1) Application and Selection Process
1.1 When can I start applying and when will the application close?
Application starts in February and closes in March each year.
1.2 When is the selection process? When will I be notified if I am shortlisted?
The selection process will be between March and May each year. You will be notified by end May if you are shortlisted.
1.3 What do I have to go through for the selection process?
There will be two rounds of interview, written and personality assessments and a tea session for the selection process.
1.4 If I am going for my National Service (NS), do I apply after receiving my GCE ‘A’ Level results or after I have completed NS?
You may apply soon after you receive your GCE ‘A’ Level results. If you are in the first year of your NS, we understand that it may be difficult for you to apply for leave to attend the scholarship interviews. We will notify you through email if your application is reviewed favourably and consider your application again the following year. We will then contact you in the following year if you are shortlisted.
2.1 Is there a list of approved universities that I should apply to?
We do not have a predetermined list of universities. As a guide, you should apply to the university which is ranked among the top for the field of study which you intend to pursue.
2.2 May I take up a double degree?
Yes, you may pursue a double degree programme so long as the maximum candidature is not more than 5 years.
2.3 May I pursue a direct Masters degree upon completion of my undergraduate studies?
You may pursue a direct Masters degree if you obtain a good honours degree of 2nd Upper and above (or equivalent) and able to complete both the Bachelor and Masters degrees within stipulated durations (generally 4 years). IRAS will also take into consideration the chosen field of studies and your demonstrated academic inclinations when approving the Masters programme.
3) Internships and Attachments
3.1 Do I need to have an internship with IRAS during term break?
You are required to complete at least 4 weeks of internship with IRAS during one of your school vacation periods.
3.2 Can I take up internships with private firms?
Yes, you may take up an internship with a private firm as long as you have completed an internship with IRAS.
4) Career Opportunities
4.1 What are the career opportunities available in IRAS after I have completed my studies ?
You can look forward to diverse career opportunities ranging from tax-related, operations and corporate roles. Given that IRAS’ core work is in tax, you will be expected to be familiar with at least one tax type. Structured and on-the-job training will be provided to develop and equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out your work effectively. You can expect to be posted to other areas of work within first two years for continual learning and wider exposure.