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May 13, 2013

Start of The 2013 Direct Admission Exercises

Students interested in applying for direct admission to secondary schools, junior colleges (JC) and polytechnics may start to do so from this month.

The Direct Admission Exercises1 promote holistic education by giving students the opportunity to demonstrate a more diverse range of talents and achievements. Schools and polytechnics are given the flexibility of admitting students based on their talents and achievements, using a transparent and meritocratic process.

DSA-Sec Exercise

This year, 121 schools will be participating in the 2013 DSA-Sec Exercise for admission to Secondary One in 2014. These include 80 niche schools, of which 30 will participate in the DSA-Sec Exercise for the first time. Another seven schools will offer a second niche. All participating schools and the schools’ niche areas are listed in Annex A and Annex B respectively.

Interested students should go to the relevant school’s website to obtain more information on the school’s application period (which will vary from school to school) and corresponding procedures. All students participating in the DSA-Sec Exercise are still required to take the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). Those who take up DSA Confirmed Offers are guaranteed a place in the school provided that their PSLE results meet the minimum requirement for a course [Express/ Normal (Academic)/ Normal (Technical)] offered by the school.

Students who accept a DSA Confirmed Offer and are successfully allocated to a school via the DSA-Sec Exercise will not be able to participate in the Secondary One Posting Exercise. They will also not be allowed to transfer to another school after the release of PSLE results as they are expected to honour their commitment to the DSA-Sec schools they are posted to, for the duration of the programme that they are admitted into2. Details of the exercise are listed in Annex C.

DSA-JC and DPA Exercise

The institutions participating in the DSA-JC Exercise this year are listed in Annex D. This year, Singapore Sports School (SSP) will begin participating in the DSA-JC Exercise to take in Year 5 students in 2014.

The DPA Exercise allows students who are interested in and have the aptitude for applied learning to seek prior admission to the polytechnics. All five polytechnics are participating in the DPA Exercise and are listed in Annex E.

Successful applicants under the DSA-JC and DPA Exercise will be offered a place before taking their GCE ‘O’ Level examination. However, they must still meet the baseline GCE ‘O’ Level examination criteria for eventual admission to their specific school or polytechnic. Details of the DSA-JC and DPA Exercises can be found in Annex F.

Students who have been successfully allocated a place via the DSA-JC Exercise or DPA Exercise will not be able to participate in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) or Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE). They will also not be allowed to transfer to another school or another course after the release of the GCE ‘O’ Level examination results as they are expected to honour their commitment to the respective schools and polytechnic courses.

Further Information

Students interested in participating in the DSA-Sec, DSA-JC or DPA Exercises should visit the websites of the participating institutions for more details regarding their selection exercises. They are advised to do so before the start of the respective exercises.

Students can also visit the following MOE websites for information:


  1. These include the Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise, Direct School Admission-Junior College (DSA-JC) Exercise and the Direct Polytechnic Admission (DPA) Exercise.
  2. Students interested in applying for direct admission to Catholic High School, CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School and Singapore Chinese Girls’ School for the Integrated Programme (IP) may wish to note that they will spend their first four years in their respective secondary schools, before progressing to a new government JC to complete their six-year IP course. The JC will initially operate at an interim campus at the former ITE College Central (Bishan Campus). It will eventually be located along Sin Ming Avenue, near the junction of Marymount Road. The JC will also admit O-Level applicants from 2017.