JAMB announces 160 as UTME cut-off mark for federal varsities

JAMB raises cut-off mark to 160 for 2019/2020 university admission

JAMB announces 160 as UTME cut-off mark for federal varsities

UTME candidates will only require a minimum score of 160 for university admission.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the approval of 160 as the national minimum benchmark for admission into public universities for the 2019/2020 academic session.

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede [Eagle Online]

The decision was reached at a policy meeting with universities and other tertiary institutions across the country on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, according to a report by Punch.

The review also affected the minimum benchmark for admission into private universities which has been set at 140 scored in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

120 UTME score has been approved for admission into public polytechnics, while candidates will be required to score at least 110 to gain admission into private polytechnics.

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JAMB faced intense public backlash when it reduced the cutoff mark for university admission from 180 to 120 in 2017, with many knocking it as a setback for the nation’s education sector. The commission raised it to 140 last year.

The cutoff score stood at 200 for a number of years, with 400 being the maximum score.