Frequently Asked Questions

Selection process
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What are the shortlisting criteria and selection process for PSC scholarships?

We consider academic results, co-curricular activity (CCA) records, psychometric test results, school reports and National Service (NS) reports (if applicable). All shortlisted candidates for PSC scholarships go through an interview with a psychologist and a panel interview with the PSC.

Are there any changes to the selection process due to COVID-19?

PSC Secretariat has been monitoring the situation closely and will practise Safe Management Measures (SMMs) in line with prevailing advisories from the multi-ministry taskforce. The modality of the assessments and interviews may change depending on the changes in SMMs and advisories.

How will the Game-Based Assessment (GBA) be used in the selection process?

From the 2021 PSC Scholarships Selection exercise, the GBA will be included in the existing range of assessment tools that the PSC uses to assess potential scholarship recipients holistically. These tools include co-curricular activity (CCA) records, psychometric tests, school assessment reports, National Service (NS) reports (if applicable), community service projects, leadership roles, other achievements, internship records and a panel interview.

Will PSC consider my preliminary examination results?

No, preliminary examination results are not considered as the standards vary across schools.

Will applicants from the integrated programme (IP) stand a better chance compared to others?

PSC Scholarships are awarded based on merit. All applicants will be assessed based on their academic and non-academic achievements, leadership qualities and interest in serving the public, regardless of their education history.

What if I did not do well for my A-Level/IB/NUS High School/Polytechnic Diploma examination?

PSC considers many factors in offering a scholarship. We seek individuals with a sound character, commitment to serve Singapore and Singaporeans, leadership potential and a keen interest to undertake a challenging but fulfilling career in the Public Service. Academic results are only one measure of your abilities. You will still stand a chance to receive a scholarship offer, if you have strong compensating factors in other areas. Nevertheless, you can still serve in the Public Service without a scholarship.

How many PSC scholarships are awarded every year?

There is no quota on the number of scholarships to be awarded. All scholarship applicants who are found suitable for the PSC Scholarships will be awarded based on merit.

29 Mar 2023