India’s state-run railways said it has received more than 20 million applicants for about 100,000 jobs.
Railway ministry officials say the number of applicants is expected to rise further as the deadline for applications will end on Saturday.
More than five million people had applied online for the positions of technicians and locomotive drivers alone.
“A lot of applicants are overqualified and even PhD holders are applying for the technicians job,” a railway official said.
In 2015, authorities in India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, received 2.3 million applications for 368 low-level government jobs.
In 2010, one man was killed and 11 others were injured in the crush when more than 10,000 candidates gathered to join the Police in Mumbai.
And in 1999, the government in West Bengal state was deluged with responses when they advertised 281 jobs and received nearly one million applications.