Over time, candidates seeking admission have been asking a series of questions regarding admissions into higher institutions in Nigeria, one of which I will answer in this article: 5 Things That May Automatically Disqualify You for Admission.
1. Wrong Subject Combination
JAMB, alongside most tertiary institutions in Nigeria, valued having the correct subject combination for the programme (course) a candidate wants to study. The subject combination, in the case of UTME, are the 3 major subjects a candidate offers apart from English which is a General Subject. These 3 subjects have a connection with the choice of study. For example, a candidate seeking admission into any department in Biological Sciences should offer Biology, Chemistry and Physics (BCP), CMP (Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics) for Technology related courses. Nonetheless, there are variations in some of these subject combinations due to the fact that there are many related subjects and some schools also have special requirements.
However, candidates can refer to JAMB Ibass Brochure System, a document that covers schools, programmes and their requirements for this purpose.
2. No O’level Results
Ordinary Level Results is also known as O’level results (WAEC, NECO or NABTEB) is an important requirement for all admission seekers into Universities in Nigeria. While you may be allowed to apply for UTME with awaiting results (although we will advise you to get your O’level results ready before applying for UTME or Post UTME to reduce the stress), You’re required to present a minimum of 5 Credits in 5 relevant subjects to your course of choice before the closure of the school admissions.
JAMB requires that you upload your O’level Results to the CAPs portal which will be used in approving your admission after being offered by the school, this upload may be done during your UTME registration or after the release of UTME results. In addition, Universities also require you to upload your O’level results to the school portal during Post UTME registration, as some schools use this O’level result as a part of what made up your aggregate score to be eligible for admission. In essence, not uploading your O’level results to JAMB and School Portal makes you ineligible to be offered admission that year.
3. Having a score lesser than the cutoff mark
Cutoff mark is one of the most discussed topics in the admission realm. We could say, this is the minimum score a candidate must have before being offered admission into a programme, or this is the score of the last person on the admission list.
Let me analyze, minimum UTME cutoff marks are used mostly for applications, for example, the minimum cutoff mark for admission into OAU is 200, LASU is 190, UNIOSUN is 160, FUOYE is 160, UNILORIN is 180, some polytechnics are 120, some 140, however, these minimum cutoff mark doesn’t guarantee you admission into your desired course, you need a higher score to be ahead of others competing for the same course as you, for example, you’ll need at least or about 300 in UTME to apply for OAU Medicine, about 280 for OAU Nursing and so on.
Anyone below the minimum UTME score won’t be able to apply to these Universities.
Now to Departmental cutoff Mark, this is determined after all applicants have been screened, by various screening methods adopted by each Institution (Post UTME Test or Screening by Results). The number of applicants, their scores and available quota (departmental capacity), Admission Quota (merit, catchment and ELDs) are factors that contribute to this cutoff mark. If 50 students are to be offered admission into a programme, the cutoff mark is the score of the 50th candidate, when the candidates who applied are arranged based on the highest scores. Admission Lists are then uploaded to JAMB CAPs after the departmental cutoff marks have been released. However, not all schools disclose their departmental cut off marks, nonetheless, the higher your scores, the higher your chances of being offered admission. In essence, having a score lesser than any determined cutoff mark automatically screen you out for admission that year.
4. Choosing a Course not Available in the School
In 2019, Some courses lost accreditation in schools like OAU, courses like Fine Arts, Botany (although now restored), candidates who chose those courses then were advised to swich to another department before admission processing will begin. It is essential that you confirm that a programme is available in a school before you put in for it while registering for UTME. For example, Mass Communication, Veterinary Medicine are courses not available in OAU but available in the University of Ibadan, Medical Rehabilitation is the equivalence of Physiotherapy in OAU.
5. Minimum age requirements
Most institutions in Nigeria requires applicants to be at least 16 years of age before applying for Admission. This is probably to ensure they are mature enough to handle the lifestyle of higher institutions. In cases where the candidate is eligible for admission but the minimum age requirement is not met, the admission is either terminated or deferred (accepted but postponed to another year).
We hope you do not fall victim to any of the problems listed above and have a smooth admission year.
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