Should I say:

There are no dearth of aspirants for this job.

(plural form)

or should I say:

There is no dearth of aspirants for this job.

(singular form)

Which is the correct version?

Just one of those silly doubts which creep up while writing. :)

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    "Dearth" is singular, and it is the subject of your sentence. Singular subject, singular verb.
    – JRE
    Commented Jul 9, 2019 at 16:40
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As mentioned by @JRE and illustrated by Merriam-Webster, the correct phrasing recognizes that dearth is singular:

There is no dearth of aspirants for this job.

...a company-wide dearth of talent is the core reason his Chevy simply isn't as fast in 2005 as it's been in the past.

Is dearth always singular? No, and here's an example sentence:

Recurring dearths of willing enlistees have whittled away at the army over the past few decades.

However, it sounds quite unnatural and would be better using different words.

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    However the dearths are recurring, there has only been one dearth at any given time so every time a dearth occurred the senior people would have said "There is a dearth of applicants". In retrospect they may have said "There were dearths of applicants in 2010, 2013 and 2015" but "There was a dearth of applicants in 2015"
    – BoldBen
    Commented Jul 9, 2019 at 18:22

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