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JAMB New Cut-Off Marks: 6 Things You Need To Know

The decision of JAMB to set the cut-off marks for Public universities at 160 and 140 for private universities. 120 for public polytechnics and 110 for private polytechnics. While that of colleges of education and IEIs was pegged at 100 has continued to attract reactions from Nigerians.

Whatever may be the case, my concern is on how it affects the candidates. So the question is how does all this affect the candidates seeking admission this year. Below are 6 things you need to know about JAMB cut-off marks for this year.

6 Things You Need To Know About New JAMB Cut-off Marks

1. The cut-off marks set by JAMB are called the minimum cut-off marks. It is not the same as the Post-UTME/ admission cut-off marks of institutions. Institutions will still set their own Post-UTME admission cut-off marks which is the least score you should have to qualify for the Post-UTME screening of the school.

2. Institutions are not allowed to set their Post-UTME admission cut-off marks lower than the JAMB minimum cut-off mark. For instance, the JAMB minimum cut-off mark for public universities is 160. This means that no Public University is allowed to set its Post-UTME admission cut-off mark lower than 160 but they have the right to set it above 160.

3. Most Universities (if not all) will likely set their Post-UTME admission cut-off marks above 160 while polytechnics will likely set above 120. Even if most of them set it to the exact JAMB cut-off marks, it may just be a way of making more money from candidates because it means more candidates will buy the Post-UTME form. Nevertheless, competitive schools (especially universities like UNIBEN, UI, UNILAG etc) with high number of applicants will definitely increase their Post-UTME admission cut-off marks to 200.

4. The new JAMB cut-off marks will be an advantage to candidates with low JAMB scores provided their schools of choices set low Post-UTME admission cut-off marks also.

5. If you have a low JAMB score, and the school you chose during JAMB registration is a competitive one, it will be in your best interest to change to another school that may likely reduce their admission cut-off marks so you can stand a chance of securing admission.

6. JAMB stated earlier that this year’s JAMB change of course and institution will not be closed till after admission. This is an advantage for candidates with low JAMB scores to change their institution once they get to know of any institution that can accept their low JAMB scores.

Now you have known what you need to know concerning the reduction of JAMB cut-off marks and how it will affect this year’s admission, it is your responsibility to make the best decision with the information you have received. Wish you all the best!


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  1. Can unizik accept 169 for philosophy

  2. My weac result was not uploaded During my jamb registration .

  3. For me Jamb has done well this year

  4. pls let the jamb officers reduce the mark because of those that score less than 180

  5. Makuochukwu Atchugasim

    let jamb redue their cut off mark.

  6. All praise be to wonderful originator of haven and earth.

  7. May Allah help us

  8. OK na it good bro nice

  9. This is just collaboration at some point. Jamb’s direction is very unpredictable. I wich the central Admission processing System works

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