How JAMB CAPS works-Advantage and Admission Process after UTME 2018/2019

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The Joint admission and matriculation board has announced that the new method for admission for 2018 UTME applicants will be automated by programming the admission criteria into a software referred to as Central Admission Processing System ( CAPS ).

software known as Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS), where human interference will be completely removed, to promote credibility.

 “The admission criteria would be keyed into the software and it will select candidates blindly according to the institutions requirement without any primordial consideration.” Below are some key features of JAMB Central Admission Processing System ( CAPS );

 1. O/L Results Upload, Requirement for Admission Consideration

2. Interface with NECO & WAEC for automated Results Verification

 3. Candidates’ Confirmation of Admission Offer

4. “Market Place” to Source Candidates

5. Automatic Enforcement of Admission Timelines

Topmost Advantages of JAMB CAPS Admission System

 1. Efficient Use of Time and Resources

2. Automation Minimizes Human Errors

3. Eliminates Multiple Admissions

 4. Significantly reduces Attrition Rate

4. Enforces Respect for Internal Rules & Discourages Arbitrariness

6. Provides for Instant Admission

7. Makes Candidates the Central Focus

Below are a List of JAMB CAPS admission Process that will take place after candidate have successfully written the UTME. 

(Candidates should note, in particular, steps 8, 14,15,16,17 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 (CAPS)

 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

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 soft copy 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 confirm they are from those initially sent to the Institution; met the Admissions Criteria as advertised.

14. JAMB notifies Candidates to Accept / Reject Admission

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

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

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

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

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