FUO Admission Guide For Post UTME Candidates. This material has been made for FREE for you to aid you to chart your way into the Federal University, Otuoke. I believe this material will be of immense value to you as it provides all the information you need. Information provided here are based on personal knowledge, contributions, official opinions, research and experts’ advice. Please, sit back and enjoy reading.
FUO Admission Guide Vol. I.I
FUO POST UTME AND DIRECT ENTRY CANDIDATES
Jamb Issues, Post UTME Application and Examination
Julius Michael Oghenenyoreme
M.ed. (In. V.) in Bus. Edu.
Dept of Vocational and Technology Education,
Niger Delta University,
Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State.
Ese Odiri Richard
FUO Latest News,
Main Campus Gate,
Otuoke, Bayelsa State.
Under the Supervision of:
A & U Ng
No. 1, NDU Road, Beside NDU Main Campus Gate,
Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State.
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This material has been made for FREE for you to aid you to chart your way into the Federal University, Otuoke. I believe this material will be of immense value to you as it provides all the information you need. Information provided here are based on personal knowledge, contributions, official opinions, research and experts’ advice. Please, sit back and enjoy reading.
Can My Jamb Score Get Me The Course I Chose?
Immediately after Jamb examinations, the question that many Jambites ask is if their Jamb score would enable them to get the course they chose. However, know that you can only know after cutoff marks have been released. The previous year’s Jamb cutoff marks cannot be used to determine this year’s cutoff marks – although you can use it as a guide.
After Jamb results are released, Jamb holds its policy meeting and determines the cutoff marks for universities, polytechnics and colleges of education. Once this is done, each university will go home and decide the cutoff marks to use. It is then you can use the mark released to know if you are eligible for that course or not. So if cutoff marks have been released, go on and check if you passed it. The 2022/2023 cutoff marks is slated to hold July, 2022.
When is Federal University Otuoke Post UTME Application?
FUO Post UTME application date for 2022/2023 is not contained in this paper. Kindly call 08060699054 to ask of Post UTME application and examination dates. However, be informed that without Jamb policy meeting where cutoff marks are determined, Post UTME forms cannot be released nationwide. Cutoff marks first before Post UTME forms. Hence, FUO Post UTME forms will be out as from late July frontward.
When Will Jamb Hold Its Policy Meeting and Release Cutoff Marks?
Jamb policy meeting is held after Jamb examinations. In this policy meeting, all heads of institutions are present to discuss and determine the admission procedure for the session. The meeting takes two days and at the end, cutoff marks are determined. The Jamb policy meeting for the 2022/2023 academic session is expected to hold in late July, 2022. However, you can call A & U Ng on 08060699054 to get updates on the date of the Jamb policy meeting for 2022/2023.
When is Federal University Otuoke Post UTME examination?
The date for the Post UTME examinations are always indicated on the Post UTME slip after you register. The information contained in the Post UTME form includes the Time and Date of the Post UTME examination.
In a case where there will be changes in the date and time of the Post UTME examination, FUO will then ask all candidates to reprint their slip from the Post UTME application portal.
Does FUO Accept Two (2) Sitting?
Yes, the Federal University, Otuoke accept 2 sitting. You can use WAEC/WAEC or NECO/NECO. You can also mix WAEC and NECO as the case may be.
What is Federal University Otuoke Post UTME Cutoff Mark?
The cutoff mark used for 2021/2022 academic session was first set at 160 for all departments. The cutoff mark was later reduced to 140 in late October, 2021 for all departments due to general poor performance in last year Jamb. Refer to the information in the banner on the next page.
As at the time of this publication, cutoff marks has not been released for Post UTME. The Post UTME cutoff mark will be released along with the Post UTME form. It is released by the school in a bulletin after the management team meet to discuss the issue. It is then posted on the university’s Post UTME application website.
Did You Know?
You have to upload your o’level result to Jamb portal, otherwise, your Jamb admission will not appear in your CAPS. It will look like you have not been admitted until you have uploaded. To upload your o’level result, send the following details to our office via WhatsApp on 08060699054:
- First name
- Other name
- Jamb registration no.
