JAMB CAPS in 2021 : New Modalities And Benefits to Candidates

JAMB CAPS in 2021 : New Modalities And Benefits to Candidates This post explain in details the modalities of the JAMB CAPS system and it’s benefit to students as well as concerned stakeholders.

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In the past admission was given to seemingly deserving students through a manual process which later became corrupt as official were being bribed to give admission by favouritism rather by merit.

Therefore the need to find an alternative and make the admission issuance process free and fair became mandatory and this was the genesis of the Central Admission Processing System CAPS

CAPS was introduced few years ago to replace the manual process of admitting students along with human errors associated with it. This post will explicitly and in simple terms describe the modus operandi of CAPS and it’s major benefits to candidates and other stakeholders.

JAMB boss Prof. Isaq Oloyede has many times affirmed that the CAPS system will solemnly be in charge of granting admission even by 2021 to students and any Institution who violates this will be punished.

How the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) Works

First, every higher institution will have its own separate dashboard on the Central Admission Processing System. The admission officers of each school will be in charge of managing this dashboard. On the Dashboard, each school admission officer will have to set the admission criteria as well as the admission quota of their school.

Secondly, The Admission Officers will set the General UTME Cut-off (usually 160 and above for public Universities, 120 and 100 above for Polytechnic and College of education respectively) the UTME Cut-off mark for each course, department or programme, Post-UTME screening cut-off marks, O’level grading as well as other admission criteria the school wants to use in selecting the aspirants.
Note: The admission criteria differ from one school to another. Some school may use all the admission criteria highlighted above while some schools use part of it. Some school might decide not to use any of it.

Furthermore, this officer will equally determine the percentage weight that will be allotted for each of the different aforementioned admission criteria indicated on the system. For example UTME Score =50%, Post-UTME Score = 30% etc (in the end the total percentage is 100).


How Admission is Given by the JAMB CAPS System

Admission is given by the system based on merit after considering the set requirements on the dashboard made by the admission officer.
The JAMB CAPS system will automatically rank and list the candidates that are qualified for admission in the school based on the criteria the school has set in the system.

Afterwards, a prospective admission list would now be made available by the system which the school admission officer will download and send to all the principal officers of the school for approval. If the school rejects a candidate(s) on the list, a reason has to be given.
Once this list is approved by the school management, the final list of candidates is re-uploaded on JAMB portal. Eventually, JAMB will now notify the candidates on the list of their admission.
Acceptance and Rejection of Admission on JAMB CAPS
Candidates that have been successfully admitted are given 72 hours (3 days) ultimatum to either accept or reject the admission.
This means that if your preferred institution offers you admission into a course different from the one you applied to study or you no longer want to gain admission in the school, you have the right to reject the admission otherwise you just go ahead and accept the admission.

For any reason at all, If a student reject admission, such student’s profile and details becomes available in the market place for other institutions that can accept the qualification you have for the course you intend to study to offer you admission.

Once any school offers you admission and you accept the admission, you have been automatically admitted in the school.
Therefore you no longer have the privilege to reject the admission and be put in the market place for other institutions to consider you for admission. You either take it or wait for another year.

Major Benefits of CAPS To Candidates And Other Stake Holders

  1. Prevention of back door admission as only candidates that selects and accepts admission from an institution will be admitted by the institution.
    Therefore the idea of getting admission in a school because you know a top official in the school which has been in course for a long time is over because any new name introduced in the system which is not originally on the system for that particular school will not be accepted by the system neither will it be approved by JAMB for admission.
  1. With this system, JAMB is able to verify the O’level results uploaded by candidates directly from the examination bodies like WAEC, NECO, NABTEB etc.
  2. The system will help in ensuring that schools maintain almost a uniform academic calendar.
  3. The system will equally ensure that institutions do not exceed the admission deadline
  1. The system will equally help make it easier for schools to fill their admission quota if there are admission spaces remaining after the school has admitted candidates that applied to it by going to the “Market Place” on the system to look for candidates that have met their requirements that have not gotten admission and offering such candidates admission consideration.
  2. This system will increase the chances of candidates being offered admission through the “CAPS Market Place”
  3. Eliminates issues of multiple admissions .
  4. Enhances Inclusiveness, Equity, Transparency & Accountability in the Admission Process
  5. With the JAMB CAPS system, a Student’s status can be updated throughout their academic life in the Institution (Admission deferment, transfer, withdrawal, rustication, expulsion, and death)
  6. Government departments and institutions can easily access this data for official purposes. (e.g. NYSC, Scholarship Boards).

Further enquires about CAPS and other modalities of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB can be accessed on their official website http://jamb.gov.ng

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