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Guidelines Used by Universities to give Admission to JAMB Candidates

Have you been wondering how Nigerian Universities gives Admission to JAMB UTME? Then worry no more because int his post we will show you the Guidelines Used by Universities to give Admission to Aspirants.

Nigerian Universities have a common method of giving admission to JAMB UTME candidates.

This is what we call the “Admission Guidelines” and its approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria through National Universities Commission (NUC).

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The Federal Government guidelines for admissions into its institutions of higher learning are based on 45% Merit, 35% Catchment/Locality and 20% Educationally Less Developed States.


Candidates with very high scores in UTME and post-UTME each year (and/or a weighted combination of both) are given first consideration for their first choice of course in their institution of choice before other candidates. Forty-five percent (45%) of the available spaces are reserved for such applicants.


To give equal opportunities to all applicants, the States of the Federation are grouped into catchment areas of each Tertiary Institution. It is also called Locality which, in most cases, is the geographical and/or socio-cultural areas contiguous to the institution candidates apply to. Consideration is given to students who fall within the catchment area of the Tertiary Institution.

Some Institutions like (UNIABUJA) have all the states of the Federation as their catchment area while state-owned Institutions have all the local government areas of their states as their catchment area. According to the admission guidelines, thirty-five percent (35%) of the available spaces are reserved for applicants from such states or locality.

SEE: Catchment Areas for all Nigerian Universities.


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, Kastina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, and Zamfara. Candidates from these states are given special concession for admission.

Lear More about ELDS in Nigeria.

To cut all the long story short, if a school like UNN pegs there Merit cut-off mark for medicine and surgery at 320, the cut-off mark for catchment area (depending on the state) will be lower like 300, 310, etc.

While the cut-off mark for ELDS will be lower than the catchment. Depending on the state it goes as low as 270 (for med surg)

Since we are talking about cut-off marks, below are few points to note about DEPARTMENTAL CUT-OFF MARK.

See also: JAMB Cut-off mark for all Universities.

Points to Note about Departmental Cut-off Mark

  1. School’s decides their departmental cut off marks shortly after the conduct of their post UME.
  2. Departmental cut off marks varies from year to year,in other words departmental cut of mark used last may may not be the same for this year.
  3. Factor that affect departmental cut off marks:
    Generally what causes the increase or decrease of cut of marks in any particular year depends on the number of people that applied for a particular course and how they performed( whether high or low performance)

NOTE: If you don’t get it by general merit cut off mark, then state cut off mark may favour you.

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jonha tamunotekena

what is merit list
i heard that it a set of candidate that put the institution right from when filling the jamb form, with set of candidate that surpass the cut off mark

jonha tamunotekena

what is the difference between a candidate that put a institution right from when filling the jamb form as first choice with the candidate that later did change of institution and put them as first choice, who will day give admission first

Blessing Eboka

I have my Middle name in Waec but not on Jamb will it affect my Admission into Delsu?

jonha tamunotekena



Concerning the post above initially when i saw it I thought it would be the safest method but later I realized it is just a method used by some schools as a means of cheating named in form of connection. I think my opinion is that the method should be cancel and all admission should be on merit in as much we all sat for the same examination.also I think post utme or whatever should not be necessary in as mush jamb is considered to be done planly in each examination center Thanks

Anachi Alexander

is fulafia admision list out?




when i was asking one of the graduate from the school & he said he dont think they av &he even contact one of his lecturer and the lecturer said they didn’t av and again said the problem is from the school,bcos they suppose to remove it since they dont av d course


i mean they dont have that course


Leave your comment here…*i apply for library &information science in ibb lapai with jamb score 205
and they are lacking the course though the course is in there courses list,so will i be offered admission???

julius terdue victor

i applied for creative and visual arts, with utme score of 168, at federal university of lafia,will i be offered admission????

julius terdue victor

I applied for creative and visual,will i be offered admission in fulafia with utme score of 168????? ….pls reply


can i be offered admission with ptume score-256, chem-b3, bio-c,phy-c,math-c, eng-c into pharmacy in unijos?


I was transferred since last month on jamb caps but I didn’t know till 2 weeks ago. Immediately I saw the transfer, I accepted it but since then my admission status is yet to change. Is the delay due to the fact that I didn’t accept the transfer on time? Or has jamb revoked the admission since I didn’t accept it immediately it was given? I’m really confused at the moment because it’s been almost 2 weeks now and I’m not sure what the problem is. I’m using DE by the way.

Alimi jumoke

I change my course at the school portal but it did not change at jamb portal hope it is not going to affect my admission

Abdullahi muazu

Please your assistance is needed I have average of aggregate 11 point yet not admitted, while some they have 10 point but admitted, I am from KEBBI state I applied through DE biology education

mahmud muhammad

pls my score falls under catchmen area and elds at udusok and didn,t give me admission still, what is happenning sir


pls, l had 285 in jamb and o levels are: Maths A1, Bio.B3,Chem.B3, EnglishC5 PhyC6.I applied for mbbs in unijos. Pls is that ok to get the admission by God’s grace?


Jamb has already offer me admission, should i wait for another admission from the school.

Kingjerry I. Michael

I uploaded my O’level while registering for Jamb, but I just found out in my Cap that the results was uploaded without Examination Number.
Pls will it affect my Admission?


My CAPS has changed to Admission in Progress for the past ten days now and I have not been offered admission on jamb CAPS. Pls why❓

Damilola Akintoye

Good morning please I had 245 in Jamb and 62% in post UTME to study Architecture but I haven’t been admitted in Unilorin
Also in my jamb centre I was told only to upload in Jamb portal, can I be expecting admission


Pls i ave 195 in jamb
nd 36% in ptme
Cn i be offer admission in funaab

Victoria Awodi

please i would like to know if i still have the chance of getting admission this year. the reason is that i could not register for post utme at unijos because iam yet to get my wasc result. i sat for 2019 second series waec and the result is yet to be out.


Seems like they also offer admission through the transfer approval but on my caps transfer approval its saying ‘no course consideration’something like dat I dnt know why?

samson prosper

my course was changed on transfer approval in jamb caps and I accepted the I need to buy change of course form

Uche Florence udu

I scored 191 in jamb and 24% in post utme, pls is there any hope of gaining admission to study noursing science bsu?

Uche Florence udu

I have leaving comments here some times now, and each time I come to check-in for reply I don’t see any, why?


If you are given admission on jamb caps is there any possibility that the school will also give you admission

Abdsalam Ademola

Pls,is it possible for two of different to reflect in jamb caps


i score 167 in jamb and 38% in utme and i put federal poly idah as second choice can i be given admission


Please what’s wrong with Caps?, The school has given me admission but on my caps is still showing not admitted, what’s wrong?


What is the cut-off point for those that wanna study mech.Eng.In NEKEDE?
Please help.


Whats the cut-off mark for the that want to study mechanical Engineering in NEKEDE?


I score 222 in jamb,and 137 in post utme and my average score is 180 pls can i study bussiness management in abu zaria

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