The Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) is the public safety school of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). Students who are planning to pursue a career as police, jail, or fire officer may consider applying to the PNPA. To be a PNPA cadet, you need to pass the Philippine National Police Academy Cadet Admission Test (PNPACAT). Here’s a quick guide to the exam:
What is the PNPACAT?
The Philippine National Police Academy Cadet Admission Test (PNPACAT) is the pre-qualifying test given to aspiring cadets of the Philippine National Police Academy.
What is the coverage of the PNPACAT?
The PNPACAT is a 200-item test. The test consists of five subject areas:
- Communication Skills
- Logical and Reasoning Ability
- Math and Sciences
- General Information and Current Events
- Values and Aptitude for the Service
What is the passing rate for the PNPACAT?
The PNPACAT is a competency-based exam. You need to have a passing rate of at least 50% in each of the subjects covered. If you fail in any of the subjects (e.g. you scored 49% in General Information and Current Events but scored high in the other four subject areas), you will not be allowed to proceed to the next stage of the screening.
- Physical Agility Test (PAT)
- Psychological and Psychiatric Examination (PPE)
- Physical, Medical and Dental Examination (PMDE)
- Panel Interview
For the Physical Agility Test, here are the passing scores for male and female applicants:
PNPA Physical Agility Test (PAT)
|Full Arms Hanging||–||45 seconds|
|2-Minute Push-Ups||25 repetitions||25 repetitions|
|2-Minute Sit-Ups||40 repetitions||40 repetitions|
|100-Meter Dash||18 seconds||20 seconds|
|3 Kilometer Run||24 minutes||27 minutes|
What are the medical disqualifications in the PNPACAT?
Here are the grounds for medical disqualification in the PNPACAT:
- Visual problems (color blindness, near-sightedness/far-sightedness with corrective eyeglasses or lens, nystagmus)
- Physical disabilities (e.g. bowlegs or congenital defects)
- Heart problems (history of heart disease, hypertension)
- Pulmonary problems (asthma, active Pulmonary Tuberculosis or PTB)
- Communicable diseases (AIDS, Hepatitis, etc.)
- Dental problems (full dentures, cleft lip, cleft palate, open bite, tongue-tied, missing of four anterior or front teeth, missing of six posterior/molar teeth)
- Tattoos or other brotherhood marks
- Ear piercing for male and multiple ear piercings for female
- For Female applicants: goiter, history of pregnancy, presence of breast mass, painful menstruation
- Any other health problems which may hinder the applicant’s Cadetship Training Program
What are the application requirements of the PNPACAT?
To take the PNPACAT, you need to meet the following qualifications:
- Natural-born Filipino citizen
- 18 to 22 years old on the date of application
- Single with no parental obligation
- At least Senior High School graduate upon admission
- At least 5 feet and 4 inches for male applicants and 5 feet and 2 inches for female applicants in height
- With a weight that corresponds to the applicant’s height, gender and age (in reference to BMI)
- Physically and mentally fit
- Good moral character
- No criminal, administrative, and civil cases
- Not a former cadet of PNPA, or other service academies (PMA, PMMA, MAAP)
- Not have been dismissed from any private employment or government position for cause
When is the PNPACAT?
The Philippine National Police Cadet Admission Test (PNPACAT) happens every last Sunday of October or first week of November every year. The deadline of application for the admission test is on the last week of September. You can take the PNPACAT in 28 testing centers nationwide.
How to apply for the PNPACAT?
Here’s a step-by-step guide in applying for the PNPACAT:
Step 1: Download the application form.
You can download the PNPACAT application form from the PNPA official website.
Step 2: Fill-out the form.
Make sure to fill out all the required details in the application form. Write legibly and avoid any erasures.
Step 3: Submit the application form.
Attach a photocopy of your PSA/NSO Birth Certificate then submit your accomplished form to this address:
The Director (Attn: Registrar)
Philippine National Police Academy
Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda
Silang, Cavite 4118
If you qualify for the PNPACAT, you shall receive a notice for the examination date from the PNPA Registrar. You may also check your name at the official website or Facebook page of PNPA.
How much does the PMAEE fee costs?
The Philippine National Police Academy Cadet Admission Test (PNPACAT) is free.
What are the things I should bring during the exam day?
Don’t forget to bring the following on the date of your exam:
- Self-stamped window envelope
- Black ink pen (except for gel ink pens)
- Two pencils (No. 2)
- Rubber eraser
- Two valid identification cards (school ID with picture, driver’s license, PRC ID, voter’s ID, Employee’s ID, UMID, or postal ID with picture)
What attire should I wear during the PNPACAT?
Here’s the prescribed attire for male and female examinees during the PNPACAT:
|Collared shirt (any color)
|Skirts and dress are allowed but not too skimpy||Sando
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