How To Calculate Cut off Mark for JAMB and Departments

It is common knowledge that the official JAMB cutoff mark for the 2023 academic session has been released, and soon the Post UTME and other school activities will begin in earnest. You learn how to How To Calculate Cut off Mark on this page. (See Latest Cut off marks for all institutions here)




However, the primary purpose of this well-written article is to address the numerous inquiries from friends and relatives. Some of the questions asked include: “How do I calculate the JAMB departmental cutoff mark?” “What are my chances of gaining admission in 2023?”, and “How do I calculate my average score?”.

Before delving into the details of how to compute the JAMB and departmental cut-off marks for admission in 2023, it’s important to mention that several Nigerian universities have already published their cut-off marks which you can access by clicking on this link.

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What’s Cut Off Marks

Cut off mark is a score threshold that a student must meet or exceed to have a chance of being admitted into any Nigerian educational institution, including universities, polytechnics, colleges, and others. Each institution sets its own JAMB cut-off marks, Post UTME cut-off marks for schools and departments.

Many federal universities in Nigeria set their JAMB cut-off marks at 200, but meeting this score does not guarantee admission. This is why we have created this article to guide you on how to calculate JAMB departmental cut-off marks and other requirements needed to determine if you have a chance of being admitted to a Nigerian educational institution.



Apart from the JAMB cut-off mark, the DEPARTMENTAL CUT OFF is the only other score that can qualify a student for admission into an educational institution in Nigeria.

How To Calculate Departmental Cut-Off Marks

There are three different methods used by educational institutions in Nigeria to calculate their departmental cut off marks, which we will explain below.

METHOD 1

The first method involves calculating the departmental cut off mark using the candidate’s JAMB and Post UTME scores. However, it is important to note that each institution has its own unique cut off mark for each course, which may change from one academic session to another.

For example, if you are interested in studying Law at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), and the departmental cut off mark for Law is 77, you must score at least 77 to be considered for admission into the Law program.

Assuming you scored 68 in your Post UTME and 260 in your JAMB, the following steps can be taken to determine if you meet the departmental cut off mark for Law at UNIPORT:

  1. Divide your Post UTME score by 2: 68/2 = 34
  2. Divide your JAMB score by 8: 260/8 = 32.5
  3. Add the two scores together: 34 + 32.5 = 66.5

In this example, the total score of 66.5 falls short of the departmental cut off mark of 77, which means the candidate is not qualified for admission into the Law program at UNIPORT.

METHOD 2:

The second method for calculating departmental cut-off marks is more complex and requires consideration of the candidate’s JAMB score, post UTME score, and O-level grades.

This method is typically used by more demanding schools, such as the University of Lagos, and involves the following steps:

  1. Divide your JAMB score by 8, as in the first method.
  2. Calculate your post-UTME score as a percentage of the total obtainable marks, which is usually out of 100. For example, if the post-UTME is out of 50, and you score 35, your percentage score would be 70% (35/50 x 100).
  3. Calculate your O-level score as a percentage of the total obtainable marks, which is usually out of 30. For example, if you have five O-level subjects and you score A1 in all of them, your percentage score would be 100% (5 subjects x 6 points for an A1 grade = 30).
  4. Multiply your JAMB score by 0.6, your post-UTME score by 0.3, and your O-level score by 0.1.
  5. Add the three scores together to obtain your departmental cut-off mark.




It is important to note that the weight given to each component of the calculation may vary depending on the institution and the course of study.

How To Calculate Your O Level Grade

To begin with, it is important to remember that institutions require only five subjects, which must include Mathematics and English. It should be noted that institutions that consider only five O-level subjects often consider A1 as 6 points. Hence, if a student can score 5 A’s in the required O-level subjects, then the student has earned 30 marks already.

The grading system for O-levels is as follows:

A1 = 6 points B2 = 5 points B3 = 4 points C4 = 3 points C5 = 2 points C6 = 1 point

Suppose you choose Banking/Finance in UNIBEN, which has a cut-off mark of 70. Here is how to calculate using the second method:

Suppose your JAMB score is 260, and you score 12 in post-UTME, 3 A’s, 1 B3, and 1 C5 in your WAEC result. Here’s how to calculate:

JAMB score -> 260/8 = 32.5 WAEC result (3 A’s equal to 3 x 6 = 18 + B3 = 4 + C5 = 2) Note: You don’t need to divide the post-UTME score by two in this method.

Now, let’s add everything together…

32.5 + 18 + 4 + 2 + 12 = 68.5.

A student who gains admission into a University using this method undoubtedly has a good O-level result.

How To Calculate Cut Off Marks For Engineering 2023

Calculating the cut-off mark for Engineering courses follows the same steps as the second method mentioned earlier, which involves using JAMB score, Post UTME score, and O-level grades.

Assuming you want to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Lagos, and the cut-off mark for the course is 70, here is how to calculate your cut-off mark:

  1. Divide your JAMB score by 8 as usual.
  2. Multiply your O-level grades by 2.5 (assuming you have 5 subjects) to obtain a maximum of 25 marks.
  3. Add your Post UTME score, JAMB score, and O-level grades together.
  4. Divide the total by 2 to arrive at your cut-off mark.

