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DSA-Sec Exercise 2022

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

At Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School, we aim to nurture our students into young ladies and gentlemen with the courage to lead and serve through a wide range of school experiences.

In line with our school’s focus on the holistic development of our students and to nurture the diversified talent areas, we are looking for students who 

have a keen interest in understanding societal issues and in harnessing the media to generate an awareness of these issues and advocate for change, to make a difference in the lives of others, or

b) have keen interest, disposition and ability in music (EMP), or

c) have good level of sports skills in Shooting and Track & Field; or

d) possess positive attitude, good communication skills and have demonstrated leadership capabilities.

Primary 6 students who are interested in joining Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School are encouraged to apply through the following DSA talent areas.

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

The selection criteria and process for the talent areas will be updated from early-May. For more information on DSA-Sec, please refer to the MOE website at https://www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec

Schedule for DSA Exercise 2022

Process Date/Time
Application Process 5 May 2022 – 1 June 2022
Notifications for shortlisted applicants By 8 July 2022 (through email)
Auditions / Trials / Test and Interview sessions  Between 20 July 2022 – 3 August 2022
Notifications of outcomes of applications  By 12 September 2022 (through email)


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 2022, 11 am to 1 June 2022, 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.

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

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

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 8 July 2022 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 20 July 2022 to 3 August 2022
Time: Between 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm
- School Uniform
- PE Attire (For Shooting and Track & Field)
For Music Please have your instrument and score ready. 

Step 3: Outcome of Selection

You will be notified of the outcome by 12 September 2022, 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 2022.

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

Selection Criteria

DSA Talent Areas

Selection Criteria

Critical Social Inquiry and Media Literacy

Keen interest in:

-    exploring issues in society that affect people in Singapore and the world;

-    learning how to use the media purposefully, to generate an awareness of societal issues and advocate for change, to make a difference in the lives of others.

Student’s aptitude in leading inquiry and advocacy projects related to the ALP. 


-    Minimum of Grade 4 ABRSM or equivalent in music (practical and theory)

-    Keen interest in music

(The music session includes playing two own-choice music pieces, a written test and an interview)


-    Students' potential to excel and contribute to the school's Sports & Games

-    Physically fit, have good level of sports skills, show leadership qualities, and have good character traits

Track & Field 

Community Youth Leadership

-    Possess positive attitude, good character and have demonstrated leadership capabilities

(The interview will assess applicants’ communication skills, leadership qualities and beliefs)

Contact Us

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

For ALP,CSI matters:

Mdm Carol Ann Martin
HOD / Humanities
Tel: 6594 9022


Mr Mohamed Imran Bin Ishak
Tel: 6594 9036

For Music matters:

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


Ms Amelia Y Dizon
Tel: 6594 9038

For Sports & Games matters:

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

For Student Leadership matters:

Mdm Geraldine Chew
HOD / Student Leadership cum Science (internal)
Tel: 6594 9040