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Everything you should know about Jamb and UTME 2024

Mar 06 2024 1:31:00 PM

John Elijah

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Jamb news update and everything you should know about jamb

Things to know about Jamb

Before you dabble your hands into anything it is pertinent that you possess little knowledge about what that thing entails. Do you want to write the UTME Exams? I would implore you to have the basic information if not sufficient information about what Jamb- an examination body has for you and your responsibilities as a stakeholders.
We will go through everything you should know about Jamb in the table of content below:
Table of Contents
  1. History and origin of Jamb - an examination body
  2. Jamb mission statement
  3. Jamb Vision
  4. Jamb Caps
  5. Jamb CBT Centers
  6. Necessary requirements for Jamb registration
  7. Jamb syllabus
  8. Prohibited items which would not be allowed into the examination hall

History and origin of Jamb - an examination body

Everything has its root and origin. Therefore it is of necessity you know the origin of Jamb. The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is an entrance examination conducted in Nigeria. It is conducted for tertiary level institutions.
The board (JAMB) conducts entrance examination called UTME (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination) for students who want to get admitted into Nigerian universities. You see, it is obvious that we have been confusing UTME for Jamb. I have also been guilty of using the word Jamb in place of UTME
It is worthy to note that Jamb being a board conducts and organizes the examination which is called UTME (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination). So I want to point out the correction. You do not say I want to write Jamb rather you say I want to write UTME. I hope you can make a difference after reading this post.
JAMB was established in 1977 (Jamb Bulletin). The board is also charged with the responsibility to administer similar examinations for applicants to Nigeria public and private universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.
It is important you know that before you partake in the registration of UTME exam you must have written and passed your WASSCE West African Senior School Certificate Examination or its equivalent, National Examination Council (NECO). Although times have changed you do not need to expressly have your O'level result (SSCE, GCE etc) before registeringto write Jamb as one can now register based on awaiting result.
Every year, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) conducts an examination called UTME. The result a student have will determine whether he or she will be admitted to higher education (University, Polytechnics, and College of Education etc.).
Recently, more than 2.1 million candidates (source: Jamb Bulletin) registered for the examination. The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is only valid for a year and the grade is a between 0 and 400. With the introduction of the Computer Based Test (CBT). Student now have the privilege to write their exams using the computer unlike how it was few years ago when students have to use paper and pencil (PPT).
Jamb CBT (Computer Based Test) centers are the various locations and centers in Nigeria approved by Jamb for the registration of the UTME examination. The Jamb CBT centers are scattered around the 36 state of Nigeria with the FCT (Federal Capital Territory) inclusive.

Jamb mission statement

It is worthy of note that Jamb mission statement is to pursue with integrity, vigor, commitment, dedication, transparency and selflessness the realization of the objective of a uniform standard in the conduct of matriculation examination and the placement of suitably qualified candidates into the nations tertiary institutions. You can visit jamb official website to know more at jamb.gov.ng

Jamb Vision

Also, jamb has documented that its vision is to be a highly-rated first class and Impartial Matriculation and Admissions Board. Jamb also made its core value available and this include selfless, service, integrity, transparency, dedication, commitment, equity, inclusiveness, zero tolerance for malpractice, personnel development.
Having understood the mission, vision and core values of Jamb, as a stakeholders, it is necessary you do everything to ensure you are in line with their mission statement and goals, else one will be penalized. For example if you are caught cheating in the examination hall definitely, Jamb has a special sanction for you which is backed up by their law, remember you consented that you will abide by their rules and regulation during registration. Therefore, Jamb will use this to sanction such persons accordingly.

Jamb Caps

Among the tools Jamb use to facilitate admissions is the Jamb CAPS (Central Admissions Processing System). The joint admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has developed the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) to automate the Admissions process into the tertiary institutions. The development of CAPS have been able to streamline the admissions processed, addresses the challenges associated with the manual approach, restores the autonomy of the tertiary institutions with respect to admissions, make candidate the focus and empowers them with information on available choices of institutions and programmes.
Below are the functions of Jamb Central admissions processing systems
  • Central Admissions Processing Systems (CAPS) helps streamline the admission process.
  • Central Admissions Processing Systems (CAPS) addresses the challenges associated with the manual approach
  • Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) restores the autonomy of the tertiary institutions with respect to admissions
  • Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) makes candidates the focus and empowers them with information on available choices of institutions and programmes
  • Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) expands admission opportunities, eliminates multiple admissions and provides easily retrievable data for decision making and research on the Education Sector in the country
  • One important thing to note is that Jamb Caps have captured many stakeholders who are involved in the admissions process.

