YK Poudel

This year, 1,796 graduates sat the Bhutan Civil Service Examination (BCSE) viva voce between October 19 and 27.

Twenty-five interviewers tested the candidates for 15 specific categories—administrative services, law, environmental service and forestry, B. Ed secondary, bio-science, ICT and statistics, engineering, financial services, PGDE, dzongkha, B. Ed dzongkha, civil engineering, medical group 1 and 2, and B. Ed primary.

As per the Royal Civil Service Commission, there are 651 slots in the civil service this year.

The grading will be completed by November 24 and the results will be declared on December 7 on the RCSC website.

One of the candidates who appeared BCSE for the second time said he felt confident. “Proper preparation and keeping in touch with the current affairs of the country helped me perform better this time.”

According to an official from RCSC, the interview process was the same as per the requirement of the Bhutan Civil Service Rules and Regulations 2018.

Many graduates are supportive of civil service reform and the clean wage system led by the RCSC.

Dechen Wangmo, 21, said the reform would help in improving public service delivery. “The reform and clean wage system will encourage the civil servants to work more diligently, driving them to be professional and competent.”

The selection and placement will be carried out in between December 19 and 23.

A total of 3,486 graduates registered for PE this year, out of which 1,826 qualified for main exam.