Republic Polytechnic DAE O Level

Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE)

The Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE) allows applicants whose qualifications are ineligible under Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) and Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) to apply for admission to our full-time diploma courses. 

Admission is based on academic merit and subject to available vacancies of the diploma courses.

Who can apply? 

All O-level holders may apply, except: 

  • Students who have accepted the conditional offer of the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) and met the admissions criteria of the polytechnic course after the release of their final results
  • Current RP students

Entry Requirements

You must fulfill the following requirements:

Aggregate Computation

  • Net ELR2B2 =
    English Language (EL) + 2 relevant subjects (R2) + 2 other best subjects (B2) – CCA# bonus points.

    #CCA cannot be used as one of your subjects to compute the score, but instead is deducted to obtain the Net ELR2B2 aggregate
  • Four types of aggregate scores: ELR2B2-A, ELR2B2-B, ELR2B2-C, and ELR2B2-D. Depending on the course you are applying for, you will need to meet the aggregate score that corresponds to the course. See here for the Net ELR2B2 Aggregate Range (NAR)
  • You are granted CCA bonus points if you obtain the following CCA grade:
    • Excellent (A1 to A2) = 2 points;
    • Good (B3 to C6) = 1 point
  • For more information on the O-Level subjects used for the computation of ELR2B2 aggregate scores, you can refer to the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) Information Booklet

What Course to apply? 

To find out more about the diploma courses offered by RP, you may:

  • Read up on RP courses online 
  • Some courses may require additional medical check-up or specific tests, click here to find out more.
See also  Republic Polytechnic DAE ITE Students

When and How to apply?

The DAE application schedule is as follows:

Phase 112 January, 2pm – 17 January, 4pm   
Phase 223 February, 2pm – 2 Mar, 4pm
  • Application is made online through the DAE Application Portal. Please refer to our User Guide on how to apply. 
  • You may indicate up to 3 course choices in your application.


  • Please consider your choices very carefully, and check that all your information entered are accurate before submitting the application, as you will not be able to make any amendments upon submission. 
  • If you already have a course offer from RP through other admissions exercise, you are advised to complete the online enrolment by the date stipulated in the enrolment letter, so that it will not lapse while awaiting the outcome of your DAE application.