At least nine in ten adolescents in Nigeria are familiar with the word ‘JAMB’. It is the country’s arm that deals with organizing entrance examinations for admission into higher institutions of learning.
Every young person who aspires to attend a university or polytechnic in Nigeria must pass the JAMB examination. Since registration is required to determine eligibility to participate in the exams, JAMB set up a portal for all candidates to register their details before being allocated exam venues.
In the past, JAMB examinations were a scourge, and many people dreaded them. The unnecessarily complicated and primitive process of registering for JAMB exam alone could make an aspiring medical doctor reconsider his or her interest in pursuing the career. Most times, candidates would have to pay exorbitant registration fees, submit lots of documents, and then also visit a cyber cafe for some more registration and online validation on the JAMB portal. Though designed to last only a few hours, the process often drags on for days.
However, with evolution in science and technology, all the registration problems seem to have ended. The current administration of JAMB has introduced a stress-free method of registering for the exams, and it involves the use of SMS. The process is as follows:
- Candidates are required to first create a profile using the SMS application on their mobile devices. To do this, they simply need to text their full name to JAMB’s dedicated short code, 55019, and await a response. That is, on your mobile phone, simply type ‘CANDIDATE’S SURNAME’ (space) ‘CANDIDATE’S FIRST NAME’ (space) ‘CANDIDATE’S MIDDLE NAME’ and send as an SMS to 55019 (Standard call and text rates may apply).
- Candidates must ensure to text only from phone numbers that are readily available. This is because, once the profile is created, the phone number serves as a major means of communication between JAMB and the candidate.
- Once the text is sent, a unique profile code will be sent to the phone number. This unique code will now be used to facilitate the other parts of the registration process, like purchasing the forms and completing registration at an accredited centre.
- This unique profile code must be kept safe and secret. If it is lost or the message is deleted, the candidate can easily retrieve it by texting ‘RESEND’ to the same short code 55019.
General Entry Requirements for Jamb Registration
Eligibility of each candidate must be determined before proceeding with the registration process, otherwise the whole process will turn out to be an exercise in futility.
The general entry requirements typically include the following:
- Candidates must be at least 15 years of age at the time of applying
- Candidates must possess satisfactory grades in WAEC/NECO examinations
These are the general entry requirements for registration for first degree, national diploma, and the NCE.
Direct Entry Requirements
The requirements for admission into direct entry include the following:
- Candidates must have at least five O’ Level/GCE credits in not more than two sittings. Candidates having A’level GCE are also equally considered.
- Alternatively, candidates must possess at least two IJMB A’level examination passes
- Candidates must also possess at least two passes in major subjects in the NCE examination
- Candidates must have at least a lower credit in their ND or NID
- Candidates shall also be required to give their Jamb Registration details that were used in procuring admission into ND and/or NCE, or any of the other applicable direct entry studies.
Where to Buy Jamb e-PIN
The E-PIN is used to upload personal details onto the Jamb portal during the registration process. It is very important, and must be purchased from designated outlets nationwide. Places where the E-PIN can be purchased include:
- Designated branches of the following banks all over the country: Access Bank, FCMB, Ecobank, Polaris Bank, Union Bank, First Bank, Sterling Bank, Fidelity Bank, Zenith Bank, Jaiz Bank and Unity Bank
- The following mobile-money service providers: ReadyCash, Paga, PocketMoni (e-tranzact) and TeasyPay.
- The following online transaction platforms: Quickteller and Remita
These e-pin outlets are mandated to receive payment from candidates using their unique profile code, and send them the e-pin.
How to Pay for Jamb e-PIN
The process of paying for the JAMB e-pin is very easy. Simply identify any of the channels that best suits you from the ones mentioned above, and visit them. Remember to go with your unique profile code, as that is the only thing you have to present to the service providers, along with the money for the e-pin, for it to be given to you.
Jamb Registration Procedures for Foreign Candidates
The registration process for foreign candidates is not quite the same as that of local applicants. Nonetheless, it is also not complicated. The procedure is as follows:
- Visit JAMB’s official website @ www.jamb.gov.ng
- Download the foreign candidate application form
- Fill it correctly, and submit it to the nearest centre close to your location, along with a fee of $20 for the e-pin
The designated centres for foreign candidates are updated continually. For now, they are the country’s embassies in Ghana, Ethiopia, Togo, Ivory Coast, London, South Africa, Buea and Saudi Arabia.
How Much is Jamb Form?
The current price of the JAMB form is N3,500 naira only. For foreign candidates, the price is only $20. The management of JAMB has advised candidates to instantly report any centre that attempts to sell the form above the stipulated amount. They have also advised that candidates pay no more than N700 naira as service charge for the computer-based registration to be done at an accredited CBT centre.
Essential Information About the Registration Process:
Candidates are advised to:
- Provide only accurate information in the registration process. All irregularities might be harmful to their admission chances later on.
- Provide up-to-date information on their education history, with qualifications, certificates and dates.
- Print their registration slip at the end of the process. This slip must be presented before access can be granted on the day of the examination.