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JAMB puts Cut Off Mark for Universities at 120



JAMB puts Cut Off Mark for Universities at 120 - BellaNaijaThe Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has installed the minimum cut-off mark for admission into the university in the 2017/2018 session as 120.

JAMB registrar Ishaq Oloyede said the decision was made after a meeting with vice-chancellors, rectors, and provosts of higher institutions, Punch reports.

It was also decided at the meeting that the cut-off mark for admission into polytechnics and colleges of education should be placed at 100, while the cut-off for innovative enterprising institutes was pegged at 110

Oloyede said universities can decide whatever their cut-off should be, but should not go below the minimum of 120. He said:

What JAMB has done is to recommend; we will only determine the minimum, whatever you determine as your admission cut-off mark is your decision.

The Senate and academic boards of universities should be allowed to determine their cut-off marks.

Decisions on first-choice candidates are to be made on or before October 15, while for second choice candidates, December 15.

Admission into public higher institutions for the 2017 UTME examination is to end January 15, 2018, while the date for private institutions is given as January 31, 2018.

Oloyede also said JAMB discovered over 17,160 students who were illegally admitted by higher institutions.

He added that some of these students have been regularized by the board. He said:

30 per cent of those in higher institutions do not take JAMB or have less than the cut-off marks.

The admission process is now automated with direct involvement of the registrar of JAMB for final approval.

We have agreed to regularise admissions that were done under the table this year. From next year, we will not accept anything like that.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu has formally lifted the ban placed on universities from conducting post-UTME examination.

He said the ban by the Federal Government was a mistake.

He said although the ban was a result of tertiary institutions abusing the post-UTME process, he encouraged them to conduct the test for candidates seeking admission, fixing the fee for N2000.


  1. nene+

    August 23, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Its definitely going to Zero.
    Adamu Adamu weldoneooooo
    Well-done sir.
    Welcome to mediocrity

  2. tiny

    August 23, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I think this is a very good decision, so many people want to study in universities and should be given the opportunities to do so. Let them compete fairly in the universities it will shock you that they may excel more than those who made great cut off marks.

  3. missnk

    August 23, 2017 at 10:54 am

    As if the low standard of graduates Nigerian universities produce every year aren’t enough, they want to reduce the entry mark to a score of about 30%.

  4. Deleke

    August 23, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Wait first, wasn’t it 200 in our own time? This is academic subjugation, you are an Evans

  5. Ezinne

    August 23, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    WOW!! Isn’t it awesome? Just what we need, dumber graduates! Instead of improving the standard of education, we keep going lower! In other words, just manage to score 30 over 100 for each subject and you pass Jamb. 30 IS A FRIGGIN F9!!! SCHOOL IS NOT FOR EVERYONE AND THE LAST THING WE NEED IS LOWER STANDARDS!!! THAT’S THE REASON WHY WE NO LONGER HAVE DURABLE GOODS OR GRADUATES IN THE MARKET. YOU THINK GRADUATES OF TODAY ARE UNEMPLOYABLE? WAIT FOR THIS NEXT BATCH. GOSH!!!
    Look on the bright side, the schools with the least reputations and fewest students can now reduce post UTME marks and they’ll now have more students. I mean, shouldn’t the goal be just to graduate and bag a degree as opposed to getting any knowledge whatsoever. Of course.. everyday we hit a new low

  6. Chy

    August 23, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Universities in the North want to get more hausa students in while universities in the south want to make more money from postume applicants.
    Everyone with their agenda

  7. mercy

    August 23, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Wow this is awesome!!!!!! God knows why
    it happened this,this is what we call #CHANGE!!!

  8. Susu

    August 23, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I guess JAMB is now xxx/100.

  9. sirgab

    August 23, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    yesssss, that’s what we need

  10. pius Godspower

    August 23, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Am really grateful for the jamb official for doing a great job,they have put more joy in the life of the thousands.All things i give God the glory.

  11. micheal

    August 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Some still continue to say this is to favour the Northern guys… I don’t know how

  12. Ayuba Mshelia

    August 28, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Wow, it’s so amazing now things has change, I believe many people will appreciate in did, thank you Lord, thank you Jesus

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