- Profile code
- WAEC or NECO?
- Exam no.
- Exam year
- Snap and send your result very clearly to WhatsApp as a soft copy (picture)
Cost is N1,000. Send to 0081536529, Julius Michael Oghenenyoreme, Access Bank
Note: We will send you screenshot of job done from your Jamb profile and show you how to login to your Jamb profile to confirm it.
How Do I Get The Federal University Otuoke Departmental Cutoff Marks?
Federal University Otuoke does not release departmental cutoff marks. This is not to say that the Federal University Otuoke does not have departmental cutoff marks. The university has its own departmental cutoff marks but does not release it for public consumption. However, as times changes, if such document is released, we shall publish it.
Does FUO Offer Supplementary Post UTME?
Yes! The Federal University Otuoke gives a second chance to candidates who miss the first Post UTME application. This chance is only extended to all those who applied at first time but didn’t meet up with the exam and those who did not apply at all.
This means that if you missed the first Post UTME under any circumstances, you can reapply under the supplementary set.
Does the Federal University Otuoke Accept Second (2nd) Choice Candidates?
No! The Federal University Otuoke does not accept second choice candidates.
The Federal University Otuoke over the years had maintained acceptance of first choice candidates only. Consequently, any applicant who now wants the Federal University Otuoke must first of all change their status in Jamb to first choice. Otherwise, the University Post UTME Application portal (https://ecampus.fuotuoke.edu.ng/) will not accept their application.
Is There Accommodation for FUO Post UTME Candidates?
No! The university does not make arrangements for accommodation for students. Post UTME candidates can either get accommodated by students in the school, friends, relatives or overnight lodges and hotels. The SUG is currently making arrangements to accommodate candidates at their SUG secretariat, information will be released in due time. For accommodation assistance, call 08060699054.
How Can I Get Federal University Otuoke Post UTME Past Questions and Answers?
The Federal University Otuoke does not sell past questions and answers for its Post UTME examinations. However, it is sold by third parties like A & U Ng. Hence, if you want FUO past questions and answers, kindly contact us via call or WhatsApp: 08060699054 or 08050706635.
Are Federal University Otuoke Post UTME Questions Difficult?
The questions for the FUO Post UTME are drawn from general subjects and current affairs. It is good you prepare widely. Ensure to extensively study the four core subjects that are required for your programme.
The issue of difficulty of FUO Post UTME questions depends on the level of preparation of individual students. To be on the safe side, candidates are always urged to purchase past questions and answers to enable them prepare well. Most questions from the past questions always end up being repeated.
Can I Do Change of Institution To Federal University Otuoke?
Yes. You can do change of institution to the Federal University Otuoke within the period of after Jamb examinations to when admissions are ongoing. Just go to the nearest JAMB CBT centre or Jamb office to do it. It cost only N4,000.
How Can I Upgrade My UTME Result?
There is no way to upgrade poor JAMB results. The simple truth is that JAMB result upgrade does not work. It is all a scam. So do not do it. They will screenshot photographs of edited results to show you that they have done it for others. Those are just screenshots. They can’t do anything. So, if you have made any payment, weldone o Mr./Mrs. Dangote. Your money is as good as “phew!” Long gone. It is fraudsters who parade themselves that they have been helped by someone, maybe a professor or so. Neither professors nor anyone else upgrade JAMB results.
How Many Questions Does Federal University Otuoke Set For Post UTME?
Federal University Otuoke Post UTME for 2019/2020 consists of 100 questions only and the total score was /400. The 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 sets did not write examinations. The sets from 2018/2019 backwards wrote Post UTME examinations which consisted of only 50 questions. The total score was /400.
What Is The Overall Score Of The FUO Post UTME?
The overall score for FUO Post UTME is 400. While the questions were 100. This is 4 marks to one question.
How Many Marks Are Allocated To Each Question in FUO Post UTME?
How Many Minutes (Duration) Do We Have To Write The FUO Post UTME?
