Highly-qualified women opting to work as police constables in Karnataka

This year, the State saw more postgraduates and graduates clearing the exam and completing the eight-month long training, while the minimum eligibility for the exam is a pre-university course (PUC)


About 242 women passed out of the Police Training School in Karnataka and took part in the passing out parade. Out of these, about 210 hold a master’s or a bachelor’s degree. This is rather surprising since the minimum eligibility to take the exam is a pre-university course (PUC). Whether it is desperation to get any government job or whether it is the passion to serve the nation that is driving such highly qualified youngsters to become constables, remains a mystery.

While 13 women possessed an MA degree, there were many who had MSc and MCom degrees. A significant 14 had completed their engineering degree, while six had completed their BBA and BCA courses.

This year, Karnataka witnessed more post graduates and graduates clearing the exam and attend the eight-month long training. Even university toppers from their respective districts, are part of this batch.

It is heartening to note that a significant number of women from rural areas are part of this batch. About 214 women constables come from a rural background, while 28 come from the areas. These new recruits are now posted in police units across Karnataka state, including Mysuru, Kodagu, Chamarajanagar, Tumakuru, Raichuru, Mangaluru, Kalaburagi and similar areas.

However, there is a flipside to this. The issue with such qualified women joining the force is that, they eventually end up leaving after clearing some other competitive exams, rendering the posts vacant once again.

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