Have you ever asked yourself, “how does a school fixes department cut off mark?” because that’s exactly what I am going to show you in this article.

First, I hope you know that there is a difference between JAMB cut off mark for institutions and the departmental cut off marks.

Before we dive deep into the topic, let me quickly explain the difference.

JAMB cut off mark is fixed. The departmental cut off mark is flexible and varies every year.

Why does departmental cut off mark change every year? I will explain that to you later in the article.

While JAMB cut off mark is the minimum score you must have in UTME before you can apply for Post UTME admission screening exercise, Departmental cut off mark is the minimum aggregate score you must have before you can be admitted for any course you choose.

While scoring above the JAMB cut off mark does not necessarily guarantee your in admission UNIUYO, you will surely be given admission once you meet the departmental cut off mark.

Still confused? Let me shed more light on that using examples.

The General cut off mark for UNIUYO is 180. If you want to apply for ANY COURSE in the University of Uyo, you MUST SCORE at least 180 in JAMB.

However, scoring even 200, 210, 220, 240, 280 and above in JAMB does not guarantee your admission into UNIUYO if your score is below the departmental cut off mark for your applied course. You might later be given another course or you may not.

The same thing applies to other schools like OAU, UNILAG, UNN, UNIBEN, AKSU, CRUTECH e.t.c.

Now that you understand the difference, the most important question is how do UNIUYO come up with the departmental cut off marks? That is exactly what I am about to show you.

Different schools use different exams to determine the aggregate score.

Since the introduction of JAMB Central Admission Processing System (CAPS), JAMB has made it mandatory that all institutions make use of JAMB as at least 50% of their candidates’ aggregate score.

While it is compulsory that you must meet the minimum O’level requirements for your course (usually 5/6 credits in one or two sittings depending on your course), UNIUYO do not use O’level to determine their Departmental cutoff marks.

Whereas OAU and UNILAG make O’level 10% and 20% of their Departmental cutoff respectively.

So, it is important that you first know how UNIUYO determine their Departmental cutoff marks.

Also, some schools conduct Post UTME and others do not, a case study of UNIUYO.

So, JAMB is 50%, the remaining 50%.

NOTE: What I listed above is still used as at 2019 and very likely to be used in 2020 too. But, remember that there might be changes.

Knowing that, let’s go to the last and most important fact which is;

How Departmental Cut-of Marks Are Fixed in UNIUYO


It is important to note here that UNIUYO’s Departmental cutoff marks are fixed on three criteria for determination of admission that year. These are;

  • Merit
  • Catchment Area/Locality
  • Education Less Developed States (ELDs).

NOTE: UNIUYO do not have a number of required new intake for admission in a given year.

Each of those admission criteria stated above has its own cutoff Mark for a particular course of study in a given year. I explain thus;

  • Merit Factor : Each course in UNIUYO has its own Merit cutoff Mark, such that once an Aspirant has it or above the cutoff, his/her admission is guarantee and certain for that year. For example, if 6,000 people aplied to study Medicine and Surgery, and the Merit cutoff Mark that year for medicine is 290. This simply means that anyone who applied for to study Medicine that year and he/she scored 290 and above, automatically gains the admission on merit.

Same applies to other courses, like Political Science 230, Law 270, English Education 238, Political Science Education 220, Accounting 235, Sociology 220, Agricultural Economics 200, Pharmacy 280, etc.

  • Catchment Area/Locality: This is another admission criterion in UNIUYO with it’s own stipulated and designed cutoff Mark for a particular course of study. A Departmental catchment cutoff Mark varies from the other. This relates to aspirants who’s LGA sharing borders or closer to Uyo environ. As at 2019, the catchment area cutoff Mark for Law was 255, English Education 220, medicine 270, pharmacy 270, political science 210, Political Science Education 210, etc. Aspirants sharing borders with Uyo are favoured on this criterion.
  • ELDs: This criterion has to do with Aspirants from any of the following States; Cross-Rivers, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Rivers and Edo States. Aspirants from these States stand a high chance of gaining admission into UNIUYO with their Jamb UTME score. As at 2018, ELDs cutoff Mark for Law was 240, English Education 195, Political Science 200, Political Science Education 185, Pharmacy 250, Medicine and Surgery 265, etc. This simply means that any aspirant from the above mentioned States once he/she has up to the required ELDs cutoff Mark for his/her applied course of study automatically gains the admission that year.

It is here that some Aspirants usually wonder why his/her fellow course of study applicant is admitted with a low score while he/she isn’t admitted. Now you know.

This is why UNIUYO don’t have a fixed number of students needed in a particular academic year, as said earlier. Rather, the number of students required of a particular department is determined on the performance of aspirants for that academic year. That’s why it’d have been possible we admitted students in Law like 250, pharmacy 170, political science 190 or 175 but the reverse the the case, you’ll be seeing figures like 154, 189, 163, etc rather than round figures, depending.

That is why once you score below any of the Departmental criteria’s cut off mark, admission is not sure unless your leg in longer than 6fts.

You get the point now?

So, if you are going to gain admission for that course and you score below the departmental cut off mark, they either have to admit more than their quota or admit lesser that their quota on merit.

I really hope that you enjoyed the article.

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