PATNA, Nov. 9 -- Call it the impact of unemployment concerns among today's youth or the craze for government jobs, the number of applicants for jobs in the Bihar Legislative assembly has been huge, especially for the class three and four- grade posts.

"The applications have already touched around five lakh for around 136 posts, including watchman, sweeper, gardener, driver and office attendant. The class 4 recruitments will be done directly through interview after scrutiny of applications," said a senior government official.

However, even for class 4 posts, which need eligibility of class 10, candidates with much higher academic qualifications, including BTech, MBA, postgraduates and graduates, have also applied.

The state assembly has...