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DSA-Sec Exercise 2021

The DSA-Sec Exercise was first introduced in 2004 as part of MOE's move towards a more flexible and broad-based education system. Under the DSA-Sec Exercise, schools will be able to select a percentage of their students for admission outside of the centralized posting system, via their own selection criteria. Parents and students are encouraged to choose schools wisely based on the student’s aptitudes and strengths, bearing in mind the schools’ academic and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the area of talent.

Students who are successfully admitted to the school via DSA are expected to honour their commitment to the school, and participate in the activities related to the talent which they are selected for Year 1 - 4.

Talent Areas

Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School is proud to announce that with the implementation of its Applied Learning Programme (ALP) in 2016, our school distinctive programmes is Critical Social Inquiry and Media Literacy

With the Enhanced Music Programme (EMP) and Music Preparatory Course that the school is offering, another talent area that is included in our DSA is Music.

In addition, our DSA selection talent areas also include 2 Sports & Games; Shooting and Track & Field.

We are looking for students of calibre who 
a) have a keen interest in new media, and can lead media literacy projects (ALP), or
b) have keen interest, disposition and ability in music (EMP), or
c) have good level of sports skills in Shooting and Track & Field

DSA Talent AreasDSA Main Category
Critical Social Inquiry and Media LiteracyLanguage & Humanities
MusicPerforming Arts
ShootingSports and Games
Track & Field Sports and Games

Schedule for DSA Exercise 2021

Application Process5 May 2021, 11 am - 1 June 2021, 3 pm
Notifications for shortlisted applicantsBy 2 July 2021
Online Auditions / Trials / Test and Interview sessions * Between 23 July 2021 to 13 August 2021
Notifications of outcomes of applications By 13 September 2021 

* A Zoom link will be provided by the school for shortlisted applicants. Shortlisted applicants should be log onto Zoom on the arranged / scheduled date and time.

Application Procedures

Step 1: Submission of application form through DSA - Sec Portal 

Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 5 May 2021, 11 am to 1 June 2021, 3 pm. For more details, please refer to MOE website - www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec

For applicants studying in MOE mainstream primary schools: Only one parent's SingPass is needed to log in. If parent / guardian is unable to apply online, you can approach the child's primary school for assistance. Click here to access the application page.

For applicants NOT studying in MOE mainstream primary schools, please obtain a Registration Number (RGxxxxxxx) online before applying through the DSA-Sec Portal. Click here to access the application page.

For more information, you can refer to the MOE website at: https://go.gov.sg/nmsdsa-sec-application

Step 2: Attending Online Auditions/Trials/Tests and Interview Sessions

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 2 July 2021 to attend the selection trial.

In the event that you are unable to attend the session on the given date, please call us at 6758 5384 in advance to make a new appointment. The dates available are:

Dates for Online Interview:Between 23 July 2021 to 13 August 2021
Time:Between 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Attire:School Uniform / PE Attire
For Music Please have your instrument and score ready. 

Step 3: Outcome of Selection

You will be notified of the outcome by 13 September 2021, informing you that your selection outcome is either Confirmed Offer, put on Wait List, or Rejected. The decision of the Selection Panel is final.

Students who are given Confirmed Offer or Wait List will receive notification on the School Preference Submission in October 2021.

Lastly, the DSA results will be released with the PSLE results.

For further enquires, please call, Mr Syed Faisal at 6594 9021 (CSI), Miss Ng Sheh Feng at 6758 5384 (Music) or Mr Tommy Toh at 6594 9047 (Sports & Games).

Selection Criteria

The purpose of the online interview session for ALP,CSI is to determine the students' aptitude and ability to lead media literacy projects. Applicants must have a keen interest in new media, and in engaging in social and media issues through media-related platforms like film making, or through investigative journalism. 

Music applicants must have a minimum of Grade 4 ABRSM or equivalent in music (practical and theory), and have a keen interest in music. The Music online session includes playing two own-choice music pieces, a written test and an interview.

The purpose of the online interview session for the Sports & Games is to determine the students' potential to excel and contribute to the school's Sports & Games. Applicants should be physically fit, have good level of sports skills, show leadership qualities and have good character traits.

The Sports & Games online session includes an interview session.

Contact Us

For further clarifications, you may contact any of the following teachers:

For ALP,CSI matters:

Mr Syed Faisal
HOD / Humanities
Tel: 6594 9021

For Music matters:

Miss Ng Sheh Feng
HOD / Aesthetics & Craft
Tel: 6758 5384

For Sports & Games matters:

Mr Tommy Toh 
SH / CCA (Internal)
Tel: 6594 9047

For more information on the MOE DSA-Sec Exercise, please refer to the following website: