Govt service: No plan to raise age limit, says State Minister
State Minister for Public Administration, Farhad Hossain, told parliament today that the government has no plan to raise the age limit for entering government service.
Explaining the much talked about issue, the minister argued that raising the age limit for entering government services would make the recruitment test more competitive and create frustrations among those below 30 years of age.
The state minister said this in reply to a query from Awami League MP Habibe Millat from Sirajganj-2.
With Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair, the House went into sitting at around 11:05am and the question answer session of today's sitting was tabled.
In a scripted answer, Farhad said in the past there was huge session jam in educational institutions including universities but now it can be said that there is no significant session jam.
"As a result, students usually complete SSC at 16 years of age, HSC at 18, and post graduate degree at 23/24. The maximum age limit for general candidates to enter government jobs is 30, so even after obtaining a master's degree, they have at least 6/7 years to apply," the state minister said.
The state minister said the number of vacancies has come down naturally as the retirement age has been raised from 57 to 59 recently.