Civil service: Kinley Zam with a BA in English honours from Sherubtse College topped the Bhutan Civil Service Examination (BCSE) general category securing 69.23 percent while Tsheten Dorji with a BA in Language and Literature from the College of Language and Cultural Studies (CLCS) topped the Dzongkha category scoring 68.82 percent.

Sandeep Kumar Sanyasi with an MBBS from the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka secured the highest score in the technical category with 75.1 percent. Four of the total nine position holders were also women from various institutes like Sherubtse College, College of Language and Cultural Studies and National Institute of Traditional Medicine.

Sonam Palden from Sherubtse College with a BA in Sociology and Political Science stood second in the general category securing 68.84 percent while the third position went to Pema Seldon, also from Sherubtse College, with a BA in Media Studies. She scored 66.50 percent.

Kinley Zam said that she was overwhelmed to have topped the general category. “For this, I feel grateful to all the well wishers whose trust and confidence in me encouraged me to do well,” she said.

In the Dzongkha category, Ugyen Zam with a BA in Language and Literature from CLCS came second after scoring 67.34 percent. Tshewang Tashi from the same college took the third position with 66.25 percent.

Ugyen Choden and Dorji Gyeltshen with B.Sc in Traditional Medicine from the National Institute of Traditional Medicine scored 73.8 and 72.75 percent respectively.

Sandeep Kumar Sanyasi who is currently a temp at the emergency department in the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital said that the result came as a surprise to him. “Well, I did the exam well but I didn’t expect to top it,” he said.

But with only 489 vacancies available in the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), 1,998 will have to look elsewhere for a job. And even 859 of the applicants who secured more than 50 percent will have to search for jobs in corporations and the private sector.

A total of 1,348 of the total 2,487 who sat for the main examination secured above 50 percent  which is the benchmark to qualify for the RCSC. Only 54.20 percent of the total 2,487 managed to secure 50 percent and above.

This year of the total of 489 vacancies, the postgraduate diploma in education will take 140 including 20 from Dzongkha and another batch of 10 from IT categories, while the postgraduate diploma in public administration will absorb 36 and another 30 will be recruited in the postgraduate diploma in financial management.

The postgraduate diploma in national law will take 10 applicants and two of the applicants from the Dzongkha category will join agencies as Dzongkha coordinators.

The remaining 241 of the vacancies are for the various technical categories such as MBBS, engineering, livestock, forestry, traditional medicines and agriculture.

Unlike last year, the civil service examination division’s human resource officer Jigme Norbu said that no change in the number of vacancies is expected.

The placement for the selected candidates will be held on December 26 based on the availability of vacancies and merit ranking.

Tempa Wangdi