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].

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.

We now offer a new DSA (Academic) domain, Bilingualism (Malay Language Elective Programme).

Criteria and Schedule


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


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. 

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.  

This page will be updated by 4 February 2020, 11am with our current year’s cut-off point and link to RI’s online appeal application form

Here is the application period:
Start: 4 February 2020 (Tuesday), 12pm 
End:  5 February 2020 (Wednesday), 12pm

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 5 February 2020.

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 by 6 February 2020 early afternoon

Successful applicants will be asked to come to Raffles Institution on the same day, 6 February 2020 late afternoon to attend a briefing and receive their transfer forms. 

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]