Yangyel Lhaden  

Close to 70 percent of graduates who appeared in the Bhutan Civil Service Examination’s (BCSE) preliminary examination (PE) did not qualify for the main examination.

Of the 3,912 graduates who appeared in the PE, 1,028 qualified to seat for the main examination between October 29 and 31 to compete against 512 vacancies 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 vacancies in Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (PGDPA). Of 1,084 graduates, only 19 percent of the graduates qualified for the main examination. Around 214 graduates will contest for 45 vacancies.

For  Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management (PGDFM), 212 graduates, out of the 924 graduates who sat the exams, qualified for the main examination to compete against 30 vacancies.

In the Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) category, 115 graduates out of 598 qualified for the main examination to vie for 96 vacancies. In 2020, there were 148 vacancies for PGDE.

Only 15 percent of graduates qualified for the main examination in Dzongkha category. Of 423 aspirants, 65 qualified for the main examination to compete for 52 vacancies. Of that, 50 vacancies are in the teaching and two for government agencies requiring officials from Dzongkha category.

The highest number of graduates qualified who passed the PE was in the technical category with a pass percentage of 47.7 percent. Some 422 graduates will compete for 289 vacancies including 50 ICT teaching profession.

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 1,997 women appeared PE out of which 441 qualified whereas 1,915 men appeared for PE out of which 587 qualified.

This year’s pass percentage is 26.27 percent which is a 23 percent decrease in pass percentage compared with last year. In 2020, 4,400 graduates appeared PE out of which 2,164 qualified for the main exam.

Jamyang Seldon, a Civil Engineering graduate from the College of Science and Technology, Royal University of Bhutan obtained the highest score in the PE (82%).

The graduates were from 186 different colleges based in 14 different countries including Bhutan.

Besides the graduates who appeared PE, 539 Bachelors in Education graduates will seat the main examination for 300 vacancies and 28 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery will also appear for the main examination.

Edited by Tshering Palden