2024 UTME: JAMB Reveals Why Some Candidates With High Scores May Not Get Admission

2024 UTME: JAMB Reveals Why Some Candidates With High Scores May Not Get Admission
  • PublishedMay 7, 2024

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has revealed why some candidates with high scores in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) may not gain admission.

In a recent interview with Arise Television, the JAMB spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin explained that admission is not solely based on candidates’ scores but also depends on the cut-off marks established by various institutions and specific departments.

According to him, “Admission is contingent upon the cut-off marks set by schools and specific departments. There is a common misconception that high scores automatically secure admission, which is not necessarily the case.

“Our examination is not a pass-fail examination; it is a selection exercise. The intent of the exercise is critical in understanding its outcomes.

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“You can only say a candidate has failed if, in the final analysis, the purpose of such an examination is not achieved. It’s essential to recognize that even candidates scoring 300 or above might not be admitted if the demand for their chosen program at a specific university is too high.”

Benjamin, however, illustrated the challenge in competitive fields like medicine, where achieving a score of 320 may not secure admission into prestigious institutions like the University of Lagos due to the large number of applicants and limited available spots.

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