PNPACAT 2022 Schedule and Updates

The Philippine National Police Academy is the premier public safety institution that hones the future leaders of the PNP, BJMP, and the BFP. Created by Section 19 of the Presidential Decree 1184, it was established for the training and education of the members of the tri-bureau services of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Admitted cadets will undergo the PNPA Cadetship Program, a government-sponsored 4-year tertiary education course. Upon entry to the Academy, the PNPA cadets will receive monthly pay and allowances for their training and education expenses. After graduation from the program, they will be granted a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety (BSPS) degree. Moreover, graduates are automatically appointed as Police Lieutenant of the PNP, as a Jail Inspector of the BJMP, or as a Fire Inspector of the BFP.

PNPACAT 2022 Schedule

The PNPA has yet to announce the schedule of the PNPA Cadet Admission Test this 2022. They MAY release the schedule of the examination and the start of the online application around July-September or later depending on the country’s COVID-19 status. Please stay tuned for more updates.

How to Apply

The PNPACAT online application requires the applicant to upload the following documentary requirements:

  • Scanned copy of PSA Birth Certificate (keep your official receipt because you may need this in other phases in case you passed the exam);
  • Scanned copy of PNPA BMI form signed by a licensed Physician (government or private);
  • A scanned copy of one (1) passport-sized (4.5cm x 3.5cm) ID picture with name tag.

*Please be reminded that these files should not exceed 20 MB in file size. Reduce the image size before uploading.

Once you have all the necessary documents, follow these simple steps to register:

  1. On a computer with a good internet connection, go to PNPA’s Official website (link will be posted soon)  then provide the necessary information.
  2. Supply your personal email address and password. They will be your log-in details when getting into the application system.
  3. Fill up the online application form, upload the needed documents then click submit. Check the encoded data for any errors then click the Submit button.
  4. Upon clicking “submit,” system-generated Notice of Examination (NOE) with QR Code shall be sent to the applicant’s registered email address; and
  5. Applicants should secure a copy and print out of their NOE as the same shall be presented to the proctor/examiner and further scanning of QR Code during the actual PNPACAT;
  6. Applicants shall register only ONCE after confirmation and approval of their online application in the link provided in the official website and QR Code;

Initial Requirements

To be able to take the PNPACAT, an aspiring cadet must possess the following criteria listed below. We advise our readers to read this part. Please, do not submit your application if you are not qualified, you’ll just waste your time.

Unlike the previous PNPACAT, those senior high school graduates with Highest Honors as well as college graduates with Latin awards are no longer exempted from taking the PNPACAT.

  • The interested applicant must be a natural-born Filipino citizen;
  • Must not be more than 22 years old or less than 18 years old upon admission. Those applicants who will be 23 years old or have not reached 18 years old by June 1, 2023 are disqualified;
  • Single and no child to support;
  • At least Senior High School graduate upon admission. Those senior high school students who will graduate beyond June 1, 2023 are now allowed to apply. Similarly, those ALS Certified applicants (with SHS equivalent or enrolled in college) are allowed to take the PNPACAT 2021 ;
  • Pursuant to Republic Act (RA) 11549, male and female aspirants with 5’2” and 5’0 in height, respectively may now apply for the PNPACAT 2021. No need for a height waiver.
  • With a weight that corresponds to the applicant’s height, gender, and age in reference to Body Mass Index (BMI);
  • Physically and mentally fit to undergo rigorous training;
  • With good moral character (no criminal, administrative and civil derogatory record;
  • With no pending complaint and/or case in court involving moral turpitude and other cases against the State;
  • Not a former cadet of PNPA, or other service academies (PMA, PMMA, MAAP); and
  • Never been dismissed from any private employment or government position for a cause;

Related: PNPACAT 2021 Reviewer with Answer Key


Failure to meet just one of these initial requirements means disqualification from taking the PNPACAT and admission to the PNPA. Likewise, applicants who have any of the medical and dental conditions listed below are also disqualified:

  • Under height and overweight or obese;
  • Defective Visual Perception (e.g. color blindness, near-sighted/far-sighted with corrective eyeglasses or lens, nystagmus);
  • Any physical deformities like bow-leggedness, missing or extra fingers/toes, and other birth defects;
  • Hearing problems due to a perforated eardrum;
  • Chronic sinusitis, bleeding tendencies, hemorrhoids, hernia (if not treated), varicocele, extensive skin disorders;
  • History of heart disease, hypertension, asthma, active PTB, kidney and liver diseases, epileptic seizure disorders, major operations; communicable diseases (such as AIDS, Hepatitis, VD etc.);
  • Full dentures, upper and lower, cleft lip and palate, malocclusion, deformities of the face, open bite, tongue-tied, missing of four (4) anterior or front teeth, and missing of six (6) posterior/molar teeth;
  • Tattoos or other brotherhood marks;
  • Ear piercing for male and multiple ear piercing for female;
  • For Females:  Goiter; a history of pregnancy; the presence of breast mass; painful menstruation; and
  • Any other similar defects which may affect the performance of the cadet in the program.

Next Steps

Successful examinees who passed the PNPACAT shall qualify for the next stage of screening which as follows:

  1. Physical Agility Test:
     Pull-ups  3  N/A
     Full Arms Hanging  N/A  45 seconds
     2-Minute Push-Ups  25  25
     2-Minute Sit-Ups  40  40
     100-Meter Dash  18 seconds  20 seconds
     3-Km Run  24 minutes  27 minutes
  2. Psychological and Psychiatric Examination (PPE);
  3. Physical, Medical and Dental Examination (PMDE); and,
  4. Panel Interview.

The applicant must pass the early stages of the screening as the said testing is sequential. Applicants who fail at an earlier stage will not be allowed to proceed to the next stage. Those who managed to pass all stages of admission will be appointed as PNPA cadets not later than May 1, 2023, as a member of Batch 2027.

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Mark Donguines
Mark Donguines
26 days ago

nako di ako naka apas, kailan po ba susunod na exam ulit?

27 days ago

good after noon how to get an entrance exam

Shusmita jane
Shusmita jane
26 days ago
Reply to  mj

Antay po kayo sa August po ng announcement ng PNPA official page.

1 month ago

How to entrance exam?

1 month ago

Opo gusto kopo sumali

1 month ago