The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has registered over 1.5 million candidates for the 2023 UTME.


The board revealed the figure in the latest edition of its weekly bulletin released on Monday.

Data by the board showed a total of 1,549,383 candidates have registered for the exam across the country.

A breakdown of the data showed Abia state has the highest number so far with 16,804 registered candidates followed by Adamawa with 15,119 candidates.


Zamfara state has the least figure with 4,656 registered candidates.

JAMB had earlier said a total of 1.8 million candidates are expected to sit for this year’s exam.


The board recently extended the deadline for the UTME registration to February 22.

Fabian Benjamin, its spokesperson, had said the development was to allow more candidates register for the exam.

“The board, as a responsive and proactive agency, took cognisance of the reports from across the country indicating some difficulties being faced by many Nigerians in using their electronic channels to purchase the ePINs or obtain cash readily within the stipulated period,” he had said.

“It has, as a consequence, granted this extension to ensure that all candidates who desire to register for the 2023 UTME are given the opportunity to do so expecially when the extant challenges are not of their own making.”


In the lastest bulletin, JAMB said there would be no further extension of the exam date.

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