The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board
(JAMB) has clarified that cut-off points are
not set by the body.
The exams will begin on Saturday May 13,
He explained that a policy committee chaired
by the Minister of Education, with the Board,
Vice-Chancellors, Provosts of Colleges of
Education and Polytechnic Rectors as
members, is saddled with the task.
The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede,
said this at the news briefing on Tuesday in
Bwari, in preparation for the conduct of this
He described cut-off points to be a minimum
requirement and not an indication that one
The JAMB boss reiterated the Board’s resolve
to prepare more after learning all the lessons
from its past to organize for a successful
“Following the continuous determination to
curb the incidence of examination malpractice
and other related offences, we will use the
Biometric Verification Machine to verify
candidates before admitting them for exam”,
He added that JAMB registered a total of 1,
736, 571 candidates for the 2017 Unified
Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Oloyede also gave a breakdown of duly
registered candidates for the 2017 UTME.
“In the last UTME conducted in 2016, a total
of 1, 272, 284 candidates registered for the
“The figure for the 2017 UTME shows an
increase of 464, 287 applicants when
compared with last year’s figure of 1, 272,
284,” Oloyede said.
He disclosed that Imo state had the highest
applications having 101, 868, this was
followed by Osun, Oyo, and Ogun with 88, 655,
87, 811 and 81, 349, respectively among the
Others include, Delta – 81, 108, Anambra –
77, 253, Kaduna – 72, 104, Kano – 70, 276,
Kogi – 70, 150 and Benue – 68, 916.