Year 1 Admissions

Male Primary 6 students currently studying in mainstream Singapore schools can enter RI through three different admissions exercises: Direct School Admissions, the Secondary 1 Posting Exercise and the PSLE Supplementary Intake Exercise.


Have more questions about applying to RI?
Drop us an email at [email protected].

PSLE Appeal Exercise

The PSLE Appeal Exercise is for students who are not posted to Raffles Institution under S1 Posting Exercise. The applications will be considered based on merit and availability of vacancies.

If you were admitted into your secondary school via Direct School Admission (DSA), you are not eligible for this exercise as no DSA transfers are allowed.

In order to be considered, students must have met our cut-off point for this year. 

RI’s 2020 cut-off point: 259

To apply, please click *HERE.
*Please note that the link will be functional from 22 Dec 2020, 11am onwards

Here is the application period:
Start: 22 December 2020 (Tuesday), 11am 
End: 23 December 2020 (Wednesday), 5pm

The application will be done online, no hardcopies are required. However we might contact you if we require further verification.

Report to Posted Secondary School
Even if you intend to submit an appeal, all students are required to check their posted school’s website for information on reporting, familiarisation activities, purchase of new uniforms and textbooks.

If students are unable to report to their posted secondary school on the first day of school on 4 January 2021 due to valid reasons, they may contact their posted secondary school directly to confirm that they are taking up the place, and the school will be able to reserve the place for them.

Please refer to MOE website HERE for more info.

Final Decision
The school's decision on the PSLE Appeal Exercise will be made after the vacancies are ascertained following the S1 Posting results. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications via email by early January 2021. The decision of the Admissions Selection Committee is final and the school will not enter into discussion with the applicants regarding its decision.

For more information, please email: [email protected]

Year 1 Direct School Admission

The DSA exercise is an initiative by the Ministry of Education that allows for a more diverse range of talents to be recognised in student admission.

We have prepared a series of short animated videos to guide you in your DSA considerations. You may access the videos here.


Who can apply through the DSA?

The DSA exercise is for male Singaporean, Singapore PR and International students who have outstanding talent in academic, sports, music, aesthetics or Leadership & Character.

Successful DSA-Sec students cannot participate in the Secondary 1 Posting Exercise and PSLE Supplementary Exercise.


Frequently-Asked Questions


QnA Video Series

Centralised Registration via MOE DSA-Sec Portal

From 2019 onwards, applications for DSA-Sec are to be submitted via MOE DSA-Sec Portal.

Parents and students are encouraged to choose schools wisely, based on the student’s aptitudes and strengths, bearing in mind the schools’ academic and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the area of talent.

DSA Registration via MOE Portal: 12 May 2020 (Tue), 9am to 5 June 2020 (Fri), 3pm

Please refer to MOE Website for more registration details.

Domains for RI DSA-Sec 2020

Please read the DSA domain information carefully as some talent areas require additional submission during the MOE registration period.

Academic Domain


Music & Visual Arts Domain

Leading & Outstanding Character Domain

Sports Domain
  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Water Polo
  • Table Tennis
  • Rugby

Introduction to RI DSA Sports Programme

Year 1 DSA: Sports Criteria and Timeline

Secondary 1 Posting Exercise

This Exercise is for male Singaporean, Singapore PR, and International Students who: 

  1. are currently studying in mainstream Singapore schools;
  2. did not accept any DSA offers;
  3. wish to enrol in Year 1 in RI with their PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examination) grades.

Students who were successful in the DSA are not allowed to participate in the Posting Exercise, as they must honour their commitment to the school that has accepted them for the length of the programme they were admitted into.

Find out more on MOE’s website