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Latest Update on How to Apply for JAMB Direct Entry in 2024 

By Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the commencement of the 2024 JAMB Direct Entry Registration.

Picture Source: JAMB Official Website

For the 2024 session, JAMB has implemented several changes and updates to streamline the Direct Entry application process. Notable adjustments include new requirements for Direct Entry candidates and updates on the registration process and deadlines. 

In this article, we explore all you need to know about the 2024 JAMB Direct Entry application process. We will also uncover additional information to help you get started. 

Things to Know Before Applying

  1. The Direct Entry is different from UTME: The JAMB Direct Entry (DE) form is distinct from the JAMB UTME form. The UTME form is for candidates seeking admission into the first year of a university program.
  2. Registration Location: You can only register for JAMB Direct Entry at JAMB offices.
  3. Single application per year: You cannot apply for JAMB Direct Entry and UTME in the same calendar year.
  4. Online application: You can only fill out the JAMB DE form via the JAMB portal.
  5. Accepted qualifications: JAMB recognizes and accepts only twelve qualifications/certificates.
  6. Validity of statement of result: The statement of result is accepted for registration only within three years of the award date.
  7. Upgrade option: Candidates can upgrade from UTME to DE if their DE results are not yet released during UTME registration or if they indicate they are awaiting A-level results.
  8. Cost breakdown: The DE fee for the 2024/2025 session is N3,500. Additional charges include N700 for CBT Centre registration service, N1,500 for CBT Centre service charge for mock/UTME, and N500 for bank charges/commission. This totals N6,200 for non-MOCK examination takers and N7,700 for those sitting for the MOCK examination.
  9. National Identification Number (NIN) Requirement: You must possess a National Identification Number (NIN) for JAMB DE registration.

How to Pay

Interested candidates can utilize the following methods of payment for JAMB Direct Entry:

  1. Bank Payment: Use the e-PIN generated on the JAMB portal to make payments at any accredited bank.
  2. Online Payment: Make payment using your ATM card or USSD code through the JAMB portal’s online payment platform.
  3. POS Payment: Pay via Point of Sale (POS) at any accredited CBT center or JAMB office.

Steps to Register for JAMB Direct Entry

Follow the steps below to register for JAMB Direct Entry:

Create your JAMB profile

  • Send your National Identification Number (NIN) to 55019 or 66019 via text message in the following format: ‘NIN [space] 11-digit NIN number.’
  • Example: NIN 00123456789
  • Ensure there is a space between the word ‘NIN’ and your 11-digit NIN number.
  • You will receive a confirmation code. This is the phone number that you will use for all communications related to your application/examination.

Log into the JAMB portal with the code

Use the confirmation code you received to log into the JAMB portal.

Obtain the JAMB e-PIN

  • Visit any accredited bank, CBT center, or embassy (for candidates in foreign countries) to obtain the JAMB e-PIN.
  • Provide your confirmation code and pay the required fee to get the e-PIN.

Receive confirmation message

After sending a message to 55019 or 66019, you will receive:

  • A 10-digit profile code.
  • Your registered name with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
  • Total cost for UTME with and without the Mock exam.

Present the profile code for e-PIN procurement

  • Present the profile code at the designated point of purchase (Banks, MMOs, MFBs, Switches, USSD partners) to obtain the form e-PIN.
  • The form e-PIN will be sent to you as a text message.

Proceed to JAMB accredited CBT center for registration

Present the e-PIN obtained at any JAMB-accredited CBT center to complete your registration process.

Steps to Retrieve a Lost Profile Code

If you’ve lost your profile code for JAMB Direct Entry, follow these steps to retrieve it:

  1. Send [RESEND] to 55019 or 66019: Send the word ‘RESEND’ as a text message to either 55019 or 66019 from the same cell phone number you registered with.
  2. Receive the Profile Code: The Profile Code will be retrieved and delivered to your registered cell phone number.
  3. For Lost e-PIN: If you haven’t received or lost your e-PIN, send [UTMEPIN] or [DEPIN] to 55019 or 66019 for UTME or Direct Entry, respectively, from your registered cell phone number.
  4. Retrieve e-PIN: Go ahead to the e-PIN, which JAMB will send to your registered cell phone number.

Additional Registration Information

The registration process begins with obtaining a JAMB profile and e-PIN, followed by completing the registration form. Document submission and biometric verification are essential steps for completing the application process.

  1. Detailed examination of required documents: Applicants must ensure that they have all necessary documents, including academic transcripts and certificates, NIN submission, profile code, and biometric data. These documents play a crucial role in the verification and authentication of the application.
  2. Examination eligibility and resolving biometric challenges: Only candidates with successful biometric verification are eligible for the examination. You should resolve any biometric challenges during the registration process at the JAMB National Headquarters in Abuja.
  3. Direct entry qualifications requirements
  • Good grades in at least five subjects in your Senior Secondary School Certificate Exams (SSCE), with credit passes.
  • Passes in two specific subjects at an advanced level for each program you want to study.
  • Passing two specific subjects in the A’Level exams from recognized institutions like IJMB, Cambridge, JUPEB, or the Institute of Baccalaureate, along with three other credit passes in your SSCE exams.
  • Completion of a university or National Diploma or a National Innovation Diploma, with good grades and meeting the required O’level standards.

4. For some education or technical programs:

  • Passing two major subjects in the Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) exams, along with three other credit passes in your SSCE.
  • Passing the Nigerian Technical Certificate/Nigerian Business Certificate (NTC/NBC) with good grades.

2024 JAMB DE Form Application for Foreign Countries

For candidates applying from foreign countries, here are the details:

  1. Registration Fee: The registration fee is $30 in the local currency of each of the nine foreign countries.
  2. Registration Process:
  • Download application documents:
  • Download the necessary application documents from the JAMB website.

3. Complete and Submit Documents: Complete the application documents and submit them along with the registration fee at designated centers in the respective country. These centers will be specified on the JAMB website.

4. Registration and UTME Locations: Registration and the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will be conducted in various cities, including Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Beau, Cotonou, Jeddah, Johannesburg, London, or Berlin.

5. Contact the Nigerian Embassy: Contact the Nigerian Embassy in each center for registration and examination guidance. They will provide assistance and information regarding the registration process.

Aptitude Test for DE Candidates

Starting from the 2024 admission year, there will be an introduction of an Aptitude Test for Direct Entry (DE) candidates. Here are the key details:

Communication of Test Dates: The specific dates for the Aptitude test will be communicated at a later time. Candidates are advised to stay updated for further announcements.

Test Venue: The Aptitude test will be conducted at any center in the candidate’s chosen examination town. Candidates will have the flexibility to choose a convenient location for the test.

Conclusion

To ensure a successful application process, candidates are advised to initiate the process early, double-check all entered information for accuracy, comply with all requirements and guidelines, and seek clarification for any uncertainties or issues encountered during the process.

FAQs for JAMB Direct Entry 2024

Is the JAMB Direct Entry form for 2024 out?

Yes, the Direct Entry (DE) application documents for 2024 will be available for purchase starting on February 28, 2024, and the sale will conclude on March 28, 2024.

Is there an exam for JAMB Direct Entry?

Yes, starting in 2024, JAMB will conduct an Aptitude test for all Direct Entry candidates. This test aims to assess candidates’ academic potential, career suitability, as well as their mental or physical capacity.

Can I do Direct Entry from the 100 level?

No, the Direct Entry program allows candidates with advanced qualifications, such as a diploma or equivalent, to bypass the first year (100 level) of university studies and directly enter the second year (200 level).

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