JAMB 2018 Policy Meeting Outcome Upshot


The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) held a policy meeting on Tuesday 26th June, 2018 as initially scheduled by the board. The meeting held at the newly inaugurated Bola Babalakin Auditorium in Gbogan, Ogun State.

Out of 1,603,181 candidates who sat for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, 414,696 candidates scored above 200 marks, 558, 673 candidates scored above 190; 739,490 above 180 and 956, 937 above 170 marks. This was revealed by Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, JAMB’s registrar.

The figure of students having above 200 marks, according to him, translates to 25%. He however, described the turn out as very poor when compared to the 2017 result statistics where 465,025 candidtes out of 1,606,374 candidates (27%) scored above 200 marks.


Oloyede, continued saying that scores released by JAMB were the minimum marks required for admissions while the cut-off marks will be determined from the cumulative consideration of candidates’ scores.

He added on other regulations guiding the process, which includes (but not limited to):

  • All Universities have the option to create their cut off mark.
  • All Universities are now expected to obey and comply with the timeline of admission inline with the new system.
  • Qualified students for admission will be suggested by JAMB; No automatic admission for those without the necessary requirement. For those that met with the requirement, Jamb will contact the said institution to know why they are not admitted yet (if they don’t get admitted).
  • Every candidate is required to accept or reject his/her admission before the process is said to be completed. Once a candidate accepts an admission, the window is closed for such candidate for that year.
  • JAMB will not impose anything on higher institutions.

JAMB urged authorities of higher institutions to work with JAMB to sanitize admission process in the country.

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JAMB cut-off into Universities is 120, and that for Polytechnics & Colleges is 100. The minimum score for innovative enterprising institutes would remain at 110.

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