Tshering Delma/ Thimphu
A total of 489 graduates of the 2,487 who appeared the civil service common examination, the results of which were recently declared, will be absorbed into various government agencies.
The education ministry will absorb the highest number with 398 graduates (119 PGDE and 279 B.Ed), followed by health with 145 and the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement with 49. The education ministry plans to recruit more than a 100 later, on contract.
“With increasing number of graduates every year the selection into the civil service is becoming competitive in all fields of studies,” RCSC chairman, Dasho Karma Tshiteem, said. “However, the need for technical graduates like doctors and engineers is still large.”
This year 677 graduates competed for 36 vacancies for the Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration. “There is an abundance of graduates who have done general courses and thus civil service employment is extremely competitive for these groups,” the chairman said.
The Commission is expecting an average decrease in the recruitment by 8 percent from 2018 till 2020 for P&M category excluding the teaching group (PGDE and B.Ed). “This is mainly because staffing was finalized in 2016 and all agencies project high recruitment in the initial years,” said Dasho Karma Tshiteem.
He said that overall, once the civil service size is determined, annual recruitment, after adjusting for additional requirement, superannuation and separation will be maintained at the natural population growth rate to maintain the ratio of civil servants to the population.
In case of preference of various ministries, the RCSC studied that graduates choose from available vacancies based on merit ranking and their own individual preference and field of interest. “If a candidate is interested to take up research work in future, they join organizations which are engaged in research work like Centre for Bhutan Studies,” said the chairman. “However, in general, candidates seem to prefer vacancies in and around Thimphu and other major towns.”
A total of 859 graduates who secured more than 50 percent in the selection examination but could secure a placement with government agencies will have to search for jobs in corporations and the private sector. However, many of those candidates are expected to be absorbed by the ad-hoc contract appointment opportunities, which will arise in civil service both in P&M and S&S category to meet short-term project-tied requirements.
“The general trend seems to indicate a clear preference for working in the civil service as opposed to the corporate/private sector and this is in spite of significant pay differences,” the chairman said. “We are happy with this situation given the important role civil servants play in the development of our country and its future.