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Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Application and Entrance Exam Basics

Last updated: September 3, 2011

One of the advantages of enrolling in a large university is that you get a lot of choices—choices of which campus to apply to, for instance.  These days, it’s not uncommon to see various courses spread out across different university branches.

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines is a prime example of this.  Despite the staggering amount of branches it has, the school seems to lean less toward manual registration and more toward online application.  Read on for more information.


PUP Introduction


Interestingly enough, the university was known as the Manila Business School way back in 1904.  It has since undergone a number of changes until Presidential Decree Number 1341 transformed it into its current incarnation back in 1978.

These days, the learning institution engages in applied research—especially in the fields of business administration, communications technology, information and commerce.  It boasts of being the largest university with respect to student population in its six campuses, two branches and ten extension campuses.


PUP Admission Qualifications


To qualify, aspiring PUP students must meet either of the following criteria:

1. They must be graduating seniors with a minimum GA of 82% in their first three years of secondary schooling. OR they must be high school graduates with the same minimum GA requirement stated above (including their senior year), and they must not have enrolled in any diploma or degree program upon application.

2. They must possess good moral character.

PUP Enrolment Requirements

After passing PUPCET, applicants must present the following:

  • Form 138 (their high school report card)
  • A certified true copy of the applicants’ NSO Birth Certificate
  • A Certificate of Good Moral Character issued by their guidance counselor or school principal
  • The results of their chest X-ray (with film)
  • Medical Clearance issued by the PUP medical clinic
  • 2 x 2 ID photo with a white background and the applicants’ name written on it

PUP Application Process


Though application may be done manually, PUP encourages students to apply online via its iApply system.  Go to this webpage, fill up the form, verify the data you’ve inputted, and finish up.  Make sure to print out the payment voucher and note the reference number, as you’ll need both of them later.  Check your e-mail for confirmation (For a more detailed explanation of the process, please take a look at this.).

The next step is to pay the 500-peso registration fee via any Landbank branch.  Fill up the bank’s deposit slips in triplicate and present the payment voucher with your payment.  After that, wait about 3 working then days, go to the Admission and Registration Office of the PUP branch you applied to and claim your test permit there.

Make you have these items along with you when you visit the PUP campus:

  • Your copy of the printed payment voucher (as signed by you)
  • A validated duplicate copy of the LANDBANK branch’s deposit slip
  • The original copy or a certified true copy of your Form 138 with the school’s dry seal (This is for high school graduates who have not enrolled in any program right after they graduated from high school.)
  • A duly authenticated copy of the PEPT/ALS A&E Test Certificate of Rating, certified by the DepEd-BALS
  • Your school ID (if you are a currently enrolled students) or any valid ID with picture (for previous high school graduates)
  • Presentable attire for picture taking

The Admission Officer will validate your application in their records.  Have your picture taken and obtain your exam permit from the same officer.  Double check your picture and test permit for information errors.  If there are any, have a word with the Admission Officer.  If everything checks out, you’re good to go.

PUP Entrance Exam Schedule

The PUPCET is administered in batches.  Exam schedules differ depending on whether the students apply manually or electronically.

Start of Application:  Sep 1, 2011

PUPCET Batch 1:  Jan 29, 2012

PUPCET Batch 2:  Feb 19, 2012

Applications are ongoing as of the time of this article’s writing.  Most deadlines for payments and test permit issuance fall on different months within the first few months of 2011 (the exact date depends on the campus), so kindly check the complete schedule details here and plan accordingly.

PUP Provincial Application/Testing Process

There’s practically no difference between the provincial application process and the NCR application process (The school encourages online application, anyway, so it’s a moot point.).  Only the venues for the test and the claiming of permits differ—these will depend on the applicant’s choice of campus.


Release of PUP Entrance Exam Results

PUP releases exam results approximately a month after testing.  Applicants will receive mail from the school complete with instructions for the succeeding steps.  They may also check the official website or the bulletin boards of PUP campuses (the same ones where they took the exam) for results.

General PUP Exam Coverage and Feedback

The PUPCET consists of general information and subjects you’ve taken in high school.  Expect to encounter standard categories like Verbal Reasoning in English and Filipino, Science, Numerical Ability (Math) and Nonverbal or Abstract Reasoning.  There are reportedly questions on current events, too.

The general feedback from former test-takers is that the exam isn’t extremely difficult.  The abstract reasoning might give some people trouble, yet it’s still manageable.  The more difficult thing to watch out for is the amount of time you’re given.  Pray, focus, manage your time well and you should do fine.

