Year 5 Admissions

Secondary 4 students currently studying in mainstream Singapore schools can enter RI through two different admissions exercises: Direct School Admission and the Joint Admissions Exercise.

Have more questions about applying to RI?

Drop us an email at [email protected].

JAE Appeal Exercise

The JAE Appeal Exercise is for students who are not posted to Raffles Institution under Joint Admission Exercise (JAE). The applications will be considered based on merit and availability of vacancies.

Before you start, please note the following:
If you were admitted into your posted 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.

Cut off Point: 4 (Science) & 5 (Arts)

Click HERE to start your application.
*Please note that the link will be functional from 28 January 2021, 11am onwards

Application period:
Start: 28 January 2021 (Thursday), 11am
End: 29 January 2021 (Friday), 5pm

The application will be completed online, no hardcopies submission is required. However we might contact you to provide it if we need further verification.

Year 5 Reporting Day
Even if you intend to submit an appeal, all students are expected to report to their posted school on 29 January 2021 (Fri).

Final Decision
The school's decision on the JAE Appeal Exercise will be made after the vacancies are ascertained following the Joint Admission Exercise (JAE). All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications via email latest by 3 February 2021, (Wed) 12 noon.

The decision of the Admissions Selection Committee is final and the school will not entertain requests to discuss or explain its decision.

For more information, please email: [email protected]

Year 5 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.

This exercise is for Singaporean, Singapore PR, and International students who:

  1. are currently studying in mainstream Singapore schools;
  2. have outstanding talent in academics, sports, or music.

Applicants can only apply under one domain, and cannot switch domains.

Successful DSA-JC students cannot participate in JAE (Joint Admissions Exercise) or transfer to another school after the release of the O-Level results.

Sports Talents
  • Badminton
  • Fencing
  • Hockey
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Track & Field
  • Golf
  • Tenpin Bowling
  • Basketball
  • Floorball
  • Judo
  • Shooting
  • Table Tennis
  • Waterpolo
  • Rugby
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Cross Country
  • Squash

Performing Arts Talents
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chinese Orchestra
  • Raffles Chorale
  • Raffles Symphonic Band

 Academic Talents
  • Bilingualism (Malay Language Elective Programme)
  • Mathematics/Science Olympiad
  • Science Research

Year 5 DSA Criteria And Information

Additional Info for DSA Sports and Performing Arts Additional Info for DSA Sports and Performing Arts

DSA Year 5 Registration: 18 May 2020 (Mon), 12pm to 30 June 2020 (Tue), 12pm


Click here for DSA Year 5 Registration

The registration link is activated from 18 May 2020 12pm onwards.

Joint Admissions Exercise

The JAE is conducted annually by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to allow Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level certificate holders to apply for admission to courses offered by JC (Junior Colleges). Successful DSA-JC students are not allowed to participate in the JAE. For appeals to a JC course, students have to first meet the cut-off point of the course for that year’s JAE. Eligible appeals will be considered, subject to available vacancies and the school’s admission criteria.

Find out more on MOE’s website