The country’s oldest and prime college, Sherubtse had to settle for the second and third ranks consecutively.
The overall topper in General category and the 2012 Royal Civil Service Examinations number one candidate is Rada Wangmo, a BBA student from GCBS with 68.33%. In the second and third ranks are Tshering Wangdi (67.71%) and Tashi Tshomo (67.66%) both from Sherubtse College.
The pass percentage for the examination is 50%.
To compare the RCSC results of 2011, this time around students’ performances are observed to be a bit lower than the previous year.
The highest score in RCSC results of 2011 was 75.50% by the Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (PGDPA) students, followed by 70.88% and 68.80%.
Rada Wangmo the 2012 topper has already joined Druk Holdings and Investment (DHI) as an Associate Analyst and it has been a month since she joined the job.
She said the job is challenging and she had to undergo preparation for RCSC alongside preparations for her DHI interview.
“All these things came up together, the job preparation and examination,” she said.
Rada Wangmo said all this is due to the blessings from triple gem as well as her parents to bring such a happy moment in her life. She said she feels good to have a job of her choice and topping the RCSC examinations is a real plus for the hard work she put in.
She said despite being the topper, instead of going for PGDPA, she wants to stick with the current job. Moreover, she finds her current job quite challenging and the atmosphere at work is pleasant and the staffs are supportive.
Tshering Wangdi, overall second in general category and topper in PGDPA category said, “I have always been a great observer and have prepared every day and moment during college days as well as in the casual talks thinking that the exams going to be tough”.
He said his friends would always guarantee him to top the exams but he never thought of topping although he was sure to get through.
Tshering Wangdi said he is happy to see his competitor and college and classmate Tashi Tshomo get the third position in the general category on the list of toppers.
He had applied for Environmental officer in Bhutan Power Cooperation (BPC) but now he wishes to join the PGDPA and get into civil service which is also his parents’ wish.
“I want to work hard in the Royal Institute of Management (RIM) in order to grab better opportunities,” said Tshering Wangdi.
Tashi Tshomo, who ranked third also applied to the BPC but she has decided to opt for PGDPA since she feels it would be better to undergo the training for better opportunities.
There are 36 slots each for the PGDPA and Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management (PGDFM) and 15 slots for Post Graduate Diploma in National law (PGDNL), with a total of 87 slots.
For the Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) there are 255 slots and for other technical categories, the reprioritized data shows 149 slots.
An RCSC official said there are different fields and different backgrounds for the PGDE category where PGDPA and PGDFM students who do not get into the given 36 slots but have 50% and above marks can opt for PGDE provided they meet eligibility criteria.
The summary of vacancies for Bhutan Civil Service Examinations (BCSE) 2012 shows a total of 597 vacancies. “Depending on the number of candidates qualifying in the Preliminary Examination, field of specialization (technical), academic subject and mark (PGDE) and verification documents, the vacancies may have to be further prioritized and reduced”.
About 1036 students appeared in the RCSC examination this year.