BCSE: At least eight graduates will be vying for one slot in the civil service this year.

The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) yesterday announced 434 vacancies in the civil service, less by two from last year, for the 3,647 graduates, who have registered for preliminary examination (PE) this year. The number of graduates this year is 393 more than last year.

The number of slots for post-graduate diploma in education (PGDE) increased to 148, up by 12 slots from last year. Subject wise, there are 20 slots in Dzongkha, 44 in Science, 49 in Arts, 15 in guidance and counseling, and 10 each in IT education and business studies.

However, seats for technical graduates has dropped 14 and post-graduate diploma in financial management (PGDFM) by six.

Civil engineering has the highest slots in the technical category at 37, followed by 35 for MBBS including comprehensive general medicine and 25 seats for nursing, among others.

Of the 434 vacancies this year, the highest is allotted to technical graduates at 210; followed by 148 in PGDE; 36 for post-graduate diploma in public administration (PGDPA); 30 for PGDFM and 10 for post-graduate diploma in national law (PGDNL).

An official from the civil service examination division with the RCSC said the number of graduates registered for different categories might change for the main examination.

“Only those who get through the PE will sit for the main examination and the candidates can change the category they have opted for, if they wish to, during the verification and confirmation for the main examination,” said the official.

According to information posted on the RCSC’s website, the RCSC has given candidates to indicate their preferred venue for the PE, as either Thimphu or Mongar.

However, the RCSC would not facilitate in conducting the PE in Mongar as only few number of candidates have opted to appear the examination from the eastern dzongkhags. All candidates are required to report to Thimphu for PE on August 9.

Dechen Tshomo