PNPA Entrance Exam 2023 Schedule

The Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Cadet Admission Test (CAT) is a highly competitive examination that serves as the primary gateway for individuals aspiring to join the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) as commissioned officers.

Recognized as one of the most prestigious and challenging tests in the country, the PNPACAT not only evaluates academic aptitude but also assesses physical fitness, leadership potential, and character. In this article, we delve into the significance of the PNPA CAT and its role in shaping the future of law enforcement officers in the Philippines.

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, Inspectors of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and the Bureau of Fire Protection.


PNPA Entrance Exam 2023

The online application for the Philippine National Police Academy Cadet Admission Test (PNPACAT) Admission Year 2023-2024 for Class 2028 has officially open last January 20, 2023, until July 15, 2023. They will not allow walk-in applicants.


Before proceeding, you need scanned copies of the following:

  • A. PSA Birth Certificate (front page only and must CLEARLY show your full name, birthdate, mother and father’s name),
  • B. Passport-sized OR 2×2 picture (white background), and
  • C. Accomplished BMI Form (available on our website and Official FB Page, to be accomplished by a LICENSED PHYSICIAN ONLY, government or private).
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About PNPA

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 8. This year’s schedule is still unknown.

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.

1. A natural-born Filipino citizen;
2. Must be 18-22 years old before June 1, 2024;
3. Male or female must be single with no parental obligation;
4. At least Senior High School graduate and/or has satisfactorily complied with all the requirements for graduation before July 30, 2024
5. At least 5’2” (157.47 cm) for males and 5’0” (152.40 cm) for females;
6. With a weight that corresponds to the applicant’s height, gender, and age;
7. Physically and mentally fit to undergo the Cadetship Program;
8. With good moral character (no criminal, administrative, or civil derogatory record);
9. Without pending complaint and/or case before any tribunal of whatever nature;
10. Not a former cadet of PNPA, or other similar institutions; and
11. 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 four(4) anterior or front teeth & Missing six (6) posterior/molar teeth;
  • Tattoos or other brotherhood marks;
  • Ear piercing for males and multiple ear piercing for females;
  • For Females: Goiter; History of pregnancy; Presence of breast mass; Painful menstruation;
  • Any other similar defects which may hinder the Cadetship Training Program.

How to apply?

Follow the step-by-step guide for the PNPA Online Application here.

All qualified applicants may now register and apply online until July 15, 2023.

Phases of Screening

Applicants who successfully passed the PNPACAT shall qualify for the next phase of screening which is 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.


The PNPA Cadet Admission Test stands as a significant milestone for individuals aspiring to join the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and Bureau of Fire Protection as commissioned officers.

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Beyond evaluating academic aptitude, the PNPACAT assesses physical fitness, leadership potential, and character traits that are vital for the demanding roles of law enforcement officers. By selecting the most qualified candidates, the PNPACAT ensures that the future leaders of these agencies are competent, dedicated, and committed to upholding law and order in the Philippines.

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