IJMB Registration
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Interim Joint Matriculation Board, IJMB, is a one year academic programme divided in two semesters. It is a program moderated by Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, for Students seeking admission into the University as from 200level without Jamb.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of students have to endure the frustration of missing out on university admission, due to failures or low performance at the yearly Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) organized by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).


IJMB, JUPEB, Cambridge A-Level, NAGCE are alternatives for JAMB in Nigeria.

But unfortunately, only a very few parents and students are aware of these great opportunities.

A candidate could pass the UTME with flying colors and still miss out on admission. The latest figures from JAMB indicate that over 1.6 million candidates sat for the UTME. But only 30% are likely to get admission to a university of their choice.


Comparatively, the statistics for the number of candidates who are admitted to Universities through IJMB dwarves the JAMB admission stats.

For instance, of the about 30,000+ IJMB applicants annually:

There is a 93% pass rate

81% successful admission rate to a university

75% of those admitted get to read their first choice course

The gulf between students seeking for admission in Nigerian tertiary institutions and the actual number admitted through the UTME would continue to grow in the coming years.


In other words, unless an alternative is found, many more candidates would keep seeing their dreams of becoming a university student crash.


For many years now, that alternative is IJMB and many students studying in universities today owe their good fortune to the comprehensive guidance they get through IJMB.

What is Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB)?

The Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) was established in 1976 by the Interim Common Services Agency of the old Northern Regional Government of Nigeria.

IJMB Requirements

8 passports

Ordinary Level result (O’level result)

Awaiting O’level result is also acceptable

IJMB is a full-time program, and no candidate can sit for the Exams alone without attending lectures. (Inform your parents as they must give their blessings).

WAEC, NECO, GCE, NABTEB are accepted into the programme

Maximum of two sittings with 5 credits

Candidates who wants to understudy courses such as Medicine and Surgery, Law, Pharmacy, Nursing, Accounting, Engineering, Economics should be aware that most universities will not accept two sittings except ONE sitting at the university.

IJMB at inception, had ONE basic function

Which is to provide social services and educational opportunities to people of the Northern region of the country. Now though, it has grown to encompass the whole country providing the best pathway to university education in the country.

Since the beginning, IJMB has been moderated and coordinated by one of Nigeria’s premier tertiary universities, the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. The program also has coordinating bodies in various tertiary institutions around the country.

 To make it accessible to as many Nigerians as possible, there are accredited IJMB study centres across the country of which Ultimate Scholars Academy is one of the foremost.

What IJMB Does Not Require

You do not need a written letter from your parents, their awareness and blessings is enough and of course be able to sponsor you through.

You do not need state of origin certificate ( You only need it when you eventually gain admission into the university.

You do not need JAMB.


The program is open to all Nigerians with the requisite ‘O’ Level qualifications. Candidates who are also awaiting their ‘O’ Level result are eligible to apply for the programme.

Courses/subjects categories

There are no restrictions in the categories of subjects in IJMB. Sciences, Arts and Social Science students are eligible to apply as long as they fulfil the eligibility criteria.

Candidates who enroll for the program are required to choose three ‘A’ Level subjects in line with their preferred course of study for the IJMB examination.

Candidates are then expected to receive intensive lectures at the study centres (ULTIMATE SCHOLARS ACADEMY) to prepare them for the final exams.

This is why it is imperative for candidates to select the best study centres available to ensure they come out of the program with excellent results.