For example, if your JAMB score is 280, your Post UTME score is 16, and your O-level grades are 3 A’s, 1 B2, and 1 C6, then your cut-off mark would be calculated as follows:

JAMB score = 280/8 = 35 O-level grades = (3×6) + 5 + 1.5 = 20.5 Total score = 35 + 16 + 20.5 = 71.5 Cut-off mark = 71.5/2 = 35.75

In this example, your calculated cut-off mark is 35.75, which is above the required cut-off mark of 70 for Mechanical Engineering at UNILAG.


How To Calculate Cut Off Marks For Agriculture 2023

To calculate the departmental cut-off mark for Agriculture in Nigerian universities, follow the steps below:

  1. Find out the JAMB cut-off mark for Agriculture in the university you are interested in. Most universities set their JAMB cut-off mark for Agriculture at 180.
  2. Check the post UTME screening exercise score for Agriculture in the same university. For example, let’s assume the post UTME cut-off mark for Agriculture in the university is 50.
  3. Divide your JAMB score by 8 and your post UTME score by 2.
  4. Add the results from step 3 together. The result should be equal to or higher than the departmental cut-off mark for Agriculture in the university.

For instance, if your JAMB score is 240 and your post UTME score is 70, follow the steps below to calculate your departmental cut-off mark for Agriculture:

JAMB score = 240/8 = 30

Post UTME score = 70/2 = 35

Add the results from steps 3 and 4 together:

30 + 35 = 65

Therefore, your departmental cut-off mark for Agriculture is 65.

Note: The departmental cut-off mark for Agriculture may vary depending on the university and the academic session. It is important to check with the university to confirm the current departmental cut-off mark for Agriculture.

How To Calculate Cut Off Mark For Computer Science

The process for calculating the cut off mark for Computer Science is similar to that of other courses. However, the cut off mark for each course may differ from one institution to another, so it is important to check with the specific institution for their requirements.

Here is a general overview of how to calculate the cut off mark for Computer Science:

  1. Check the JAMB cut off mark: Most universities in Nigeria have a JAMB cut off mark of 180, while polytechnics and colleges of education have a JAMB cut off mark of 150. However, some universities may have a higher JAMB cut off mark for Computer Science.
  2. Check the Post-UTME cut off mark: Most institutions conduct a Post-UTME screening exercise to determine which candidates will be admitted into their institution. The Post-UTME cut off mark for Computer Science may differ from one institution to another.
  3. Calculate the departmental cut off mark: After the Post-UTME screening exercise, the institution will release its departmental cut off mark for each course. This cut off mark is usually based on the number of applicants and the available slots for the course.

To calculate the departmental cut off mark for Computer Science, you can use the methods described earlier in this conversation, such as the first method which involves dividing the JAMB score by 8 and the Post-UTME score by 2.



It is important to note that the methods used to calculate the cut off mark for Computer Science may differ slightly from institution to institution. Therefore, it is important to check with the specific institution for their requirements and procedures.

How To Calculate Cut Off Mark For Medicine and Surgery

The cut-off mark for Medicine and Surgery is usually high and highly competitive. It varies depending on the school and the number of applicants. The methods for calculating cut-off marks for Medicine and Surgery are similar to the ones mentioned earlier, but with a higher required score.

For example, let’s say you are applying for Medicine and Surgery at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), and the cut-off mark for the course is 80.

Method 1:

  • Divide your JAMB score by 8.
  • Divide your Post UTME score by 2.
  • Add both scores together.
  • If the result is equal to or greater than 80, then you have met the cut-off mark for Medicine and Surgery at UNILAG.

Method 2:

  • Divide your JAMB score by 2.
  • Multiply your Post UTME score by 0.3.
  • Add your O’Level grades using the grading system of the school.
  • If the result is equal to or greater than 80, then you have met the cut-off mark for Medicine and Surgery at UNILAG.

It’s important to note that meeting the cut-off mark does not guarantee admission into the course, as other factors such as the number of available spaces, merit, catchment areas, and more are taken into consideration.

How To Calculate Cut Off Mark For Law

The method of calculating the cut off mark for Law is similar to that of other courses. However, the specific cut off mark for Law may vary among universities. Here is a general guide on how to calculate the cut off mark for Law:

  1. Check the specific cut off mark for Law for the university you are applying to. This information can be found on the university’s website or admission brochure.
  2. Compute your JAMB score. Divide your JAMB score by 8 and round up to the nearest whole number.
  3. Compute your post UTME score. If the university you are applying to conducts post UTME, divide your post UTME score by 2.
  4. Compute your O’level result. Use the grading system of your university to calculate your O’level result. For example, some universities may use a grading system where A1 is equal to 6 points, B2 is equal to 5 points, B3 is equal to 4 points, C4 is equal to 3 points, C5 is equal to 2 points, and C6 is equal to 1 point. Add up the scores for the relevant subjects required for Law.
  5. Add up the scores from steps 2, 3, and 4 to get your total score.
  6. Compare your total score to the specific cut off mark for Law for the university you are applying to. If your total score is equal to or higher than the cut off mark, then you are eligible for admission into the Law program.

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