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No weight for academic performance in civil service exam?

Jan 24, 2011

The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) is planning not to give weight to academic performance in the Bhutan Civil Service Common Examination. Some colleges tend to give high marks while others are strict. The rating also differs from one academic discipline to another. Because of this, the RCSC says, it is difficult to ensure a level playing field.

Dorji Tshering, the Chief Human Resource Officer said “it is a disadvantage for students taking disciplines with less scope of scoring high marks.”

The provision will apply only for the recruitment process.

There are concerns that the move may remove a very important incentive for students to work hard and excel in studies. “There will be no reason for students to work hard. They will work hard enough to graduate and get a degree certificate,” said one university graduate.

The concern is also shared by the Labour and Human Resources Minister Lyonpo Dorji Wangdi. “Not giving importance to academic performance will have a lot of implications on the education and training system,” he said.

Today, academic performance at undergraduate level carries 10 percent in the RCSC common examination. Initially, academic performance carried 30 percent.

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