The 2019/2020 set time was 1hour. 2018 and below time was between 40minutes and 1hour.
Time of Federal University Otuoke Post UTME
Several years have been between 7am and 8am. The time set for 2021/2022 set was 8am. Though they did not write exams due to delay in the session.
What You Must Not Bring To FUO Post UTME Screening Exercise
The following items are not allowed in the FUO Post UTME examination hall:
- Biros (the exam is computer-based)
- Notebooks (continue in page 14)
- Friends/parents (they can wait outside though)
- Or any other thing that would constitute cheating
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JAMB EMAIL LINKING/PROFILE CREATION FOR FUO CANDIDATES
- As a Jambite, you must have been hearing of email linking or profile creation. This is what it means if you are confused and you haven’t done your own.
- I believe you are aware that in any website you want to participate, you have to register and have a profile with a username and password? Good!
- In Jamb, during registration, they were supposed to use your email and give you your Jamb password. But they do not do it that way. So after the registration and Jamb examinations, you will have to go to the CBT or Jamb office to link your email to Jamb portal.
- You can also try to get your login by using the phone number you used to register Jamb to send the following message to 55019. “email email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org”. Replace my email with your own. Remember to add the word “email” before typing your email twice and send to 55019.
- If it does not work for you, go to Jamb office or CBT centre, they will give you your password along with the email you supplied as username as your Jamb login details.
- There is thumb printing during the Jamb email linking which is also called profile creation.
- Some candidates gets their passwords sent to their email during Jamb registration.
- Linking of email/profile creation cost N1,000 at the CBTs but free at the Jamb offices.
- The website to use your Jamb login details is https://www.jamb.gov.ng/Efacility. Click it
- Once you are there, click on “Create e-Facility Account/Log in”. See the image attached.
- In the next page, insert your email and the password given to you by the CBT or Jamb official.
- Please take note: You cannot enter just anything in that place and you will be logged in. Ensure you are using the password that the Jamb or CBT official gave to you or the one you received via text message.
What am I expected to take to the FUO Post UTME examination hall?
You are only required to bring your Post UTME slip that was printed for you when you applied for Post UTME. The examination is computer based, hence no writing materials are needed.
Venue of the Federal University Otuoke Post UTME examination
The venue of the screening exercise is the school’s ICT located close to the Faculty of Sciences Block in the Main Campus.
How Much Is Federal University Otuoke (FUO) Post UTME Application Form?
The Federal University Otuoke Post UTME Application cost N2,000 for Form; and N2,000 for hidden and café charges. This is a total of N4,000. It is advisable to apply with competent hands to ensure nothing goes wrong. You can contact A & U Ng for the processing to be part of our Post UTME promo winners.
Want to take part in the FUO Post UTME Promo and get a refund of your Post UTME money? Call 08060699054 now!
Where Can I Process My FUO Post UTME Application Form?
FUO Post UTME form can be processed from anywhere, but for the safety of your application, it is advisable to process it in Otuoke through competent people. This is to ensure you are properly guided to avoid problems popping up later. Contact the A & U Ng Smart Staff at FUO now to make inquiries: 08060699054.
How Long Does The FUO Post UTME Last?
From the data gathered from the 2020/2021 set, the Post UTME lasts for only one week. The 2019/2020 set were the last set to write Post UTME examinations.
Minor Mistakes FUO Post UTME Applicants/Admission Seekers Make
During Post UTME examinations, there are various mistakes applicants make unknowing to them that they are actually doing the wrong thing. Let us expose you to some of these minor mistakes. The following are some things you must NOT do:
- Late coming to Exam Venue
- Bringing phones to the examination hall
- Not submitting your answers before time elapse (Please, always submit before your time is exhausted).
- Lamenting your predicament on Social Media
- Not following instructions
- Lacking adequate information
- Coming from a far distance on exam date.
- It is always a good exam practice to arrive at exam venues at least 30 minutes before the exams to enable your mind settle. It means that those who are coming from far distances should be in Otuoke before the day of their Exams.
