The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has adopted 140 as the minimum cut-off mark for university admission.


The board, NAN reports, also adopted 100 as the cut-off for admission into both polytechnics and colleges of education.

Ishaq Oloyede, the board’s registrar, spoke at the 2023 Policy Meeting of Tertiary Institutions in Abuja on Saturday.

He said that all institutions must abide by this rule and must not go below the approved points.


Oloyede said institutions must not collect more than N2,000 as screening fee from candidates.

“All institutions must abide by this minimum point. This means that no institution can go below the standard,” the JAMB boss said.

“For the 15 private universities that demand between 120 and 130 as minimum points, note that the 140 is sacrosanct and must not be violated.


“This is because the system put in place will not recognise 139, so ensure you comply.”

JAMB has been pursuing policy changes to better its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The board earlier said candidates seeking direct entry admission into any university will now be required to sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

It said the decision came in response to malpractices it encountered in the conduct of the 2023 direct entry registration exercise.


Before then, only candidates without a diploma or other requirements for direct entry were made to sit the UTME to gain admission into the universities.

Others who meet the requirements for direct entry admission are, however, allowed to register without sitting UTME.

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