Like we promised, we have been following the new jamb admission policy and have been trying to ascertain the rationale and criteria used by JAMB in determining the eligibility of candidates to participate in their choice schools’ post-UTME this year.








Our findings have shown that the policy may not really be as bad as it seems.

JAMB arrived at this new policy basically by considering the number of candidates that applied for the courses approved by NUC in the various schools and the number of applicants per institution.

For instance, statistics has it that, a whopping 607,330 candidates applied to study just in the top ten universities.

This only implies that the carrying capacities of these universities have been outweighed by the number of applicants.

In other to give such candidates that may not be absorbed by these universities opportunity of gaining admission this year, there is need to re-distribute these candidates to other universities that have less than their carrying capacities based on scores and catchment areas.

The import of this is that only the top scorers (say about 20%) in a particular course may be considered eligible to participate in the Post-UTME of their choice institutions. Especially in those institutions that have more candidates than their carrying capacities could contain.

So for candidates who scored the required cut-off mark and yet not eligible to participate in their schools’ post-UTME you may need to consider the following;

1.The probability that you are in the top 20% in your chosen course.

2.If your choice in institution is under your state’s catchment.

So it can be deduced that the main aim for this new admission policy is to balance the admission process. In order to create an almost balanced platform for candidates which will give them a better chance of gaining admission this year.

This is because if JAMB was to go with the status quo, the admission will be partial and greatly tilted to one side and will also disfavour many.