Jamb Releases 2016 University Admission Guidelines

Points system, Cut off marks, Provisional Admission and more..

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board has released its guidelines for admission process into universities in Nigeria. The guidelines were a product of a weeklong meeting with various universities and other tertiary institution and was announced on its official website.

The Board stated that the Jamb Admission checker portal would soon be open. “Before a student can be considered for screening, he/she must have been given provisional admission by JAMB”, the site stated.

The site added, “JAMB’s provisional; admission no longer makes much sense this year, your points will decide your faith. The points are evenly spread out between your O’level and JAMB results to provide a level playing field for all”

“In the first case, any candidate who submits only one result which contains his/her relevant subject already has 10 points, the exam could be NECO, WAAEC, GCE, etc, but any candidate who has two sittings only gets 2 points. So this means that aspirants with only one result are at an advantage but only just.:

Next is the point grade where A=6 marks, B4 marks, C3 marks. Translation – The better your grades, the better your chances of admission.

The UTME scores come next where each range has its equivalent point which can be summarized thus: 180-200(or 20- 23 marks); 200- 250(24- 33 marks) 251- 300(34-43), 300- 400(44-60) points. This is then broken down into sub-categories of five points that is, a candidate who gets between 180- 185 gets 20 points, 186-190 gets 21 point in that progression.

According to JAMB, fees will still be charged for screening which will replace the Post-Utme exercise and the catchment/ educationally-deprived states criteria will still be maintained.

“Merit contains 45 percent of the total candidates for a particular course, catchment contains 35 per cent and ELDs and staff lists contain the rest.  Cut off marks will be released by the Institutions this year in form of points and not marks.”

“If a school declares its cut off mark for medicine at 90 points and JAMB grants a candidate with 250 a provisional admission but his/her total points fall short of the 90 points, then he/she will lose the admission. So the provisional admission is just a means to an end, not an end in itself”

Admission seekers do well to take note.


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