2021 UTME Admission update: JAMB abolishes UTME Cut off marks for 2021


2021 UTME Admission updates: JAMB abolishes UTME Cut off marks for 2021

If you are asking,  what is UTME Admission JAMB 2021 cut off mark for this year admission? This should be good news for you  and for those wrote JAMB this year and scored low marks  & are seeking admission. 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Tuesday 31st August, 2021, cancelled general cut-off marks for admission into tertiary institutions and allowed the institutions freedom to set their individual minimum marks for admission.

The Board took the decision at the 2021 policy meeting which was held virtually where the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu was the chairman of the meeting. 

Speaking during the meeting, the Registrar of JAMB Prof. Is-haq Oloyede said some universities such as the University of Maiduguri proposed 150, Usman Dan Fodio University Sokoto proposed 140, Pan Atlantic University proposed 210, University of Lagos 200, Lagos State University 190, Covenant University 190, Bayero University Kano, 180.

Important Updates for JAMB 2021 

The following criteria and guidelines were agreed upon and approved by the stakeholders in the meeting:

  •  October 29, 2021 was approved as the deadline for the closure of amendments for 2021 admissions.
  • On the deadline for the closure of admissions, the stakeholders resolved to allow the ministry to decide as they could not agree on the December 31, 2021, deadline for all public institutions and January 31st 2022 for all public institutions.
  • 2021 admission guidelines was adopted and the guidelines  provide that all applications for part-time or full-time programmes for degrees, NCE, OND, and others must be posted only through JAMB.
  • The meeting approved that for Direct Entry, DE, the maximum score a candidate can present is 6 and the minimum is 2 or E, as required by law.
  • On admission criteria, candidates must upload their credentials on  JAMB CAPS and recommended by the institution, JAMB approves and the candidate accepts the offer of admission. The 2021 admissions will be conducted only through CAPS, no institution is allowed to admit candidates without uploading their details on CAPS.

You may also like: How to upload your details and credentials on JAMB CAPS portal. 

NOTE: If candidates have not accepted an offer of admission, the institution can change the candidate after informing JAMB.

  • It was also approved at the policy that every  institution is at liberty to admit candidates based on its own minimum score approved by the institution and the policy meeting. The meeting also resolved that every institution should maintain its own minimum score as approved by the policy meeting.
  • It was also disclosed that for the 2021/2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, the board is introducing two new subjects: computer studies and physical and health education, bringing to a total of 25 subjects.

The stakeholders also exempted prison inmates, visually impaired and foreign candidates from sitting for Post-UTME exercise.

 The Minister of Education, Adamu, commended JAMB for introducing use of the National Identification Number, NIN, in the registration process for UTME. 

  • On illegal admissions, in the Minister’s words: “It is saddening that despite the clear directives at previous policy meetings some institutions still illegally admitted candidates outside CAPS. I consider such act as a direct affront on the system and appropriate sanctions shall be applied on those found to have been in such a disruptive act.”

NOTE: Any institution that issued admission letters to candidates outside JAMB’s Central Admissions Processing System, CAPS will be punished for such gross indiscipline and fraud.

” The consequence of admissions conducted outside of CAPS is grievous. It subjects the candidates to gloom future as a nemesis of illegal admission awaits them at the completion of study when it will be impossible to take full advantage of the acquired candidates.”


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