Students of Sherubtse College have consistently topped Bhutan Civil Service Examination’s (BCSE) main examination’s general category, according to the Royal Civil Service Commission’s (RCSC) 2017 report on BCSE performance of graduates from different institutions.

Of the 125 graduates who appeared BCSE examination from Gaeddu College of Business Studies this year, 28 graduates were selected, 41 from Institute of Language and Culture Studies, and 11 from Royal Thimphu College.

According to the report, a total of 79 graduates from Sherubtse College were selected from 161 graduates last year, 98 graduates were selected from 462 graduates in 2016, 81 from 268 graduates in 2015, and 86 graduates from 271 in 2014.

Sherubtse College has topped in terms of the number of graduates that got selected in the BCSE general category taking 42 perecent of the vacancies available for the general and Dzongkha categories.

A total of 3,409 candidates who studied in 235 different institutes based in 14 different countries appeared the BCSE in 2017. Total of 1,116 candidates completed their studies from India and 2,216 candidates from Bhutan.

While 1,025 graduates obtained 50 percent and qualified for the main examination, only 957 graduates appeared the exam as per the State of the Royal Civil Service (July 2017-June 2018).

The report was published to help students aspiring to pursue further studies select institutes within and outside the country.

Outside Bhutan, majority of Bhutanese graduates came from India, according to the report. “This was due to its given proximity and affordability. The performance of the candidates would, besides other factors, depend on the quality of teaching and learning in the respective institutes, calibre of the individual candidates, and availability of approved vacancies in the Civil Service for particular year of examination.”

From among the many colleges in India, the highest number of graduates who did well in BCSE and got selected in the general category were from Lovely Professional University.

While 194 graduates under the technical category were appointed from January 1, 2017, 196 graduates are currently undergoing one-year mandatory Postgraduate Diploma Programmes in Public Administration, Financial Management, National Law, Education in RIM, Samtse and Paro College of Education.

The RCSC did not conduct examination for the B.Ed graduates because there was no supply of graduates in year 2017. The next cohort of B.Ed graduates completes their course in June 2018.

Civil service recruitment examination was introduced in 1983.

Yangchen C Rinzin