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All You Need to Know About UTME 2024

The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is a critical step for Nigerian students aspiring to pursue tertiary education. Administered by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the UTME has undergone several changes, with the 2024 edition bringing new guidelines, dates, and procedures. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help candidates navigate the UTME 2024 successfully.

JAMB Overview:

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) was established in 1978 to facilitate the admission process for undergraduates seeking entry into monotechnics, polytechnics, and universities in Nigeria. The UTME, previously a paper-based examination, transitioned to a computer-based format in May 2014. The validity of UTME results is one year, and the exam duration is two hours, with scores ranging from zero to 400.

According to JAMB’s website, the board is responsible for appointing examiners, moderators, invigilators, and other personnel involved in matriculation examinations.

UTME 2024 Dates:

  1. E-pin Sales: The sale of JAMB E-pins for UTME registration commenced on January 8, 2024, and will conclude on February 24, 2024.
  2. Registration Period: UTME registration started on January 15, 2024, and will end on February 26, 2024. Over 140,000 candidates have already registered for the 2024 UTME.
  3. Main UTME Dates: The main UTME is scheduled to take place from April 19 to 29, 2024.
  4. Mock-UTME: The mock-UTME is set for March 7, 2024, offering candidates an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the examination format.
  5. Printing of Examination Slips: Candidates are expected to print their examination slips from April 10, 2024. It will contain crucial information such as the exam date, time, and venue.
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Registration Process:

  1. JAMB Profile Code: Candidates must create a JAMB profile code by sending a National Identification Number (NIN) via SMS to 55019. This incurs a charge of N50, and the SIM card used must be associated with the NIN.
  2. Reprinting of Examination Slip: After initial registration, candidates must reprint their examination slip closer to the exam date to obtain updated information on the exam venue, date, and time.

Registration Fees:

JAMB has adjusted the registration fees for UTME 2024. The cost for registration with the mock exam is N7,700.00, while registration without the mock exam is N6,200.00. Foreign candidates can register with $30.


Direct Entry (DE) Application:

  1. DE Application Period: The application for Direct Entry (DE) is scheduled to begin on February 28, 2024, and conclude on March 28, 2024.
  2. E-PIN Vending and Registration: Direct Entry e-PIN vending and registration will take place from February 28, 2024, to March 28, 2024.

JAMB Regularization and Admissions:

Candidates and parents have expressed concerns about impediments in the registration process. JAMB’s important statement clarifies that regularizations or admissions must be from JAMB, emphasizing the need for candidates to go through the proper channels.

Data Correction:

JAMB has declared that data correction will only be allowed for a change of course and institution. Candidates making corrections to their NIN must follow a specific process, including payment and document upload on the JAMB e-facility.

In conclusion, prospective UTME candidates for 2024 are advised to adhere to the specified dates, follow the registration procedures diligently, and stay informed about any updates or advisories from JAMB. Success in the UTME requires thorough preparation, and candidates are encouraged to start their preparations early, taking advantage of the provided resources and official guidelines.

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For more information and updates, candidates can visit the official JAMB website at www.jamb.gov.ng.

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