Can I Register UTME and DE Together for 2021/2022 Admission?

JAMB Allows Candidates to Obtain JAMB UTME and DE Forms Together
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One of my group members has just dropped a question. He wanted to know if it was possible to register UTME and DE together in the same year. He’d got the idea from his friend. A person has also claimed he registered the two a few years ago. Yet, he didn’t believe an applicant can process UTME and DE admission together for the same admission year.

The short answer to this question is YES, it’s possible. But there’s more to know about this.

Let’s get to work.

JAMB has said it’s an offense to register both UTME and DE but no further explanation given on that.

The body only dropped this.

That is a case of multiple registration! Candidates are NOT allowed to register for both UTME and DE. If a candidate registers for UTME and has additional qualification(s) for DE, there is provision for such candidate to upgrade.

Then, let me explain in detail.

Candidates, In the Past, Obtained JAMB UTME and DE Forms Together

Officially and in the past, JAMB has allowed candidates to collect both UTME and DE forms in the same admission year. They did this on purpose. We will get to that shortly.

But, for those who don’t know the difference between UTME and DE, my post, “UTME/DE: A Compulsory Requirement to Gain Admission to Nigerian Tertiary Institutions“, will be the right take to differentiate between the two. 

But for a brief exposure, the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is meant for those seeking 100 level admission with SSCE results while Direct Entry (DE) is meant for those seeking 200 or 300 level admission into universities of their choices.

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Having said that it’s possible, then, to obtain the two together. But things worked out wrongly! Admissions were clashing such that a candidate was being offered admission by two different schools while qualified candidates were being denied admission.

How Applicants Can Register for DE and UTME Together DE and UTME

Aside from this, some candidates who failed to meet up with the DE registration deadline in the previous admission years were allowed by JAMB to covert their UTMEs to DEs. This was called UTME to DE Conversion. I discussed this in detail in my post, “JAMB Reopens DE Form. Allows Upgrade UTME to DE“.

If a candidate goes for UTME to DE upgrading, he or she has agreed to discontinue his or her UTME admission to chase DE admission instead. In order words, registering UTME when you still aim to register for DE can be a backup for you in case you don’t meet up UTME admission requirements.

While it’s possible to convert or upgrade UTME to DE, it’s not possible to covert DE to UTME. Therefore this option is opened to:

  1. A candidate who obtains UTME but failed the exams or couldn’t pursue the 100 level admission again.
  2. He also had completed or about to complete his or her NCE, ND, IJMB or JUPEB
  3. Then, he can upgrade UTME to DE even after JAMB registration has closed and admission is in progress for any university accepting direct entry applications.

Will Candidates Be Offered Admissions With Both DE and UTME?

Sincerely, NO.

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The purpose of this method, as earlier said, was to help you have a fall-back. The purpose is obvious. You don’t have to waste another year at home because UTME doesn’t work. Either way, what you want eventually is to be in university – be it from 200 or 100 level.

JAMB has designed a system called CAPS. With this system, a candidate will not be offered admission by two institutions. This is why I gave you a post, “Can JAMB Give A Candidate Two Admissions in CAPS?“.

If you take a moment to read that, you will see how things will go with admission such that one candidate can only be offered one admission space – no more double admissions.

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