The room is packed. Students from different colleges are engrossed in answering the test paper and are poring over the guidelines in front of them. They are solving preliminary examination (PE) questions. It is not the actual test, but a preparation. The examination is on August 4.
With the PE nearing, university graduates are busy preparing for a potential lucrative and secure job in the civil service.
The number of vacancies in the civil service has increased by 94 slots but the number of graduates appearing the preliminary exam (PE) 2019 has increased concurrently by 142 this year.
Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) announced 683 vacancies for general and technical graduates this year, up from 589 vacancies announced last year and 494 in 2017.
About six graduates will be vying for a single job in the civil service this year.
Compared to past years, this year, the highest of 333 vacancies are announced for technical service followed by 265 vacancies for Postgraduate Diploma in education, and 85 for administration (PGDPA), finance (PGDFM) and technical service (PGDNL).
However, the commission announced that the number of vacancies for the technical category would change depending on the number of candidates qualifying the PE, availability of field studies or specialization and after verification of documents.
Vacancies in technical and medical categories increased from 304 to 333 this year, which is the highest among the three categories. The highest of 90 vacancies are announced for clinical nurse followed by engineering and MBBS.
Vacancies for clinical nurse increased by 13 while the slots for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor in Surgery (MBBS) remain the same this year. The number of slots for MBBS had dropped to 33 from 54 in 2016.
MBBS graduates are exempted from appearing PE. However, the candidates should have completed the Bhutan Civil Service Examination (BCSE) e-registration on July 18.
“MBBS graduates not completing their internship by December 31, 2018 will not be eligible to sit for BCSE 2018. However, if the graduates sit for the BCSE, then the candidate will lose one of their BCSE quotas,” stated RCSC.
Among the 265 vacancies in PGDE this year, Dzongkha has the highest slot at 100. Science, Arts and IT education has drastically increased from three to 10 and the slots for Guidance and Counseling dropped by five slots.
Likewise, for the 100 slots vacancy of PGDE in Dzongkha, 327 graduates have registered and for 165 slots in PGDE general, 519 graduates have registered. In PGDPA for 45 slots, 952 have registered. For PGDFM 30 slots, 719 have registered and for technical service (PGDNL) 329 slots, 1,101 graduates have registered.
With registration for BCSE 2019 closed on July 18, a total of 3,600 graduates are expected to appear the prelims on August 4.
However, the total vacancies for B.Ed graduates have increased by 130 slots this year, while the number of candidates appearing BCSE has increased by about 100 candidates.
With BCSE for B.Ed graduates is scheduled in October, 551 graduates registered for the main exam this year.
There are 160 vacancies for general category followed by 53 for Dzongkha, 33 for English, and 25 for the IT education. There is no vacancy announced for History subject.
There are 36 slots for B.Ed Special Education.
Kinley Yonten from Thimphu