PNPA Requiremnts and Application Process

PNPA Entrance Exam 2020: Schedule, Requirements

The PNPA Cadetship Program is a government Scholarship Program. It is a 4-year education and training program leading to the Bachelor of Science In Public Safety degree. Aspiring cadets need to take the PNPA Cadet Admission Test (PNPACAT) to be qualified for the next step of recruitment.

Graduates are appointed as Police Lieutenants of the Philippine National Police, as Inspectors of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and Bureau of Fire Protection.

Read: [Partial] List of qualified examinees for PNPACAT 2020

PNPACAT 2020 Schedule

Update: November 10, 2020

PNPACAT Online application is still open until January 31, 2021, while the examination date was moved from November 8, 2020, to March 7, 2021.

Update: October 23, 2020

PNPACAT exam date was moved from November 8, 2020, to a later date (probably the first quarter of CY 2021). The official advisory will be posted soon on the PNPA website and their official social media account. We will then update it here. Moreover, the online application will still be open until further notice.

Meanwhile, grade 12 students are now allowed to submit application in the online system. Provided that the applicant must be deemed K-12 graduate on or before June 1, 2021, which is a requirement for the PNPA cadetship program.

Update July 1, 2020:

PNPA announces on its Official Facebook page that the online application will open on July 7, 2020,5 pm Monday until October 31, 2020.

Initial requirements to prepare: scanned PSA/NSO birth certificate and scanned passport size with the name (family name, first name, middle name). This year’s application is again Full Online Application, we will not process the application sent through mail or any courier.

Stay connected for updates on the PNPACAT 2020 Online Application.

The PNPA Cadet Admission Test (PNPACAT) is conducted yearly. Usually, PNPACAT is administered every last week of October or the first week of November. Last year’s schedule falls on November 10. This year’s schedule is on November 8, 2020.

The exam will be held in different testing centers nationwide. If you are interested to take the exam, prepare the needed documents as early as possible and wait for updates by checking the PNPA website. You can also follow our official Facebook page.


One of the advantages of becoming a part of the PNPA Cadetship program is that you will be a scholar of the government. They offer a full scholarship grant for four years of training and education with pay and allowances.

In addition to the pay and allowances, you will be free tuition, uniforms, food, and accommodation. Importantly after graduation, you will automatically be employed in government service.


Check out here if you are qualified to apply or not before proceeding.

  • Natural born Filipino citizen;
  • Eighteen (18) to twenty-two (22) years old on the date of appointment;
  • Single with no parental obligation;
  • At least Senior High School graduate upon admission;
  • At least 5 feet and 4 inches (162.5cm.) for male and 5 feet and 2 inches (157.5 cm.) for female in height;
  • With a weight that corresponds to the applicant’s height, gender, and age (in reference to BMI);
  • Physically and mentally fit to undergo the Cadetship Program;
  • With good moral character (no criminal, administrative and civil derogatory record;
  • Without pending complaint and/or case before any tribunal involving moral turpitude and other cases against the State;
  • Not a former cadet of PNPA, or other service academies (PMA, PMMA, MAAP);
  • Not have been dismissed from any private employment or government position for cause.
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Grounds for Medical Disqualifications:

  • Defective Visual Perception (color blindness, nearsighted/farsighted with corrective eyeglasses or lens, nystagmus);
  • Physical Deformities Example: bowlegged or congenital defects;
  • Perforated eardrum, chronic sinusitis, bleeding tendencies, hemorrhoids, hernia (if not treated), varicocele, extensive skin disorders;
  • History of heart disease, hypertension, asthma, active PTB, kidney and liver diseases, epileptic seizure disorders, major operations; communicable diseases (such as AIDS, Hepatitis, VD, etc.);
  • Full dentures, upper and lower, Cleft lip and palate, malocclusion, Deformities of the face, Open bite, Tongue-tied, missing of four(4) anterior or front teeth & Missing of six (6) posterior/molar teeth;
  • Tattoos or other brotherhood marks;
  • Ear piercing for male and multiple ear piercing for female;
  • For Females: Goiter; History of pregnancy; Presence of breast mass; Painful menstruation;
  • Any other similar defects which may hinder in the Cadetship Training Program.

Exemption for PNPACAT (Philippine National Police Academy Cadet Admission Test):

If you are a Senior High School with highest honors or college summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude then you are exempt from taking the Cadet Admission Test (written).

You just need to apply and submit the application form with certification of honor from your School to reach PNPA Registrar’s Office before the end of the announced application period. Provided also, that you satisfy the initial requirements for admission.

How to apply?