How Long Does It Take After Exams Before FUO Post UTME Results Are Released?
The Post UTME results are usually released within a week after the Post UTME exams.
How Long Does it Take to Start Admission After FUO Post UTME?
After Post UTME examinations it takes about two to three weeks before FUO starts giving out admissions to candidates.
How Much is the Transportation Fare to Federal University Otuoke?
The transportation fare to Otuoke depends on your location. At best, go to the nearest park to you were you are and ask how much they charge to Bayelsa State. Once you know that cost, that should be the only thing to worry about. This is because all vehicles coming to Bayelsa stops at Tombia junction. From Tombia junction to Otuoke is at a cost of N300 and N400 for the shuttle buses and they take you straight to the school gates.
For those within Yenagoa, you have the options of either boarding a bus to Otuoke at Tombia, Opolo or Berger junctions. However, from Port Harcourt to Bayelsa ranges from N500 – N1,200. From Warri to Bayelsa is between N1,200-N1,800. So, if your location is farther, just use this existing cost to prepare yourself.
Can I Take My Phone Inside The Examination Hall Durng FUO Post UTME?
Are Past Questions Repeated In The FUO New Post UTME Examinations?
Yes! There is always a chance that over 40% of the past questions will be repeated. Although not all students will see most of the past questions because of the different paper types.
What Can I Do To Increase My Chances Of Getting Admission In FUO Post UTME?
There is no shortcut to success. Read wide, score high, follow the news, follow the trend, do everything you are instructed to do by the university and JAMB. Upload your o’level result to you Jamb profile – you are good to go. If you need further assistance, you may want to contact the author of this material – 08060699054.
Is FUO A State Or Federal University?
Federal University Otuoke is a Federal Government funded university. It is one out of 11 Federal Universities set up in September, 2011 by the Goodluck Jonathan administration
What Is The School Fees Structure For FUO?
The fees for FUO have been changing with each passing academic session. As at the time of this publication there is no data on the fees structure for the 2022/2023 session.
The school fees for the 2021/2022 freshers was set at N77,000 for all science and engineering programmes and N67,000 for humanities and non-science programmes. As at the time of this publication, the fees for returning students is still yet to be released.
Lists Of Programmes Offered In FUO And Their School Fees
There are a total of 28(twenty eight) degree programmes at undergraduate level. These programmes are contained within 6(six) faculties as seen below.
FUO Faculty of Science School Fees (N)
- Biology: 77,000
- Biochemistry: 77,000
- Statistics: 77,000
- Microbiology: 77,000
- Computer Science and Informatics: 77,000
- Physics: 77,000
- Chemistry: 77,000
- Mathematics: 77,000
FUO Faculty of Education School Fees
- Business Education: 67,000
- Chemistry Education: 67,000
- History Education: 67,000
- Mathematics Education: 67,000
- Physics Education: 67,000
FUO Faculty of Engineering School Fees
- Mechatronics Engineering: 77,000
- Chemical Engineering: 77,000
- Civil Engineering: 77,000
- Electrical/Electronics Engineering: 77,000
- Mechanical Engineering: 77,000
- Petroleum and Gas Engineering: 77,000
FUO Faculty of Management Sciences School Fees
- Banking: 67,000
- Accounting and Finance: 67,000
- Business Administration: 67,000
- Entrepreneurship: 67,000
- Marketing: 67,000
FUO Faculty of Humanities School Fees
- English and Communication Studies: 67,000
- History and International Studies: 67,000
FUO Faculty of Social Sciences School Fees
- Economics and Development Studies: 67,000
- Political Science: 67,000
- Sociology and Anthropology: 67,000
How Much Is FUO Acceptance Fee?
The acceptance fee for FUO as recorded from the 2021/2022 session is slated at N38,000 minus all other accumulated charges.
Direction To FUO Post UTME Venue
To reach Federal University, Otuoke, take a vehicle from wherever you are and come to Bayelsa. If you are coming from outside Bayelsa, you will be dropped at Tombia junction. Then ask of Otuoke bus from there. There are three junctions where you can board a bus in Yenagoa to Otuoke. They are: Tombia, Opolo and Berger junctions.
