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How JAMB And Schools Decide The Admission of Candidates Every Year

Candidates seeking undergraduate admission into higher institutions often think that once they have a high score or the required cut-off mark for their chosen course of study that they will automatically be given admission into their chosen institutions. The truth is that it does not work like that. Every year a good number of candidates that apply for undergraduate admission into respective institutions end up not securing admission even with their high JAMB and Post-UTME Scores. There are many factors responsible for that. This post will point out and explain the factors, so you will be able to know your chances of securing admission.

Admission Quota:

All schools have their specific admission quota which is set by the regulating body for that institution. For instance in universities, it is the National University Commission (NUC) that sets the admission quota. The admission quota is the number of candidates an institution is allowed to admit in each academic session based on its carrying capacity. So the moment an institution has admitted the number of candidates it is allowed to admit, other candidates that applied to that institution will not be offered admission in that school regardless of the fact they have scored above the cut-off mark.

Admission Policy:

Going by the guidelines set by the Federal Government for admissions into tertiary institutions, 45% of candidates will be admitted based on merit in any institution, 35% will be admitted based on the Catchment area of the institution they applied to study,  20% will be admitted because they are from Educationally Less Developed States, while the ration of science to arts students that are to be admitted each year is 60:40. All tertiary institutions have been mandated to follow these guidelines. Let’s now explain what all these mean.

45% Admission based on Merit: This means Forty-five percent (45%) of candidates with high scores in UTME and admission screening exercise are given admission consideration first in the institution they apply to study before other candidates. This means if you do very well in your JAMB exam and admission screening exercise, you are likely to fall into this category.

35% Admission based on Catchment Areas: Each Federal University has its own catchment areas. These catchment areas are states connected to that particular federal university. If your state of origin is recognized as part of  the catchment area of the federal university you applied to study, you will stand a better chance of securing admission into that university than someone else whose state of origin is not recognized as part of the university’s catchment area. 35% of the available spaces are reserved for candidates whose state of origin fall within the catchment area of the federal university of their choice. So it is advisable to apply for admission to an institutions that has your state of origin as part of its catchment area.

For a list of federal universities and their catchment areas, CLICK HERE. It should also be noted that in state universities, polytechnics and even Colleges of education, candidates from the particular state the institution is located are usually given more admission consideration than other candidates.

20% Admission based on Educationally Less Developed States (ELDS): Certain states are considered educationally less developed or disadvantaged. The following states are considered Educationally Less Developed or Disadvantaged States (ELDS): Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Ebonyi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, and Zamfara. Candidates from these states are given special consideration for admission in any institution they applied to study. They occupy 20% of the slots available for admission in any institution.

Admission Based on Science/Arts Ratio: According to the admission guidelines, 60% of candidates offering science related courses will be admitted while 40 % of candidates offering arts related courses will be admitted. This simply means that more candidates applying for science related courses will be admitted than those applying for Arts related courses.

UTME/O’level Subject Combination:

Many candidates often neglect the advise to choose the correct UTME and O’level Subject combination for the course they intend to study. The truth is that not choosing the right UTME/O’level subjects for the course you intend to study, automatically disqualifies you for admission.

Before applying for JAMB always check the JAMB brochure for the right UTME/O’level Subjects for the course you intend to study. So you can now see that in the end, it is not only how well you did in JAMB exam and admission screening exercise that determines whether or not you secure admission but a combination of all of these factors mentioned above.

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43 comments

  1. Please can your o’level certificate score be added to your utme score in order to meet up with university cut off mark..