After the entrance exam, passing students will go for interviews conducted by the chairpersons of their chosen course.  Aptitude exams may also be given depending on the program in question (E.g. drawing tests for the interior design course).

PUP Admissions Office Contact Information


The information I’ve mentioned above may change depending on circumstances, so it helps to keep the communication lines with school staff members open.  If you have any questions about the admissions process, kindly call (632) 716-78-35 to 45, local 287. E-mail goes to or .



Ms. Aiko of the PUP admissions office

Ms. Concina of the PUP admissions office

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88 thoughts on “Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Application and Entrance Exam Basics

  1. saan po makikita ung application form for entrance exam ng pup?kaiLAn po ba ang entra nce exam ng incoming freshmens ?

  2. pls help nman poh san poh bah mapa2print ung sa payment?

    kh8 kc nakapagregister nah akuh hndi kuh pa rin poh maipaprint ung form 4 payments sa PUPCAT.

    THANK YOU poh.

  3. hello po..ask q lng po kung mahirap ba ang PUPSAIT and pag di po ba doon makapasa hindi na pwedeng mag take ng PUPCET????????im rily interested 2 be one of ur students,,,..and im qualified 2 take the PUPSAIT..pleas answer poh..really nid it,,,thanks a lot

  4. ask q lng po f kailan entrance exam niyo for the new student?at ano po mga requirements para makatake ng entrance exam?

  5. Hello, Im Francis Louis O. Santos and i just want to know when is the date for the examination for the PUP entrance tesr

  6. .hi when is the scheduled date on the entrance exam for the school year 2012-2013,,i realy nid 2 know coz im planning to b one of ur from bicol!!!!!!!!!tnx.

  7. ano po ba ung mga requiremnts pra sa pupcet manually examinations this year 2012-2013?and kailan din po yung mga schedule non?when din po ung psahan ng nga requiremnts?pwde po mlaman ung tuition and charges?thnx po in advance. reply……..

  8. hi po good day ask ko lang po kung kailan pwedeng mag entrance exam ang mga incoming freshmens for next school year..hoping for your fast reply thank you

  9. good day! importanteh po ito sa akin i hope for you quick response.pwede po ba mag cross enroll sa inyo with a writen permit ng registrar po sa last school na pinagregisteran..kc po kung apat lang po ang subject consisting 3 units each lang po..kasi naging octoberian po ako dun last 2007 na hindi ko na po naituloy gawa ng pag move sa ibang lugar at masyado po mataas ang kanilang tuition fee na hindi po kakayanin ng kakaunti ko pong ipon nitong nakaraan taon..pwede po ba yun kahit hindi na po importante na icredit ung apat na subjects kasi iilang lang po ito, (iba po daw yung cross enrol sa transfer diba po, pwede po ba mag cross enroll..)

  10. im planning to transfer at pup this 2nd sem, im a first year college. i just wanna ask if thers a reservation or any process needed?

  11. hI..pwede po ba ask kung pwedew pa mag entrance exam sa CT sa binan, laguna at saan ang exact location nito kasi hindi ko makita…lagi lang sinsabi sa sta rosa lang daw may pup…is that rigth po ba…at paano po ba kumuha ng enrance exam…at at pwede pa po ba..

  12. last april 25 po kc nakalagay na issuance of online application sa pup ragay,na late po aq ng pag oonline pwede pa po ba?? need lng po,tnx

  13. gud pm poh.d po kc aq nkpasa sa entrance exam ask q lng poh if pwede aqng mag enroll sa course na DOMT?gsto q poh kc pumasok sa skul nyo.tnx

  14. una po ba muna yung interview kaysa sa medical clearance?..
    tsaka ano po ba yung sched ng pa-Xray…
    paano rin po yung nameplate na sinasabi nila sa 2× likod written?

    • Hi!

      Based on the information displayed in the PUP website ( and it seems that the medical clearance is a general requirement for PUPCET passers whereas interviews are program/course-specific requirements. Therefore, the order would depend on your college’s schedule.

      As for the 2×2 picture, I suggest you get your picture taken while holding a nameplate (with your name written on it). However, if you want to be sure, please contact PUP.

      Finally, for specific schedules, please contact PUP directly. Your admission letter should contain specific instructions on what you should do next and who you should contact for clarifications or questions.

