Chhimi Dema

Of the 2,400 university graduates, who appeared for the Bhutan Civil Service Examination (BCSE) 2020 in February this year, 1,994 scored 50 percent and above and got through the exam.

The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) declared the results yesterday.

There are 843 vacancies for the 2021 intake in professional and management category and the graduates would be selected based on merit and examination category.

Securing 68.14 percent, Mindu Zam, a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Food Technology graduate from Mae Fah Luang University in Thailand, topped the general category.

“Everything feels so surreal to me. I was not expecting to top at all,” Mindu Zam said.

She said she had to take a quick decision at the last moment to sit for the general category, although she had a technical background, as there was no slot in the technical field.

Mindu Zam said that BCSE deferment was a blessing for her. The examination was deferred twice because of the pandemic. “I look forward to working in the civil service for the welfare of people.”

A total of 1,238 women and 1,162 men graduates sat for the main examinations this year.

In the Dzongkha category, Dorji Wangdra, Bachelor of Arts (BA) with honours in Language and Literature graduate from College of Language and Cultural Studies topped with 70.17 percent.

With 75.74 percent, Ugyen Tshering, Bachelors of Technology in Geo-Informatics Engineering graduate from the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies in India topped the technical category.

Ugyen Tshering also said he did not expect to top. “I am very excited and motivated to join the civil service.”

Ugyen Tshering said that during the four years of his undergraduate studies, he prepared on how best he could contribute to the country’s development.

Rinzin Dema from Paro College of Education topped Bachelors of Education (B.Ed.) in Dzongkha category with 71.47 percent. Scoring 77.01 percent, Jampel Pelzang with B.Ed (Primary) from the same college topped the B.Ed. general category.

Jampel Pelzang said that graduating and sitting for the BCSE during the pandemic tested her potential.

She said she is eagerly waiting to join the civil service.