A complete guide on how 2017/2018 Post-UTME Admission process will be
How Universities will Conduct Admission this Year.
After the recent scrapping of post utme exam by the
federal government, you might be wondering how the
universities will conduct admission this year.
Going by the reactions of candidates over the withdrawal
of the list of candidates sent to tertiary institutions for
admission consideration by JAMB, it is important we clarify
a few things to avoid confusion and ensure candidates are
So here are important things you should know and keep in
mind concerning this new development;
1. The University senate now has autonomy to select
candidates for admission. However the list of selected
candidates must pass through JAMB for approval and
issuance of admission letters.
2. Whether or not you were posted to a school or not for
admission consideration earlier no longer matters. As the
posting is no longer valid. All you need to do now is wait
for your school of choice to announce its screening
exercise and ensure you participate accordingly.
3. For Tertiary institutions that have already conducted their
admission screening exercise in line with JAMB
stipulations, such screening still remains valid. Candidates
that participated in such screening should wait for the
release of the admission list(s) by their respective
4. The withdrawal of the JAMB Consideration List does not
mean that post-UTME is now valid. The ban on Post-UTME
remains valid. Tertiary institutions must abide to the
screening modalities as earlier announced by JAMB.
5. Candidates should note that the offer of provisional
admission by their schools of choice is subject to
validation by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board
The Joint Admission And Matriculation Board held a
meeting at the B.O Ukeje Auditorium, Nation Commission
for colleges of Education, Central Business District Abuja
on Tuesday 28th, 29th and 30th to map out admission
screening modalities for Colleges of education,
polytechnics and Universities.
The meeting was chaired by the permanent secretary
ministry of education, Dr. Shade Yemi-Esan.
After evaluating the screening models of some schools in
previous years and other factors surrounding the admission
processes in tertiary institution in the country, JAMB
released a proposed model for the screening of
PROPOSED JAMB MODEL FOR SCREENING OF
1. Screening of candidates shall be for ONLY candidates
recommended for admissions.
2. No written examination to be conducted.
3. Verification of Course Requirements (O’ levels or A’
4. Verification of valid JAMB results by checking br /> i.
Online Result Slip
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5. Institutions are free to source from other Course(s) to
compensate for SHORTFALL in any of the criteria.
If the proposed model for admission as proposed by JAMB
is to be adopted for 2016/2017 admission process, below
is how the admission process will run and all you should
know about it.
1. JAMB must offer a candidate an admission before such
candidates qualifies for screening in the institution he or
she has been provisionally admitted. This means that
institutions can only screening candidates sent to them by
JAMB as having been provisionally admitted in such
2. Institutions admission screening processes will now be
based on point system. The first on the point system is the
O’level grading. Candidates who have only one O-level
result will stand a better chance of gaining admission than
candidates with 2 results. One 0’level result = 10marks/
points while two O’level results = 3 marks/points.
Similarly, each grade will now have its equivalent points/
marks in this manner; A=6 marks, B=4 marks, C=3 marks
which means the having better grades in your O’level result
gives you a better chance of securing admission.
The next to be considered on the point system is your
UTME Score. Candidates will be awarded marks/points
based on their 180-200=20-23 marks, 200-250=24-33
points, 251-300=34-43, 300-400=44-60 points. The higher
your score, the higher your chances of securing admission.
This means that what we previously know as institutions
cut-off-marks will now be known as institutions cut-off
points which will be arrived at after putting all the
aforementioned into consideration.
3. JAMB provisional admission is now a means to an end
and not an end itself. This means that JAMB may offer a
candidate a provisional admissions and such candidate will
still be denied admission by his/her institution because he
or she comes below the cut-off point for his/her course in
that particular institution.
For instance you may be given provisional admission to
study MBBS in UNIBEN by JAMB having obtained a UTME
score of 260. If your institution’s cut-off point for medicine
is 95 points and you come below that number of points
after the screening, you will likely be denied admission.
4. Admission process will still put into considerations
factors like catchment area and ELDS (Educationally Less
Developed States) in determining the number of candidates
admitted. Admission by merit is 45%, catchment area 35%
and ELDS 20%.
