LIST OF PASSERS: 2018 PSHS NCE Results for AY 2019-2020

MANILA, Philippines – The October 2018 Philippine Science High School (PSHS) National Competitive Exam (NCE) full results together with the list of passers for academic year AY 2019-2020 are released online on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 or in two (2) months after the exam.

LIST OF PASSERS: 2018 PSHS NCE Results for AY 2019-2020
Stay tuned for the announcement of NCE passers anytime this month! Good luck, takers!

The 2018 NCE was administered by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to 32,651 examinees (incoming Grade 7 students) on October 20, 2018 in several test centers nationwide. This year's total takers is up by more than 6,000 as compared to the previous year's NCE.

The Secretary of DOST and Chair of the PSHS System Board of Trustees will announce the names of the successful qualifiers to the Philippine Science High School System (PSHSS) Search for Scholars for 2019.

DOST-PSHSS executive director Lilia Habacon said 1,540 slots are available in all 16 campuses of the PSHS. This means that around 5% are expected to pass the 2018 NCE.

It was announced further that 240 slots at the PSHS-main campus in Quezon City are available, 120 in the PSHS-Region 4-A or Calabarzon campus in Batangas City and 90 in all the 14 other regional campuses of the PSHS.

UPDATE: Of the 32,651 applicants, 1,470* examinees successfully hurdled the one-step screening exam. Due to Data Privary Act, there are 43 principal qualifiers who signified NOT to announce their name publicly. They will receive an email and call from the campus where they are qualified to enroll. View list of passers here.


NCE results are usually being released every December. Same with previous years, it will be published in a major newspaper and on PSHS official website. Around 4-6% of the takers are expected to pass the examinations.


In the same period last year, results were released in just two months after the exams. Of the 26,413 applicants, 1,361 (5.15%) successfully hurdled the one-step screening. The exam conducted on October 21 had results out on December 19.

In the 2016 NCE, results were released after three months or in January 2017 due to the delay caused by super typhoon Lawin that hit Northern Luzon areas. Of the 25,405 applicants, 1,340 (5.27%) examinees successfully passed the exams.

In the 2015 NCE, 1,355 out of 22,791 (5.94%) successfully passed the exams. The test which was conducted on October 3 had results released after more than 2 months or on December 13.

PSHS NCE Overview

The NCE is a scholastic aptitude test designed to measure Scientific Ability, Quantitative Ability, Abstract Reasoning and Verbal Aptitude of applicants.

Applicants include grade 6 elementary pupil from a duly recognized school by the Department of Education who meets the following criteria is eligible to apply for the PSHS National Competitive Examination (NCE).

He / She must:
  • have a final grade of 85% or better in Science and Mathematics, evidenced by the student's report card. If the student's grades in Science or Math are below 85%, then, he/she must provide evidence that he/she belongs to the upper 10% of the class;
  • be a Filipino citizen with no pending or approved application as immigrant to any foreign country;
  • be born on or after August 1, 2004;
  • have at least a satisfactory rating (or its equivalent) in his/her Character Rating in his/her report card (SY 2017 - 2018);
  • not have taken the PSHS NCE previously; and
  • preferably, be in good health and fit to undergo a rigorous academic program.

PSHS scholars get a monthly stipend in addition to free tuition and free loan of textbooks. Uniform, transportation, and living allowances are also given according to financial need. Scholars are expected to meet the highest standard of scholastic achievement and behavior.

The PSHSS is a specialized public high school system in the Philippines that operates as an attached agency of the DOST. It is considered as the top high school in the country and is viewed to be one of the best in the ASEAN region.

— The Summit Express

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