PNP entrance exam should be taken seriously — Napolcom PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 14:25

A National Police Commission (Napolcom) official has said that the Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance examination is not something to be taken lightly.

“Examinees should never take the test for granted and instead prepare for it to make sure that they pass,” Napolcom Vice Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo Escueta said.

Escueta gave the statement a few days after Napolcom released the results of the PNP entrance examination that it administered last October 23,2011. Out of 21,097 police aspirants who took the exam nationwide, only 838 or 3.97 percent passed — the lowest passing rate in history.

Of the 20,883 examinees who took the promotional test, only 6,036 or 12.40 percent passed, followed by 3,381 in the Police Officer exam, 2,572 in the Senior Police Officer exam, 41 in the Inspector exam, and 42 in the Superintendent exam.

Escueta said the dismal success rate of the last examinations may be due to some individuals’ notion that the PNP entrance test is “as easy as 1-2-3.”

“Being a police officer is a decent profession. Thus, those who want to join the police force must treat the entrance examinations seriously. Napolcom is out to make sure that only the best and the brightest can enter the PNP,” he said.

The previous lowest mark was during the October 23, 2005 entrance exams wherein a passing rate of 4.80 percent was recorded.

Napolcom has administrative control and operational supervision over the PNP. The agency-administered entrance test is a requirement for initial appointment to the rank of Police Officer 1 (PO1).

According to Escueta, the commission is continuously upgrading the standards of its police examinations in line with its sustained effort to professionalize the PNP.

“The commission is at the forefront in its campaign for an improved quality of police service,” the official said.