Maktab Rendah Sains MARA

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Maktab Rendah Sains MARA
Type Public, Secondary school,
Boarding school, Sekolah Berasrama Penuh, Mixed-gender education
Motto Berdisiplin Berilmu Beramal
Established February 1972
Grades Form 1 – Form 5
Medium of language Malay, English
Colour(s) Brown, blue and yellow
Affiliations Sekolah Berasrama Penuh, Ministry of Education (Malaysia)
MRSM Terendak coat of arms in Malacca
MRSM Merbok in Kedah

The MARA Junior Science College (Malay: Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM)) is a group of boarding schools created by the People's Trust Council (Malay: Majlis Amanah Rakyat, commonly abbreviated as MARA), a Malaysian government agency. The institution provides learning facilities for bright students in local schools throughout Malaysia.

The first MRSM was established in Seremban in February 1972 with its first intake of 150 pioneering (male only) students from all over Malaysia. MRSM Seremban took in its last batch of students in 1986 and gradually converted into Kolej Mara Seremban officially in February 1994.


Every year, students with distinction in their local public exams apply for the admission into MRSM.

Students enrolling into MRSMs take the MRSM Entrance Tendency Test (Malay: Ujian Kecenderungan Kemasukan MRSM, abbreviated to UKKM). These tests are made harder than their exams to find the best students for admission.

Academic system[edit]

Students are primarily assessed through a system similar to the grading systems in universities and/or colleges: the grade point average (GPA) (Malay: Purata Nilaian Gred (PNG) system. By the end of their final semesters they will be awarded a certificate of graduation for those who succeeded to pass with at least a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) (Malay: Timbunan Purata Nilaian Gred (TPNG)) of 2.00 and above.

Applicants take the Lower Secondary Assessment (Malay: Penilaian Menengah Rendah) and the Malaysian Education Certificate (Malay: Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) national examinations.

MJSCs use the usual academic ladders in Malaysia when it comes to the level progression system, where students advance through year 7 (known as Form 1 in Malaysia) to Year 11 (Form 5) by age. In Malaysia, there is no system that allows for level transition according to the student's capability. Most MJSC runs all levels from Form 1 to Form 5, but there are several that only run Forms 4 and 5. There are several that only run Forms 1 to 3.

Students who started from Form 1 can continue their studies in MJSC until Form 5 in the same college or by transferring to another college. These students can only continue their studies in MJSC if they pass their Penilaian Menengah Rendah with at least 6As, with As in Mathematics and Science. Failure to achieve this will cause their studies in the MJSC system to be discontinued, and they will have to continue their studies in an ordinary school.

MRSM PKP (Special Education Programme or Malay: Program Khas Pendidikan)[edit]

PKP is a title that is given to MARA Junior Science Colleges who have attained a high level of quality in their students through national exams and participation in events – with the former being the primary factor. These colleges are often deemed the most superior in their category of schools in Malaysia, though others could still compete with them. Most of the students who are admitted into MRSM PKP are usually those who obtain 8As or more in the Malay: Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) and UPSR examination and pass the UKKM with flying colours. The quality of the students in MRSM PKP are usually higher. As such, these MJSCs usually become the role models for the other MJSCs to promote healthy competition between its students.

There are six of them:

  • MJSC Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan (upper form only)
  • MJSC Tun Ghafar Baba, Melaka (upper form only)
  • MJSC Taiping, Perak (upper form only)
  • MJSC Tun Dr Ismail, Pontian, Johor (upper and lower form)
  • MJSC Langkawi, Kedah (upper and lower form)
  • MJSC Kuantan, Pahang (upper and lower form)

The first MRSM PKP is MRSM Kulim Kedah. First batch is 1988 batch. Second batch is 1990 batch. and after that MRSM Kulim stopped taking pkp students. and the program has moved to the six above MRSM.

