Admission 2016 -About Catchment Area And How It Take Chances Chances in Nigerian Universities

You might now ask ‘what then is
catchment areas and what
are their roles in admission?’…This is the
purpose of this
article and to explain why catchment area
indeed in a
university admission.
What is Catchment Areas Of Nigerian
Universities
By definition catchment areas are the
geographical areas
served by an institution.
In a lay man’s term, It is the geographical
areas in which an
institution is located.
Every Federal Government universities in
Nigeria have their
own catchment areas that they primarily
serves.
This does not mean that the school will not
admit students
outside the catchment area, but the
catchment areas are
given special considerations. I hope that
makes sense to
you?
Assuming you are from Edo State and you
want to apply for
admission into University of Benin, then you
will have
advantage over those who are not from your
catchment
area/Edo State.
Now,To clarify further, let us use our dear
University of Uyo,
Unilag as an example;
There are 6 states in Nigeria that are
Catchment areas for
Uniuyo namely;
1. Akwa-Ibom
2. Bayelsa
3. Cross-River
4. Delta
5. Edo
6. Rivers
These states are given special consideration
when it comes
to admitting students via Jamb UTME into
University of Uyo,
in the sense that the cut-off marks assigned
to this state are
always two to five times lower than the merit
cut off
assigned to every other states.
There are also some states which are
accepted as catchment
states in any federal university, and they are
called
EDUCATIONAL LESS PRIVILEGED STATES
(ELPS) and you
seem lucky if you are from any of these
states,namely br /> Adamawa, Bauchi,
Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross-River,
Ebonyi Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano,
Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi,
Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Rivers,
Sokoto, Taraba,
Yobe, Zamfara.
According to the Federal Government (NUC)
Admission
Policy; 20% of those offered admission are
supposed to be
from ELPS.
The merit cut applies to people outside those
six states while
the catchment cut off applies to people that
comes from the
six states – that is people who are from the
states.
Note that this does not mean that because
you are from any
of the catchment areas, you are
automatically admitted!
Gaining admission into any Universities in
Nigeria is a tug of
war!
The simple truth is that if a candidates from
another state
outside the catchment area meets the merit
cut of for a
course, he or she will be admitted and if you
are from any of
the catchment and you failed to meet the
catchment cut-offs
you will not be admitted.
If you score up to 300 in post utme, I don’t
see any reason
why you won’t be on top of the admission list
catchment
area or not.
Remember, The strength of an examination
candidate lies
on how well he prepares adequately for the
examination at
hand.

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