The written exam was held in December last year. According to sources, the delay in publishing results was due to the mistake of 318 examiners and inaccuracies in the marks of 15,135 answer sheets.

The circular of 41st BCS was published on 27 November 2019, seeking applications against 2,135 posts on various cadres. A record number of 475,000 applicants registered for the 41st BCS preliminary exam.

The two-hour preliminary test was held on 19 March 2021 after a long delay. The result of the preliminary test was out on 1 August 2021, with 21,056 candidates clearing the test.

Later, the written tests were held at Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal, Sylhet, Rangpur and Mymensingh centres simultaneously from 29 November to 7 December that year.

According to the circular, the highest number of officials will be recruited in the education cadre. Some 915 officials will be appointed in this cadre. Of them 905 will be recruited in BCS education and 10 lecturers will be recruited in the technical education department.

A total of 323 officials will be recruited in the admin cadre, 100 in police, 25 in foreign service, 23 in Ansar, 15 in fisheries, 76 in livestock and 110 as assistant surgeons under BCS health.

Apart from this, a total of 25 assistant comptrollers and auditors general (audit and accounts), 60 assistant commissioners (tax), 23 assistant commissioners (customs & excise), 8 assistant registrars, 12 statistics officers in the statistics and informatics division, 4 assistant mechanical engineers in the railway ministry, 1 assistant traffic superintendent, 1 assistant equipment controller, 20 civil engineers, 3 assistant engineers (mechanical), 22 assistant directors or information officers or research officers in the Ministry of Information, 11 assistant directors (programmes), 5 assistant controllers of news, 9 assistant radio engineers, 36 assistant engineers in BCS public health engineering in the local government division, 20 assistant forest conservators, 2 assistant postmaster generals, 183 agriculture extension officer and 6 scientific officers, 4 assistant controllers of BCS commerce, 4 family planning officers, 6 assistant food controllers, 2 assistant conservation engineers, 36 assistant engineers (civil) and 15 assistant engineers (E /M) public works division will be appointed under 41st BCS.