Four men topped all three categories of the Bhutan Civil Service Examination (BCSE) while the overall pass percentage dropped to 62 percent this year, from last year’s 79 percent, as per results that the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) declared on Thursday.
Kezang Wangchuk, 24-year-old from Kangapara, Trashigang who holds BA in International Relations from Seoul National University, South Korea topped the general category with 71.12 percent.
“I was excited when I got to know about my results, but my friends were pretty sure that I will be in the top three positions, and I did get it,” a happy Kezang said.
A graduate in BA in Buddhist Philosophy from Tango Buddhist College, Sangay Tenzin from Shengana, Punakha holds the first position in the Dzongkha category with 64.29 percent.
He said it was a shocking moment for him though there were just seven students who appeared under the same category. “This is all because of hard work that I have put in by following strict timetable and blessings from Triple Gem,” he said.
In the technical category there was a tie between Kuenzang Norbu and Tandin, both scoring 74 percent. Tandin holds M.Sc in Forestry from Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, India and Kuenzang Norbu who is originally from Nubgang, Haa has a B.Sc in Traditional Medicine from the National Institute of Traditional Medicine from Bhutan.
Kuenzang Norbu said he studied hard just to get through the main examination and qualify for a job, but to be among the toppers was just out of his expectation.
A total of 1,498 university graduate made through preliminary examinations with a total of 98 who abstained from the main entrance examination while a few
failed to produce necessary. Only 1,400 graduates sat for the main examination.
Initially, 538 vacancies were announced, but the RCSC said further re-prioritization of vacancies would be made available at a later date. The selection and placement will be carried later this month based on the merit ranking and with the vacancies available.
The 62 percent pass percentage this year means 872 students have made through the examination while 38 percent failed. The pass percentage for the exam was 50 percent and above.
In the general category, there were 979 students who appeared for the exam of which only 577 qualified.
The highest number of seats, 274 has been allocated to the technical category. From this, the technical-PGDNL takes in 15 seats, while the technical-others category has 259 seats. Of the 414, who appeared the technical examination, 290 passed the examination.
Meanwhile, five out of the total seven gradates in the in the Dzongkha category have qualified.
Last year, there were about 953 students who appeared for the BCSC with an overall pass percentage of 79 percent.
The RCSC said vacancies under PGDE which is for school teaching, if not filled from the PGDE and Dzongkha category, will be offered to PGDPA and PGDFM students provided they meet the criteria and for which students under those categories with 50 percent and above who wish to opt for PGDE are required to bring the original academic transcripts for validation.
Graduates, who scored 50 percent, but did not make it to the top 36 will be awarded a “certificate of eligibility” to apply for S1 positions in government agencies when there are vacancies.