Welcome to Catalyst Tutorials blog (an arm of CBC), one of Nigerian’s top universities platform. Today, we will shed light and adequately educate you on the things you must know about Jamb 2021, but in general, this blog contains the things every admission seeker must know. Many students will be sitting for the forthcoming Unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME), a prerequisite for University admission.

On every other occasion, our primary purpose at Catalyst tutorials is to give all admission seekers adequate information to facilitate ease of admission. So today, we will reveal 5 important things that you must know if you are an admission seeker. It’s obligatory to know and act accordingly otherwise, you will find yourself sitting for JAMB again each year. People that fail JAMB or fail to secure admission are most times caused by little faults or failure to adhere to the required instructions. 

1. Mode of Examination MAY be Online:

 As everyone is trying to adjust to the new normal caused by the effects of the covid-19 pandemic, there is a high possibility that the forthcoming exams may be done online without any physical examination taking place. Most top universities such as the University of Lagos carried out their examinations online, and Jamb may likely take a leaf and do the same.

At catalyst tutorials, we are primed to make sure our students are not left out in the scheme of things. We have well-equipped laptops with excellent internet access that will make sure our students taking the examinations do not experience any glitch that might affect the outcome of the result. 

2. Two admission sets will be merged:

Due to the negative impacts of the nine months old industrial strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU coupled with the long-lasting effect of the pandemic, most universities, especially UNILAG, have decided on the merging of two sets for the forthcoming admission. These sets are those that wrote Jamb in 2020 and those that will be registering for Jamb 2021. It is important for candidates to understand that this will improve competitiveness in the admission process.

3. Registration will require NIN and other documents:

Every candidate that will be registering for the examination would require the use of a mobile number (SIM) for the process of registration. The unique phone number can be used by one candidate only. Also, JAMB has made compulsory the use of National Identification Number (NIN) for the process of registration. This means without your NIN; you cannot register for the examinations. Biometric capture is also needed for the registration.

The successful capture of biometrics and photograph will authorize a candidate to print his/her e-registration slip. The fingerprint will be required for any further transaction with JAMB on the candidates’ profile. An important requirement also, is that irrespective of the selected course of study, every candidate must have credit in five relevant subjects in the appropriate WAEC/NABTEB/NECO/Teachers’ Grade II examination. And these credit in question should be attained in no more than two sittings.

4. The Right UTME subject combination is important

This jamb subject combination for all courses will guide you in choosing the subjects that best suit the department you select while registering for Jamb 2021. It’s very painful seeing jamb candidates running up and down looking for money to buy jamb change of course form due to mistakes in their subject combination. It is crucial to avoid such mistakes because ‘change of course’ may not usually reflect on the Jamb portal. At catalyst tutorials, we advise our candidates on the appropriate use of subject combinations based on their intended course of study. Below are the required subject combinations for some faculties. 


Compulsory UTME Subjects:

  •  1. Chemistry
  •  2. Mathematics
  •  3. English Language
  •  4. Physics


Compulsory UTME Subjects:

  •  1. English Language
  •  2. Economics
  •  3. Mathematics

 Any 1 UTME Subject(s) from:

Accounts/Agricultural Science/Bible knowledge/ C.R.K/Biology/Chemistry/French/ Geography/Government/Hausa Language/History/Igbo Language/Islamic Studies /I.R.K/literature in English/Physics/Yoruba Language


Compulsory UTME Subjects:

 1. Mathematics

2. English Language

3. Economics

Any 1 UTME Subject(s) from:

History/Accounts/Commerce/Geography/Literature in English/Bible knowledge/ C.R.K/Islamic Studies /I.R.K/Yoruba Language/Igbo Language/Hausa Language/French/music


Compulsory UTME Subjects:

  •  1. English Language
  • 2. Biology
  • 3. Chemistry

Any 1 UTME Subject(s) from:



Compulsory UTME Subjects:

  •  1. English Language
  • 2. literature in English

Any 2 UTME Subject(s) from:

Bible knowledge/ C.R.K/Islamic Studies /I.R.K/Igbo Language/Economics/Government/History/Geography/commerce/French/Accounts

5. UNILAG Admission is strictly by Merit

Being one of the best three universities in Nigeria with high standards, the mode of admission is strictly by merit. This entails that it will be required of every candidate to have excellent O’Level results, at least a score of 270 in Jamb, and a minimum of 20 in post UTME to be eligible for merit admission. 

The above information is very crucial for the success of every candidate in the forthcoming examination. To give you an edge over your competitors, the right guidance is required. It is advisable to attend tutorials with high success admission rates for their students. ATTEND CATALYST TUTORIALS FOR BOTH JAMB AND PUTME. This will give you what you need to have excellent results. 


When will the UTME examination commence?

According to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the UTME would hold from Saturday, 5 to Saturday, 19 June 2021. 

When will registration for JAMB 2021 start?

Registration for the examinations will start on Thursday, 8th April to Saturday, 15th May 2021. Also, will be no extension of time for the sale of the UTME application documents. 

Are there any recommended books needed for the examination?

Yes, there are some recommended texts. The Jamb Recommended books are found at the end of every Jamb Syllabus. The syllabus is usually given to the candidate immediately after you register. Catalyst Tutorial also offers vetted past questions for interested candidates.

Can I gain admission into a university without JAMB?

YES! It is very possible to gain admission without Jamb. This is made possible through the use of JUPEB. The Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB) is a national examination body in Nigeria. The JUPEB program is an advanced level program of 9- 10 months that allows the interested candidate to gain admission into 200 level of any JUPEB’s approved institution without writing JAMB/UTME.

JUPEB program is certified by the National Universities Commission and approved for Direct entry admission into 90% of Nigerian Universities. Interested candidates can enroll for Jupeb done at any registered center and can use the result to gain admission into any university of their choice by just obtaining a direct entry form at the end of the program. The great importance of this program is that students can have their results valid for 5 years. 

Catalyst tutorials is an accredited center for enrolling for JUPEB. Also, we have a very high success rate as most of our students have gained admissions into several federal universities such as UNILAG with the use of their results.

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