Myth: The pay and benefits of a government job always has an edge over private jobs.

At the beginning, State government jobs pay the best salaries, not the lowest. When it comes to ‘additional  benefits’, like a maternity benefit or a medical benefit, government organisations scores over the private sector. This is absolutely true.

Now, let us look at the flipside of the government job in terms of salary and other benefits.

Salaries in government organisations are irresistible only at the entry-level. Down the line, what a government employee earns along with the ‘benefits’ he enjoys, is far less than what his private counterpart gets.

Government jobs are no longer untaxing as they used to be once. This means that if the , government employees are  not performing their duties on a regular basis, misbehaving and taking work casually can no longer hold on to their jobs. So, not all government jobs will be ‘imperishable’ anymore. In addition, the government is in consideration of  outsourcing some of the jobs to the private sector.

Which one is better 70k Private job or 40k Government job?


When there are situations where you cannot physically be present at the office, you can request and choose to work from home. This becomes helpful when you are travelling or are not well enough to go to the office but can still work at your comfort. Though, this option is not applicable in government jobs, people are not affected much as they have the provision to take leaves during travelling or sickness as they have more number of leaves.

Though private companies reward more, government jobs offer various incentives along with salary; many provide residence, transportation costs, medical facilities etc. Also, there are various allowances offered to employees. Thus, if you include all the other benefits that is assured in the government job, the difference in salary might not seem that big. Government is also trying to make salary at par with private sector with the introduction of 7th pay commission.

In the private sector, you get regular appraisals and promotions based on  your performance. conversely, in the public sector, promotions are based on various criteria like years of experience, internal examinations etc.

But now that internships are increasingly getting important and are becoming an integral part of career building process.

An internship comes up with the work experience that helps students put their education into practice, develop their leadership skills and give them a competitive edge as they pursue a permanent position. Fresh out of college, you rarely have anything remarkable to say in a job interview. “The best real work experience you can have is in your internship period. Internships offer students a carefree entry into their field


Participating in internships can be a great way to get a palate of the actual professional experience in a particular field before you commit yourself to it fully. “Besides getting a foot in the door with a potential employer and looking good on a resume, internships have other benefits, such as the opportunity to ‘test drive’ a career,”

These are some of the Differences between government and private job.  But since your final decision determine your career, now, it’s up to you to make the choice. 

You will often find yourself in a tussle between government jobs and private jobs at some point of time. You will experience the ups and downs in your career. Whatever is the choice, it is important that you make an informed decision.