PNPA will be fully online as announced on its Facebook Page. They won’t accept applications through mail or any courier.

If you are qualified and decided to apply for the PNPA CAdetship program, follow the step by step guide for online application.

PNPA Online application

ONLINE Application for BSPS 2025 will open on July 7, 2020. Before applying online make sure to secure the following:

  • A personal email account
  • PDF or Scanned copies of your PSA/NSO Birth Certificate
  • Medical Certificate CSC form no. 211 (download it here)
  • Scanned passport photo of yourself for identification with name (family name, first name, middle name).

Files should not exceed 15 MB of size.

1. Go to this link

Click the “apply now” button.

Disclaimer: The procedure below is of the last year’s application. They might change the lay out or process this year.

PNPA application
PNPA Application

2. Register for an account.

Click the sign-up button to register for an account if this is your first time. Whereas if you already have an account you can just log in.

3. Fill out the registration form.

Upon clicking the sign-up button, a registration form will be shown on your screen. Please be accurate as possible in accomplishing that page. Since all your inputs are deemed final upon registration and will not be available for changes upon login.

Furthermore, entering false information is punishable by existing Philippine Law.

PNPA Registration Online
Registration For PNPA Account

Personal Information– includes your Name, Gender, Birthday and Address.

Account Information– fill out your email address and password.

Then check the box to agree to the rules and regulations set up by the PNPA Cadet Admission Committee.

Check the details of your information, if everything is correct and accurate you can proceed with the registration.

4. Activate your Account

A confirmation email will be sent to your email address. Click the “Activate my Account”

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Along with the Activation link, they will give you your application number. You can either use the application number or your email when you’ll log in to your account.

5. Sign in with your account

Now that you have your account activated you can already sign in either by using your email address or the registration number.

6. Fill out the Application Form

You will then need to fill out the Application Form shown on your screen.

This includes your Personal Information, Address, Contact Information, and Family background.

Moreover, information regarding your Educational Background, Medical Data, and Medical Examiners data are needed.

Select your service preferences. Either in Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail and Management (BJMP) or Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP). And then choose your preferred Examination Center.

Afterward, upload your scanned passport photo, PSA birth Certificate, and Medical Certificate.

Remember that only jpeg, jpg, and png files are allowed. The file size should not exceed 15 MB each.

Indigenous people have an advantage when it comes to the height requirement. If an applicant’s height falls below the minimum height requirement (162.56cm for males and 157.48cm for females), he/she can opt to request for an NCIP Certificate if he/she is a member of an Indigenous Group (IP).

Since members of IP generally are shorter in stature and this will allow them to be admitted without any account to height.

7. Submit your data.

After accomplishing and uploading your forms, double-check again if it is accurate then you can finally submit your data. Otherwise if still unsure of some details you may opt to save your data first.

8. Check your email for Confirmation

After the submission of your data, you will receive a confirmation email in your email account. They will also send the notice of examination thus you need your email to be active.

Then print out a copy of the notice of examination.

If any problem arises while you’re trying to register or you have any inquiries, you can contact them in Office of the Registrar: 0947-421-1887 / 0977-011-1933 / Public Information Office: 0908-293-2213 / Calling Hours: 8 AM – 5 PM only.

An online application is what most applicants prefer since it is very fast and efficient. Good Luck with your application.

Important Reminder when applying Online

1.) Please read CAREFULLY & UNDERSTAND instructions in every step.
2.) Make sure to use existing & functioning email and U know the password and be sure to type the correct email on the field as this will be your KEY.
3.) For sent “LINKS”, if not found in your email inbox, check the spam folder.
4.) Some fields are “drop-down” buttons, use it.
5.) Make sure to accomplish all the fields. If not applicable use N/A or a Hyphen (see instructions).
6.) Incomplete uploads will be grounds for disqualification (lacking PSA Birth Certificate). Make sure you have all the needed scanned materials before hitting the Internet.

Frequently Problems Encountered:
1.) No NOE sent yet

Check application again (by logging-in using your email account use) see red field/s which are lacking and complete important fields and click the “SEND AS FINAL” button.

2.) “Saving Data” is different from the “Send as Final” buttons.

Saving Data means you can log-out and return back so Application is not done yet, your account is just categorized as an active account. Your data was not sent.

Send as Final Button means all needed data is complete to include scanned docs and ready to send to the PNPA data system for qualifying and for sending of NOE.

*Important: It is important to apply in an Internet Cafe, to have a good quality internet speed to avoid errors associated with the internet.

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Application by (POSTAL) or express mails 

For this years application, postal/courier will not be applicable as they announces that they will go fully online this time.

