Differences Between Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) And Joint Universities Preliminary Examination Board (JUPEB)

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IJMB– IJMB is known as interim joint matriculation board. It is an advanced level which is expected to last for at least nine months. It also certified by Nigeria University Commission (NUC). IJMB was simply established to serve as an alternative way of gaining admission into the university. i.e 200L via direct entry. It was set up by Interim Common Services Agency (ICSA) in 1976.

JUPEB– JUPEB also known as joint universities preliminary examinations board is a National examination body entitled with the responsibility of setting examinations for students, who have gone through approved combination of subjects and are seeking to gain admission into the university. i.e Direct Entry.

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IJMB– IJMB was founded and owned by Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. It was set up for the students who have been desperate to gain admission to the university. Therefore, IJMB is largely known and accepted in many Nigerian institutions.

NOTE– Only Ahmadu Bello University can issue any result to students who took the examination.

JUPEB– JUPEB was founded and owned by University of Lagos (UNILAG) and it should benoticed that JUPEB came after the establishment of IJMB. JUPEB is currently going nation wide as most tertiary institutions approves it. Schools in the South East and South West are mostly using it.


IJMB– IJMB examination is taken only once in a year and the exam is expected to hold between the months of February and March. It should also be known that the exam is not as difficult as most students presume those who prepared well should be able to scale through it and the total point for IJMB is 15 points.

JUPEB– JUPEB examination is also taken once in a year, which is similar to IJMB. The exam is expected to hold between the months of June and July every year. Only those students who beat the maximum point will be taken to study their favourite courses and the result is expected to be released after 2 months the exam must have been taken.

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IJMB– Only Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and University of Lagos (UNILAG) that do not accept IJMB in their institutions. Other tertiary institutions accept IJMB into their institutions, it simply indicates their popularity in the country.

JUPEB- only the tertiary institutions which are JUPEB affiliated are accepted into these institutions. Schools without these cannot give admission to those who seeking to study in their favourite institutions. It simply explains that IJMB is more popular and accepted nationwide than JUPEB.


IJMB– the registration fee is estimated at 5000 naira, while the school fees are estimated at the prices between 70,000 and 180,000. i.e public centres and private institutions.

JUPEB– the registration fee is estimated at 15,000 while the fees are estimated at the prices of 280,000 and 450,000.

This simply explains that IJMB is much cheaper than JUPEB and those who are not financially backed are advised to go for IJMB.

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