JAMB (UTME) Cut-Off Mark holds significant importance in determining admission eligibility for higher education institutions such as universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education. Aspiring applicants aiming to pursue their desired courses have probably heard about the requirement of passing the UTME and meeting their chosen institution’s minimum cut-off mark for admission.
The term “Cut-Off Mark” refers to the minimum score an individual must achieve in an examination or test to be considered eligible for a specific program. In the case of students aspiring to join higher education institutions, they must meet the minimum JAMB Cut-Off Mark to be considered for admission. Therefore, the JAMB Cut-Off Mark for 2023 represents the minimum score required for a student to be admitted into their chosen course of study. Any student falling below the cut-off mark will not be eligible for admission into any higher education institution.
It’s important to note that the JAMB Cut-Off Mark is determined based on careful consideration of the overall performance of students during the year. This evaluation is conducted by JAMB and other stakeholders. If the overall performance is high in a particular year, the Cut-Off Mark will also be set higher and vice versa.
JAMB Cut-Off Mark 2023/24 Session
the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), after consulting with relevant stakeholders in the educational sector, has approved a minimum cut-off mark of 140 for applicants seeking admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The specific cut-off marks are decided through voting by vice-chancellors of universities, rectors of polytechnics, and provosts of colleges of education.
During the annual policy meeting on admissions into tertiary institutions held in Abuja, the decision was made based on recommendations from the heads of institutions. JAMB Registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, clarified that while the minimum benchmark applies to all institutions, each institution has the freedom to set its own higher minimum point.
It’s worth noting that no institution will be permitted to admit students who score below the approved minimum cut-off marks. According to JAMB authorities, although each institution can set its own cut-off mark up to 220, the minimum thresholds are 140 for universities and 100 for polytechnics and colleges of education nationwide.
Course-Specific Cut-off Marks
for highly competitive courses like Medicine, Pharmacy, Law, Engineering, Architecture, Accounting, and Nursing, students will need to achieve exceptionally high scores in their UTME Results. The cut-off marks for these courses tend to be higher due to intense competition, as each university is given a specific quota for admissions based on accreditation and other requirements.
After the Post-UTME examination or screening, individual schools will release their specific cut-off marks for the year, taking into account the overall performance of the candidates.