I Am Coming From Afar: How Can I Get Accommodation During FUO Post UTME?
Call 08060699054 for accommodation assistance. Cost is N1,500
FUO Hostel Or Off Campus, Which One Is Better?
This topic is treated in the volume II of the Admission Guide. It is released immediately after post UTME examination. However, the link below should be helpful to you. Kindly click to read.
Are Students Allowed To Cook In FUO Hostels?
This topic is treated in the volume II of the Admission Guide. It is released immediately after post UTME examination. Click the link above to get more info there.
How Much Is FUO Clearance And All The Rest Charges?
The estimated total clearance cost including acceptance, school fees and hostel fees is N138,000. Kindly refer to the banner below to peruse through. Please, note that FUO Latest News is a subsidiary of A & U Ng. The FUO Latest News is the branch office of A & U Ng in FUO. The head office is located at main campus gate, Amassoma.
The admissions process is one that is partially technical but collaborative. That is, the admission process is now centralized and operated between universities and JAMB. First, you write JAMB, wait for JAMB to release cutoff marks for universities and if your score is up to the JAMB cutoff mark, you apply to your university for Post UTME examinations (if any). After Post UTME exams, the university selects through laid down criteria (including JAMB score, Post UTME score and O’level result(s)) the best candidates using JAMB CAPS (see the meaning of CAPS below). Once the selection is done, it is released in JAMB website – this is the first place a candidate will know he or she has been admitted.
What You Must Know About Admissions
Over the years, students who wrote JAMB and Post UTME examinations have at one time or the other asked what next after their Post UTME examinations. Many students want to know to ascertain what they are up against. Well, the fact is that the Universities admission is one that has been highly centralized. This means that JAMB is now a core participant in the admission process, although, JAMB cannot actually grant admission on its own, rather, their admission is based on recommendations from the admitting institution.
This new pattern of granting admission brings in a better fairness in the admission process as a single University no longer have the prerogative to grant admission, rather, such right is centralized with JAMB ratifying admission lists before uploading. The following is a concise description of what happens during the admission season (this period comprise of JAMB application to year one clearance and span over a year).
From JAMB to Post UTME Examinations
In Nigeria, applicants aspiring to study in the Universities are required to write JAMB examination. The JAMB examination is rated with a total score of 400. During the admission period, JAMB then release cutoff marks for all institutions ranging from Universities to Polytechnics, down to Monotechnics and Colleges of Education. Nevertheless, the various institutions reserve the right to adjust the cutoff marks released by JAMB even as the JAMB cutoff marks becomes the guiding framework for such adjustments.
After JAMB exam, applicants are also required to write a Post UTME examination that is conducted by the various Universities. At this stage, the various Universities may also set Departmental Cutoff marks for the various Departments and courses. The FUO Post UTME Application for example costs N2,000 for the Form and N2,000 for cafe Charge. After the exam, which is often computer-based, scores are collated for admission consideration.
How JAMB and Post UTME Scores are Calculated for Admission Consideration
The calculation of the scores both in JAMB and Post UTME can be very complex owing to current happenings. Before now, it was believed that JAMB scores is added to Post UTME scores then divided by 2. It is the result that is measured with the cutoff mark. However, it is sometimes difficult to believe that some universities even use post UTME scores.
This is because there are cases of students who did not participate in a particular Post UTME process but still got admission. It was later during clearance that they paid for the post UTME fee. Investigations showed that they did not even influence the admission neither did they have anyone who must have done that on their behalf. Owing to this development, it is difficult to believe that the JAMB/Post UTME result combination is even used.
How to Calculate Post UTME Admission Screening Scores for All Schools Using JAMB Point System
There are processes involved in this scoring:
(1) Candidates who submit only one o’level result which contains his/her relevant subjects already will be allotted 10 points. The exam could be NECO, WASSCE, November/December WASSCE etc, but any candidate who has two sittings only gets 2 points. So this means that candidates with only one result are at an advantage here with 8 points.
