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Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE)


The Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE) is administered by Ngee Ann Polytechnic to allow applicants who are ineligible under JAE and JPAE to apply for admission to our full-time diploma courses.

Applicant Eligibility


In general, you are eligible under DAE 2017 if you are one of the following AND have met the additional requirements listed here

Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level holder
Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level holder
ITE Higher Nitec holder
ITE Nitec holder
Integrated Programme (IP) Year 4 student
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma holder
International Qualifications holder

Application Period

Click here to learn about the different application periods for different qualifications.

Application Mode

Apply online through the DAE Portal in tentatively mid-Dec 2016. 


Application Procedure


i) Submission of Application

Submit your application online through the DAE Portal, using your NRIC/Passport and Date of Birth. You can include up to 3 choices for which you are eligible, but you will only receive one offer (for your highest eligible preference) if your application is successful. Please note that there is no DAE application fee.

Once you submit your application, print a copy of the confirmation slip and attach it together with photocopies of documents supporting your application. A checklist of the supporting documents is provided in the confirmation slip for your reference.

After submission of the application, you should receive an email acknowledging the receipt of your application.

Within 5 days after the online application, please submit the confirmation slip, together with photocopies of your supporting documents:

By post to:
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Academic Affairs Office (Admissions)
535 Clementi Road
Singapore 599489

By hand:
Admissions Office
Blk 82, Level 01
(Near the back of SIM)

Operating Hours:
8:30am - 5:30pm (Monday – Friday)
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

You can find your way to the Office through the campus map.

After you submit your application, you can change your choices and your particulars as many times as you like by re-submitting a fresh application until DAE application closes. However, you must submit the confirmation slip indicating your latest course choices.

An application is not considered complete until we receive the necessary supporting documents (ie: copies of results, NRIC, etc) from you.


ii) Checking on the receipt of supporting documents

It is your responsibility to check if the Polytechnic has received your documents. To check on the receipt of your supporting documents sent directly to us, please click "Application Status Check". Phone enquiries will not be entertained.


Selection Process


Entry into most of our courses is based on academic merit.

For some of our courses we need to know more about you, and may ask you to submit a portfolio or come to the Polytechnic for an interview as part of their additional selection criteria. These courses include:

* only for Higher Nitec (Early Childhood Education)  (GPA > 2.5)

The interview is designed to assess your understanding of and aptitude for the above course(s) if they are indicated as your choice(s) in your application. It provides the interviewers with a valuable opportunity to know you better beyond your application. The interview gives you the opportunity to explain why you are committed to studying it.

Selection is based on your interview performance and demonstration of your aptitude.


Before your interview

i) Have I been shortlisted?

If you have been short-listed, you will receive a call from the Polytechnic to invite you for an interview, together with the interview details.

ii) What do I need to bring for the interview?

You are required to present a portfolio that shows evidence of passion / aptitude relating to the course(s) during the interview. Click here to find out what makes up a portfolio and some helpful tips.


Release of Application Outcome


The outcome of your application will be released online through the DAE Portal on different dates for different qualifications. Find out more here.

Login using your NRIC/Passport and Date of Birth via DAE Portal to check the application outcome.

If you have applied for the following courses under the DAE (mid-Dec to mid-Jan), you may check the DAE Portal tentatively in late Jan if you are successful in your application for the course(s).

* only for Higher Nitec (Early Childhood Education)  (GPA > 2.5)  

If you are posted to one of our courses, learn more about how you can accept your posting here.


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