Over 19,700 applicants take 2021 PNPA admission test

Screengrab from the PNPA website.

MANILA, Philippines – More than 19,700 applicants have accomplished the first step in joining the law enforcement after they took the Philippine National Police Academy Cadet Admission Test (PNPACAT).

A total of 19,760 or 76.55 percent out of 25,811 registrants have taken the exam. About 11,903 took the exam on the first day, March 7, while 7,857 on the second day, March 8, PNP chief General Debold Sinas said in a statement on Monday.

Sinas explained that PNPA “does not prescribe” a passing grade however only the top 1,000 examinees will be required to undergo physical and mental screening before they can be admitted for training.

“As they say, many are called but few are chosen. To those who will pass the exam, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to avail of a free education and become a law enforcer. I hope that the lucky applicants will do their best towards taking their oath and be among government scholars receiving pay at the same time,” Sinas added.

Those qualified will be provided a full scholarship for four years, including their lodging, food and at least P38,000 allowance to the trainees, PNPA said.

Graduates of PNPA are appointed to the initial rank of Police Lieutenant in the PNP or Inspector in the Fire and Jail Management Services. – Liezelle Soriano Roy, Trainee