The JAMB Syllabus stands as an authoritative resource meticulously crafted by the examination board. It serves as a comprehensive roadmap, outlining the specific areas and topics candidates are required to master in preparation for their UTME (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination). The questions that appear on the examination day are sourced from this syllabus, making it an indispensable study tool.
Below, you’ll find the detailed JAMB Syllabus for various subjects. By clicking on the subject of your choice, you can access the syllabus and gain insight into the subjects and topics you should focus on during your preparation:
For the more interactive JAMB syllabus, see JAMB IBASS Syllabus.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) was officially established through an Act in 1978, and subsequently underwent amendments in both 1989 and 1993. According to the provisions of this Act, JAMB is entrusted with several key responsibilities:
1. Oversight of the comprehensive administration of matriculation examinations for entry into all Universities, Monotechnics, Polytechnics, and Colleges of Education.
2. Authority to appoint examiners, moderators, invigilators, as well as members of subject panels and committees, along with other individuals involved in the conduct of matriculation examinations.
3. Collaborative effort with tertiary institutions to appropriately place qualified candidates within these institutions.
In the pursuit of these designated functions, JAMB conducts a critical examination, widely known as the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), to assess candidates vying for admission into tertiary institutions across the country.
Eligibility for the Examination
Candidates eligible to take the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) must hold one of the following qualifications or their respective equivalents:
1. The West African School Certificate (WASC)
2. The Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE)
3. The National Technical Certificate or the National Business Certificate (NTC/NBC)
4. Teachers’ Grade II Certificate
Furthermore, candidates who have either already taken or are slated to sit for examinations pertaining to any of these qualifications in the year of their application are also eligible to participate in the UTME.
Structure of the Examination
The UTME is administered annually through computer-based testing. This examination format involves a two-hour session with multiple-choice questions in four subjects. Among these, there is a mandatory section on the Use of English, and candidates are also required to select three additional subjects according to their preferences.
It is strongly recommended that prospective candidates consult with their teachers, parents/guardians, or career counselors when making their choices of elective subjects for the UTME.
To enhance their preparation, candidates are encouraged to visit the CBT practice test platform, where they can acquaint themselves with the features and interface of the computer-based test. This resource is available at no extra cost, providing valuable practice opportunities for a smoother examination experience.
Prospective candidates aiming to secure admission into tertiary education programs must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Attain a satisfactory standard of performance in the UTME (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination) in the relevant subjects.
2. Obtain credit passes in five relevant subjects during the appropriate WAEC/NECO SSCE/Teachers’ Grade II examinations. These credit/merit passes should be achieved in not more than two sittings. Typically, credit passes in Mathematics and English Language are prerequisites for admission to most tertiary education courses, unless otherwise specified.
In addition to the general entry requirements outlined above, candidates must also meet any specific entry requirements set by the respective programs they wish to pursue. To gain insight into these specific requirements, candidates are advised to refer to the relevant sections of the UTME/DE (Direct Entry) brochure.
It’s essential to acknowledge that the admission process is subject to overall guidelines established periodically by the proprietors of higher educational institutions. These guidelines may include admission quotas or implementation principles, which both the examination board and the institutions must adhere to.