If you prefer to send it through the mail, you can do so. But the downside of this application is the time it reaches the address.

Applicants from far-flung places can ask the personnel from your mailing companies or agencies on how many days will it take before your application forms reach the PNPA Silang, Cavite in order to determine whether your application forms will still meet the deadline of submission or not (1st Friday of September). 

1. Fill out the Application Form

You can download the Application form here. (download here)

The two-page application form should be printed through either A4 size or legal-size or long bond papers. The applicant may print the application form in two separate pages or in a back to back hard copy.

Entries should be legible and clear with no “superimpositions” or erasures. Incomplete entries on the application form are ground for disqualification.

2. Prepare other Requirements

Aside from the Application Form, NSO birth certificate ( PDF Copy/Scanned copy) is also needed and the following items:
a) white window envelope (can be bought in all school supplies or bookstores);
b) postal stamp (available at your post office); and
c) passport size picture with name tag( Surname, First Name, Middle Initial) and with white background (APPLICANT SHOULD WEAR WHITE SHIRT, NO EYEGLASSES, AND NO HEAD GEARS ON PHOTOS);    

3. Submit the Requirements

Submit the duly accomplished application form with an attached photocopy of PSA birth certificate, and other requirements through prepaid express mails (LBC, JRS, TO GO, etc.).

Mail it to:
The Director (Attn: Registrar)
Philippine National Police Academy
Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda
Silang, Cavite 4118

You will be receiving NOTICES or PERMIT to take the exam ((PNPACAT) from the last week of September to October.

Personal Application

You need to fill out the Application Form and submit the duly accomplished application form with an attached photocopy of PSA birth certificate, and other requirements personally at the registrars PNPA.

Hand carry it to:
Office of the Registrar
Philippine National Police Academy
Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda
Silang, Cavite 4118

You can go to the office on weekdays between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Qualified applicants for PNPACAT will be receiving NOTICES or PERMIT to take the exam ((PNPACAT) from the last week of September to October.

The PNPA Registrar will send these notices on the addresses indicated on the submitted application forms.

In case the applicants failed to receive notices or permit to take the exam from PNPA Registrar, he/she may check his/her name at or PNPA FB account.

That’s how you can apply for the Cadetship program of PNPA. And once the application is done, get ready for your exam.

Phases of Screening

Applicants who successfully passed the PNPACAT shall qualify to the next phase of screening which as follows:

1) Physical Agility Test (PAT);

The following are the passing scores in each event for PAT:

Pull-Ups3 RepsN/A
Full Arms HangingN/A45 Sec
2 Min Push-Ups25 Reps25 Reps
2 Min Sit-Ups40 Reps40 Reps
100 Meter Dash18 Sec20 Sec
3 Km Run24 Mins27 Mins

2)  Psychological and Psychiatric Examination (PPE);

3)  Physical, Medical and Dental Examination (PMDE); and,

4)  Panel Interview.

149 thoughts on “PNPA Entrance Exam 2020: Schedule, Requirements”


        I want to take the entrance exam po. I am 1st year college in nursing department turning 18 this Oct 16

          1. Jerick M cabantoc

            I want to take exam im electrical student turning second year college of these school year


        Hi po! Kasama na po ako dun sa list para sa mga mag take ng exam,pero dipa po ako nakaka recieve nung Notice Of Examination last October pa po ako naka pag submit. Thanks po!


        Hello po Sir, Maam. bale kasama na po ako dun sa list ng mga mag exam, kaso po wala pa ako na rerecieve na Notice Of Examination pano po ba yun?

      1. Reglyn M. Dela Torre

        Good day po. Ang anak ko po mag grade 12 this year 2020-2021 can he take pnpa entrance exam?

        1. hi po,eto po ang announcement ng PNPA regarding sa mga mag grade 12. ANOUNCEMENT | Incoming Grade 12 (K-12 students) cadet aspirants:

          Advisory is hereto given that you are not eligible to apply for the PNPA cadet admission test 2020-ONLINE APPLICATION for now.

          WAIT for Final Announcement before applying, this is in consideration to the August school year openning due to the COVID 19 pandemic and our Take-Oath or admission is set every June 1 of the year.

          Grade 12 students will be considered IF and only IF date of admission for new cadets will be move to later month after June.

      2. Mark Allen R. Salvatus

        Good Day po.
        May Grade requirements po ba?Kung mababa ang grades ng G12?makakapagapply papo kaya Sir/Mam. Maraming Salamat po.

