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JAMB Releases 2020 UTME Candidates Statistics, and it’s Causing Controversy.

Published by on April 13th, 2020.

Following the closure of the 2020 UTME examination held in March this year, JAMB has come up with the statistics of how the registered candidates performed in every States of the Federation.


1.9 million candidates wrote the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) held in March.

UTME is a computer-based standardised examination for prospective undergraduates and sub-degree students into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

The exams which started over four decades ago as paper-based test are conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), an agency of the Federal Ministry of Education.

In this post, I present you statistics on the geographical distribution of candidates who wrote the exams.

This data obtained from JAMB shows that over 600 Computer Based Test (CBT) centres in the 36 states of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory hosted candidates during the period.

States with the most number of candidates in chronological order are Lagos with 240,758 candidates, followed by Ogun with 109,107; Oyo with 103,467 and Kaduna with 102,084.

Others among the top hosts of candidates during the UTME are Kano with 97,851; the FCT with 78,855; Rivers with 70,457; Nasarawa with 68,425; and Plateau with 68,161.

Candidates wrote their exams across 69 CBT centres in Lagos just as both Ogun and Oyo each have 42 centres. Kaduna and Kano states each have 30 centres while the FCT has 23. Rivers hosted candidates at 16 CBT centres as Nasarawa did in 20 and Plateau in 22.

The state with the least number of candidates is Zamfara that has 10,790 candidates. There were only four CBT centres in the state.

It is followed by Ebonyi that has 16,360 candidates and is followed by Kebbi with 16,694; Yobe with 18,607; and Sokoto with 22,104 candidates.

In both Ebonyi and Yobe states, there were 9 CBT centres each while Kebbi had 7. Sokoto state however had 8 CBT centres.

The infographics below shows details of these other states across the country.

Already, the results of the exams have been released. NOBILTY would be publishing details of how candidates performed once we obtain these from JAMB later.

Thank you!

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