Over 50% Are Female Candidates: Here Is What The Data Say About the 2024 UTME and Their Performance


Over 1.94 million candidates registered and sat the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said in Abuja on Monday, April 29, 2024

He stated this while releasing important data regarding the exam, where he also hinted how students can check their results on their mobile phones.

Registration data of candidates

  • 1,989,668 candidates registered for UTME in 2024
  • 80,810 applicants were absent
  • 64,624 results are withheld because of infractions.
  • 3,164 candidates were persons with disabilities (PWDs)
  • 1,842,464 candidates already have their results uploaded on JAMB system
  • The exam took place in 118 towns
  • Candidates sat the exam in more than 700 centres across Nigeria

“Out of a total of 1,989,668 registered candidates, 80,810 were absent. A total of 1,904,189 sat the UTME within the six days of the examination…”.

JAMB registrar

Gender distribution

Gender distribution of candidates in the 2024 UTME
  • 2024 UTME had more female candidates for the first since 2021
  • 1,007,275 or 50.6 per cent were female candidates that registered for the examinations compared to 2023 when they were 49.7%
  • Male candidates were 982,393 or 49.4 per cent

Performance of candidates

  • 8,401 or 0.5% of candidates scored 300 and above. The maximum score obtainable in the UTME is 400.
  • 77,070 or 4.% scored 250 and above
  • 439,974 or 24% scored 200 and above.
  • 1,402,490 or 76% of candidates scored below 200
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Withheld results due to suspected malpractices

  • Out of 64,624 withheld results, 78 results are under investigation for alleged examination misconduct
  • 4,594 results are being investigated for what Oloyede described as “procedural investigation of candidates”.
  • 2,896 results are under investigation on verification
  • 57,056 for centre-based investigations

Drop in examination infractions

The JAMB boss, who disclosed that 18 centres are involved in centre-based investigation noted that examination infractions have reduced since the introduction of computer-based tests almost a decade ago.

He said that the adoption and automation in the registration process, examination, and examination could be attributed to drop in infractions in the UTME.

“The Board witnessed a near-zero infraction in the 2024 UTME except for a few cases, representing a tiny fraction of what was reported last year. This is encouraging, and the Board is poised to consolidate on the successes recorded.”

On hitches, the JAMB boss pointed out that only 25 of 9,156 examination sessions experienced hiccups, which disrupted 150 sessions in 95 of the 774 centres.

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