The period of National Service counted towards the discharge of the scholarship bond is five or ten months for all PSC Scholarship holders, depending on the period of service and subject to a minimum effective bond period of three and a half years in Service. The latter is required so that there would be a sufficient length of time for them to get to know the Civil Service and for us to assess their fit for the job.
In general, scholarship holders will proceed for their studies the year they are awarded the scholarship, and serve the balance of their National Service upon graduation and before appointment into the civil service. Requests for deferment of studies will be considered on a case-by-case basis. You could still apply together with your A-Level cohort even if you intend to proceed for your studies only after completion of National Service.
You will not be required to serve the remaining period of your National Service during your university vacation. You will do so upon graduation and before appointment into the civil service. It would not be in your interest nor that of the SAF / SPF's for you to perform your National Service in short intervals during the vacation as you cannot be used optimally to meet SAF / SPF's organisational needs. You will also not be adequately equipped to be operationally ready. You are encouraged to use your vacation wisely to engage in other activities that would broaden your horizons and put you in good stead for your future career.