The Modalities For 2016/2017 Admission Processes Into Higher Institutions

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Take time and read properly so that you understand what’s happening:


.The Modalities for 2016/2017 Admission processes Into Higher institutions as was released by JAMB


1- The meeting was held at:

B.O Ukeje Auditorium, Nation Commission for colleges of Education, Central Business District Abuja…. on Tuesday 28th for Federal institutions, Wed 29th for state institutions and Thursday 30th June 2016 for Private institutions….

The meeting was for stakeholders and educational bodies to work out the modalities of screening candidates duly recommended for admission.


Due to the National importance of the meeting, it was chaired by the permanent secretary to the ministry of Education, this is to ensure that the honorable minister’s directives on the scrapping of postume and the modalities is STRICTLY ADHERED TO.




Universities and colleges of Education

To Admit 60% Science and 40% Arts



Varsities of technology, Agriculture etc

To admit 100% sciences ( but 80% sciences and 20% others….. For state varsity and colleges of Education)


C- Polytechnic and colleges of Technology

To admit 70% Sciences and 30% Arts



To Admit 90% UTME

“. “. 10% DE

Where the 10% for DE is not utilized, UTME candidates should be used in completing the quota


4- ISSUES TO NOTE BY ALL Institutions….

The list of candidates that has crossed the minimum cutoff of Jamb but were not admitted into a particular institution should be forwarded back to jamb, as this candidates will be redistributed to other institutions who need them for consideration…..most preferably their 2nd choice institution….

(This means that those who scored the general cutoff say 180 or 200 and above but couldn’t reach the departmental cutoff and were not admitted will be forward to other institution for admission consideration, just like eligibility stuff last year)

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In the Meeting, Jamb did some evaluations on processes some universities has been following in the former years as a case study, they used this two varsities which don’t normally write pume as a case study but uses screening method: these are:


Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University and its affiliates 2015/2016 mode of admission, Jamb made remarked on the life span of certificates (O-level) which the school indicated as 5yrs only for you to be admitted, and Jamb also made remarks on how much this varsity collects from aspirants


Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida’s who use jamb grading systems like 180- 185 as 20 points, 186-190 as 21 points and So on…

Jamb faulted and made remarks on

1- why they should screen candidates before recommendation and presentation to jamb

2- The weighted course requirements and grades put some students to disadvantage

3- fees charged for screening, HOW MUCH??


In the meeting, Jamb made some sampled printouts of some federal universities that do conduct written exams…. Using Futo, unilorin, uniabuja, and Unilag as a case study


Using FUTO Mechanical Engineering department as an example, they have the capacity to admit a total number of 193 for that department…

they suppose to admit 87 on merit, 68 for catchments( they have 5 catchments states, so 68 divided by 5 = 13.5, so they suppose to admit 14 for each catchment states), 39 for EDLS (they have 23 EDLS so 39/23 = 1.6~ 2 for each EDLS)….

But they summary/outcome jamb gave for futo was: 92:70:14 for merit: catchment: ELDS

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Unilorin admission for law which has a capacity of 89 was also used and the outcome was that they admitted a total of 70 instead of 89 using merit, catchments and ElDS….


Uniabuja with a capacity of 444 for Economics department admitted just 370


Unilag with a capacity of 280 for law department had a summary/outcome of 270 instead of 280…


For private institution, they used about 5 institutions as case study, where

Covenant varsity, with 111 capacity for Engineering end up admitting just 45 (I guess due to lack of candidates), Salem varsity Lokoja which have a capacity to admit 20 for computer Engineering ended up admitting just 8 (due to lack of candidates) and so on for the remaining 3 varsities used as sample….


For State institutions: Imsu, Lautech, Kaduna. State varsity and 2 others were used, the outcome looked partly like federal uni outcome for those state varsity like imsu who have candidates every year and some outcomes looked like that of private varsity for some state universities that lacks candidates every year…


6- After the whole evaluation, JAMB came up with this As the MODALITIES TO BE TAKEN THIS YEAR By All institutions:


_1.Screening of candidates shall be for those offered *Provisional Admissions* ONLY.

_2.No *written examination* to be conducted._


3.Verification of Course Requirements (O levels or A levels)._


4.Verification of valid JAMB results by checking:_

_i.Online Result Slip_ _ii.Printout_

_iii.Provisional Admission Letter_

_iv.Photo Album_

_v.Check list_



*5.Institutions are free to source from other Course(s) to compensate for SHORTFALL in any of the criteria..

This new method uses a point system that is easy to understand, the whole process is divided into main points as follows;

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1) Before a candidate can seat be considered for screening, he/she must have been given provisional admission by Jamb. The Jamb admission checker portal is going to be opened soon for this process, so praying is all you can do now.


This is the most critical part of the process. Jamb’s provisional admission no longer makes much sense this year, your points tally will decide your faith. The points are evenly spread out between your O’level and Jamb results to provide a level playing field for all.

In the first case, any candidate who submits only one result which contains his/her relevant subjects already has 10points, the exam could be NECO, WAEC, GCE etc, but any candidate who has 2 sittings only gets 3 points. So this means that aspirants with only one result are at an advantage but only just.

The next point grades fall into the O’level grades. Each grades has it’s equivalent point, A=6 marks, B=4 marks, C=3 marks, so the better your grades the better your chances.

The next point is the UTME scores. Each score range has its equivalent point which can be summarized thus, 180-200=20-23 marks, 200-250=24-33 points, 251-300=34-43, 300-400=44-60 points. Each categories contains 5 Jamb results per point added, for example a candidate with 180-185 gets 20points, a candidate with 186-190 gets 21 points etc.

Points system for DE will be released soon.

3) It then comes down to the fact that fees will still be charged for screening, it depends on the school as well.

4) Catchment and ELDS will still be used! 

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