About twenty-five to forty-seven per cent of the résumés in India are doctored in one part or the other, be it qualification, work experience or salary last drawn, says the experience of JantaKhoj Info Services, a company offering background verification services.

While many applicants indulge in softer falsifications, a few resort to serious lies that might cost them their job if found out, said Tarun Bangari, the founder and CEO of the company, at a media conference here on Wednesday.

For example, a senior analyst who claimed experience with a large IT company was later found out to have furnished a false letter and reference from the previous employer. He gave the contacts of his friend who impersonated the “employer” who never actually employed the analyst!

Citing the Indian Association of Professional Background Screeners, Mr.Bangari said the background verification industry for corporate sector has been evaluated at Rs.250 crore countrywide, at only 15 percent penetration.

Growth rate estimates vary between 25 per cent and 100 per cent year on year, he informed.