(2) O’ Level grades has it’s equivalent grade points as; A (A1) = 6 marks, B (B1, B2, B3) = 4 marks, C (C4, C5, C6) = 3 marks, so the better the candidates’ grades, the better his or her chances of securing admission.
(3) UTME scores, where each score range has its equivalent point can be summarized thus, 180-200=20-23 marks, 200-250=24-33 points, 251-300=34-43, 300-400=44-60 points.
(4) Each category would contain five JAMB results per point added. Eg. a candidate with 180-185 gets 20 points, while a candidate with 186-190 gets 21 points.
How To Calculate The Relevant Grades/Score For Admission
Sittings: Assuming you have all your required O’level subjects in one sitting, you already have 10 marks.
O’Level: Let’s say you have 1A, 5Bs and 3Cs in your O’level result (WAEC/ NECO/ GCE), then you have, (1×6) + (5×4) + (3×3) = 35 Points.
JAMB Score: Then, say you scored 250 in JAMB UTME, you get 33 Points (refer to number 3 above to see how we got this).
To get the total point, you sum everything together (i.e: Sittings + O’level + Jamb Score).
This implies that – 10 + 35 + 33 = 78 Points. If the cut-off mark for your course of choice in a particular school is below 70, then you will be admitted into that institution.
(i) Catchment and educationally less-developed state would still be used for admission into the nation’s tertiary institutions.
(ii) Merit admission contains 45 per cent of the total candidates for a particular course, Catchment contains 35 per cent and Education Less Developed Areas (ELDs) and staff lists contains the rest.
(iii) Cut off marks are released by the institutions each year in the form of points and sometimes marks.
The Admission Circle
Once you are qualified for admission, it is the University that first admits you. However, they are mandated to send the admission list to JAMB through the use of CAPS. Once the admission list is loaded in JAMB CAPS, the system ratifies the list, checks for consistencies with regulations, laid down criteria including scores, marks, quota system, etc. Once satisfied, the admissions officer takes the list to the university management for vetting.
Once the university management is satisfied with the listings, it signs the document and it is loaded again in CAPS. Then CAPS notifies students that they have been admitted. It is at this point you know that you have been admitted because once Jamb admits you, it is sure you will be admitted too in the university because it is the university that sends your name to Jamb.
Once the university is done with CAPS, it takes the list to its own website and upload it. Then students whose names already appeared in Jamb will also see their names in the school portal. Now if your name had not appeared in JAMB portal, it is 90% difficult you will see your name in the school portal. However, if you do, then your name will be uploaded later in the JAMB portal.
The distance between JAMB admission and university admission is an average of two week. However, this depends on the institution, time and activities at the time. Once you check the university website and you are admitted, congratulations! You have been offered admission and you can commence your clearance whence the university announces it. You cannot actually commence clearance when the university has not uploaded your name.
How To Check Your Admission Status In Jamb Portal
To check your admission status in JAMB, you must login to CAPS in JAMB website. It is called Centralized Admission Processing System (CAPS). Once you check and you are admitted to a particular course, the same course is what will reflect in your University website.
Login to www.jamb.org.ng/eFacility. Click “create eFacility account/Login. You will see where to enter your email address and password. This is the same email you used to register your Jamb. Enter the email and the password the CBT personnel that registered you used during registration.
Check your Jamb form printout carefully, the email is there. If you do not know your details, kindly contact the person that registered you in JAMB to get it for you. Once logged in, in the homepage, find “check admission” which is the last box in the homepage. Then in the next page, click “Access My CAPS”. Go to option and select DESKTOP MODE or DESKTOP VIEW to enable you see CAPS information.
Without DESKTOP VIEW/MODE, you cannot see the options n CAPS. Once you are in CAPS (phone users must use Chrome and you must request for desktop mode through the three dots options button at the top-right for CAPS to display well), click options again and the details will appear. Click on CHECK ADMISSION STATUS.
Note: This may change in due course as JAMB keeps on modulating its website. But no matter how it goes, peruse through the website, you will find your way.