      • good evening po..pwede po vah malaman ang result nag entrance exam sa sablayan brach…thank you po and GOD bless

  15. Hi po! 96 lang po ang score ko.. pwd pa rin po ba ko mkapasa kahit ganoon lang ang score ko? gagalingan ko nalang po sa interview.

    • H Joseph! Depende kasi yan sa cut-off score ng programang pinili mo. If you were asked for an interview, then you obviously passed the minimum requirement and have a chance of ultimately getting accepted to your chosen program/course. Good luck! :)

  16. Hi. I would like to apply for the Distance Learning. I have checked your website but I would like to inquire personally if I am qualified to do so. Could you kindly advice me the best way to get the information I need. Thank you in advance and more power.

          • For STA Mesa:
            For College of Technology:
            For other PUP campuses:

        • From the PUP website, the Bataan Campus Director’s contact numbers are (63-47) 561-3630, (63-47) 561-2225 and (63-47) 561-3986. If you need to reach another office in PUP Bataan, just call any of the above-mentioned numbers. The person on the other line should be able to give you the telephone number you actually need.

  17. Hi. My niece didn’t pass the PUPCET for class 2011~2012. Can she still have the chances to apply for The College of Technology? She wants to study in your school and her family is in full support of that decision but she seemed to have not met the cut-off. Your kind assistance is of great help. Thank you and more power.

    • Hi! Please contact PUP. is a third-party information site, so to communicate with PUP, you will need to get in touch with the university. Thanks!

      • pano po kung gusto kong mag apply ng civil engineering kaso 108 lng ang score q sa pupcet tapos ang required is 110.ang linagay q 2loy sa confirmation q is bachelor of science in nutrition dietetics pwede po pa rin bang baguhin un at palitan ng civil engineering sa actual interview na??
        please lng po kailangan lng..rep nan po kau
        badly needed..

  18. I am planning to enroll this summer for M.A. May I know the requirements and the person to be contacted? Thanks and more power.

    • If you’re a college graduate and want to enroll in a bachelor’s degree program in PUP, then you probably won’t have to undergo the PUPCET since college entrance exams, as a rule, are for incoming freshmen students who have no college credits whatsoever. Nevertheless, the university (and specifically the department/college in which you want to enroll) might ask you to take some sort of qualification exam or even pass some sort of interview.

      If you want to apply for a graduate program, on the other hand, an interview is SOP and an exam is a possibility. Again, though, it won’t be PUPCET anymore.

      In any case, you’ll have to fulfill other requirements (including documentary requirements) to study in PUP.

      • hi, ask ko lang po. pwede pa puh bang mgtake ng pupcet sa sta. mesa ? though tapuz na ung 1st n 2nd bathces? tnx in advance.

        • Tapos na nga yung PUPCET for Sta. Mesa. Pero kung gusto mong malaman kung pwede pang magPUPCET for this campus, mas mabut sigurong tawagan mo ang PUP Sta. Mesa para siguradong updated yung impormasyong makukuha mo.

    • Hi Joyce! I believe they do, as evinced by this PUP Application for Scholarship form ( that I unearthed from Sta. Mesa, Manila PUP’s Office of Scholarship and Financial Assistance webpage (

  19. i am applying for PUP scholarship program. I would like to inquire how can I avail the program and what is the requirements. I am a high school graduate from Gamu, Isabela. I hope PUP can help me with my scholarship. Thank you! ;)

  20. i am applying for PUP scholarship program. I would like to inquire how can I avail the program and what is the requirements. I am a high school graduate from Gamu Rural School Annex. I hope PUP can help me with my scholarship. Thank you!! :)

    • Hi! Please check out our post on the FASTECH-PUP Scholarship, a scholarship available to PUP students. This might help. We also advise you to get in touch with PUP to find out if there are other scholarships you might apply for. Good luck on your scholarship application! :)

  21. i am applying for PUP scholarship program. I would like to inquire how can I avail the program and what is the requirements. I am a high school graduate from Kananga National High School at Leyte. I hope PUP can help me with my scholarship. Thank you very much.

  22. please do have a full list of profile of each and every campus directors! thank you so much. for the convenience of PUP students. =>

    • Hi! Unfortunately, we have no time yet to compile a profile on PUP campus directors. If you want information from a specific campus, though, you can call the campus directly. I went to the PUP website ( and found their directory here: Just go there and click on the campuses tab to get contact numbers. Hope this helps (for now). Thanks for dropping by! ^_^

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