Yangyel Lhaden

Close to half of those who appeared Bhutan Civil Service Examination’s (BCSE) preliminary examination (PE) passed to enter the main examination.

Of the 4,400 graduates who sat for the exam, 2,164 graduates will sit for the main examination between January 8 and January 10 next year to compete for 595 slots in the civil service.

The Royal Civil Service Commission, which declared the results yesterday, maintained the cut-off percentage at 50 percent.

The highest number of graduates registered for Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (PGDPA). Some 598 will contest for 45 PGDPA slots.

For Post Graduate Diploma in Education, 319 candidates out of 725 qualified for the final exam to vie for 148 slots.

A total of 449 graduates appeared the PE in Dzongkha category and 172 graduates for 103 vacancies.

For the 30 slots in Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management (PGDFM) has 378 graduates attending the main exam, and 697 graduates would compete for 269 slots in the technical category. A total of 1,026 graduates registered for the technical category.

The registered candidates are based on the information submitted to RCSC during e-registration. Graduates could change the category while verifying documents for the main examination.

A total of 2,248 female graduates appeared PE of which 1,042 qualified and 2,152 male appeared PE of which 1,122 passed.

This year the pass percentage increased by about ten percent compared to last year. In 2019, 3,256 graduates appeared the PE of which 1,259 qualified.

The graduates were from 225 colleges in 11 countries including Bhutan.

Besides the candidates who appeared for the PE, 588 Bachelors in Education graduates will sit the main examination for 321 vacancies in teaching.