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How Universities will Conduct Admission this Year.
After the recent scrapping of post utme exam by the
federal government, you might be wondering how the
universities will conduct admission this year.
Going by the reactions of candidates over the
withdrawal of the list of candidates sent to tertiary
institutions for admission consideration by JAMB, it is
important we clarify a few things to avoid confusion
and ensure candidates are properly guided.
So here are important things you should know and keep
in mind concerning this new development;
1. The University senate now has autonomy to select
candidates for admission. However the list of selected
candidates must pass through JAMB for approval and
issuance of admission letters.
2. Whether or not you were posted to a school or not
for admission consideration earlier no longer matters.
As the posting is no longer valid. All you need to do
now is wait for your school of choice to announce its
screening exercise and ensure you participate
3. For Tertiary institutions that have already conducted
their admission screening exercise in line with JAMB
stipulations, such screening still remains valid.
Candidates that participated in such screening should
wait for the release of the admission list(s) by their
respective institutions.
4. The withdrawal of the JAMB Consideration List does
not mean that post-UTME is now valid. The ban on
Post-UTME remains valid. Tertiary institutions must
abide to the screening modalities as earlier announced
by JAMB.
5. Candidates should note that the offer of provisional
admission by their schools of choice is subject to
validation by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation
Board (JAMB).
The Joint Admission And Matriculation Board held a
meeting at the B.O Ukeje Auditorium, Nation
Commission for colleges of Education, Central Business
District Abuja on Tuesday 28th, 29th and 30th to map
out admission screening modalities for Colleges of
education, polytechnics and Universities.
The meeting was chaired by the permanent secretary
ministry of education, Dr. Shade Yemi-Esan.
After evaluating the screening models of some schools
in previous years and other factors surrounding the
admission processes in tertiary institution in the
country, JAMB released a proposed model for the
screening of recommended candidates.
1. Screening of candidates shall be for ONLY candidates
recommended for admissions.
2. No written examination to be conducted.
3. Verification of Course Requirements (O’ levels or A’
4. Verification of valid JAMB results by checking:
i. Online Result Slip
ii. Printout
iii. Photo Album
v. Checklist
vi. Biometrics
5. Institutions are free to source from other Course(s)
compensate for SHORTFALL in any of the criteria.
If the proposed model for admission as proposed by
JAMB is to be adopted for 2016/2017 admission
process, below is how the admission process will run
and all you should know about it.
1. JAMB must offer a candidate an admission before
such candidates qualifies for screening in the institution
he or she has been provisionally admitted. This means
that institutions can only screening candidates sent to
them by JAMB as having been provisionally admitted in
such institution.
2. Institutions admission screening processes will now
be based on point system. The first on the point system
is the O’level grading. Candidates who have only one O-
level result will stand a better chance of gaining
admission than candidates with 2 results. One 0’level
result = 10marks/points while two O’level results = 3
Similarly, each grade will now have its equivalent
points/marks in this manner; A=6 marks, B=4 marks,
C=3 marks which means the having better grades in
your O’level result gives you a better chance of
securing admission.
The next to be considered on the point system is your
UTME Score. Candidates will be awarded marks/points
based on their 180-200=20-23 marks, 200-250=24-33
points, 251-300=34-43, 300-400=44-60 points. The
higher your score, the higher your chances of securing
This means that what we previously know as
institutions cut-off-marks will now be known as
institutions cut-off points which will be arrived at after
putting all the aforementioned into consideration.
3. JAMB provisional admission is now a means to an
end and not an end itself. This means that JAMB may
offer a candidate a provisional admissions and such
candidate will still be denied admission by his/her
institution because he or she comes below the cut-off
point for his/her course in that particular institution.
For instance you may be given provisional admission to
study MBBS in UNIBEN by JAMB having obtained a
UTME score of 260. If your institution’s cut-off point
for medicine is 95 points and you come below that
number of points after the screening, you will likely be
denied admission.
4. Admission process will still put into considerations
factors like catchment area and ELDS (Educationally
Less Developed States) in determining the number of
candidates admitted. Admission by merit is 45%,
catchment area 35% and ELDS 20%.
The issue of Science to arts ratio will still be in place.
For universities Science to arts ratio will be 60:40 ,
Polytechnics 70:30. However for specialized institutions
(Technology, Science Agriculture etc) it will be 100%
related to their specialty. Also 90% of admission will
go to UTME candidates while 10% will go to Direct
Entry candidates.