50. 5 Ways to Know You Have Been Given Admission
There are cases of students missing their admission because they have no idea that they have been granted admission. Let us see how a candidate will know he/she has been granted admission.
JAMB Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) makes it possible for prospective students seeking admission into various tertiary institutions to monitor their admission status and easily know when they have been offered admission by any institution. Scroll up to see how to check your admission status using CAPS.
Almost all the tertiary institutions in Nigeria now have their own websites. Most of these schools do announce the release of admission list and publish the names of admitted students on their websites. Candidates seeking admission are supposed to know the official website of their school of choice and closely monitor it to know when such announcement concerning admissions is made.
Most school will require that you provide your active phone number during Post-UTME application or admission registration in the school. Many of these schools will notify you once you have been offered admission in the school by sending a text message to the phone number you used when you applied for admission in the school. This is why it is advisable that candidates provide their active phone number if required while applying for admission.
JAMB Matriculation List
This was recently introduced by JAMB. Candidates can confirm if they have been offered admission and if their admission is recognized by JAMB via the JAMB Matriculation List portal.
Just like phone numbers, many schools equally do ask candidates to provide their email address while applying for admission. Admission notifications are equally sent to candidates via this medium. The unfortunate thing however, is that many candidates hardly check their emails. If you are an admission seeker, it is advisable that you check your email address regularly in case your school decides to send admission notification via this method.
51. Introduction to CAPS
One of the terms Jambites are bombarded with is the acronym “CAPS”. Jambites always hear of CAPS every time and some newbies don’t really know what it is all about. Anyways, this CAPS is not the normal cap you wear, this one is an acronym that means Centralized Admissions Processing System (CAPS).
In 2017, the CAPS system was introduced to replace the manual process of granting admission to admission seekers in Nigeria. This was with a view to eliminate human voluntary and involuntary errors associated with manual procedures.
What is CAPS?
CAPS is an acronym that stands for Centralized Admissions Processing System (CAPS). In previous years, universities have the autonomy of independently granting admissions to candidates. However, the government saw the need to be involved in the tertiary admissions procedure, hence, CAPS was introduced. CAPS gives the government (in this case, JAMB) the opportunity to screen admission list before being released by Universities.
Why Was CAPS Introduced?
CAPS was introduced by JAMB to ensure quality control, transparency and credibility of the admission process. It was initially possible that universities can put guidelines aside and grant admission to candidates with special backings. However, with CAPS, such has become very difficult. No matter who recommends you, certain requirements must be met before you can be granted admissions. For example, if university sends your name in a list to JAMB, JAMB will screen the list and if you do not score above the minimum cutoff mark, JAMB will remove your name. If you do not upload your O’level result in JAMB portal, it is the same that you do not have result, your name will never appear. So, CAPS acts as a check and balance to the admission process in Nigeria.
How Does CAPS Work?
Your CAPS account is embedded in your JAMB profile. So, when you login to www.jamb.org.ng, you can access CAPS through your profile homepage. Follow the process on how to check your admission in the pages before to access your CAPS account.
CAPS consist of the following buttons:
Check Admission Status
From here, you check if you have been admitted. If you are offered admission on the JAMB CAPS portal, you can choose to accept or reject the admission.
JAMB CAPS makes provision for a “market place” in the JAMB portal where institutions can go and “request for students in Nigeria who score their cut off points.” These institutions will write to JAMB to request for the students and also give them (students) three days to respond. Also, only three universities can request for a candidate.
These days, JAMB requires all candidates to upload their results. No O’level result uploaded, no admission. So, JAMB created this button for candidates to confirm that their results are well uploaded.
The new policy also gives the academic board or senate of an institution the power to ‘allocate percentages to JAMB, the school and O’level results as these will be calculated to get the students’ cut off marks for post-UTME.’
JAMB wants to ensure there is a unified time for closing admission in all universities and there is now portal for admission which is be based on cut off points, quota system and catchment areas.
