Admission Paths


Direct School Admission DSA–JC Exercise

For Admission to JC1

 Updated on 30 April 2019

The mission of Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) is to develop leaders in research, industry and government. The school’s Integrated Programme (IP) is designed to provide holistic education by broadening students’ educational experience and maximise their learning opportunities.
Direct School Admission allows a diverse range of talents to be recognized in student admission. We are looking for promising Sec 4 students who are currently studying in mainstream Singapore schools who demonstrate any of the following:

  1. strong intellectual and scholastic potential;
  2. leadership potential with character qualities like integrity, resilience, passion and compassion.
  3. outstanding talent in sports or performing arts

To ensure that students fully benefit from our IP, they will be assessed on their demonstrated and potential qualities, beyond mere academic ability.

Successful applicants will be offered a place in Hwa Chong at the start of January of the academic year. Once a student has accepted the DSA offer, he/she will not take part in the Joint Admission Exercise (JAE). They will be assured of a place in the school on the condition that they satisfy the minimum criterion for admission to junior college based on their GCE O-Level result. 

For more information on DSA-JC Exercise for year 2020, please click here. For trial dates for various CCAs, please click here

To apply online, please click here.


Joint Admissions Exercise

Joint Admission 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:

  • Junior Colleges (JC)
  • The Millennia Institute (MI)
  • Polytechnics (Poly)
  • Institute of Technical Education

For Joint Admissions Exercise, the following candidates were eligible to participate except those who had been successfully admitted through the Direct School Admission-Junior Colleges (DSA-JC) or Direct Polytechnic Admission (DPA):

  • All Singapore Citizens (SC) or Permanent Residents (SPR) with valid Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations results from any year.
  • International students studying in a Government School, Government-Aided School or Independent School in Singapore with valid Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level Examination results

For more information, please visit the MOE website at

For more information on JAE Appeal Exercise, please click here.


Returning Singaporeans


All Returning Singaporeans (RS) children who wish to apply to Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) for a place in the JC 1 can take part through Direct School Admission (DSA-JC) or participate in the School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans (SPERS- JC/MI) conducted by Ministry of Education.

Interested candidates are advised to visit the following MOE RS website for the details of the SPERS-JC/MI exercise:

Applicants who are eligible to apply to HCI can approach the school for admission. Applicants are required to submit the following documents for the school's consideration.

  1. School Eligibility list
  2. Academic transcripts (GCE 'O' levels results or equivalent)
  3. Testimonials/references
  4. Achievements and awards
  5. Identification card/passport

Applicants may need to sit for tests on certain subjects and attend an interview to decide on the subject combination. Eligible applicants must submit the application latest by 17 Jan 2020 to

To: SPERS-JC Application
c/o Ms Karen Ng
Hwa Chong Institution (College Section)
661 Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 269734