5. Schools are still at liberty to charge a certain fee for
the screening of candidates. However, the Board did not
stipulate how much institutions are to charge for this.
A Former Executive Secretary of the National
Universities Commission, NUC, Professor Peter
Okebukola, has disclosed that the scrapping of Post-
UTME means that tertiary institutions will now go back
to the agreement NUC had with Vice-Chancellors in
2004 when it introduced Post-UTME which is to screen
candidates on oral interview and written essay.
He pointed out that tertiary institutions were not
suppose to conduct screening for candidates similar to
that of JAMB as that was the part of the agreement
guiding the introduction of Post-UTME. He lamented that
tertiary institutions have since deviated from that
According to him, admission seekers are supposed to
attain minimum cognitive competence in the relevant
subjects in the discipline they wished to study; which is
the aspect JAMB examination covers and also attain
competence in written and oral English, critical thinking
and ability to present ideas in logical sequence which is
what Post-UTME should be all about.
Because of this face, there is every reason to belief
that some schools may still conduct post utme exam.
However, it is important to know if you school will
write post utme exam this year.
Students who applied for the school in JAMB and have
met requirements (minimum of 180 in JAMB and a
Credit in Maths and English including subjects relevant
to your course choice) will come for the screening with
their credentials. At the screening, they present their
results and answer a couple of questions (orally) based
on your applied course (usually basic knowledge
questions) after which they await the result of this
This usually means getting admission from JAMB
directly (first list)…and then 2 subsequent lists from the
Now, here’s the catch. Getting the admission doesn’t
mean you’re home free. Thousands are usually given
this admission into 100 level, but they don’t get an
Admission letter from the school in their 100 level,
because a second screening happens in 200 level.
If a student is unable to finish 100 level with a CGPA of
2.5 (3.5 in Medicine), he or she will be screened out of
the school. Only those who achieve this mark remain in
200 level and are subsequently given the school’s
Admission letter.
Before the collection of this letter, it’s safe to assume
that you’re not fully a University student until the end of
this period of probation.
This screening usually leaves the school with at least
half of the initially admitted students which is the
needed population.
How will universities determine cutoff marks to admit
Before putme was introduced in 2005, universities have
been admitting people and bringing out cutoff marks
though the system varies in different schools.
Some universities used both Jamb results and o’levels
points, some used only Jamb results. We are concerned
about UNN and how they used to run admission when
there was no putme.
Like I said, before putme was introduced UNN still used
to run her admission same way she does now; the only
difference is that there was nothing like an average
score. As we all know, since the introduction of putme
UNN makes use of an average score of putme and utme
scores to determine your score for admission. The
cutoff marks are determined by general performance in
After the release of primary list, there will be an
advertisement for supplementary form in which those
that will score 180/200 and above in “PUTME” will be
eligible to purchase, fill a lower course that has a
lower cutoff mark than your average score and compete
with others that will purchase and fill same course with
If you do not purchase this supplementary form, you
will likely not get admission in subsequent lists called
supplementary lists. There is nothing like enrolling your
name in a lower course if you do not purchase the
supplementary form as a compensation for not being
admitted in your original course.
You must purchase the supplementary form for you to
be enrolled in a lower course and not everyone who
purchases the supplementary form must be admitted in
a lower course you fill even when your average score
is above the cutoff mark of that course you will fill, its
mostly by merit for those with high scores, sorting with
money for those who can afford it and also luck.
Now you have understood how UNN runs admission with
putme, lets discus how UNN used to run admission
without putme.
Like I said, there is no much difference. After utme
(Jamb) is written, UNN maps out cutoff marks for
different courses which they dont make public.
The cutoff marks are determined based on the general
performance in utme. The better people perform in
utme, the higher the cutoff marks and vice versa.
After the release of primary list, there will be an
advertisement for supplementary form in which people
who score 180/200 in utme (Jamb) and choose UNN in
utme will be eligible to purchase.
During my own time when there was no putme, I
entered UNN through supplementary by purchasing
supplementary form then because I was cut off from
my original course since I didn’t score up to the cutoff
There was nothing like enrolling you into another
course no matter what your score would be, you must
purchase a supplementary form. Sorting of admission
with money was very common then.

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