  2. Can I study law with 225

  3. Uhhhhmmm,for those who are meant to write waec this year have been delayed and they already took jamb hoping for admission this year ,but now they have awaiting result,how will they do about it

  4. Francis Emmanuel

    What are the subject combinations for international relations

  5. Which course can I study with these subjects
    Maths
    English
    Physics
    Chemistry
    Geography
    Civic education
    Agriculture
    Biology
    Data processing

  6. In the catchment of state of origin if they person don’t meet up with the cut off Mark can he be secure admission

  7. Pls my neco has my name as Nwoko Modesta Chika
    While my jamb is Nwoko Modesta Chikaodinaka
    D difference is in my last name
    Pls someone should advice me
    No insults pls

  8. Pls!. When is jamb changing of institution coming up?.
    Is it possible for jamb to operate this year, I mean what’s the date of those graduating this year,. Because they’ve not even sit for there waec and neco!
    Is it possible for jamb to give admission to only those with waec and neco results already?

  9. Please cn I do the change of institutio/course when d admission is going on… because I chose Ilaropoly as 3rd choice,and I heard they accept 1st choice only..ND I DNT want to change UI cos it’s my first choice…due to financial stuff,if I should change Ilaropoly to 2nd choice nw,ND I was later asked to choose it as 1st choice,it’s another Money,that’s y I want to knw if I should wait for them to mayb ask me to change it to 2nd or 1st choice,so my question is can the changing of institution/course b done during admission..please enlighten me 🙏

  10. I want study in this school

  11. Will funnab write post utme this year and what the cutoff marks for civil engineering

  12. Will funnab write post it me this year

  13. I applied for pol sc and administrative studies in uniport. My subjects combinations are Govt, English, CRK and Commerce. Is it OK pls?

    • Afolabi sodiq Adekunle ameer

      I choosed unilorin and am from osun state as a state of origin .may I secure admition based on catchment area of consideration

  14. Can someone who has his jamb score above 250 Apply for scholarship

  15. I didn’t have math in my o level result and I want to study medicine but the rest are good will I be given admission into the university

    • It depends on your uni, at times the school might decide to use another subject like economics to replace the subject or during the admission/faculty registration process you will be required to fill in your data’s later (that is you will sit for another olevel while you are still in school and they add it to your file).

    • My dear, you need math and English no matter the course you want to study I will advise you write Neco to make up for the maths

    • Maths is important pal u are advised to write Neco or GCE if possible bcoz it might create problems in d future
      Same goes for me last 2 yrs I got D7 in chemistry did not write Neco was planning to write GCE but Finance so I had to wait a whole yr but thankfully I past d last yr waec so pal all d best

  16. Can i use an awaiting result to secure admission in Obafemi awolowo university ,and on the day of my jamb registration,i made a mistake on my mail instead of [email protected],i wrote [email protected],please how can i correct that?

    • Just create a new email address with the one u used for your jamb registration. The new one will be used for all your admission processing

    • Same thing happened to me last year but I thank God I scape through how?
      When I discovered that I use the wrong email I told a brother of mine he told me to create an account with that wrong email I give I was fortunate that no one has use the name before so I quickly create the account. I will advise you to go to the nearest cafe and explain to the tell them you wants to create an email account ( I mean with the wrong email you provided) or a very smart phone ( 4G network ) preferably one is to go to cafe if you don’t understand my content her contact this number 08145410860 or my email address : [email protected]

    • Olatunji Taiwo

      All are well said, but how do federal University without Catchment area operete their 35% Admission based on Catchment Areas? Thanks

  17. Please what is the cut-off mark for medicine in Federal University of ilorin

  18. Please what are the catchment areas of Federal University Lafia, Nasarawa State.

  19. Hycient Blessing Emem

    In my combination to study I put maths English economic and account and I’m studying accounting is this combination okay

  20. Please I applied for jamb with a combined result (2 sittings).. I later noticed a later was mispelt in one of my result. I.e KUDUS(correct spelling) QUDUS(error) What can I do about that. Will I still be given admission?

  21. Ojediran Peter Boluwatife

    I recently register for the screening in Ospoly but I am confused a little because I heard that they are conducting post utme for ND program and the date fixed is 3 and 4 of September but there is no date on the screening sheet.

  22. Will post utme be written this year

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