The Joint Admission And Matriculation Board (JAMB) has published the step-by step process flow for admission exercise into tertiary institution for the 2017/2018 academic session.

JAMB had earlier announced that it had introduced a new system known as the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) which will enable the admission exercise to run smoothly and more efficiently.

It is in the light of this, that the Board provides below the Step-by-Step Process Flow of the Admission Exercise for the education and information of general public and the stakeholders, particularly the Candidates.

Step-by-Step Admissions Process on the Central Admissions Processing Systems (CAPS)
(Candidates should note, in particular, steps 8, 16 and 18 that require their Actions and Decisions)

1. After successful completion of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and
release of results, lists of Candidates were forwarded to their First Choice Institutions

2. JAMB thereafter requested all Institutions to use the Lists to determine their respective Cut off
Marks and forward same to JAMB ahead of the Policy Meeting and programme (course).

3. JAMB received and collated Individual Institution and programme (course)Cut Off Marks as
determined by their respective Senate / Academic Board

4. Three (3) Representatives of Institutions- (Vice Chancellors / Registrars / Provosts), Registrars
and Admissions Desk Officers were trained on the Central Admissions Processing System

5. Policy Meeting was held with Heads of Tertiary Institution and Regulators to determine, among
others, the General Cut Off Marks for categories of institutions, based on earlier submissions of
individual Cut Off marks by the Institutions.

At the meeting, which was held in Abuja on Tuesday, 22 August, 2017, the institutions decided that the lowest submissions from Institutions would also be Minimum Cut off Marks and these were 120 (for Universities) and 100 (Polytechnics, Monotechnics and Colleges of Education). It was further agreed that the Cut Off Marks as determined by each Institution’s Senate / Academic Board and submitted would be maintained and applicable for Admission to the Institution.

6. Based on requests at the Policy Meeting, JAMB requires each Institution to reconfirm its Cut Off Marks and Sets the Cut Off Mark and other Institution specific parameters such as other Admissions Criteria (e.g. Post UTME Screening) and carrying capacity on CAPS.This is on going.

7. Institutions download (from CAPS) details of Candidates that meet the Institution’s and programme’s Cut Off Mark and had selected them as First Choice Institutions. JAMB additionally provides softcopy of the same information on CDs to Institutions

8. Awaiting Results Candidates upload their results to JAMB Portal

9. Institutions may conduct Post UTME Screenings for downloaded candidates

10. Results of Post UTME where applicable are uploaded to CAPS to obtain aggregate scores for the candidates

11. CAPS ranks and suggests candidates that meet the Institution’s Admissions Criteria as configured on the system by the Institution.

12. The Admissions Desk Officer of the Institution reviews the List of the Suggested Candidates and makes the decision as to which candidates to select for further processing.

The Admissions Desk Officer generates a List of Proposed Candidates for review and approval of the Head of the Institution

13. The Head of the Institution reviews the List of Proposed Candidates as appropriates and push the List of Recommended Candidates to JAMB

14. The JAMB (Admission Officer) reviews the Recommended Candidates to confirm they are from those initially sent to the Institution; met the Admissions Criteria as advertised in the brochure and as set on CAPS by the Institution, including upload of and confirm that no qualified candidate has been unjustly denied Admission.

(No candidate will be considered without the upload of his/her O’Level and/or A’ Level results.)

15. JAMB generates a List of Provisional Admissions

16. JAMB notifies Candidates to Accept / Reject Admission

17. Candidate Accepts / Rejects Admission on the JAMB Portal or through USSD or Short Service Code within 72hours.

18. If Candidate Accepts Provisional Admission, JAMB updates Admission Status and forwards List
of Confirmed Admissions to the Institution.

19. Candidate prints Admission Letter and Proceeds to the Institution for further internal Admission

20. If Candidate Rejects Admission, s/he becomes available in the Market Place for further possible consideration for further possible consideration for Admissions

JAMB Market Place Operations (How it Works)
The Market Place feature in CAPS provides flexibility for the Institutions to source for candidates who may not have earlier chosen the institution for Admission consideration. Institutions may specify various selection parameters such as UTME score, State/ Local Government, Gender, preferred programmes /course of the Candidates.

The List of Candidates so selected from the Market Place are then pushed to JAMB who then notify the Candidates of Market Place consideration by Institutions. Candidate may Accept / Reject Market Place consideration, subject to a maximum of three (3) Market Place considerations at a time.

The Candidates could also approach the Market Place to announce availability for Admission consideration from any institution or for any programme different from those earlier indicated during the UTME Registration, provided s/he has requisite O’ Level Results and wrote the required subject combination in the UTME.

Any agreement or understanding on Admission consideration between the Institution and candidate based on Market Place operations will have to be effected with a requirement for the Candidate to effect a Change of Institution on the JAMB Portal to be available for Download (Step 6 above) by the new Institution to follow the subsequent steps in the Admission Process.

It should be noted that:

The existing window for candidates to change Institution or Programme in addition to the Market
Place is still available through the e-Facility.
Institutions can download (Step 6 of the Admission Process) list of additional candidates who
have changed to the institutions since the last download
Admissions of candidates can be processed instantly or in batches by Institutions
This is the step-by-step flow of the admission process using CAPS. If you have any questions, you can ask using the comment box.


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  1. I am an aspirant of OAU,I had 17 in my putme which means i’m not eligible for admission, can I still change my institution to Yaba tech?

  2. pls I saw approved in my jamb caps stuff but the school I am aspiring for hasn’t released their list. should I accept or wait for the list

  3. Are We To Wait For School Admission List Before Accepting?

  4. I was Admitted By Caps But My Course Was Changed So Who Should I Do

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