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  2. Goodevening po maam/sir.
    Ask kolang po if possible parin po bang makuha ako kahit mali yung gmail na nailagay ko sa online application😔.
    May cellphone # naman po akong iniligay don. Baka pwede dun napo isend yung NOE. Sana po masagot. And advance tahnkyou na rin po.

        1. Alexander Algabre

          Good day!
          I would like to ask kung pwede po bang mag take ako ng exam. Ako ay isang grade 12 student and will graduate this coming year 2021

      1. Mary Joy Honra

        Gusto ko din po sana magtake ng exam. 21 years old po ako graduate ng Senior High , 5.2 height and 54.7 weight.

    1. Merry Daffney lunio Escobio

      Sir/ maam mag tatake po ako ng entrance exam turning 18 po ngayong december 6 senior high school pa po ako

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  4. Marvin John L Agucay

    What if salutatorian nung high school pero hindi na pagcollege. Tsaka graduate ng engineering degree. May exemption pa rin po ba?

  5. I have history of asthma po but i am now doing hardcore physical activities and i
    even a ride bike for 50 kilometers once or twice a week, doing regular exercise. Can I still apply for the pnpa?

      1. Ayra Mae B. Buenaventura

        Good evening Sir and Ma’am.
        High Honor po ako nang maka-graduate ako ng senior high. Saan po ba ipapasa ang patunay?

    1. Hello good evening!! Is it allowed to take noth PMA AND PNPA entrance exam?

      Looking forward to your response!

  6. Hello po, paano po makakapagentrance exam? Incoming grade 12 po ako at balak ko po pumasok ng PNPA. Preparation na rin po para sa next year

  7. Catheline Javellana

    Good day po. Pwede po bang mag apply ngayon? Pwede pa po bang kumuha ng exam ngayon taon? Ako po ay g12 na wala lang pong graduation dahil sa covid19. Pwede pa po ba?

  8. Reshia Mae Esparrago Perolino

    Good day po maam sir gusto ko po sana mag apply for upcoming exam, grade 12 graduate pa lang po ako,18 yrs old

  9. Rickca Jane Lardizabal Pua

    Good day po ma’am/sir gusto kopo Sana mag apply for upcoming exam, I’m 18 years old po Grade 12 Graduate po ako.

  10. Patrick earvin First year college po pwedi po ba akong mag take Ng entrance exam 19 years old palang po ako 5’8 hight po😊

  11. Magandang gabi po admin .
    Diko po maaccess iyong link para mag register po ng account or magfill up po ako ng account para magapply di’po maopen .

  12. Angelo Cariazo

    Good evening Po Ma’am/Sir gusto ko pong magtake Ng exam first year college Po 17 years old mag eeighteen sa Dec. Hight 5’6 Po gusto ko Po talaga😊

  13. Charlene Grace

    I am 17 years old po turning 18 po SA December. Graduate na po ako Ng G12 with high honor 😇 Pede po Kaya ako magtake Ng exam? 🙏 Super interested po talaga ako. PANOTICE POOO PLEASE 🙏❤️

  14. Pangarap ko po talagang makapasok ng PNPA pero sa hirap ng buhay ngayon dahil sa pandemya di ko po mapaayos ung isang bungi ng ngipin ko sa front. Kailangan po ba talaga kompleto ngipin ? Looking forward sa inyong reply. ty po.

  15. hi po sabi po sa qualifications ang 18- 22 years old . 22 yrs. old po ako pero cnsabing overrage n ako for application sa website??


    Good pm po gusto ko po sana magtake ng exam kaso di ko po alam kung pano yung mga requirements and kung pwede pa po ba magtake ng online exam
    Thank you po.

  17. Good day po, grade 12 po ako this year ask ko lang po Sana if pwede or dapat na po ba akong mag fill up application form at mag take ng exam online this year para sa school year 2021-2022?
    Thank you po

  18. Mark James Villanueva

    Hello po, pwede po ba magtake or magapply kahit na may corrective eyeglass at nearsighted ako? Auto disqualified na po ba kung meron na meet sa ground medical disqualification? pkaisagot po nakahanda na po kasi forms ko po. >-<

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    1. hi according sa announcement ng PNPA, allowed na ang grade 12 na mag apply online as long as ga graduate po on or before June 1,2021.

  20. graduating po ako ng senior high

    pwede po ba ako makapasok or mag take ng exam kahit graduating palang po ako kasi yung examination at pasahan ng requirement ay maauna kesa sa graduation ko

  21. hi po ask ko lang po, yung kapatid ko po ay currently grade 12, ano po kaya ilalagay dun sa year graduated/ highest year level attained?

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