JAMB Registration Process

Updated - January 15, 2023

The guidelines and instructions provided here will assist candidates in selecting appropriate Institutions/Programmes and in completing the ONLINE JAMB Application Forms properly.

JAMB UTME General Entry Requirements

The general entry requirements for admission into the First Degree, National Diploma (ND), National Innovation Diploma (NID) and Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) programmes are five (5) O’Level Credit passes, including English Language. In addition, credit in Mathematics is required for science-based and social science programmes.

Check our guide for a more indepth look at JAMB’s UTME entry requirements.

Steps for Registration

  • 1
    National Identification Number (NIN)
  • Candidate must have done Registration with the National Identity Management Commision (NIMC) and obtained their National Identity Number (NIN).
  • Forgotten NIN can also be retrieved by dialing *346# from the Cellphone Number used to register.
  • Visit www.nimc.gov.ng to see a list of accredited centres for NIMC Registration.
  • 2
    Profile Registration
  • One Cell (mobile) number (SIM) can be used by one candidate only. The Cell phone number used for the text message is automatically tied to the Candidate’s name and will be used in all communications related to his/her Application, Examination/Admission. Note the sim-number used. It is of utmost importance for subsequent communication.
  • Candidate sends the word NIN space then eleven digits NIN to 55019 or 66019  from his/her phone,
    [eg: NIN 00123456789]. Candidates receives his/her profile code (of 10 characters) and the registered name with NIMC on his/her phone.
  • Candidate presents the profile code to the point of procurement of form (Banks, MMOs, MFBs, Switches, USSD Partners). The form-ePIN is then sent as a text message to the candidate.
  • Candidate presents the profile code, epin and NIN at any JAMB accredited CBT Centre for registration.
  • Application cannot be completed until candidate’s finger print is verified. Successful verification authorises a candidate to print his/her e-registration slip.
  • Any change a candidate wants to do on the registration data; his/her fingerprint would have to be authenticated.
  • 3
    Self Help in case of Mistake/Loss of Profile Code
  • To retrieve a lost Profile Code, send [RESEND] to 55019 as a text message from the registered mobile number.
  • Candidate can reset lost or forgotten Profile Password on their registered cell phone by sending [password] space [email address] to 55019 as a text message from the registered mobile number.
  • 4
    Ticketing (free complaint)

For ALL complaints on JAMB processes, a candidate can create a support ticket at (support.jamb.gov.ng) with his/her email address registered on the Board’s site. The candidate then provides his/her name, phone number and the nature of the issue, select a complaint area on a drop-down and then summarize the nature of the complaint. He/she may also attach supporting documents (if available) then send.

Verification Process

  • 1
    Upon arrival at the centre, Candidates sign in using the Biometric Verification Machine (BVM).
  • 2
    Candidates are expected to sit on a seat labelled with the seat number pre-assigned to them.
  • 3
    Attendance of each candidate is taken according seat order.
  • 4
    After the examination, candidates sign-out using the BVM.

UTME Admission Quota

Admission into all Federal Higher Institutions of learning via UTME in Nigeria is based on the following quota:

  • Merit – 45%
  • Catchment Area – 35%
  • Educationally Less Developed States (ELDS) – 20%
  • Admission Based on Merit

Admission into all Federal Higher Institutions of learning is reserved for the candidates with very high UTME scores i.e. based on performance irrespective of the State of origin. Forty five percent (45%) of the available admission space is reserved for such eligible candidates.

Admission based on Merit is prime.

  • Admission Based on Catchment Area

Specific States of the Federation have been identified as catchment areas of Federal Higher Institutions of Learning. Thirty five percent (35%) of the available admission space is reserved for eligible candidates whose States of origin have been identified as catchment areas of the institution of choice.

  • Admission Based on ELDS

Twenty-three (23) states of the federation have been identified as Educationally Less Developed States (ELDS). These states are Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Ebonyi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kastina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara.

Candidates from these States are given special consideration for admission into Federal Higher Institutions. Twenty percent (20%) of the available admission space is reserved for such eligible candidates.

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