JAMB 2018 Admission: All You Need to Know.

Mode of 2018 Admissions Exercise 



i. The 2018 Admissions Exercise should be conducted on the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS);

ii. The Principal Participants on Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) are;

i. The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB);

ii. Heads of Tertiary Institutions;

iii. Director of Admissions (JAMB);

iv. Admissions Officers of Tertiary Institutions;

v. JAMB Desk Officers; and vi. Candidates.


iii. 1st Choice Admissions Exercise should be conducted from 2nd July to 16th October, 2018; 

iv. 2nd Choice Admissions Exercise should be conducted from 17th October to 17th December, 2018.




Documents for the 2018 Admissions Exercise 

  1. The following documents should be used for the conduct of the 2018 Admissions Exercise:

i. the 2018 UTME/DE results;

ii. 2018 Admissions Quota as prescribed by the Regulatory Agencies  namely: NUC/NBTE/NCCE;

iii. the 2018 UTME Brochure; 

iv. the Guidelines on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions as prescribed by the institutions’ Proprietors (Federal, State and Private); and

v. Policy decisions on 2018 Admissions Exercise.


2. Upgrade to DE from UTME

i. A candidate who obtains A/L qualifications after the close of sale of application can seek upgrade from UTME to DE. ii. He/She logs into his/her profile, chooses upgrade and completes the process free of charge. The platform allows him/her to change programme or/and institution at no cost.

iii. Once it is done, ‘U’ is automatically added to his/her original registration number and  his/her uploaded result is automatically made available to the institution  through CAPS.

iv.  The Upgrade can be done before or after Post – UTME but the candidate must      notify the institution in order to update their download list from CAPS.


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Procedure for the Admissions Exercise

1. Recommendations and Approval
Institutions should recommend candidates for admissions after having presented to the Board the following information through CAPS:

i. the approved general quota for each institution and the distribution to the various programmes;

ii. Minimum UTME score for each programme;

iii. Minimum DE qualification grades for Direct Entry Candidates;

iv. Components of Cut-off marks and the allotted score for each component; and

v. Other admissions criteria (if any).


Step by Step in the Admission Process

For a candidate to be registered in an institution from 2018 Admissions Exercise, the candidate must have:

i. been recommended by the institution;

ii. been approved and admitted by JAMB;

iii. accepted the offer online on JAMB’s website at no cost;



iv. printed both Result Slip and Admission Letter directly from JAMB’s website;

v. presented the two (2) documents in (iv) above to the Institution; and

vi. been screened and presented acceptable credentials including those in (iv) above.




To register admitted candidates, institutions should receive from each candidate and file the following:
i. JAMB original Result Slip;

ii. JAMB original online Admission Letter; and

iii. Copies of candidates’ credentials.



Each institution is to:
i. verify the characteristics (given by JAMB) e.g. Registration number is water marked across each of the two (2) documents;

ii. download the Mobile App (JAMBMOBILE) on Android phone or similar devices and use it to verify the security features on the documents such as Name, Registration Number, Institution/Programme. The JAMBMOBILE App should be downloaded from Google Store;

iii. check the candidates status on CAPS; and

iv. at the point of registration, download list of candidates offered provisional admissions from CAPS and it should be indicated against each candidate, whether the Result Slip and Admission Letter have been printed or not.


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Minimum UTME Score for the 2018 UTME Admissions Exercise

1. The Admissions Exercise should be guided by the approved Institutional/Programmes Cut-off Marks and minimum UTME scores as submitted by the Institutions;

2. The minimum UTME score for admission should be as prescribed by each Institution subject to the respective National Minimum UTME Score;

3. Cut-off Mark for admission should be determined by the following: i. Minimum UTME score/DE Grades; ii. PUTME scores (if applicable); iii. Weighting of Senior School Certificate (SSCE) Grades (if applicable); iv. Interview/practical scores (if applicable); and v. The percentage (%) allotted to UTME score should range from 50% to 100%.

4. No institution can consider for admission any candidate whose score in UTME is below the Institution’s specified minimum UTME score.

5. No institution is allowed to consider any candidate whose UTME Score is below (whichever is higher) of its own specified minimum UTME score or for:
 Degree Awarding – 140

 National Diploma (ND) – 120

 National Innovation Diploma (NID) – 100

 Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) – 100

6. Institutions are to adhere to Institutional/Programme cut-off marks and comply with entry requirements as documented in the Board’s Brochure.


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Deadline for 2018 Admissions Exercise

i. The 2018 Admissions Exercise to Public Universities for First Degree ends on 17th December, 2018;

ii. The closing date for Admissions to Colleges of Education, Polytechnics, Monotechnics and Innovation Enterprise Institutions for NCE, ND and NID respectively is 31st January, 2019;

iii. The closing date for Admissions to Private Institutions is 28th February, 2019



Below is a complete Guideline for the 2018 Admissions Exercise (.PDF)

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