The CAP System is such that institutions can only admit those who meet their cut off points. According to an admission officer for a tertiary institution. “If a candidate does not meet the cut off, no matter whom he or she knows, such person cannot be admitted.”
Also, the JAMB CAPS now makes provisions for candidates to accept and reject any admission being offered to them.
CAPS also looks out for candidates who are unable to go for National Youth Service, NYSC, because they do not have JAMB admission letters. This set of students can now pay a fee for regularisation and will be able to go for the youth service.
CAPS and Universities
Each tertiary institution have a Dashboard with JAMB CAPS. This Dashboard is managed by the admission officer of each institution. The admission officer sets the university admission criteria, the admission quota and number of candidates expected for each course on the Dashboard.
The criteria includes the institution’s general UTME cutoff marks, the UTME cutoff marks for each course oR programme (for merit, catchment, etc.), Post-UTME screening cutoff mark, O’level or SSCE result grading as well as other admission criteria the institution wants to use in selecting candidates.
The admission criteria differs from institution to institution. Some institutions may use all the criteria specified by JAMB (UTME Score+Post UTME score+SSCE result grading), while some institutions may use UTME Score or SSCE result grading.
The admission officer also determine the percentage weight for each of the admission criteria set on CAPS, e.g., URME Score = 50%, Post UTME = 30%, SSCE result grading = 20%, the total of which is 100%. You should also know that many of the universities admit only candidates who choose them as first choice.
After all these parameters has been set, CAPS automatically rank and list the candidates that applied to an institution and are qualified for admission into the institution based on the criteria the institution has set for the system.
The admissions officer downloads this list and send to the VC for approval. After ratification and approval, the admissions officer uploads the list to CAPS portal. This is where admission status is communicated to admitted students via their CAPS profile.
Upon being admitted, candidates have the right to accept or reject their admission. If you are granted the course you chose or a related course you like to study, you are expected to accept the course within a stipulated time. IF however, you were granted a different course not related to your initial course of study, or one you do not like, you have the sole right to reject that admission.
What Will Happen If I Reject My Admission?
If in any case you rejected your admission, your details is placed on JAMB Market Place as discussed above. This gives other institutions the opportunity source for you and send you admission if you qualify for their admission.
In the 2019/2020 admission year, a candidate rejected political science in Niger Delta University. Surprisingly, the same institution later gave him the Law he initially chose. This is very rare though.
What Happens After I Accept My Admission?
Once admitted and you accept it, it means that you are off the admission seeking line. You have been gainfully admitted to that institution and you no longer have access to reject. You then proceed to the university for clearance as stipulated by the university. Also, you will not also appear in the JAMB Market Place again.
Benefits of JAMB CAPS (Advantages of JAMB CAPS)
CAPS prevents backdoor admission. This means that no matter who you know, if you do not choose and institution from the beginning, you cannot get admission into that institution because CAPS will not accept a newly introduced name.
The result you upload is verified by JAMB through the original body like WAEC, NECO and NABTEB who granted you that result.
This method ensures that universities maintains uniform academic calendar.
It helps institutions to conform with admissions guidelines, timeline and criteria.
If at all there are courses which still requires more candidates to be admitted because of low choice of such course, such institutions can visit the market place to source for candidates.
This method of market place in CAPS helps students with no hope of admission in one university to be admitted in another with space.
There is no way to gain multiple admission. Once you accept an admission, you are off the market.
This process ensures inclusiveness, equity, transparency and accountability in the admission circle.
A candidate’s academic status can be updated throughout his/her academic life in the institution (admission, deferment, transfer, withdrawal, rustication, expulsion and death).
Government departments and institutions (e.g. NYSC, Scholarship Boards, State and Local Government, etc.) can easily access these data for official purposes.
After clearance, verification is the next step. It is done at the Department. Once your documents have been successfully uploaded, you will immediately march on to your department for verification. Some persons call it “physical verification”. This is because the students themselves take their documents to the Department for verification. Verification is not done by proxy. The verification officer checks your document for originality/authenticity and consistency with uploaded documents and certifies that you have been cleared.