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UTME/DE 2021: JAMB Cut-off Mark for Universities and Polytechnics

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Joint Admission  Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released 2021/ 2022 admission guidelines as well as the cut off marks of universities and polytechnics.

JAMB Registrar Professor Ishaq Oloyede released the approval at the 2021 Policy meeting on admissions to tertiary institutions (Universitas and Polytechnics) that was held in JAMB Headquarters, Abuja, Nigeria on Tuesday, 31st of August 2021.

Prof. Oloyede stated in the meeting that every Institution is granted the power to determine their cut off mark and minimum benchmark.

JAMB made it clear that it is the schools (tertiary institutions) that would determine their own cut-off mark for the 2021 Jamb UTME meanwhile, the cut off mark would be a combination of scores from JAMB score, University minimum benchmark and SSCE results

According to the new agreement, universities are not permitted to reduce their cut off marks below 120 while polytechnics and Colleges of Education, are not permitted to go below 100 for admission. Which will result to difference in universities cut off marks for the 2021/2022 admissions.

JAMB Cut-off mark: Universities Cut off Mark – 2021

According to Prof Ishaq Oloyede, some universities like University of Maiduguri, Usman Dan Fodio Univetsity and some others has laid down their cut off mark as follows:

  1. University of Maiduguri – 150
  2. Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto – 140
  3. Pan Atlantic University – 210
  4. University of Lagos (UNILAG) –  200
  5. Lagos State University (LASUU) – 190
  6. Covenant University – 190
  7. Bayero University, Kano – 180.
  8. University of Sokoto – 140
  9. University of Ilorin – 180
  10. Bayero University, Kano – 180
  11. Cut-off mark for blind candidates – 160


Candidates are expected to check the cut-off marks to know whether they meet the admission requirement or not.

Other universities are still yet to release their cut off mark.

 The meeting that was held as also decided that any admission that doesn’t come through the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) would not be accepted.

JAMB set October 29, 2021 has the deadline of amendments for 2021 admissions. Meanwhile, JAMB is thinking of seeing December 31, 2021 has the admission deadline for all publics schools and January 31st 2022 for all private institutions.

Cut Off Mark for Direct Entry

Has held in the meeting, the cut off mark for Direct Entry admissions is 6 – 2 (A1 – E8) and the candidate details and credentials must be uploaded on CAPS, recommended by the chosen institution, admitted by JAMB and admission should be accepted by the candidate.

Professor Oloyede also stated that if a  candidate doesn’t accept the admission on time, the  institution can change the admission which would result to the candidate loosing his admission. Candidates are therefore advised to accept admission as soon as they are given.

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