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May 19, 2010

Direct Admission Exercises for Junior Colleges and Polytechnics to Commence in June-July 2010

Students can apply for direct admission to junior colleges (JC) and polytechnics through the Direct School Admission - Junior College Exercise (DSA-JC) and the Direct Polytechnic Admission (DPA) Exercise. The DSA-JC application period varies across the schools, with some starting from 19 May 2010. The DPA application period is from 8 July 2010 to 13 July 2010. Successful applicants can confirm places in a JC, institution or polytechnic prior to taking their GCE ‘O’ level examinations or equivalent assessments.

From this year, the School of the Arts, Singapore (SOTA) will admit a small number of students talented in visual and performing arts to the Year 5 cohort of its Integrated Programme via the DSA-JC Exercise.

Direct Admission Exercises

The direct admission exercises provide JCs, institutions and polytechnics with more flexibility to select students while upholding the key principles of transparency and meritocracy.

The DSA-JC Exercise provides students an opportunity to demonstrate a more diverse range of achievements and talents in seeking admission at the pre-university level.

The DPA Exercise allows students who are interested in and have the aptitude for applied learning to seek prior admission to the polytechnics. Successful DPA applicants will be able to participate in the Polytechnic Preparatory Programme (PPP), conducted by the individual polytechnics from mid-Jan 2011 to Mar 2011.

Under the PPP, students will engage in activities such as industry visits, student camps and leadership development activities. These activities aim to broaden the students’ learning experience and better orientate them to the polytechnic environment. Students may also register for polytechnic modules during the PPP. This would allow students to pursue advanced modules or cross-disciplinary modules during their polytechnic education.

Student Selection

For the DSA-JC Exercise, each JC or institution will admit students according to its own merit-based admission criteria (which include both academic and/or non-academic criteria), taking into account the students’ personal qualities and the areas of focus (such as leadership, science, music and sports) that the JC or institution would like to emphasise. Students admitted via the DSA-JC Exercise will have to meet the criteria for admission to a JC. For example, their GCE ‘O’ Level or equivalent results must meet the prevailing JC admission eligibility criteria.

For the DPA Exercise, polytechnics will take into account students’ abilities, talents and interests in the specific courses that they have applied for. For example, a student’s passion and talent in film and video production would be considered when he/she applies through the DPA for a polytechnic course in Media Studies. To ensure that students admitted through DPA are able to cope with the rigours of a polytechnic education, applicants will have to meet prevailing polytechnic admission criteria, i.e.:

  • obtain a net ELR2B21 score of not more than 26 points for the GCE ‘O’ Level examinations; and
  • meet Minimum Entry Requirements (MER) for the respective polytechnic course, which can be found on the polytechnics’ websites.

Similar to last year’s exercises, the percentage of students that JCs and polytechnics can admit via direct admission is as follows:

  • Government and Government-aided JCs2 can admit up to 10 percent of their 2011 JC1 intake using school-based criteria under the DSA-JC Exercise. The three independent institutions3 offering pre-university programmes can admit up to 20 percent of their intake using school-based criteria. SOTA will admit a small number of its Year 5 students through the DSA-JC Exercise.
  • The five polytechnics — Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic — will each admit up to 2.5 percent of their Academic Year 2011 intake through the DPA Exercise. There will also be a course-specific cap of 30 percent for each polytechnic course under DPA. This is to ensure that students admitted through the GCE ‘O’ Level route will continue to have access to popular polytechnic courses.

Similar to previous years, if an applicant accepts an offer through DSA-JC or DPA, and is successfully posted to the institution, he will not be able to take part in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) or Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE) subsequently.

Further Information

Interested students should approach any of the participating institutions or visit their websites for more details regarding the selection exercises. They are advised to do so before the start of the respective exercises. Please refer to the Annexes for the list of participating institutions and details of the exercises.

Alternatively, students can call MOE Customer Service Centre at 6872-2220 or refer to the following MOE websites for more information:



  1. ELR2B2 is used for admission into the Polytechnics. It refers to English Language, two relevant subjects for the polytechnic course applied for, and best two other subjects which could be elective subjects.
  2. Anderson JC, Anglo-Chinese JC, Catholic JC, Innova JC, Jurong JC, Meridian JC, Nanyang JC, National JC, Pioneer JC, Serangoon JC, St Andrew’s JC, Tampines JC, Temasek JC, Victoria JC and Yishun JC.
  3. Anglo Chinese School (Independent), Hwa Chong Institution and Raffles Institution.