Jamb CBT Centers

Jamb is very careful and meticulous in choosing any center that will act on their behalf via Jamb registration and the conduct of the examination. Importantly jamb do visit CBT center for proper accreditation exercise to establish the readiness of the centers for the registration exercise. Any centers that do not meet or pass the integrity test will be rejected. So I implore you to be very careful of the center you visit for the registration process.
If you are in doubt of the registered CBT center and want to know if the center you choose to do your Jamb registration is registered with Jamb you can download the pdf by
It is important to note that JAMB would not hesitate to sanction those CBT centers that run foul of its rules of engagement. Jamb has warned that any center that tampered with its CCTV cameras and as such failed to cover any of its allotted examination sessions would have the results of such sessions cancelled in line with the policy of “No CCTV, No Result, No payment”. Any center that also tampered with its CCTV system or router would pay for its reconfiguration and resetting of the router.
It is important to note that CCTV camera must cover all areas of the examination center including the Biometrics Verification Point, Holding Rooms, Walkway (if there is any), Examination halls, Server Room etc.

Necessary requirements for Jamb registration

Jamb as a body conduct Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) every year and over millions of students register for the examination yearly. This is another year and probably you came across this post because you want to register for the Examination.
Now, I will brush you through all the information that need to be in your disposition before you register for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
We will go through them below you can also click on some of them to read more about them
  • National Identification number (NIN)
  • Profile Code
  • Pin
  • Valid Email address
  • Marital Status
  • Surname
  • First name
  • Middle name
  • Personal phone number
  • State of origin
  • Nationality
  • Local Government Area
  • Contact address
  • Preferred state of Exam
  • Exam town
  • Date of Birth
  • Sex
  • 1st choice (Degree/ND/NCE)
  • Programme of Study
  • Second Choice (Institution)
  • Second Choice programme of Study
  • Third Choice (Institution)
  • Third Choice programme of study
  • Fourth Choice (Institution)
  • Fourth Choice programme of study
  • UTME subject combination (4)
  • Name of secondary school attended
  • O’ level result (Optional)

Jamb syllabus

As a prospective Jambite you should know that the aim of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) syllabus is to prepare the candidate for the board’s examination. In other to ensure that student does not beat around the bush, Jamb always prepare the syllabus for each subject and this syllabus contain topics student must be familiar with and also study before writing the (UTME) exams. For me, this is beautiful, it is just as if you have been given a hint to the answer; well I see it that way.
I want to encourage you to thoroughly go through the syllabus of each subject combination you would be writing in your forthcoming UTME exams. There is a saying that opportunity meets preparation. Below are the subjects Jamb sets questions from. Find your subject combination then download the syllabus so that you can start preparing. You need not download all the subject. Simply download the syllbus for your subject combination. Do remember that Use of English is compulsory for all student who wants to write UTME.
Do you want to download Jamb syllabus for all subject? Click on any of the subject below to download the subject syllabus in pdf format

Prohibited items which would not be allowed into the examination hall

Like any other organization, Jamb has some lay down rules and regulation guiding the conduct of its examination. Jamb prohibits the use of some items in the examination hall. I want to strongly encourage you to adhere to the instruction else one would be prosecuted accordingly.
To ensure the Board’s examinations meet best global practices, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (Jamb) has prohibited the use of the following items during its examinations. Candidates are hereby advised in their best interest not to bring these items close to the examination venue. I sincerely advise you to follow this directive because any breach might prevent you from taking the examination.
Items you should stay away from include:
  • Watches
  • Pen/Biro
  • Mobile phone or similar electronic devices
  • Spy reading glasses which should be scrutinized
  • Calculators or similar electronic devices
  • USB, CD, Hard disks and or similar storage devices
  • Books or any reading/writing materials
  • Cameras
  • Recorders
  • Microphones
  • Ear pieces
  • Ink/pen readers
  • Smart lenses
  • Smart rings/jewelry
  • Smart buttons
  • Bluetooth devices
  • Key holders
  • ATM Cards
  • Erasers
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Face towels
  • Money
  • Hoodies
  • Face caps, Beanie caps, and other form of caps or hats
I implore you to follow this directive in other to avoid telling stories that touches the heart. Remember to be forewarned is to be forearmed.

I recommend you check my article on the following:

- Jamb UTME registration | starting date | closing date | Jamb (UTME) form price and UTME updates.
This is all we can take on “everything you should know about jamb and utme“.


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