List of MJSC in Malaysia[edit]


  • MJSC Pontian
  • MJSC Johor Bahru
  • MJSC Batu Pahat
  • MJSC Mersing
  • MJSC Muar


  • MJSC Kubang Pasu
  • MJSC Langkawi
  • MJSC Merbok
  • MJSC PDRM Kulim
  • MJSC Pendang
  • MJSC Baling


  • MJSC Jeli
  • MJSC Kuala Krai
  • MJSC Pasir Tumboh
  • MJSC Pengkalan Chepa
  • MJSC Tumpat


  • MJSC Tun Ghaffar Baba
  • MJSC Terendak
  • MJSC Alor Gajah

Negeri Sembilan[edit]

  • MJSC Kuala Kelawang
  • MJSC Serting
  • MJSC Gemencheh


  • MJSC Tun Ghazali Shafie
  • MJSC Kuantan
  • MJSC Muadzam Shah
  • MJSC Bentong (temporarily closed)
  • MJSC Tun Razak


  • MJSC Gerik
  • MJSC Lenggong
  • MJSC Pasir Salak
  • MJSC Taiping
  • MJSC Pengkalan Hulu
  • MJSC FELDA Trolak
  • MJSC Parit
  • MJSC Kuala Kangsar (under construction)


  • MJSC Beseri
  • MJSC Arau (under construction)

Pulau Pinang[edit]

  • MJSC Balik Pulau
  • MJSC Transkrian
  • MJSC Kepala Batas


  • MJSC Kota Kinabalu
  • MJSC Tun Mustapha Tawau
  • MJSC Sandakan
  • MJSC Semporna (under construction)


  • MJSC Kuching
  • MJSC Betong
  • MJSC Mukah


  • MJSC Kuala Kubu Baru
  • MJSC Tanjung Karang (under construction)


  • MJSC Kuala Terengganu
  • MJSC Kota Putra
  • MJSC Kuala Berang
  • MJSC Besut

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Dato' Paduka Mukhriz Tun MahathirMenteri Besar of Kedah
  • Dato' Seri Abdul Wahid Omar – Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Financial Affairs, former chief executive officer for Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank)
  • Datuk Razali IbrahimDeputy Minister of Youth and Sport
  • Datuk Nor Jazlan Mohamed – Member of Parliamnet for Pulai
  • Ali Mazat Salleh – ADUN Bukit Permai and Youth EXCO of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
  • Datuk Noor Ehsanuddin Mohd Harun Narrashid – Member of Parliament for Kota Tinggi
  • Datuk Norlela Ariffin – ADUN Penanti
  • Dato' Ir. Hj. Amiruddin Bin Hamzah – ADUN Anak Bukit
  • Datuk Suraya Yaacob – ADUN Sungai Tiang
  • Datin Nor Sabrina Mohd Noor – ADUN Bandar Baharu
  • Ustaz Ariffin Deraman – ADUN Alur Limbat
  • Noralazi Sulaiman – ADUN Guai
  • Dr. Afif Bahardin – ADUN Seberang Jaya
  • Radzi Zainon – ADUN Sungai Rapat
  • Datuk Kamaruddin Meranum – Co-founder of Tune Group, Deputy Group Chief Executive Director of AirAsia, Forbes 18th Malaysia's Richest[1]
  • Dato’ Sri Mohammed Shazalli Ramly – CEO of Celcom
  • Dato' Mohamed Zainal Shaari – Eksekutif Director and COO of Khazanah Nasional
  • Mohd. Azha A. Jalil – CFO of Malaysian Airlines
  • Hj Mohd. Yusoff Sulaiman – CEO of MIGHT
  • Dato Mokhzani Mahathir – Executive Chairman of SapuraKencana Petroleum
  • Annuar Taib – Chairman of Shell Malaysia
  • Dato' Izzadin Idris – CEO of UEM Group
  • Haji Dato' Ismee Ismail – CEO of Tabung Haji
  • Nik Hasyudden Nik Yusof – President of Malaysian Institute of Accountants
  • Dato' Bistamam Ramli – Director of Edaran Berhad
  • Abdul Hamid Sheikh Mohamed – CEO of Symphony House Berhad
  • Mohd. Razman Osman – CEO of DRB Properties
  • Othman Omar – CEO of PKNS
  • Dr. Sheikh Muzafar Shukor – Malaysia first astronaut
  • Dato' Mr Azahari Yakub – Deputy CEO and Chief Officer at National Heart Institute of Malaysia (IJN)
  • Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahman Mohamad
  • Prof. Dr. Mud Kamil Ibrahim
  • Dato' Dr Lokman Saim
  • Dato' Dr Zakaria Zahari – Pediatrician at IJN
  • Dato' Dr Mohd. Nasir Muda – Cardiologist at IJN
  • Cdr. Baharuddin Md. Nor – Commander of KD Tun Abdul Razak
  • Neelofa Noor – Television Host
  • Malique Ibrahim – Singer
  • Amirizwan Taj Tajuddin – Footballer for ATM FA
  • Ana Raffali – Singer
  • Jannah Nick – Actress

See also[edit]


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