How to Gain Admission Easily in Nigeria

In this post, secondary school students who are preparing to gain admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria will get a complete guide on how to gain JAMB admission easily in Nigeria. Below are the requirement and some factors to consider.

Age Requirement

Can Students in SS1 or SS2 Write NECO, WAEC or JAMB

Teenagers often wondering, “at what age can i enter Universities in Nigeria“. They have been a lot of debate regarding the minimum age for university in Nigeria. The minimum age for universities or any tertiary institution in Nigeria is 16. The students must be at least 16 years before clearance in the university. JAMB previously made it known that candidates who don’t fulfill the age requirement will not be offered admission.




Register and Pass O’Level SSCE Exams

O’level senior secondary certificate exams (SSCE) can be very challenging. This is the first external exam you will take to get admission into any higher institution in Nigeria. O’level certificate is very vital for admission and even employment in some case.

Also Read: Can A Student In SS1 & 2 Write WAEC, NECO & JAMB.





Type of O’level SSCE exams in Nigeria;

There are 3 O’level SSCE done in Nigeria. To gain admission into the university, a student only needs to pass one of these exams by getting a minimum of 5 credits in the required subjects.

Below are the O’level SSCE taken in Nigeria;

  1. WAEC
  2. NECO

See all registration dates and details of these SSCE; WAEC Registration, NECO Registration and NABTEB Registration.


Is Awaiting Result Allowed in JAMB

Yes, you can register and sit for JAMB with awaiting result, but you have to provide all results before you will be given admission. According to JAMB, candidates with Awaiting Results can register for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation examination (UTME).

However any candidate who is yet to upload his/her O’level results to JAMB Portal before August will not be offered provisional admission into any tertiary institution. This is done to avoid giving admission to candidates who are not qualified to be admitted. So therefore every candidate must meet the requirement.


Read more about JAMB Uploading of Result and Deadline.



Register and Pass JAMB UTME

Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam (UTME) is the exam administered by JAMB to students for entry into all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria. JAMB UTME is written once a year around April. JAMB UTME is a computer-based test and has a total of 400 marks.

Before you apply take note of the following facts;

Top Ten Most Competitive First Choice Universities in Nigeria

  • University of Ibadan (UI)
  • University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  • University of Benin (UNIBEN)
  • Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)
  • University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN)
  • Federal University of Technology Owerri(FUTO)
  • University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)
  • Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)
  • University of Calabar (UNICAL)
  • University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  • University of Jos (UNIJOS)


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How to Register for JAMB UTME

UTME registration is done at accredited JAMB CBT Registration centers. but first students will have to create JAMB profile and purchase ePIN (JAMB Forms) using the steps listed below;

1. Create JAMB Profile via SMS

This process pairs the students phone number to the JAMB profiles. Here are the steps on how to create JAMB Profile with Phone SMS and get your profile confirmation code instantly.

i. One cell (mobile) number can be used by one candidate only. The Cell phone number used for the text message is automatically tied to the Candidate’s name and will be used in all communications related to his/her Application/Examination

ii. Candidate sends his/her name [Surname, First Name & Middle Name (if any)] by text (SMS) to 55019. This should be maximum of 38 characters + 2 spaces between names = 40 characters in all

iii. A Profile Code is received by the candidate on the same telephone number. See a complete guide on How to Register for JAMB UTME.


2. Purchase JAMB ePIN using Profile Code

After creating JAMB profile and receiving your confirmation the next step is to purchase your ePIN. Candidates can purchase JAMB 2019 Forms (ePIN) from JAMB website using Interswitch or Remita as payment method; See procedures below;

✓ Visit JAMB website:

✓ Click Purchase of 2019 Application Document

✓ Enter Profile Code

✓ Select payment Method e.g. Interswitch or Remita

✓ Make payment

✓ ePIN is then delivered to the candidate’s unique telephone number.


3. Visit an Accredited Registration CBT center

After successful payment & obtaining ePIN, candidates should proceed to any of the accredited CBT Centers to complete his/her own registration. There are 718 JAMB accredited CBT Centres Nationwide. See a full list of Accredited JAMB CBT centers.

See a complete guide on How to Register for JAMB UTME.

Millions of students register for JAMB yearly but only a few manage to gain admission into higher institution in Nigeria. But that shouldn’t bother you, if you study hard using the right materials, you’ll pass your JAMB.


Download UTME CBT Practice App

I advised you study for JAMB using this highly recommended CBT App. The application contain thousands of past questions from several years of JAMB and its also includes the answers to their questions. This app is also very affordable, it cost N1,000 to buy – Click Here


Pass Post UTME

Few weeks after the UTME, JAMB releases the UTME results via their portal or UTME results will be sent via sms to a candidates phone. This is the stage a candidate determines if he/she passes or fails JAMB.

What to do if you fail JAMB

If you fail JAMB, rather than sit at home for another year, you can consider the following options;

1. Apply for JUPEB Foundation Programme

2. Register for IJMB A-Level Programme

3. Register for a Pre-Degree Programme

4. Apply for admission in schools that admission with low JAMB Score.


After JAMB, what is next

The next steps after passing JAMB UTME is Post UTME. Each year tertiary institution conducts post utme exams for candidates who score above the required cut off mark that qualifies students for post utme. Now you will be wondering, “what is the cut off mark for JAMB this year“.


JAMB General Cut Off Mark

Below is a table showing the JAMB cut off mark for admission into universities, polytechnics and college of education in Nigeria;

InstitutionPost UTME

Cut Off Mark

Universities(State, Federal, Private)180 – 200
Polytechnic and Monotechnics120 – 180
College of Education100

The cut off mark for post utme is different in all schools. Candidates should also note the JAMB 2019 cut off mark for courses like Law, Medicine and Surgery, Engineering, Accounting and Finance and Pharmacy are usually from 200 and above because they are considered to be the most sought after courses in Nigeria and tertiary institution have the right to raise their JAMB cut off marks.

Therefore I advise you ensure your UTME score is high enough for your preferred course of study. See a full list of JAMB cut off mark for all schools.


Check Your JAMB CAPs Admission Status

CAPS means central admission processing system. JAMB uses this features to grant provisional admission to students based on their performance in post utme. You can check/confirm status and accept your JAMB admission offered to you by your school of choice via your JAMB profile. JAMB has now introduced CAPS in candidate’s dashboard. The ‘CAPS’ option can be located under the ‘Admission’ tag.

JAMB CAPS Portal is enabled for students to check their admission status. JAMB will notify students on when to start checking the CAPS portal to accept to accept of reject provisional admission.

How to Accept/Reject Admission on JAMB CAPS Portal

Here are the steps to check/confirm your admission status and accept any admission offered to you by your school of choice via your JAMB CAPS profile.

1. Visit and sign in using your credentials (email and password)

2. Click Option button (button with 3 dash) then locate ‘ Admission‘ > ‘CAPS‘.

3. Now click on CAPS to visit the JAMB CAPS Acceptance Page

4. Click on Admission Status

5. If you’ve been admitted, you can either ‘Accept admission’ or ‘Reject admission’. See a details guide on how to check JAMB CAPS Admission.



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