The issue of Science to arts ratio will still be in place. For
universities Science to arts ratio will be 60:40 ,
Polytechnics 70:30. However for specialized institutions
(Technology, Science Agriculture etc) it will be 100%
related to their specialty. Also 90% of admission will go to
UTME candidates while 10% will go to Direct Entry
5. Schools are still at liberty to charge a certain fee for the
screening of candidates. However, the Board did not
stipulate how much institutions are to charge for this.
A Former Executive Secretary of the National Universities
Commission, NUC, Professor Peter Okebukola, has
disclosed that the scrapping of Post-UTME means that
tertiary institutions will now go back to the agreement NUC
had with Vice-Chancellors in 2004 when it introduced Post-
UTME which is to screen candidates on oral interview and
He pointed out that tertiary institutions were not suppose to
conduct screening for candidates similar to that of JAMB
as that was the part of the agreement guiding the
introduction of Post-UTME. He lamented that tertiary
institutions have since deviated from that agreement.
According to him, admission seekers are supposed to
attain minimum cognitive competence in the relevant
subjects in the discipline they wished to study; which is the
aspect JAMB examination covers and also attain
competence in written and oral English, critical thinking
and ability to present ideas in logical sequence which is
what Post-UTME should be all about.
Because of this face, there is every reason to belief that
some schools may still conduct post utme exam. However,
it is important to know if you school will write post utme
exam this year.
Students who applied for the school in JAMB and have
met requirements (minimum of 180 in JAMB and a Credit
in Maths and English including subjects relevant to your
course choice) will come for the screening with their
credentials. At the screening, they present their results and
answer a couple of questions (orally) based on your applied
course (usually basic knowledge questions) after which
they await the result of this exam.
This usually means getting admission from JAMB directly
(first list)…and then 2 subsequent lists from the school.
Now, here’s the catch. Getting the admission doesn’t mean
you’re home free. Thousands are usually given this
admission into 100 level, but they don’t get an Admission
letter from the school in their 100 level, because a second
screening happens in 200 level.
If a student is unable to finish 100 level with a CGPA of 2.5
(3.5 in Medicine), he or she will be screened out of the
school. Only those who achieve this mark remain in 200
level and are subsequently given the school’s Admission
Before the collection of this letter, it’s safe to assume that
you’re not fully a University student until the end of this
period of probation.
This screening usually leaves the school with at least half
of the initially admitted students which is the needed
How will universities determine cutoff marks to admit
Before putme was introduced in 2005, universities have
been admitting people and bringing out cutoff marks
though the system varies in different schools.
Some universities used both Jamb results and o’levels
points, some used only Jamb results. We are concerned
about UNN and how they used to run admission when
there was no putme.
Like I said, before putme was introduced UNN still used to
run her admission same way she does now; the only
difference is that there was nothing like an average score.
As we all know, since the introduction of putme UNN
makes use of an average score of putme and utme scores
to determine your score for admission. The cutoff marks
are determined by general performance in putme.
After the release of primary list, there will be an
advertisement for supplementary form in which those that
will score 180/200 and above in “PUTME” will be eligible to
purchase, fill a lower course that has a lower cutoff mark
than your average score and compete with others that will
purchase and fill same course with you.
If you do not purchase this supplementary form, you will
likely not get admission in subsequent lists called
supplementary lists. There is nothing like enrolling your
name in a lower course if you do not purchase the
supplementary form as a compensation for not being
admitted in your original course.
You must purchase the supplementary form for you to be
enrolled in a lower course and not everyone who
purchases the supplementary form must be admitted in a
lower course you fill even when your average score is
above the cutoff mark of that course you will fill, its mostly
by merit for those with high scores, sorting with money for
those who can afford it and also luck.
Now you have understood how UNN runs admission with
putme, lets discus how UNN used to run admission without
Like I said, there is no much difference. After utme (Jamb)
is written, UNN maps out cutoff marks for different courses
which they dont make public.
The cutoff marks are determined based on the general
performance in utme. The better people perform in utme,
the higher the cutoff marks and vice versa.
After the release of primary list, there will be an
advertisement for supplementary form in which people who
score 180/200 in utme (Jamb) and choose UNN in utme
will be eligible to purchase.
During my own time when there was no putme, I entered
UNN through supplementary by purchasing supplementary
form then because I was cut off from my original course
since I didn’t score up to the cutoff mark.
There was nothing like enrolling you into another course no
matter what your score would be, you must purchase a
supplementary form. Sorting of admission with money was
very common then.
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